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Terrapin Samurai Krunkles - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

154 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pixieskid on 07-28-2012)
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Beer is a cloudy, dark golden color. The head is pure white, maybe 1/2 a finger's width with moderate retention.

S: Very floral and herbaceous. The malts also come through and add a lot of sweetness. I am definitely getting a hint of the jasmine and tea aromas, but I don't know that I would have been able to name them without reading the ingredients. The whole aroma, though good, is buried fairly deep in the glass and one really has to get up in there to smell anything.

T: Sweetness from the malts, and a little toastiness, followed by a lot of hop character. The overall taste is, for me, really muddled. After the malts fade away the hops don't come through clean, but along with hints of green tea and jasmine and lots of alcoholic esters. I find the alcohol just adds to the confusion, and is just overall too strong.

M: Medium body, and a fair amount of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Not a bad beer, but not necessarily a good one. The nose is weak, and the taste is muddled. It is interesting (as I have come to expect from Terrapin) but not all that great (as I have also come to expect).

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 21:39:04 | More by DaveBlack
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

12-13-2013 04:08:23 | More by XmnwildX12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with a half finger white foam head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Minimal lacing left behind.

Slightly herbal, floral hop aroma with some grassy pine, sweet malt and a prominent green tea presence. As it warms up the ginger starts to show but the strong malt presence overpowers the hops. Caramel sweetness with toffee, bread and biscuit.

Medium bodied and a bit more complex than the nose suggests with a balance of earthy hops, peppery spice, herbal tea and sweet malts. Dry and bitter with spicy, grassy hops and a resinous pine flavor that's nicely complimented by the zesty ginger. There's also a subtle citrus flavor that nicely rounds out the hop profile before the green tea and malt backbone come through. Some sweet caramel and toffee leading into a slight dry finish. One of the more interesting recent entires in the Side Project Series.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 06:54:16 | More by corby112
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 12:57:16 | More by Ryan011235
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 220z bomber picked up at Greens on Buford Hwy

A - A copper golden color with lots of clarity. Not much head or lace on the glass.

S - Ginger! Ginger! Ginger! And thats about it.

T - Ginger and green tea are very present and upfront in your face.

M - Light bodied, oily.

O - A decent experiment, but not something that is worth going after a 2nd time

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 03:23:04 | More by BeerDawgs
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 20:09:40 | More by jlindros
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, faded golden-orange body with a small-sized, brief, off-white head. Head dies off rather rapidly, though there remains little slivers of lace on the descent.

Smell: The malts remain modest in aroma, just some pale malted graininess, serving to send up the varied hop notes, some citric citrus fruit rinds, pointed florals, and vague, encompassing earthiness. Light hints of the green tea, rice, and ginger -- I'm surprised I'm noting the green tea as well as I am and also surprised it's far less gingery than anticipated.

Taste: Pale malts, faintly bready and with a bit of cooked sugar for a small amount of short-lived sweetness. Floral, brightly citrusy hops along with the green tea. Very low hint of jasmine rice. Florals, earthiness, citrus, green tea, and a meager sprinkling of ginger swirl around with the hop bitterness until the drying, soft finish with a linger earthy, spicy, bitter quality in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Overall: An India Pale Ale with some interesting additives. A little ginger goes a long way for me, so I'm glad it remains fairly subtle.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 00:57:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
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babaracas

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An IPA brewed with rice, green tea, and ginger. Pours a clear amber, two fingers thick white head, settles to a half inch. Smell: not a lot going on... citrus rind, ginger. Taste: spicy, piney, ginger note; the caramel in the back is cut by all of the above plus the dry finish. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 04:33:43 | More by babaracas
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-03-2013 03:46:52 | More by TimoP
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JoeBlevins

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-14-2013 17:11:50 | More by JoeBlevins
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prototypic

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:13:58 | More by prototypic
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freduardo

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-04-2012 04:06:07 | More by freduardo
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JonIrabagon

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-24-2012 21:41:59 | More by JonIrabagon
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-08-2014 06:21:08 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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JRBecks

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-18-2013 21:27:43 | More by JRBecks
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CGMLS3

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-08-2013 02:30:24 | More by CGMLS3
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-30-2012 16:11:27 | More by VaterRoss
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-07-2013 00:40:12 | More by ROGUE16
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ciscov

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-18-2012 00:02:01 | More by ciscov
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irish01980

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-04-2013 20:09:02 | More by irish01980
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Boone757

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-21-2013 19:39:30 | More by Boone757
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-07-2013 20:35:51 | More by orangesol
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Duff27

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-21-2013 03:21:49 | More by Duff27
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BrkfstOfChmpns

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-30-2013 00:39:56 | More by BrkfstOfChmpns
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DocAJ

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-03-2013 14:00:36 | More by DocAJ
Terrapin Samurai Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.