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Terrapin Indiana Krunkles | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Indiana KrunklesTerrapin Indiana Krunkles
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Side Project #15

Added by Chaney on 05-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
153
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
17.8%
 
 
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 153
Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a hazed burnt orange color with two fingers of soapy white head.

S: A really interesting nose. Citrus and floral hops with a strong yeast component. Moderately spicy with a definite pepper note, a hint of clove, and some banana esters. The malt doesn't come through all that much, likely due to all the different aromas.

T: The banana is really quite strong. Lots of pepper and wheat are also there. A sort of chalky note to it and a really drying bitterness. Citrus and floral hops, along with a light fruitiness, round out the flavor. A lot going on here, but I can't say I'm a fan.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Just a strange beer. Nothing about it really seemed to work together.

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Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting for Blind BIF #5:

A: Yellowish-orange-peachy in color. Very hazy. Forms a thin creamy white layer of head that reduces down to a patchy surface coating and a thick ring around the edge. Very nice lacing. 4.0

S: Another aromatic IPA. When I first took a draw out of the bottle to determine what king of glass I wanted to use, I smelt a lot of pine and pine resin. But now that it is in a glass, I’m getting a lot more citrus and floral perfume. Orange, orange blossoms, and even some tropical fruit. Quite a complex nose. 4.5

T: Very sweet pale malt base on the front end compliments the tropical fruit and orange flavors. Light bitterness, Quick finish. A sort of yeasty bumblegum quality begins to show through as it warms - odd, but not necessarily out of place. Unfortunately, the flavor is not nearly as complex as the scent, but it is still pretty good. 4.0

M: Medium in body, very soft feeling in the mouth. Easy carbonation. Light bitterness. 3.5-4.0

O: Aroma is very good, and quite complex. Flavor not as much, but still good. Light body and light sweet malt base makes for easy drinking. Alcohol is well hidden. I must say this is an interesting beer with a combination of flavors I would have never thought of, but none-the-less, works quite well. 4.0

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Photo of babaracas
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy amber with two fingers of creamy off-white foam, settles to a thin ring and leaves splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: banana, lemon, spicy - clove, sweet caramel. Taste: caramel and wheaty base with a big dose of hops. Citrus rind, spicy and medicinal. A little bit of clove is buried in there. Medium bodied with a dry medicinal finish. Comes off as a sweeter hefe hopped (highly) with American varieties. Doesn't work as well as certain other highly hopped German wheats out there.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am having this at cellar temp, the heat wave has my cellar at 60 deg f. Nice looking beer; golden with a hint of orange, the white head was bit thin. The nose is other worldly; bubblegum, pepper, orange peel, tangerine, all separated no smells overlapping each other. The taste starts a little sweet, but quickly goes to a piney, woodsy, resiny, bitterness but not overwhelming. This beer must be super fresh, I am getting all these flavors at the same level, nothing is standing out. The finish is dry, making you want more. If you see this beer somewhere, try it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber, hazy and amply carbonated liquid which sat in its glass covered with a monster of a three inch or more head. This rested gently down and left behind generous amounts of side glass clingy and sticky lace, that are in all likelihood still there the next day. Just a great overall look, damn perfect for the style. The aroma coming off this knocked me back off of my feet for a good minute. Huge floral hop presence, I mean huge. Tons of citrus flavors, orange, tangerine, and very sweet as well. There was just a really fresh aroma coming off of it. It was literally dripping fresh. The taste was enormous. I had a hop profile that made you go nuts. Lots of orange and pineapple mixed in with a ton of sweetness, it was just heaven. A big resin, bitter dry finish was superb. Great smooth and light feel was no match for the huge flavor in here. This was really fantastic I could have had this all night, if only I had some more of it. This was far and away one of the best IPA's I have ever had. It was just unreal fresh and hopped to a level I very rarely see. I can find no fault in it at all, so it gets my second ever rating of a perfect five. To say I was surprised by what came out of this bottle was an understatement.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Salmon colored body was hazy, and the head formation was nearly four fingers thick, at the top of the half liter Weizen glass. The smell was exactly what would imagine a Wheat IPA would be. There were aromas of banana, bubblegum, grapefruit, and pine. The taste provided a unique combination of American critic hops, and sweet and wheat malt with delicate phenols. The hops were clearly in control of the experience, as they should be in an IPA, but the malt still showed through. It did feel more light and watery than an IPA of similar strength, and the lack of stickiness made the finish a bitter but short one. The mouthfeel became a lot more creamy, when the yeast was stirred up and poured in, and some clove spiciness crept in at that time. But this cause the bitterness to become less IPA like as well. A tasty side experiment, with no obvious flaws.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a Terrapin-branded shaker pint glass.

