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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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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall glass

A- Very dark brown, with a slight red tint showing through when held up to lilght. Thin layer of head, off white/tan color. Disappears quickly. Looks very inviting, I think I'll take a sip.

S- Not a lot to smell at first. Some roasted malt scents coming through. Some piney hops smell sneaking out too.

T- Wow!! Very interesting. Starts off tasting like other brown ales, but then has a hoppy fiinish. Strong roasted flavors, with a hint of chocolate hiding in there. The hops stand out a little more as the beer warms.

M- Another wow! Medium body and a little creamy, a pleasure to drink. Has a dry finish similar to an IPA.

D- I would be happy to drink more than one, unfortunately I only had this one as a gift from a friend. I will definitely drink this again. If you haven't tried it, go try it now.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 00:18:45 | More by CarlP2
Photo of projectflam86


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rbald42 hooked me up with this one. Thanks!

A- Pours a dark brown color with a creamy tan head that leaves good lacing. Looks a bit like soda.

S- Some light roasted and hazelnut scents with a fair amount of hoppy floral character. Some sweet malt and brown sugar as well.

T- Sweet malt and roasted flavors initially. A bit of a caramel and molasses throughout. A huge amount of citrus and piney hop bitterness in the finish that really balance the whole experience very well.

M- Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Long bitter finish with a creamy feel.

D- Really nice tasting brown ale with a perfect balance of hoppy bitterness and sweet malt.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 04:23:56 | More by projectflam86
Photo of hooliganlife


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

poured deep brown in color with a very light white head. decent lacing and retention.

first on the nose was light hop notes and fairly strong molasses and roasted malts. a very sweet scent.

very hoppy flavors all over the placed mixed in with brown ale. very sweet through out. slight citrus and pine hops brought a nice bitterness that really enhanced the sweet roasted malts.

carbonation was medium to low and this was a very easy one to drink. not very thick, maybe a wee bit thin but nothing to ever complain about.

i loved everything about this beer. it was a fantastic take on the india brown ale and i might add that not many do it. low ABV and great flavors make this a near perfect beer. all in all, this was my pleasure and i am forever stoked i have 5 more left.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 21:10:03 | More by hooliganlife
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a murky dark amber/brown, with 3 fingers of frothy beige colored head. Rich looking retention throws a generous cascade of lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma has some floral and citric hop charactet going on with it, along with a surprising amount of smokey molasses and a touch of light roasted chocolate. A bit of light warmth makes it presence known as well. Nice.

The taste possesses a solidly moderate amount of hop bitterness and citrus scattered throughout the profile, with a very generous backing of that same mix of smoked and toasted malts, which is also giving off some sweeter notes of chocolate and caramel. Really nice finish to this, with light smokey tang just lingering on the lips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very creamy and mellow carbonation and overall feel to this, just gliding effortlessly across the palate.

Very nice! The India Brown Ale, for me, is a totally underated and underappreciated style, and is one that I would love to see more breweries do. For Terrapin to not only tackle this but also provide one of the best that I've had in the style was a real surprise and a treat. I will seek more of this out.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 12:10:06 | More by Kegatron
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This fine 12 ounces of Jawja goodness is courtesy of ckeegan04. Many thanks to Chris for this offering that ends up in my old Medley's pint glass. BTW, BBD looks like 1st week in September. Cool.

Pours a light brown-sugar head - very thin...less than 1/3 finger...but that doesn't matter in this case, because this looks like PURE &*(%ING BOURBON coming out of the bottle. That counts for something. Visible carbonation is sparse but what's there moves with reasonable quickness.

Wow - that's what a brown ale should smell like. Molasses, caramel...a bit of the aforementioned bourbon booziness...and a pretty fair wallop of piney hops with even some citrus and flora mixed in. Definitely a hardcore caramel and maybe even slightly Germanic malt presence.

Holy crap, there are a $#!+load of hops in this. Piney, now grassy...even a little earthy. They hit me by surprise and I'm sure I made a Bill the Cat face (AAACK! THPPPT!). There's a slight metallic tone that will hopefully burn off but it may be linked to the malt presence of the more German variety (OK, the label mentions an English presence, so I may be wrong)...some Munich or Vienna may be in there, contributing a little tininess. Good...that's going away. Now we have a malty and hoppy menagerie going on. Nice!

After a little warmth this rounds out nicely in abundance. Feel is light enough to not be entirely filling but packs enough of a wallop to make its presence well-known. There is a very good balance of malt and hops here that works the senses very nicely and evenly. Finish is long and strong.

This is proper weight class for a brown ale and could be borderline sessionable but my suspicions are that the ABV may roll a little on the higher side for the style. Still, it drinks well with classic elements across the board. Very solid offering from the dudes at Terrapin "station."

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 22:34:55 | More by IBUnit63
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New York

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

I got 2 bottles of this beer from 2 different BA's - in a trade with Kiefdog, Thanks Kevin!
and as part of alleykatking's 'Local Stuff BIF' from jyounger30, Thanks Jay!

