Terrapin Hop Karma IPA | Terrapin Beer Company

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88
very good
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
Ratings:
1,009
Reviews:
544
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
66
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,009 |  Reviews: 544
Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks Radek. Pours a dark brown body with a white bubbly head, and is lacey. Hoppy aroma is present. Complex malt profile, though licorice most noticeable. Creamy mouthfeel. A bit complex. Burnt caramel in finish. Good for the style. Good hoppiness.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed while at the brewery in athens, ga. single finger tan head on top of a clear brown body. Some lacing. Not much head retention. Very Aromatous with malt, hops, cola and woody notes. Flavor is mostly sweet caramel malt with piney hop flavors and chocolate, oak notes. This is a nice mix of the sweet brown ale flavor with the hoppiness of a dry pale ale. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A unique brew.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2%

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.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer a while back and I wasn't too thrilled about it. Then by mistake a bought it again and drank it thinking it was a new beer and noticed how much my tastes had changed. Originally I wasn't digging the combo of nuts and hops. This beer pours out as a pretty nice looking brown color with a decent head on it. The aroma is hoppy and a little sweet. The taste is decent, it's got a sweet nuttiness to it upfront then fades into a very bitter hoppy flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkable. Overall it was much better the second time around.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that took a long time to dissipate, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of nutty and chocolate malts and herbal hops in the nose.
T; The taste has flavors of nutty malts with notes of roasted malts and hints of chocolate. There are also some notes of citrus and pine resin hops, which also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops also lend a bit of crispness.
O: This is an interesting hybrid of two styles. It's nice and malty like a brown ale but also delivers some hop flavors and bitterness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of oline73
2.66/5  rDev -32.1%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky dark russet color with a huge ecru head that leaves a nice web of lace

Smell: Although there is some toasty brown bread in the profile, the "C" hop aromas dominate

Taste: Opens with a toasted brown bread flavor that is quickly joined and subsumed by the citrusy hops, although some nut skin bitterness remains; after the swallow, the fruity hops continue to dominate, but the bitter nut skin flavor persists and detracts

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Would that the malt profile provided a better brown ale character; as it is, the nut skin is about all that persists, and that is the least beguiling part of a brown ale; the hops are nice, but the balance could be better

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of molasses and strong caramel malt with a clean bitter finish. Taste is also characterized by strong caramel and molasses malt with a dry bitter hoppy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting take on the style with more malt then expected but less hops then I had hoped for.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a murky brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It left rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled nutty and malty with some IPA spiciness.

T - It tasted of biscuity malt with hints of hazelnut. There is a citrus hop kick with a nice bitter bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good brown ale. I like a hoppy brown and they have done well with this one.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big light brown head slowly settles into a pretty nice lacing above a clear burnt amber red colored beer.

Roasted caramel malt with molasses and a hint of alcohol aroma.

A creamy roasted malts, light molasses, and almost a sweet chocolate taste.

A dry aftertaste with some of the light chocolate and molasses tastes sticking around on this medium to full bodied beer.

A lot of tastes going on within the confines of this glass, get yourself a couple of these.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had this before it was Hop Karma.

Pours a moderate brown with an off white head. Nose is really nice and hoppy. Great pine notes and a bit of light citrus. Taste has a bit of roast and brown sugar, cutting back a bit on the hops. Medium body with good bitterness. This is a nice cold weather brew.

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Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in pint glass.

The aroma, appearance and flavor of this beer are exactly what one should hope for if a brewer successfully combined the styles of brown ale and IPA.

A - This pours a clear but very dark reddish brown with a nice tan head.

S - The aroma intrigues more than entices, but does say "brown IPA".

The taste is wonderful, at least if you like both of these beer styles. A rich, hoppy, well-balanced beer with a substantial and complex malt component. IBU =65.
{Malts: Pale, Dark Munich, Victory, Special Roast, Crystal 60, Crystal 77, Chocolate}

Well done!

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Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with minimal head (but that should be blamed on the bartender not the brewer).

S - Malty with a big hop aroma. Citrusy and floral.

T - Brown, caramel malty flavors combined with floral, citrus hoppy IPA flavor.

M - Moderately high carbonation. Smooth medium body.

D - Very drinkable beer. The very strong hop character is balanced by the rich maltyness in a surprisingly effective way.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label reads "India Style Brown Ale" but I've never heard of that. But wait, they explain it - it's a combination of an IPA and a brown ale. I get it. I still don't like the name, but the beer inside is really good.

It's a dark mahogany brown beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam. Unfortunately the head retention is quite limited, but it does leave some minor spots and streaks of lace about the glass.

The aroma delivers and interesting combination of citrusy hops and dark cocoa-like malt that combine into one intriguing scent that's spicy, chocolatey, and just slightly fruity. It reminds me of chocolate and orange candy.

The flavor really opens it up though, and it's loaded with citrusy hop flavors, followed by soft notes of chocolate. I'd have thought there'd have been more of a combination as found in the nose, OR, more of a muddled mash-up, but it's neither. The citrus is presented first, with orange and grapefruit and tart melon up-front, and then they quickly dissipate just across the middle and into the swallow as the cocoa and dark-chocolate flavors rise. Following that, the finish is surprisingly simple. There's a little bit of flavor-melding involved, giving it that orange-centered chocolate candy I'd imagined in the aroma, but other than that it simply disappears. Sure, some grassy/spicy hops and a bit of citrus rind linger along with a bit of cocoa dust, but they actually help to cleanse the palate - I was expecting a mash-up of flavor and then a sloppy, lingering finish, but it's actually very focused and clean-cut. Superb!

Nicely done! Very well-balanced all around. An interesting and drinkable beer. I could certainly have more than one of these at a time. Worth trying!

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally try this,I heard great things about it and well for good reason.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed deep chesnut brown with a clingy one finger white head that held for quite some time.What a great aroma a great mix of big piney,earthy,and citric hop mixed with a large caramel and slighty roasted malt base,great near balance but the hops win out.The mouthfeel was a little thin that is my only slight complaint,flavors are great.Big resiny pine mixed with citrus and herbal hop intertwining with a big firm somewhat sweet biscuity malt base that holds up well.A great interplay of flavors,Iam a hophead so this is defifnetly my kinda brown here.

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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,009 ratings.
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