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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

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988 Ratings

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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 76
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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5/5  rDev +27.9%

TheSquire23, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer is great. the pour is nice and smooth and the color is a dark ruby red with a great head that last through duration. the aroma is of chocolate and nuts as well a floral hint, the taste is a cross between chocolate with alot of hops and grains. overall great beer in my opinion, little carbination so you can drink a few of them with getting full.

08Deltadawn8, Oct 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

spedprof, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Griffdom, May 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

paulys55, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Rempo, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

davidwantsataco, Nov 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

NCbeerpirate, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of narryguy
4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
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

narryguy, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW. I dont really know what else I can say about this. Poured a deep dark brown with a nice 2 inch plus off white head. Slow fade left behind ample lace. Smell was obnoxiously hoppy, so fresh, like a fresh cut lawn. The taste was everything I could want in a brew. Disguntingly great fresh hop profile, great carbonation and a perfect feel. Maybe my favorite on tap beer i have ever had, perfect in many ways!!

mikesgroove, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of 9InchNails
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head is tan khaki head; looks like a head of a stout. Dark ruby red. The head is the main attraction here. Very nice looking beer indeed.

Oh my god! What a perfect balance; a sweet aroma of roasted dark malts and bitter hops. I smell molasses, caramel, nut and the bitter hops.

Great, great tasting beer. Big roasted malts mixing amazingly with the IPA taste. Citrus hops, meeting the roastiness of the malt. What a beautiful combination. Sweet but bitter. Caramel, toffee and hazelnut are all present.

I like the feel but I was hoping that it had a little bit more body to it. It's quite light feeling. Moderate carbonation.

The drink ability is really good. I could have a few of these delicious brews. Very tasty, I love IPA's and dark ales, to have them both together is a great experience.

9InchNails, Jan 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

snurrig, Jul 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

SeriousALEment, May 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

moskal, Feb 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Tumble, Jun 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

jopezu, Nov 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

SkaJenny, Sep 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Pammywham, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Ringwoodbrewer
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz. bottle

A- a bit hazy but a solid dark brown color, little lacing and poured with little head.

S- Hops, a generous amount, sweet hop smell, with malt in the back ground more earthy and pungent, you can tell its has a little bite

T- Bitter but light, much hoppier than an english brown. Earthy hop bitterness. great chocolate malt kick in the back ground.

M- perfect

D- I could drink probably two in a row befor I would have to change. Not as drinkable as I would have hoped.

Ringwoodbrewer, Apr 09, 2010
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4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a Dark Brown with a small quick fading head.

S: Coffee, Hops, Roasted Malts, some Caramel

T: Tastes like an IPA but with a more richer chocolate/roasty backbone that helps mellow out the bitterness. Nice Strong American Hop Flavor but a nice balance from the sweetness. Slight citrusy aftertaste.

MF: Minimal Carbonation, Slick Mouthfeel. Slightly Creamy. Little Tingle on the tongue.

D: This is one of the best American Browns i've had. Not harshly bitter and not too sweet. The malt and hop complexity makes every sip interesting. Doesn't taste like a 6.5% which helps make this exceptionally drinkable. I would buy this again, soon.

rmolledo, May 13, 2010
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4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark chestnut brown with a thick, pillowy, lingering caramel-cappuccino head. Plenty of thick, fluffy foam hangs around on the glass. Very appetizing in appearance.

Aromas of bright, sweet, floral hops with slight notes of vanilla surprise and delight. Not what I was expecting, considering this is a Brown Ale. If this was a blind test and I couldn't see the beer, I'd swear it was an IPA; but then, this is called an India Brown Ale. God bless style crossings.

Nice thick, creamy smoothness on the tongue, with a wonderfully herbal sweetness and bitterness that is followed by subtle undertones of caramel and milk chocolate.

Hot damn, I could go for another. A spectacular blending of brown and India pale ales. Decidedly unique and quite characterful; absolutely delicious.

superdedooperboy, Sep 08, 2008
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4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a nice deep brown with some shines of red in the light. Very small, 1/8th inch layer of tan head that dissipates quickly. Some nice rings of lacing are forming around the inside of the glass; a mild surprise based on the brown ales I've had so far.

Smell is good, has a big malt presence and a light roasted grain to back this up. I'm getting a little bit og alcohol in the smell too, which doesn't come through in the taste. Taste is huge, a lot going on here. Malts bring some chocolately, roasty flavors and there is a very nice hop profile as a backbone. Hops really come through in the finish and aftertaste.

Moutfeel is perhaps a bit thin for the style, but I'm a big fan because it greatly increases the drinkability of this one. Very nice work by Terrapin; highly recommended!

johannasclimacus, Aug 18, 2009
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4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with 1 inch head. Very nice pour from a bottle.

S: Chocolaty with subtle hints of hops

T: Superb IBA. It has a better balance of hops to malt compared to other versions such as Dogfish Head. Makes the taste very crisp and a best of both worlds situation for a hop head in the mood for a maltier beer.

M: Medium feel. Creamy

D: Very drinkable. Smooth with a little bite but not harsh.

thesyko56, Aug 12, 2009
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4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep bright copper or translucent dried apricot (!) with a ncie tan head that laces in a thick, undulating sheet around the edge. purty!

interesting mix of hoppy citrus and malts. nicely balanced.

thick luscious mouthfeel complements the rich balanced blast of malt and hops. both are equally and powerfully present, but i don't think this would quite scare off those afraid of hops. there's a rich dried dark fruit sweetness somewhere deep center that certainly gives this breadth and depth. impressive. and just plain delicious. i could easily session these all day. then keel over. finish isn't too dry...lingers a bit. this brew is pure poetry.

mempath, Apr 08, 2010
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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.