Luau Krunkles
Terrapin Beer Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,527
Ranked #15,448
3.91 | pDev: 9.46%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Very Good
Luau KrunklesLuau Krunkles
Notes: Tropical aromas of passionfruit, orange and guava dominate the nose while a big juicy hop flavor and smooth bitterness complement the balance of the beer.

Hops: Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy, Amarillo.
Dry Hop: Amarillo, Citra, Galaxy, Simcoe.
Malts: 2-Row, Ashburne, Wheat, Honey Malt.
Other ingredients: Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava.

IBU: 38 OG: 15.4
Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 306 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very playful brew. I've had a bunch of Terrapin's before. I'm not sure where we were - in the south, Florida, maybe. Somehow, I wanted something like what I bought in Hawaii years ago - not necessarily great, just successful with a tropical style brew. This misses that mark but is quite good.

It pours a translucent gold with nice fizz. The aroma is exotic fruity. It works. The taste is dry, much of that from the fruit and some from hops. It works well with whatever malts are in there.

Recommended. It came in an inexpensive "survival pack" which unfortunately did not look like the pictured bottles (it was canned).

Mar 06, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Start the party with a couple of 12 oz. cans emptied into a clear glass liter mug. The brew is a nearly translucent copper-amber. There's not much of a head, but some pretty good glass lacing is taking place. The smell is only of citrus fruits. Not of hops that bring aromas reminiscent of citrus fruits, just citrus fruits. This tastes a little better than pouring a healthy shot of orange-grapefruit juice into an IPA, but not much so. One of the few added flavors that seem to work in IPAs is citrus, although not all may agree. Most fans of the style just want to see what a good brewer can do with only water, barley malt, yeast and hops. There's really not much good about this other than a decent malt backbone and the lacing. Yes, there are worse ales with added fruits and the sad thing is, this would taste pretty good without them.
Post review review: I don't know how a 4, a 2.5 and three 3's measure up to a 2.94. My math puts it over 3.0. In the categories that count, taste and overall, this is better than 2.94. We drink beer primarily, we don't just smell it. My calculations, including priorities, put it at 3.1. Not a winner, but better than BA's math.

Feb 26, 2021
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is a hazy orange, with about a finger's worth of head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is fruity, tropical and citrus notes. Notes of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, guava, passion fruit, honey, papaya, cracker, and wheat.

Taste is mainly orange and passion fruit, and minty, herbal, and tropical notes. Cracker and biscuit. Juicy and citrusy from the fruity notes aforementioned. Subtle pine. Body is medium-light.

Jan 03, 2021
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11/21/2020, Pies and Pints in Morgantown. This subtlety sweet IPA is a new favorite. This beautiful copper IPA is slightly sweet with flavors of the Caribbean and a hint of bitterness, followed by a smooth slightly bitter finish. This is a lovely IPA!

Wow! She said it all!

Nov 21, 2020
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Luau Krunkles has a thick, bone-colored head, and a gold-orange, bubbly appearance, with heavy lacing. The aroma is of juice, pale malts, and some white bread crust. The flavor is similar with surprisingly hearty bitterness. Luau Krunkles has a medium body and a mostly dry finish.


Oct 13, 2020
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brewerburgundy from California

3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can, tulip, best by 1/3/21.

A real rush of bubbles resulted in a glass full of golden yellow with hints of orange and a frothy white head that cleared quickly.

Pretty light aromas; slightly dank, slightly acidic, navel orange, passionfruit, maybe dreamsicle.

Strong, slightly boozy navel orange, almost like an orange liqueur. There’s vanilla, making it more refined or dreamsicle-like. The finish is ever so slightly sour or acidic in a way I find unpleasant. It just doesn’t fit with the hops they chose.

You can see it’s almost viscous from the way the bubbles move and it is medium bodied with lower carbonation.

I like POG, but I’m not a big fan of this iteration. The fruit fights with the IPA and neither wins.

Sep 13, 2020
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RDWHAHB_Tom from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

DATA: BBD 12/22/2020, 12 oz. aluminum can, "IPA Survival Kit" 12-pack, served at 50*F in a chilled pint glass

Look: Clear, lively pale-gold. Good head with moderate retention (10 mins.)
Smell: Sweet, piney tropical fruit. Passion fruit and guava very prominent.
Taste: Orange and passion fruit dominate. Light spice character. Light honey. Very tropical.
Feel: Oily, thin.

