Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by jampics2:
3.15/5 rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
A bottle split with Paulie. While we were drinking this, my car was sideswiped in the parking lot outside his place. What a bummer. I mean this beer, with the car, well, shit happens.
#1 on my list of awesome names wasted on average beers. I've become a fan of the Black IPA. I love it when it's really a roasty IPA, and I love it when it's really a hoppy porter. But this was just in limbo, trying to straddle lines that make this too safe.
Pours a black opaque color. Tan head, nice lacing. Looks rather nice.
Smell is full of roast. Not too hoppy IMO. Some citrus makes an appearance. Pine as well. But very subdued. They should drink a Sublimely Self Righteous and see how a black IPA should smell. Commit one way or another, this is more roasty than hoppy but even that is more char than nice coffee or chocolate.
The roast on this beer is just not very appealing. After my first sip, I was hoping it would start to meld. It never did. I even tried to stir it hoping it would come together in an "A-hah" moment. Nope. This is the goober grape of beers. One half roasty porter with charred profiles. One half piney hoppy IPA. All in one crummy mix. Not my thing at all, and I'm a sucker for this style.
The mouthfeel was the best part of this. Just enough carb to keep this medium bodied beer from feeling too heavy. Alcohol was well hidden in the finish.
Drinkability was average. I'd love to see this reworked, because Terrapin has it in them to make an awesome Black IPA. This, however, is not it. I'd rather drive this crummy rental car for the rest of the year than drink another bottle of this.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2010 20:40:08 | More by jampics2
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3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
"The legend of 'Krunkles' begins on the high seas with this adventurous Black I.P.A. With a treasure chest full of hops, and malts as dark as the depths of the deep, this pirated beer is worth walking the plank to." Brewed in the style of an American Black IPA. Previously released as Side Project #10, this beer has been recently pulled from retirement and made available exclusively in Terrapin Variety packs. Previously available in 22 oz. bottles and limited draft, currently available in 12 oz. bottles.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Terrapin snifter. Served above 54º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a silky creamed head of a pale beige complexion over a deep brown body. Retention is medium+, lacing is light and spotty. 3.75
(Smell) Aromas of pale, medium toasted caramel, black patent malts with a balancing blend of herbal, piney and fruity hop aromas to round the aroma out. Bitterness is moderate. 3.75
(Taste) Piney, herbaceous and resinous hop notes up front join a background of black patent and lightly roasted barley malt with a subtle sweetness. The balance is very close and the flavor is quite accessible for the style. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, thinly viscous, slightly dry. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is very slightly bitter and roasted over sweet. Alcohol presence is light, off characters are to a minimum. 3.75
(Overall) I consider Capt'n Krunkles one of the more mild mannered Black IPAs I've recently tried, but I appreciate the balance and what it brings to the style. This is one of the most drinkable Black IPAs that I have had as well. I'm glad to see it make a return, and it may be a deal breaking beer worth purchasing a Terrapin variety pack just to get a taste, or three. 3.75
Terrapin Beer Company's
Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 02:26:36 | More by Jadjunk
Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
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