Terrapin Samurai Krunkles | Terrapin Beer Company

BA SCORE
83
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160 Ratings
Terrapin Samurai KrunklesTerrapin Samurai Krunkles
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
11.68%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, faded golden-orange body with a small-sized, brief, off-white head. Head dies off rather rapidly, though there remains little slivers of lace on the descent.

Smell: The malts remain modest in aroma, just some pale malted graininess, serving to send up the varied hop notes, some citric citrus fruit rinds, pointed florals, and vague, encompassing earthiness. Light hints of the green tea, rice, and ginger -- I'm surprised I'm noting the green tea as well as I am and also surprised it's far less gingery than anticipated.

Taste: Pale malts, faintly bready and with a bit of cooked sugar for a small amount of short-lived sweetness. Floral, brightly citrusy hops along with the green tea. Very low hint of jasmine rice. Florals, earthiness, citrus, green tea, and a meager sprinkling of ginger swirl around with the hop bitterness until the drying, soft finish with a linger earthy, spicy, bitter quality in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Overall: An India Pale Ale with some interesting additives. A little ginger goes a long way for me, so I'm glad it remains fairly subtle.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a light sweet ginger and notes of tea. In the taste, a spice like bite, ginger, and a earthy small tartness. A spice bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry ginger like spice aftertaste. Spicy and big ginger, not so much an IPA, more a saison.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Mick-e-d
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jlindros
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Everytime I drink Terrapin beer, I get Terrapin Station stuck in my head, thanks cpinto6 for another one from these guys.

Pours a light fizzy barely head covering that fades fairly quickly to pretty much nothing, no lacing, over very hazy nectar orange color.

Nose has an interesting mix of pickled ginger, spices, and tea. The floral nose starts with some green tea and other green herbs, can't label what herbs but herbal tea like. Next is the ginger, not candied but more like pickled, with a little orange zest and bt of caramel malty sweetness.

Taste starts with a creamy caramel like malt, and light vanilla oak kinda taste, but quickly turns to pickled ginger, and a bit of candied ginger as well. Those again turn to green tea, a strong green tea flavor really comes out, a strong pungent green tea flavor with it's bitterness in all. A light herbal green flavor is there as well, and hint of spicy like flavor from the ginger. Finish is drier but sticky, bitterness kicks in quite a bit, some from ginger and herbs, some from a light herbal grassy hop. Lingering bitter orange rind flavors, light bitter green tea, and little ginger. It's really nasty bitterness on the finish that doesn't play well and drops the drinkability quite a bit.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, fluffy carbonation.

Overall meh, hard to really find what this beer is trying to do. There's a lot going on but not much that plays well with each other, the ginger is OK but not great, the green tea is nice at first but doesn't continue to play well, the herbs and orange rind bitterness really take a hit and the finish is a not so nice bitterness.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
7.1% ABV, Side project #17

Another thank you must be extended to his greatness, Chaney, for this bottle!

A - Pouring a dirty apricot golden orange color, Samurai Krunkles produces a tall off white head that plasters the pint with chunky to delicate lacing.

S - Samurai Krunkles' unique aroma stems from it's additions of ginger and green tea which compliment the beer's citrus and pine hop notes. Immediately, it's reminiscent of Michael's; potpourri and floral notes with a mix of pine tree branches and dried tea. Mild sweet caramel and pilsner malt follow up with a smooth base.

T - Astringent hop tea bitterness comes through with the green tea additions. This "green" plant characteristic reminds me of making hop tea that's over the top. Luckily Samurai Krunkles has plenty of malt backing adding a hefty dose of caramel sweetness and pale graininess. Ginger's unique spice seems oddly transparent in this IPA's flavor though some white pepper comes in on the back end.

M - Medium bodied and smooth initially, a sharper carbonation bite enters with a trail of spiciness and a bold tea dryness. It's bitterness on the finish isn't surprising, rather a welcome transition from the malt entry.

O - Terrapin's Samurai Krunkles has an exceptionally unique aroma that plays well with hops and complimentary adjunct additions but the flavor doesn't reflect it's uniqueness in quite the same way. The outcome is a cleaver IPA that's worth splitting and discussing as plenty of the characteristics are subject to interpretation and subjectivity.

