Beer Review: TERRAPIN DR. KRUNKLES WHITE FARMHOUSE IPA

Beer Review: TERRAPIN DR. KRUNKLES WHITE FARMHOUSE IPA

The legendary hop-hunter Krunkles returns once again, this time from a purported tour of the Orient, with the lofty title of “Doctor” bestowed upon him. What exactly he’s a doctor of remains a mystery, perhaps fittingly so. Secluding himself in his lab, he concocts what he claims to be a groundbreaking formula for an IPA, blending elements of Belgian Witbier, Farmhouse Ale, and American IPA. The result? Terrapin Dr. Krunkles White Farmhouse IPA, purportedly elevated by a hint of white peppercorn and aging on white ash.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pouring a murky yellow gold with a voluminous sudsy head that dissipates into a thin layer.

Aroma: Notes of citrus, flowers, clove, and vanilla tease the senses.

Taste: Despite its IPA categorization, this brew leans heavily on Belgian yeast, with spicy hops and a hint of tangy fruit, finishing with a restrained bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with lively carbonation, offering a lively sensation on the palate.

Critical Analysis

While labeled as an IPA, Terrapin Dr. Krunkles White Farmhouse IPA diverges significantly from expectations. The marriage of Belgian Witbier and Farmhouse Ale characteristics dominates, leaving the hoppy essence associated with an IPA overshadowed. The promised complexity feels more like a confused mishmash, lacking the cohesive harmony one might anticipate from a seasoned brewer like Terrapin Beer Co.

Overall Impression

Approached with an open mind, this concoction might find favor among fans of spicy and flavorful Belgian ales. However, those seeking a traditional IPA experience are likely to be disappointed by its divergence from the style’s hallmark characteristics. Despite its shortcomings, it manages to carve out a niche for itself, albeit in a somewhat nebulous space between beer styles.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, and ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
Terrapin Beer Co.Belgian AleN/AN/A