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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,001 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,001
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 77
Gots: 59 | 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:
Beer added by: athensbeermaster on 04-02-2007

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
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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for rgravers for the trade!

Pours a dark but translucent brown with ruby highlights toward the bottom. A finger of head falls quickly to tan coating with lush lacing as the beer is depleted.

A little stunned by the strong hops in what my eyes tell me should be a malty beer. Not unpleasant, & I know I shouldn't be surprised. At first all bitter aromatics (eh), as it warms the sweet toasty malts battle the hops for dominance. A fun beer to smell. A little funky, but not in a skunk way -- I almost get that organic barnyard smell, which is weird but fun.

Tasting reveals strong piney hop character up front, which falls away to introduce malty, caramel, nearly cola flavors. The aftertaste is all bitter, not overwhelming, just a bitterness that coats the mouth.

I could put away another one, not "sessionable" as I feel like my mouth would be well-coated after two. An interesting style with a lot happening in the aroma, but not one I think I'd go to a lot.

Photo of ROBORB
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap this beer pours a dark brown with a nice white head. It smells of pine, citrus, roasted malts and chocolate. The taste, for me, was more IPA than brown ale. The hops far outweighed the brown part of this ale. It is a nice change of pace but not an overly fantastic beer. It is very thin feel on the palate.

Photo of sholland119
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a moderately opaque chestnut brown trailing to ruby amber highlights at the bottom.

S-Malty, bitter chocolate, then pine hops on a second swirl. Very nice!

T-Chocolate bitterness, sweet malt and bitter pine hops in the finish. Very nice!

M-Medium bodied with fine carbonation, a little thin at the finish.

D-Yeah, real good. I'd have one anytime.

HV

Photo of abar22
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat two toned brown and dark amber. One finger cream colored head. The head left a small amount of lacing and kept a thin layer throughout.
Nice strong piney hops dominate the nose.
Wow. This tastes great when fresh. I first reviewed this with a 4 month old bottle that was sitting on a warm shelf. This bottle is from Georgia and freshly brewed. Great pine tree taste dominates this one. This thing might as well be an IPA.
Goes down smooth and tastes great. I could pound these down when they are fresh.

Photo of goatgoat
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks UGADawgGuy for the opportunity.

Pours clear dark woody brown with orange red highlights. A tan one finger cap quickly falls to a thin ring.
Aroma is a bit of dark fruit, caramel malt overridden by clean citrus, a hint of pine.
Taste is smooth malt sweetness, roasted and a bit coffee, with a hop bitterness that puts up a good fight. Bitter and sweet roasted notes tangle into finish. Along with the bitter finish, a strange lasting harshness shows up a little bit after swallowing. Like eating lemon pith. An unfortunate distraction.
Medium light body with moderate carbonation.

This is a really interesting brew. If they could tame the harshness of the finish it could easily be one of my favs. As it is, I'll be happy to get a bottle, but I won't go out of my way for a sixer.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky dark russet color with a huge ecru head that leaves a nice web of lace

Smell: Although there is some toasty brown bread in the profile, the "C" hop aromas dominate

Taste: Opens with a toasted brown bread flavor that is quickly joined and subsumed by the citrusy hops, although some nut skin bitterness remains; after the swallow, the fruity hops continue to dominate, but the bitter nut skin flavor persists and detracts

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Would that the malt profile provided a better brown ale character; as it is, the nut skin is about all that persists, and that is the least beguiling part of a brown ale; the hops are nice, but the balance could be better

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

My brain was perplexed by this beer. I like my brown ale to be malty and flavorful, with very little hop content. I like my IPAs to be super hoppy. When I finally disregarded what I was expecting from this beer I really enjoyed it.

Appearance - Dark Brown
Aroma - was mild and sweet
Taste - was hoppy and nutty with a hint of sour cherries.
Mouthfeel - smooth yet pretty heavy carbonation
Drinkablility - I would so have another.

