Terrapin Hop Karma IPA | Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Hop Karma IPATerrapin Hop Karma IPA
BA SCORE
77.2%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 1,009 ratings
Terrapin Hop Karma IPATerrapin Hop Karma IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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

Added by athensbeermaster on 04-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
544
Ratings:
1,009
Liked:
779
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
10%
Alströms:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
66
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,009 |  Reviews: 544
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour has a dark brown color and leaves the same colored body slightly clear around the edges, two finger off white foamy head gently recedes and leaves some spider web foamy lacing in the wake. The smell has the hops up front, subdued malts trying to get through but mostly stays underneath the hops, gets slightly nutty as it warms The taste is bittersweet through a nice combination of hops to malts, slightly nutty. The palate is about medium on the body, comes across sessionable, and has a slightly sweet aftertaste and a sticky finish. Overal, whether an American Brown Ale or an American IPA, I like it for the most part.

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Photo of Pens1967
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, tan head at a full inch. Aroma hit with the best of both worlds, darker malts, almost cocoa and lactose like sweetness, but also an array of piney hops.

Truly all the best parts of a brown ipa. Hoppy, smooth, toffee, nutty, caramel, chewiness.

One of the more exciting brown ales out there. Well done.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ejwright02
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wulfie85
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bmeGT
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harpus
2.94/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For a Brown Ale this is too hoppy for my.

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Photo of rlovitt
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep, dark brown, with moderate head, this is certainly a complex ale: Hop Karma is surprisingly a super clean, crisp, yet malt-blown-up brown: caramelized sugars sorghum punch the tongue, but quickly fizzle into a notably unexpected high-effervescence. The latter aspect really buoys the beer: the hops don't come on as strong as one might expect—I certainly think this is more of an (impressively) hopped-up brown than “a head on collision” between a west-coast IPA and a brown—but what carries those hop flavors that are present is the bright, bubbly thinness this brown achieves. Moreover, it's surprisingly free of hop-acid bitterness; indeed, while extremely clean—as aforementioned—this is achieved mostly with crisp bite and a bit of tart grassiness, which I suppose is what justifies the gesture at a specifically-west-coast IPA. This is all despite a turbidity and depth of brownness that leaves the ale almost opaque.

But all in all, given the very winning concept—especially given my personal tastes (loving both browns as well as west-coast IPAs, including and especially Terrapin's own Hi-5)—I found Hop Karma a little disappointing. It is—as I wrote above—much more a tweaked brown than a true intersection of styles; and, moreover—despite operating with a softer touch than most browns (even those especially hop-heavy)—it's still the robust browned sugars that predominant nearly every aspect of this beer. The sugar-explosion of the nose, like the front and linger of the flavors, really registers this as an ale that isn't as much a “hybrid style that represents the best of both worlds” as it is a well-modified version of one style, bringing in elements from the world of the other.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMindbender
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
2.61/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

someone left a cake out in the rain

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of srguin
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaDeuce
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

very good beer I could see myself drinking this in the morning with a meal

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.9/5  rDev 0%

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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.12/5  rDev -45.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.72/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 77.2% out of 100 with 1,009 ratings
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