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Terrapin Indiana Krunkles - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Indiana KrunklesTerrapin Indiana Krunkles

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98 Reviews
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Reviews: 98
Hads: 154
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 17.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Chaney on 05-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 154
Photo of jabergess
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Mellow Mushroom. Wow. What an interesting an IPA. In my head I see this as a marriage between an IPA and a hefeweizen. Don't be sceptical, it really works. I didn't get a lot from the nose. It has a cloudy hefe appearance., but is slightly darker than a standard hefe. First taste - wow. First you get the hops. Spicy. Then you get the fruity banana. It doesn't seen like its there, but let it warm a little and you'll see. This is not true to style but so worth trying.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single finger head with nice lacing on a cloudy golden with brown hues body. Aroma is herbal with hops, citrus and corriander. More of the in tr flavor with a relatively complex hop flavor. Musty amd bitter hip notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is very smooth. Smooth for the degree of hop flavor and complexity.

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes produced over the weekend.

A--Poured a light orange, straw-like color. Had a semi-fluffy stark white head that dissipated, but had nice retention.

S--First thing I thought of was that it smells like the Terrapin Brewery. It had a nice, clean smell. Hints of sour mash (like when at a distillery). The wheat played wonderfully with the hops. Nice sweet finish of pine and fresh grass.

T--The wheat is present. It is a lot like a wheat beer, but the hosp of the IPA comes through nicely at the end. Little less citrus and pine than I normally like in my IPAs.

M--Light-bodied with a bit of carbonation. Nice clean taste, but a bit on the watered down side.

O--This is a good side project. I haven't been able to say that recently. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. It is probably better than Hopsecutioner IMO, but I won't be sad to see it go.

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Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting for Blind BIF #5:

A: Yellowish-orange-peachy in color. Very hazy. Forms a thin creamy white layer of head that reduces down to a patchy surface coating and a thick ring around the edge. Very nice lacing. 4.0

S: Another aromatic IPA. When I first took a draw out of the bottle to determine what king of glass I wanted to use, I smelt a lot of pine and pine resin. But now that it is in a glass, I’m getting a lot more citrus and floral perfume. Orange, orange blossoms, and even some tropical fruit. Quite a complex nose. 4.5

T: Very sweet pale malt base on the front end compliments the tropical fruit and orange flavors. Light bitterness, Quick finish. A sort of yeasty bumblegum quality begins to show through as it warms - odd, but not necessarily out of place. Unfortunately, the flavor is not nearly as complex as the scent, but it is still pretty good. 4.0

M: Medium in body, very soft feeling in the mouth. Easy carbonation. Light bitterness. 3.5-4.0

O: Aroma is very good, and quite complex. Flavor not as much, but still good. Light body and light sweet malt base makes for easy drinking. Alcohol is well hidden. I must say this is an interesting beer with a combination of flavors I would have never thought of, but none-the-less, works quite well. 4.0

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Photo of thagr81us
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, and subtle citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor on this one was pretty nice which made it pretty easy to drink. The aroma was pretty good as well. If I would have been put in a blind tasting and had to pick the style I would have pegged it for a Belgian IPA rather than an American IPA, but there are worse mistakes that can be made out there. Pretty good brew and a must try if you can.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-copper color with a white head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of citrus and floral hops backed by light wheat twang.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt with hints of tangy wheat up front are joined by solid citrus and lightly herbal hops. The hops lighten up midway through the sip, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this is a solid beer for the style, not quite out the park, such as Gumballhead, but better than many attempts. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a very hazy, almost opaque dark bronze color with a 1/8 inch head that reduces to a white ring around the edge of the glass and a lovely pattern of big bubbles in the center of the surface and thin rippled foam surrounding it.

S- Citrusy hops in the nose at first and then the wheat sets in. Smells sweet with notes of tangerine and pineapple. The freshness of the hops is very apparent.

T- A little more on the hoppy side for a wheat IPA. Tastes fruity yet has a darkness and depth to it. Not too bitter, not too sweet. Quite fresh. Doesn't taste like it was entirely made with wheat but also with some malt but I could be wrong. Never had a "German" wheat IPA before so I don't know what it's supposed to taste like.

