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Terrapin Samurai Krunkles - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Samurai KrunklesTerrapin Samurai Krunkles

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48 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 160
Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy light copper color with over a finger of head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some nice lacing when it finally dissipates. The green tea is definitely noticeable in the nose. There is a sweet but subtle fruitiness upfront that is followed by a light wave of hop bitterness. Like most Terrapin offerings, I think that the hoppiness is more muted than it could/should be, especially for the style.

This is a decent, yet unconventional IPA. Certainly worth a try.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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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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 Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

"Taking the Orient and the rest of the world by storm, Krunkles returns! In this edition of the bearded IPA brewer's saga, "Samurai Krunkles," as he was once known in the Far East, pulls out all the hips from his Katana's sheath to make this Asian flared brew. While traveling around the Pacific in a souped up rickshaw pulled by his trusty side kick Cato, Krunkles uncovered unique brewing ingredients such as jasmine rice, jasmine green tea and the finest ginger the Orient had to offer for this Samurai master's ale. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American IPA with ginger and jasmine green tea leaves. No bottle date, produced in August 2012.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to my Terrapin Snifter. Served north of 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Golden white creamy head over a golden orange amber body with a medium haze. Subtle but frantic carbonation. Slightly above average retention, light frothy surface cover. A decent appearance. 3.5

(Smell) Citrusy, spicy and herbal hops over a caramel and rye malt bed with a pinch of honey. Notes of herbal jasmine and even more notes of green tea leaves intensify the herbal hop quality, carrying a perky vegetal bitterness to it. Ginger is slightly more subtle- it doesn't contribute much to the overall aroma besides some minor malt complexity, it's difficult to find beneath the caramel and rye. I was hoping for a more bold hop character to compliment the elevated bitterness of the herbal additives. A more dominant ginger profile would have been pleasant also. Potentially, it's a very busy aroma but not all of the aromas give their best show; yet more often than not, the aroma aims to please. 3.5

(Taste) Bold lightly roasted caramel bread and pale malt base with a trailing note of floral and herbal hops and jasmine with a medium bitterness. Most of the flavors are well chosen for the theme and nearly all are well balanced, yet none in particular come forward as the highlight of this beer. Ginger is exceptionally faint, even in the flavor; some more crystallized ginger would have been a decent compliment for the malt profile. The lightness of the body reveals an evident green tea and honey finish with a pleasant herbal mildness. Aside from not having any pronounced malt or hop notes, the beer is well balanced and largely drinkable with particularly pleasing flavors for the tea-loving crowd. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Slick, chewy texture with very little carbonation presence throughout; a good call for the green tea character. Alcohol presence is low, Body is about medium, slightly more tea-like than malty, but thoroughly flavored with no wateriness. The jasmine rice may have dropped the body a notch or two while saving the flavor. It stays simple and balanced but forces deep attention to the subtleties of the flavor. Normally there would be a much bigger demand for increased carbonation in regards to the style, but it works very well for the herbal nature of this beer in particular. 4.5

(Overall) The flavors are just faint enough without losing general potency or flavor. A few flavors were a challenge to find, like ginger. Probably for the best, it could have been easily overdone in this lighter-bodied beer. What was in here was perfect for a lighter bodied tea-inspired Orient beer. Stacked amongst most American IPAs, this beer would be much less citrusy and much more herbal but for the theme it is a fitting selection of flavors, and highly enjoyable thus. 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Side Project #18: Samurai Krunkles

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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 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 cvm4
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light amber in color. Nice off white one finger head that leaves little lacing.

S - Citrus hops mixed in with a light amount of ginger and green tea.

T - Smacks you with ginger and then the twang of green tea. It's not overpowering and lets you taste the citrus hops that greet you.

M - On the light side of medium.

O - An interest combination here. It's balanced and one flavor doesn't overpower the next. The beer lets you experience it all.

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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 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.

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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 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).

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Photo of chickenflea
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, purchased for $8 from Total Wine. Poured into a snifter. Awesome noticeably ginger aroma, and green tea. It's like an Arizona Tea concoction with alcohol and floral hops featured. Lower carbonation, above average body. Texture is more right on for a double IPA. Good herbal mildly soapy hop aroma. Complex, light bitter, with some zest. Amber/orange color made hazy by lots of particles suspended in the body. Very creative take on an IPA. Reminds me of a mango IPA from Cigar City. Smooth and balanced. Excellent, interesting brew. Would love to revisit.

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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 Jacurdy60
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a light golden color with a brownish hue. Good sized vibrant white head with excellent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S-Green tea, ginseng, honey, some spices and herbal hop resin, a touch of ginger fades into the background as well.

T-Spices hit you at the front. The ginger, faint cinnamon, other herbs and spices mix with the resiny hops fairly well. No green tea on the palate.

MF-Oily, slippery, medium sized body with a fair amount of carb. Nice semi-dry finish.

O-Pretty nice brew. It's unique, but the "Oriental" flavors aren't as pronounced as I'd like them to be. Definitely worth a try.

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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.

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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 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 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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Terrapin Samurai Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
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