Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale
Terrapin Beer Company

Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale AleCapt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale
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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
3.8 | pDev: 11.05%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale AleCapt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale
Notes: Side Project #10
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Mine is a later version of this beer that I found in the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. Apparently, Capt'n Krunkles was popular enough as a Side jawn to come into his own command. He still peers into a spyglass with his left eye, but now he spies a hop cone and a couple of atolls on the horizon.

From the bottle: "The legend of 'Krunkles' begins on the high seas with this adventurous Black I.P.A. With a treasure chest full of hops, and malts as dark as the depths of the deep, this pirated beer is worth walking the plank for."; "'Live the Legend".

Ahoy there, Krunkles! This looks like a fine beer ye have, matey. I'll be Pop!ping the cap to find out for meself momentarily. Oh, aye, I'll be gentle with you and yer crew since I have no idee where ye been all this time as I chase down bottles far & wide. One of the scurvy lot didn't get the memo & I had to give him an in-glass swirl as a result. This caused a momentary uprising among the crew, resulting in a finger of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head that sat back down as I made a move to quell things. The color scheme aboard this scow was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & ruby highlights. Rubies?!? I knew this bunch was holding out on me! I put my nose right up in Krunkles' face, demandin' that he tell me where the booty was stowed. He belched in reply & I could smell both the black coffee that he drank for breakfast in the galley as well as the breath mint that he was suckin' on! It were not unpleasant, all tolled, but I was no closer to my goal. I chomped down on his hand to get him to talk. Mouthfeel was solid, big for the style, with an unexpected creaminess. The taste itself, though, was rather bitter, not quite burnt and charcoal, but close and enough to overwhelm the hops that had been seemingly squandered in its production. The inherent problem with this style is its use of dark malts which do not showcase the hops, but overpower them, much as I am doing to Krunkles & his crew. I was left with a dry bitterness in me mouth, so I decided to Finish with them & take me leave. I know that they have other destinations in mind, Down Under, so I'll just follow them for a bit & see where it leads.

Jan 17, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, into glass

dark brown almost black, decent head. Aroma and taste are nice balance of slightly roasted malt and earthy hops. Very nice. Medium bodied.

Dec 17, 2015
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up in variety pack. Best before 12.3.15. Poured aggressively into snifter. Black color with two inch tan head leaving decent lacing. Smell is not too strong but has roasted malt and booze. Taste is bitter pine with a pleasant roasted malt backbone. Very drinkable. Can't explain why but this is one of my more favorite black iPas. Cheers!

Sep 26, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, light coffee. Taste is roasted malts, some hops in the background, mild in flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but nothing special, and a little disappointing from this fine brewery.

Sep 19, 2015
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imonhiatus from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

picked up the mix 12 when passing through PA. enjoyed from a terrapin great pumkinfest glass mug. pours black w an off grey head that hung out and left nice lace. nose is a hoppy roast. taste to match. I am not a huge fan of the style but this one is excellent. really great blend of hop and roast. a winner in my book.

Aug 27, 2015
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Beejay from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black body with a coffee and cream head.

S: Dark malt and coffee, With a nice earth and pine hop aroma. Definitely picking up a good amount of the malt in this one.

T: Good hit of bitterness up front. Pine and grapefruit with a hint at earthy that blends easily into coffee and fresh baked bread. There is something a little odd in the aftertaste, but I can't put my finger on it.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of a creamy mouthfeel to it.

O: Overall fairly tasty, but it seems a little more in the realm of hoppy stout, which I totally don't mind.

May 20, 2015
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hotpauko from South Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Liked this beer but hard to call it an IPA the malt and sweetness really took over. Nice dark brown look, big boozy smell. Booziness noticeable at start but faded quickly. Mouthfeel was very carbonated almost fizzy. I liked the taste a lot just wished for more hop in flavor, smell and bite. Well worth a try.

May 10, 2015
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rjs246 from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was my third attempt at a black ale and it was definitely the best, but I'm still not in love with the style. Totally drinkable but wouldn't go out of my way.

Apr 22, 2015
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, opaque, 1 inch khaki head that leaves good lacing

S: Floral, piney, citrus hops, a little malt in the distant background

T: Pine, floral, lemony hops up front, then a sweet coffee, caramely malt flavor next that really balances the hop punch that you get up front

M: Medium to full, coats the mouth and lingers for a bit after the sip is gone

O: A really nice beer. This style is right up my alley and Terrapin does a good job executing it.

Mar 22, 2015
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a teku glass.

A- Jet black color, near opaque. Mocha tan colored 2f head, fades to a film leaving lots of sticky lacing. Quite bubbly.

S- Clean citrus and floral hop aromas. Dark bready roasted malts with caramel sweets.

T- Dark roast, just shy of burnt, malts. Chocolate, caramel. Enough citrus hop to tame the malts.

M- Well carbonated, drinkable. Strong malts, some hop bite. Dry finish.

O- Not bad, but not what I'd call an IPA. A hoppy dry stout/porter, perhaps.

