Terrapin Hop Karma IPA | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Hop Karma IPATerrapin Hop Karma IPA

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

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.

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Photo of 08Deltadawn8
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer is great. the pour is nice and smooth and the color is a dark ruby red with a great head that last through duration. the aroma is of chocolate and nuts as well a floral hint, the taste is a cross between chocolate with alot of hops and grains. overall great beer in my opinion, little carbination so you can drink a few of them with getting full.

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Photo of narryguy
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a deep rich brown. I let this sit and mellow for about 6 months before drinking.

Aroma - awesome blast of malt and hops. This is by far the best smelling brown I have had in a long time.

Taste - Super smooth, hops leave a nice tickle in the back of your throat followed by a nice roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel - vere smooth and drinkable.

Drinkability - Super easy to drink overall a wonderful, wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
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!!

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head is tan khaki head; looks like a head of a stout. Dark ruby red. The head is the main attraction here. Very nice looking beer indeed.

Oh my god! What a perfect balance; a sweet aroma of roasted dark malts and bitter hops. I smell molasses, caramel, nut and the bitter hops.

Great, great tasting beer. Big roasted malts mixing amazingly with the IPA taste. Citrus hops, meeting the roastiness of the malt. What a beautiful combination. Sweet but bitter. Caramel, toffee and hazelnut are all present.

I like the feel but I was hoping that it had a little bit more body to it. It's quite light feeling. Moderate carbonation.

The drink ability is really good. I could have a few of these delicious brews. Very tasty, I love IPA's and dark ales, to have them both together is a great experience.

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Photo of Ringwoodbrewer
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz. bottle

A- a bit hazy but a solid dark brown color, little lacing and poured with little head.

S- Hops, a generous amount, sweet hop smell, with malt in the back ground more earthy and pungent, you can tell its has a little bite

T- Bitter but light, much hoppier than an english brown. Earthy hop bitterness. great chocolate malt kick in the back ground.

M- perfect

D- I could drink probably two in a row befor I would have to change. Not as drinkable as I would have hoped.

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Photo of rmolledo
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a Dark Brown with a small quick fading head.

S: Coffee, Hops, Roasted Malts, some Caramel

T: Tastes like an IPA but with a more richer chocolate/roasty backbone that helps mellow out the bitterness. Nice Strong American Hop Flavor but a nice balance from the sweetness. Slight citrusy aftertaste.

MF: Minimal Carbonation, Slick Mouthfeel. Slightly Creamy. Little Tingle on the tongue.

D: This is one of the best American Browns i've had. Not harshly bitter and not too sweet. The malt and hop complexity makes every sip interesting. Doesn't taste like a 6.5% which helps make this exceptionally drinkable. I would buy this again, soon.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark chestnut brown with a thick, pillowy, lingering caramel-cappuccino head. Plenty of thick, fluffy foam hangs around on the glass. Very appetizing in appearance.

Aromas of bright, sweet, floral hops with slight notes of vanilla surprise and delight. Not what I was expecting, considering this is a Brown Ale. If this was a blind test and I couldn't see the beer, I'd swear it was an IPA; but then, this is called an India Brown Ale. God bless style crossings.

Nice thick, creamy smoothness on the tongue, with a wonderfully herbal sweetness and bitterness that is followed by subtle undertones of caramel and milk chocolate.

Hot damn, I could go for another. A spectacular blending of brown and India pale ales. Decidedly unique and quite characterful; absolutely delicious.

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Photo of johannasclimacus
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a nice deep brown with some shines of red in the light. Very small, 1/8th inch layer of tan head that dissipates quickly. Some nice rings of lacing are forming around the inside of the glass; a mild surprise based on the brown ales I've had so far.

Smell is good, has a big malt presence and a light roasted grain to back this up. I'm getting a little bit og alcohol in the smell too, which doesn't come through in the taste. Taste is huge, a lot going on here. Malts bring some chocolately, roasty flavors and there is a very nice hop profile as a backbone. Hops really come through in the finish and aftertaste.

Moutfeel is perhaps a bit thin for the style, but I'm a big fan because it greatly increases the drinkability of this one. Very nice work by Terrapin; highly recommended!

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Photo of thesyko56
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with 1 inch head. Very nice pour from a bottle.