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Photo of BrittQ
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 11/14/12

Thanks to PDXHops

Cloudy tangerine/amber color. Looks like pineapple juice and honey, only maybe darker. The head starts off as loose bubbles, but rises to a two finger billow before collapsing. Lots of lace.

This smells pretty good, actually. Grapefruit, tangerine, orange - standard American hop goodness. The green tea adds a subtle layer that works well in union with the hops. Cracker-like malt. Ginger is faint.

The flavor is unsettled, which is what I expect from Krunkles. The hops are cut down in expressiveness, if not presence, while the green tea keeps a higher profile. Rather floral, though. There is a good bit of malt too, but it's the enjoyable cracker type. Ginger is still a modest addition, adding a dry bent to the finish.

The feel is pretty common as far as IPAs go. I'd be inclined to give this a fair shake as an IPA-lite, as it's easily on the lighter side of medium in terms of body. I'm gonna go ahead and gush about the low carbonation. Dry, gritty finish.

Wow, I just drank a whole bottle of Krunkles.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy gold/orange body, trace white head, fine lacing

S: big ginger, green tea, lemon peel/grass

T: ginger, lemon peel, pine, hint of biscuit,
mellow bitter, oily/grassy finish

M: med body, oily/mild sticky mouth

O: Another fascinating gem from Terrapin. Would get again
and also recommend.

FASCINATING, WORTH PICKING UP!

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of AbbyAlex
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of VaterRoss
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of billab914
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into my Stone nonic pint glass. It poured a hazy, orange amber color with a thin white head to it. Pretty good lacing on the glass as I drank it and nice head retention as well.

The green tea is pretty evident in the aroma and the ginger is not far behind. There is a decent amount of citrusy hops along with some candied orange flavors. It's a little grainy as well. Not a bad aroma, it's very floral but the flavors come together relatively well. It's definitely not my favorite combination of flavors, but it's not bad.

The taste also shows a lot of the green tea flavors to it. It's got more of a herbal bitterness in the finish. Some sweeter, grainy malts are there as well. A little of the ginger lingers into the finish. Again, the flavors all come together relatively well and it wasn't completely dominated by the additions thankfully. I can't say that I loved the flavors, but they were at least interesting.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it wasn't a terrible beer, but I just didn't think the green tea flavor worked that well in a beer. I liked that the additions seemed pretty well balanced and they didn't completely dominate it, but overall the flavors they added were just decent at best. Overall another interesting experiment, but not one of the better side projects in my opinion.

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Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of farrago
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gives off a solid finger of just of-white foam, mostly loose smaller bubbles with an island of larger ones at the spot of pour, not much retention and the lacing is wispy and random. Hazy deep yellow to zinc orange hued liquid, very consistently colored throughout, holds light well which lends it a warm glow. The ginger is clearly there in the nose and the green tea also comes through credibly, pine and tangerine too along with biscuit and some powdered malt like Ovaltine, the apricot, peach, pineapple scents tend towards fruit cocktail type concentration. Full-bodied and somewhat slow to change direction, moves like it just woke up from a nap. More dough, bread, yeast stuff going on, at the same time more peppery and herbaceous tang, pine and orange, grapefruit citrus. The cocoa and chocolate more bitter than malty sweet. Here the ginger and green tea subsumed back into the whole, the latter more present as it warms. The carbonation is adequate, nothing remarkable pro or con. Wish it stuck to its guns and really let the green tea through more convincingly. Still, as is it’s curious and familiar at once and not bad by any stretch.

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Photo of stevegregg
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of cvm4
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light amber in color. Nice off white one finger head that leaves little lacing.

S - Citrus hops mixed in with a light amount of ginger and green tea.

T - Smacks you with ginger and then the twang of green tea. It's not overpowering and lets you taste the citrus hops that greet you.

M - On the light side of medium.

O - An interest combination here. It's balanced and one flavor doesn't overpower the next. The beer lets you experience it all.

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Terrapin Samurai Krunkles from Terrapin Beer Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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