Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

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Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale AleCapt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Side Project #10

Added by gford217 on 03-19-2010

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1/5  rDev -73.7%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.43/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What can I say not bad but I just like black ipas

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Photo of craytonic
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shame they wasted such a great name on such a bad beer. Pours black but is an IPA, odd but we will go with it. Smell of off-roasted dark malts and some old hops (not enough hops); taste is similar, but the hops just don't mesh with the darker malts and add mostly bitterness. Pine element is more like floor cleaner than grapefruit

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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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Photo of claspada
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aromas of dark chocolate and espresso with some mild earthy hoppy smells. Lots of roasted and cocoa maltiness.
The taste is a great deal of roasted and astringent malts. A fair amount of chocolate and powdery cocoa and earthy bitterness. Unfortunately not as balanced as I would like. I am not a hophead but I almost would crave some citrus hoppiness to challenge the roastiness. Maybe some dark fruitness or something, this is just too bitter.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharpness to it up front that then gets more slick and oily feeling as you swallow.
Overall this is a decent intepretation of a Black IPA, but if I tasted it blindly I would have called it a overly coffeed Baltic Porter. Needed more balanced somewhere, the Black IPA is not a beer which should be "imperialized" in my opinion.

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Photo of Fluke828
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.

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Photo of jjd315
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tilley4
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up from Grace's a few days ago and cracked it open while watching the Penn State spring football game...

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

Pours an almost black but more dark ruby with a very impressive head of 1 inch that never seems to go away... Rather nice looking brew, more porter than anything... Interesting...

Porter-like roasted malts up front with a nice hoppiness in the background. Piney and earthy hops that is. Not overpowering. Was looking for a little more hop presence even if it is a black IPA...

Dark roasted bitter malts that quickly meld into a piney hoppiness for a flash and then turn rather porter-like with a dark roasted finish that lingers with a little bitterness from the hops. The blend seems a bit off here when compared to say, Sublimely Self Righteous... Its all here, the dark roasted malts, chocolatey presence, the hoppiness and bitterness... But it just never comes together that well... Its like drinking a blend of porter and IPA and neither one wants to take the lead. As this warms, it really gets sorta difficult to finish... I'm actually a little surprised as I thought this sounded great when I first heard about it...

Thin watery mouthfeel here and an unbalanced taste make this one 2nd tier to me. Pretty disappointing... I usually dig the Terrapin stuff and especially their Side Projects.

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Photo of Briken
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chcfan
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of Toombsy
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of freduardo
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of jkane101
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of ckeegan04
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Black is certainly an adequate descriptor for this one. Impenetrable to light. Thick, foamy dark khaki colored head. Spiderwebs of lace left behind.

S - Hints of roasted malt barely slips through. Lots of pine and citrus hops in the nose, primarily pine. Definitely hop dominant in the nose.

T - Burnt grains and a light roastiness up front. Bitter hoppiness comes through quickly but does not meld well into the malt profile. Very piney tastes. Roasted malt profile becomes a touch stronger as the beer warms.

M/D - On the lighter side and a little thin in the mouth. The combo of roasted dark malt and big hops just doesnt meld well in this one. Black IPA's have been a little hit or miss in my book and this one is a definite miss.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Huge thanks to GeezLynn for hooking me up with this rarity! [jojomdma is classic!]

This one pours up a super dark brown color that could easily pass for black. It produces a two-finger head of light brown colored foam. The retention is really pretty impressive. The lacing is curtain-like and very sticky.

This smells like some chocolate covered hops. The hops are slightly more prominent, but it's really a lot more balanced than I'd expected it to be. Very good presence of citrus hops, along with some hints of pine and even some light floral notes. Good presence of chocolate, roasted, maltiness. Mild traces of dark coffee beans.
This nose really does a good job of making me think of IPA's and Stouts at the same time.

Uh-oh. It's losing me here. This is not newarly as smooth and delicious as the nose led me to believe. The chocolate malts are way over-roasted, almost to the point of tasting burnt. This gives a not-desired touch of bitterness, which combines with the hop bitterness and amplifies it. Not really in a good way, though.
This is harshly dark and bitter. I don't like it.

