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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 meechum


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap tonight at Taco Mac.

A - Poured into pint glass it came to the table with almost no head but a deep amber color with highlights of reds in it

S - Could smell the sweet malts and the then a big of floral hops

T - There is a hint of the sweet but was taken over aggressively with the hops and it totally overpowered what the malts where trying to do for it, to me it was just totally unbalanced

M - Carbonation was good but other than that nothing special going on

D - I left about a 1/4 of it because we were ready to go and I just wasn't feeling it. I'll most likely revisit this beer but it'll be a while

Disclaimer - I just got finished having a 60 minute and I wonder if the IPA before hand just beat up the taste buds before moving on to this one..will revisit this beer with a clean pallate and figure it out

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2007 03:27:07 | More by meechum
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 Georgiabeer


4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Brick Store Pub. I want to say up front that I love India Brown Ales. I really think its a style all its own and one that really zips up a style that is so often ho-hum. This is my favorite version of the style to date, I like it even more than the dfh india brown. Pours a beautiful mahogoney with a great head and lacing. The smell is piney hops with a nice subdued malt background. The taste has some really nice piney bitterness up front and then a long finish mixing a light roastiness and some slightly sweet malt at the end. Very nicely balanced and delicious. Creamy and full bodied mouthfeel. This beer is just a treat! I could drink this all day. In my opinion its one of Terrapin's best.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2007 18:30:06 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Bamabrew22


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the first times I've ever seen this in Alabama. Great looking beer; poured a coppery brown straight from the tap, with lots of bubbly carbonation and a 1.5 finger fluffy head. Smell was of toasted, maybe roasted malt, mixed nuts and spices. Tasted great; generous malt flavor, nutty, earty undertones, almost toffee-like with just a kiss of hops. Great balance. You won't be disappointed if you try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2007 14:45:34 | More by Bamabrew22
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
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
Photo of BEERchitect


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best beers tasted on my recent trip to Atlanta. the beer displays plenty of agression, along with a welcoming smoothness and drinkability. Starts off with a solid dark brown color and a bit of a haze. Head retention stays midway through the session and laces well. Aroma of sweet, chocolate malts allow agressive hops to give off pine and grassy aromas. Flavors start of solid and sweet with barley malt, chocolate, and toast; with gaining intensity of bitterness and hop flavor (again grass and pine). The beer feels full, but not rich or heavy. Finishes clean with the sweetness, but long and lingering with the hop flavor and dryness. Terrific beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2007 17:22:56 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring at the Roswell Taco Mac, I was excited to see a at least four Terrapin brews flowing while stopping in around lunch time. Appears a dark cola brown tone with a caramel beige tight formed head dwindles at a moderate pace leaving ample lacing around my glass. Aromatics upfront with the hops in addition to herbal a little pine and citrus are flowing as well interesting nice roasty mild chocolate and a bit of a nutty character are found within dark roasted malts. Flavor was smooth upfront hop bitterness adds some much needed character to a typical flat style in my opinion I really enjoy this hopped up brown much like the DFH version which I really like. More aggressive hops with citrus, herbal, and mild pine finish the malts all come together with mild roasty chocolate and touch of caramel coffee notes blended nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation creeps along the palate with such finesse a touch of hop oil making it just a tad slick. Drinkability is great awesome hoppy brown ale I love this take on the style and like all other Terrapin brews I came across in Georgia it's quality.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2007 01:55:15 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Mickelswit


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was really good. On tap at the Brick Store in a 20 oz. pint glass. It was an amber brown color with a lacy white head. I thought "India Brown" might just be a clever title - but it really shares the qualities of an IPA and a brown ale. Really, the overuse of hops in IPAs and the unbalanced malt sweetness of brown ales pair perfectly together.

The hops were clean, fresh, and assertive; the malt was sweet. It tasted something like a weizenbock but with the fruity profile of an ale yeast. I would really like to know what ingredients were in this - it was such a balanced brew that no one thing stuck out. I'll definitely have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2007 01:36:53 | More by Mickelswit
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came out a bit darker than I was expecting. Colour was a dark red bronze with a slightly offwhite head that lasted 60 seconds..maybe. Smell was floral hops and a little bit of malt hiding in the back. Taste was very hoppy, and then a very pronounced ground coffee bean taste which had a quite dry finish. I liked it. Not the best thing Terrapin has released, but it wasn't bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2007 22:23:40 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW. I dont really know what else I can say about this. Poured a deep dark brown with a nice 2 inch plus off white head. Slow fade left behind ample lace. Smell was obnoxiously hoppy, so fresh, like a fresh cut lawn. The taste was everything I could want in a brew. Disguntingly great fresh hop profile, great carbonation and a perfect feel. Maybe my favorite on tap beer i have ever had, perfect in many ways!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2007 00:55:44 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of goindownsouth


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
Photo of tigerpaws

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance...dark brown with a bit of a amber hue to it. Tan head and lots of lace as you drink it.

