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

997 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 77
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks Radek. Pours a dark brown body with a white bubbly head, and is lacey. Hoppy aroma is present. Complex malt profile, though licorice most noticeable. Creamy mouthfeel. A bit complex. Burnt caramel in finish. Good for the style. Good hoppiness.

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had this before it was Hop Karma.

Pours a moderate brown with an off white head. Nose is really nice and hoppy. Great pine notes and a bit of light citrus. Taste has a bit of roast and brown sugar, cutting back a bit on the hops. Medium body with good bitterness. This is a nice cold weather brew.

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that took a long time to dissipate, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of nutty and chocolate malts and herbal hops in the nose.
T; The taste has flavors of nutty malts with notes of roasted malts and hints of chocolate. There are also some notes of citrus and pine resin hops, which also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops also lend a bit of crispness.
O: This is an interesting hybrid of two styles. It's nice and malty like a brown ale but also delivers some hop flavors and bitterness.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky dark russet color with a huge ecru head that leaves a nice web of lace

Smell: Although there is some toasty brown bread in the profile, the "C" hop aromas dominate

Taste: Opens with a toasted brown bread flavor that is quickly joined and subsumed by the citrusy hops, although some nut skin bitterness remains; after the swallow, the fruity hops continue to dominate, but the bitter nut skin flavor persists and detracts

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Would that the malt profile provided a better brown ale character; as it is, the nut skin is about all that persists, and that is the least beguiling part of a brown ale; the hops are nice, but the balance could be better

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best beers tasted on my recent trip to Atlanta. the beer displays plenty of agression, along with a welcoming smoothness and drinkability. Starts off with a solid dark brown color and a bit of a haze. Head retention stays midway through the session and laces well. Aroma of sweet, chocolate malts allow agressive hops to give off pine and grassy aromas. Flavors start of solid and sweet with barley malt, chocolate, and toast; with gaining intensity of bitterness and hop flavor (again grass and pine). The beer feels full, but not rich or heavy. Finishes clean with the sweetness, but long and lingering with the hop flavor and dryness. Terrific beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed while at the brewery in athens, ga. single finger tan head on top of a clear brown body. Some lacing. Not much head retention. Very Aromatous with malt, hops, cola and woody notes. Flavor is mostly sweet caramel malt with piney hop flavors and chocolate, oak notes. This is a nice mix of the sweet brown ale flavor with the hoppiness of a dry pale ale. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A unique brew.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Butter caramel brown that becomes reddish ochre when backlit. Despite an appropriate sound on cap cracking, the golden brown sugar colored crown peaked at less than one finger. Still, it's rich, creamy, persistent and looks good when it reaches the sides of the glass.

If the nose becomes more assertive with warming (note: it does), then it will earn a good score. Not surprisingly, IBA smells like a hoppy brown ale. Not so hoppy, however, that it obliterates the brown maltiness that the brewers were going for when they used crystal, chocolate and roasted malt, among others.

The flavor profile is pretty much as expected, which is definitely a good thing. I just wish the beer was even bigger and more malty, like the best versions of the style tend to be. Frankly, the only thing earning it a 4.0 is the considerable hop flavor and bitterness. If you aren't a hophead, steer clear and pick up some Dogfish Head India Brown instead.

The taste score will be downgraded to a 3.5. There simply isn't enough depth/complexity present on the malt side of the equation. Brown IPAs are a wonderful idea, but brown should at least hold up its end of the bargain. For the record, the hop bill includes Nugget, Chinook, Centennial, Willamette and Columbus (dry-hopped).

So, in the end, we have cocoa and sugar-crusted pecans on one hand... and grapefruit peel on the other. The finish is bittersweet, with bitter lingering longer, as it often does. Terrapin's hop focus is great, but this could be much better beer with a few well-chosen tweaks.

The mouthfeel score is a direct result of insufficient barley. There are no rough edges in sight, but it isn't the least bit full or creamy. The carbonation neither helps nor hurts.