Feb 07, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

UGLY Bottle, terrible name. Love this style which is between porter and IPA. This one finishes mid-pack. Like the brewer. (bottle into tulip)

A - Pours light brown head of 2 finger foam atop a brown-black body. The head settles quickly but leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Sweet, chocolate malt with coffee. Citrusy, pine hops are in background, grassy, herbal.

T - Like smell, it's sweet, toffee malt up front with brown sugar, coffee, and caramel. Hops assert mid-palate mostly pine and lemon rind, and then it finishes roasty and charred woody. Good finish.

M - Medium body, mid carbonation, and dry finish.

D - Nice roasty Black IPA, more of a porter.

Jan 26, 2015
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: 12 oz bottle into pint glass, nearlky black, tan head lingers, good lacing, clear

S: toasty coffee, pine hops, bitter

T: patent malt, espresso, bitter pine hops, citrus peel, two dimensions of bitter

M: full with good carb

O: aggressively bitter

Oct 05, 2014
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SebD from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, coffee, light chocolate, piney hops and some floral undertones.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some definite roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate, a resiny pine bitterness and faint floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

Oct 01, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz bottle of Capt’n Krunkles Black IPA poured black and opaque with a good size, durable tan head that left splotchy lacing.

Aroma: pronounced hops with faint malts. Nonetheless, appealing.

Flavor: more balanced. Unlike many black IPA;s, IMO, this one successfully integrates the substantial hop load with a substantial amount of medium and dark malts. Its success is due in large part, I suspect, to not going overboard with the ingredients. Terrapin also has done a fine job of matching the malts to the hops.

Sep 13, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$ 2.25/12 oz bottle at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA
Bottle dated 11.14.14 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma weak pine
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing
Lacing OK – partial rings and sheets of various size bubbles.
Body very dark red amber, clear
Flavor very weak – only slightly bitter with no distinctive hoppiness – no pine, no citrus, no tropical fruit – the only hint of hops is in the aroma. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation.

A not particularly good beer IMHO. This is supposedly only available in the box set so it appears that the seller broke the set down to sell the individual bottles. Usually the offerings from Terrapin range from good to very good – I have to assume that this sample was mishandled somewhere along the line. If I can find another, I’ll update this review.

Jul 30, 2014
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Mikus from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right off the bat, have heard some pretty good things about Terrapin (and who wouldn't love the Grateful Dead reference?)... anyways, poured from a 12oz bottle into my Breaker Brewing Co. snifter. Beautiful jet black body with a inger or so of off white head. Not a big nose on this one, but some bitter chocolate, and dark malt, and a hint of licorice were there. Not a big hop nose at all, and it would seem as though this was v. fresh (11/14/14 enjoy by date). Nice flavors of coffee up front, with a nice bitter middle note, as well as a nit of a floral hoppy taste as it warmed up. For a Black IPA, maybe just a bit lagging on the flavor complexity... wanted a bit more hop flavor to balance the nice maltiness and appropriate amount of bittering. Great mouthfeel, reminiscent of a nice porter or BIPA. Overall, a decent beer, but I would likely chase down a Self-Righteous or NightTime if the options were available. Decent grade for the style.

Jul 26, 2014
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid only $2.50 for the single much cheaper than the bomber counterparts. It must be good since this was previously an Anniversary ale.

A - A bit lighter shade of black than I am used to for the style I can see some brown hues at the base. Head is exceptional a 1/2 inch of mocha solid goodness making for great lacing.
S - Hmm despite it being a black IPA it smells more like a black ale with roasty goodness, some coffee, and mild citrus hops.
T - Pretty good balance of roast to hops but it does come off slightly acidic. Rather sweet but really nothing to rave over.
M - Light to medium really easy to drink. Decent.

Overall it was worth picking up and I am glad these are being released cheaper as 12 oz offerings. In a way though it was like that peanut butter porter they made OK but it wasn't super tasty.

Jul 23, 2014
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gentlystewed from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20oz Nonic. If you hold the beer up to a bright light you can catch some dark brown hue's around the edges but for the most part it's black as space. The thin, lightly tanned head is creamy and inviting.
The dark roasted malt notes dominate but the there's also a spicy herbal aroma on top of it all.
I pick up a lot of coffee, and cocoa notes in the flavor along with a rich woodsy, leafy, moist soil maltyness to everything. The hop bite on the tail-end is firm and thankfully not overwhelming like most black IPA's.
The mouthfeel is silky smooth and the carbonation is perfectly light.
Overall I've got to admit that the Black IPA is not my favorite style but I still try them out on occasion hoping to find one that I'll love--and now I have.

