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Terrapin Samurai Krunkles - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

154 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pixieskid on 07-28-2012)
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billab914

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 22:35:25 | More by billab914
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 22:04:10 | More by BeerFMAndy
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 13:09:43 | More by avalon07
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-07-2012 11:22:08 | More by thagr81us
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

09-25-2012 00:55:26 | More by iL0VEbeer
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 18:26:04 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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! ;)

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 17:25:34 | More by Cyberkedi
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev +9%

01-21-2014 06:11:19 | More by chippo33
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9%

06-11-2013 03:16:22 | More by wrightst
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Duff27

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-21-2013 03:21:49 | More by Duff27
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-07-2013 00:40:12 | More by ROGUE16
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-31-2013 21:40:37 | More by DmanGTR
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pathman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-16-2013 00:49:04 | More by pathman
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Boone757

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-21-2013 19:39:30 | More by Boone757
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Lare453

Florida

4/5  rDev +9%

03-22-2013 12:59:14 | More by Lare453
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9%

06-08-2013 14:16:29 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Pencible

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 01:10:49 | More by Pencible
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

05-29-2013 03:55:41 | More by AngusOg
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-04-2012 00:07:17 | More by ShemRahBoo
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prototypic

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:13:58 | More by prototypic
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cosmicevan

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 20:52:35 | More by cosmicevan
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jsanford

Georgia

4/5  rDev +9%

01-30-2013 03:14:12 | More by jsanford
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah yes... another Krunkles beer from Terrapin!

Served in a Schlafly tulip.

A: Poured out a slightly muddy orange color (and on the dark side of that), with a fairly substantial 1/5 finger frothy head that retained its creamy character for quite some time.

S: I didn't read the ingredients until after I smelled it, but overall I got straight up apple juice... and fresh at that! I guess now I can totally get the green tea additive.

T: Sort of like a slightly thinner version of "Midas Touch." Seriously, this was more of a mead than a beer, but I dug that about it. After a few sips, the hop component started to slap the tongue and the ginger component was slight, but effective in this setting. I will say though that I got a pronounced plastic quality the more I sipped.

M: Creamy, not too sweet or spicy, and with a nice fruit bill as well. The carbonation was kinda low, but you really didn't need it to be too high. The lacing was mild and the palate came out fairly clean overall.

O: While not as unusual as the ingredients and the bottle art might dictate, this was a good drinker. Also, for only $7.99, this was a steal!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 19:07:18 | More by Chaney
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-17-2012 18:36:38 | More by ncaudle
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

08-12-2012 00:42:38 | More by Gatordaddy
Terrapin Samurai Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.