Terrapin India Brown Ale could use less Indian and more Brown. Actually, that's not quite true. It could use the same amount of Indian and more Brown. With that simple change, this beer could be as mind-bendingly groovy as its label. Thanks to Georgiabeer for the extra.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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!!

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer a while back and I wasn't too thrilled about it. Then by mistake a bought it again and drank it thinking it was a new beer and noticed how much my tastes had changed. Originally I wasn't digging the combo of nuts and hops. This beer pours out as a pretty nice looking brown color with a decent head on it. The aroma is hoppy and a little sweet. The taste is decent, it's got a sweet nuttiness to it upfront then fades into a very bitter hoppy flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkable. Overall it was much better the second time around.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a creamy, light tan head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted nuts and caramel with just a smidgen of chocolate. Hops impart mostly citrus notes with some pine and a light grassiness in there as well.

Taste: Earthy malt flavor of toasted nuts and caramel. More pine showing in the taste, with citrus and fresh-cut grass taking a backseat. Plenty of bitterness in the dry, lightly chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Just a touch watery.

Drinkability: Its alright.

Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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 StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a brilliant style fusion. thanks to claystation for bringing this one over. it pours a soapy milk chocolate brown color, with great tan suds on top, lacing up the glass. the nose is sweet chocolate malt with light toast, and a whole buttload of fresh bitter hops. its a huge contrast between malt and hop in this one, but they get on wonderfully with one another, despite their seemingly rival intensities. the flavor yields to the grains first, with sweeter, full bodied, mouth washing sensation that hints at a Hershey bar with almonds. the hops wait patiently, ramping up slowly as the beer concludes. they are bitter and bright, and they cut the sweetness of the malt expertly. I love how distinct each half of this beer is, and how much is really going on while still making sense. fine carbonation, maybe a little light, and a fuller medium body. pretty drinkable at 6% abv, and a beer I will definitely revisit when I have more than one to enjoy. I have not had much from terrapin, but this gets me excited to seek out more. really excellent meld of the brown ale and ipa.

Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a murky brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It left rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled nutty and malty with some IPA spiciness.

T - It tasted of biscuity malt with hints of hazelnut. There is a citrus hop kick with a nice bitter bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good brown ale. I like a hoppy brown and they have done well with this one.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label reads "India Style Brown Ale" but I've never heard of that. But wait, they explain it - it's a combination of an IPA and a brown ale. I get it. I still don't like the name, but the beer inside is really good.

It's a dark mahogany brown beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam. Unfortunately the head retention is quite limited, but it does leave some minor spots and streaks of lace about the glass.

The aroma delivers and interesting combination of citrusy hops and dark cocoa-like malt that combine into one intriguing scent that's spicy, chocolatey, and just slightly fruity. It reminds me of chocolate and orange candy.

The flavor really opens it up though, and it's loaded with citrusy hop flavors, followed by soft notes of chocolate. I'd have thought there'd have been more of a combination as found in the nose, OR, more of a muddled mash-up, but it's neither. The citrus is presented first, with orange and grapefruit and tart melon up-front, and then they quickly dissipate just across the middle and into the swallow as the cocoa and dark-chocolate flavors rise. Following that, the finish is surprisingly simple. There's a little bit of flavor-melding involved, giving it that orange-centered chocolate candy I'd imagined in the aroma, but other than that it simply disappears. Sure, some grassy/spicy hops and a bit of citrus rind linger along with a bit of cocoa dust, but they actually help to cleanse the palate - I was expecting a mash-up of flavor and then a sloppy, lingering finish, but it's actually very focused and clean-cut. Superb!

Nicely done! Very well-balanced all around. An interesting and drinkable beer. I could certainly have more than one of these at a time. Worth trying!

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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 WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from RutgersBeerGuy, courtesy of BA March Madness 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, hops, nuts, maple and a little bit of fruit.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character along with sweet flavors of caramel, maple and nuts. Then a complementary hops presence comes in and although it's weaker than I had expected, it provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I certainly got more brown ale than IPA out of this beer but it's still a good beer to drink for a while.

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