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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,004 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 79
Gots: 63 | 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:
Beer added by: athensbeermaster on 04-02-2007

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
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Ratings: 1,004 | Reviews: 545
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of david18
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this at World of Beer in Orlando. The place was very interesting and I'm impressed with how many different brands are distributed there, seems a lot more than in New York. The beer was very good and I'm not quite impressed with this brewery.

Appearance was a little darker than the typical IPA, hard to see through, good amount of light colored carbonation.

Aroma was a well balanced mix of hops and malt. Some spiciness and easily smellable from pretty far away.

Flavor was similar to the aroma, with a little more maltiness than I would expect from a beer like this. Overall a good flavor.

I liked this beer and hope to be able to try it, as well as other Terrapin offerings, again soon.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ctfixer
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at 40 degrees farenheit into a shaker syle pint glass...

If my kids didnt see me pour it, they would ask for a drink of my Coke. Same color for sure. The tan colored head faded quickly and leaves a small amount,if any, lacing.

When first poured, you really smell the hops first and then some malty notes are evident. Very complex, as the beer warms you smell the malt first!

The taste follows the nose almost right on, which I like in a beer. Again when first poured the hops really came through, and as it warmed I get a lot more of the malt character. Trying to decide why I liked it better from the first sip.

The mouth feel of this one seems to be right on for a really big tasting beer, in that it is really more on the sessionable side. Not too thick bodied but not too thin.

Overall this is really a puzzler for me as it really seemed to change a ton with temperatue. I really liked it better when first poured cold than after it warmed. That is unusual for my taste buds. Definitely a lot going on here, you can really tell its a combo of malts and hops.

Photo of HardTarget
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy tea/cola brown glass holds a thin cover of foam that leaves clingy strands of lace.

Smell: Slightly worty base to a lot of hop flower punch. Reminds me of Double Bastard in some respects with both malt and hop assaults.

Taste: Fairly well balanced with both the brown sugary malt and the citric and earthy hops showing their stuff. A slightly metallic finish that I think is bittering hop induced, not enough to seriously slow me down.

Mouthfeel: Great body, seems almost light in the mouth and leaves a long oily strangely satisfying finish. Carbonation is spot on; lively without going foamy.

Overall: Beer punches above it's weight class. A Big Beer for 6 percent, lots of flavor and character.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

Photo of Metalmonk
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a fluffy inch-high tan head, sitting on top of a deep dark brown liquid.

Citrus and pine hop notes easily make it through a nutty malt base. Simple and clean aroma.

Tasting this, and just considering what it seems to be aiming at, the nutty, roasty malt character doesn't carry the more burnt personality of a blacker, darker IPA. So the mildly citrus-like tones of the hops get to push through and perform well in tandem with the malt. Some sourness adds a bit of depth. A metallic edge, minor but present, meets the hops in the finish. Ultimately it achieves a decent fusion of an IPA and a brown ale. I would have liked more of everything, but that's just me.

Slightly creamy mouth, though not a ton of body nevertheless. It's on the thinner side but holds up well enough and isn't quite what I'd call watery.

So it's kind of a brown "black IPA" or "black ale," and it could get silly playing the "what is it?" game. Maybe think of it as a lesser take on Dogfish Head's Indian Brown Ale. Despite that comparison, and despite it not blowing my mind (or tongue), Hop Karma comes with its own personality, for sure.

Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of hopking311
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark vaguely see thru brown/amber, half finger lacey head.. dissapates to thin white line around inside lip of my swamphead brewery snifter.

smells sweet brown sugar, citrus hop undertones,roasty malts.

well carbonated, light to medium body

tastes of dry hoppy bitterness atop of roasty malts. bitter chocolate flavors, caramel...definately getting those 5 different hops again.

Overall smooth nice median India brown ale.. Terrapin gets my vote when it comes to these hybrid styles.. I.E. Pumpkinfest..

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3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with best by date of end of January...but no indication as to whether that is Jan 2011 or 2012...???

A: Dark brown ale with some lighter brown highlights around the edges. About a finger of head that faded to a thin lace. Lots of white fizzy bubbles streaming up through the beer, appears to be pretty highly carbonated.

S: Amazing aroma. Very syrupy and sweet smell. Lots of brown suger/toffee/caramel notes, some faint char and even some coffee. Plenty of floral/earthy hop notes.

T: The taste is just a shadow of the nose. Everything is there, but much more muted. Some hop bitterness up front and definitely like a burnt coffee/chocolate note throughout the taste. Those floral hops are there as well, but I don't know that I'd called this an IPA. There's just way more char than anything else.

M: Fizzy and a little on the thin side.

O: The smell on this beer is phenomenal, but the taste just doesn't deliver. Truth be told, I've had this in the past and I remember it being much better. The expiration date is also perplexing. There was a ton of hops in the nose, but barely anything in the taste. Usually hop aroma is a sign of freshness, so I think I have a fresh bottle. I think I would consider this to be just a slightly hoppy brown ale more than any sort of Brown IPA. Would have also benefitted from a little more body.

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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes on 9-6-11

Appearance: Dark brown pour, light tan head--thick and creamy with moderate retention.

Smell: Toasty malts and a host of hops--citrus, floral, grapefruit, etc.

Taste: Lots of hops and grapefruit/citrus at the front, flollowed by an almost sweet bready malt flavor in the middle (very nice), and more hops that lead to a slightly bitter, very crisp and delicious finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium bodied feel, plenty of carbonation (medium), and the bitter finish keeps it crisp and drinkable. Pretty smooth and damn tasty.

Overall: Definitely leans more toward the IPA than the brown, but qualities of both are definitely present in this beer. A well done, excellent hybrid beer.

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - thanks to zacs for this one

Appearance – Clear red/brown colour with an average size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a excellent amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, chocolate, grapefruits

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some hops. There is also some chocolate and coffee flavour mixed with a light smokiness and some faint citrus. The beer finishes with a chocolate hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – The mouthfeel kind of held this beer back from being excellent. It was a little thin and could use a boost in carbonation. The flavours were great though, and I'd like to try this beer fresh on tap.

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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,004 ratings.