Pours an incredibly cloudy, deep orange with a thick rocky two fingers of slightly off-white foam that settles into a large-bubbled crown. Lacing is nice, with thick web-like rings sticking to the walls of the glass as it empties.

A wonderful symphony of aromas wafts into the nose: A touch of banana and clove, orange, lemon zest, papaya, mango -- quite enticing, and almost exactly what I would hope to find in a blend of Bavarian Hefeweizen and American IPA.

With a medium-full body and mild-to-moderate carbonation, the flavors on the palate follow suit with the aromas. Up front, a somewhat grainy, faintly sweet malt backbone takes form, quickly overcome by bitter, citrusy hops. The bitterness takes hold rather bracingly and drying, flowing through all the way into the finish. Around the edges, notes of banana and clove peek through the bitter hoppy fray, reminding again that a Hefeweizen yeast is at the bottom of this 7.3% ABV heavy-hitter, though the alcohol hides itself well on the palate. Finishes citrusy with some tropical fruit notes, along with a bone-dry bitterness and lingering notes of grapefruit with a pinch of banana and clove.

Perhaps not as well-executed as the Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfenweiss, this is nevertheless a great melding of Hefeweizen/pale Weizenbock with bold hop character. Slightly off-balance and perhaps a touch too dry, it still rests as one of the few beers out there to showcase the superb ability of Bavarian Hefeweizen yeast to meld with big, citrusy hops.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. I think it was $8 from Neds.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a thick meringue white head with good retention (not as good as a real hefeweizen). Very nice sticky webs of lacing.

Smell: It smells like a fresh fruit salad. Obvious banana and sweet orange, maybe some kiwi, white grape. A kiss of clove.

Taste: Very fruity and slightly spicy with the yeasty banana esters and all the tropical fruity hops flavors mixing together. Flavorful sweet and spicy malt (probably some munich). Hops bitterness is restrained, but is enough to provide balance to this otherwise very sweet and fruity beer.

Mouthfeel: I think it feels a little too full. It could benefit from being a little drier and/or a little more carbonated to give it more bite. I want this beer to be more refreshing and quenching, but it ends up being a little sticky and heavy feeling.

Overall: I really like this beer. I think the concept is a good one and the flavors work well together. I really liked the Brooklyn Hopfenweiss too. I just looked at the Terrapin website and this beer is dry hopped with Falconers Flight which I haven't to my knowledge had-- I'm impressed. I'm never sure how to rate these mixed style beers, so I throw style out the window. I bet this beer would fare better if it was classified as a weizenbock.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.76/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a modestly hazy, copper-orange body with a frothy, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Lightly toasty, lightly sweet-scented barley and wheat with particularly pithy citrus fruits, a few drops of pineapple juice, and ground up aspirin.

Taste: Pale maltiness, lightly bready, and with a fast twinge of wheat. Moderately sweet. Pithy citrus fruits, orange and white grapefruit sprinkled with a pinch of Goody's Extra Strength headache powder. Pronounced citric bitterness. The spicy phenolics from the yeast are well overshadowed by the hops. Sun-dried hay stack and just a lingering bitterness as the body thins towards the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Makes me think of a slightly lighter version of Stone 9th Anniversary Ale, a beer I just didn't like. And here I'm not liking this, either, as it really just doesn't mesh well for me. I'd rather reach for something like a Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale.

