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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 34
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

LarryMyers, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of SebD
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, coffee, light chocolate, piney hops and some floral undertones.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some definite roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate, a resiny pine bitterness and faint floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

SebD, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of rfoltz53
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%

rfoltz53, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Cook82, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

gigoat, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

ddedhed, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%

12 oz bottle of Capt’n Krunkles Black IPA poured black and opaque with a good size, durable tan head that left splotchy lacing.

Aroma: pronounced hops with faint malts. Nonetheless, appealing.

Flavor: more balanced. Unlike many black IPA;s, IMO, this one successfully integrates the substantial hop load with a substantial amount of medium and dark malts. Its success is due in large part, I suspect, to not going overboard with the ingredients. Terrapin also has done a fine job of matching the malts to the hops.

chinchill, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of tmm313
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

tmm313, Sep 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ALLISON01, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of JamesBondGA
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Dark in color, no distinguishable flavor

JamesBondGA, Aug 31, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +6.6%

JJStorm, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

qchic, Aug 21, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -7.1%

justinthegypo, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

edhizdeid, Aug 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

IdrinkGas, Jul 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

BurningTreeMufen, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
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.

Ozzylizard, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of Mikus
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.

Mikus, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

MikeThumel, Jul 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

DrBier, Jul 23, 2014
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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.

DrDemento456, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

zestar, Jul 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Yellolab2010, Jul 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Toombsy, Jul 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

TigerOwl, Jul 15, 2014
Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.