12oz bottle served in a Terrapin pint glass, Thanks again Jay!

Brown color with reddish hues and a beige head that thinned to a layer leaving good sheets of lace.
Citrus hoppy aroma with a light roasted smell in the background.
Some bitterness upfront in the taste with sweet, roasty malt flavors blended in, all quite nicely.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Goes down nice and easy, good overall beer here.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 23:37:33 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6pack of this at the Beverage Ware house in Arab AL, there is no way I could resist a bottle with such a nice label on it.

pours dark brown, with a very nice thick head, pretty nice lacing also. It smells hoppy but the smell is not as sharp as a regualr IPA, there is some sweetness to this smell. The tast is pretty good but after smelling the beer it was almost dissapointing. Hoppy, with a chocolate/coffee aftertaste. The taste dissapears very fast though, still a very nice find, very easy to drink!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 01:12:43 | More by yesferro
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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift from a friend. Poured into a frozen mug. Two fingers of thick, creamy head that settled to look like clouds. Perfect to me.

I smell and taste both the hops and the malt. An excellent marriage of the two. A Newcastle type brew with a hippy aftertaste. Very smooth in my opinion.

Good carbonation in the mouthfeel. Nice lacing to the glass. Really wish this was locally available. This is a beer I could drink all day.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 21:45:41 | More by wmthorne
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: brown color, one finger of tan head with some lacing

S: piney & citrusy hops, slight alcohol scent after the hop aroma fades

T: good mixture of malt sweetness, hop bitterness, and toasted notes. good balance of the flavors.

MF: smooth and creamy, low carbonation

Drinkability: awesome beer, very tasty. highly recommend this beer

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 00:49:45 | More by porterwoobie
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GeorgiaBeer for the hookup on this one.

IPA mixed with a brown. Sounds intriguing.

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with some crimson hues present at the edges. The one-finger tan head fades fairly quickly and leaves a minimal sheet of consistent lace all around the pint glass, eventually turning into stubborn stripes as the glass empties. Aroma involves deep sweet and toasted malts seemingly wrapped in some oily hops which present near the end. Some fleeting dark fruits and possibly dark licorice exist underneath it all. Has a very interesting taste which lies medium on the palate and finishes a bit dry. The hops outweigh the malts just a bit in the taste department, but the slight lack of balance isn't too far off, and is not detrimental to the overall taste. Some dark chocolates and pine exist, and stylistically, this one leans toward a hoppy stout. A lingering, but very subtle alcohol heat is present. Very interesting brew that works well on all fronts, and leaves a guy wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 18:13:55 | More by stephens101
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4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, great head, perfect lacing

Smell: Piney hops, really nice

Taste: Really good piney hops taste up front, fading to a hoppy but lightly sweet malt in the end.

Drinkability: Surprisingly good given the pretty strong hops. It's the first beer with real character that I think I could drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 04:26:28 | More by donmonkey1
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South Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Smallish tan head retains well. Good lacing.

Smells like a hoppy brown. Citrus hops and dark malts.

Hmmm...citrus flavors come out first. Orange and grapefruit then give way to the dark chocolate and a very slight roast character. Not really much malt flavor despite this being a brown ale. Not really a whole lot to the finish, either.

Medium body...appropriate carbonation, although, for the pop the cap made when opened, I expected more.

I understand the concept of the India Brown Ale, but this one could really use some more balance. It's still tasty, but it misses it's own mark slightly.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 03:59:42 | More by Gyle41386
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking beer with the head setting it off. Thick rocky tan head with great retention and phat lacing. Brown like the bottle says.

Nice layered hop aroma with citrus leading the way into a grassy piney section. Good malt backbone with toffee and caramel notes. Some red currant aroma also.

Nice easy drinking beer. Not overly complex but showing great balance. A bit of nutty character with toffee and caramel in the middle. The hops then show late middle through a bitter finish. Hops are resiny, citrusy grassy and a bit earthy. A prune flavor also shows in the late middle. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 21:19:38 | More by mcallister
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks G to illy for this extra, could be my new favorite beer

Unlike the Indian god Brahma, this has no head. Dark brown color like Kali, the dark mother.

Smells like a homebrew store malts and hops section.

Tastes like someone poured some malt extract into a cup, and then threw a bunch of fresh hops in it. Fantastic.

Great Hoppy Aftertaste. I would most appreciate if you would change the naming of this beer to maltppy the destroyer. Thank you, drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 04:04:46 | More by Murchmac
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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a muddy dark brown leaves about a 1/2 inch head of lace, I love how dark it is.

S: some malt, dark bread, all those hop aromas dominate

T: toasted brown bread flavor, with some malt back bite.
Big time grapefruit hoppy front end, some caramel malt comes out.
Its a IPA ale that is brown if you ask me.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation

D: Well I had a few its refreshing, I guess I was in the mood for a IPA. Weird I usually don't enjoy IPA but this one reminds me of Dales PA, but its brown.

