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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Ratings: 1,008 |  Reviews: 544
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of MapleSyrup
2.1/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

This beer is one confused beer and has too many things going on. I was totally disappointed in the taste and it being a Brown IPA?? No medium body and no fresh taste, rather coffee chocolate and hogwash. Too much hype and zero drinkability. Never been a fan of Terrapin and this offering makes it worse. Two thumbs down.

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2.12/5  rDev -45.6%

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.3/5  rDev -41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Clear, super dark amber with a reddish hue and a foamy, thick beige head. Good lacing.

S: Steely, dark citrus hops and malt, a metallic, fishy undertone. Notes of soy sauce.

T: Earthy, dirty and bitter with no sweetness at all. Dry with a pale finish. A wierd mixture of a rich, brown ale and an IPA. Interesting concept, but doesn't work for me.

D: A taster for me.

Value: 9 to 10 bucks a sixer. Ehhh...

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.48/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes

Cola brown pour, fairly small head. Big caramel and cola sweetness in the nose with some earthy hops and a weird spoiled milk characteristic.

Taste is kind of a watery mess...some toasted malts and hops but nothing really prominent, and that odd spoiled milk returns in the background. Some ash and charred oak. Not really good at all.

Mouthfeel is normal for the style, but this is quite simply a drain pour for me. Not horrible I guess, but definitely far below average.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.55/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-dark brown, not quite black with a thick tan head. there's a nice lacing that stays.

S-smells like milk chocolate possibly with a slight bitterness to it, yes definitely, the hops come in late. its a fairly weak smell.

T-comes in with bitter low quality chocolate malts. its a very subtle hit besides the bitterness. the after-taste seems to be a little better with milk chocolate and dark malts as the back bone. this taste is a very mediocre, forgettable experience. it is very unimpressive.

M-real low carbonation with a slightly watery finish. its quite tangy as well.

D-after a few sips, i knew my glass wasn't going to empty any time soon, its just not an enjoyable beer. there really isn't any good tastes or qualities to grab a hold of. its definitely not a beer i could drink all night and its definitely not a beer i ever want again.

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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 oline73
2.66/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with some light passing through. There is a two finger tan head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Very sweet and bready, like malt syrup. There is some citrus hops and a hint of grape in the sweetness.

Taste: This tastes more bitter than it smells, but it is still too sweet. The sweetness is from bready malt and again there is a hint of grape. The bitterness comes from citrus peel hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mildly dry. The complaint here is that is feels a bit grainy on the tongue.

Drinkability: I really think this one is too sweet to call is a brown IPA. The grainy part of the mouthfeel also didn't sit well with me. I don't think I'll come back again.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of mentor
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to GCBrewingCo for the opportunity. Pours a four finger oranged-tan head over a hazed oranged-dark brown liquid. Smells piney hops. Way underneath is some chocolate malt, vanilla, and grassy.

Tastes piney hops. Soured hop flavor. Coffee bitterness and grapefruit pithy. Soured caramel. Fairly simple profile. Bitter is relatively clean of grassy cohumulone. The hop piney and chocolate malt don't work very well together. I've had this combination before and whoever thought of this combination needs to be removed from office. Drying finish with some alcohol sting.

Md body with some creamy and dextrinous character. Medium carbonation and not very drinkable.

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2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seving - on tap @ New Wave in Philadelphia.
Pours a dark clear reddish-brown with a 1/2" white head, little lacing. Strong carbonation is immediately evident.
The nose is caramel, chocolate and some roasted grain.
Mouthfeel is thin and oily.
Taste: Hops up front with brown sugar, caramel, roasted coffee. Considerable bitterness in the finish.
Terrapin says this beer is "head on collision between a hoppy, west coast IPA and a complex, malty brown ale." For me, yeah, a car wreck is not off the mark. The tastes don't seem to balance or compliment at all. Not an awful beer but not one I care to try again.

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2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Ommegang tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark, yet crystal clear brown color with a big fluffy off white head. Almost cola like body, very dark. The head receded quickly and left little lacing.

Smell: Smells a bit like RC cola with some molasses and brown sugar added. A bit sickly sweet and off putting.

Taste: Tastes a bit off too. Disjointed brown sugar and caramel met with a bitter tanic malty body that was thin and unappealing. Overall it was not anything spectacular. The flavors were there, but they didnt meld well. Off balanced hoppiness on the finish that is bitter and tastes like an afterthought.

Mouthfeel: overcarbonated mess. I didnt get that silky texture from some of the other brown ales. Newcastle is better than this shit.

Drinkability: Not the worst beer by any means, but when compared to the heavy hitters and regulars in the brown ale category, this is not good. Over carbonated, off balanced flavors and weird off balanced bitterness and hops give this an average rating at best.

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2.92/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown with a light tan head which fades quickly leaving some light lacing

S: Not getting too much of the IPA in this brown IPA. Roasty, malty, and sweet.

T: Starts off pretty sweet with hints of coffee, but as the initial brown ale flavor fades the bitter background flavor comes to the front and it is not nearly as good as the first taste. Also, the aftertaste lingers and is relatively unpleasant.

M: Feels fairly sticky and heavy overall, though the carbonation keeps it from being too oppressive.

D: It goes down pretty easily. But I wouldn't seek it out.

Definitely has aspects of both the IPA and brown ale styles, slightly favoring the brown ale. Maybe I'm just not a fan of brown IPAs but this beer seems out of balance: A good brown ale spoiled by bitterness.

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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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2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with a best by date of 01/09.

A standard pour in to a 16 oz. Imperial pint glass produced a slim, 1 finger coffee colored head. Chestnut brown with a warm, pomegranate glow when back lit.

S ~ Sweet roasted malts, grapefruit rind, dark rye bread, fresh cut grass, coffee.

T ~ Floral hops first - up front, tobacco, bitter coffee & roasted malts, toasted rye bread, citrus rind. Hard to separate...

M ~ Good carbonation with a lighter, uninspiring body. Sharp, dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

D ~ Probably a session beer for someone who appreciates this hoppy, hybrid style. A little bit confusing for me...the bottle says "A collision between a hoppy West Coast IPA & a malty English Brown Ale." More like a fender bender.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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