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Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPATerrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA

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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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 282
Photo of blackie
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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Photo of HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the Charleston Beer Exchange. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours black with the scarcest of black cherry highlights and a khaki brown head.

S - Roasted, brown, sugary malt. Little piny/citrus hops.

T - A mellower, citrusy hops flavor that has some brown sugary flavor to it as well. Very light pine in there. Really faint underlying dark roasted malt taste.

M - Medium bodied.

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Photo of kirkmichel
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Blackish brown and opaque, with a light clingy tan foam.
S-Wierd - I smell piney hops and toasted hops with a smoky undertone and an almost medicine-y quality. So not necessarily wierd in a good way.
T-OK - A bit over toasted and bitter for my taste, but gives you a little hop zing. Unfortunately, not much there besides the zing, but not unpleasant at all. Did I mention how bitter it is? I feel like someone just poured some Fee Brothers in my glass when I wasn't looking.
M-Nice carbonation, and light on the palette. Very different than it looks, and even kind of refreshing.
D-If you can get past the bitterness, this is a nice beer; I just think it came out a bit unbalanced, so one is enough for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch or so of light, tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, pine, coffee and some malt.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, pine, hops, and perhaps a little chocolate. I think black IPAs need their own designation. This beer has more in common with a stout than an IPA. Still, very flavorful and easy to drink.

M: A crisp, highly carbonated beer with a mostly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Of course this one deviates from the parameters of the style, but it is still drinkable.

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Photo of farrago
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge 3-4 finger head if you are unwise enough to pour down the center, insult to injury takes some time to get down below two fingers of deep tan, heavily whipped foam, craters as much as dimples, serious lacing left behind. Starless and bible black liquid, not a hint of color and full opacity. Given its appearance, the hops leap out of the glass with pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus, pine and pressed flowers, offers biscuit, cocoa, rye bread, the malts play a steady supporting role, balanced on the whole if favoring the hops. Full-bodied with more bottom than lift, the increased presence of the malts via mocha, cocoa and lighter coffee, then comes the biscuit, scone notes and darker pumpernickel breadiness. The carbonation gives its all but doesn't end up effecting much. Pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon citrus in abundance. Pine and green herbs, anise seed, as before alternates frequently enough to strike some sort of balance. Absolutely intrigues and holds your interest, that said, a couple of glasses might be all you'd want.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours an opaque brown color with a good sized, frothy light brown head, lacing throughout. Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, nutty, a nice amount of pine and citrus hops. Flavor is roasted malts, wood, citrus, pine, and a hint of bitter coffee. Mouthfeel is moderate, creamy, dry and bitter. Well balanced, nice and complex, I like this style and I like this beer.

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Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.

Pours just about black with a nicely formed tan head.

Aroma is, well, hops. Very nice for a black IPA. Mainly piney and floral, with some roast in the background.

Flavor has more of the roast and a little bitter coffee. Piney and citrusy hops are still really assertive.

Medium bodied with great hop resins that stick with you.

A clean, crisp, and nicely done beer overall. A winner from Terrapin.

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Photo of klkatz
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At a great restaurant in Atlanta... Tap at 14th and Peachtree. great beers on tap... even better location.

took waiter's recommendation and got a 22oz. bottle of the Georgia's own (Athens) Terrapin's Brewing Company Black IPA.

pours dark, black like coffee.
yellowy, off-white, almost tan head.

Aroma is malty and hoppy.. more malty.

It's more a porter than an IPA.. tough to judge based on this character. But it's drinkability was good and it's flavor was pleasing. Maltiness gets a little more bitter as your drink the beer. The taste starts smooth like a stout and finished slightly bitter like an ale. It has a medium to heavy body.

Glad I tried it. Interesting mix.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the fifth Side Project I have tried,I have for the most part enjoyed them.Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep cola color with a nice two finger off white head that held well.A mix of dark bread spiciness and resiny hop in the nose,a light caramel note is in there to.A mix of dark bread and citri-piney flavors on the palate,each hold their own,a caramel sweetness shows through nicely in the finish.Not mind blowing but it has good balance and subtle comlexity.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Pours the darkest brown with reddish highlights when held to the light. A nice one finger off-white head recedes to a persistent film of foam over the beer. Leaves lots & lots of lacing at each sip mark.

S: Smells primarily of citrus hops. Poured cold (~47F), I would think this beer were a single IPA if I couldn't see it. As the beer warms, a hint of the malt bill comes through the nose. When warm, this beer offers a very pleasant aroma.

T: Similar to the nose, the good Capt'n opens up greatly as it warms. At first, it's all hops. While the beer is very tasty cold, the dark malt flavors come out when the beer nears room temperature. It's a bit more tame than other Black IPA's I have tried, but it is still tasty.

M: Heavier than the normal IPA. The malt bill has more of an effect on the mouthfeel than on the taste, IMO. It borders creamy, and it works really well to help meld the malts & hops.

D: An easy drinking BIPA, to be sure. Not too overbearing or overpowering. However, there are better options at lower prices. I paid ~$8 for this bomber, and I would be alot happier with it in the ~$4.50 range. As it stands, I'll pick up Sublimely Self Righteous and save a buck or two. Sorry Terrapin... I Love Ya, but I gotta tell it like it is.

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Photo of silver0rlead
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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Photo of rajendra82
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour looked pitch black at first glance, but holding the pint glass against a light indicated that it was actually a shade of deep red. The head was three finger thick and foamy, and dissipated into a craggy surface with lot of lace. The looks were similar to a stout, but the grapefruit and pine aroma was typical American IPA. There was hint of chocolate, but I had to inhale pretty deeply to detect it. The dark malts definitely were present in the taste in the form of a coffee like bitterness, which supplemented the already bitter grapefruit peel hop presence. There was little bit of toffee flavor, but this did not provide enough of a counter balance. The finish was spicy and slightly astringent. This felt edgy and lacked a lot of the smoothness in the mouthfeel. I prefer some sweetness to go with the IPA bitter flavors, and sadly this lacked it.

