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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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979 Ratings

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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 76
Gots: 50 | 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 drabmuh


3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Since this is an Indian Brown ale, perhaps we are witnessing the emergence of an new style. Hoppier than a brown ale, more roasted malts than an IPA. Interesting to see where these IPA incarnations take us. Beer is dark brown, head is two fingers, brown and has medium bubbles. Carbonation is moderate and the head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hoppy with an odd sulfurish component in with the malt. The hops are more citrus hops than piney, its subtle.

The taste is slightly metallic and there is that sulfur character again. Not as good as I remember. The bottle does not have a "best if consumed by" date on it, so this could be an old batch. I'm not sure what to say, sorry Terrapin. The drinkability suffers because of the unpleasant flavors. The mouthfeel is full and good, I just wish that off-flavor wasn't present. I'll give this beer another chance, but as it stands now, its only mediocre. Sorry.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 03:16:01 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Redwood21


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: this beer poured with almost no head, and there is a little bit of sticking on what does appear its a dark brown beer. this is not a bad looking beer but it doesn't look great

S: same deal as the appearance, nothing big or amazing but its not bad i just cant pick anything out:

T: simple but delicious, i could easily enjoy a six pack of this beer without pause. it has a fullbodied creamy taste that has some earthyness and a light hop body, incredibly clean and very taste filled delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:31:07 | More by Redwood21
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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

A: Pours a deep, reddish-brown color. The medium brown head is moderately tall, dense, and creamy. Retention is good, with some solid lacing.

S: Somewhat roasty malt aromas, lending some sweetness as well. Hops are primarily citric, lending a fruity/spicy character to the overall beer. Smells like a brown IPA to me.

T: Firm roasted maltiness up front. Definite hints of chocolate and brown sugar. A firm hoppiness adds an interesting bitterness, with citric and some spicy floral notes. Again, they seem to have hit pretty well the style they were aiming for.

M: Medium-full bodied. Carbonation is somewhat creamy. A flash of dryness into the finish.

D: This succeeds in being a hoppy brown ale/dark IPA. That said, I can't say that the end result is fantastic beer. It is definitely good, however. Worth trying for the novelty and the solid execution, especially if you like hoppier brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:09:03 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of jadpsu


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

Pours a definite amber in color with a copious tan head that, at best, has average staying power. Decent even side lacing is apparent.
Aroma: There is a lot here. Spicy hops are strongest but maltiness and breads are there too, providing a good balance.

Starts out sweet but has a dry finish with some bitterness. Nice combination. It's smooth and is an enjoyable ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:11:18 | More by jadpsu
Photo of DeeMented


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

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for sending me this one.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

The beer poured a dark amber, slightly reddish. It had a creamy, off white head that managed to stay almost to the bottom of the glass. Lots of soapy lacing that wanted to slide slowly down.

The smell was sweet and malty, with a lot of fruit. Citrus and floral hops. Smelled good.

The mouthfeel was medium. Not overly carbonated, not overly thin. Fairly smooth.

The hops dominated the taste, as expected. The malt sweetness and citrus flavors just started at the beginning, before the hops kicked in about mid-swallow. It finished a bit crisp, with a lingering bitterness.

Overall, a good, hoppy IBA that delivers exactly what it promises.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 16:46:43 | More by DeeMented
Photo of Anthony1


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

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3+ fingers of tan head. Stellar lacing & head retention. Pineyness & grapefruit, some caramel as this warms. taste has pineyness, grapefruit & toasty malt up front. Leafy hops, dryness, more grapefruit & a bit of caramel as this warms. finishes with flinty dryness, a hint of fruittyness, pineyness & more grapefruit. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & excellent balance. Pretty easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 17:08:56 | More by Anthony1
Photo of apbarwood


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown. Loses some points in the head retention/lace department but there's a bit of a tannish rim around the glass and some small lace. Mostly citrusy hop aromas with a touch of maltiness to it. The flavor delivers what the aroma promises in spades. The hops are in the forefront with a juicy grapefruit flavor mingling with some wet pine needles. The malt does a nice job of counterbalancing the hops and gives it a bit more depth with a caramel-like sweetness hiding in the background. The flavors swirl around and hit every part of the palate. Had it with a plate of NC barbecue and it was absolutely phenomenal. I think Dogfish Head's Indian Brown is a better beer but this one is definitely a close second in the Indian brown department and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 03:39:43 | More by apbarwood
Photo of danielharper


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

Appearance: Dark brown hazy body, thin brown head that dissipates quickly. Translucent.

Smell: Surprisingly hoppy, a nice crisp bitterness over a nutty malt backbone. Dark and roasty. Very interesting.

