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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Hop Karma IPATerrapin Hop Karma IPA

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very good

963 Ratings

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%

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 CooperEllis

New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Al's of Hampden into .3l tulip.

Is there a brown billiard ball? This looks like that. Shiny on the round part of the bulb, even tone, glimmering slightly in the light. Pour has a full, fluffy off white head, that leaves a slight lacing. Very sticky lacing.

Wonderful mixture of malts and pungent hops.

This is one of the most interesting and full flavored browns that I've had. There are nice layers of malt and hops flavors. The blend almost tasts like orange/mocha/espresso/flowers...
I really can't put my finger on the exact combination but it is generous with complexity without becoming a mess.

Good mouthfeel. For a true brown ale I believe this may be a bit light, a little IPAy. It is a bit oily.

I would happily drink this all day. I suppose a number of factors may way in this. Brown ale, a favorite stlye. IPA, a favorite style. Fresh as can be bottle. Without the intense hop characteristics I think I would enjoy just the true 'brown ale' aspect in a more english sense, but this is damn good in it's own repesct.


Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 03:01:48 | More by CooperEllis
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got an individual bottle at Total Wine in Cary, NC. Best If Enjoyed by date of October 1.

Mostly tastes like a typical Brown Ale style (a good one I might add). However, this brown ale is a lot more hoppy than that typical brown ale. In my opinion, this is a great mixture of those two styles (brown ale and IPA).

It has the same color as most brown ales (but maybe slightly lighter). The smell is a mixture of sweet brown ale and hoppy IPA.

Overall, this beer is a unique choice and anyone that can find it should try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 18:44:24 | More by BeerNoobNC
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhat murky, deep brown with reddish hues. Nice creamy head with excellent retention, leaving spots of lacing down the glass. Smell is pretty nice. Good mix of citrus hops and rich malts. Very well balanced. Taste provides a great range of flavors. Sugared citrus hops that aren't quite as powerful as I remember compared to the tap version. Nice addition of caramel, toffee, and a touch of chocolate. Also a hint of brown sugar reminiscent of what I've encountered with the BHM. Also a nutty flavor and some doughy bread at times. I think the malts are the winner here and that's a good thing. Some of the IBA I've had contain a bitterness that just doesn't sit well with the malt and detract from it. I think this is a top notch brew for the style and it's been done well by the boys at Terrapin.

MMAJYK sent me a sixer of this brew in a trade recently...thank you, friend!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 19:43:46 | More by ncvbc
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 19:45:11 | More by oberon
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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

65 IBUs, 5 different hops and 7 different malts, per Dustin at Terrapin Beer Company.

Rich and brown in color, hazy in appearance. Decent head of tan, but quickly dissipated into a thin lace. Amazingly spicy notes of hop goodness in the nose with some dark sugar action.. Nice balance on the palate with flavors of roasted malts dancing with the spritey hops. Smooth if not velvety. I would have expected it to be otherwise with the grain bill being what it is. Nice finish indeed. Hardly a malt bomb or hops sludge - as balanced a brew of this nature that I have had in some time.

I am excited to finally get this one. Brews like this are the reason why the demise of the South-Atlantic beer scene had been greatly exaggerated.


Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2007 12:16:46 | More by goindownsouth
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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tyler's in Durham.

Body is a rusted, auburn hue, similar to a hazy pint of iced tea. The head is small, but a quick swirl of the pint produces a thin layer of golden-tan foam that retains quite well. The aroma packs the hoppiest punch that I've ever encountered with a Brown Ale. Grapefruity citrus, juicy red grapes, toffee malt, and a hint of pine put the olfaction into overdrive. I know it's not what the style is famous for, but damnit, bring on the hops!

Ask and ye shall recieve. The flavor here is unmistakably sweet and hoppy as hell. Bittersweet grapefruits, candied malt, caramel, toffee, and a touch of chocolate coat the palate, but only after a fresh, piney hop note nips the front of the tongue. Remember how that first homebrew smelt when you added a few ounces of hops to the boil? Fresh. Resinous. Delicious. The mouthfeel is great too, very appropriate for the style and bitterness, with a light carbonation and body. I'd gladly have this again, and I lament over the fact that bottles of Terrapin's India Brown Ale aren't distributed to NC (at least not that I've seen).

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2008 03:14:19 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of n00tz


4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Burgundy-brown body, tan head with lace, no carbonation to speak of.. but poured a very sexy presentation topped with head.

S - Floral, Citrus and Pine hops are all resonating above the sweet malts. Wow, the fact that I could pull all of those scents out of a brew on first wiff is amazing. Second wiff only pulls more sweet malts out and I think I sense some coffee malts.