Overall: Good pool/seaside beer. Tropical fruit additions compliment hops, with passion fruit adding a unique aspect. Wish more of the malt came forward--Nice bill! Could see holding a can at a Jimmy Buffet concert.

Aug 26, 2020
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, as usual this brewer (at least with those I have tasted and reviewed) seems to produce "boring" IPAs ... This has citrusy overtones but is mostly flat and not interesting ... This is ok, but not very great

Aug 25, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is golden and filtered with very little carbonation, and topped with three fingers a fluffy yellowish head.

It smells of mandarin oranges, pineapple, and passion fruit.

The taste follows the nose but has a very strong malty backbone as well.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Got it on the east coast. Excellent ipa.

Aug 05, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had Luau Krunkles poured from 12-oz. can, no date (of course), gift from a non-woke (as to craft beer) friend, into tulip pint.

Looks a quality West Coast IPA, except for lack of lacing, then huge tropical and orange juice aromas, which I'm thinking bode ill.

They don't actually, as the juicy fruit flavors are much more muted on drinking, and are balanced by a little light malt, and the slightly bitter finish. And next time, I will know to drink straight from the can to hold down the fruit salad aroma.

Jul 11, 2020
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MGUNZ from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A very refreshing beer with a lot of excitement going on in the palate.
This beer gives an explosion of fruit with a little tiny bite of hop at the end.
Those tropical smells and tastes make you feel like your in Hawaii getting ready to partake in a Luau..
A very easy to drink beer that leave you craving for more...
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Jul 07, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having CANpleted CANother brewery horizontal, now it is on to the next victim, er, brewery. Terrapin may have been sold to a corporation, but they have always been rather good to me. For insCANce, I received an erroneous E-mail from them & when I received an apology, I requested an embroidered cloth patch to salve the wound. They sent it forthwith! Onward.

From the CAN: "Where in the world is Krunkles?"; "Follow the ever-changing adventures of Krunkles with his CREATIVE IPAs from around the globe!"; "Luau Krunkles Passion Fruit - Orange - Guava IPA"; "Beer with Natural Flavors added"; "Krunkles is back with another world renowned IPA inspired by his time spent on the Hawaiian islands. Jam-packed with tropical flavors of passion fruit, orange and guava, this 'Hawaiian IPA' is brewed to accompany you to your next luau."

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN yet CANother slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It foamed up nicely to create two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention. Color was a hazy-Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was very fruity with the orange & guava easily recognizable to me, while I CANtinue to CANfuse passion fruit with guava. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was extremely orange-y with an underlay of tropical fruits. Mmm. It was like the "exotic" fruit juice blends that my maternal grandparents used to buy at A&P. They were probably 75% orange juice, but the flavors of the tropical fruits shined over the base orange, as they did in this beer. Mmm. Finish was dry, but here comes my usual bugaboo - where was the bitterness? Meh. YMMV.

Jun 14, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from the variety

Looks okay, very clear, slight rim of foam sticks around. I'm not gonna lie, I'm kinda IPA'd out for the night, but even after all these hoppy beers this one stands out as good. Smells like hopped honey, very sweet and delicious. I would describe the taste similarly.

Enjoyable stuff

Jun 09, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, yellow-hued body with nearly a finger of whitish foam.

Smell: Fruity kick in the nose, plenty of orange and guava backed by a sufficient amount of citrusy (tangerine, lemon-orange) and traces of herbal hops for a tropical, tangy aroma.

Taste: A faintly grainy, bready pale maltiness with a brush of thinned honey. Growing citrusy hop blend intermingling with the added fruitiness for an overall perceived juiciness and tropical taste. Minutely herbal, resiny. Medium-plus bitterness. Abundant acidity. Bitterish, lightly oily, lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, didn't hate it.

May 22, 2020
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hoppydanknessOG from North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack on a whim at local gas station. They come in a little handy small cardboard box that is common with trendy craft beers. I had never had any Terrapin beers and I was excited. My excitement was more than justified. I was suprised at how amazing this brew was. It is the perfect, and I mean perfect, combination of fruity and dank hoppy flavor. I would recommend this brew to anybody. It is passionfruit and guava juiciness, followed by a superb hop flavor. It's 6.5% so it gets the job done just fine. I was hammered at the end of the six-pack. I call this one a win. Well done, Terrapin!

