Terrapin Samurai Krunkles - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.93/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
10-06-2012 12:37:52 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
08-23-2012 21:43:14 | More by kylehay2004
3.48/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
01-05-2013 00:57:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
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!!
06-09-2013 02:48:35 | More by Jason
3.48/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
11-18-2012 20:09:40 | More by jlindros
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
08-25-2012 23:26:10 | More by oline73
3.33/5 rDev -9%
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.
09-08-2012 06:54:16 | More by corby112
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
10-06-2012 16:58:38 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
08-17-2013 21:16:22 | More by Stinkypuss
3.03/5 rDev -17.2%
- 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.
10-03-2012 23:06:53 | More by beerthulhu
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
09-01-2012 22:49:58 | More by tdm168
Terrapin Samurai Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
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