T - Definetly has some coffee bitterness on the palate, but it matches the citrusy pine hops well. Terrapin has some good research put into this brew: the malts present themselves subtly but it works for the overall goal of this india style brown ale.

M - leaves a bit of bitterness after the swallow, but the sweet malts show first and a bit of sweet malty body on the burp as well. Clean

D - Terrapin is impressing me, I'm really looking forward to more, particularly if they have some in my favorite styles. This one has a lot of character, on both the malty and bitter hops side of a brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 21:49:19 | More by n00tz
Photo of DrJay


4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 02:46:09 | More by DrJay
Photo of qchic


4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown not unlike cola, with reddish highlights. Modest ecru head. Aroma is a battle between citrusy, peppery hops and dark bready malts. This reminds me more of rye bread more than any actual rye beer I've had, with distinct notes of caraway seed. The hops seem more aggressive in the flavor, with plenty of citrus and pine, backed by roasty malts, caramel, almond, and molasses. A touch of fruitiness makes this one even more fascinating, and while there is so much going on, this medium-bodied brew is quite easy to drink. A fun, tasty hybrid. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 23:15:28 | More by qchic
Photo of Thiestru


4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Ruddy brown with a tan, creamy head. Good lacing and retention.

Smell: A floral, hoppy aroma with sweet, biscuity malts underneath.

Taste: Exactly like the smell. It's like a nut brown ale that had a bunch of hops dumped in it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, just right for the style.

Drinkability: I was skeptical, but this turned out to be a really enjoyable beer. I have two more, happily. Definitely a drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 23:11:55 | More by Thiestru
Photo of blakesell


4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into an over sized English pint glass.
Thanks to Gary for leaving this behind after the party.

Appearance- Beer pours clear and brown with a substantial four finger head of foam that leaves ample lacing on the sides of the glass. The leftover foam is creamy and tan brown very similar to a stout. About the most impressive looking brown I've ever seen.

Smell- Excellent smelling, strong English brown scent with a strong citrus laden hop presence. Pine hops are also present, very welcome. The hops only increase as the beer warms and leans more toward the American IPA category, well described as the new brown IPA style.

Taste- Toasted bready, very nice and similar to an English brown upfront on flavor. The hops immediately come in afterward providing an excellent contrast that I wish I had a cheese to go along with. Finish is like Samuel Smith Brown mixed with Bells two hearted. Amazing.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, oh so creamy, toasty, hoppy, medium in carbonation, full bodied, lightly warming.

Drinkability- Worth obtaining a six pack of, worth obtaining a twelve. I could drink this and be happy for the rest of the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 23:15:49 | More by blakesell
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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

This pours a very deep brown, bordering on black until held up to the light. It has a modest off-white head that retains fairly well. The nose on this is quite a good one. A perfect balance between piney hops and roasted malts. The taste on this is that of a super-smooth brown ale at first with nice roasty malts and coffee flavors, then some hop resins come in at the end to balance out the whole show. The hop character becomes more apparent as it warms. It's good!

The mouthfeel is alright, it's just a little bit thin but otherwise spot-on, and the drinkability is absolutely fantastic. I could drink these all night. A great brew from Terrapin and a great example of the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 05:46:29 | More by shand
Photo of BeerSox


4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap into nonic.

Ruby tint under a dark brown, one finger head which settles to a foamy cap. Sticky ringed lacing along the glass.

The aroma is mostly malt with a little bit of hopiness. For the taste, the malts are smooth and creamy with a touch of caramel. On the other side the hops are sharp and linger to the end. Medium bodied with good carbonation to go along with a good pour. The alcohol can be detected as the beer warms.

This beer almost has two personalities. One is a sweet and smooth malt side, the other is a sharp biting hop side. This was a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2007 22:59:39 | More by BeerSox
Photo of plfahey


4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance-Cherry-wood brown red with excellent clarity. Pours with a tall light khaki head with good retention.

Aroma-Wow this smells good. Sticky pine and resin hops complement toast and bread crust malt. Neither overwhelms the other-the balance is sublime.

Flavor-Awesome hop flavor up front, with pine and resin leading the charge. As the flavor unfolds, sweet brown malt, with awesome toast and dark bread crust characteristics emerge. Lighter notes of chocolate play in the background. Finishes moderately dry with exquisite balance between piney hops and toasted malt. Hop bitterness is medium low, growing to medium in the finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth.

