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: 77
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Acquired from RutgersBeerGuy, courtesy of BA March Madness 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, hops, nuts, maple and a little bit of fruit.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character along with sweet flavors of caramel, maple and nuts. Then a complementary hops presence comes in and although it's weaker than I had expected, it provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I certainly got more brown ale than IPA out of this beer but it's still a good beer to drink for a while.

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

Best by month 8, week 4 notched on side of label:

Pours dark brown with dark ruby/garnet hues. A thin tan, slowly vanishing head, tops it off. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smll is of pine/resin, grapefruit, with brown sugar, slightly roasted chocolate and nuts.

The taste is hoppy - piney and citric/tropical fruity, slightly perfumy, with sweet dark malt - brown sugar, dark chocolate, nuts, very mild roast. Hops and malts do not clash, but work together well. Finishes bitter, but with a sweet touch.

The body is smooth, with no harshness, though could be fuller...

Too often, malty and hoppy clash (more with darker brews, though, I have found). Here is a brown ale that is hoppy, bitter, but not harsh. The two come together well here! A nice brew to choose if you want hoppy bitter with underlying, complementary, "brown" malty. Nice!

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

On-tap selection at the Nashville Flying Saucer, Terrapin Night so it was on sale.
Arrived a clear, dark brown color with a thick, light tan head. Good foam retention and left some chhunky lacing on the glass. The aroma had some nice citrus and pine hoppiness, mixed with the roasted, dark malt. The taste is well balanced between the two styles. Some cocoa/chocolate and roasted, smoky malt sweetness. Mild pine and some light citrus hops give a good dose of bitterness. Overall, this was a nice beer that delivered just as advertised - a brown IPA.
I enjoy getting to try these hybrid styles.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Many thanks to 7ways for this one.

Poured from the bottle a clear and dark red brown with a thin bubbly tan head.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a kick of piney hops.

Piney hop bitterness upfront which soon reveals a toasted malt and caramel finish.

Lighter bodied, clean and crisp, with moderate carbonation.

A nice brown ale from Terrapin. Easy to drink even easier to enjoy.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

I have to admit, I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this beer, but I liked the label, and the blending of styles interested me.

It poured a nice chestnut color with a two finger tan head that dissipated preety quickly and left nice webs of lace. This beer smells great! It has a nice aromatic aroma roasted malt and citrusy notes from the hops, as well as some other things. It was very pleasant. The flavor is a little more brown ale than IPA, especially at first, but there is a nicely balanced hops finish to it.

I really enjoyed this beer, and will work it into my regular rotation. It was very smooth and very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Had on-tap at Jax in Florida.

A- Pours a slightly hazy brown body with a thin off-white cap that sticks around for a while. Leaves a slight trail of lace.

S- Wow. A big hop punch. A lot of pine and citrus with some caramel that backs it all up.

T- Caramel sweetness and a nice piney hop flavor that lasts.

MF- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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