Photo of farrago
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid one finger head of varied bubble sizes, light brown in color, pleasing stickiness to the lacing. Dark chocolate brown in color with more of a yellow than orange tint, a hazy murkiness permeates the liquid. Milk chocolate and coffee ice cream fill the nose, followed on my raisin, plum, cherry fruit scents, agreeably approachable, bread grains, honey, touch of mixed white citrus and hoppy bite, about a 60/40 split in favor malts. Medium-bodied, starts to press down into the tongue and gather its weight together, then the carbonation comes along to scrape it off the palate. The hops more in the front here with grass, pine, sour lemon citrus nuances. These reach a simple cruising altitude and then amicably yield to rounder chocolate, honey, caramel flavors. Nutty at moments too. Then finishes with elevating grapefruit notes. Lots of solos rather than choral approach, yet, keeps your interest and doesn't get annoying by going in too many directions.

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

Terrapin- India Brown Ale

A- Murky brown with a small light lacing head.
S- Good pine hop aroma with chocolate malt mixed in.
T- Excellent blend of dark roasted, chocolate malt and a sweetened pine hop flavor.
M- Crisp and smooth. Both roasted malts and hops are balanced well on the tongue. Finishes off sweet with a touch of dried fruits, plum and raisin.

Overall- A good blend of Brown and IPA. Tasty and solid.

Photo of Buebie
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

gford217 hooked me up with this one, thanks Grant!

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with a May 1st freshness date. Drunk from an oversized snifter.
Poures a dark murky brown with some light penetration, resulting in a plumish glow.
1 inch of off white bubbly head. Leaving a solid colar of globby bubles. Lace is thin a web like.

Grapefruit aroma dominates, giving way to mild chocolate, roasted grain, toasted bread and lightly toasted oak with hints of rye pumpenckle like aroma.

Up front its smooth and carbonated, yeilding a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Touches of spicie rye, cocoa, and roasted grains. At the swallow piney hops blast my pallet, and become increasingly bitter into the linger.
Finishing clean with a long bitter hop linger and more toasted grainy woodieness.

Another hit from Terrapin. This one took me by surprise, never experienced anything like it. Great brew.

Photo of AgingWarrior
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium dark brown with some red highlights and a nice foamy finger and a half head. Head has excellent retention and provides excellent lacing.

Smell is a mixture of dark malts and hops. It's a very interesting, and inviting mixture of scents.

Taste is smooth and malty like a good brown ale, but with a nice hop kick to it. The first hit on the tongue gives you the malty taste, then the hop kicks in med swallow and gives it a nice crisp finish.

Medium carbonation and medium bodied, Creamy mouth feel.

Very drinkable brew. I love the "hybrid" mixture of hops like an IPA with the dark malts of a brown ale. This brew went down very easily and I was wanting more.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big props to Bhalter8 for providing this in trade. Great Trader!!!

Wow, this is certainly a strange combination... But I'm strangely attracted to it... Not a huge leap as a self admitted Hop Head.

Pours with a great 2+ finger creamy head. Pretty nice retention.. Insane lacing... Muddy brown in color... Slight haze..

Aroma is a combination of spice, citrus and floral hop aroma. Really inviting and not what you expect from the color of the beer. Black pepper and slight sweetness. Really interesting...

Interesting flavor profile. Tries to start with some malt flavors... The hops take over and provide a citrus flavor... in the middle you are greeted with a touch of sweetness then it goes back to the citrus hop flavor.. The hop flavor is there at the end, but doesn't linger too much... Very intriguing. I like this blurring of the styles. I have to be honest, I have no idea what style this is listed as on BA.... Can't wait to find out...

Body is almost a touch too thin for the flavor... I really like this, but I almost want a little more body and hop finish... Still very nice... Medium light body and slight carbonation.

Very drinkable. Very interesting.

Thanks Ben!!! Appreciate the chance to try this...

Photo of DrinkinBoy
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin India Brown Ale pours a deep amber brown. The head is a caramel color with average retention.

The smell is mostly hops with some roasted undertones.

Its taste is very similar to the taste. It starts with a good hoppy bitterness, but it finishes with roasted malt undertones that is expected from a brown ale.

The mouthfeel is medium/heavy with a large tingle of bitterness from hops.

