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 Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Brick Store Pub. I want to say up front that I love India Brown Ales. I really think its a style all its own and one that really zips up a style that is so often ho-hum. This is my favorite version of the style to date, I like it even more than the dfh india brown. Pours a beautiful mahogoney with a great head and lacing. The smell is piney hops with a nice subdued malt background. The taste has some really nice piney bitterness up front and then a long finish mixing a light roastiness and some slightly sweet malt at the end. Very nicely balanced and delicious. Creamy and full bodied mouthfeel. This beer is just a treat! I could drink this all day. In my opinion its one of Terrapin's best.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz received as a very thoughtful extra in trade with Onenote81 .. Thanks Jon!! Poured into my shaped SA glass.

1" lite tan head comes up and stick around for a bit.. nice foamy lace and a good cap for most of the glass.. the brew is a crystal clear dark brown until held to a light when the whole glass glows ruby red.. pretty.

I know it sounds weird.. but it smells like a brown ale with a great punch of American C hops... lite chocolate and just whaffs of roasted malts.. the hops are the main player here though..

Flavor has a pronounced nutty maltiness with a good chocolate mix and some lite coffee as it warms up.. the hoppiness is sorta a pretty pronounced pithy citric element.. the roasty malts come back into play in the end and leave a pleasing dark malt finish.. really smooth carbonation and a bigger than expected body..

Descent complexity for big American Brown.. I don't know.. I like it.. but I doubt I would trade for it.. I'm sure that every region in the country has this brew... I just doubt that there are the cool traders out there to make sure I get to try them. :-) Thanks again Jon.. Pretty damn good brew.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 355ml bottle obtained form 'Beers of Europe' and poured into a Westmalle chalice.
This beer is a triple first for me, first beer from Terrapin, first beer from Georgia and my first American Brown Ale (I think).

Ever seen a beer that doesn't look good in a Westmalle chalice? I thought not, this one was no different. A clear ruby red/brown body sat happily in the chalice, a thin tan head sat on top.

The aroma at first reminded my of a Rodenbach, which is a Flanders Oud Bruin, these are fairly sour and musty smelling. As the beer warmed the hops kicked in and the beer smell became more bitter than sour.

The flavours and taste became more complexed as the beer warmed also, initially sourish and old cherry style vinagerous, then again the hop bitterness arrived to change the whole feel and taste of the beer, next I detected the malt content, roasted and dry, finally hints of coffee appeared, this rounded off the flavours nicely.

I liked the changes and thought the beer both interesting and different. As the tasting progressed I could sense the alcohol more and more, especially as the mouth began to dry between sips. Really glad I got hold of two bottles, the review is a combination of both (following evenings).

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a sticky one-finger head and lace patches. A mellow sweet malt smell along with some oakiness and minor hops. A smooth, medium body that has a sweet malt taste that is subdued and not overbearing. Hints of roasted and bitter chocolate along with the hops give it a drying finish, but this beer is well-balanced and goes down easy. Just an easy drinking beer I can have anytime.

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Photo of weeare138
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopdog for sharing the hand bottled, half liter growler...
Appears a semi-transparent amber with a small beige head that fades into a mild film and soapy collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light tartness, mild yeast, light citrus, and a touch of caramelized grain.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a lemongrass flavor coming through with other notes of citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, hoppy, and bitter.

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

A - Pours a ruby brown color, nice creamy head at the pour but subsides gradually to a thin lacing around and across the top.

S - Definitely a hoppy smelling brown ale/brown IPA - very different. Has a cocoa nutty aroma with fresh pine cones with some grapefruit buried in the background. Has a slight touch of a grassy note in the nose.

T - Very interesting and refreshing, finally, a brown ale for Hop Heads. I'm not one to typically like the Brown Ales but this beer goes against the traditional brown ale taste. Roasted malts, faint caramel, grassy notes on the backside, and midway through after the malt settles down a little, the pine/grapefruit combo moves in. The aftertaste is a roasted malt and pine bitterness with some citric bitterness. The flavors all blend together very well and stays in the mouth for a few minutes.

M - A little bit grainey, medium body, finishes fairly clean with a little bit of stickiness on the lips.

D - Pretty darn drinkable and confuses my taste buds.

I don't get the brown IPA thing, that's the confusing part. Part brown ale, part IPA...a weird combo but it definitely works. I'd do six pack of this but would prefer a straight up IPA instead. Still, I admire Terrapin's creativity - dare to be different!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that leaves an excellent amount of lacing and the retention is great as well.

S- The aroma is very nice and malty with some caramel, hints of chocolate and a lot of fresh oily smelling hops. Very nice aroma

T- The taste picks up where the aroma leaves off. At first, you think this is the average brown ale until the hops kick in for a nice hoppy finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a very nice Brown/IPA hybrid beer that is definitely recommended. Another kick ass brew from Terrapin!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - thanks to zacs for this one

Appearance – Clear red/brown colour with an average size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a excellent amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, chocolate, grapefruits

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some hops. There is also some chocolate and coffee flavour mixed with a light smokiness and some faint citrus. The beer finishes with a chocolate hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – The mouthfeel kind of held this beer back from being excellent. It was a little thin and could use a boost in carbonation. The flavours were great though, and I'd like to try this beer fresh on tap.

