Terrapin Samurai Krunkles | Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Samurai KrunklesTerrapin Samurai Krunkles
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Terrapin Samurai KrunklesTerrapin Samurai Krunkles

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pixieskid on 07-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 48
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a Nearly opaque light copper with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like earthy copper and sweet caramel, with some bready yeast and a bit of citrus.
T: It tasted like citrus and copper hops, with some sweet caramel and ginger. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This didn't really have the unique scent or taste I was expecting. Not a terrible IPA, but not all that great either. The finish was smooth, so it was at least easy to drink.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked this up when i was in NC a few months ago. probably shouldn't have waited this long, but forgot i had it! oh well, bear that in mind when reading this review as this is certainly a bit long in the tooth. picked up for $8.99. enjoyed from my terrapin snifter.

a - poured a really murky orange with a foamy off white ipa-ish head that dissolved away leaving nice chunks on the side of the glass.

s - comes up fairly malty (duh) with a good dosing of jasmine, tea leaves, and a glazing of ginger. some muted tropical fruit but seems to be more jasmine and tea than anything else.

t - wow, the nose is amplified a zillion times in the flavor. BOOM ginger. BOOM green tea. BOOM jasmine. BOOM malts. there is really no sign of hops in this at all at this point. it was pretty shocking at first, but after a few sips really seems like a green tea beer. it is pretty good if you like these flavors and i don't mind them although i'm far from a big green tea drinker.

m - interesting. finish is a touch bitter, but mostly malty and tea like.

o - definitely different. not sure if this was much better fresher or not...i imagine so, but the reviews are a roller coaster of love and hate. but that makes sense as this is definitely something that i would see as polarizing...much like green tea.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, purchased for $8 from Total Wine. Poured into a snifter. Awesome noticeably ginger aroma, and green tea. It's like an Arizona Tea concoction with alcohol and floral hops featured. Lower carbonation, above average body. Texture is more right on for a double IPA. Good herbal mildly soapy hop aroma. Complex, light bitter, with some zest. Amber/orange color made hazy by lots of particles suspended in the body. Very creative take on an IPA. Reminds me of a mango IPA from Cigar City. Smooth and balanced. Excellent, interesting brew. Would love to revisit.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy light copper color with over a finger of head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some nice lacing when it finally dissipates. The green tea is definitely noticeable in the nose. There is a sweet but subtle fruitiness upfront that is followed by a light wave of hop bitterness. Like most Terrapin offerings, I think that the hoppiness is more muted than it could/should be, especially for the style.

This is a decent, yet unconventional IPA. Certainly worth a try.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

"Taking the Orient and the rest of the world by storm, Krunkles returns! In this edition of the bearded IPA brewer's saga, "Samurai Krunkles," as he was once known in the Far East, pulls out all the hips from his Katana's sheath to make this Asian flared brew. While traveling around the Pacific in a souped up rickshaw pulled by his trusty side kick Cato, Krunkles uncovered unique brewing ingredients such as jasmine rice, jasmine green tea and the finest ginger the Orient had to offer for this Samurai master's ale. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American IPA with ginger and jasmine green tea leaves. No bottle date, produced in August 2012.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to my Terrapin Snifter. Served north of 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Golden white creamy head over a golden orange amber body with a medium haze. Subtle but frantic carbonation. Slightly above average retention, light frothy surface cover. A decent appearance. 3.5

(Smell) Citrusy, spicy and herbal hops over a caramel and rye malt bed with a pinch of honey. Notes of herbal jasmine and even more notes of green tea leaves intensify the herbal hop quality, carrying a perky vegetal bitterness to it. Ginger is slightly more subtle- it doesn't contribute much to the overall aroma besides some minor malt complexity, it's difficult to find beneath the caramel and rye. I was hoping for a more bold hop character to compliment the elevated bitterness of the herbal additives. A more dominant ginger profile would have been pleasant also. Potentially, it's a very busy aroma but not all of the aromas give their best show; yet more often than not, the aroma aims to please. 3.5

(Taste) Bold lightly roasted caramel bread and pale malt base with a trailing note of floral and herbal hops and jasmine with a medium bitterness. Most of the flavors are well chosen for the theme and nearly all are well balanced, yet none in particular come forward as the highlight of this beer. Ginger is exceptionally faint, even in the flavor; some more crystallized ginger would have been a decent compliment for the malt profile. The lightness of the body reveals an evident green tea and honey finish with a pleasant herbal mildness. Aside from not having any pronounced malt or hop notes, the beer is well balanced and largely drinkable with particularly pleasing flavors for the tea-loving crowd. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Slick, chewy texture with very little carbonation presence throughout; a good call for the green tea character. Alcohol presence is low, Body is about medium, slightly more tea-like than malty, but thoroughly flavored with no wateriness. The jasmine rice may have dropped the body a notch or two while saving the flavor. It stays simple and balanced but forces deep attention to the subtleties of the flavor. Normally there would be a much bigger demand for increased carbonation in regards to the style, but it works very well for the herbal nature of this beer in particular. 4.5

(Overall) The flavors are just faint enough without losing general potency or flavor. A few flavors were a challenge to find, like ginger. Probably for the best, it could have been easily overdone in this lighter-bodied beer. What was in here was perfect for a lighter bodied tea-inspired Orient beer. Stacked amongst most American IPAs, this beer would be much less citrusy and much more herbal but for the theme it is a fitting selection of flavors, and highly enjoyable thus. 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Side Project #18: Samurai Krunkles

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Terrapin Samurai Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 53.8% out of 100 with 160 ratings
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