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

From the press sheet:

OG: 17.3, FG: 3.5 ABV: 7.5% IBU: 90

Hops: Warrior, Columbus, Nugget, Centennial, Simcoe, Ahtanum (dry-hop)

Malts: 2-row pale, Dark Munich, Crystal 24, DH Carafa III
pours a deep purpleish black with nice tan head that leaves abundant lacing.

Big hoppy nose of pine, earth, herbsainte, and anise. Crusty brown bread malts underneath. Nice.

Resiny bite followed by a toasty pumpernickel malt backbone and some bittersweet chocolate. Bitterness holds hard throughout and morphs from herbal to citrus to spicy. Lots of layers of hoppy goodness here, with orange oil, grapefruit pith, spruce, and licorice, and a woody underpinning that is supportive rather than distracting.

Medium-bodied and well-carbonated (bordering on prickly), with a nice, dry finish. A bit rough and grainy, in line with the style.

I am not a big fan of the Hop Karma (India Brown), and I am in the minority apparently. But this is good stuff. Just the right added dimension to the hop-bomb formula. This has one of the biggest hop profiles of any Terrapin beer, yet it is quite drinkable and even pairs well with a spicy Mexican meal. Well done.

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

Pours very dark brown with a decent head that fades to a thick swirl atop the brew. Smells of spicy hops and some sharp malt- almost like there is some rye in there. The taste also seems like it has some nutty, grainy, sharp rye notes as well as some black patent malt dryness and light roastiness along with bitter chocolate notes. Nice hop accents of pine and citrus peel. Firm, bitter, and full, but dry mouthfeel. I had a Brooklyn cocktail earlier in the evening made with a particularly earthy rye. This bears more than a passing resemblance to that. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but I like the dry richness and bracing bitterness.

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

The 10th installment in Terrapin's Side Project program pours a deep, opaque mahogany with a big and fluffy beige head with great retention and lacing. The aroma starts with some light fruity citrus, oranges and lemons maybe, and some resinous pine. There is a nice backbone of dark roasted malts to help balance out the hops, but the citrus is still fairly prominent. The taste follows the aroma pretty well , but there is a bit more balancing of the orange and grassy hops by the backbone that the aroma suggested. The dry roasted character of the malts balance the hop bitterness of the finish.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cypress St. Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malt tempered by good amounts of citrus and pine hop aromas. Also present are mild amounts of smooth dark chocolate aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors that are the opposite of rich (but not in a bad way) kick things off and are joined shortly by solid amounts of hop flavors - mostly pine but with hints of citrus. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was an above average beer not because of the flavors but because of the way they played off of each other. This may be the most well-balanced Black IPA I've had (though there aren't all that many). Worth a shot.

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

6.99 @ Green's....no 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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Photo of elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours very dark brown, nearly black with an almost two finger light brown head. Maintains a small cap and leaves a ring and some spotty lacing.

Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt with some hops clamoring for attention but the chocolate takes precedence. The aroma that is there is nice, but it's strength is very low.

Flavor is much better, nice citrus and pine hops up front, and an excellent dose of sweet chocolate in the middle. Finish is quite bitter. Hops get even bigger as it warms. Alcohol doesn't make much of an appearance at all. The level is unknown but I'd guess between 6%-7%.

This reminds me a little of a black & tan with an IPA, a battle of citrus and chocolate. It's very tasty.

Mouthfeel is full and somewhat sticky, low to medium carbonation.

The only other dark IPA I can compare this to is Yakima Twilight which has a bigger hop presence, but I also really like the chocolate in the Capt'n Krunkles.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Thin viscosity but a dark blackish red with little brulee'd cream white head which leaves a few shreds of lacing

S: Mostly hops that are a darker fruit like a strawberry orange with some plum juice from the hops but then get the faint coffee maybe chocolate charred type smells. quite lovely actually

T: The taste is way more hoppy than "black". If i were to blindly taste this I wouldnt think of it as anything but a pale ale until i breathed out. I get the charred slightly hot but not alcohol heat feeling

M: bitter dryness of the mouth like an ipa but slightly dryer of the roastiness. give it a 5 outta 10 on the ol carb scale. maybe its the color of the beer messing with my mind but more sweet balance from it just to allow me to drink it easier

D:its a slightly higher than sessionable beer to me only because its quite bitter and my mouth cant take more than one bomber of that. its flavor has a lot going on considering you can taste the "dark" and the unusual hoppy together. I dont know what the percentage is but if it were a bit fuller body i would enjoy it more but still a tasty side project

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Photo of gford217
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, opaque mahogany that almost sits black in the glass with a surprisingly big and fluffy beige head that recedes very slowly and leaves a hefty cap and great lacing.

The aroma starts with some light fruity citrus, oranges and lemons maybe, and some resinous pine. The hops are balanced a bit by the dark roasted malts but the citrus is dominant.

The taste is a bit more balanced and complex with the dark roasted malts forming a bigger backbone that the aroma suggested. That said, the hops are still big and start with oranges and tangerines and give way to a more grassy and resinous bitterness that lingers through the finish. The dry roasted character of the malts balance the hop bitterness of the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation, though it's bubbles that lend a very creamy feel to things overall.

I enjoyed this one a lot and I'm glad I got to try it super fresh as the hops are the dominant player now. Honestly, I'm intrigued to see what happens as the hops die down as I bet this turns into a completely different beer. Not sure if it'll be this good, but I look forward to finding out.

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Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 282 ratings.
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