Terrapin Samurai Krunkles - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

159 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pixieskid on 07-28-2012)
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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 billab914
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into my Stone nonic pint glass. It poured a hazy, orange amber color with a thin white head to it. Pretty good lacing on the glass as I drank it and nice head retention as well.

The green tea is pretty evident in the aroma and the ginger is not far behind. There is a decent amount of citrusy hops along with some candied orange flavors. It's a little grainy as well. Not a bad aroma, it's very floral but the flavors come together relatively well. It's definitely not my favorite combination of flavors, but it's not bad.

The taste also shows a lot of the green tea flavors to it. It's got more of a herbal bitterness in the finish. Some sweeter, grainy malts are there as well. A little of the ginger lingers into the finish. Again, the flavors all come together relatively well and it wasn't completely dominated by the additions thankfully. I can't say that I loved the flavors, but they were at least interesting.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it wasn't a terrible beer, but I just didn't think the green tea flavor worked that well in a beer. I liked that the additions seemed pretty well balanced and they didn't completely dominate it, but overall the flavors they added were just decent at best. Overall another interesting experiment, but not one of the better side projects in my opinion.

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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 chippo33
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of avalon07
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Lare453
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of thagr81us
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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 OWSLEY069
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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 Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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! ;)

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a Nearly opaque light copper with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like earthy copper and sweet caramel, with some bready yeast and a bit of citrus.
T: It tasted like citrus and copper hops, with some sweet caramel and ginger. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This didn't really have the unique scent or taste I was expecting. Not a terrible IPA, but not all that great either. The finish was smooth, so it was at least easy to drink.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Terrapin Samurai Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.