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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Hop Karma IPATerrapin Hop Karma IPA

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very good

963 Ratings

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%

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

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Photo of KomodoDragon


3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the city that brought us REM comes another interesting mix - this time with dark malts and hops, an IBA where in this case the 'B' is for brown. I like brown ales, and I like an IPA, and I am a believer in hop karma, so let's see how this works together.

A - Rust color beer with little head but fine retention and lacing

S - An earthy, smoke smell dominates, only a hint of hops. I'm getting worried

T - The roasted grains used stands out as well as some carmel flavors. Sweet like a porter which transitions into well balanced hop overtones.

D - If you broke it into its parts, its an average IPA and an average Brown. The balancing act to pull them together is interesting, but in the end nothing special.

... and I feel fine!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 05:13:45 | More by KomodoDragon
Photo of meechum


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap tonight at Taco Mac.

A - Poured into pint glass it came to the table with almost no head but a deep amber color with highlights of reds in it

S - Could smell the sweet malts and the then a big of floral hops

T - There is a hint of the sweet but was taken over aggressively with the hops and it totally overpowered what the malts where trying to do for it, to me it was just totally unbalanced

M - Carbonation was good but other than that nothing special going on

D - I left about a 1/4 of it because we were ready to go and I just wasn't feeling it. I'll most likely revisit this beer but it'll be a while

Disclaimer - I just got finished having a 60 minute and I wonder if the IPA before hand just beat up the taste buds before moving on to this one..will revisit this beer with a clean pallate and figure it out

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2007 03:27:07 | More by meechum
Photo of JAA


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brownish red, mostly red in the light. Thin head leaves very little lacing, mostly just bubbles sticking to the glass.

Smells faintly of toasted malts and caramel. fig and apple notes show up, also.

Tastes like what Newcastle aspires to be. Brown ale isn't my favorite style, but i don't mind having a couple more of these in the fridge. Quite hoppy in the finish. Not too malty up front, lightly coffee like.

Good carbonation, light mouthfeel. A little watery, much like every other brown ale i've had.

Better than the average brown ale, not my style. I won't seek, but will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 01:08:14 | More by JAA
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of molasses and strong caramel malt with a clean bitter finish. Taste is also characterized by strong caramel and molasses malt with a dry bitter hoppy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting take on the style with more malt then expected but less hops then I had hoped for.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 17:42:56 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Yesac


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- amber orange in color

S- matls, slight bitter hops

T- bitter tangy hops. Citrusy. Brown ale type profile, heavy sappy malts. Hops are soapy type tasting.

M- thin bodied, medium carbonation

D- decent over all, nothing spectacular. Decent hop and malt balance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 22:51:12 | More by Yesac
Photo of NODAK


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting hybrid of a beer. It'll be an interesting one.

Has a rather floral aroma...hops forward, with a roasted malt background.

Taste starts out with a chocolate malt body reminiscent of many brown ales many of us have had...from there though, it quickly goes into a floral hoppiness that isn't ridiculously strong but is worthy of an IPA. This is paired with a lesser roasted malt contingent on the finish that helps close out the beer. There is some medicinal bitterness that lingers for a little while after the swallow.

Interesting collaboration between a brown ale and an IPA. Both sides of the equation definitely come out. It wouldn't be among my first choices for either styles, but it's decent.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 03:12:58 | More by NODAK
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Medium brown with a beet red tint to it. Light reflects off the glass at the edges, giving off a bright red hue. With a firm pour, a foamy beige head forms and retains pretty well. Ultimately it fades to a ring, but not before leaving some lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is caramel and roast malt, some peat, hazelnut, with some earthy and a little citrus hop presence.

Taste: The flavor has a very typical brown ale start; molasses, caramel malt, and some peat combine with some nutmeg and cinnamon up front. The bitterness comes in with woody and earthy tones, with a flash of citrus. It is fairly good, but pretty soft flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: This is fairly full carbonated, with a light, semi-watery mouthfeel.

