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Terrapin Samurai Krunkles - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

160 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pixieskid on 07-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 48
Reviews by chickenflea:
Photo of chickenflea
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, purchased for $8 from Total Wine. Poured into a snifter. Awesome noticeably ginger aroma, and green tea. It's like an Arizona Tea concoction with alcohol and floral hops featured. Lower carbonation, above average body. Texture is more right on for a double IPA. Good herbal mildly soapy hop aroma. Complex, light bitter, with some zest. Amber/orange color made hazy by lots of particles suspended in the body. Very creative take on an IPA. Reminds me of a mango IPA from Cigar City. Smooth and balanced. Excellent, interesting brew. Would love to revisit.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Mildly hazed pale amber, thin lacing does stick though. Ginger, green tea, spice, kumquats, lemon pith, faint alcohol, biscuity grain and yeast in the nose. Rounded and full smoothness, moderate sized body. Ginger and green tea with some jasmine spicing battle it out as the hops bring for a pretty heft bitterness and flavor profile. The malt pushes through all of that barely with hints of bread, biscuity grain and dried grass. Melon rind, quince paste, peppercorn and pumpkin seeds come to mind. Finishes spicy with a stodgy hop and ends up pretty much dry.

Truthfully the 1st sip was almost a turn off and my tastebuds tried to process everything all at once ... by the 3rd or 4th sip I though "Wait, this is actually pretty good", still growing on me. Cheers for extreme beer!!

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright golden orange with a thin white head that has decent retention

S - bread, some mint, a little herbal

T - herbal, bready, some mint, faint alcohol

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a pretty solid beer. The flavor is balanced. There is some mint and hops and some malt that play well together. I enjoyed this and it's quite drinkable. I recommend it.

Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samurai Krunkles pours a lighter gold color. It’s clear and looks a bit orange when held to light. A very light, white head covers the top. It rises to about half a finger in height. Retention was very, very short. Disappeared nearly as fast as it arrived. Lacing was very spotty and light.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a bit weak and needs more strength. Up front, it smells rather herbal. I’m definitely getting the green tea and the ginger. It smells a tad sweet and malty. Perhaps a little caramel? It’s not front and center though. Hops are noted and have mostly a floral scent. There’s a bit of a citric hop scent that follows. I’m getting a little grapefruit and pineapple. Alcohol is blended pretty well and doesn’t come through all that strong. Pretty good. Just needs more strength.

The flavor is pretty good, as well. The malt base definitely features a little more caramel malt than I anticipated. It’s sweet. There’s a bit of toasted malt in there, as well. It’s definitely herbal throughout. Green tea and ginger are noted. Hops add a mix of citrus and floral flavors. There’s a bit of grapefruit and pineapple. They’re not all that strong though. Perhaps they’re subdued by the malty and herbal characteristics. Alcohol is there, but isn’t strong. Finishes herbal, sweet, with a toasted flavor. Not bad at all.

Samurai Krunkles has a medium body. Carbonation is light and the bubbles are soft. It feels nice and smooth. It goes down relatively easy. It’d be easier if the flavor were just a tad better. Not bad though.

Terrapin Beer Company did an alright job with Samurai Krunkles. I have no problems with the green tea and ginger, but the malt base seems to be a little too caramel and toasted malt heavy. A little more hops wouldn’t hurt either. Just my humble opinion. Still pretty good stuff.

Photo of sjones5045
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pour a yellowish orange with decent head and a little lace. The smell was a little surprising in respect to the ginger and green tea. I really don't pick up anything other than a standard hop smell. The taste is slightly above avg only cause I like the slight green tea taste at the close. The ginger never really come through though. Overall, it a decent beer but not as rememberable as I was hoping.

Photo of thagr81us
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this one during a tasting held at GBX! Served from growler into a sampler shaker. Poured a pale yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweeet malt, floral, spice, sugar, rice, and jasmine. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, jasmine, floral, subtle sugar, and rice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. With that said I have to say that I did not really enjoy the flavor too much on this one at all. The jasmine on this thing was way too strong and left my palate feeling slightly violated after each sip. The rice aspect was there, but it definitely took a backseat. Not sure if this is good or bad, but I'm going to go with bad as it might have cut the jasmine some. I would say this is worth trying at least once, but I certainly hope they let you sample it before ordering a full shaker.