S: Chocolaty with subtle hints of hops

T: Superb IBA. It has a better balance of hops to malt compared to other versions such as Dogfish Head. Makes the taste very crisp and a best of both worlds situation for a hop head in the mood for a maltier beer.

M: Medium feel. Creamy

D: Very drinkable. Smooth with a little bite but not harsh.

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Photo of mwa423
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear and beautiful dark brown with hints of red. The beer makes a perfect finger and a half of head that sticks to every inch of the glass.

S - Pine and citrus hops with hints of some sweet malt.

T - Fantastic pine/citrus hops up front followed by some steely hops and finally some round sweet maltiness to chase it down.

M/D - Mouthfeel is rich and has a nice hop bite. I will be buying a case of this and drinking it for the rest of my spring break.

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Photo of CapitolCrusher
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hop karma? sounds like the kind of karma i need!

instant karma goodness on the aroma! when i popped the bottlecap off you could tell this hop bomb wafted into the entire room. don't light a match! :-) hop oils everwhere like a perfume.

and it poured out nice too, although the head vanished rather quickly, it did leave some nice foam on the my glass as i drank it.

i know i am supposed to sip this beer but seriously how can i do that? this sipping beer ended up being big gulps for me. perhaps i should have drank it in a big gulp glass? :-)

if this is what i am to expect from terrapin, then i think i am going to try more of their stuff! very delicious

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Photo of mempath
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep bright copper or translucent dried apricot (!) with a ncie tan head that laces in a thick, undulating sheet around the edge. purty!

interesting mix of hoppy citrus and malts. nicely balanced.

thick luscious mouthfeel complements the rich balanced blast of malt and hops. both are equally and powerfully present, but i don't think this would quite scare off those afraid of hops. there's a rich dried dark fruit sweetness somewhere deep center that certainly gives this breadth and depth. impressive. and just plain delicious. i could easily session these all day. then keel over. finish isn't too dry...lingers a bit. this brew is pure poetry.

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Photo of AEK
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

335ml brown bottle poured into a Young's branded pint pot. B.B Date 2nd week in November, not sure what year, possibly an '09.

A. A clear brown ale with a nice tanned head. Head retention was excellent and remained until the final drop.

S. Coffee, chocolate, raisins and a long finish reminiscent of Fry's Turkish Delight toffee.

T. Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and a long finish reminiscent of Fry's Turkish Delight toffee. A nice bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied, chewy.

D. VERY ADDICTIVE!! I wouldn't moan if this was all I had to drink, possibly the tastiest brown ale I have had. I was given this at a relative's birthday party. When I looked at the freshness date, it only stated the week and month. A real gem and a beer that is well worth trying if you can track it down. Good stuff indeed.

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Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am digging this beer. Not too technical, but true. A really interesting fusion going on here- pours a dark chestnut, full malty mouthfeel and a slightly roasted nutty finish. In the middle is a firm whack of hoppy goodness. The sum of the parts are greater than the whole.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep brown with some red mixed in, under a half inch worth of thick tan head. Nice retention and lace.

S: Smells of grapefruit hops, roasted malt, nuts and a hint of chocolate.

T: Taste is dominated by hops, but not overly bitter. A good citrus hop, mostly a light grapefruit. Hints of a toasted malt round out the taste.

M/D: Full bodied, smooth, carbonation is only slightly felt. A really good beer, entirely drinkable. Really nicely done.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Terrapin is really up there as one of the ebst craft brewers.

appearance: deep dark brown, nearly ebony

smell: loaded hops, and chocolate

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth. I was ultra impressed

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Photo of gestyr
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I like this!

A: Pours a nice reddish brown that is the color of a garnet when held to the light. A nice 1" thick head hangs out as long as you allow it to.

S: Caramel, raisin, floral, malt, roast, slightly burnt toast

T: First impression is of a southern brown ale... then the hops kicks in! Malt. Sweetness. Caramel. Roast. Coffee. HOPS!!!

M: Medium body that lets the flavor hang around for a bit.

D: Oh YEAH! Good stuff. A great blend of two styles.

I picked up a bottle as part of a mixed 6-pack and I do not regret this choice at all!

