Terrapin Hop Karma IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Hop Karma IPATerrapin Hop Karma IPA

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1,006 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,006
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 79
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: athensbeermaster on 04-02-2007

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
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Ratings: 1,006 | Reviews: 545
Reviews by smchasta:
Photo of smchasta
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown brew with a reddish tint. A finger width of tan head.

S- Light on the smell. You catch a bit of a roasted scent, but all in all, the smell is very light for either a brown or and IPA.

T- Amazing. It has the strong hop taste of an IPA, but at the same time it tastes like a brown ale. The name is very self-explanatory with this beer. A bit of a fruit aftertaste with the hops.

M- Very dry finish you would expect from an IPA. Has an aftertaste that is pleasant for once.

D- Definitely drinkable. You can feel the high alcohol percentage about halfway through your first serving, but it goes down easily and has a great, strong taste that makes it easily and pleasantly drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally try this,I heard great things about it and well for good reason.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed deep chesnut brown with a clingy one finger white head that held for quite some time.What a great aroma a great mix of big piney,earthy,and citric hop mixed with a large caramel and slighty roasted malt base,great near balance but the hops win out.The mouthfeel was a little thin that is my only slight complaint,flavors are great.Big resiny pine mixed with citrus and herbal hop intertwining with a big firm somewhat sweet biscuity malt base that holds up well.A great interplay of flavors,Iam a hophead so this is defifnetly my kinda brown here.

Photo of ROBORB
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap this beer pours a dark brown with a nice white head. It smells of pine, citrus, roasted malts and chocolate. The taste, for me, was more IPA than brown ale. The hops far outweighed the brown part of this ale. It is a nice change of pace but not an overly fantastic beer. It is very thin feel on the palate.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Dark brown color, red highlights. Nice thick tan head with a bit of lace.
Sweet aroma, caramel and milk chocolate. Herbal/floral hops.
Tasted like a hoppy porter. Coffee and chocolate, caramel. Herbal, piney hops.
A bit on the thin side.
All in all, a tasty brew. Enjoyed it.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a freshness date.

Three fingers of light tan head rise after a healthy pour, muddled tawny color that only shows some clarity when put to the light. Sweet toasted grain and a mildly pungent spicy hops meld well in the nose. Big on smoothness with a semi-creamy medium body. Big hop character with a pungent oilly flavor throughout of pine, tree bark, wild flowers and grapefruit rind. Maltiness holds a good foundation together with toasted bread crust, chicory and cracker like graininess. Finishes a little bitter and dry though refreshing.

Nice fusion of styles though they could have just called it a hoppy brown ... but that would have taken away from the whole scheme of things. Really good drinking here ... glad to hear it is year round!

Photo of merlin48
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pours a radiantly clear mahogany body with a creamy beige head that appears to have goldenrod edging. Excellent retention and lots of sticky lace on the glass. Quite a looker!

Aroma of pink grapefruit and milk chocolate, a couple of aroma notes that are odd bedfellows.

Average mouthfeel of medium body and carbonation enlivened by a hop presence.

Taste has a sweetish citrus hoppiness of pink grapefruit/orange, the bitterness dominating the chocolatey brown ale maltiness. Interesting, but finishes with an odd, out of kilter, aftertaste.

Unusual, but enjoyable, but the citrusy hops here seem misplaced.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving info: 12 ounce bottle with "best if enjoyed by" info on the label.

Pours: Dark brown amber.

Nose: Resiny hops

Lacing: spotty blobs

Head: medium khaki

Body: Medium with a seemingly appropriate level of carbonation

Flavor notes: The label claims it's a combo of w. Coast IPA and English Brown ale. Cant argue with that. Tasty stuff. Moderate grainy hop bite, with nice smooth malts laying the groundwork. Nicely done.

Photo of nem2006
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown with a tan head.

Smell is extremely hoppy. Very little maltiness shines through. Smells a lot like an IPA. Floral.

Taste is very hoppy. Heavy on the bitterness at the finish, but still smooth. The finish is very floral after the bitterness. There is a slight maltiness that I caught in the middle. As the beer warms a little, I could catch a little bit of the malty, nuttiness with the floral ending.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear medium-dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is caramel and toffee malt with some pine and chocolate malt The flavor is piney hops with some toffee notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was an older bottle - still labeled as India Brown Ale - which may be why the hops were not more prominent. Still, it was a good beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle poured in a snifter.

Pours a dark brown, very Coffee like in appearance with no head, just a little lacing.