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

A: Poured a maroon coloring that when viewed in front of light appeared a bright caramel apple red. The head was a light dirty tan, well retaining and spongey, but failed to impress or lace the glass. Visible carbonation was light to medium in strength with loosely packed micro-bubbles rising at a moderate pace.

S: A nice mixture of hops appear on the nose featuring west coast citrus along with some spicy dried tropical fruity notes of pineapple and a bit of grassiness that all comes compliments of the 5 different varieties used. The strength was noticeable at arms reach, but fails to retain and quickly becomes a quiet presence.

T: The initial opening featured spicy and fruity tones mending with west coast citrus hops along with some piney influence. With so many hops it was hard to distinguish much of the individual traits. The hopping blended together nicely enough but took away from any standout quality. Dried tropical fruitiness, semi-dry grapefruit, a bit of dry pine and sweetened orange grinds all appear blending together with moderately good results with a flowery finish. The malting was sweet and worty with a good brown quality, and I like the way it combines with the west coast hopping with both aspects fully appreciated. Warming with a bit of dried citrus for a fade.

M: The mouthful was thick and luscious, right on par with a brown style, while a good touch of crisp carbonation and luke warm citrus represents the ipa in this. A good residual malty coating ensures on the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Nice drinkability, would certainly drink and buy again. Combines the best of both worlds malty and sweet with a citrusy flowery hopping satisfying both styles. Six pack worthy.

Final thoughts, not to many brewers can pull off a hybrid style such as this with a good representation and keeping true to both styles. Usually something gets lost in the marriage, but they pulled this off with a well balanced worthy representation. This a fairly unique style you don't see to much of and I think this is up there in the ranks, maybe even better and easier to drink then Dogfishheads Indian brown.

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Photo of corby112
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate chestnut brown color with slight amber edges when held to a light source and a foamy yellowish tan head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing.

Chocolate caramel malt aroma with a huge earthy hop presence. Hints of dry earthy pine with lots of dank resinous hop oil. There's also some hazelnut and caramel biscuit malts.

Very well balanced and quaffable but slightly watered down thin body. Nutty malt presence with hints of biscuit and caramel that balance out the earthy bitter hops. This beer may be a bit too well balanced because the earthy hops and dry pine notes are a bit overshadowed by the nutty malt flavors. Neither flavor is dominant resulting in an average session beer.

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

A: Clear mahogany color; ruby highlights. Poured a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to a broken skim. Sheets of lacing that left thin webs on the glass.

S: Sweet toasted malts; nuts and burnt bread. A significant layer of hop character underneath - mostly citrus and pine.

T: Just like the nose; more brown ale than IPA I'd say. Sweet through open and middle transitions to resiny then dry and bitter finish.

M: Medium-to-full body. Moderate carbonation. Very rich and smooth ahead of little resiny feel that lingers through the bitter.

O: Very interesting beer. Strangely balanced.

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

Poured a rich brown with a thin head. Nose is very hoppy. Taste is hoppy with toffee, some caramel with a smoky overtone and hints of chocolate. Mouthfeel is pleasing and hoppy, with a touch of sweetness to offset the bitterness. Very good brew. Easily drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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 rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic) Thanks to gunnerman for this brew. Best if opened by month 8 week 5 (it was)
A- This beer pours a dense deep brown body with a bubble yellowish-tan head. There are tiny bubbles sticking to glass.
S- This beer has a chocolate toffee malt aroma that has a dry note. There is a rich cola aroma and a soft green nougat green finish.
T- The soft brown malt flavor has a toasted brown note with a soft chocolate hint. The finish green slight herbal bitter bite at the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat with a slight watery texture as it warms up.
D- This beer has a nice malt flavor but its a bit thin with hops that are a bit soft.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of gford217.

A: The brown ale is predictably brown, a dark caramel or coffee color that resembles a still cola. A 2-plus finger head required two pours to empty the bottle and there are hints of lace around the glass.

S: The ale has a nice blend of caramel and toffee malts and citrusy grapefruit hops. The hops have a sweet floral presence.

T: The ale's body is heavy on the malt side, thick with treacly caramel and toffee. Roasted nuts also add a dry flavor element. The hops don't stand out so much up front but as the ale continues to warm up the profile emerges. Floral hops has a medicinal, herbal flavor to the ale. Citrus flavors also come through, adding some grapefruit. The hop flavors, while strong, do not overtake the brown ale's malt qualities.

M: The mouthfeel is more brown than India, showing off the malts at the expense of the expansive hop mix.

D: The ale is quite drinkable, a nice brown ale pumped up with lots of hops.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Green Flash cask-style glass. Label says best if enjoyed by the fourth week of August.

A- Pours a dark brown color with light shining through around the edges and a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains shortly before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Healthy surface foam and sticky, residual lacing.

S- Sweet and musty from the hops. Bits of citrus poke through but are mild. Mainly just caramel-like malt.

