Terrapin Samurai Krunkles
Athens Georgia’s Terrapin has released their 17th “Side Project” beer, the playfully named Samurai Krunkles. A new twist in their ongoing Krunkles series, this IPA iteration is filled with goodness from Japan, specifically green tea, jasmine rice and ginger.
I’m not a fan of super hoppy beers; but this one is well-balanced with sweet malts and the fresh ginger, jasmine scent and slight bit of grapefruit create a refreshing drink that’s easily paired with Asian delicacies like sushi or noodle bowls. The body and color of the beer are reminiscent of a hefeweizen, with nice golden-orange cloudiness. Calling this beer an IPA may be a bit of a disservice to the beer and misleading to many American IPA fans. Regardless, it’s a solid, interesting beer that’s well worth seeking out, especially if you’re into green tea and Asian flavors stirred up in your hops.
You can hear us discuss the beer in detail on Episode 7 of our podcast.