Sweet malty nose, I'm thinking a brown ale. On the taste, it is very much like a porter or light stout. Mouthfeel is pretty light and smooth. There really isn't much of a IPA taste to it, I feel like it's just a good brown ale not so much and IBA as they call it.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the first times I've ever seen this in Alabama. Great looking beer; poured a coppery brown straight from the tap, with lots of bubbly carbonation and a 1.5 finger fluffy head. Smell was of toasted, maybe roasted malt, mixed nuts and spices. Tasted great; generous malt flavor, nutty, earty undertones, almost toffee-like with just a kiss of hops. Great balance. You won't be disappointed if you try this one.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. "Best if enjoyed by month 7 week 2"

Pours out a really dark brown, almost appears black. When held to the light a very nice clear deep ruby red can be seen. A nice one fingers worth of light tan colored head off the pour, settles to a nice retentive layer with some decent lacing.

Earthy hops, on the herbal, woody side. Hard to get much else, maybe a bit of toasted, caramel grain. Really not the most enjoyable aroma.

A better taste than the aroma suggests. Earthy, herbal, woody hops, maybe a bit of pine balanced by caramel, toasted grain, fairly sweet, finishes with more of a pale ale bitterness.

Definitely smooth and drinkable with a subtle carbonation.

A decent beer, but a bit more hops would have been appreciated. The few other brown IPAs I've had in the past were a bit better.

Photo of kingjames1
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nut brown from the bottle with a thin head. Smell is rich - coffee, chocolate, and dark cherries. Tastes like a rich, almost porter-like brown ale up front, rich and dark, and is quickly followed by hoppy bitterness chasing it. With the hops, there is a citrus element that I can't decided if I like with brown ale, or love. I've had a few black ipa's, but this is probably the best to date. Delicious!

Photo of sarahspat
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Great looking mocha colored head. Very sticky; good retention. Nice globs and webs of lacing show up.

Smells very herbaceous and piney. Candied pineapple and grapefruit make notable appearances later on, after warming.

The most forward flavor is bitter pine sap. Next in line comes ruby red grapefruit. Tart fruit in the middle: fresh raspberries, peaches and apricots. Also, chocolate, maple syrup are forces in the finish.

The first bottle from this pack that I had seemed almost too bitter (and I love bitter beers), but the second was perfect. I guess maybe I drank the other one too cold? Obviously, this beer is hoppier than most brown ales, but the hops still do not out-shout the malt. I love all of the flavors in this one, and it's very complex for the style. Nicely done.

Photo of Soonami
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin Hop Karma IPA is a brown ale I've had when it was called India-style Brown Ale, but decided to try again now to see if it has changed.

This beer is clear brown with a finger of khaki head that quickly subsides to just a ring of foam. The beer smells of citrusy west coast hops, brewed coffee, baking bread and a solventy alcohol. The beer tastes sweet with chocolate and molasses flavors with hearty bitterness and full mouthfeel.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour, thick, beige head, 1", good hang out time to it. Aroma was chocolate and piney hops, they aren't kidding about the 7 malts and 5 hops, this beer is all over the place nose wise, in a good way. Best of both worlds type of cliche.

More chocolate, bitter nuts, good hop presence, some toffee. This really does the brown ale and ipa thing the best of any example I can think of. DFH has a decent version, but this is just bigger. Caramel and chocolate malt and all the hops equals a tasty, chewy, roasty experience. Brown ales don't all have to be boring.

Highly recommended.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring at the Roswell Taco Mac, I was excited to see a at least four Terrapin brews flowing while stopping in around lunch time. Appears a dark cola brown tone with a caramel beige tight formed head dwindles at a moderate pace leaving ample lacing around my glass. Aromatics upfront with the hops in addition to herbal a little pine and citrus are flowing as well interesting nice roasty mild chocolate and a bit of a nutty character are found within dark roasted malts. Flavor was smooth upfront hop bitterness adds some much needed character to a typical flat style in my opinion I really enjoy this hopped up brown much like the DFH version which I really like. More aggressive hops with citrus, herbal, and mild pine finish the malts all come together with mild roasty chocolate and touch of caramel coffee notes blended nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation creeps along the palate with such finesse a touch of hop oil making it just a tad slick. Drinkability is great awesome hoppy brown ale I love this take on the style and like all other Terrapin brews I came across in Georgia it's quality.

Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in pint glass.

The aroma, appearance and flavor of this beer are exactly what one should hope for if a brewer successfully combined the styles of brown ale and IPA.

