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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

1,004 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 79
Gots: 62 | 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:
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: 1,004 | Reviews: 545 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bmeGT
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harpus
2.94/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For a Brown Ale this is too hoppy for my.

Photo of rlovitt
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep, dark brown, with moderate head, this is certainly a complex ale: Hop Karma is surprisingly a super clean, crisp, yet malt-blown-up brown: caramelized sugars sorghum punch the tongue, but quickly fizzle into a notably unexpected high-effervescence. The latter aspect really buoys the beer: the hops don't come on as strong as one might expect—I certainly think this is more of an (impressively) hopped-up brown than “a head on collision” between a west-coast IPA and a brown—but what carries those hop flavors that are present is the bright, bubbly thinness this brown achieves. Moreover, it's surprisingly free of hop-acid bitterness; indeed, while extremely clean—as aforementioned—this is achieved mostly with crisp bite and a bit of tart grassiness, which I suppose is what justifies the gesture at a specifically-west-coast IPA. This is all despite a turbidity and depth of brownness that leaves the ale almost opaque.

But all in all, given the very winning concept—especially given my personal tastes (loving both browns as well as west-coast IPAs, including and especially Terrapin's own Hi-5)—I found Hop Karma a little disappointing. It is—as I wrote above—much more a tweaked brown than a true intersection of styles; and, moreover—despite operating with a softer touch than most browns (even those especially hop-heavy)—it's still the robust browned sugars that predominant nearly every aspect of this beer. The sugar-explosion of the nose, like the front and linger of the flavors, really registers this as an ale that isn't as much a “hybrid style that represents the best of both worlds” as it is a well-modified version of one style, bringing in elements from the world of the other.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMindbender
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
2.61/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

someone left a cake out in the rain

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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaDeuce
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

very good beer I could see myself drinking this in the morning with a meal

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.9/5  rDev 0%

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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.12/5  rDev -45.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.72/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,004 ratings.