Overall: There is not really enough punch of any kind to keep me interested in getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 16:33:16 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of micromaniac129


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Judging by others who reviewed this beer, my guess is that mine is old.
I didn't get any hop aroma or taste.
In the aroma i did pick up hints of chocalate. In the taste it was alittle more complex with chocolate and anise and molasses.
The bottle had a notch that said good to at least April 14, I don't know.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 13:45:39 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of ROBORB

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2009 03:26:57 | More by ROBORB
Photo of elgiacomo


3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 12, 2009

12oz. bottle. Pours brown with a small head and decent lacing.

Balanced aroma of hops and malts.

Hoppy, yet malty flavor with some brown sugar kick.

Good mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation.

Nice session beer. Love the balance on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 03:48:33 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of Kaiser81


3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass

A - pours a murky brown with just the slightest touch of red highlights. There's a small ring of head that settles quickly and remains on top of the beer. Pretty good lacing on the glass too.

S - This smells like a porter. I get some caramel and toffee notes mixed with a faint whisp of hops. Brown sugar! That's what I smell in there too. Not a whole lot of strong aromas. I get some more citrus as the beer opens.

T - This tastes kind of along the lines of lagunitas' brown shugga. The prickly carbonation kind of takes away from the taste though. Some brown shugga and a flash of hopes mixed with some toffee and a roasty aftertaste. Interesting for an IPA.

M - I think it's a bit overly carbonated. Light to medium body.

D - I could probably drink a couple of these, but I'd scout the rest of the beers to see what else was there before having this again. Not bad, but not great. Nice sessionable beer, perhaps.

I've never had a brown IPA, so it's hard for me to judge this taking the style into account as well. It's not like normal IPAs I drink...so I don't know.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 06:00:57 | More by Kaiser81
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Burnt brown sugar body with some rubyish highlights. A finger's worth of creamy head retains pretty well and leaves scattered lacing.

Smells of earthy hops, sorghum and some sweet chocolate. Those elements are present in the flavors as well, plus overripe apples, dry dark malt and a hint of charred wood. Nice lingering earthy bitterness cuts through the sorghum sweetness.

Overall impression: Enjoyable beer. Recommended not as the "IPA" on the label, but as a brown ale (if in fact it's not retired, which I'm not sure about).

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 20:21:20 | More by PDXHops
Photo of armock

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a brown color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with a decent bit of hops

T - Follows the nose with roasted malt up front with a hoppy finish

M - This beer has a medium body with mediun carbonation to it

D - I think this is the first Terrapin beer that's just slightly better than average it's still a good beer but it's just not going it for me but it's still worth a shot sometime

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 23:29:34 | More by armock
Photo of nataku00


3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (drink by date of June) poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown and opaque beer with a half a finger of bubbly tan colored head that quickly dissipated to a collar of bubbles around the edge of the surface. Some decent lacing along the edge of the glass as the beer is swirled.

Nose is fairly typical of a brown ale, roasted malt, baked bread. A touch of caramelized sugar and light citrus rounds out the nose. Not very exciting or strong though.

Taking a sip, malty up front, roasted, caramel, and a touch of citrus hops on the finish. Easy to drink, medium bodied with a decent soft carbonation that lightly scrubs the tongue. As the beer warms, I do get a slightly metallic taste, similar to one other Terrapin beer I've tried. However, this one is a drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:25:27 | More by nataku00
Photo of arkhamresident


3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from Green's on Ponce. Poured into Terrapin snifter.

A - One inch light tan head that works its way down to almost nothing in little time. The brew itself is very dark, looks black but appears ruby when back lit. Scant lacing.

S - Piney, citrusy, caramel, coffee and a slight boozy bite at the end. Slight whiff of vanilla maybe? Makes me think this is what a caramel Frappucino would smell like if you added hops. Strangely enjoyable.

