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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American Black 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
Reviews: 142 | Ratings: 283 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a charred ember color with a massive tan head that just sits atop the liquid and refuses to budge; plenty of lacing sheets the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Pine sap aromatics with licorice and black bread underneath

Taste: Opens very roasty, with an almost charred flavor that is joined, at mid-palate, bu the piney bitterness; underneath, there is a dark fruit sweetness that adds a prune-like dimension though all the flavors wind up in a charred muck after the swallow; with a rough bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I had high hopes for this one but the beer just lacks balance and the counterpoint of the malt and hops is jarring

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Photo of NolanWilliamson
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Love almost all of Terrapin's brews, but this one just doesn't do much for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Dark in color, no distinguishable flavor

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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just in time for the official of the christening of the new American-Style India Black Ale style. Just rolls right off the tongue!

Appearance: Served up a black body ("like licorice" according to TheLibrarianGirl) with a thinnish, light beige head.

Smell: Striking scents of well-roasted malts and brash hops with notes of citrus fruits and pine all vieing for attention.

Taste: Charry, blackened malts displaying a taste of roasted coffee beans and just a litte bit of sweetness transitions to a citrusy, piney hops with a bold bitterness. Small hint of particularly bitter dark chocolate. Tussle of roastiness and hoppy bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Hoppy and dark, just like Lebron James! These brews are curious blending of styles that I'm still acclimating myself to. This one was pleasant enough.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6.99 @ Green' abc listed on label. Dark brown pour into a Duvel glass. Light sandy brown froth, quarter inch. Bright aroma of navel orange, roasted malt with subtle whiffs of nestle quik powder & black licorice. Very balanced up front, with zesty citrus meeting creamy roasty malt. Hops really kick in a few seconds later...minty orange zinger. Comes back to malty & citric bitter with a chalky mouthfeel. Dry bitter finish with pretty nice drinkability.

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3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, with a nice cola colored head that leaves awesome lacing. The aroma has some nice citrus, pine and herbal hop character initially, followed by some rye bread like maltiness, some caramelized sugar and a decent alcohol presence. The taste is similar to the aroma with big, american hops upfront (mainly citrus and pine with a little herbal quality), followed by some caramelized sugar, dark malts with a bit of a rye like bite, a little coffee and some alcohol on the tail end. The mouthfeel is a bit on the oily side, and drinkabiliy is good. Overall a pretty solid black IPA, but not in the same league as Bashah or Sublimely Self Righteous Ale (which are the benchmarks of the style imo).

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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.

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3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Legend has it Captn Krunkles is the most feared pirate on the high seas. No one who has seen him, his ship, or the great beer his band of pirates drinks has ever lived to tell about it. Until now.
Made with a bombardment of hops to defeat your taste buds in battle and all the black malt you can stand before walking the plank, this Black IPA will make it worth going down with the ship."

Sounds tasty. Lets see. Pours pitch black, stout like in color, with a tight and stout mocha colored head of about two fingers in size. A large amount of lacing covers the glass.

Aroma is nice and hoppy, almost fresh hops. There must be plenty of dry hopping going on here. Very piney aroma with not much roastiness in the nose. Love the hops, disappointed in the lack of roastiness.

More hops in the flavor as well. The roastiness is a little more noticeable and prevalent, but the only roasty character comes through in a metallic taste. Mostly hoppy, piney; again, more fresh hops. Fairly bitter, but no real sweetness either. Not completely out of balance, but certainly leans toward bitter and oily.

Easy drinker. The eyes play drinks on the buds and the brain. This one is pitch black but drinks and tastes like IPA. Interesting and delicious. A little disappointed in the lack of noticeable roastiness, but I liked it anyway.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark brown - nearly black in color, nicely retained mocha head

s: full dark pine hops on a big malt body with currents of smooth, woody roasts, okay but it seems a bit reserved for the style, not much of a counter to the heavy earthy aromas

m: carbonation moderate, medium-full bodied

t: body of darker malts with a woody roast flavor and some caramelized sugars, loaded with aggressive pine resin hops and a full bitterness

d: no problem, nothing really standout about this one, but it's a nice dark ipa for sure

pint at Tyler's, Carrboro

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4.04/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A glossy black/deep brown pour. Medium off white head, some rockiness, some lacing. Good contrast with body.

Aroma isn't strong. Hints of roasted malt, some dark bitter chocolate and pine. Roasted pine?

Flavors make up for the lack of nose a bit. Combo of dark pine, unripe black plums, dark chocolate and anise...faint anise. Not sure which way they are trying to go here, of if any way. Not bad, nothing outstanding. Solid intro to the new style though, as it combines the bitterness and pine with the roasted malt.

Drank it fairly well.

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3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 283 ratings