M- Medium carbonation with a thin feel and a bit dry.

O- Quite good. Not as exciting as a Belgian IPA in my opinion, but it's nice to drink all the same.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep golden amber with a monster three finger sticky white head. This rested gently down and left behind generous amounts of side glass clingy and sticky lacing.
The aromas are quite potent with a huge floral hop presence, lesser amounts of grapefruit and even lesser amounts of orange/ tangerine. Light sweet maltiness on the back end as well which asserts itself more as it opens up.
The tastes begin with wavy of sweet pale and bready and biscuity maltiness; definitely some wheatiness as well that I have not experienced in an IPA to date, but this is a wheat IPA so I guess it makes sense. Hops join the party next with lots of orange and pineapple.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice bitter and dry finish was helps to balance out the malty sweetness. Great smooth and light feel which is no match for the huge flavor in this beer. Carbonation is ample and perfect for the style and helps to balance the full body that the wheat addition provides.
Overall this was a treat. Quite unexpected, but I guess I also did not know what to expect. A full bodied, sweet and wheaty flavored, German, hoppy, balanced IPA. Not too sweet or bitter or wheaty; I enjoyed it. Recommended... yes. Much better than the last special release (Black Saison I think... not important; it wasn't good.)

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy tangerine color with a nice two finger fluffy off white head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is nice sweet and fruity tangerine, grapes, light pine notes an bubble gum, on a caramel/bread malt background.

Taste is some malt sweetness loaded with hops citrus fruit notes orange with lingering lime like notes mingled with some pine. Overall taste is not as wonderful as the aroma defiantly more IPA then wheat or the hops are just taking over.

Mouthfeel is lighter medium with average level of carbonation. Pretty well balanced feel.

Overall is a decent brew one of the better side projects I have had, was starting to worry about wasting money on them but this one is pretty decent.

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Photo of sfsean28
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into oversized Hefe-glass. dark orange color with big head which diminishes quickly.
citrus smell
nice combination of hops and wheat although hops is more present in the taste. some bitternes which I like. carbonation is ok.
I like Terrapin brews alot and that is why I bought this 22oz bottle for 8.99(OUCH).I wont't buy this again and I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying it.

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Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Fathead's in Pittsburgh, PA during the 'Burgh Brew Tour 2011. Review is from notes taken on 6/6/2011 and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep apricot/coppery color, and comes with a scant, thin and slightly off-white head that fades to a cratered scum; body is very hazy/cloudy, and I have no visual idea of what the carbonation situation looks like; nice full curtain of lacing sticks around and eventually turns into random splotches and patches.

Smell: Slight bubble gum esters; slight fruity/peppery spiciness that is possibly reminiscent of cloves. Smell is quite robust, and the longer it sits, the more the bubble gum comes out... I'm very interested as I've never smelled bubble gum quite so much.

Taste: Straight up bubble gum... we're talking Bazooka Joe here, folks; burnt toasty graininess, definite bitter hop presence -- very grassy with a touch of citric fruit rind (perhaps lemon?); a slight smooth fruitiness lingers in the aftertaste (which is possibly more of an effect from the bubble gum presence) with a touch of the peppery spiciness lingering with it.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium/light in terms of weight; carbonation is strong and prickly and borders on being sharp, but just manages to resist and I'm OK with that; a thin, sticky coating is left all over the palate; gums and belly are left especially warm and tingly from the carbonation, acidity and ABV.

Overall: A great summer beer -- refreshing flavor spectrum from sweet and fruity to earthy and bitter; body isn't heavy at all so I would be happy sipping on this one from afternoon until nightfall. I really wish we got Terrapin where I live.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: lovely amber glow with nice white fulffy head rentention

smell: sublte citrus/piney hops aromas

taste: hops not dominant as expected but there. good citrus flavors

mouthfeel: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability: a solid wheat based IPA,

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Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, buttery gold pour with 2 fingers of pillow top head. Thin lace. Very nice head retention.

