Terrapin Hop Karma IPA | Terrapin Beer Company

very good
1,009 Ratings
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: 1,009 |  Reviews: 544
Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest.

Poured a moderate brown with some reddish hues around the edges. There was a thick, off white head that had great retention. The nose has some citrusy, piny hop aromas as well as some toasted malt notes. The flavor is malt forward with toast malt and a bit of a burnt note taking the fore followed by a citrusy, bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and has great carbonation.

The flavor isn't bad here but it's unbalanced. The citrusy hop character does not mesh well at all with the intense burnt toast flavor of the malt. The bitterness in the finish attempts to add balance, but it's too short-lived to make an impact. I probabaly won't have this again.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at FireWorks pizza.

A nice light tan head sits on a dark amber body which on closer inspeciton looks just well.. black as night. How did I miss this at first? Some red hues and small lacing throughout drinking.

Great bouquet on this beer. Muted soft but noticeable hops and malt grain. Hints of chewy bread. Just smells wonderful.

Interesting taste of a real nice balance of tolerable hop and citrus grapefruit. It does feel just a tad wet though. Somewhat sharp and spicey finish on the swallow.

Quite enjoyable overall, just wish it had a little more body, but it feels very balanced. Interesting brew this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving info: 12 ounce bottle with "best if enjoyed by" info on the label.

Pours: Dark brown amber.

Nose: Resiny hops

Lacing: spotty blobs

Head: medium khaki

Body: Medium with a seemingly appropriate level of carbonation

Flavor notes: The label claims it's a combo of w. Coast IPA and English Brown ale. Cant argue with that. Tasty stuff. Moderate grainy hop bite, with nice smooth malts laying the groundwork. Nicely done.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by month 8, week 4 notched on side of label:

Pours dark brown with dark ruby/garnet hues. A thin tan, slowly vanishing head, tops it off. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smll is of pine/resin, grapefruit, with brown sugar, slightly roasted chocolate and nuts.

The taste is hoppy - piney and citric/tropical fruity, slightly perfumy, with sweet dark malt - brown sugar, dark chocolate, nuts, very mild roast. Hops and malts do not clash, but work together well. Finishes bitter, but with a sweet touch.

The body is smooth, with no harshness, though could be fuller...

Too often, malty and hoppy clash (more with darker brews, though, I have found). Here is a brown ale that is hoppy, bitter, but not harsh. The two come together well here! A nice brew to choose if you want hoppy bitter with underlying, complementary, "brown" malty. Nice!

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Tone
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown. 1/5 inch head of a pale tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, slight floral hops, slight roasted malt, sweet malt, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carboantion level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight herb, and slight dark citrus. Overall, a good blend, compelexity, and body.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Half-inch of a fizzy, tan head on a brown, almost see-thru (but not quite), beer. Quality lacing and a decent grasp on the head retention thing.

S- caramel malts, subdued citrus hops.

T- Lots of stuff going on here. Caramel, toffee, chocolates, more muted citrus hops. A little boozy for being to small on the ABV.

M- On the heavy side of a medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D/O- Relatively unique beer here. A lot going on with the roasty flavors and the hop profile. This is a beer where you're probably better off not picking the flavors apart but instead just accepting it for what it is.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Music for this review: "Journey Into Satchadananda" by Alice Coltrane, although the label picture makes me want to put on a Ravi Shankar record. This cut is pretty close, though.

Murky reddish brown look, stable near-tan head, holding it in at a good 1/4".

Fruit greets the nose first, then bitter hops, dark fruits followed by citrus rind, with mild cocoa below, hints of nuts and toffee.

Tasting: This time they come at once, warm dark fruit plus dark malt character, plus bright pine and citrus. Sharp bitter start, then mellowness thereafter. The palate remains treated to a mildly spiced, flavorful lingering taste.

Solid body, medium to full, ...just a little harshness in the back of the throat, though. Maybe too hoppy for the malts at work.

I like it, though. Hoppy browns are always welcome in my belly.
And I've never met a Terrapin label I didn't love. Go, pandit tortoise!

But, should we really say "India Style", as this label does? They're not making this in Mumbai, are they?

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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 aasher
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish head Pilsner glass fresh out of the refrigerator.

Appearance: Transparent while featuring a light brown hue. Good carbonation, bubbling throughout. Slight, creme colored head.

Smell: Smelled just like a typical IPA. Had hoppy scent but was not very strong. Not overpowering in one direction or another.

Taste: Suprisingly complete taste. It combined the IPA taste with the taste of a Brown Ale quite well. It seemed as almost a 50/50 split in the flavors. The brown ale came through a little more in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel. Carbonation led to slight tingling on the tongue. Wasn't overly smooth but wasn't harsh by any means. Pretty standard of Terrapin.

Drinkability: More drinkable than I originally thought. It was an excellent combination of the hoppiness of an IPA and featured the Brown ale flavor in a mellow manner. I don't think I'd buy a six pack but I would recommend this to anyone picking up some single bottles or finds this on tap.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, which does leave some sticky lacing and small islands. The nose is malty, but with a nice hoppy kick, like an IPA, some toffee notes, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, some toffee, and some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a different Brown Ale, and it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops and malts. Taste is hoppy and bitter up front, the malts settleing in at the finish with a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear brown color with a fluffy 2" head that lasts. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: pine, grapefruit, and a earthy tone create a unique aroma.

Taste: toasted malt sweetness with some grapefruit, pine, hint of nuttiness, prune sweetness, and some mild earthy flavors. Bitterness is stronger than expected making it a bit unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start and finishes smooth. Dryness arrives late. Long aftertaste with the bitterness dominating. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: decent but this one is a bit to hoppy. After two of these I began to look elsewhere. For those who like aggressive beers this is for you.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Since this is an Indian Brown ale, perhaps we are witnessing the emergence of an new style. Hoppier than a brown ale, more roasted malts than an IPA. Interesting to see where these IPA incarnations take us. Beer is dark brown, head is two fingers, brown and has medium bubbles. Carbonation is moderate and the head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hoppy with an odd sulfurish component in with the malt. The hops are more citrus hops than piney, its subtle.

The taste is slightly metallic and there is that sulfur character again. Not as good as I remember. The bottle does not have a "best if consumed by" date on it, so this could be an old batch. I'm not sure what to say, sorry Terrapin. The drinkability suffers because of the unpleasant flavors. The mouthfeel is full and good, I just wish that off-flavor wasn't present. I'll give this beer another chance, but as it stands now, its only mediocre. Sorry.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brentk56 for this one. A great extra in our trade.

Essentially, this beer was a mix of semi-sweet chocolate and crisp citrus hops - delicious. Sometimes when a malty beer is matched with big hops, one of the two sides will overpower the other, but the grapefruit and orange rind hops with roasted toffee and cocoa malts were wonderfully balanced and damned tasty. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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