Jul 14, 2014
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"The legend of 'Krunkles' begins on the high seas with this adventurous Black I.P.A. With a treasure chest full of hops, and malts as dark as the depths of the deep, this pirated beer is worth walking the plank to." Brewed in the style of an American Black IPA. Previously released as Side Project #10, this beer has been recently pulled from retirement and made available exclusively in Terrapin Variety packs. Previously available in 22 oz. bottles and limited draft, currently available in 12 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Terrapin snifter. Served above 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a silky creamed head of a pale beige complexion over a deep brown body. Retention is medium+, lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of pale, medium toasted caramel, black patent malts with a balancing blend of herbal, piney and fruity hop aromas to round the aroma out. Bitterness is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Piney, herbaceous and resinous hop notes up front join a background of black patent and lightly roasted barley malt with a subtle sweetness. The balance is very close and the flavor is quite accessible for the style. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, thinly viscous, slightly dry. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is very slightly bitter and roasted over sweet. Alcohol presence is light, off characters are to a minimum. 3.75

(Overall) I consider Capt'n Krunkles one of the more mild mannered Black IPAs I've recently tried, but I appreciate the balance and what it brings to the style. This is one of the most drinkable Black IPAs that I have had as well. I'm glad to see it make a return, and it may be a deal breaking beer worth purchasing a Terrapin variety pack just to get a taste, or three. 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA

Jul 02, 2014
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +10.3%

Variety lack, best by: December, Week 5, 2014. Reviewed 9/16/14

Appearance: Pitch black, thin beige collar. Good lacing (4.25)

Aroma: Light roast, medium piney hops (4.00)

Flavor: Soft roast, citrus peel, piney-grassy hop. (4.15)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated, dissipating finish (4.25)

Overall: One of the better integrated Black IPAs I've encountered. Not as delicious as Midnight Monk, but tasty. (4.19)

Apr 13, 2013
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Infinite thanks to Bennettrox for supplying me with my long lost White Whale! :)

A - Pours a near pitch black body, with a predominant tan creamy head of about two fingers. Lace was great and the head dissipated to a nice lightly foamy ring.

S - There's a surprising amount of piny, floral hop notes here! But the biggest contenders are bit roasted notes, chocolate and light notes of roasted coffee.

T - There's still a fairly strong bitter bite. Hoppyness is subdued, but definitely there: floral, woodsy and piny...just like I like it! Nice chocolate, coffee and roasted notes round it out.

M - Creamy, medium to full body. Good carbonation level.

D/O - Drinkability is great.

I know this isn't at it's peak, but for it's age, it's still extremely enjoyable and just about everything I imagined it would be! The only downside is that it makes me a lot more depressed that I didn't get a chance to try it fresh, as I know it would have been amazing...

I need another Ryan...

Jun 11, 2011
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh the long lost Krunkles, I have been searching so long for you! I finally found this pirate in a small liquor store in north Atlanta, captured him, opened him, and pored him in my belly. I had seriously been looking for this beer for many months, as I missed out on it when it 1st came out and it has been sold out for many months.

A - A very dark Porter, Stout looking color. A Mine had no head and little lace retention. maybe because its been on the shelf for a year.

S - Very hoppy. If you closed your eyes, you would expect an IPA. You would be shocked when you see it looks like a porter.

T - Fantastic! It has everything that I like in a porter and an IPA. Chocolate and coffee malts up front, but then finishes like an IPA. Great aftertaste.

M - Very crisp. Smooth throughout, with a nice alcohol mixed with chocolate aftertaste.

D - Oh my, I could drink this all night. I am very glad I grabbed 2 bottles. Terrapin needs to release this one again some day.

Apr 16, 2011
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robwestcott from Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to a BA trader, wish i could remember which one...

after too many weeks (months ?) on the shelf, poured cold and black (as advertised) to a sun king shaped pint with a thin, tan, short lasting head leaving hints of lace as the glass is tipped.

fairly subtle hoppy aroma with toasted malts in the wayback (?).

hmmm... i'm thinking maybe the hops have settled a bit while this one rested on the shelf. first couple sips are smoky, dark malts, dark semi-sweet chocolate - perhaps leaning toward baker's chocolate even / slightly bitter.

light bodied, creamy, subtle bitter, very interesting.

drinkable - sure, a bomber's worth.

Mar 25, 2011
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Fluke828 from Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes from a recent tasting.
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Cigar City Snifter.

A: Black, but not completely opaque, somewhat of a "clear-black" with a brownish head.

S: Chocolaty, toffee, malty, roasted espresso.

T: Slightly hoppy at first, very malty and chocolaty, towards the finish with a chocolate sweetness left behind.

M: somewhat of a thin, mealy-feel with a medium body porter-esque, not light and bitter like an IPA.

O: Not a bad beer but not really as advertised. The group consensus was that it really tasted/seemed MUCH closer to a porter than a Black IPA. The malty and chocolaty notes really dominate and again, not a bad beer just not coming off as a Black IPA IMO.

Mar 18, 2011
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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with mrmanning, StephenRich, Chris, and Erin. Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thin cap of beige froth and strings of lacing on the tulip. Complex nose is chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasted malt, perfume, floral hops, baking sugar, and coffee grounds. Quite appealing. Taste is roasted malt, burnt toast, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, grassy and leafy hops with a lingering, citric bitterness. High IBUs are evident on the palate. Mouthfeel is creamy-foamy upfront, fuller than medium bodied, bitter hop bite precedes a drying finish with some roast, cocoa, and flaked oats on the cough. A satisfying Black IPA, balanced compared to others that I've tried but no less enjoyable.

Mar 17, 2011
Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 283 ratings