May 07, 2020
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Receive one can, over the back yard fence from the next door neighbor.
LOOK: Pours a clear bright gold with a white head that quickly recedes but leaves some prominent side glass lace.
AROMA: Orange is most prominent. Also some guava and papaya and tropical fruit. Citrus hops and citrus toasty malts.
TASTE: Nice combo on the citrus, not at all too tart or bitter. Balance of hop and malts is quite good.
FEEL: Tropical, refreshing beer with a dry finish.
Not usually a fan of highly fruity type beer but this was (is) a good one.

Apr 28, 2020
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE: December 19, 2019... OCCASION: a nice get-together at the LVR holiday party is followed up with a sore throat and some Krunkles... GLASSWARE: Otto's pint... pours a golden boy rife with bubbles, active and sizzling into a two-fingered snow white head of fluff and suds... nice webbed lacing... the orange is most apparent, with guava next in line--sharp and firm... light cracker malts give some dimension, but this is a fruity concoction that gives little thought to balance... its medium-bodied, bubbly, and refreshing,.. a bit thin early... its finish is average, with a dash of its citric acidity present... the guava and orange make this a tropical one-two punch, with a pleasant floral component to boot... this may wed better with the summer, but it's not bad in the winter either... a good add to their IPA survival pack...

Dec 20, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a golden-orange type of body with minimal head and slight lace ring. The aroma is mostly a grainy tropical fruit aroma. Light to medium body, the beer is smooth and finishes clean. The flavor profile struck me as mostly tropical fruits with a touch of acidic bitterness. Not a bad beer at all but I wish it were more sweet and pronounced.

Nov 05, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

CAN from Stein's Market, NoLa.

The flavour additives make it taste rather artificial but not necessarily unpleasant. It's not saccharine or fruit puree/concentrate-redolent, which is more than can be said about most IPAs brewed with "natural flavors." Still, one wonders why brewers wouldn't brew with the actual fruit if quality is the goal instead of manufacturing scaling and/or ease of labour.

Not a great IPA in the sense that its hop profile is eclipsed by the fruity additives and it has the pungency of a pale ale at best, but it's not offensive or riddled with off-flavours either. A forgettable brew from Terrapin on par with what I'd expect from a Boston Beer Co. variety box.


Jul 27, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing, though.

S: An average aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, and tropical fruit.

T: Tasted of a small amount of malt (mostly in the finish), a decent bit of citrus fruit (orange and grapefruit, in particular), some hops (very average), a slight grainy quality, and some tropical fruit (passionfruit, guava). An uneven flavor, but it has its charms. It's fairly juicy, but at times the non fruit flavors intrude. Still, pretty tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly syrupy, thin finish. Light-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but worth a look.

Jul 24, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent orange with a finger of white foam. Head retention is decent. Aroma is orange, tangerine, papaya and mango in a very dense, ripe tropical fruit collection. It smells a little artificial or forced, but is otherwise solid. Flavor profile maintains the heavy tropical fruit notes - papaya, grapefruit, mango and tangerine with very light earthy, bready malts. Mouth feel is lightly soft, with a very light crispness right up front. It has a medium thickness. Overall, tropical fruits are solid but come off artificial.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 16oz can.

Jul 15, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head that left no lacing. Smell is citrus fruit with a bit of bready malts. Tastes of grapefruit, grapefruit pith, overripe, underripe pineapple, bready malts and a bit of graininess. Light bodied and carbonated, thin mouth feel, moderate bitterness.

Jun 20, 2019
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a pint glass.

L---Mostly clear, just the slightest touch of haziness. Golden color with a tinge of orange. Nice white head with good retention and excellent lacing clinging all the way down the glass.

S---Sweet & fruity. Tons of tropical fruit. Pineapple, papaya, orange, grapefruit.

T---A tropical fruit bomb. All of the aromas follow through to the taste.

F---Lush & juicy, but not with a heavy mouthfeel.

O---Damn fine beer.

Jun 15, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The palate begins a with a taste of cracker malt and sweetens with a juicy blend of tropical fruits. A mild bite of floral hops and grapefruit follows and finishes with a sweet taste of honey and orange juice.

May 16, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and has bubbles racing upwards; fluffy white head that fades leaving nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are all citrus. Lots of orange, grapefruit and clementine. Some bread and crackers. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. More citrus leading the way. It's all citrus. Subtle hints of pine. More bread and crackers. Nice moderate bitterness. Finishes juicy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid IPA. This is one is on the better side of the "citrus indused" IPAs, in my opinion. The citrus dominates and it might come off as "artificial", but it ultimately works. If you're a fan of strong citrus forward IPAs, then you should really like this one.

May 03, 2019
Luau Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 306 ratings