T - Upfront all hops. More citrus than pine but both present. Mid is more malty, caramel, but some slight hop bitterness shows up here too. Back is coffee and yummy pine.

M - Average carbonation. Mouthfeel isn't watery nor full. Average.

D - I could have a few.

It's good, it's weird but good. My tastebuds are still confused by this odd mash up of styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 01:27:40 | More by arkhamresident
Photo of BrewCrew2010


3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown body with a light tan head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Smells like a typical brown ale expect this one has a nice, though faint, piney hop bite to it.

T: Upfront flavor is roasted malts as well as some caramel. It's then followed by some pine hops, but finishes citrusy and dry.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, and lean mouthfeel.

O: This was a good beer, but pretty average. I would drink this again if I saw it, but I wouldn't seek it out. Definitely a nice spin on the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 17:03:34 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of FosterJM


3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1322nd Review on BA
Bottle to Small tulip

Best by: 09/12

Thanks to Blackbelt5112203

App- A mix of crimson and ambers in the glass with a small bit of brown. A small 1/4 in head with a 1/16" bubble ring. No cling or lace.

Smell- Highly malty on the nose with a small fruit, hops and a bit of boozy. Has a smell I cant place. Maybe anise mixed with cherry. Just unique really.

Taste- I am just not diggin on this one. Fairly unbalanced to me with a full malt profile. A bitter hop profile with again that anise/cherry. Really had a unique flavor behind it. The malts provided a crushed charcoal type of roast and a little chocolate on the finish as well. A bit grainy but not unbearably so.

Mouth- A lighter medium with a light medium carbonation. Full malts with a small bitter finish. The chocolate graininess is there but not in a full effect, a little subdeued.

Drink- Its just okay. Nothing special. Semi unbalanced. A unique creamy anise/cherry thing. Probably wont go after this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 04:14:10 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown colored brew with a one finger white head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a light level of lacing.

Smell – A sweeter and roasty aroma are most prevalent. The sweet in the nose is of a caramel, light chocolate and molasses smell, with the roasted noted being of a brown bread nature with a note of coffee. Overall, it is a lighter but pleasant aroma none the less.

Taste- A roasted malt and more herbal hop flavor greet the tongue. These are complimented by a lighter chocolate and molasses flavor. The sweetness grows in strength toward the middle of the taste as flavors of caramel join the molasses and chocolate flavor initially present. As the flavor advances further toward the end some bitter hop notes of an earthy and grapefruit citrus come to the taste and leave a semi-sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the lighter to medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is just a tad above average. It is a little to light in body and too high in carbonation for the dark and chocolate flavors. With this said though it is by no means bad.

Overall – A pretty easy drinking brew with a decent blend between hop, roast, and sweet. All are somewhat subdued, but in concert, they work fairly well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 22:25:01 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of zeledonia


3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like IPAs, and I like brown ales, but this is an unusual hybrid. Tasted 10 April 2013.

Pours a murky deep brown, just clear enough to see through the very edges. One finger of pale tan head, good retention, spotty lacing up the sides.

Smell is unique, and really interesting. Definitely sugary malt-forward, more brown ale than IPA, but with an intriguing citrusy slant. Everything fits together so well that it's hard to pick out individual components. But this is one of those cases where the whole works really well - warm, sweet, rich, and fruity.

Taste is fine. Less sweetness than I expected based on the smell. But there's still a light brown sugar presence, followed by a mid-level hollow bitterness. Not bad, but a bit on the dull side; where the smell brought the best of both styles, this has less than half of each.

Feel is meh. Medium-bodied, slick. Medium-low carbonation. Slippery, want it to slither away more quickly.

A unique beer, with the smell as the definite high point. There, the two styles work together in excellent harmony. But I find the rest of the beer muddled and lacking direction.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 06:41:00 | More by zeledonia
Photo of gfabeer


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the road in Geogia this seemed to be the most promising of the somewhat local and unfamiliar beers that the local Kroger had to offer. It claimed to be a meeting of a West Coast IPA and a traditional English Brown Ale. I think it did well in meeting that goal.