This beer defines balance. An interesting style, this is probably the best dark IPA I’ve ever had. Fan-fucking-tastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 06:13:59 | More by plfahey
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this at the Raleigh world beer fest and was blown away. Pours dark brown, that glows with clarity in the light. Sticky light khaki head caps it off. Delicious citrusy IPA hop character with piny notes as well, mixed with a chocolaty nutty brown ale malt character. The result is amazing. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a perfect level of carbonation. I am really glad they started bottling this great brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 22:31:04 | More by NCBeernut
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4.47/5  rDev +14%
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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4.47/5  rDev +14%
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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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +14%
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
Photo of B891


4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clean glass. Rich, dark color topped with a thin creamy white head which lingers for a while. Nice lacing.

Smells of chocolate, malt, and some floral hints. Also of note is the compelling hoppiness.

The taste backs up the aroma. There is a slight bite from the hops which leads to the creamy chocolate and malt. Being a relatively strong beer, %6.2, the alcohol doesn't present itself very strongly. There is also a faint presence of pine.

The beer fells very good on the tongue, not too heavy. The drink-ability may be this beers standout quality. It is so smooth and goes down so well it leaves you wanted another sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 20:58:29 | More by B891
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep brown with some red mixed in, under a half inch worth of thick tan head. Nice retention and lace.

S: Smells of grapefruit hops, roasted malt, nuts and a hint of chocolate.

T: Taste is dominated by hops, but not overly bitter. A good citrus hop, mostly a light grapefruit. Hints of a toasted malt round out the taste.

M/D: Full bodied, smooth, carbonation is only slightly felt. A really good beer, entirely drinkable. Really nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 01:12:52 | More by NCSUdo
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5




a veritable pillow of head. rich dark brown in color.

soft hops hard malts on the schnozzle.

coffee and hops and coffee and hops and dark chocolate and primrose tea and coffee and hops and hops and stout lemon notes and coffee and hops and almonds and sweet butter and coffee and hops.

big chewy chocolately beer. drinks like a damn cabernet.

2-3 at most per sitting.

HIGHLY recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 05:30:18 | More by CNeilP09
Photo of CampusCrew


4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 01:46:48 | More by CampusCrew
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin, India Brown Ale (Tasted 10/12/09)
12 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint.

Thanks to Mikesgroove for the fresh bottles!

Appearance: Rich dark chestnut brown with a bubbly kahki head that stands three fingers high, fading slowly into a cap bejewled with bubbles. The ring around the edges of the beer is monstrous, clinging to the glass as the beer disappears.
Odor: Hops waft up to my nose first, sap, flowers and grapefruit pith layered nicely just over dark chocolate and bread crust malt aromas.
Consistency: Somewhere in the middle of medium bodied, I get the feeling the body is coming from equal parts malt and hop oils.
Flavor: Ooooh-weeee. I think I'm in love. Hops rush in first, bitterness is restrained and clean but the flavor is monstrous. Orange, grapefruit and sweet earthy flavors rock out side by side with a very full chocolatey backbone, sweet and roasty caramel pop in here and there, adding a bit of dimension to the bittersweet roasted character of this beer. The malt flavors become more pronounced in the finish, which is surprisingly clean, leaving toffee, fudge brownie and lingering grapefruit hop flavor sitting on the palate,

It's very obvious that a lot of thought & time went into developing this recipe, it feels like even if you were to cut the hop bill in half, it would still be a remarkable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 00:57:27 | More by Walken
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

335ml brown bottle poured into a Young's branded pint pot. B.B Date 2nd week in November, not sure what year, possibly an '09.

A. A clear brown ale with a nice tanned head. Head retention was excellent and remained until the final drop.

S. Coffee, chocolate, raisins and a long finish reminiscent of Fry's Turkish Delight toffee.

T. Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and a long finish reminiscent of Fry's Turkish Delight toffee. A nice bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied, chewy.

D. VERY ADDICTIVE!! I wouldn't moan if this was all I had to drink, possibly the tastiest brown ale I have had. I was given this at a relative's birthday party. When I looked at the freshness date, it only stated the week and month. A real gem and a beer that is well worth trying if you can track it down. Good stuff indeed.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 11:50:58 | More by AEK
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I like this!

A: Pours a nice reddish brown that is the color of a garnet when held to the light. A nice 1" thick head hangs out as long as you allow it to.

S: Caramel, raisin, floral, malt, roast, slightly burnt toast

T: First impression is of a southern brown ale... then the hops kicks in! Malt. Sweetness. Caramel. Roast. Coffee. HOPS!!!

M: Medium body that lets the flavor hang around for a bit.

D: Oh YEAH! Good stuff. A great blend of two styles.

I picked up a bottle as part of a mixed 6-pack and I do not regret this choice at all!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 01:12:48 | More by gestyr
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