Terrapin Hop Karma IPA - Terrapin Beer Company
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4.21/5 rDev +7.7%
So – there are all kinds of IPAs (that aren’t really IPAs), why not a brown one?
Pours a chestnut brown color with a finger of head that rather quickly dissipated down to a thin film. The nose is malty and bready – sourdough to be precise. The maltiness really comes through in the flavor profile. The hop presence gives this offering balance and a nice, dry finish.
I really enjoyed this with the marinated charcoaled chicken that I made this evening.
There are only a handful of browns that are really top notch – I’d put this offering right up there.
05-27-2014 04:22:27 | More by 57md
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
Pours a clear deep brown with a frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.
Aroma is sweet and nutty, almost toffee-like, with a hint of chocolate contrasting light citrus notes. Floral hops add complexity.
Flavor reveals deeply toasted malt as the backbone, with a lightly roasty finish. There's a tangy character in the background, and I can't tell if that's citrus hops or an old malt/metallic character.
Body is a bit light, with moderate carbonation.
Just as I've found with many black ipas, hops and malt don't jive well together in this beer. Reminds me of a beer I made. I enjoy the malt character, but the tangy notes are offputting.
05-26-2014 19:32:46 | More by barczar
3.45/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours out almost dark black with a little hue of brown with a tiny light brown head that dissipated quickly.
Smell is dark malt forward with a decent dose of citrus and earthy hops. The smell is definitely malt forward after a second smell. Not sure how old this is as it is said to be retired at this point.
Taste is burnt malt forward but there what I would say are maybe some earthy hops in the background. Keep in mind I think this is an old "brown IPA."
Mouthfeel is actually quite thick for the style given I really don't see much carbonation and there was little head to this beer.
Overall keep in mind that this is a retired "brown IPA" so I am probably not reviewing this beer near its peak. It's an OK beer I guess but I am sure it would be better when it was released. Overall it is very drinkable but it really isn't at it's peak. I am however very thankful for the extra as I received this in a trade with some really great beers.
05-06-2014 05:43:55 | More by TheBeerDrinker
3.33/5 rDev -14.8%
This beer reminded me of light, yet sllightly hoppy stout. I like hops, but this beer wasn't overly bitter and the hops paired well with the malts. My only complaint was that the beer had a weird metallic after taste. This seemed to go away as the beer warmed up. So perhaps I just got some bad bottles or something.
04-23-2014 23:45:12 | More by iheartmyTHO
Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.