A - Poured a rich red-brown with a slightly tan head. The head was a bit fleeting and airier than I expected.

S - Nice blend of hops (would have enjoyed a bit more complexity - not sure what hops were used) and the coarser aroma expected of the brown.

T - My first impression was that the taste needed much more depth, but after the very pleasant hoppy aftertaste kicked in, I think it worked pretty well. My evaluation might be a bit off since I have just come off two weeks in Belgium sampling the top tier that country had to offer.

M - The head was definitely mediocre in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was a bit heavy at the beginning. Perhaps I could have done a better pour.

D - I will definitely be interested in seeing how the rest of the six pack holds up to scrutiny. I am glad I bought this beer. Might see if I can find some of there other beers in a beer store with more varied stock. The other advantage of this beer is that it is a nice compromise between my hop-headness and my wife who likes the brown ale more.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 00:01:16 | More by gfabeer
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Brown IPA? What the hell am I getting myself into?

A- pours a very dark brown with a 2 finger tan head. Lacing is minimal, but it looks good for a brown

S- its got that cola smell I get from browns, but also some citrus notes that I get from IPAs...really interesting, mouthwatering aroma. I love it

T- eeeek...getting some citrus, also getting some of the nuttiness...and I don't really like the combination. There's a little bit of pineyness at the end. Its unique...not sure if its good or not, though. Ehhh

M- it has the body of a brown ale, none of the stickiness you get from an IPA. In this case, with the mildness of the hops, I appreciate that

D- its interesting, thats for sure. I'm not sure I'd get it again, but its not a bad beer...really unique

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 00:25:41 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are just like your traditional IPA. Also some hints of roasted malts, but the hops dominate the show so far, while at the same time not overpowering in one direction or another.

The tastes are surprisingly balanced. It combined the IPA aroma/taste with the subtle backbone of a Brown Ale. It seemed as almost a 50/50 split in the flavors. The brown ale came through a little more in the after taste. Good mouthfeel. Carbonation combined with the hops led to slight tingling on the tongue. Wasn't overly smooth but wasn't harsh by any means.

Overall more drinkable than I originally thought, but not my favorite style by a long shot. It was a good combination of the hoppiness of an IPA and featured the Brown ale flavor in a substantial yet refined manner. I don't need to have another one but if it was in the fridge, why not. Would def order on tap or have over many others but not worth searching out very hard for if not easily available.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 16:40:01 | More by claspada
Photo of brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Its a dark brown with some amber color liquid that is translucent. A nice hint cream vanilla color head.

S - Smells of fresh wheat, grains with a hint of hops. Noting too overwhelming.

T - A good sweet caramel hop taste. Blends in nicely with a wheat flavor.

M - Fizzles nicely with good carbonation.

D - A nice drink overall. Good for any time!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 03:11:38 | More by brstls4drmrs
Photo of Cmack15


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: deep brown

aroma: slight piney hop aroma malty caramel

taste: strong malty taste slight sweetness, finishes dry with a touch of piney hops

mouthfeel: medium body and seems a little under carbonated, not sure if this true to all these beers or just this bottle

decent beer nothing great but drinkable

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 01:17:07 | More by Cmack15
Photo of womencantsail


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Bobby.

A: the pour is dark brown in color, perhaps mahogany, with a ringer of tan head.

S: Interesting nose. Starts off with some mild chocolate and nutty notes. The hops are there but not terribly intense. Somewhat grassy with citrus peel. More malt flavors in the form of toffee and toasted bread.

T: Sweet malts make up the bulk of the flavor. Chocolate, toffee, light caramel, and some toasted nutty notes. Floral hop flavors along with a bit of citrus peel and a light piney bitterness.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: Would have been better if it was just a brown ale or if it had been much hoppier.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 19:41:19 | More by womencantsail
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