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Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPATerrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA

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85
very good

180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Side Project #10

(Beer added by: gford217 on 03-19-2010)
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Reviews by kirkmichel:
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kirkmichel

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Blackish brown and opaque, with a light clingy tan foam.
S-Wierd - I smell piney hops and toasted hops with a smoky undertone and an almost medicine-y quality. So not necessarily wierd in a good way.
T-OK - A bit over toasted and bitter for my taste, but gives you a little hop zing. Unfortunately, not much there besides the zing, but not unpleasant at all. Did I mention how bitter it is? I feel like someone just poured some Fee Brothers in my glass when I wasn't looking.
M-Nice carbonation, and light on the palette. Very different than it looks, and even kind of refreshing.
D-If you can get past the bitterness, this is a nice beer; I just think it came out a bit unbalanced, so one is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 23:29:03 | More by kirkmichel
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-31-2014 01:29:22 | More by IdrinkGas
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BurningTreeMufen

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-31-2014 00:17:21 | More by BurningTreeMufen
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$ 2.25/12 oz bottle at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA
Bottle dated 11.14.14 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma weak pine
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing
Lacing OK – partial rings and sheets of various size bubbles.
Body very dark red amber, clear
Flavor very weak – only slightly bitter with no distinctive hoppiness – no pine, no citrus, no tropical fruit – the only hint of hops is in the aroma. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation.

A not particularly good beer IMHO. This is supposedly only available in the box set so it appears that the seller broke the set down to sell the individual bottles. Usually the offerings from Terrapin range from good to very good – I have to assume that this sample was mishandled somewhere along the line. If I can find another, I’ll update this review.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2014 14:57:46 | More by Ozzylizard
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Mikus

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right off the bat, have heard some pretty good things about Terrapin (and who wouldn't love the Grateful Dead reference?)... anyways, poured from a 12oz bottle into my Breaker Brewing Co. snifter. Beautiful jet black body with a inger or so of off white head. Not a big nose on this one, but some bitter chocolate, and dark malt, and a hint of licorice were there. Not a big hop nose at all, and it would seem as though this was v. fresh (11/14/14 enjoy by date). Nice flavors of coffee up front, with a nice bitter middle note, as well as a nit of a floral hoppy taste as it warmed up. For a Black IPA, maybe just a bit lagging on the flavor complexity... wanted a bit more hop flavor to balance the nice maltiness and appropriate amount of bittering. Great mouthfeel, reminiscent of a nice porter or BIPA. Overall, a decent beer, but I would likely chase down a Self-Righteous or NightTime if the options were available. Decent grade for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 03:26:52 | More by Mikus
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MikeThumel

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-26-2014 00:23:04 | More by MikeThumel
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-23-2014 13:34:09 | More by DrBier
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid only $2.50 for the single much cheaper than the bomber counterparts. It must be good since this was previously an Anniversary ale.

A - A bit lighter shade of black than I am used to for the style I can see some brown hues at the base. Head is exceptional a 1/2 inch of mocha solid goodness making for great lacing.
S - Hmm despite it being a black IPA it smells more like a black ale with roasty goodness, some coffee, and mild citrus hops.
T - Pretty good balance of roast to hops but it does come off slightly acidic. Rather sweet but really nothing to rave over.
M - Light to medium really easy to drink. Decent.

Overall it was worth picking up and I am glad these are being released cheaper as 12 oz offerings. In a way though it was like that peanut butter porter they made OK but it wasn't super tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 02:50:11 | More by DrDemento456
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-22-2014 06:15:08 | More by zestar
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Yellolab2010

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-21-2014 22:09:26 | More by Yellolab2010
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Toombsy

Georgia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-18-2014 19:40:12 | More by Toombsy
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TigerOwl

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-15-2014 03:41:33 | More by TigerOwl
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godlessape

Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20oz Nonic. If you hold the beer up to a bright light you can catch some dark brown hue's around the edges but for the most part it's black as space. The thin, lightly tanned head is creamy and inviting.
The dark roasted malt notes dominate but the there's also a spicy herbal aroma on top of it all.
I pick up a lot of coffee, and cocoa notes in the flavor along with a rich woodsy, leafy, moist soil maltyness to everything. The hop bite on the tail-end is firm and thankfully not overwhelming like most black IPA's.
The mouthfeel is silky smooth and the carbonation is perfectly light.
Overall I've got to admit that the Black IPA is not my favorite style but I still try them out on occasion hoping to find one that I'll love--and now I have.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2014 03:26:17 | More by godlessape
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rcairney1

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-10-2014 15:46:34 | More by rcairney1
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DerrickW

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

07-10-2014 04:05:47 | More by DerrickW
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-06-2014 03:28:11 | More by JMUbrewz
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hozersr

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-06-2014 03:09:53 | More by hozersr
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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
3.75/5.00

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 02:26:36 | More by Jadjunk
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Ljoreilly

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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kushlash23

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Georgia

5/5  rDev +31.9%

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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-26-2013 23:30:56 | More by dgherm
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-20-2013 02:34:22 | More by WOLFGANG
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-13-2013 00:28:28 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
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