Terrapin Samurai Krunkles - Terrapin Beer Company
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4.73/5 rDev +29.2%
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!
08-20-2012 22:15:04 | More by CampusCrew
3.88/5 rDev +6%
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.
08-19-2012 01:42:40 | More by CaptCleveland
4.23/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
08-16-2012 01:01:35 | More by beer2day
3.48/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
08-13-2012 04:33:43 | More by babaracas
4.05/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
08-11-2012 05:42:13 | More by n2185
2.75/5 rDev -24.9%
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.
08-08-2012 03:52:56 | More by mscudder
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
08-07-2012 02:42:25 | More by southeastmat
2.88/5 rDev -21.3%
A- No head with quickly disappearing lacing. Too light for an IPA.
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.
08-05-2012 02:25:43 | More by ginemesis
3.98/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
08-03-2012 13:09:43 | More by avalon07
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
08-03-2012 04:52:43 | More by ThickNStout
4.28/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
08-03-2012 02:55:03 | More by shand
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
08-03-2012 00:32:23 | More by Kromes
Terrapin Samurai Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
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