Taste: A nice balance of malt and hops. Sweet nutty flavors with a delicate hop bite to finish it off.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, high hops, and a nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. If this India Brown Ale concept takes off, I will for one be a very happy man.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 03:18:22 | More by danielharper
Photo of Seanibus


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

You wouldn't think of a brown ale as "refreshing" on a hot day, but this one works. Like the interesting work of Duck-Rabbit, terrapin seems to be part of an emerging trend of refreshing dark beers from the South.

Pours deep reddish brown with a very fine ivory head. Aroma is roasty and sweet and malty, earthy and a little spicy. Flavor is roasty and woody, like a nice cherrywood tobacco. Lots of tobacco. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 20:49:06 | More by Seanibus
Photo of kevinjosephlee


4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass.

A: A brown color with a tan head with low retention. Very resilient lacing though.

S: Malty, sweet and rich. Caramel and nutty qualities.

T: Medium-high malty flavors; sweet caramel. The beer sat out of the fridge for 15-20 minutes before being opened. The warmer temperature allowed the bitter (and somewhat piney) hops come through.

M: High carbonation, with little to no alcohol warmth in the finish. Not a "clean" and smooth finish. Finish is resiny (mouth feels "coated"), and yet it is dry.

D: Very drinkable

Overall: I really like this beer. It hits the mark perfectly. The brewers knew what they were after and they got it done. Although Terrapin's high-gravity Imperial Pilsner and Rye Squared were my previous favorites from this brewery, this beer is great.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 00:53:57 | More by kevinjosephlee
Photo of Mistofminn


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. This one is the color and consistency of coffee. When held into the light, it shows beautiful shades of raspberry and violet...absolutely gorgeous. Careful pour produces a nice one finger light tan head. Has great retention and shows some nice lacing.

The nose is very malty. I get a light hop bitterness, but it is nearly drown out by the malt complexity. I've never smelled a beer quite like it. Sweet malts, yet very earthy, and it has a nutty character. Caramel, possibly.

The taste is the same as the nose, but in the opposite order. The hops dominate the taste, as the bitterness outshines the complexity of the malts. Very interesting if you ask me. I get nice earthy and piney hop bitterness, and a nice coffee like character from the malts. Very sweet. Pretty dang good.

Mouthfeel is on the medium size, and has a little carbonation bite and a barely memorable bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is good.

I've had only a few India Brown Ales, but I've liked them all. As a sub style, I think I'm quite fond of it. This probably isn't the best I've had, but a great beer none the less. If this were available in my area I'd definitely get it again. Big thanks to beernerd81 for the chance to try this. Thanks Ben!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 05:33:26 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of BDLbrewster


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a french roast coffee color with a thick looking frothy mocha colored head. Thick sticky lacing and no visible carbonation apparent.

The smell is full of chocolaty malts, rich but not overly roasted. Some toastyness and chunks of coffee and some noble hop aroma round this one out. Different.

Chocolaty, toasty malts kick this one off. Sweet, toasty and full of malty goodness. Chocolate and toasty malt complexity mark the front of this brew. Some bitterness is apparent in the middle, burnt malt or bittering hops... Can't really tell. A nice spicy undertone works its way to the forefront near the end. Finishes floral and and clean with some mild bitterness nipping at the sides of your tongue.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side for the style and the is an expected lack of carbonation, yet it finishes very nicely.

Overall the amazing complexity blew me away. Honestly I didn't expect much out of this one, but wow was I surprised. Beautiful brew, would definitely seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 21:48:57 | More by BDLbrewster
Photo of whiplash3825


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a juicy 2 finger tan head that sticks around.

Nice scents of dark ripe fruit... some chocolate and maybe coffee also.

Flavor is a great balance of dark toasty malts and a (surprisingly) hoppy taste... nice balance in this.

Mouthfeel is maybe a tad thin for the style. Just about a perfect amount of carbonation.

Goes down super-easy... but the malts and dark fruity flavor makes this more of a sipper than some others. It's worth it just so you can savor some of the complex flavors. Nice, Terrapin!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 23:25:06 | More by whiplash3825
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Moderatly dark brown, ruby highlights, slightly hazy. Off white head with ok retention and lacing.

S - Medium roasted malts... little hints of milk chocolate and carmel. Faint hop scent.

T - Follows the scent... medium roasted malts... nuts, milk chocolate, carmel. Decent hop on the end.

M - Medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

D - Good flavor, easy drinking, nothing fantastic but good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2009 01:19:00 | More by rfgetz
Photo of ectomorph


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle within its' freshness date poured into a pint glass.

A - appears dark brown until held up to the light, which reveals a crystal clear but dark ruby body. The aggressive pour formed a tall head that faded rather quickly, leaving a small sheet on its' way.

S - Smells of light chocolate malt and some spicy and grassy hops. Interesting.

