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Terrapin Samurai Krunkles - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

48 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 160
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 6.25%
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.

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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 160
Photo of sjones5045
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pour a yellowish orange with decent head and a little lace. The smell was a little surprising in respect to the ginger and green tea. I really don't pick up anything other than a standard hop smell. The taste is slightly above avg only cause I like the slight green tea taste at the close. The ginger never really come through though. Overall, it a decent beer but not as rememberable as I was hoping. (401 characters)

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. (631 characters)

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.  (717 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,296 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gives off a solid finger of just of-white foam, mostly loose smaller bubbles with an island of larger ones at the spot of pour, not much retention and the lacing is wispy and random. Hazy deep yellow to zinc orange hued liquid, very consistently colored throughout, holds light well which lends it a warm glow. The ginger is clearly there in the nose and the green tea also comes through credibly, pine and tangerine too along with biscuit and some powdered malt like Ovaltine, the apricot, peach, pineapple scents tend towards fruit cocktail type concentration. Full-bodied and somewhat slow to change direction, moves like it just woke up from a nap. More dough, bread, yeast stuff going on, at the same time more peppery and herbaceous tang, pine and orange, grapefruit citrus. The cocoa and chocolate more bitter than malty sweet. Here the ginger and green tea subsumed back into the whole, the latter more present as it warms. The carbonation is adequate, nothing remarkable pro or con. Wish it stuck to its guns and really let the green tea through more convincingly. Still, as is it’s curious and familiar at once and not bad by any stretch. (1,150 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (524 characters)

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. (738 characters)

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. (1,851 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.49/5  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. (1,637 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,229 characters)

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. (291 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,078 characters)

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 (359 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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). (1,111 characters)

Photo of IPAdams
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a cloudy dark orange with a small white head the recedes quickly with no lacing.

Smell- Bready with some citrus and hints of ginger, fairly subdued smell.

Taste- Weird blend of alcohol, ginger, coconut, orange and holiday spices. Pretty sweet, almost no hop flavor or bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Overall- Not sure what I would classify this, not a typical IPA. It isn't a terrible beer but very weird smell and flavor. I don't think I would buy it again. (510 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (327 characters)

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. (932 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (1,365 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (1,127 characters)

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. (1,171 characters)

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. (267 characters)

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. (850 characters)

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Terrapin Samurai Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
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