Terrapin Indiana Krunkles - Terrapin Beer Company
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2.48/5 rDev -34.7%
Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 11/26/11
Courtesy of PDXHops
Hazy tangerine with golden highlights with a cap of foam just shy of one finger. The is bubbly, doesn't last long and turns to a soapy wash. Ok lace catches around mid-glass.
Over-balanced hop notes of orange rind and lemon zest juiciness tickle an otherwise boring aroma full of bread, toasted wheat, mild fruit esters and hints of dull yeast spice. Suggestions of pollen and perfume. There was an inclination of something tomato, but that seems to have subsided.
I'm surprised and, to be honest, a little disturbed with how solvent-like the hop are and how potent they have remained; it has tangy, citric juiciness that is almost tart. When paired with toasted wheat, dusty bread and a dry spice finish it comes across as a whole lot of lame. As it warms there are a few tea leaf and vegetal off-flavors.
The feel is on the lighter order; it's certainly juicy. The level of carbonation is probably my favorite part - it's reasonably low and suits the feel pretty well. But, there's a coating feel on the finish that gets on my nerves.
This could have been good, but it isn't. Terrapin - dial down the hop solvency, keep the wheat but nix the rest of the hefe-blah-blah-blah, drop the abv by 1% or so, clean up the finish and you should be good to go.
11-27-2011 22:13:28 | More by Ryan011235
2.73/5 rDev -28.2%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a hazy, light orange color with a full, dense and frothy white head to it. The head had some pretty good retention to it and left a little bit of lacing as I drank it.
The aroma is an interesting mix of the German Hefe characters and an American citrusy, bitter, grapefruit like flavor. I get a lot of banana and clove to it with some sweeter, vanilla like flavors to it. The American hops are there, but are overshadowed by the yeast in the aroma. Pretty appealing aroma to it overall though.
The taste is where it falls apart for me. The yeasty, banana and clove flavors really just clash with the citrusy, bitter, American hops for me. The grapefruit, citrus rind qualities comes across pretty bitter and strong, which doesn't mesh well with the clove like spice for me. Together they seem to give it kind of a harsh and somewhat boozy quality in the finish that I really didn't care for. I get a lot of tart, fruit like character out of it as well that wasn't bad but just didn't seem to fit.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is a little above average. Overall it was drinkable, but one of my least favorite Side Projects. The flavors just really clashed for me, especially the bitter, citrus rind and the clove like yeast spice. Unfortunately I didn't find that it had particularly good American IPA flavors or German Hefeweizen flavors and on top of that they didn't mix well either. I like the experimentation, but it didn't work for me.
05-06-2011 23:03:29 | More by billab914
2.73/5 rDev -28.2%
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a modestly hazy, copper-orange body with a frothy, foamy, off-white head.
Smell: Lightly toasty, lightly sweet-scented barley and wheat with particularly pithy citrus fruits, a few drops of pineapple juice, and ground up aspirin.
Taste: Pale maltiness, lightly bready, and with a fast twinge of wheat. Moderately sweet. Pithy citrus fruits, orange and white grapefruit sprinkled with a pinch of Goody's Extra Strength headache powder. Pronounced citric bitterness. The spicy phenolics from the yeast are well overshadowed by the hops. Sun-dried hay stack and just a lingering bitterness as the body thins towards the dry, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Makes me think of a slightly lighter version of Stone 9th Anniversary Ale, a beer I just didn't like. And here I'm not liking this, either, as it really just doesn't mesh well for me. I'd rather reach for something like a Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale.
05-27-2011 18:42:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.75/5 rDev -27.6%
A fun extra from sendsilk.
Review from late July.
A - Golden color. Nice clarity with a short head.
S - Lots of clove and noble hops. This is starting off a bit weird.
T - Bitter, nearly medicinal. Earthy with a mild spiciness. Also clove and sage flavors going on. Did I mention that this was rather odd?
M/O - Dry and really bitter. I think this wound up being a strange combination of malt, hops, and maybe even the yeast. Things went in many directions, but none were satisfying as an IPA.
12-30-2011 06:54:34 | More by Spider889
3.08/5 rDev -18.9%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into 5 juice glasses
Appearance - Slow forming, heavy thick head... with a thick finish.
Smell - Orange peel, delicious hops.