Nose really wants to be yeasty but citric hops overpower that trend. Bit of banana bread creeping in towards the bottom of the glass.

Light wheat hit with biscuit malt. Hops take over, though, just as in the nose. Nice, dry citrus finish.

Surprisingly heavy body for the taste and feel of the beer.

Another nice offering from the Athens turtles.

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Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

light copper colored body with bright orange highlights. finger and a half of off white head quickly recedes to a frothy cap with clumpy lacing. i could smell big citrus aromas at arm's length away. taste is citrus hops and wheat. has a medium to heavy mouthfeel to it. a little heavier than i wanted with a good carbonation and a long dry bitter finish. overall a good beer to try.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy orange color with a small white head.

Interesting aroma. I got some banana, orange, and citrus. Kind of a wit/IPA combination.

Taste followed aroma. Banana, orange, and grapefruit. A little bit of biscuity malt.

Medium-bodied, fairly crisp.

I've had a few beers from Terrapin, and wish I could get them here in Maine.

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Photo of mocktm
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've pretty much loved every Terrapin side project I've ever encountered, and after hearing about this one's release, went to several different stores to track down a bomber. Can't wait to dive into it, so here we go... 22oz bottle into traditional Hefe glassware.

Pours a golden orange hue with a slight haziness about it. Just a tad bit of head appears, which quickly dissipates leaving absolutely barely any lacing to speak of. Its as if an IPA and Hefe were mixed together, which I suppose is the entire point. Would have loved to have more head though.

Nose start off as a typical Hefe; lots of banana, clove and wheat. Then proceeds to nodes of grass, pine and lemon/orange citrus hops. I feel the latter's presence overpowers the former a bit too much. Balance isn't quite right, but still a interesting and nice aroma.

Tastes just as I expected, except in opposite order. Banana and wheat characteristics sit in the back and are more complementary rather than central flavors to the citrus and floral hops that kick it off. It finishes off rather nice and crisp with a slight bitterness that contrasts rather well against the sweet wheat and yeast. Pretty tasty stuff, but again, could use a bit more balance in the Hefe's favor.

Medium bodied and pretty drinkable. If it weren't so limited and hard to find, I'd go buy a few more. Carbonation could be better, buts that's my only real complaint in this department.

Overall, a solid offering. Although it didn't blow me out of the water as some of their other side projects have (Hopzilla, Wake N' Bake), but its safe to say that this collaboration of my two of my favorite styles worked out pretty well and is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thick white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves quite a bit of layered lacing.

S- Smell is quite a bit of grassy hops, and quite a bit of fruits. I'm picking up a bit of banana, grapes, orange and grapefruit.

T- Fruity for sure and a good amount of yeast. A pretty solid amount of spice going on here. Pretty solid amount of hops here too. Seems like a pretty nice hybrid going on here.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- Pretty solid and pretty unique for sure. I'm lovin these labels with the turtle pretty killer by itself.

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Photo of jsanford
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Terrapin Pint Glass.

A - Hazy orange with a 2-inch creamy white head that settles to a thick haze and leaves lots of soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Interesting nose, a nice combination of a German hefeweizen and an American IPA. Big citrus hop notes of orange and grapefruit co-exists nicely with a bit of pine resin, wheat, banana, clove, and bubblegum yeast. Pretty nice.
T - Not as hoppy as I'd expected from the nose, but nice nonetheless. More grapefruit and pine resin are present, but are generally overshadowed by the bubblegum, wheat, clove, and banana. Difficult to classify, is it a very hoppy hefeweizen or a very wheaty IPA? Still, pretty tasty, I'm not having any issue with the bottle.
M - Slightly creamy, with a medium body and carbonation that's a hair low for my tastes.
O - Overall this was a solid effort from Terrapin, good to see another winner after the mediocre Vladdy and the forgettable Tomfoolery.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy apricot with a pinky of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, cloves & appleskins

