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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

995 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 78
Gots: 56 | 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 kimcgolf
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An interesting mix of a traditional brown ale and an IPA. Poured to a reddish-brown with tan head, reminiscent of a brown ale, but the nose was roasted malted nuts and wood, infused with a hint of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and alternated between slightly sweet and bitter. Taste was mostly the malty flavors, but with a slight aftertaste of citrus.

An interesting beer, but for my money, I'd rather have either a brown ale or IPA, not both at once.

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

Glad to see Terrapin make its way to Pittsburgh. Poured this into my tulip glass...Review #200...

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber with serious crimson red hues. The head is phenomenal and is almost two fingers. Laces beautifully.

S: Wow, they aren't kidding by calling this an "Indian Brown." The hop scents are very fragrant with citrus and pine, which complements the coffee and slight roast surprisingly well.

T: The taste starts with a fresh hop taste, but not too bitter. More pine hops, but the citrus comes through slightly. The coffee and chocolate are very prevalent with a slight roast.

Overall, this surprised me and is a fantastic beer. It is a perfect combination of a brown ale and IPA.

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

A delicious and unique take on this classic style. Aroma was nice. Hops with a mix of nutty brown malt. Pour was a nice deep brown with a 1 finger tan head and good bubbles. Taste was very unique. Tasted like a nutty brown ale infused with dry grassy hops. Great carbonation and a bitter mouth biting aftertaste. Nice change of pace and this beer deserves a new style...brown IPA?

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

Muddy in color with a thin but lasting dark cream colored head. Lot's of sticky lacing line the sides of the glass.
Wow hops hit you in the face in the aroma. Heavy, agressive, pine and citrus hop aromas.
This is a hop heavy brown ale that leans more on the India side of India Brown Ale. Even with the huge hoppiness of this beer Terrapin left enough brown ale flavors to make in complex and interesting.
Good slick, creamy, oily mouthfeel.
Any beer that my tastebuds like this much is a drinkable beer.
Terrapin continues to do good things for the Southeastern beer community.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to brown color with a nice tan head. In the aroma, HUGE gritty, fresh piney hops. In the taste, mellow pine hops and a nice small roasty, sweet malt backing. A small bitterness and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry piney hop aftertaste. Big hops, and a nice maltiness to balance it out. I dig it.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a somewhat murky consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Malty, hoppy and a little on the nutty side.

T: The taste had more hops than I would've expect from a brown ale, but flavorful nonetheless. Also had roasted malt and nutty qualities.

M: A solid amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer. It goes down easy and is certainly well made.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single purchased as part of a mixed 6 pack at Whole Foods in Duluth, GA poured into a standard pint glass

A: This one looks beautiful in the glass. A nice dark brown body with a finger thick frothy tan head with good retention. The head leaves sticky sheets of bubbles behind with each swallow.

S: Is this an IPA or a brown? The smell sure mixes the best of both worlds. Malt and hop aromas mix well for a very pleasing aroma for the style.

T: The taste follows the smell. The initial sip tastes like a typical brown ale. The finish is nice and hoppy like an IPA. It has much more character than a typical brown which is why I score it so high.

M: The nice level of carbonation makes this one nice and creamy. It has a medium body.

D: This is very drinkable. However, the hop profile makes the taste profile much better for the category. However, it makes the drinkability go down since the style is typically much closer to water.

Photo of cjgator3
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that leaves an excellent amount of lacing and the retention is great as well.

S- The aroma is very nice and malty with some caramel, hints of chocolate and a lot of fresh oily smelling hops. Very nice aroma

T- The taste picks up where the aroma leaves off. At first, you think this is the average brown ale until the hops kick in for a nice hoppy finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a very nice Brown/IPA hybrid beer that is definitely recommended. Another kick ass brew from Terrapin!

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased in Raleigh for <$2. The label states it to be a hoppy brown, and in fact that's what it is. I've always found brown ales to have subtle malty profiles so this is a pretty unque take on the style. The hops smell and taste reminded me a lot of Storm King, although without the roastiness. It was easy to drink due to the flavor, I liked the hops.

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

On tap at Taco Mac in Cumming, GA. Served into clean, clear pint glass.

A Brown, translucent body with no head but I believe that the bartender likely poured it like that (he waited, filled it to the brim) vs. the beer actually has no head. The pint was delivered to our table filled all of the way to the top. Not greatly impressive appearance but then if I had watched it poured I might feel differently.

S Minimal smell but I can smell some hops, barley.

T Malt, hops, Good balance in nice brown ale. It was exactly what I thought it might be by the name.

M Moderate with brown ale bigness balanced by a lighter feel.

D Fair to good, I could have several of these.

Notes: A very solid beer and a nice start to my samplings of Terrapin.

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

Thanks to brentk56 for this brew.

A: Hazy brown. Less than brilliant but interesting nontheless. Offwhite head, good retention.

