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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Hop Karma IPATerrapin Hop Karma IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

963 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 963
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%


Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"The Terrapin Hop Karma IPA (formerly known as the India Style Brown Ale) is a head on collision between a hoppy, west coast IPA and a complex, malty brown ale. Brewed with 5 varieties of hops and 7 different malts, this hybrid style represents the best of both worlds." 65 IBU

(Beer added by: athensbeermaster on 04-02-2007)
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This fine 12 ounces of Jawja goodness is courtesy of ckeegan04. Many thanks to Chris for this offering that ends up in my old Medley's pint glass. BTW, BBD looks like 1st week in September. Cool.

Pours a light brown-sugar head - very thin...less than 1/3 finger...but that doesn't matter in this case, because this looks like PURE &*(%ING BOURBON coming out of the bottle. That counts for something. Visible carbonation is sparse but what's there moves with reasonable quickness.

Wow - that's what a brown ale should smell like. Molasses, caramel...a bit of the aforementioned bourbon booziness...and a pretty fair wallop of piney hops with even some citrus and flora mixed in. Definitely a hardcore caramel and maybe even slightly Germanic malt presence.

Holy crap, there are a $#!+load of hops in this. Piney, now grassy...even a little earthy. They hit me by surprise and I'm sure I made a Bill the Cat face (AAACK! THPPPT!). There's a slight metallic tone that will hopefully burn off but it may be linked to the malt presence of the more German variety (OK, the label mentions an English presence, so I may be wrong)...some Munich or Vienna may be in there, contributing a little tininess. Good...that's going away. Now we have a malty and hoppy menagerie going on. Nice!

After a little warmth this rounds out nicely in abundance. Feel is light enough to not be entirely filling but packs enough of a wallop to make its presence well-known. There is a very good balance of malt and hops here that works the senses very nicely and evenly. Finish is long and strong.

This is proper weight class for a brown ale and could be borderline sessionable but my suspicions are that the ABV may roll a little on the higher side for the style. Still, it drinks well with classic elements across the board. Very solid offering from the dudes at Terrapin "station."

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 22:34:55 | More by IBUnit63
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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
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