Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz bottle I picked up from Hop City in Atlanta for $7.99 a bottle. Served up in a standard Terrapin pint glass.
A: This one pours out a somewhat thick looking, jet black body. This beer is almost completely black once the body sets up. Held to the light, a thin like of dark blood red comes through. Otherwise, this is pretty much opaque. The pour built an easy and quick two fingers of mocha colored head. That falls within 10 minutes to a half a finger, but it does toss up a lot of lace on the glass. The foam is super sticky and stays on the glass easily. This is absolutely a black IPA.
S: The nose is pretty much all hops, and a good amount of them. The most dominant aroma is that of citrus hops. Getting a lot of orange and lemon citrus aroma. Behind that, I am getting mostly pine. Resiny and just smells bitter. This rounds off with a lightly floral aroma. To tell you the truth, I am not getting much of any malt or roast. Well, it is an IPA.
T: The flavors are interesting. It starts off with the hops just as in the nose. First and foremost, the citrus hops (lemon and orange), pine resin, and floral notes. Behind that comes some lightly roasted malts that bring a little bit of sweet and bitter notes. Then this rounds out with just a little bit of (ever so slight) chocolate and some bitter, dark coffee. It all works, but can be a bit weird at times.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. This beer still has weight but it is light enough to be an IPA. It still has that sticky and slick IPA feel. ABV has no presence at all to be honest. Bitterness is much lighter than expected, but it is bitter on the palate. Aftertaste is coffee and citrus hops.
D: For my first black IPA, I am happy. I was expecting some more roast and malt presence, but then again I was expecting more hop presence as well. The bitterness does build throughout the sip, I just wish it was a little more assertive. With that said, this beer does lean toward balance and that makes it very drinkable. It looks like a heavy porter or stout, but drinks so well. Enjoyed it and glad I got a hold of a few bottles.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2010 04:47:09 | More by everetends
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