Overall, I felt that Terrapin IBA has good drinkability (wow AB has ruined that word). But it is absolutely worth a try for its uniqueness.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a sticky one-finger head and lace patches. A mellow sweet malt smell along with some oakiness and minor hops. A smooth, medium body that has a sweet malt taste that is subdued and not overbearing. Hints of roasted and bitter chocolate along with the hops give it a drying finish, but this beer is well-balanced and goes down easy. Just an easy drinking beer I can have anytime.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pretty dark brown body with a nice off-white head.

A huge bitter aroma comes off of this one, all grapefruit and hops.

This is a hoppy brown ale for sure. Like the name would suggest, it's pretty much a brown IPA. I really think it isn't all that well balanced though. Up front comes a blast of bitter hops that has some grapefruit flavors. Rounded it out is only a touch of caramel and chocolately sweetness. Nice hop profile, but this one is not very balanced I would say. It needs more malt to back it up.

Fairly light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

OK drinkability. Definitely one of the hoppier browns around. A decent beer overall.

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.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark but still see through murky brown pour with a nice white head.

Smells of piney hops up front with a hint of fruit and nuttiness in the background.

Tastes a little watery, the same hints of flavor as from the smell are present but a little weak. This is still good for the style however, warranting a 3.5.

Mouth is thin/med and carbonation is low/med. WOrks well here.

Very easy to drink and the alcohol is very well hidden. High marks for drinkability.

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 CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Terrapin is really up there as one of the ebst craft brewers.

appearance: deep dark brown, nearly ebony

smell: loaded hops, and chocolate

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth. I was ultra impressed

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: A beautiful brown cola color with a thin head and some decent lacing.

S: Nice nose of hops up front that seem to fade a bit after the first few smells. Citrus and piney hop aroma with some sweet malt and coffee.

T: Very nice taste for a brown. I was pleasantly surprised. Some coffee and roasted flavors followed by a citrusy hop sensation.

M: Medium bodied at best with good carbonation and oiliness from the hops.

D: I could drink a lot of this. Very enjoyable and not too overwhelming. Plus with me being a hophead its nice I can enjoy a nice brown with a nice hoppiness too!

Photo of merlin48
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pours a radiantly clear mahogany body with a creamy beige head that appears to have goldenrod edging. Excellent retention and lots of sticky lace on the glass. Quite a looker!

Aroma of pink grapefruit and milk chocolate, a couple of aroma notes that are odd bedfellows.

Average mouthfeel of medium body and carbonation enlivened by a hop presence.

Taste has a sweetish citrus hoppiness of pink grapefruit/orange, the bitterness dominating the chocolatey brown ale maltiness. Interesting, but finishes with an odd, out of kilter, aftertaste.

Unusual, but enjoyable, but the citrusy hops here seem misplaced.

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

Great looking pour out of the bottle, big light head on a dark beer. Hits around the cheeks with a mellow maltiness and enough hop astringency on the tongue to round it out. Sturdy and dark, but not so earthy that I would mind dropping another one right after the first. Looking forward to the rest of this six-pack.

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

a: pours a nice brownish color with ruby hues around the outer portion of the glass. produces about an inch of tannish colored pillowy head that dissapears slowly leaving lace stuck around the edge of the glass
s: caramel, brown sugar followed by nice grassy and earthy hops
t: sweet caramel, toffee with hints of the brown sugar balanced nicely with grassy hop bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this beer a great experience wish i could get more around here

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

Let me just say that I love the artwork on the label and six pack holder.

Pours a nice dark brown with a big fluffy head. Great looking pour.

The smell of hops is strong and fresh coming from that big head. Some sweetness is also present. Basically it smells like its going to taste great.

Taste is initial malt sweetness followed by some citrus hop notes followed by some powdered sugar sweetness. It makes for a very, very drinkable beer. Love the hop and malt tango that is going on in my mouth.

Something about Hoppy Brown Ales just seems to work for me! Great beer!

Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant dark brown with an agressive pour into the pint glass produces a thick cream colored head that dissapates rather quickly as I drink. It smells hoppy for a brown ale. Also roasted coffee and malts in there as well. Tastes a little more hoppier than expected but balanced perfectly with the roasted flavors. Very good tasting. Drinkability is rather good consider the great taste and low alcohol content.

Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,001 ratings.