Photo of mscudder
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel snifter. Looking forward to this rare one!

A - Orange cloudy hue with a small white head. nice bubbles throughout but poor retention.

S - Ginger, honey and some notes from tea near the rear. Nice aromas but all are just too subtle.

T - Ginger is intense on the front end, overwhelming all other flavors to a point of discomfort. Citrus and tea like notes round it out leading to a beverage I hardly can call beer. The ABV adds a bit of warmth and it ties into something I would define as a bit off, perhaps skunky.

M - Very thin light body with carbonation that is sufficient for the "style." I wish there was a deeper malt profile.

O - I had high hopes for this one but as almost all of Terrapin's beers, it fell very short. Given it is a local brewery with a fair regard, I just cannot seem to find a beer I can get behind.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- Ale brewed with ginger and green tea.
A: A honey orange pour is dense in the vessel clarity wise with a frothy-cream oatmeal colored head that showed some some bubbly covering. Light, slow rise of effervesce, decent sticky film lacing.

S: The green tea is dominant, orange blossoms and herbal flowers. No ginger indications, soft overall per style.

T: Green tea leafs, spruce, and some citrus hops. Decent level of hops, spicy and perfumy by nature. Lightly bitter tulip flowers, dry, with a leave of tea tannins and dry oranges. Green tea and washy citurs best sums this up.

M: Frothy, creamy, a bit dry and bitter turning a bit washy on the hold.

O: Overall somewhat hoppy and unique but the flavor just doesnt work for me. Tea tannins a bit much, not bad, just not my cup of tea (pun intended). Krunkles is a klunker, to many varying flavors that don't tie togther. Kinda of like a author during brain storming, a lot of interesting ideas all swirling about but not all of them fit together in the end nicely, becomes a mess flavor wise. A bit unique at first but grows tiresome by the end of a bomber by oneself.

Photo of n2185
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Green tea is strong on the nose with citrusy and piny hops coming through as well. The tea gives it a sweet aroma that compliments the hop characters well. I actually really like the aroma.

T: Grapefruit and pine hop flavors mix with green tea flavors here as well, but giving it a more earthy, bitter character than the sweet aroma implies. The finish is lightly bitter with a citrus and green tea aftertaste.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is carbonated enough to accentuate the hop flavors and avoid being watery. It's also quite dry and clean for an IPA.

O: An interesting and mostly successful IPA. I didn't really pick up much ginger, which is unfortunate, but the green tea with the hops works surprisingly well. Not terribly complex, but good.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
7.1% ABV, Side project #17

Another thank you must be extended to his greatness, Chaney, for this bottle!

A - Pouring a dirty apricot golden orange color, Samurai Krunkles produces a tall off white head that plasters the pint with chunky to delicate lacing.

S - Samurai Krunkles' unique aroma stems from it's additions of ginger and green tea which compliment the beer's citrus and pine hop notes. Immediately, it's reminiscent of Michael's; potpourri and floral notes with a mix of pine tree branches and dried tea. Mild sweet caramel and pilsner malt follow up with a smooth base.

T - Astringent hop tea bitterness comes through with the green tea additions. This "green" plant characteristic reminds me of making hop tea that's over the top. Luckily Samurai Krunkles has plenty of malt backing adding a hefty dose of caramel sweetness and pale graininess. Ginger's unique spice seems oddly transparent in this IPA's flavor though some white pepper comes in on the back end.

M - Medium bodied and smooth initially, a sharper carbonation bite enters with a trail of spiciness and a bold tea dryness. It's bitterness on the finish isn't surprising, rather a welcome transition from the malt entry.

O - Terrapin's Samurai Krunkles has an exceptionally unique aroma that plays well with hops and complimentary adjunct additions but the flavor doesn't reflect it's uniqueness in quite the same way. The outcome is a cleaver IPA that's worth splitting and discussing as plenty of the characteristics are subject to interpretation and subjectivity.

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of green tea in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of green tea.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very unique beer that gives you lots of green tea aromas in a different way—it's like going to Chinatown and eating green tea ice cream. This beer might be a little one dimensional but I really liked it.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe (Alpharetta, GA). 7.99. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours clear golden yellow with just under one finger whitish head. A few small spots of lacing. 

