RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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 hops 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. ABV: 7.1% IBU’s: 70 O.G.: 6.5 Malt: 2-Row, Best Munich, Victory, Pale Crystal Hops: Columbus, Nugget, Falconers Flight, Zythos, Sorachi Ace Other: Green Tea, Jasmine Rice, Ginger, Dextrose

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decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Lightly hazed almost orange pour with light white head. Aroma is orange zest and light bread/cracker. Zest, light funky maltiness, and a good bitter finish. A very odd/good after taste clings on the back of the tongue. Smooth full/medium body with good carbonation. A nice break from the norm.

BeerandBlues2 (13718) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is green tea, earthy and grassy hops with biscuit malt and pear esters . Flavor is bitter green tea, fruity esters, supporting malt, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

FatWater (20) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Tasty IPA. Aroma of light fruits and berries. Golden and cloudy in color with a decent head. Tastes of hops and berries, with an almost cool, minty, crisp finish. Very light and drinkable on the palate. Overall a very good brew!

glennmastrange (2900) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle. Light to moderate malt and hop notes of grain, flowers and herbs, light dough for the yeast, and a hint of peach in the background. Head is small, frothy, white with no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is hazy amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate medium, watery with a lively carbonation. A tasty beer, but I’m not really getting IPA out of this, and I noticed no ginger and it was a reach to find green tea.

HonusWagner (2218) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Out of the recent Side Projects, I think this one was the closest to a success, with very interesting notes of tea, subtle hints of ginger, and a good amount of hoppiness to remind you that, yes, you’re drinking a beer. Creative, while not sacrificing style standbys.

chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2013
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.

DocLock (10975) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours turbid orange with 1-finger clingy off-white head. Nose is sesame oily resiny hops, ginger, floral spice, tropical citrus fruit, and pale ricey malt. Tastes dry, bitter, tannic, with resiny hops, pine, sorachi hops, and a high IBU level with hops that never let up and a definite Asian flair. This one would be perfect with won ton soup and extra spicy hunan pork.

GadgetGeek (36) - Snellville, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
What a surprise to me, I do not ordinarily like beers with tea and other things in them but this one was way good. I liked how it looked and poured and really how it tasted. As it warmed up a bit I did notice a bit of a bitter finish, but it was within tolerance. I’m glad it is only 7% allowing me to drink in at one setting. A good beer to be sure.

Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2013
This poured a hazy light orange color with a beige head. Aroma was of green tea, ginger, some other spices and light citrus hops. Flavor was much the same, strange and tea like with medium bitterness. Just not my thing.

jbruner (5124) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a small, dissipating off-white head and light lacing. Aroma of pale malts, sweet tea, floral hops, with slight earthy and citrus notes. Taste follows, with an overlying sweet bread flavor accented by the green tea and jasmine, hops die off. No real bitterness that I have come to expect in an IPA, and just a medium body and soft mouth. Very odd for an IPA, and not something I really feel the desire to come back to.

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