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Terrapin Dr. Krunkles - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Dr. KrunklesTerrapin Dr. Krunkles

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very good

91 Ratings

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zach136 on 09-25-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-15-2013 22:49:38 | More by ali1987
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04-15-2014 13:38:53 | More by ncaudle
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Straight from the Orient and into the brewing ingredient R&D field comes the next incarnation of the most beloved IPA brewer on the planet, Dr. Krunkles. The Dr. is in with a new White Farmhouse IPA that has ordinary brewmasters bending over and singing "Moon River" in his honor. Dr. Krunkles White Farmhouse IPA reaches new heights in complexity and flavor by combining the malt and spices of a Belgian Witbier, the yeast of a Farmhouse Ale and the hoppy goodness of an American IPA. Dr. Krunkle's twisted touch is a dash of white peppercorn and then wood aging on white ash." Brewed in the style of a White IPA, this is Terrapin's 20th Side Project release, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) A vigorous pour yields a pastel white head of a crisp foamy consistency over a golden amber body. Clarity is very high despite some very fine sediment and carbonation is plentiful and vivacious. Retention is above average and lacing is thin and spotty. 4

(Smell) The aroma is very indicative of a Farmhouse Ale (Saison) up front, with the other notes trailing. Anticipate sweet wheat malts and some toasted caramel with a generous dose of bitter orange peel, drops of lemon, apricot and pear plus a peppery nose of coriander and white pepper for a spritely aroma. Hop notes of grapefruit, mango and pineapple trail the yeast profile but generate a pleasant twist on the aroma and a mild-moderate bitterness. Any hints of white ash aging are subtle at best. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Up front expect a generous dose of coriander spice bolstering a milder wheat body, finishing with a dry, bitter citrus and white pepper finish. The saison yeast strain is unmistakeable in the flavor of this beer, and the muted sweetness helps give way to the impact of the white ash on the flavor. While the reservation of sweetness and light body makes for a very sessionable ale, I found the dryness made notes like the white peppercorns and coriander explode into the foreground for an unusual spicy, peppery bitterness. The hoppy IPA angle is the least impressive part of the flavor, with some grassy and lemony notes and a very mild bitterness as well, neither cut through the saison yeast nor the peppery spice to make a significant contribution to the flavor. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, oily and resinous. Carbonation adds a moderate froth and smooth crispness for a texture appropriate for a saison. Balance is dry over peppery bitterness over sweet. Body is light+ for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is light. 3.75

(Overall) Dr. Krunkles White Farmhouse IPA is a bit more Farmhouse than white and more white than IPA. As before mentioned, I like the white ash addition in this body despite the caveat of a less sweet and less robust malt body it produces. It manages to focus more on the spiciness and earthy peppery notes of the white pepper and coriander, which are not in the least bit hindered by the white ash and produce an IPA-level of bitterness through an unexpected source. The hop-IPA character, however doesn't rise above the farmhouse yeast notes enough to tell it apart from the bitter, dried citrus of the Belgian white body. A fairly busybody brew with so much going on that it's going to be hard to tell if you like it or not. 3.5

Terrapin Beer Company's
Side Project Volume 20: Dr. Krunkles White Farmhouse IPA

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 02:50:02 | More by Jadjunk
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber color. A nice, durable white head leaves beautiful lacing behind.

S: Fruity, with citrus, pineapple, peach and apricot notes. There is also an obvious Belgian yeast component and a moderate, most peppery, spiciness.

T: Quite spicy at first, with contributions from the yeast and hops, but this fades nicely into a fruity-yeasty-bready mix. Sweet, tart and bitter in roughly equal measure.

Feel: Medium-high carbonation is moderately soft. Medium body; dry finish.

O: A successful and nteresting combination of styles. Well-balanced in that a farmhouse ale and an IPA vie for prominence but neither wins out. French farmhouse, Belgian wit and IPA in nearly equal degree. A tasty brew that changes a bit with warming.

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03-28-2014 00:05:51 | More by chinchill
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

03-23-2014 22:52:47 | More by Cluker
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

03-16-2014 07:34:39 | More by ZachKelly
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-10-2014 00:34:51 | More by Soto
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-09-2014 23:33:32 | More by funcooker78
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The bottle has a store label of Nov 12, 2013, so I assume it was bottled sometime around then.

The beer is opaque and orange in colour. Looks rather like marmalade. A very large white head on top, quite thick. Good retention and lace.

In keeping with the marmalade colour, the beer has a strong fruit flavour, consisting of orange, peach and banana. A powdery yeast scent is present as well. The smell seems quite heavy, if you forgive the synaesthesia.

Woah - the nose did not quite reveal what was going to happen when I sipped it. The strong fruit flavours are still there - peach the most prominent, along with grapefruit - but there is a powdery bitterness that clashes and is not pleasant. Some Belgian yeast flavours.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

Overall, OK, but not very good. A real flavour clash.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger foamy and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon zest, pear, apple, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, coriander, clove, peppercorn, wheat, straw, herbal, grass, light oak, light bubblegum, and yeast funk/earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, spice, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, pear, apple, wheat, coriander, clove, peppercorn, straw, herbal, grass, light oak, light bubblegum, and yeast funk/earthiness. Light wheat tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, pear, apple, coriander, clove, wheat, peppercorn, straw, herbal, grass, light oak, light bubblegum, and yeast funk/earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of hop, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice white IPA. All around good balance and complexity of hop, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info that I can find.

Pours lighly hazed dull tangarine, under an oversized off white head thats loose and lasting. Leaving a large and high collar/sheeting and tongues of thicker lace.

Grapefruit all over the nose.

Tart and biting grapefruit on the palate carrying the freight here. Seems more then slightly over carbonated, which had me almost drain pouring it, thinking it had gone bad/infected. After letting it calm down a bit in the bottle, later pours were more agreable.

Citric, hoppy, abrasive, but ultimatly astrigent and at least fairly drinkable and mostly pretty good in a strange over the top sort of way....This will not be for everybody, but if ya like a close to over carbonated and biting grapefruit bomb of a beer, this one is for you...

Serving type: bottle

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4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into snifter

A - This offering from Terrapin pours up a beautiful clear medium gold with a generous two finger off white head, great retention, and great lacing.

S - oranges and lemon dominate the nose. The smell is actually pretty strong and sort of invades your nose as you take a sniff.

T - This is a nice blending of a regular IPA and a Belgian. A very lemony, grapefruity flavor greets the palate. The finish is more like a Belgian. It is dry with some yeast character but also has some orange peel and coriander notes coming along almost like a hefe.

M - medium thick. Great carbonation.

O - Sometimes blending styles just results in a mess. This one works on just about every level. The IPA and Belgian notes do not compete with one another. Rather they complement each other resulting in a beer that is interesting and nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:00:18 | More by Mojo
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Terrapin Dr. Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.