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Terrapin Samurai Krunkles - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 160
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of thagr81us
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah yes... another Krunkles beer from Terrapin!

Served in a Schlafly tulip.

A: Poured out a slightly muddy orange color (and on the dark side of that), with a fairly substantial 1/5 finger frothy head that retained its creamy character for quite some time.

S: I didn't read the ingredients until after I smelled it, but overall I got straight up apple juice... and fresh at that! I guess now I can totally get the green tea additive.

T: Sort of like a slightly thinner version of "Midas Touch." Seriously, this was more of a mead than a beer, but I dug that about it. After a few sips, the hop component started to slap the tongue and the ginger component was slight, but effective in this setting. I will say though that I got a pronounced plastic quality the more I sipped.

M: Creamy, not too sweet or spicy, and with a nice fruit bill as well. The carbonation was kinda low, but you really didn't need it to be too high. The lacing was mild and the palate came out fairly clean overall.

O: While not as unusual as the ingredients and the bottle art might dictate, this was a good drinker. Also, for only $7.99, this was a steal!

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Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a golden with amber hues body. Some lacing. Very nice hop aroma with grass, orange peel, pineapple and earthy hops. Sharp citrus and light pine hop notes on a lightly malted pale malt base. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. A very flavorful but not too complex beer.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of mixed reviews on this and when i grabbed one i wasnt expecting much from a japanese flavored ipa. But.... holy cow. They nailed this in my opinion and im usually pretty critical of flavored beer reaches... but the balance of flavors on top of a well excuted ipa is amzing. Golden in color, head throughout. Smells like a powerful ipa with some hints of sweetness. Ginger is very forward, not over done, green tea mixes well and creates a herbal flavor that all goes well with the hop power. Love this beer and i was expecting nothing. Nice job!

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, 14 oz pour into pint glass. No bottle dating.

Honey-orange elixir, minimal head, dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

The green tea is up front with a nice hop aroma, subtle ginger lingers.

Starts with hop bitterness and then the green tea/spice follows. Some ginger and earthy tones at the back, subtle, but the hops prevail.

Medium body, dry, tart, nice.

Nice twist on an IPA with the green tea and ginger.

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Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey gold. Most honey-like pour I've seen in a while. 1 finger of khaki cream head. Very little retention. Sparse strands of lace.

Nose is quite bright, mainly from the ginger. Breezy hop aroma under this, complimented by the green tea.

Taste is a nice mixture of floral hops, ginger, and tea. Really get the tannins from the tea in the finish. Lots of hop esters here and a good bite from the ginger, too. Probably not for everyone, but it appeals to me.

Feel is about right, slightly on the heavy side with hop oil.

Overall, a nice hot weather drinker.

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Photo of babaracas
3.46/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of n2185
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of mscudder
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of southeastmat
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of ginemesis
2.87/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- No head with quickly disappearing lacing. Too light for an IPA.

S- Honeysuckle

T- Overly alcoholic. Can definitely taste the ginger.

M- Very, very thin and light mouthfeel.

O- It's a pale ale, at best. Other than the 7.1% ABV. It's a thin, alcoholic pale ale.

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Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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. 

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Photo of shand
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of QuentinCall
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On gravity cask at The Porter in the ATL.
This beer arrives mostly still and a lustrous, but general, pale horse color (goldenrod? hay-esque? early evening sun breaking through cloud cover?). It seems to be at an appropriate temperature but at first approach there is very little in the nose, besides a vestige of hop florals, and next to nothing on the palate. The hop, and flavor additions (Sorachi Ace, green tea, ginger, and jasmine rice if the presskit is to be believed) are fitted firmly in the background here -- and warming does very little to bolster their voices -- any herbal spice notes or earthiness seem to have effectively cancelled each other out leaving the final product a rather pleasant (if somewhat unadorned) and gently hopped pale ale. The feel is the most impressive facet of this cask, even if it is a little overly resilient with regard to style: wet, refreshing, and nicely reinforced by the wise inclusion of rice.
This one is far from unfortunate, but it has lost a lot of its defining character and nuance and hop bite in the cask. If you're curious enough to purchase this, do yourself a favor and go buy the significantly tastier bottle.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malty aroma has a firm hoppy overtone plus hints of ginger and - must be jasmine. Pours a bubble, coppery amber with a fairly thick and fluffy ivory white head that hangs around. Flavor is rather hoppy, woody rather than evergreen, only slightly bitter, with hints of malt, ginger, jasmine and green tea. Distinctive and most enjoyable! Firm-bodied texture has good fizz and life, leaving a woody finish that has a hint of ginger. Say - ginger and green tea are supposed to be good for you, ergo, this is Health Beer! ;)

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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Photo of jayfro70
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On a weekend trip to NC from VA. The bottle caught my eye when I was in Whole Foods and I know that some of the Terrapin beers don't make it to VA, so I grabbed it up.

Poured from bottle to a pint glass

Appearance: Golden color, light head.

Nose: slight hoppy scent with a little bit of ginger. Not really getting much green tea.

Taste: very easy to drink and refreshing. The hops are the primary profile with a very slight background of green tea and ginger.

Mouthfeel: smooth and crisp. Light refreshing. Very nice.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a trip up to Athens yesterday to visit Terrapin. This was definitely the highlight beer, I used 4 of my tickets on this one.
I enjoyed the Stone Colab IPA with green tea when it was out last year but I liked this one even more.

Poured from tap into their pint glass.

Appearance: standard IPA hue with a small white head.

Nose: green tea ice cream and citrus hops, simple as that.

Taste:The Japanese twist on what seems to be a solid and straightforward westcoast style IPA (no malt presence, all citrus and floral hops) was interesting because it had a palate cleansing effect that made you want to take another sip...thank you ginger. Green tea, citrus and floral hops, a touch of ginger, that's it. Straightforward and interesting as well as totally drinkable.

Mouthfeel: crisp and clean slightly slick.

Overall: loved this thing towards the end it was a bit cloyingly sweet, but that would really be the only negative thing I could say about it.
This is one Side Project I would certainly recommend (feel like they are hit or miss but this is a solid one).

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Terrapin Samurai Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.