Smells of ginger, sweet tea and soft citrusy hops. Different. 

The taste takes IPA in a new direction. There are definately a good bit of hops in there but the ginger plays a major role. Also orange, tea, sweet bread, spice and a kind of faint rubber. 

Medium body, slightly resinous, an almost casked-like mild carbonation. 

A new and different take on the old IPA. The tea and ginger mixes well with the hops. It may not be my favorite but I respect Terrapin for their great execution of an original idea. 

Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the pour.

Smell: Mildly sweet with some citrus notes that remind me of apricots. This beer also had a mild herbal quality.

Taste: More bitterness in the flavor than the smell suggested. Citrus peel hops along with some herbal notes and apricots. The finish is really bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressively tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought the taste in the finish of this beer was a bit weird. Otherwise I enjoyed it.

Photo of Kromes
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A slight hazy gold color with a thin soapy head.

There is a toasted malt and herbal aroma coming off the beer with a floral quality.

The sweet toasted malt provides a good base for the green tea flavors to really shine through. There are also some strong ginger,floral and peach flavors in the beer. Has a nice sweetness at first but finishes a bit dry and bitter. The feel of the beer is really smooth.

This one is very interesting. It has some rather strong flavors right now. Maybe aging will help it mellow out.

Photo of shand
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint

This beer pours out a fairly clear orange color with a tiny head. The aroma is sweet and very floral, with the jasmine green tea taking the forefront. There's just a touch of ginger and some floral and citrus hops in here as well. The taste is fantastic. This is a very complex beer, with all the facets it has working in lockstep. The ginger, the jasmine green tea, the hops, it all comes together to make something that's wonderful to drink. The mouthfeel is slick and moderately light, and the drinkability is very good. I really like this one from Terrapin. It's not a new concept, but I think it pulls it off much better than Elysian's Avatar Jasmine IPA.

Photo of southeastmat
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A great hazy golden amber. A bit like honey. It almost looks like a tea with a bunch of honey tucked into it.

S: Great smelling beer. A lot of ginger notes up front. On the back you get the grain and the earthiness of the tea.

T: The ginger wallops up front. But that fades and those sorachi hops kick in providing a nice balance. Also, the hints of jasmine are subtle which subs for the maltiness you get with some IPAs.

M: A bit thick. Not syrupy though. It kind of dances as it finishes.

O: This beer grows on you. It's definitely a different IPA, but it's worth trying out. Especially if you enjoy challenging your palate and tasting variations of what beer can be. Solid work here by a brewery that likes to push the limits.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a hazy light copper in color with some orange highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall creamy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of green tea and ginger along with some moderate notes of pale malts. There is a light to moderate presence of sweet orange citrus hops and some orange blossom floral notes.

T: Starts out with moderate flavors of pale malts and Belgian yeast (including just a touch of spiciness) followed by slightly lighter notes of green tea, ginger, and sweet orange citrus.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Almost chalky in the finish.

O: Extremely interesting addition of ingredients to an American IPA - the green tea and ginger gives some very enticing aromas and flavors. The ingredients are very complementary and make this beer stand out in the style for me - the only knock is the chalkiness in the mouthfeel.

Photo of jlindros
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Everytime I drink Terrapin beer, I get Terrapin Station stuck in my head, thanks cpinto6 for another one from these guys.

Pours a light fizzy barely head covering that fades fairly quickly to pretty much nothing, no lacing, over very hazy nectar orange color.

Nose has an interesting mix of pickled ginger, spices, and tea. The floral nose starts with some green tea and other green herbs, can't label what herbs but herbal tea like. Next is the ginger, not candied but more like pickled, with a little orange zest and bt of caramel malty sweetness.

Taste starts with a creamy caramel like malt, and light vanilla oak kinda taste, but quickly turns to pickled ginger, and a bit of candied ginger as well. Those again turn to green tea, a strong green tea flavor really comes out, a strong pungent green tea flavor with it's bitterness in all. A light herbal green flavor is there as well, and hint of spicy like flavor from the ginger. Finish is drier but sticky, bitterness kicks in quite a bit, some from ginger and herbs, some from a light herbal grassy hop. Lingering bitter orange rind flavors, light bitter green tea, and little ginger. It's really nasty bitterness on the finish that doesn't play well and drops the drinkability quite a bit.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, fluffy carbonation.