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Photo of mikey711
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange hue with a fluffy white head when poured but it did not hold very well and it was only average lacing

S: Very wheat forward with some spicy hop notes, some hefe like banana notes notes too and a bit of bitter pine

T: Much like the nose, but the pine is a bit more present. Nice wheat flavor and pretty well balanced

M: Pretty smooth and easy drinking, slightly rough around the edges, but no heat

D: I found this to be an interesting beer and while it is listed as an american IPA i think it is more of a hybrid hefe and IPA and the hefe won out most of the time but the hoppiness was definitely there. A refreshing beer but not one that i am overly compelled to try again

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting concept,Iam surprised there hasnt been more forays into melding the two styles.I poured into a weizen glass rather than my nonic for appearance and it poured nicely,hazed burnt orange tinged golden with a fluffy one and a half finger white head that left a broken ring of lace as it settled slowly.Love the in your face citric hop aromas,really fresh,slight toasted wheat malt and clove as well.The mouthfeel was much thinner than expected and seemed to take a little of the flavor away,somewhat watery with decent shot of resiny/citric hop on the palate,toasted wheat malt again comes thru a little as well.If the mouthfeel was amped up a little this beer would be great but alas it isnt and the beer is just "pretty good".

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is - oh, what a delight! Truly unique, yeasty, wheaty, subtly hoppy, demanding a drink! I have never encountered a beer with such an aroma - it may not be the best-smelling beer of all times, but the aroma just sends me. It pours a hazy amber with a thick, if not too persistent, white head. Well, appearance isn’t everything - one cannot judge a book by its cover, etc. The flavor is simply sublime, rye, wheat and hops mixing delightfully, dancing on the tongue, with undertones of yeast and slightly sour orange, just plain lip-smacking. Lively, sassy texture is fizzy and leaves a nice tingly and slightly sweet citrus finish. Crack that whip!

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Photo of obywan59
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, golden-copper color with a 2-finger whitish head and good lacing.

The initial smell is nearly all hops, remininding me of the Ruination I sampled earlier this week. Later, as the beer warms, the hop aroma fades and the wheat characteristics stand out. Grapefruit, or other ripe citrus, then bannana and cloves.

I really don't get much of the hops, except for the lasting bitterness. Just a bit of citrus/herbal taste with plenty of sweet malt, bannana and clove. The hops show up at the finish, and don't want to leave. A hint of Belgian aroma as well.

Great mouthfeel. Medium-thick. Smooth and luscious without being overly sticky. Some light tingle of carbonation. Especially early on.

I think this is a great beer! Nothing "in your face", but everything just seems to meld together to create a great drinking experience. While the mouthfeel seems a bit thick, the overall impression is one of lightness. It's worth a revisit in summer.

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Photo of Pencible
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like dry apricot and citrus zest, with wildish lager yeast and fresh wheat.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus zest and grapefruit, with wild yeast and fresh wheat and a bit of honey. It had a lasting and very bitter resin aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with a little carbonation. Nice and full body.
D: This was a pretty nice beer, kind of like a Belgian IPA mixed with A Little Sumpin Sumpin. Very bitter and clean, with nice body and well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. However, the super bitter finish might make it more difficult for some to drink. An enjoyable beer, but not overly delicious.

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Photo of bradcochran1234
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from work on a "try a new single night". I am usually impressed with Terrapins side projects so I am looking forward to this one.
A- head pours big but then disappears quickly. The color is cloudy, golden, orangish tint.
S- First smells are of the typical citrusy American hop. As the beer warms up, out comes the Belgium yeast smells. Bready, citrus!
T- The hop hits first and is fastly followed up by the german wheat. Definetely has a spicy Belgium quality about it. Citrus with that fresh hop taste and then a malty backbone.
M- AWESOME! As the beer bitters out with the hop it is followed up with the yeast which makes for a very great mouthfeel. First dry then malty then back to dry.

I will come back to this beer very soon because it was a great beer for the buck!

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy head. Excellent lacing.

S: A sweet, attractive aroma of citrus, hops, and wheat.

T: Tasted of citrus (grapefruit, mainly), hops, malt and wheat in the finish. I thought the wheat would be more prevalent, but it is almost a secondary element. An interesting flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Not your average American IPA, a fact which will turn off some. Still, a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, cloudy body with a fluffy white head and fantastic lacing. Body seems a bit darker than it should be -- I was expecting something a little more golden.

Great nose -- very pungent. Huge citrus/tropical fruit hops, grapefruit. I didn't come into this beer expecting much, but the aroma on this has instantly lifted my expectations. And...they come crashing back down with the taste. Mediocre. A decent hop bite, but there's something missing here. A bit of a watery quality. It seems like the wheat and IPA qualities distract from, rather than compliment, eachother.

