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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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997 Ratings

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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 78
Gots: 57 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$8.89 for a 4-pack. poured into a pint glass. no notched date on bottle.

a- a deep color almost red wine but more brown. a beige head thats creamy. lacing that quickly falls off the glass. nice looking beer

s- barely noticeable chocolate, vanilla, some hops; not much going on

t- lots of roastedness, some sweetness that tastes slightly chocolaty, has a dry, strong bitterness with lots of maltiness.

m- medium body, med-low carbonation, a bit creamy

o- first time trying this. tasty beer and not disappointed by the beer itself. however, the main detriment of the beer is the price. it's a 6% abv 4-pack for almost $10...i can buy a 6pack of two-hearted or a 4-pack of fbs, which i've rated higher, for a couple of bucks more.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with a slight tan head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells of mostly chocolate malt. Taste is pretty similar. Lots of chocolate notes with some hop presence although not quite as much as expected from the name. Additional chocolate bitterness is also detectable. Taste every slightly favors malt but is not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is good and creamy with a good level of carbonation.

Pretty decent beer. Better than the Big Hoppy Monster. Delivers a good hop presence while still staying true to the flavor profile of a brown.

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

Outstanding beer, in my opinion. Lots of everything I like, like caramel malts and citrus hops. Caramel and medicinal smell when swirled. There's another distinct smell I can't identify. The malts don't cancel out the hoppy taste. They sort of work together rather than fight one another. Mouth feel is thick and full, yet it's very drinkable. An improvement on the typical brown ale that sets it apart.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber hue with a figer and a half off white frothy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant citrus hop with toasted malts and soft cocoa.

The taste consisted of toasted malts, a slight burnt caramel and a fruity hop.

The mouthfeel was a touch thin for the style.

Overall a tasty and very quaffable brown ale.

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

This fine 12 ounces of Jawja goodness is courtesy of ckeegan04. Many thanks to Chris for this offering that ends up in my old Medley's pint glass. BTW, BBD looks like 1st week in September. Cool.

Pours a light brown-sugar head - very thin...less than 1/3 finger...but that doesn't matter in this case, because this looks like PURE &*(%ING BOURBON coming out of the bottle. That counts for something. Visible carbonation is sparse but what's there moves with reasonable quickness.

Wow - that's what a brown ale should smell like. Molasses, caramel...a bit of the aforementioned bourbon booziness...and a pretty fair wallop of piney hops with even some citrus and flora mixed in. Definitely a hardcore caramel and maybe even slightly Germanic malt presence.

Holy crap, there are a $#!+load of hops in this. Piney, now grassy...even a little earthy. They hit me by surprise and I'm sure I made a Bill the Cat face (AAACK! THPPPT!). There's a slight metallic tone that will hopefully burn off but it may be linked to the malt presence of the more German variety (OK, the label mentions an English presence, so I may be wrong)...some Munich or Vienna may be in there, contributing a little tininess. Good...that's going away. Now we have a malty and hoppy menagerie going on. Nice!

After a little warmth this rounds out nicely in abundance. Feel is light enough to not be entirely filling but packs enough of a wallop to make its presence well-known. There is a very good balance of malt and hops here that works the senses very nicely and evenly. Finish is long and strong.

This is proper weight class for a brown ale and could be borderline sessionable but my suspicions are that the ABV may roll a little on the higher side for the style. Still, it drinks well with classic elements across the board. Very solid offering from the dudes at Terrapin "station."

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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.