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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Hop Karma IPATerrapin Hop Karma IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

983 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 77
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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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Reaper16

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a dark, but still translucent, shade of brown that isn't too far off from that of mushroom gravy. It looks like bread crusts at the edges of the body but the center is darker. Two fingers of head on this pour. It is made of evenly medium-sized bubbles the color of flypaper. Excellent lacing yields arched eyebrow remnants of foam.

This smells like more brown ale than IPA (of the two styles this beer purports to hybridize) upfront. It remains that way throughout. Toasted malt - like some nice, crusty bread (I know I already used that descriptor in the appearance, but if the shoe fits...) - is all over the place, with hints of caramel and milk chocolate. The hops seem mostly floral to this nose. No real citrus or pine, but daisy and honeysuckle - sure. As the beer warms I get some grapefruit in about one out of every four sniffs. As far as hoppy brown ales go (which is how I am reviewing Hop Karma) this is a delight.

"Brown IPA" my ass; this is a brown ale all the way. This beer showcases its malt profile well, acheiving a pleasant balance between bread, caramel, light chocolate and almond. The hops are there with a floral flourish and grapefruit peel (but not fruit) bitterness. The beer finishes strong on the chocolate with only a touch of lingering hop bitterness. Well balanced and among the best brown ales I've had.

A nice medium body more in line with a porter than a brown ale - but then being more like a porter never hurt a brown ale in my book. Carbonation level is just right, though any less would be discouraged. A brown ale this balanced and tasty is a wonderful gameday session candidate for those Autumn Saturdays and Sundays; great drinkability.

This offering from Terrapin has impressed me very much. I like it as much as I do their Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - a feat considering that I usually dislike brown ales. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:34:52 | More by Reaper16
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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.