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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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981 Ratings

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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 77
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 weeare138


3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopdog for sharing the hand bottled, half liter growler...
Appears a semi-transparent amber with a small beige head that fades into a mild film and soapy collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light tartness, mild yeast, light citrus, and a touch of caramelized grain.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a lemongrass flavor coming through with other notes of citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, hoppy, and bitter.

Serving type: growler

07-19-2007 19:32:15 | More by weeare138
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

08-03-2013 01:37:52 | More by mwbrady12
Photo of IPAchris


3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

11-13-2012 00:35:59 | More by IPAchris
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

06-13-2012 21:00:12 | More by Josiah2729
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

08-10-2013 22:41:19 | More by addiwilliams
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

05-18-2012 14:28:37 | More by Brewsed
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

08-27-2013 21:30:57 | More by VinsanityDiesel
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

07-31-2012 02:37:44 | More by DonFrap
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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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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

02-22-2013 02:06:05 | More by StefanosG
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate chestnut brown color with slight amber edges when held to a light source and a foamy yellowish tan head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing.

Chocolate caramel malt aroma with a huge earthy hop presence. Hints of dry earthy pine with lots of dank resinous hop oil. There's also some hazelnut and caramel biscuit malts.

Very well balanced and quaffable but slightly watered down thin body. Nutty malt presence with hints of biscuit and caramel that balance out the earthy bitter hops. This beer may be a bit too well balanced because the earthy hops and dry pine notes are a bit overshadowed by the nutty malt flavors. Neither flavor is dominant resulting in an average session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 08:18:36 | More by corby112
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

02-27-2013 13:02:41 | More by t0rin0
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

06-13-2013 23:58:57 | More by GeorgianBayPackr
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

04-19-2014 01:19:50 | More by schnell
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 04:07:43 | More by Hojaminbag
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 00:08:41 | More by goatgoat
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 23:06:49 | More by ckeegan04
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3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Best by date on label. Pours a darkish brown, not much of a head.

Smells slightly of nuts, caramel mixed with a little citrus and floral aroma.

Big Hops up front with citrus, piney and a little bitter. Finishes with a malty caramel but leaves a pretty bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is not bad, decent carbonation and medium body.

This just didn't come together real well for me. Not bad, but I think I'll stick to separate browns and IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 19:46:47 | More by busterwhite
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3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle from jyounger30. Best by the third week of January is notched in the label, though no year is specified. Thanks Jay! Into the Sweetwater pint glass you sent...

Pours a deep, deep brown with mahogany hues near the edges of the glass where the light is able to shine through a bit more. About an inch or so of foamy, frothy khaki head develops. Smells of citrusy hops, some spice, a touch of pine, and orange. Were it not for the color of the body, the smell would certainly suggest an IPA and fool an unsuspecting patron. The taste brings it back to a brown ale though, beginning with an almost roasted nut character, some caramel malt, and a bit of cane sugar. Finishes with a hop bite and spice (coriander?), but is oddly present throughout the whole drink. Mouthfeel is good, with a creamy texture and ample carbonation. Overall, a very odd brew that seems to fall short of excelling in either the IPA or Brown Ale styles.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 01:44:04 | More by eclipse54
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3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to AgentZero.

12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

Medium to dark brown pout with a buggly light tan, immediately thought of root beer. Light retention and lacing...Aroma is nice, hoppy to start but a definite malt backbone with a hint of nuts on the finish. A lot going on, but I like it...The taste doesn't do the aroma justice, way to muddled. Hops and huts and caramel hit me at once and not in a good way. Weird hoppy bitterness, just weird all around.

Comendable try, but sometimes brewers just get to fancy trying to blend styles, this is one such occasion. Not worth trying even to try a brown ipa.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 23:55:10 | More by jrallen34
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3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminded me of light, yet sllightly hoppy stout. I like hops, but this beer wasn't overly bitter and the hops paired well with the malts. My only complaint was that the beer had a weird metallic after taste. This seemed to go away as the beer warmed up. So perhaps I just got some bad bottles or something.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 23:45:12 | More by iheartmyTHO
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North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown IPA by Terrapin

A: It has a light brown color. Also it has a red hue if you put it to the light. There was not much head on the beer, but the small amount was white.

S: You can smell the hops more than the nuttiness of the brown. However, not a strong smell overall. The other versions of these styles do not have strong smells anyway.

T: The nose has a light taste of the brown ale. If you let it linger (The Cranberries) in your mouth than the taste of the brown really comes out, so I would suggest doing this. The finish tastes more like the IPA, but not as strong as a full IPA or Imperial. The problem I have is that the flavors are more dichotomous than paired. Its kinda like drinking a brown ale, spitting it out and then quickly drinking an IPA.

M: There is a light carbonation to the beer. It is not as smooth as I would expect for a brown ale.

D: I could drink a lot of these because they are pretty light. They do have a full body so you wont feel completely full after drinking it. The taste is good enough to drink a lot of.

Serving Type: On-tap at Clementines in Harrisonburg, VA

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 17:33:12 | More by Boitnott
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North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep ruby-red color that really becomes illuminated in the light. Even a vigorous pour can only produce a negligible head which disappears almost instantly.

Smell: Really nice and complex nose to this beer. Some dark chocolate and molasses come out as well as a nice hop profile.

Taste: The taste is somewhat of a letdown. You can make out some faint hops and malts but the two are blended together terribly.

Mouthfeel: Decent body and carbonation but it's very oily and unpleasant to the palate.

Drinkability: Due to the oily nature of the mouthfeel, I think I'll probably have trouble finishing just this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 01:39:52 | More by zoso493
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3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

received as an extra in trade with hopsbreath... thanks.

poured a nice strong dark brown into a dogfish head signature glass with a 1/2 finger foamy, but very short lasting tanny head that left just a little lacing.

big green hop-py nose, and slightly bitter on the first sip.

i'm not a huge fan of bitter beers and IPAs, but the seven different malts in this one tone the bitter down nicely.

that said, it does lean more toward IPA than brown. a nice mix.

after about 20 minutes, the bitter settles right down. sweet would be too strong of a word, but it most definitely mellows out - and as an added bonus, several swirls bring s the head right back - bigger and longer lasting than the original pour.

thumbs up (a little bit).

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 23:52:26 | More by robwestcott
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New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label notched "Best before first week of January"..Hmmm..No year date? Either this bottle expired last January or Terrapin gives their beer a BB date with a 5 month leadtime?
This particular bottle came my way in August via a trade with BA RustyDiamond.

Pours chestnut brown with a chill haze. A half-inch head of beige slimmed down to a solid skim coat with dots and short streaks of lacework throughout.

Aromatics are a blend of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, with hints of nuts and earth.

Medium bodied and a bit grainy. A slightly coarse mouthfeel.

Toasted chocolate nubs, burnt nut shells, and a hint of acrid malt lead off the pallet.
A slightly drying, firmish bitterness pulls through, along with some faint citrus notes and a hint of coffee grounds.

Finishes with lingering, bitter, roasted chocolate, and some pine bark.

Tasting pretty unremarkable. I'm not getting the "India" connection, with the only real hops present is in the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 23:04:45 | More by brewandbbq
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