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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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988 Ratings

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Ratings: 988
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 Ringwoodbrewer
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz. bottle

A- a bit hazy but a solid dark brown color, little lacing and poured with little head.

S- Hops, a generous amount, sweet hop smell, with malt in the back ground more earthy and pungent, you can tell its has a little bite

T- Bitter but light, much hoppier than an english brown. Earthy hop bitterness. great chocolate malt kick in the back ground.

M- perfect

D- I could drink probably two in a row befor I would have to change. Not as drinkable as I would have hoped.

Ringwoodbrewer, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of mempath
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep bright copper or translucent dried apricot (!) with a ncie tan head that laces in a thick, undulating sheet around the edge. purty!

interesting mix of hoppy citrus and malts. nicely balanced.

thick luscious mouthfeel complements the rich balanced blast of malt and hops. both are equally and powerfully present, but i don't think this would quite scare off those afraid of hops. there's a rich dried dark fruit sweetness somewhere deep center that certainly gives this breadth and depth. impressive. and just plain delicious. i could easily session these all day. then keel over. finish isn't too dry...lingers a bit. this brew is pure poetry.

mempath, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by the fourth week of May, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear reddish-brown body underneath an inch of creamy tan foam with solid retention and lots of lace. All "brown IPA" oxymora aside, this is a great looking beer.

S: A wave of predominantly citrus hoppiness jumps out of the glass at first, followed by a deep and complex array of malts - definite chocolate, mild roastiness, light caramel sweetness, and a dry bready undercurrent. Very nice.

T: All the malt complexity is there, but the hops fade quickly after an initial burst of bitter tastiness. Not nearly as balanced as the nose, but still pretty tasty.

M: Medium body with a bit less carbonation than I'd like.

D: It's not bad here, but I'd really like some more assertive hops on the finish to keep things clean - the malts get a bit overbearing for a beer called "Hop Karma."

Notes: This is a really tasty and well-crafted beer, but it would have benefitted from a heartier dose of hops. I don't know exactly how old this bottle is, but at almost 2 months before its best by date, I don't think it's a case of the hops having faded markedly. They're there on the nose, but just get out-muscled by all the malts. I'll definitely be looking for a fresher bottle on my next trip down south, as I bet this could be a spectacular beer if it had brighter bitterness.


woosterbill, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(Had on-tap at The Nook, Huntsville, AL)

Poured a very deep brown with a bit of nice initial head and a bit of lacing. Very deep and dark malty Ent-like scent. Excellent taste, a wonderful Ent-draught; deep and malty with a slight smokey flavor and a slight hop kick at the end to balance it. Goes down smooth, if a bit thick.

JamesS, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer dinner at Willow, Pittsburgh PA.

A: Pours a distinct copper color. Provides a 2 finger beige foam head.

S: A good amount of floral hop flavor hits the nose first followed up by an abundant amount of biscuit, bread and caramel malt.

T: Like the smell, the floral hops hits the palate first, with the caramel, bread and biscuit malt hits on the back end. Together, it is quite balanced with neither the hops of malt dominating.

M: Well balanced that leaves a slighty bitter and spicy taste on the mouth.

D: Easy to drink, very well balanced. If you like malt and hops where both work together well, this is worth a try.

IronCitySteve, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of mwa423
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear and beautiful dark brown with hints of red. The beer makes a perfect finger and a half of head that sticks to every inch of the glass.

S - Pine and citrus hops with hints of some sweet malt.

T - Fantastic pine/citrus hops up front followed by some steely hops and finally some round sweet maltiness to chase it down.

M/D - Mouthfeel is rich and has a nice hop bite. I will be buying a case of this and drinking it for the rest of my spring break.

mwa423, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of Fish113d
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a pint glass, it pours an aged copper color with a beige surface layer. Nothing exciting, but interesting color for an IPA...however, it IS a brown IPA, so I guess it makes sense.

Wonderful aroma! Interesting Sweet chocolate hops is how i can describe it! A bit of roast on the nose as well, but this is wonderfully sweet with a nice floral hoppiness to balance out the sweetness.

On the sip, I get a touch of chocolate and molasses up front. Quickly a biscuity & citrus hops comes in and swoops away the overly sweet molasses flavor. A bitter baker's chocolate flavor sticks around for the swallow with a continuation of florals and chocolate covered oranges sticking around. Very nice!

Mouthfeel is solid. Carbonation hits fairly hard up front, but a nice smooth finish with lots of aftertaste. Medium bodied.

This is a very interesting beer. I picked up a case of Terrapin sampler pack on a whim tonight, and so far, I've been very pleasantly surprised. I could easily enjoy a few of these in a sitting. Cheers!