Taste - Doesn't quite live up to the smell, but still strong orange rind taste - like a rotten orange smells.
Mouthfeel - Light, but very lingering.
Overall - I don't love it. Not what I expected for the claimed style. It does have thick head though.
07-28-2011 01:43:11 | More by ajwillys
3.1/5 rDev -18.4%
Pours a cloudy amber with two fingers of creamy off-white foam, settles to a thin ring and leaves splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: banana, lemon, spicy - clove, sweet caramel. Taste: caramel and wheaty base with a big dose of hops. Citrus rind, spicy and medicinal. A little bit of clove is buried in there. Medium bodied with a dry medicinal finish. Comes off as a sweeter hefe hopped (highly) with American varieties. Doesn't work as well as certain other highly hopped German wheats out there.
05-30-2011 00:54:17 | More by babaracas
3.13/5 rDev -17.6%
Poured from bottle into Weizen glass...
A- Pours a beautiful golden beer with a large foamy off white head. Very hazy beer as expected and the head is pretty damn stable.
S- Smells like a citrus hefeweizen, mainly oranges and green apple (not in an acetaldehyde way). Not much hop presence comes through; perhaps its hidden by the german yeast strain, perhaps its just not there. The yeast characteristics do come through in a bubblegum/clove way.
T/M- This basically tastes like a slightly more bitter german hefeweizen, which misses the mark of a hefeweizen IPA. I really wanted more of a hop flavor to cmoe through, but really there is only the grainy wheat flavor and a little citrus. No big hefe esters or phenols pop either. Mouthfeel is actually fairly light to me, approaching the thin watery feel which I hate- but not quite there.
O- Damn, I had way too high of hopes for this beer. I appreciate what Spike was going for, but in the end I think he tried to not overdo it and it came up short. To me, this is a mediocre hefeweizen that is a little on the bitter side and nothing more. It had the potential, and I commend the effort, but can't say this was great...
05-20-2011 18:08:06 | More by TheGordianKnot
3.2/5 rDev -15.8%
A: Cloudy orange hue with a fluffy white head when poured but it did not hold very well and it was only average lacing
S: Very wheat forward with some spicy hop notes, some hefe like banana notes notes too and a bit of bitter pine
T: Much like the nose, but the pine is a bit more present. Nice wheat flavor and pretty well balanced
M: Pretty smooth and easy drinking, slightly rough around the edges, but no heat
D: I found this to be an interesting beer and while it is listed as an american IPA i think it is more of a hybrid hefe and IPA and the hefe won out most of the time but the hoppiness was definitely there. A refreshing beer but not one that i am overly compelled to try again
05-25-2011 22:56:27 | More by mikey711
3.23/5 rDev -15%
22oz bottle into a Smuttynose tulip.
Pours a dark orange with a two finger off white head that quickly fades leaving a little lacing. I'm picking up some citrus as well as a minty herbal note in the aroma along with the classic banana hefe yeast. Taste is a lot of the same which leads to a big clash in flavors. Medium full body with a bit of slickness and medium carbonation. I'm wondering if a little more carbonation would have helped ease the mouthfeel. Overall an interesting attempt but for me really misses the mark resulting in just an IPA smashed together with a hefe. I'll probably skip finishing the bottle.
07-23-2011 22:52:30 | More by xerotime
3.28/5 rDev -13.7%
I've been a bit disappointed in the side projects recently, and this one is no exception. To start with the label art, name, and backstory is so convoluted and random as to just be silly. It's either completely nonsensical or such an inside joke that it lacks all humor. None of that affects the beer, however. The beer itself doesn't really work, unfortunately. Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible, but the whole idea was flawed from conception in my opinion. A seriously hoppy wheat beer like this results in a taste clash between the bitter, spicy hops and the tangy yeast that just doesn't work for me. There is a big herbal component from what seems like summit hops that further confuses things with an almost lactic note. I 'm all for experimentation, but this isn't even that interesting- just an ipa and hefe crammed together- to no great effect, Ho-hum.
07-05-2011 02:36:34 | More by Georgiabeer
3.3/5 rDev -13.2%
Pours a hazy orange color with a nice frothy head that sluggishly recedes. Smell is out of this world on this beer, no lie. Lots of grapefruit, pomegranate, coriander, and wheat. Smells like a delicious fruit basket!