A - This pours a clear but very dark reddish brown with a nice tan head.

S - The aroma intrigues more than entices, but does say "brown IPA".

The taste is wonderful, at least if you like both of these beer styles. A rich, hoppy, well-balanced beer with a substantial and complex malt component. IBU =65.
{Malts: Pale, Dark Munich, Victory, Special Roast, Crystal 60, Crystal 77, Chocolate}

Well done!

Photo of narryguy
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a deep rich brown. I let this sit and mellow for about 6 months before drinking.

Aroma - awesome blast of malt and hops. This is by far the best smelling brown I have had in a long time.

Taste - Super smooth, hops leave a nice tickle in the back of your throat followed by a nice roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel - vere smooth and drinkable.

Drinkability - Super easy to drink overall a wonderful, wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Taco Mac in the Highlands in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights around the edge when held up to the light. Head is about one-finger of off-white that recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top. The lacing is very good - even as I finish the beer there's still some holding on at the top of the glass.

Smells nutty at first. As it warms more fruity notes come through, and there's just the slightest bit of citrus aroma.

Tastes pretty good. Again, it's nutty at first taste, then as it warms more of a fig taste comes through with a nice bitter taste at the end. There's a slight roasted taste as well. The bitterness sticks around just a bit too long.

Mouthfeel is alright. The beer could stand to be a little thicker, and I think the carbonation is a bit too strong.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. The complexity shines through as the beer warms, and none of the flavors are overwhelming.

Overall I was a lot more impressed with this beer on-tap than I was with it from a bottle. The flavors seem to come out more that way. I would recommend trying this on-tap rather than from a bottle.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic) Thanks to gunnerman for this brew. Best if opened by month 8 week 5 (it was)
A- This beer pours a dense deep brown body with a bubble yellowish-tan head. There are tiny bubbles sticking to glass.
S- This beer has a chocolate toffee malt aroma that has a dry note. There is a rich cola aroma and a soft green nougat green finish.
T- The soft brown malt flavor has a toasted brown note with a soft chocolate hint. The finish green slight herbal bitter bite at the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat with a slight watery texture as it warms up.
D- This beer has a nice malt flavor but its a bit thin with hops that are a bit soft.

Photo of pwoods
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Pours a murky light coffee brown. Nice 1 1/2 finger head with decent retention and some lacing.

S: Plenty going on with the malts. Chocolately, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and plenty of hops.

T/M: Tasty. Flavors from the nose but with some added roastness and a touch of coffee to compliment everything. Definitely more bitterness than a normal brown and a bit oily. Body is medium full with smooth carbonation. Finishes very dry... too dry.

D: Tasty and somewhat drinkable.

Photo of LXIXME
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big light brown head slowly settles into a pretty nice lacing above a clear burnt amber red colored beer.

Roasted caramel malt with molasses and a hint of alcohol aroma.

A creamy roasted malts, light molasses, and almost a sweet chocolate taste.

A dry aftertaste with some of the light chocolate and molasses tastes sticking around on this medium to full bodied beer.

A lot of tastes going on within the confines of this glass, get yourself a couple of these.

Photo of apbarwood
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown. Loses some points in the head retention/lace department but there's a bit of a tannish rim around the glass and some small lace. Mostly citrusy hop aromas with a touch of maltiness to it. The flavor delivers what the aroma promises in spades. The hops are in the forefront with a juicy grapefruit flavor mingling with some wet pine needles. The malt does a nice job of counterbalancing the hops and gives it a bit more depth with a caramel-like sweetness hiding in the background. The flavors swirl around and hit every part of the palate. Had it with a plate of NC barbecue and it was absolutely phenomenal. I think Dogfish Head's Indian Brown is a better beer but this one is definitely a close second in the Indian brown department and worth a try.

Photo of SolarMikey
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brown ale / IPA hybrid is a medium-dark brown color (a tinge on the red side), just slightly hazy with a thin frothy head that leaves good lacing.

Its aroma is roasty with caramel overtones that are stronger than the contribution of the hops.

The flavor is well-balanced between dark, toasty malts and piney hops, and there is a slight metallic undertone that doesn't impact the enjoyment of the beer. The hoppy finish lingers slightly.

The body is crisp and light -- almost too thin -- and there is a small amount of carbonation.

I agree completely with a previous reviewer that, although this is a tasty beer (and the first offering from Terrapin I've tried!), it pales in comparison to Dogfish Head's Indian Brown Ale. I definitely look forward to trying some more good brews from Terrapin in the future, though!

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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
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