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5




a veritable pillow of head. rich dark brown in color.

soft hops hard malts on the schnozzle.

coffee and hops and coffee and hops and dark chocolate and primrose tea and coffee and hops and hops and stout lemon notes and coffee and hops and almonds and sweet butter and coffee and hops.

big chewy chocolately beer. drinks like a damn cabernet.

2-3 at most per sitting.

HIGHLY recommended.

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Photo of Walken
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin, India Brown Ale (Tasted 10/12/09)
12 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint.

Thanks to Mikesgroove for the fresh bottles!

Appearance: Rich dark chestnut brown with a bubbly kahki head that stands three fingers high, fading slowly into a cap bejewled with bubbles. The ring around the edges of the beer is monstrous, clinging to the glass as the beer disappears.
Odor: Hops waft up to my nose first, sap, flowers and grapefruit pith layered nicely just over dark chocolate and bread crust malt aromas.
Consistency: Somewhere in the middle of medium bodied, I get the feeling the body is coming from equal parts malt and hop oils.
Flavor: Ooooh-weeee. I think I'm in love. Hops rush in first, bitterness is restrained and clean but the flavor is monstrous. Orange, grapefruit and sweet earthy flavors rock out side by side with a very full chocolatey backbone, sweet and roasty caramel pop in here and there, adding a bit of dimension to the bittersweet roasted character of this beer. The malt flavors become more pronounced in the finish, which is surprisingly clean, leaving toffee, fudge brownie and lingering grapefruit hop flavor sitting on the palate,

It's very obvious that a lot of thought & time went into developing this recipe, it feels like even if you were to cut the hop bill in half, it would still be a remarkable brown ale.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, great head, perfect lacing

Smell: Piney hops, really nice

Taste: Really good piney hops taste up front, fading to a hoppy but lightly sweet malt in the end.

Drinkability: Surprisingly good given the pretty strong hops. It's the first beer with real character that I think I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of NCBeernut
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this at the Raleigh world beer fest and was blown away. Pours dark brown, that glows with clarity in the light. Sticky light khaki head caps it off. Delicious citrusy IPA hop character with piny notes as well, mixed with a chocolaty nutty brown ale malt character. The result is amazing. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a perfect level of carbonation. I am really glad they started bottling this great brew.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: brown color, one finger of tan head with some lacing

S: piney & citrusy hops, slight alcohol scent after the hop aroma fades

T: good mixture of malt sweetness, hop bitterness, and toasted notes. good balance of the flavors.

MF: smooth and creamy, low carbonation

Drinkability: awesome beer, very tasty. highly recommend this beer

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Photo of plfahey
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance-Cherry-wood brown red with excellent clarity. Pours with a tall light khaki head with good retention.

Aroma-Wow this smells good. Sticky pine and resin hops complement toast and bread crust malt. Neither overwhelms the other-the balance is sublime.

Flavor-Awesome hop flavor up front, with pine and resin leading the charge. As the flavor unfolds, sweet brown malt, with awesome toast and dark bread crust characteristics emerge. Lighter notes of chocolate play in the background. Finishes moderately dry with exquisite balance between piney hops and toasted malt. Hop bitterness is medium low, growing to medium in the finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth.

This beer defines balance. An interesting style, this is probably the best dark IPA I’ve ever had. Fan-fucking-tastic.

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Photo of B891
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clean glass. Rich, dark color topped with a thin creamy white head which lingers for a while. Nice lacing.

Smells of chocolate, malt, and some floral hints. Also of note is the compelling hoppiness.

The taste backs up the aroma. There is a slight bite from the hops which leads to the creamy chocolate and malt. Being a relatively strong beer, %6.2, the alcohol doesn't present itself very strongly. There is also a faint presence of pine.

The beer fells very good on the tongue, not too heavy. The drink-ability may be this beers standout quality. It is so smooth and goes down so well it leaves you wanted another sip.

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Pours a nice dark amber with a slight head that dissipates quickly.

S=Hoppy grapefruits and some bitterness, nice aroma consistent with the style

T=very nice hoppyness balanced with malts, fruity citrus flavors and bitterness are not overwhelming

M=good, not too carbonated

D=very drinkable and not to alcoholic, keeps the beer quite sessionable.

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