Smell...more on the hoppy side than the malt, but not overpowering.

Taste...a good balance but to me the hops came out on top but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel...IMO was excellent, probably heavy to the novice but very smooth to myself.

Drinkability...I'm a hophead and not a big fan of browns and I can say I'll be drinking this brew a lot. I think ti's more of a beer for hops lovers than people who enjoy browns. But can be enjoyed by both.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2007 15:50:10 | More by tigerpaws
Photo of 0tt0


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pint from Taco Mac - Perimeter Area.

Beer came to table way too cold and with almost no head (I attribute the head to the bartender more than the beer.) I requested a different beer to allow this one to sit for a while a get to a good temp. Color is a light brown with ruby highlights when held up to the window.

A whiff of the beer brings the usual suspects: rich, malty toffee, some pumpernickel bread, and a background of floral hops. Pretty tasty. The first sip brings the same nose elements into play and then BAM--the hops take over. All the brown is lost almost immediately, giving way to a hoppy, fruity middle and a dry-as-bone finish. I have to say, the ending is more appealing than the opening, which doesn't say much considering this is a BROWN ale. Moutfeel is pretty thin. Given the ABV, I could down several of these with no problems. I'm a little disappointed. Though I enjoyed the beer, its a bit too much of a departure from the style.

***Note: The last two sips of this beer showecased the malt a bit more. I want to give this one another shot. Maybe a better pour and more warmth will change it up some.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2007 19:53:19 | More by 0tt0
Photo of athensbeermaster


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color was a rich golden brown with a good thick tan head.
The nose had a bright citrus hops aroma mixed with carmelized brown sugar and a hint of coffee.
The first wave of flavor was the rich roasted malt then a huge surge of citrusy hops mid palate. The finish slowly fades into a smooth brown sugar, toasted bread, and a hint of fresh hop leaf.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2007 15:24:05 | More by athensbeermaster
Photo of tmm313


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish brown in the glass. Poured an ok 1 finger head. Good lacing.

S- Smells are on the faint side. Caramel, cracker, surprisingly big booze, plum, raisin, slight touch of pine, citrus, and chocolate.

T- Follows the nose fairly closely; however, the flavors are better on the tongue than in the nose. Caramel, bready malts, plum, earthy hop spice, booze, slight orange and grapefruit with some pine.

M- Slightly thicker than medium. Smooth on the tongue. Slightly drying with a bready, fruity, bitter aftertaste.

O- At first I didn't like it, but the warmer it got, the more I did. In the end, I feel its easiest to explain it as 50% Brown Ale, 40% Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and 10% IPA. It is very nicely balanced considering all the contrasting flavors and styles. I would definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 00:15:03 | More by tmm313
Photo of Omnium


4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Ruby red brown in color with a finger of light khaki colored fizzy head, little spots of lacing.
S - Slight alcohol, lots of roasted malts, some burnt maple, hickory, slight earthy hops.
T - A light citrus flavor up front with some spicy resinous hops, then it gets very roasty, lots of sweet malt, maple, hickory chips, slightly smoky.
M - Creamy smooth, a touch of burn and peppery spice to it
O - Really interesting and complex IBA, lots of character to it, one of the better versions of the style thats out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 04:31:37 | More by Omnium
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into goblet at reefer temp.
Head average (3 cm), light brown, creamy; becomes frothy while mostly diminishing.
Lacing good.
Body is clear amber with a marked reddish hue.
Aroma is more malty than hoppy.
Begins moderately bitter and ends the same; no particular flavor outstanding.
Light to medium body, watery, carbonation soft.

I've been buying this beer when I could find it since it was India Style Brown Ale; it doesn't make it to western PA often. This beer is best when poured and allowed to open up before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 11:33:09 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of micromaniac129


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Judging by others who reviewed this beer, my guess is that mine is old.
I didn't get any hop aroma or taste.
In the aroma i did pick up hints of chocalate. In the taste it was alittle more complex with chocolate and anise and molasses.
The bottle had a notch that said good to at least April 14, I don't know.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 13:45:39 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a trade.

A- Pours a light muddy brown body with a small off-white head that reduces quickly. Leaves little lacing.

S- Caramel, nutty, toffee, some pine and resin.

T- Starts off pretty malty with bread, caramel, brown sugar notes. The finish is a muted hoppiness - some pine. Rather dull.

M- Medium-light body, not much carbonation.

Meh, it was alright. Maybe it sat in my fridge a little too long, but the flavor and character was just lacking here.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:54:17 | More by gcamparone
Photo of dankspank420


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Really, really good beer.

Appearance is a reddish, mahogany brown. Little thin... light head. Nice, sticky lacing.

Smell out the bat is carmel. Then the chocolate comes through. Piney citris at the end.