Lots of bright flavors, some sour tastes as well. Lots of sweetness up front with some pomegranate flavors. Some wheaty tastes come through in the middle and is followed by a very wet hop presence. Ends with lots of citric hops. Lots of unique flavors present but they don't really all blend great together. The scent doesn't live up to the taste. However i'm only half way through the 22oz bottle. Maybe the beer will be better towards the bottom.
The mouth feel is nice and bright. Would be a great drinking beer in the summer. Too bad of the limited brewness.
Actually, after a few more sips, the fruity sweetness up front balanced by the bright citric hops at the end seem to make more sense together. Starting to feel these tastes do work in one thorough sip. Still not a superb taste but unique.
The beer is a it better when you get to the bottom, isn't as sweet and has a bit more wheat which is nice, cuts some of the sourness.
Overall a unique brew is nothing else.
10-19-2011 19:33:16 | More by jtierney89
3.33/5 rDev -12.4%
On tap at Kickbacks
A-Pours a dark orange/copper color with a slight haze. Half a finger of off white head has fair retention and leaves a bit of lace.
S-Fruits and grains. Banana, wheat, some citrusy hops.
T-Floral and citrus hops, banana, wheat, cloves. Its ok, nothing that really wows me.
M-Medium body, dry, crisp.
O-A twist on an American IPA that isn't bad, but not great either.
07-03-2011 14:34:49 | More by Lerxst
3.35/5 rDev -11.8%
Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.
A: The beer pours a hazed burnt orange color with two fingers of soapy white head.
S: A really interesting nose. Citrus and floral hops with a strong yeast component. Moderately spicy with a definite pepper note, a hint of clove, and some banana esters. The malt doesn't come through all that much, likely due to all the different aromas.
T: The banana is really quite strong. Lots of pepper and wheat are also there. A sort of chalky note to it and a really drying bitterness. Citrus and floral hops, along with a light fruitiness, round out the flavor. A lot going on here, but I can't say I'm a fan.
M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: Just a strange beer. Nothing about it really seemed to work together.
05-31-2011 23:43:13 | More by womencantsail
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
I had this over Memorial Day Weekend. Reviewed from notes I took while drinking. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber with a finger of white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour along with some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Sweet from the malt with some fruity notes and mild hops.
Taste: Mildly sweet from the malt. Very crisp with some fruity notes that include pineapple. Citrus peel hop bitterness with a bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is dry.
Overall: This is a good IPA, but I'm not sure how much the Hefe yeast added. I would drink it again, but won't search it out.
06-01-2011 22:13:14 | More by oline73
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
A- pours a nondescript amber color. A finger of almost light brown off white head reveals itself. Decent retention but the head soon becomes pretty thin.
S- the aroma begins with dry banana chips with a hint of clove typical to a German hefe. Spicy hop aroma with a predominate herbal characteristic blends in with notes of lemon lime and orange zest. Finish is mineral like with a hint of floral leafy hops and ceral wheat. The two componets seem to be at odds. The banana/clove conflict with the hoppiness. Decent aroma just a bit disjointed.
T- fresh cracked wheat and banana flavor hits you initially. Leafy hop flavor with a citrus orange note comes in and overpowers the initial flavors. A very subdued bitterness hits the palate with a slightly spicy tinge. Finish is quenching and refreshing with a floral hop finish. Again this hybrid of style seems to be disjointed. I like that the hops carry most of the flavor it just doesn't wow me. A solid interesting brew though.
MF- mouthfeel is quenching at first then changes into a wheaty
slick consistency. Average carbonation with a suprisingly thicker medium body.
D- average drinkability
06-16-2011 00:48:28 | More by Viciousknishs
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!
A murky, dark honey-orange with a small off-white cap. Leaves the glass messy with irregular lines and sheets of sticky lace.
Strong aroma of citrus, some wheat, and alcohol heat. There's also a definite melon character to the aroma from the choice of hops used.
The flavor is largely bitter, even for the style, along with complementary citrus and melon notes (cantaloupe?). There's some sweet malt character as well, but the overwhelming bitterness hides some of that.
Medium to full-bodied for the style with moderate carbonation.
I suppose this is my favorite German-style wheat IPA...whatever the hell that means.
12-10-2012 17:46:04 | More by ehammond1
Terrapin Indiana Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.