This one misses the mark. It's drinkable and enjoyable, but something's not quite right.

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Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a big white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass and settles in as a splotchy cap.

The aroma has a solid citrus hop character up front, lemons and oranges, but with some bananas form the wheat. Hints of spices in the nose as well.

Taste is a little less hoppy. That said, it has a bitterness, especially in the finish but it doesn't have the citrus that the nose promised. The sweetness of the wheat backbone is there with bananas and bubblegum, though the finish of clove and bitterness is what lingers on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with tons of carbonation and is much more bitter than a typical wheat beer.

I'm not sure if this is an IPA or a wheat beer but I don't think it comes together quite as well as I was hoping for. It's also not in the league of Monk's Revenge in terms of melding two different types of beers.

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Photo of jabergess
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Mellow Mushroom. Wow. What an interesting an IPA. In my head I see this as a marriage between an IPA and a hefeweizen. Don't be sceptical, it really works. I didn't get a lot from the nose. It has a cloudy hefe appearance., but is slightly darker than a standard hefe. First taste - wow. First you get the hops. Spicy. Then you get the fruity banana. It doesn't seen like its there, but let it warm a little and you'll see. This is not true to style but so worth trying.

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Photo of jsanford
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Terrapin Pint Glass.

A - Hazy orange with a 2-inch creamy white head that settles to a thick haze and leaves lots of soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Interesting nose, a nice combination of a German hefeweizen and an American IPA. Big citrus hop notes of orange and grapefruit co-exists nicely with a bit of pine resin, wheat, banana, clove, and bubblegum yeast. Pretty nice.
T - Not as hoppy as I'd expected from the nose, but nice nonetheless. More grapefruit and pine resin are present, but are generally overshadowed by the bubblegum, wheat, clove, and banana. Difficult to classify, is it a very hoppy hefeweizen or a very wheaty IPA? Still, pretty tasty, I'm not having any issue with the bottle.
M - Slightly creamy, with a medium body and carbonation that's a hair low for my tastes.
O - Overall this was a solid effort from Terrapin, good to see another winner after the mediocre Vladdy and the forgettable Tomfoolery.

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Photo of billab914
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a hazy, light orange color with a full, dense and frothy white head to it. The head had some pretty good retention to it and left a little bit of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma is an interesting mix of the German Hefe characters and an American citrusy, bitter, grapefruit like flavor. I get a lot of banana and clove to it with some sweeter, vanilla like flavors to it. The American hops are there, but are overshadowed by the yeast in the aroma. Pretty appealing aroma to it overall though.

The taste is where it falls apart for me. The yeasty, banana and clove flavors really just clash with the citrusy, bitter, American hops for me. The grapefruit, citrus rind qualities comes across pretty bitter and strong, which doesn't mesh well with the clove like spice for me. Together they seem to give it kind of a harsh and somewhat boozy quality in the finish that I really didn't care for. I get a lot of tart, fruit like character out of it as well that wasn't bad but just didn't seem to fit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is a little above average. Overall it was drinkable, but one of my least favorite Side Projects. The flavors just really clashed for me, especially the bitter, citrus rind and the clove like yeast spice. Unfortunately I didn't find that it had particularly good American IPA flavors or German Hefeweizen flavors and on top of that they didn't mix well either. I like the experimentation, but it didn't work for me.

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Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah! I'm finally the first to review something!

A: Looks like a mandarin orange... same color, translucence, etc.... The nice finger or so frothy, shell white head stayed stayed alive long after the pour.

S: IPA on German steroids! Lots of citrus (orange and apricot specifically), but also good bit of that Hefeweizen-like funk, also with a tinge of Alka-Seltzer.

T: Right away, this wasn't as hoppy as I thought it was going to be based on the smell... but pleasant nonetheless. The mid-palate contained much of the fruity elements, while on the aftertaste, I got wheatier fare. Medium bodied overall....

M: The carbonation was fine, if a shade on the low side... but nothing too offensive. The yeasty finish washed over the sweetness, leaving the palate fairly clean. The lacing on the glass was somewhat ridiculous.

O: This is a good summer drinker for sure, and I think Terrapin is onto something with this style. This was no "Hopzilla" or "Hop Karma," but I still dug it...

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Terrapin Indiana Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
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