Notes: since the style definition is so vague I guess its fits the style.
Its slightly unbalanced to the hop side, but what can you except its a IPA Brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 20:44:06 | More by azorie
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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!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 00:13:14 | More by NeroFiddled
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South Carolina

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

Appearance: Dark Brown with Ruby/Tawny Hue - Thick tan head that quickly vanishes

Smell: Caramel, Chocolate, Coffee Beans

Taste: Hoppy bitterness that turns into porter goodness and dries out the palate for the next sip. Chocolate, Coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied - nice smooth tannic feel.

Drinkability: Session or sip. This one's a great mid-morning get your day going brew or a nice relaxing beer in the afternoon.

Serving type: growler

04-29-2009 19:38:50 | More by LauraAlberts
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a murky deep dark brown with 1/4 inch of off white foam that left plenty of lacing

S - sweet malts and piney hops

T - sweet malt, coffee and bitter chocolate dominate the flavor

M/D - light/medium bodied with very good taste, nicely balanced brown ale that I'll definitely look for again

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 15:42:54 | More by mikereaser
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella Artois glass. Pours out nicely with a dark brown body and a nice one inch creamy head. The aroma is first thing that popped out to me, very robust smell. Smells very hoppy and yet still malty. Taste very smooth with a slightly bitter flavor on the back palate and aftertaste. Taste like an excellent version of a hybrid between an IPA and an English brown ale. Mouthfeel is creamy and calm. Overall this is very good beer and very interesting style. Definitely Terrapin's best beer, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 23:46:46 | More by cpmau11
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North Carolina

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

This beer pours a milk-chocolatey brown with about an inch's worth of tan head on top. This dissipates to a ring around the edge. Great sticky webbing all over the glass. A thing of beauty. Smells of gingerbread, cocoa powder, bread, molasses, and vinous grapes.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Great amount of carbonation. I love the flavor on this! It's like chocolate bread with a hop bite at the end. So much cocoa in this. This is the best brown ale I've ever had, hands down. Drinkability is not-surprisingly high. I could have another easy, too bad I only have one. This may be my new 'extra' to throw in in future trades. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 18:29:19 | More by Onenote81
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4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Pours a nice dark amber with a slight head that dissipates quickly.

S=Hoppy grapefruits and some bitterness, nice aroma consistent with the style

T=very nice hoppyness balanced with malts, fruity citrus flavors and bitterness are not overwhelming

M=good, not too carbonated

D=very drinkable and not to alcoholic, keeps the beer quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 03:20:55 | More by jacobseyb
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin rarely disappoints and this one is no exception. Pours a dark chestnut brown with a nice head that fades rather quickly leaving minimal lacing along the glass.
Smells ok, I'm getting some caramel malt aromas and some hops in there as well.
Taste good, very similar to smell. The sweet malts and hops blend together very nicely. Very well balanced with a nice crisp dry finish making me come back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2009 02:24:33 | More by scifan
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Terrapin beer and I'm quite impressed with the look of this india brown ale, poured into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass. The 3 inch frothy head quickly disappears. I smell the malts but no real evidence of hops -- though this brew is still fresh with a "best if enjoyed by date" mid-July 2009. But this brew really makes its first impact with the initial taste, where hops are evident from start to finish, combining with the maltiness for a great beer experience. Mouthful gets better and better as the beer is allowed to warm to room temperature. Thus, drinkability is very high.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 01:51:07 | More by cadizkyguy
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New York

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

Serving info: 12 ounce bottle with "best if enjoyed by" info on the label.

Pours: Dark brown amber.

Nose: Resiny hops

Lacing: spotty blobs

Head: medium khaki

Body: Medium with a seemingly appropriate level of carbonation

Flavor notes: The label claims it's a combo of w. Coast IPA and English Brown ale. Cant argue with that. Tasty stuff. Moderate grainy hop bite, with nice smooth malts laying the groundwork. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 23:09:41 | More by Billolick
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired in a recent trade with outstanding BA everytends (thanks Gilly). I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep dark reddish brown color with decent clarity and a 2.5" foamy tan head. The head dropped after 10 minutes or so to a creamy ring. Decent lacing.

S= Smelled "sharp" from the combination of hops and roasted grain bitterness. Some grainy malt sweetness in there too.

T= Showed brief flashes of the brown malt sweetness, but mostly was overwhelmed by the acidic roasted grain husk and hop bitterness. The hops were oddly sharp, with lots of pine and a lack of citrus notes. The finishes was super dry, bitter, and a bit astringent.

MF= Medium body with tight carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.

D= Brown ales are not my favorite style, but this fusion of styles is interesting. I wouldn't want 6 of them, but its well worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 16:14:46 | More by spointon
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