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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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987 Ratings

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Ratings: 987
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 77
Gots: 51 | 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 akorsak


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

07-12-2008 17:15:46 | More by akorsak
Photo of stakem


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz brown bottle poured into a pub glass. This brew appears a dark brown color that displays some lighter brown and ruby coloration when held to the light. The cap of foam appears tan in color about a finger strong composed of rather large bubbles that quickly recede to a thin film. Patches of lace cling to the walls of the glass.

The aroma of this brew includes lots of fruity hop indications mixed with the sweetness of dark malty sugars. A scent of chocolate malt mixes with raisins, toffee, coffee and dark fruits. Some hints of something similar to molasses.

The taste includes a nice contrast of chocolate malt and coffee verse a dark fruitiness that finishes dry. Initially this brew imparts a sweetness upfront that ends up finishing bitter with a flavor of fruity hops. At times the dark grain flavor comes across as being a bit musty. There is a light sweetness present that imparts a tad bit of smokiness somewhat reminiscent of molasses.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking a good blend of contrasting flavors. The 6% abv does not really make itself known throughout the experience.

02-08-2011 01:51:52 | More by stakem
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

(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.

11-19-2009 16:22:33 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of duceswild


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Received as an extra from sendbeer.
12oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

Two fingers of head that goes down rather quickly leaving lacing throughout the glass. Smell is of malt, faint hops, and faint chocolate. I also get a little mustiness to this, but not in a bad way. Taste is of caramel, malt, and hops with chocolate and coffee on the back end. Mouthfeel is okay. I get a good amount of carbonation, but it also feels somewhat thin.

Overall this is a tasty beer that I would be open to drinking again.

08-31-2012 23:02:05 | More by duceswild
Photo of Wasatch


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

01-23-2009 00:41:37 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ejimhof


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

09-07-2013 00:33:46 | More by ejimhof
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

09-07-2010 23:26:12 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BillRoth


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-15-2013 18:46:01 | More by BillRoth
Photo of brandoman63


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

11-19-2011 03:27:34 | More by brandoman63
Photo of smakawhat


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

04-04-2011 03:24:29 | More by smakawhat
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

08-31-2009 14:23:28 | More by plaid75
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Big light brown head slowly settles into a pretty nice lacing above a clear burnt amber red colored beer.

Roasted caramel malt with molasses and a hint of alcohol aroma.

A creamy roasted malts, light molasses, and almost a sweet chocolate taste.

A dry aftertaste with some of the light chocolate and molasses tastes sticking around on this medium to full bodied beer.

A lot of tastes going on within the confines of this glass, get yourself a couple of these.

08-25-2012 22:54:57 | More by LXIXME
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

05-03-2010 22:43:28 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of mdaschaf


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

09-06-2011 23:35:39 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Dark brown pour, thick, beige head, 1", good hang out time to it. Aroma was chocolate and piney hops, they aren't kidding about the 7 malts and 5 hops, this beer is all over the place nose wise, in a good way. Best of both worlds type of cliche.

More chocolate, bitter nuts, good hop presence, some toffee. This really does the brown ale and ipa thing the best of any example I can think of. DFH has a decent version, but this is just bigger. Caramel and chocolate malt and all the hops equals a tasty, chewy, roasty experience. Brown ales don't all have to be boring.

Highly recommended.

08-03-2011 16:46:45 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

04-13-2012 23:07:35 | More by tdm168
Photo of DrJay


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

01-28-2009 02:46:09 | More by DrJay
Photo of sendbeer


4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-23-2012 05:25:04 | More by sendbeer
Photo of billab914


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

02-21-2010 23:08:04 | More by billab914
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

07-01-2009 07:57:46 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +10%

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!

01-25-2011 00:32:51 | More by chinchill
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-20-2011 02:18:22 | More by PEIhop
Photo of glid02


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Got this on-tap at Taco Mac in the Highlands in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights around the edge when held up to the light. Head is about one-finger of off-white that recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top. The lacing is very good - even as I finish the beer there's still some holding on at the top of the glass.

Smells nutty at first. As it warms more fruity notes come through, and there's just the slightest bit of citrus aroma.

Tastes pretty good. Again, it's nutty at first taste, then as it warms more of a fig taste comes through with a nice bitter taste at the end. There's a slight roasted taste as well. The bitterness sticks around just a bit too long.

Mouthfeel is alright. The beer could stand to be a little thicker, and I think the carbonation is a bit too strong.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. The complexity shines through as the beer warms, and none of the flavors are overwhelming.

Overall I was a lot more impressed with this beer on-tap than I was with it from a bottle. The flavors seem to come out more that way. I would recommend trying this on-tap rather than from a bottle.

08-20-2008 05:30:52 | More by glid02
Photo of Tone


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

12-13-2009 05:47:04 | More by Tone
Photo of Zaphog


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-31-2013 21:32:21 | More by Zaphog
Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
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