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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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3/5  rDev -23.3%

03-02-2012 02:21:58 | More by MrHolland10
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

05-19-2012 19:32:30 | More by TimH
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3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off let me say that this beer is falsely advertised as being a Brown IPA. Terrapin's Hop Karma, from a 12oz bottle into Weyerbacher tulip. Pours very dark, almost black in the dim light with minor ruby hues along the sides. Vigorous pours yields a very small 1/4" head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Smells of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and a bit of earthy hop. Tastes as the nose indicates, standard American brown here, nothing fancy. Overall I'm really not too impressed with this offering. I should have went with instincts and grabbed my usual Red Brick brown ale, seeing as theirs blows this out of the water. If your looking for a good ABA with more IBU's than the regular's, grab Red Brick's offering, you'll thank me later. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 22:40:46 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.3%

07-21-2013 04:06:17 | More by bmjivi221
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

01-17-2014 12:02:25 | More by SoCaliC8
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

11-14-2011 13:37:43 | More by shuajw
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New York

3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright garnet brown with a carpet of cappuccino foam, almost like a porter. Kola, orange and earth on the nose. Tar, sour grain and soil up front with orange spice hops and an herbal liqueur sting. Sour grain tang on the finish, too, and a tingly linger. Thin, fizzy, clingy, and burning.

Is Terrapin a good brewery at all? This is the 2nd beer of theirs I've had that's fallen far below expectations/reputation.

Looks great, the flavors are off, but the body is the real foul. A nasty, cloying, flat rum + coke of a brown ale, one to skip.

*from notes, Nov. 2010

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 17:40:15 | More by StJamesGate
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3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a brown color with a reddish tinge to it, with a quarter inch of tan head. Smells of malt. Taste was a bit of a problem--it had the malty flavor you'd expect from a brown ale, but also a slightly sour taste in there. Didn't really detect the hoppy flavors people are talking about. Very bitter aspirin aftertaste. The sour flavor really ruined it for me. Not a disaster, but something was out of whack.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 05:35:18 | More by PhxHorn
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3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle poured in a snifter.

Pours a dark brown, very Coffee like in appearance with no head, just a little lacing.

Sweet malty nose, I'm thinking a brown ale. On the taste, it is very much like a porter or light stout. Mouthfeel is pretty light and smooth. There really isn't much of a IPA taste to it, I feel like it's just a good brown ale not so much and IBA as they call it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 02:13:47 | More by kingcrowing
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3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from noted; originally 8/20/10.

A-Pours a slightly hazy chestnut color with a half finger white head.

S-Smells of biscuity, typical brown ale malt notes with some piney and grapefruit notes.

T-Bitter piney hops with a deep, biscuity malt backbone.

M-Dry mouthfeel with medium body and low carbonation.

D-Not as bitter or hoppy I expected a Brown IPA to be.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 18:12:02 | More by samie85
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3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - best by 1st week, 3rd month

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with no highlights or imminent carbonation. A 1/2" light brown, coffee ice cream colored head is built and shows decent retention. Rings of lace remain behind.

Smell: Generous hops consist of grapefruit and pine in front of a malty brown ale. An earthiness is probably due to the mixture of both bitter and malt sweetness.

Taste: Bitter pine and an earthy truffle taste. Brown, slightly roasted caramel malts give a bipolar taste to the beer. Mixed emotions about this flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sweet, though the beer mostly relies on bitterness for its notice ability. Medium body, smooth, with good carbonation. Earthy.

Drinkability: An okay brew. There is so much going on that creates a dichotomy of flavors. The earthiness is distracting from what could have been an awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 12:50:12 | More by Risser09
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3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

INteresting combo of a brown ale and an ipa. Think IPA with nuts. This pours dark copper/ nearly-translucent brown and has a small head, small bubbles, and the head disspates rather quickly.

The taste up fron is pure IPA... almost double ipa territory as this one gets a wee bit boozy. I've tasted far smoother 6 percenters, but there is good flavor here.

Grapefruit, Nuts, slight choco.