Tastes really good. Similar to the smell. Allthoguh i taste more chocolate. Could use more hops, IMO.

Mouthfeel...wish it was a little less carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 22:35:07 | More by dankspank420
Photo of prototypic


3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hop Karma pours a mahogany brown color. There’s a lot of light cutting through. Backlighting reveals strong garnet highlights. It almost looks red. It’s topped with a light tan collection of bubbles. It ‘s too modest to identify as a “head.” It disappears very quickly, leaving a spotty, light lacing on the glass. It’s not bad. Not great either.

The nose is good. It kicks off with a really nice brown malt scent. Chocolate and roasted malts are easily noted throughout. Cocoa definitely stands out. There’s definitely a strong hoppy scent. It’s mostly citric scents of grapefruit, orange, and a bit of pine. It blends well with the dark malt varieties. Smells like it anyway. It’s tough to tell which will be the stronger in flavor. Smells pretty well balanced though. Alcohol is masked really well. I’m not getting much.

This is good stuff. The malt base is nice and is rather sturdy. Chocolate and malted varieties combine to create a really nice roasty, cocoa flavor. It’s a little sweet, but tastes more bittersweet and cocoa-ish. Hops are rather strong and seem to take over the flavor profile. It’s good, but isn’t quite as balanced as I’d hoped. The hops added nice grapefruit, orange, and pine flavors. It’s definitely bitter. Not palate wrecking, but bitter. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor at all. I’m barely getting any. Finishes mostly hoppy, a little malty, and rather dry.

Hop Karma has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. It’s not bad, but it feels a little thin. Carbonation is rather light and soft. It’s not smooth, but it goes down pretty easy. I could handle a couple of these in a sitting easily.

I’m a big fan of Terrapin Beer Company. Hop Karma is a pretty solid beer on their decorated roster. I’d probably like it a little more with a stronger malty side, but it’s good stuff. I’m enjoying it. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 03:48:09 | More by prototypic
Photo of Flounder57


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left nice lacing on the glass. It is a copper brown color with good clarity when held up to the light and bubbles coming up through the glass. Awesome lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, malty, molasses, citrus, and pine.

Taste: Same as above. Pretty tasty for a brown and IPA mix.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and quite the treat.

Overall: Pretty nice hoppy brown ale. Too bad Terrapin doesn't make it up to NE. I have to grab it while traveling.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 02:57:08 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours clear dark brown with a bright ruby hue, small foamy light tan head with decent retention and short lasting lace

S- nice roasted and malty profile, brown sugar and molasses, a touch of chocolate. Pine and herbal hops are noticeable but predominantly malty in the aroma profile

T- chocolaty and malty with some burnt sugar notes, the hop flavors kick in near the back end and almost provide an astringent character to the finish. Picking up some piney notes before a dry and roasty finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and lively finish

O- the base malt profile is solid, nearly textbook for the style. The hops are kind of all over the place but somehow seem to compliment nicely. Interesting and worth a try

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 00:46:35 | More by Treyliff
Photo of sommersb


3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 05-28-2013
Freshness: Best by 07-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Pours a clear brown beer with an off-white head of 3 fingers and more. The head retention is excellent with a good showing of lace.

S: Starts with bready malts and caramel, then leads in to earthy and pine hop aromas. Also hints of nuts and woodiness. Smells like an interesting brew...

T: Hop bitterness is the first taste I get, with a medium to high level of bitterness. There's also some supporting caramel malts, but the bitterness is more prevalent. Other flavors are of nuts, like pecans. The taste is somewhat of a letdown after the pleasing aromas.

M: The feel has some unpleasant chalkiness to it. Carbonation is medium to high. The finish has notes of nuttiness and hoppy bitterness.

O: Overall I wasn't too pleased with this offering from Terrapin. The look and smell were good but it just didn't seem to make a cohesive tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 04:40:42 | More by sommersb
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a brilliant style fusion. thanks to claystation for bringing this one over. it pours a soapy milk chocolate brown color, with great tan suds on top, lacing up the glass. the nose is sweet chocolate malt with light toast, and a whole buttload of fresh bitter hops. its a huge contrast between malt and hop in this one, but they get on wonderfully with one another, despite their seemingly rival intensities. the flavor yields to the grains first, with sweeter, full bodied, mouth washing sensation that hints at a Hershey bar with almonds. the hops wait patiently, ramping up slowly as the beer concludes. they are bitter and bright, and they cut the sweetness of the malt expertly. I love how distinct each half of this beer is, and how much is really going on while still making sense. fine carbonation, maybe a little light, and a fuller medium body. pretty drinkable at 6% abv, and a beer I will definitely revisit when I have more than one to enjoy. I have not had much from terrapin, but this gets me excited to seek out more. really excellent meld of the brown ale and ipa.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 16:53:48 | More by StonedTrippin
Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
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