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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Photo of Act25
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.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
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

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Photo of SebD
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

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Photo of chinchill
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.

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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 Mikus
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
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.

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Photo of godlessape
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
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

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Photo of Zach136
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)

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Photo of EgadBananas
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...

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Photo of BeerDawgs
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.

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Photo of robwestcott
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.

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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 cratez
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.

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Photo of boss302
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Dark, cloudy, can't see through it unless you thin it out a bit. It is a dark brown. Nice thick head.

S Strong hop aroma that is floral. No citrus or pine aromas, or at least they are muted. Typical IPA.

T Very much like at IPA in initial taste. I would have expected more roast up front, but it wasn't there. The finish is more chocolaty, but still not a lot. There is a little sweetness in the finish as well as some astringency.

M Medium heavy, good CO2, head lasted most of the glass.

D Definitely a repeat beer.

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Photo of Florida9
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appears black in the glass. Forms a large dull mocha-colored head that has good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Rather aromatic. Citrus and pine with just a hint of roasted malt.

T: Starts off with the mild flavor of roasted malt then develops into a hoppy citrus character and a moderate bitterness before the roasted malts, and a bit of alcohol, return on the finish.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation.

D: I almost wonder if I got a different beer than everyone else, as I found this beer to be one of the most restrained black IPAs I've had with only a light flavor of roasted malts and a still able to retain a lot of the typical IPA character.

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Photo of jsanford
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh...the infamous Capt'n Krunkles. 220z poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Dark black with a fluffy latte-colored head. Pretty nice retention, leaves some soapy lacing on the glass.
S - Roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominate with a bit of caramel, malt, and some piney hops. Seems this has lost whatever kick it may have once had, smells like an over-the-hill IPA.
T - This is supposed to be an IPA? Not really detecting much hoppiness, I suppose I was expecting something more like Sublimely Self-Righteous. However, when judged along the lines of a Baltic Porter or even Schwarzbier, this is very nice. Dark roasted malt, deep coffee, caramel, and perhaps just a slight bit of smoke. Rich, earthy finish is nice and warming.
M - Fairly creamy with a medium body and medium-low carbonation.
D - Pretty nice, I'm not having any issues with the bomber. Again, a good beer, but it seems to be having a bit of an identity crisis.

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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/23/2010. Bottle thanks to Tsotsi. Pours a dark brown with a small but thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus hops, perhaps a hint of roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, smoked malt, some charred notes, and a bitter hops finish. A pretty solid black IPA from Terrapin.

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Photo of Deuane
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Al's of Hampden...I didn't feel worthy enough to purchase a growler of this to make it SUPER RARE!

A-Deep, dark brown/black with a medium tan head that reduced slowly to a thin cap and left attractive lacing.

S-HUGE! roasted malt presence almost to the point of being burnt. Background notes of coffee and a touch of earthiness and ground citrus rind hop aroma.

T-BIG dark roasted malt up front, accented by a touch of grapefruit rind. flavor. While it worked in the aroma profile the roasted flavour on the palate becomes a bit too much to handle.

M-Medium body with a tons of lingering roasted bitterness and twang of citrus rind.

D-Big and bold with a ton of roast....too much actually. This is the downfall of this brew for me. I got through my pint but had no desire for a repeat. Has promise but this brew needs some work if it is to made again.

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Photo of BatDaddy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Turbinator glass.

A - Black, black, black! This one is opaque with a cola-colored finger of head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - Lots of bold piney hops hit first. As it settles, the malt makes its way through. Roasted coffee & chocolate. The hop aromas seem to have melted away into the other parts of the nose.

T - Interesting. Strong hop presence - piney & a bit earthy. Bitter but not overpowering, the strong roasted malt rounds out the hops. Some roasted coffee. Some woodsy flavors.

M - Carbonation is a little much and distracts slightly.

D - Not bad, but the high abv coupled with the carbonation takes it down a bit.

Interesting brew - there's hints of a heavily-hopped stout here. If that's your thing, this would be a good one for you.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with my boy Kolby whilst chilling at the Library in da Burgh. Did I mention the Library has a rockin' happy hour twice a day. This big bottle poured with a pitch black dark cola vibe, forming a big tan head fill the glass with lacing spread fine and evenly between sips. Aromatics offer up dark roasts with a creamy malt accent, herbal green undertones a touch of pine and citrus as well. Flavor has herbal tea tannins buring dark ale with hopped up bitterness in the backend. Strong alcohol finish for the 7.5% alcohol, I was a bit confused with this aspect. Assertively hoppy a bit hop but nice dark roasted malts work oaky with the combination of the two. Mouthfeel was medium bodied healthy dose of carbonation carried things across the palate a touch cloying at times but this beer had no time getting down our gullets. Solid drinkability, I was hoping to find this on tap, but never did catch it flowing in the Burgh.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a light brown head of thick foam on top of a black body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Sweet, chocolate malt with a hint of coffee. Citrus and pine hops that are affected by the roasted malt to produce a mustardy character that is reminiscent of a barleywine.

T - Sweet, toffee malt up front with some brown sugar and caramel character. A note of lemony hops appears in the middle with light pine and some sour caramel. The beer finishes with coffee and burnt chocolate flavors as well as some pine and sharp blue cheese character. The hop bitterness and rich malt lingers with a carbonized note of roast barley.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Enjoyable, but not particularly complex. The malt is kind of one dimensional with some notes of caramel and moderate roasted notes. The malt is subdued enough to the hops shine through, but it does impart a bit of dark flavor that brings out the pine and creates notes of blue cheese and mustard. This is a nice example of the style with a particularly pleasant hop character.

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Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 283 ratings.
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