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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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997 Ratings

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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 Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Brick Store Pub. I want to say up front that I love India Brown Ales. I really think its a style all its own and one that really zips up a style that is so often ho-hum. This is my favorite version of the style to date, I like it even more than the dfh india brown. Pours a beautiful mahogoney with a great head and lacing. The smell is piney hops with a nice subdued malt background. The taste has some really nice piney bitterness up front and then a long finish mixing a light roastiness and some slightly sweet malt at the end. Very nicely balanced and delicious. Creamy and full bodied mouthfeel. This beer is just a treat! I could drink this all day. In my opinion its one of Terrapin's best.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brentk56 for this one. A great extra in our trade.

Essentially, this beer was a mix of semi-sweet chocolate and crisp citrus hops - delicious. Sometimes when a malty beer is matched with big hops, one of the two sides will overpower the other, but the grapefruit and orange rind hops with roasted toffee and cocoa malts were wonderfully balanced and damned tasty. Worth seeking out.

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich brown with a thin head. Nose is very hoppy. Taste is hoppy with toffee, some caramel with a smoky overtone and hints of chocolate. Mouthfeel is pleasing and hoppy, with a touch of sweetness to offset the bitterness. Very good brew. Easily drinkable and tasty.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby colored highlights. A one finger tan colored head forms on top and has some nice retention. Solid rings of lace remain behind.

S: Up front there is a good bit of grapefruit and some pine which gives way to some brown sugar and a little bit of a nutty aroma. There is also a faint smoky aroma.

T: Interesting for sure. Starts off with some citrus and tropical fruit and a slight hint of pine. The back end is straight up brown ale though with some caramel, brown sugar, and some nuts.

M: Medium bodied, and on the creamy side for an IPA (probably the brown showing through a bit here).

O: I was a bit skeptical going into this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. Terrapin does a good job making a hoppy brown ale here. Not something I would drink all the time, but solid.

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of gford217.

A: The brown ale is predictably brown, a dark caramel or coffee color that resembles a still cola. A 2-plus finger head required two pours to empty the bottle and there are hints of lace around the glass.

S: The ale has a nice blend of caramel and toffee malts and citrusy grapefruit hops. The hops have a sweet floral presence.

T: The ale's body is heavy on the malt side, thick with treacly caramel and toffee. Roasted nuts also add a dry flavor element. The hops don't stand out so much up front but as the ale continues to warm up the profile emerges. Floral hops has a medicinal, herbal flavor to the ale. Citrus flavors also come through, adding some grapefruit. The hop flavors, while strong, do not overtake the brown ale's malt qualities.

M: The mouthfeel is more brown than India, showing off the malts at the expense of the expansive hop mix.

D: The ale is quite drinkable, a nice brown ale pumped up with lots of hops.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic) Thanks to gunnerman for this brew. Best if opened by month 8 week 5 (it was)
A- This beer pours a dense deep brown body with a bubble yellowish-tan head. There are tiny bubbles sticking to glass.
S- This beer has a chocolate toffee malt aroma that has a dry note. There is a rich cola aroma and a soft green nougat green finish.
T- The soft brown malt flavor has a toasted brown note with a soft chocolate hint. The finish green slight herbal bitter bite at the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat with a slight watery texture as it warms up.
D- This beer has a nice malt flavor but its a bit thin with hops that are a bit soft.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Karma IPA (Brown Ale?) pours a very dark brown in color. Small mocha head fades away but leaves some lace.

Aroma is of roasted malt.

Alot of flavor to this beer! Chocolatey, nutty malt paired with some piney hops. Definately a brown ale, the hops don't make as big of an impact on the flavor profile as I would have imagined. I remember the "India Brown Ale" being a little more heavy on the hop side. This renamed beverage seems to have a higher proportion of chocolate malt, and I like it.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewey malt.

Solid overall drinkability. I could have more than one at a time, and next time I plan to.

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at FireWorks pizza.

A nice light tan head sits on a dark amber body which on closer inspeciton looks just well.. black as night. How did I miss this at first? Some red hues and small lacing throughout drinking.

Great bouquet on this beer. Muted soft but noticeable hops and malt grain. Hints of chewy bread. Just smells wonderful.

Interesting taste of a real nice balance of tolerable hop and citrus grapefruit. It does feel just a tad wet though. Somewhat sharp and spicey finish on the swallow.

Quite enjoyable overall, just wish it had a little more body, but it feels very balanced. Interesting brew this one.

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, which does leave some sticky lacing and small islands. The nose is malty, but with a nice hoppy kick, like an IPA, some toffee notes, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, some toffee, and some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a different Brown Ale, and it's pretty tasty.

Photo of chinchill
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in pint glass.

The aroma, appearance and flavor of this beer are exactly what one should hope for if a brewer successfully combined the styles of brown ale and IPA.

A - This pours a clear but very dark reddish brown with a nice tan head.

S - The aroma intrigues more than entices, but does say "brown IPA".

The taste is wonderful, at least if you like both of these beer styles. A rich, hoppy, well-balanced beer with a substantial and complex malt component. IBU =65.
{Malts: Pale, Dark Munich, Victory, Special Roast, Crystal 60, Crystal 77, Chocolate}

Well done!