This is a well crafted beer, but I won't be drinking another. The clash of styles is a clash in my mouth, and the boozyness is just a bit too much. An Elliot Ness @ 6.2 is far more drinkable. The carbonation, style clash, and boozy finish make this a pass for me.

Proof a couple of really good beers don't make one good one.

nice try though.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 18:28:15 | More by witster18
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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
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North Carolina

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

this was a great idea in prinsaple but dosent quite work in reality, i like the hoopy aftertaste and i like the heavy brown malt flavor but i am not fond of the middle of the beer ware one flavor ends and the outher starts. this is to carbonated for a brown. but their is a great amount of hops, that is this beers best quality

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 21:46:45 | More by orcasteve
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3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Ruby red ale. Medium head. Nice thick lacing.

Smell: Brown malt smell. Slight grapefruit

Taste: An IPA/Brown ale. I am having trouble marrying the two. Earthy verses hoppy... I should like this but I just find it meh. Maybe I'm the problem and I need to revisit this another time.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 00:50:32 | More by Amish_Ambush
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3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark mahogany in color, very clear when held up to the light. Nice frothy lasting tan head. Some sticky lacing too.

S: Dark malts, mildly fruity, maybe a little spice? I don't know, nothing impressive here. Lacking in the roast/chocolate aroma dept. almost smells like a mild barley wine.

T: Good hop presence, but the sweetness from the malts seem to be a bit more present. slightly unbalanced. This smells and tastes like a mild barley wine. It's not bad but not quite a brown ale. Could use more roast/chocolate and more bittering hops.

M: Light, refreshing, finishes clean.

O: Not quite my idea of a brown ale. A little unbalanced, but surprisingly in the wrong direction. Considering it's named "hop karma", I would have assumed for even more bittering than a traditional brown ale, but this was unfortunately lacking. It's got a good mouthfeel, and overall the taste is good, but the recipe needs some tweaks to be truly great. DFH Indian Brown Ale is for instance a much better example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 06:08:56 | More by julian
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3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks more like a stout than any IPA I've had - very dark with a thin tan head. The scent was promising - smelled a bit like fresh peaches to me - but the taste was a bit of a letdown. Malts give a bready flavor up front followed by floral flavor from the hops, and a slight tart grapefruit in the aftertaste. To be fair, it is well balanced, but not a taste that I find particularly appealing. I did like it a bit more as I drank it and it warmed a little. But not a beer I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 02:25:42 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a creamy, light tan head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted nuts and caramel with just a smidgen of chocolate. Hops impart mostly citrus notes with some pine and a light grassiness in there as well.

Taste: Earthy malt flavor of toasted nuts and caramel. More pine showing in the taste, with citrus and fresh-cut grass taking a backseat. Plenty of bitterness in the dry, lightly chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Just a touch watery.

Drinkability: Its alright.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2007 22:03:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

06-04-2013 00:40:38 | More by TKEbeerman
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brown ale / IPA hybrid is a medium-dark brown color (a tinge on the red side), just slightly hazy with a thin frothy head that leaves good lacing.

Its aroma is roasty with caramel overtones that are stronger than the contribution of the hops.

The flavor is well-balanced between dark, toasty malts and piney hops, and there is a slight metallic undertone that doesn't impact the enjoyment of the beer. The hoppy finish lingers slightly.

The body is crisp and light -- almost too thin -- and there is a small amount of carbonation.

I agree completely with a previous reviewer that, although this is a tasty beer (and the first offering from Terrapin I've tried!), it pales in comparison to Dogfish Head's Indian Brown Ale. I definitely look forward to trying some more good brews from Terrapin in the future, though!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 22:03:01 | More by SolarMikey
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

06-08-2013 00:39:24 | More by acurtis
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

03-29-2013 20:04:07 | More by beergorrilla
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

05-10-2013 14:39:24 | More by MCDub
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

07-04-2014 01:06:15 | More by mmink27
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

04-24-2013 23:39:49 | More by Hoptopher
Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
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