S: Malt, chocolate, but chemical-ly

T: Malty sweetness upfront, hop bitterness at the back. Brilliantly balanced. Something strange in the aftertaste. burnt coffee???

M: Carbonation is low, fits the style well. Hop bitterness keeps this from being a typical smooth brown ale but i cant hold that against them because thats what they were trying to do, i guess.

D: Drinkable like a brown ale, just more complex.

Great beer. I love hybrids like this (Stone 11 was similar) because I feel the 2 styles work really well together. I also really like beers that are well balanced, and this one certainly is (as is most of terrapins stuff that ive had)

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

On-tap at Bocktown tonight. Still really excited that Terrapin is here in Pittsburgh! Payed $4.50 for it...definitely worth the price.

A-Bright, yet saturated transparent brown body with red hues coming through when held up to the light. Served with a 1-finger creamy off-white head. Head eventually fades to a thin collar but some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Bright grapefruity hops come through in the nose first. In the background is a deep roasted malt.

T- Much like the flavor. Lots of grapefruit and cirtus hoppy goodness upfront, almost like a good IPA (hence the name) with a chocolaty malt backbone. The bitterness really comes through in the end with roasted coffee bitterness and resiny hop bitterness mixing together. Left behind on the palate are remnants of roasted coffee-like malt.

M- Medium carbonation and a nice smooth body that is oily with hops,

D- Brown Ales usually aren't my thing...but this one is very good. I love the way the hoppy character balances with the brown ale character. A nice unique beer that I will have again. ABV drinks more like a session ale than one above 6%.

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

A- Bright, reddish brown in color. Clear and shiny highlights. Head is only 1/4" and loose but sticks around for a while.

S- The first aroma that I picked up were C hops. It actually almost knocked me down when I stuck my nose down into the glass. Deeper down, you find the chocolate malt, roasted malt, and a touch of coffee.

T- Lightly roasty and smoky up front, followed by a big-time hop bite in the middle. Throw in some milk chocolate and coffee and you pretty much sum it up. Quite nice, I must say.

M- Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Really good for the style.

D- This is definitely a great beer for sessioning in the fall/winter months. I am glad to have this as a local to me.

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

A - Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. An adequate cola colored head rests on top.

S - Nutty and caramel/toffee smelling malts mixed with sweet citrus hops.

T - Sweet caramel malt and nutty taste followed by a floral and citus hop bite that ends with a resiny piney hop bitterness. Interesting beer. Tastes a lot like you might think, a brown ale mixed with an ipa.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Medium in body with a nice smooth finish. Moderate carbonation.

D - Decent drinkability. I don't know if it is a session beer but a couple would be nice. I would love to try this on tap. I could imagine this pairing well with southern cuisine.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown rith bright amber hues when held up to light. This light brown head quickly fades to nothing. Very light rings of lace on the glass.

S - Very nutty aroma domainates the nose. Lots of roasted pecan. Spicy hoppiness provides a nice backing but the maltiness is the dominant aroma.

T - Light sweetness initially with hints of raosted nuts. An interesting mix of hops comes in primarily dominated by pine and floral notes. Light fruity hints as well. I like the idea of where they are going with this taste profile, I just dont think it quite hits it.

M/D - Light to medium body and a little thin in the mouth. Very smooth going down with a good level of carbonation. The taste just does not quite do it for me to make this one super drinkable.

Not a beer I would ever turn down if offered, but certainly not one I will stock in the fridge on my own dime.

Photo of rhinos00
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this gift from MMAJYK out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice, copper brown with an inch of white fluffy head.

S- Love the mix! Smells like a brown lager, but infused with hints of grapefruit and hops.

T- I wish it would have have had a little more west coast IPA taste. The burned malt came forward and finished with a hoppy bang. Very interesting combination. IPA taste definitely became more prevalent as the beer warmed up.

M- Light to medium bodied with some carbonation. At some points, had a watery complexion, but overall good.

D- I could easily put a few of these down. The nice mixture of brown ale / IPA has me hooked.

Overall I am glad I got to try this beer. Combining my favorite style, IPAs, with brown lager is definitely something that is worthy of trying. Will have to seek a few more of these out in the future.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug:

The beer poured a murky deep cola brown color with some hints of red when held up to the light. The head was a light brown color that was not well retained. The aroma was nice, more brown ale than IPA. Mostly a nice malt aroma with some caramel and only the slightest hint of hops. The taste was a little disappointing to me. I was expecting more brown ale, but what I got was certainly more IPA. The hops seemed to overpower the malt, which made it more bitter than expected. The beer had a medium body, very smooth and dry. As for drink ability, I didn't have a problem putting a few back. Overall, a good beer that I will buy again when in the mood.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Butter caramel brown that becomes reddish ochre when backlit. Despite an appropriate sound on cap cracking, the golden brown sugar colored crown peaked at less than one finger. Still, it's rich, creamy, persistent and looks good when it reaches the sides of the glass.