T - A hoppy brown? Yes! There is a considerable dark roasty backbone of malt, but this one starts with a bite and ends with a citrus spiciness that leaves me drooling and wanting more.

M - Silky mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D - I consider the ABV a tidge on the high side (I'm old), but very high.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 22:02:44 | More by ectomorph
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a sixer I picked up while on vacation in Myrtle Beach.

Pours dark brown in color with some translucency around the edges. About a quarter inch of head forms on the pour, but is gone before I take a seat.
Smell is hops, roasty brown malts and just a hint of floral notes from the hops.
Taste is hops, but there's a citrus flavor dominating the flavor now. A little thin in the mouthfeel, but has some good flavor. Easy drinking and highly sessionable. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 22:24:24 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of qchic


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

Medium brown not unlike cola, with reddish highlights. Modest ecru head. Aroma is a battle between citrusy, peppery hops and dark bready malts. This reminds me more of rye bread more than any actual rye beer I've had, with distinct notes of caraway seed. The hops seem more aggressive in the flavor, with plenty of citrus and pine, backed by roasty malts, caramel, almond, and molasses. A touch of fruitiness makes this one even more fascinating, and while there is so much going on, this medium-bodied brew is quite easy to drink. A fun, tasty hybrid. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 23:15:28 | More by qchic
Photo of jnn4v


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

A: Poured much darker than I was expecting (yes, I saw "brown" in the title). It's a mahogany / espresso color. Mild light-tan color head. Relatively translucent when held to light.

S: An abundance of hop scents (ie. grapefruit, lemon, and some floral elements) are the first things I notice, followed by some roasty characteristics like a hints of cofee and cocoa powder. Maybe even some spiciness?

T: Very interesting beer. It's my first India Brown Ale. I've had lots of IPA's and several black IPA's now, but never a brown IPA. The flavor matches the scent elements almost to a "T". Some citrusy hoppy bitterness, some caramel malt sweetness, and some roastiness with a mysterious spice character. That last part almost reminds me of a winter warmer. Intriguing and pretty tasty.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. No sediment. Nicely balanced and not extreme in any part of the texture.

D: Seems very drinkable. I could look forward to this daily.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 21:34:10 | More by jnn4v
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 02:42:13 | More by Sammy
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


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

Nice and dark, great capuccino head, nice lacing. Great looking beer.

The smell is very nice. I could smell the hops as I poured it. Upon further inspection the hops still lead the show, but settle down before the malts come out.

The taste was a little bland compared to the smell. The hops are there and the malt is hiding. Not necessarily a problem, but the hops are much less robust in the mouth than in the nose. It is also a little watery.

Like I said above it was a little watery. The carbonation was nice, though.

Aside from the loss of flavor issues it was a decent beer. I would have it again and could see myself drinking more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 17:51:59 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: A dark, deep brown color, has some ruby hints too, with a light tan head. Looks pretty enticing.

S: A balanced smell of caramel malt and hops with a slightly salty finishing note.

T: Definitely not as strong as the smell, but still good. Huge sweet caramel flavor and toasted malts make up the majority here. A good hop presence balances out the taste nicely.

M: A pretty heavy body on this one. Creamy, smooth, and a mouth coating feel from the malts.

D: Big malt profile makes it a slower drinking beer, but that is to be expected. Great flavor that deserves savoring.

Notes: Not my first terrapin beer, but my first terrapin review. A very nice example from a "local" brewery. Brown ales are one of my favorite styles and this one definitely hits the spot. Nice big malt flavors that stand out on their own, but still slightly balanced by the hops. I am glad they didn't go the way of some current trends and throw in a bunch of hops for the hell of it. This style should be roasted and malty and it fits the bill perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 02:32:11 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 14:23:28 | More by plaid75
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

Pours a clear brown color nice thumb sized head that falls to ringed scum that leaves some decent lace.

Aroma is wonderful caramel nice pine forest hops light molasses notes along with light fruitiness also.

Taste is caramel malt with light toffee notes. Hops are big on palate citrusy to start but moves to lingering pine notes. Simple but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is mediumish with nice peppy carbonation that really brings out the hops.

Drinkability is great, really enjoying this one the nose is wonderful. Will be buying more of this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 18:00:56 | More by mntlover
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear brown color with a fluffy 2" head that lasts. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: pine, grapefruit, and a earthy tone create a unique aroma.

Taste: toasted malt sweetness with some grapefruit, pine, hint of nuttiness, prune sweetness, and some mild earthy flavors. Bitterness is stronger than expected making it a bit unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start and finishes smooth. Dryness arrives late. Long aftertaste with the bitterness dominating. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: decent but this one is a bit to hoppy. After two of these I began to look elsewhere. For those who like aggressive beers this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 17:18:00 | More by Gavage
Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
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