RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
“With its golden hue and gentle complexity, the Terrapin Golden Ale brings refreshing to a whole new level. Its combination of flavor, smoothness and drinkability is difficult to find in most craft beers. Sometimes even hopheads like us want nothing more than to enjoy a beer that is crisp, smooth and refreshing. That is why we created the perfect session beer - the Terrapin Golden Ale.”

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DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with goldtwins, thanks Larry!) Yup, this smells like most of the cream ale swill I’ve had in the past, grain, straw, a bit of hops maybe (or is that just wishful thinking?). Flavor is the same, grain, straw, and a modest bitterness. Yuk, not good. Thin body, with a fair amount of carbonation. Light yellow body topped by a white head. Plentiful carbonation bubbles rise through the beer, keeping the thin layer of head alive. The only positive comment I can make is the solid blanket of lace left on the glass. Other than that, this looks and tastes like a repackaged macro. Brutal stuff.

Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Pours gold with a small light head. Smells of lemons, sugar, morning grass, straw. Tastes of lemon, corn husk and some caramel with a lemony finish.

SpringsLicker (3685) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Terrapin Cream Ale starts with a large frothy head of white over a medium yellow body. Light lemony aroma with a bit of cooked corn. Lightly sweet and lightly acidic, reminiscent of a wit beer I suppose. Not bad, but Terrapin has set it’s own standards higherwith it’s other brews, then fails to meet it with this one.

Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Pours with a yellow body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. It’s slightly bitter yet sweet and bready wtih a slight malt note. Light bodied and slightly tingly.

heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 Tried again recently in bottles. Still a fan. This is the second time I had this one. On tap at Summit’s in Cumming, GA. The medium gold body was topped with a white head. The weak aroma was sweet pears and vanilla. The taste was mild with apples and caramel. Also some dry wood in the finish. A good example in a style I usually find boring.

JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 21, 2005
clear yellow with not a whole lot going on. Very bland. Sampled at the 2005 noogfest

Shag (3060) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Im not sure why Terrapin even bothers with this one. It poured a yellow color. The aroma is whipped cream and some citrus. The flavor is bland and it tastes just like any other swill lager to me. Some citrus exists in the taste. I would probably pass on this in the future.

brentfeesh (1216) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Sampled at the 6/2005 ‘Nooga gathering. Poured a light straw color with a bit of haze. No head. Must citrus aromas. Perhaps some biscuit. Flavor is a bit citrusy with biscuit like malt. Light and creamy body. Basic but good. Easy drinking.

Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Bright yellow, thin white head. Kind of a corn and pepper aroma. Smooth and kind of sweet, with a fizzy finish. Some notes of citrus and black pepper through out.

Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Out of a 12oz bottle pours a yellow,wht thin foam head. Aroma isn’t much to speak of yeast and light hops. Taste follows more of the same. There isn’t much to say about this beer it’s not awful just bland. The upside is hey I got it in trade as a bonus from beeryum, thanks Dave.

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