Fish113d, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding beer, in my opinion. Lots of everything I like, like caramel malts and citrus hops. Caramel and medicinal smell when swirled. There's another distinct smell I can't identify. The malts don't cancel out the hoppy taste. They sort of work together rather than fight one another. Mouth feel is thick and full, yet it's very drinkable. An improvement on the typical brown ale that sets it apart.

airheadmtrcycle, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a nice thin brown layer of head that dissipates fairly quickly. A little thin on the pour but a nice very dark brown almost black color although light comes through when held up to it.

S: Caramel, chocolate, malts, all with a nice sweet hop kick to finish the smell. A little vanilla sneaks in too.

T: This is kind of where this beer starts to fall off. A decent bitter chocolate malt, but nothing really sticks here. The upfront taste is thin and a little watered down for a brown ale. The chocolate picks up most of the slack.

M: A little thin but the malt and chocolate lingers around in the mouth.

D: An average brown ale. Nice hoppy nose that makes it stand out among the browns, but nothing really brings me back for more. Not too filling.

kirkpjr, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. An extra from a trade with StormKing47.

Pours a dark brown with amber hues towards the edge of the glass. Vigorous pour yields a finger and a half cream head that retreats quickly to a bubbly layer of foam on top. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Nice floral/citrusy hop aroma. A light hint of caramel in there as well. Very interesting fragrance.

Light caramel/nutty malt. Accompanied by a a light lemony/citrus hop fragrance. The flavor underwhelms. It is a bit to light doesn't really pack a punch flavor wise, but it is interesting and refreshing.

Medium carbonation, medium bodied. It's a bit creamy.

Very refreshing. An easier drinker. Great beer for a warm day.

billshmeinke, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my CCB snifter

A-Pours dark brown in color. A solid 2'' tan head that quickly dissapates. Leaves very nice lacing.

S- Roasted malts and hops. Not getting a whole lot in the nose besides that.

T- Citrus and hops followed by roasted malts and caramel. Leaves a slight bitterness that is very nice. Im enjoying the brew more and more as it warms. The malts seem to be getting more noticeable. I'm really liking this beer.

M- Pretty thin but I believe that the level of carbonation is perfect. I'm really impressed by the finish.

D- Gr8! I could drink this all night and be happy with it. I will def have to buy some more.

urwithdave, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of beermanbrian
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bronze brown color with a nice head that has some real staying power. Good lace. Earthy hops smell leaning a little toward an English IPA. Some mild chocolate and smokeyness. Taste matches the smell and finishes with some nice roasted malt with a little bitter bite. Overall I'd call this a brown ale with some pizazz. Nice beer.

beermanbrian, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of schuyhigh
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is sweet and earthy.

Pours golden brown with thin head.

Very refreshing for an IPA. Lots of hops up front with a roasty finish. Dark chocolate and dark roast coffee come to mind on the back end. Not your average IPA yet a very enjoyable beer.

schuyhigh, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of jcnd9803
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RomaniIteDomum for sending.

A - Dark brown with some ruby hues. It didn't even take an aggressive pour to get a tall head. Fades rather quickly, leaving a good amount of lacing.

S - Light chocolate English malt with some spicy hops.

T - This is interesting. How can something be so hoppy, yet have such a strong roasty malt backbone. It leaves an aftertaste of an English Barleywine. I'm liking this.

M - Crisp with some nice carbonation.

D - I have to get my hands on more of this. I'm done and ready for another one.

jcnd9803, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of AlFromBayShore
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark chesnut brown and retains a sturdy frothy beige head about 1 1/2 finger width. The head is slow to dissapate.

S - roasted malts with hints of cocoa. Some small notes of caramel.

T - hoppy with a mildly bitter ending in which the roasty malt flavor underlies the entire experience. Also getting a warming sensation in the back of the throat. This cannot be the alcohol at 6.2 ABV. The overall flavor is slightly thin - a "teeny weeny" bit of watery-ness.

M - to me seems a "heavier than light" texture. Carbonation is mild like that of one of those grape sodas (ie. Nehi or Fanta).

D - good, gulping drinkability but that bitter end is not for me.

AlFromBayShore, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Kaiser81
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Kaiser81, Feb 26, 2010
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.

billab914, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body with plenty of ruby highlights, topped by a three finger beige head full of tunnels and caves.

Whiffs of citrus, then bakery, and a block of chocolate.

Taste has some early citrus, some light coffee, and a big bite of dark chocolate at the swallow.

Good medium mouthfeel gives something to chew on. Pleasing drinkability.

A pleasing hoppy brown.

RonfromJersey, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of RedBrewer83
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a very dark chocolate brown with a nice three finger tan head that is very creamy in appearance. Head falls slowly in pockets and leaves excellent lacing as it falls.

S: Big biscuit and bready caramel malt profile, floral grassy hops, just a hint of citrus as well. Nice aromas, nothing crazy complex, but solid.