T: Follows the nose, juicy fruit chewing gum, some piney hops lurking in the background. Grapefruit & cloves dominate as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit, piney plus cloves & a touch of juicyfruit

MF: Light medium bodied, soft carbonation

Very drinkable, but I expected more to be sure

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle pouted into a snifter. The beer pours a cloudy orange color with minimal eggshell white head that fades quickly to a thin edge layer.
Aroma is bready yeast and some citrus hops. Not huge robust aroma, but pleasant and appealing to the nose.
First sip reveals an average body and fine gentle carbonation. Flavor is bready yeast and some citrus hops again not mouth puckering bitter just enough to let you know the hops are present.
I dont get any hints of abv on the nose or flavor. Very enjoyable smooth drinking beer. I would drink again if given the opportunity.
A nice interesting yet not crazy astringent IPA.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Bennettrox! Thanks Ryan!

Pours similarly to a Hefeweizen with the cloudy orangy yellow, but with enough difference to make it it's own. Head was white-ish, a couple fingers, with minimal lace. Lot's of pine and citrus dominate the aroma initially, making it a very nice smelling IPA. As the head subsides, a caramel maltiness comes through and a quite pronounced aroma of yeast, banana and clove. Bitterness translates more in the taste, but it's all there in the end as the aroma. This is definitely a melt between wheat and ipa. Does it work? I think so. It definitely adds an interesting layer to a nice hoppy Terrapin brew. The feel has a nice slickness and slight creaminess to it. Medium in body with a nice carbonation feel. It's nice and solid, and drinkability is good...the bomber was a piece of cake. Overall, I'd say mission accomplished...and with positive results!

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Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah! I'm finally the first to review something!

A: Looks like a mandarin orange... same color, translucence, etc.... The nice finger or so frothy, shell white head stayed stayed alive long after the pour.

S: IPA on German steroids! Lots of citrus (orange and apricot specifically), but also good bit of that Hefeweizen-like funk, also with a tinge of Alka-Seltzer.

T: Right away, this wasn't as hoppy as I thought it was going to be based on the smell... but pleasant nonetheless. The mid-palate contained much of the fruity elements, while on the aftertaste, I got wheatier fare. Medium bodied overall....

M: The carbonation was fine, if a shade on the low side... but nothing too offensive. The yeasty finish washed over the sweetness, leaving the palate fairly clean. The lacing on the glass was somewhat ridiculous.

O: This is a good summer drinker for sure, and I think Terrapin is onto something with this style. This was no "Hopzilla" or "Hop Karma," but I still dug it...

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Photo of bbeane
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a DFH laser etched chalice... starts with a nice finger think head with ok retention and nice lacing... beer is a cloudy amber color

S- Smells very appealing, though not an abundance of hops... more wheaty malty sweetness. Maybe some spicey notes as well

T- Different... I don't think I really care for the wheat with all the hops, but it tastes exactly as it should I suppose. Starts out with some sweet and spicey wheat flavor coming through before being overtaken by hoppy bitterness

M- Light/medium body with light carbonation

O- I didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would, but I think it was more that I didn't enjoy the style (wheat with all the hops) vs the actually quality of the beer


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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice balance between a hefe and an IPA, and who would think of such a thing. Orange and unfiltered. A good blend, hops and wheat. Carbonation is right there and its still a good mouthfeel. Some orange and other fruity taste. IBU 75.Radek's bottle.Seek one out.

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Photo of harrymel
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chaney for this snack!
Bottled: unk

A: pours apricot on apple cider in both color and clarity - as expected. Less than single finger loose white foam falls to tortuous sheet of the same. Cobweb lacing.

S: reminds me of a beer I made called "plastic pale ale". Has some processed petrol smells, and cloves, and the sharpness I sometimes get from wheat. Not particularly hoppy.

T: the yeast here is well played. If this were a simple Weiss bier, it would be shit, but it is not. Nice astringent edges help accentuate the yeast and wheat additions to this beer.

M: heavy body with fine and persistent carb. Dry.

O: good stab at a style outside the box.

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Terrapin Indiana Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.