Overall meh, hard to really find what this beer is trying to do. There's a lot going on but not much that plays well with each other, the ginger is OK but not great, the green tea is nice at first but doesn't continue to play well, the herbs and orange rind bitterness really take a hit and the finish is a not so nice bitterness.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a light sweet ginger and notes of tea. In the taste, a spice like bite, ginger, and a earthy small tartness. A spice bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry ginger like spice aftertaste. Spicy and big ginger, not so much an IPA, more a saison.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 11/14/12

Thanks to PDXHops

Cloudy tangerine/amber color. Looks like pineapple juice and honey, only maybe darker. The head starts off as loose bubbles, but rises to a two finger billow before collapsing. Lots of lace.

This smells pretty good, actually. Grapefruit, tangerine, orange - standard American hop goodness. The green tea adds a subtle layer that works well in union with the hops. Cracker-like malt. Ginger is faint.

The flavor is unsettled, which is what I expect from Krunkles. The hops are cut down in expressiveness, if not presence, while the green tea keeps a higher profile. Rather floral, though. There is a good bit of malt too, but it's the enjoyable cracker type. Ginger is still a modest addition, adding a dry bent to the finish.

The feel is pretty common as far as IPAs go. I'd be inclined to give this a fair shake as an IPA-lite, as it's easily on the lighter side of medium in terms of body. I'm gonna go ahead and gush about the low carbonation. Dry, gritty finish.

Wow, I just drank a whole bottle of Krunkles.

Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy light copper color with over a finger of head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some nice lacing when it finally dissipates. The green tea is definitely noticeable in the nose. There is a sweet but subtle fruitiness upfront that is followed by a light wave of hop bitterness. Like most Terrapin offerings, I think that the hoppiness is more muted than it could/should be, especially for the style.

This is a decent, yet unconventional IPA. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a quite cloudy peach color, some sediment. Soapy white topping and a bit of lace. Smells of fruit, citrus, peach, herb.
In the taste, green tea, herb, pith, jasmine, and leaves. I'm getting a lot of green tea in the after taste as well as melon. Dries out with hop earthiness in the finish and a heft of tea. Alcohol is mild. Medium bodied, well carbonation. Overall, I like green tea IPAs, and this is a good one.

Photo of cvm4
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light amber in color. Nice off white one finger head that leaves little lacing.

S - Citrus hops mixed in with a light amount of ginger and green tea.

T - Smacks you with ginger and then the twang of green tea. It's not overpowering and lets you taste the citrus hops that greet you.

M - On the light side of medium.

O - An interest combination here. It's balanced and one flavor doesn't overpower the next. The beer lets you experience it all.

Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: A very sweet, hoppy aroma, with some malt and an herbal quality as well.

T: Tasted of hops (a somewhat mild amount), a light touch of malt, citrus, the advertised green tea, and ginger. Definitely an odd flavor, but somehow likeable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is definitely an oddball beer in some ways, but it's also oddly endearing and drinkable.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked this up when i was in NC a few months ago. probably shouldn't have waited this long, but forgot i had it! oh well, bear that in mind when reading this review as this is certainly a bit long in the tooth. picked up for $8.99. enjoyed from my terrapin snifter.

a - poured a really murky orange with a foamy off white ipa-ish head that dissolved away leaving nice chunks on the side of the glass.

s - comes up fairly malty (duh) with a good dosing of jasmine, tea leaves, and a glazing of ginger. some muted tropical fruit but seems to be more jasmine and tea than anything else.

t - wow, the nose is amplified a zillion times in the flavor. BOOM ginger. BOOM green tea. BOOM jasmine. BOOM malts. there is really no sign of hops in this at all at this point. it was pretty shocking at first, but after a few sips really seems like a green tea beer. it is pretty good if you like these flavors and i don't mind them although i'm far from a big green tea drinker.

m - interesting. finish is a touch bitter, but mostly malty and tea like.

o - definitely different. not sure if this was much better fresher or not...i imagine so, but the reviews are a roller coaster of love and hate. but that makes sense as this is definitely something that i would see as polarizing...much like green tea.

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Terrapin Samurai Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.