T: Not as much malt presence in the flavor as in the nose, but the bready caramel malt still leads out followed closely by lots of spicy floral hops. Again, not overly complex, but pretty solid. The hops definitely come through nicely in the mid-palate and linger in the finish making this an india brown for sure.

M: Light medium body, a little thin for the style, but the carbonation is nice and the finish is pretty clean and dry.

D: Quite drinkable and refreshing. Wish Terrapin were on the West Coast!

RedBrewer83, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Victor's Italian Restaurant in York, PA. Served chilled in a shaker.

A - Translucent chestnut brown w/ 2 finger light ecru cap w/ good coating of lace the holds the glass. The ale has a tiny bead and retention is very good

S - The aroma has lots of caramel and citrus w/ a mild spice and subtle tobacco-like toast and mild roasted nut odor. The scent is slight tangerine w/ fruitiness from the hop noted in the ester

M - A feel that is both sweet and spicy w/ slight tangy astringent and mild roasted w/ gentle bitter notes. It is moderately carbonated and semi-sweet finish w/ mild alcohol, sweet+ hop bitter lingers long after the swallow

T - A very tasty toasted malt and mild sweet nuttiness w/ tang + juiciness of wet coast hops w/ citrusy zest flavor and hints of dark roast coffee w/ a bit of pine and dark sugar in the middle. The brown finishes dry yet moderately bitter w/ a hint of spice and roastiness lingering

D - I love this beer, great hoppy brown! Very full of hop taste which is vibrant, yet there is plenty of roastiness to make it seem somewhat balanced. This is enjoyable to the point where I could see ordering them back to back which is not common for me - this went well with my cheesesteak.

Slatetank, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark brown with a reddish hue and a great helping of foamy tan head.
Smell is not really to style-innovative high hop profile with some bitter malt.
Taste is again not what I would expect out of a Brown-maybe we re-classify this as an IPA because its much closer to that. Floral and bitter hops on the front with a really sweet ending.
Finish has a sweet/bitter after-taste that stays with me well.
Drinks great-well carbonated and refreshing.

ThaBobfather, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of billzee
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear slightly ruby brown color. Light tan two finger head. Nice hoppy notes up front with a bit of malt and caramel as well. Sweet hoppy grapfruit flavors with a malty middle and slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Another great offering from Terrapin.

billzee, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while and just sorta looked over it... Well, not today...

This pours very nicely into my pint... Nice thick creamy head atop a chestnut brown brew... This just looks creamy to me...

The aromas are a nice blend of piney hops and a plethora of roasted malts... I definitely get the coffee aspect right away along with a charcoal smokiness... Neither seems to overpower the other but blend very well...

Sharp oily biting piney hop bite right away that melds into a smoky burnt maltiness with several different things going on... Definitely coffee and some bitter dark cocoa along with a mild sweetness from the malts...

Very creamy brew this one is... Not thick like a stout, mind you, but a nice solid brew... Has some depth to it...

Overall, I like this brew quite a bit... I could definitely see myself sessioning this beer... Its not too heavy, has a great smooth taste, and won't smoke you after a couple...

Nice work, Spike!!

Tilley4, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 355ml bottle obtained form 'Beers of Europe' and poured into a Westmalle chalice.
This beer is a triple first for me, first beer from Terrapin, first beer from Georgia and my first American Brown Ale (I think).

Ever seen a beer that doesn't look good in a Westmalle chalice? I thought not, this one was no different. A clear ruby red/brown body sat happily in the chalice, a thin tan head sat on top.

The aroma at first reminded my of a Rodenbach, which is a Flanders Oud Bruin, these are fairly sour and musty smelling. As the beer warmed the hops kicked in and the beer smell became more bitter than sour.

The flavours and taste became more complexed as the beer warmed also, initially sourish and old cherry style vinagerous, then again the hop bitterness arrived to change the whole feel and taste of the beer, next I detected the malt content, roasted and dry, finally hints of coffee appeared, this rounded off the flavours nicely.

I liked the changes and thought the beer both interesting and different. As the tasting progressed I could sense the alcohol more and more, especially as the mouth began to dry between sips. Really glad I got hold of two bottles, the review is a combination of both (following evenings).

BlackHaddock, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The head that formed is tightly packed, light tan and two fingers high. Moderate dissipation leaving behind a thin layer of bubbles on the side of the glass. The body is a clear chestnut brown color with ruby hues.

Hop aromas hit the nose first. Some malt and caramel characters are in the background. The backbone is a spicy, grainy aroma that I cannot properly describe with words...

Complex flavors...hoppy start (grapefruit) that dulls to a malty middle. The hops kick in again at the end giving a bitter bite to the finish. A roasted, coffee-esque aftertaste balances this beer perfectly.

The mouth feel is medium and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable beer! A nice combination of hops and malts make this a balanced and complex offering. Definitely a beer you want to keep well stocked!

mgbickel, Feb 03, 2010
Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.