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Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

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

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very good

161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Side Project #10

(Beer added by: gford217 on 03-19-2010)
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Photo of elgiacomo


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours very dark brown, nearly black with an almost two finger light brown head. Maintains a small cap and leaves a ring and some spotty lacing.

Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt with some hops clamoring for attention but the chocolate takes precedence. The aroma that is there is nice, but it's strength is very low.

Flavor is much better, nice citrus and pine hops up front, and an excellent dose of sweet chocolate in the middle. Finish is quite bitter. Hops get even bigger as it warms. Alcohol doesn't make much of an appearance at all. The level is unknown but I'd guess between 6%-7%.

This reminds me a little of a black & tan with an IPA, a battle of citrus and chocolate. It's very tasty.

Mouthfeel is full and somewhat sticky, low to medium carbonation.

The only other dark IPA I can compare this to is Yakima Twilight which has a bigger hop presence, but I also really like the chocolate in the Capt'n Krunkles.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 04:41:24 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of chefmikeanderson


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Thin viscosity but a dark blackish red with little brulee'd cream white head which leaves a few shreds of lacing

S: Mostly hops that are a darker fruit like a strawberry orange with some plum juice from the hops but then get the faint coffee maybe chocolate charred type smells. quite lovely actually

T: The taste is way more hoppy than "black". If i were to blindly taste this I wouldnt think of it as anything but a pale ale until i breathed out. I get the charred slightly hot but not alcohol heat feeling

M: bitter dryness of the mouth like an ipa but slightly dryer of the roastiness. give it a 5 outta 10 on the ol carb scale. maybe its the color of the beer messing with my mind but more sweet balance from it just to allow me to drink it easier

D:its a slightly higher than sessionable beer to me only because its quite bitter and my mouth cant take more than one bomber of that. its flavor has a lot going on considering you can taste the "dark" and the unusual hoppy together. I dont know what the percentage is but if it were a bit fuller body i would enjoy it more but still a tasty side project

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 04:16:48 | More by chefmikeanderson
Photo of gford217


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, opaque mahogany that almost sits black in the glass with a surprisingly big and fluffy beige head that recedes very slowly and leaves a hefty cap and great lacing.

The aroma starts with some light fruity citrus, oranges and lemons maybe, and some resinous pine. The hops are balanced a bit by the dark roasted malts but the citrus is dominant.

The taste is a bit more balanced and complex with the dark roasted malts forming a bigger backbone that the aroma suggested. That said, the hops are still big and start with oranges and tangerines and give way to a more grassy and resinous bitterness that lingers through the finish. The dry roasted character of the malts balance the hop bitterness of the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation, though it's bubbles that lend a very creamy feel to things overall.

I enjoyed this one a lot and I'm glad I got to try it super fresh as the hops are the dominant player now. Honestly, I'm intrigued to see what happens as the hops die down as I bet this turns into a completely different beer. Not sure if it'll be this good, but I look forward to finding out.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 00:24:12 | More by gford217
Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.