If the nose becomes more assertive with warming (note: it does), then it will earn a good score. Not surprisingly, IBA smells like a hoppy brown ale. Not so hoppy, however, that it obliterates the brown maltiness that the brewers were going for when they used crystal, chocolate and roasted malt, among others.

The flavor profile is pretty much as expected, which is definitely a good thing. I just wish the beer was even bigger and more malty, like the best versions of the style tend to be. Frankly, the only thing earning it a 4.0 is the considerable hop flavor and bitterness. If you aren't a hophead, steer clear and pick up some Dogfish Head India Brown instead.

The taste score will be downgraded to a 3.5. There simply isn't enough depth/complexity present on the malt side of the equation. Brown IPAs are a wonderful idea, but brown should at least hold up its end of the bargain. For the record, the hop bill includes Nugget, Chinook, Centennial, Willamette and Columbus (dry-hopped).

So, in the end, we have cocoa and sugar-crusted pecans on one hand... and grapefruit peel on the other. The finish is bittersweet, with bitter lingering longer, as it often does. Terrapin's hop focus is great, but this could be much better beer with a few well-chosen tweaks.

The mouthfeel score is a direct result of insufficient barley. There are no rough edges in sight, but it isn't the least bit full or creamy. The carbonation neither helps nor hurts.

Terrapin India Brown Ale could use less Indian and more Brown. Actually, that's not quite true. It could use the same amount of Indian and more Brown. With that simple change, this beer could be as mind-bendingly groovy as its label. Thanks to Georgiabeer for the extra.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to cashew70 for the chance to try this beer. pours slightly murky reddish brown with a solid off white head. Piney hopey notes dominate with hints of caramel malts in the background. Flavor follows the aroma but there's a hint of hash hops in the background. medium light body, nice crisp hops and a strong hop finish.

not quite a brown ale, not an IPA but you get a good idea of what it is from the name. I think if they tried to call it an american ipa hopped up brown ale the label would've sucked. if you like hops this is worth a try.

Photo of ncbeermonger
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark and hoppy this is a great example of an American Indian Brown Ale. It comes out smooth, and smells of caramel, and hops. It tastes smooth, and the caramel, and hops come through in the taste. It is not a heavy beer, and though it is close to being a big beer it doesn't taste like a big beer. It is very drinkable, would go very well with a heavy meal or a light red meat meal like a burger, or even tacos.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz bottle.

The beer pours murkey brown with a decent sized tan head that holds a nice film over the beer the whole way down and and leaves a bit of lace. The aroma smell is of sweet caramel and chocolate along with piney and citrusy hops. The taste brings much of the same characteristics as the aroma along with an enjoyable amount of bitterness. The body is medium along with medium carbonation. Overall, I really enjoy this beer and find it quite drinkable. If I were to consider this a brown ale, I might dock it a few points, but that is not what it is. The label clearly refers to this as a hybrid of IPA and Brown ale. Personally, I do not find brown ales to be all that enjoyable, but IPAs I do, and this a great hoppy beer locally brewed.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy browinsh color-almost dirty looking for lack of a better term. Nice, fresh hop aroma. Smells like a wet hop brew I just made. Very clean and fresh. Solidly balanced hop/malt flavor-a tad sweet as the malt goes. Bitterness comes thru at the end. Decent mouthfeel-hop bite on the tongue....mmm. Good beer-very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of wescj
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Muddy and brown color, with a hint of ruby red under some light. About a finger of light tan head, though it doesn't stick around very long.

Smells of sweet, toasted malts. Also some spiciness in the hops. Hoppy, overall.

Taste is notably roasted, specifically notes of caramel, dark grains, and woody hops. Hops leave a nice, spicy bitterness on the backend of the taste.

Very smooth and dry. Excellent, overall.

Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally try this,I heard great things about it and well for good reason.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed deep chesnut brown with a clingy one finger white head that held for quite some time.What a great aroma a great mix of big piney,earthy,and citric hop mixed with a large caramel and slighty roasted malt base,great near balance but the hops win out.The mouthfeel was a little thin that is my only slight complaint,flavors are great.Big resiny pine mixed with citrus and herbal hop intertwining with a big firm somewhat sweet biscuity malt base that holds up well.A great interplay of flavors,Iam a hophead so this is defifnetly my kinda brown here.

Photo of khiasmus
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful Perfectly clear ruby color with a couple fingers of lightly soapy white head that lingers for a few moments and drops to a ring.

Aroma is quite hoppy, grassy and resiny, with a hint of dark roasted grain and an even more faint hint of malt sweetness.

Flavor consists of a very mild tinge of sweetness, but much more roasted grain bitterness, and ultimately mostly hoppy bitterness towards the finish. Not very well balanced- needs a bit of sweetness to round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with a rather dry, lightly astringent finish. Carbonation is spot on in the middle.

The lack of sweetness in this beer makes it highly drinkable, and not bad for a cedent brown ale, though there are much better ones.

Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.