This has a medium-to-almost-full body and a mild-to-medium level of carbonation, which works very well together. It is very smooth and has a nice, small, amount of creaminess coming in.

I can't see myself drinking this one again, at all. I'm not sure why others would want to either, but that's why our palates are different. I'll leave this for someone else.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

650ml bottle courtesy of Ding!

It pours an extremely dark brown or a very light black..I can see some light shining through. A good 2 finger head of tannish foam and some lacing complete the appearance package. A very good looking beer.

The smell is hoppy with a bit of earthy malt peeking through. Some other aroma here that I can't identify.

The taste is quite bitter with the easy to identify hop characters of grapefruit grass and pine not being here, imho. The bitterness is more like a hot chocolate/cocoa flavour, not something I'd expect from anything labeled as an IPA/Black IPA/whatever.
There's some mild malt sweetness in the mix; I don't know if it helps or hurts in the long run but I'm not digging this much.

The mouthfeel borders on thick with medium to medium+ carbonation. Ok there.

Drinkability? My palate is getting a bit of bitterness overload and I haven't even finished the bottle yet. An "interesting" brew but I wouldn't want another.

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Photo of harpus
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black (darker than many stouts) with a luxurious light brown head that is well-retained.

S: Rich chocolate malt and piney hop combination. Aroma is pretty clean, but not all that enticing for me.

T: Flavor starts off bitter pine and grapefruit and transitions into a dark malt flavor. Not really a chocolate malt, more of a bitter charred barley.

M: The feel is fairly thick, with light carbonation and fairly dry for the weight.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
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.

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Photo of brentk56
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 ArrogantB
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shout out to SincereNC for sending this my way. Dark black color with a very unassuming aroma. In fact it was bland and boring. The taste was also not nearly hoppy enough for me. I got the slightest hint of a single hop flower and the dark malts just didn't wow me at all. Boring. I think the best "black IPA" I've had is still Stone's 11th Anniversary/Sublimely Self Righteous Ale.

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Photo of jampics2
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bottle split with Paulie. While we were drinking this, my car was sideswiped in the parking lot outside his place. What a bummer. I mean this beer, with the car, well, shit happens.

#1 on my list of awesome names wasted on average beers. I've become a fan of the Black IPA. I love it when it's really a roasty IPA, and I love it when it's really a hoppy porter. But this was just in limbo, trying to straddle lines that make this too safe.

Pours a black opaque color. Tan head, nice lacing. Looks rather nice.

Smell is full of roast. Not too hoppy IMO. Some citrus makes an appearance. Pine as well. But very subdued. They should drink a Sublimely Self Righteous and see how a black IPA should smell. Commit one way or another, this is more roasty than hoppy but even that is more char than nice coffee or chocolate.

The roast on this beer is just not very appealing. After my first sip, I was hoping it would start to meld. It never did. I even tried to stir it hoping it would come together in an "A-hah" moment. Nope. This is the goober grape of beers. One half roasty porter with charred profiles. One half piney hoppy IPA. All in one crummy mix. Not my thing at all, and I'm a sucker for this style.

The mouthfeel was the best part of this. Just enough carb to keep this medium bodied beer from feeling too heavy. Alcohol was well hidden in the finish.

Drinkability was average. I'd love to see this reworked, because Terrapin has it in them to make an awesome Black IPA. This, however, is not it. I'd rather drive this crummy rental car for the rest of the year than drink another bottle of this.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note- Rating this as a Cascadian Dark Ale, not a regular IPA.

Bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours out near black with an initial 2 finger beige head that initially seems fizzy and unimpressive, but retreats into a denser layer, leaving some nice lacing along the way.

Pretty nice nose- piney hops and rich dark roasted malts in equal proportions, with some chocolate chip sweetness underneath. The sweetness is notably stronger in the mouth, followed by a raisin tanginess that threatens to overwhelm the roasted/hoppy combo that define the CDA style. Medium-thick bodied with fluffy carbonation and fairly dry and toasty finish, but with a lingering chocolate stickiness.

Overall impression: Decent take on the CDA style. Could use a few tweaks to lose some of the sweetness/tanginess.

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