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest.

Poured a moderate brown with some reddish hues around the edges. There was a thick, off white head that had great retention. The nose has some citrusy, piny hop aromas as well as some toasted malt notes. The flavor is malt forward with toast malt and a bit of a burnt note taking the fore followed by a citrusy, bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and has great carbonation.

The flavor isn't bad here but it's unbalanced. The citrusy hop character does not mesh well at all with the intense burnt toast flavor of the malt. The bitterness in the finish attempts to add balance, but it's too short-lived to make an impact. I probabaly won't have this again.

Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a dark brown color with a one finger tan head. The head slowly faded away but it left pretty good lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is both malty and hoppy with a lot of caramel and a little chocolate coming from the malts and some citrus coming from the hops. The taste is similar to what the nose suggests in that it's both malty and hoppy. It has a nice roasty flavor with a little bit of chocolate and coffee, but it also has a hoppy slightly citrusy flavor to it as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I really liked this beer. The hoppy flavor was a pretty good twist on the traditional brown ale, but it also had a very good strong malty and roasty flavor to back it up. Another solid offering by Terrapin that I will be buying again.

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber hue with a figer and a half off white frothy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant citrus hop with toasted malts and soft cocoa.

The taste consisted of toasted malts, a slight burnt caramel and a fruity hop.

The mouthfeel was a touch thin for the style.

Overall a tasty and very quaffable brown ale.

Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a maroon coloring that when viewed in front of light appeared a bright caramel apple red. The head was a light dirty tan, well retaining and spongey, but failed to impress or lace the glass. Visible carbonation was light to medium in strength with loosely packed micro-bubbles rising at a moderate pace.

S: A nice mixture of hops appear on the nose featuring west coast citrus along with some spicy dried tropical fruity notes of pineapple and a bit of grassiness that all comes compliments of the 5 different varieties used. The strength was noticeable at arms reach, but fails to retain and quickly becomes a quiet presence.

T: The initial opening featured spicy and fruity tones mending with west coast citrus hops along with some piney influence. With so many hops it was hard to distinguish much of the individual traits. The hopping blended together nicely enough but took away from any standout quality. Dried tropical fruitiness, semi-dry grapefruit, a bit of dry pine and sweetened orange grinds all appear blending together with moderately good results with a flowery finish. The malting was sweet and worty with a good brown quality, and I like the way it combines with the west coast hopping with both aspects fully appreciated. Warming with a bit of dried citrus for a fade.

M: The mouthful was thick and luscious, right on par with a brown style, while a good touch of crisp carbonation and luke warm citrus represents the ipa in this. A good residual malty coating ensures on the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Nice drinkability, would certainly drink and buy again. Combines the best of both worlds malty and sweet with a citrusy flowery hopping satisfying both styles. Six pack worthy.

Final thoughts, not to many brewers can pull off a hybrid style such as this with a good representation and keeping true to both styles. Usually something gets lost in the marriage, but they pulled this off with a well balanced worthy representation. This a fairly unique style you don't see to much of and I think this is up there in the ranks, maybe even better and easier to drink then Dogfishheads Indian brown.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz received as a very thoughtful extra in trade with Onenote81 .. Thanks Jon!! Poured into my shaped SA glass.

1" lite tan head comes up and stick around for a bit.. nice foamy lace and a good cap for most of the glass.. the brew is a crystal clear dark brown until held to a light when the whole glass glows ruby red.. pretty.

I know it sounds weird.. but it smells like a brown ale with a great punch of American C hops... lite chocolate and just whaffs of roasted malts.. the hops are the main player here though..

Flavor has a pronounced nutty maltiness with a good chocolate mix and some lite coffee as it warms up.. the hoppiness is sorta a pretty pronounced pithy citric element.. the roasty malts come back into play in the end and leave a pleasing dark malt finish.. really smooth carbonation and a bigger than expected body..

Descent complexity for big American Brown.. I don't know.. I like it.. but I doubt I would trade for it.. I'm sure that every region in the country has this brew... I just doubt that there are the cool traders out there to make sure I get to try them. :-) Thanks again Jon.. Pretty damn good brew.

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown. 1/5 inch head of a pale tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, slight floral hops, slight roasted malt, sweet malt, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carboantion level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight herb, and slight dark citrus. Overall, a good blend, compelexity, and body.

Photo of DrJay
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a reddish hue and a short tan cap. Bubbles clung to the sides of the glass and stuck around for quite a while. Whoa! Pungent hop aroma, lots of fruity and resinous grapefruit rind, but there's still some malt that peeks through, nutty and toasty with a bit of toffee. The flavour had the same great balance of hops and malt. Bitterness wasn't overly high, but the grapefruit and resin was solid throughout. Malts tended towards toffee and caramel, giving it a rich, balancing sweetness, with notes of nuts and biscuit as well. Hops lingered in the finish, along with increased bitterness. Medium bodied with an average carbonation level, but the CO2 was nicely integrated and gave the texture a bit of creaminess. Excellent balance makes this an easy drinking beer - and one that I'll happily have again.

Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.