T- Biscuit-like malt coupled with elusive hop bitterness that's hard to pin down. Jeez, this really is a balanced malt/hop combo, each side vying for position. It's good, but neither side has much personality or depth. There's a faint citrus aftertaste once I get more into the drink.

M- Medium carbonation and a creamy feel up against the prickly hop bite. A pretty neat duality and the most exciting part about the beer.

O- Easy to drink but I can't figure out whether the flavors are all compatible or if they create a paradox. I'll figure it out by the end of the 4-pack.

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep brown with a frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet and nutty, almost toffee-like, with a hint of chocolate contrasting light citrus notes. Floral hops add complexity.

Flavor reveals deeply toasted malt as the backbone, with a lightly roasty finish. There's a tangy character in the background, and I can't tell if that's citrus hops or an old malt/metallic character.

Body is a bit light, with moderate carbonation.

Just as I've found with many black ipas, hops and malt don't jive well together in this beer. Reminds me of a beer I made. I enjoy the malt character, but the tangy notes are offputting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best enjoyed by November 1, 2010, part of the Terrapin "All The Hits"
variety pack. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is sweet and chocolate malt, nuts, and a bit of citrusy hops. The brew tastes like sweet and roasted malt, nuts, caramel, coffee, and some pine/citrusy hops. It tastes like a good hopped up brown ale, which continues to get better as the beer warms up more. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I liked this brew a lot, it's a great mix between a brown ale and an IPA.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a somewhat murky consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Malty, hoppy and a little on the nutty side.

T: The taste had more hops than I would've expect from a brown ale, but flavorful nonetheless. Also had roasted malt and nutty qualities.

M: A solid amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer. It goes down easy and is certainly well made.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love me some Terrapin. Got me a single to try from my local shop.

A - Pours a real nice dark amber with an inch of fluffy head. Digging that.

S - Well you get the best of both an amber and an IPA with some slight nutty malty with a nice balance Piny IPA smell. Mostly malty.

T - Well I really liked the smoothness of the brew. You get a lot of amber malt and some slight nut with a nice hoppy bitterness that is smooth yet not dry. Loved it.

M - Medium yet I could easily have a few.

D - Nice overall rep of the style. As all reviews you get those people all "eww this beer has a nuttyness" but thats pretty much what you get for uneducated persons of a brown IPA style. Sure it has hops but a nice amber malt to back it up. Love the style and will have it again.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Moderatly dark brown, ruby highlights, slightly hazy. Off white head with ok retention and lacing.

S - Medium roasted malts... little hints of milk chocolate and carmel. Faint hop scent.

T - Follows the scent... medium roasted malts... nuts, milk chocolate, carmel. Decent hop on the end.

M - Medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

D - Good flavor, easy drinking, nothing fantastic but good.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium brown with a light tan head almost 2 fingers head that dissapears into a ring with spotty head on top the beer. Lots of thick lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: You get the nutty malts, but the hops presence is abit stronger in the nose. Hops smell mainly like grass, herbs, wth hints of pine and grapefruit.

Taste: This beer is pretty dynamic with the temperature change from fridge temp warming to room temperature over the course of drink the beer. It starts with a stronger hop profile when its cold right out of the fridge and then the sweetness from the malts really seem to take over the warmer the beer gets. Hops taste just like they smell. Malts are nutty with a brown sugar and caramel sweetness as it warms. Aftertaste is moderately bitter hops that taste more piney than the other previously mentioned hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: You get what the beer bottle says...a Brown Indian Pale Ale. I really was not sure i wasgoing to like this beer, but I did! Nice beer. Nothing over the top, but Terrapin accomplished exactly what they set out to do; a brown ale that is hopped like an IPA. Could not describe it any other way!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a reddish brown with a fluffy, two finger sand colored head. Good retention and significant lacing left on the glass.

The aroma is of toffee, caramel and grapefruit rind. A little touch of cocoa powder, but pretty straightforward.

Toffee and grapefruit up front with some dark fruits and sticky caramel quickly in tow. A light spice from the hops and a mild rush of bitterness in the finish. Some sticky caramel and grapefruit lingers.

Medium body with a sticky caramel/toffee presence.

I'm never one to say no to a hoppy brown ale so this was a delight to drink. Very easy to put back a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle is notched best by 3rd week of December. No year, some hopefully 2010, not 2009.
poured inot a nonic pint glass, a dark brown color with ruby highlights. off white head that leaves some nice lacing. smell and taste are as expected, the standard malty brown ale, then finishes with the hop aftertaste of an IPA. some roasty notes too. medium carbonation, light to medium body. good drinkability

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Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a reddish hue and a short tan cap. Bubbles clung to the sides of the glass and stuck around for quite a while. Whoa! Pungent hop aroma, lots of fruity and resinous grapefruit rind, but there's still some malt that peeks through, nutty and toasty with a bit of toffee. The flavour had the same great balance of hops and malt. Bitterness wasn't overly high, but the grapefruit and resin was solid throughout. Malts tended towards toffee and caramel, giving it a rich, balancing sweetness, with notes of nuts and biscuit as well. Hops lingered in the finish, along with increased bitterness. Medium bodied with an average carbonation level, but the CO2 was nicely integrated and gave the texture a bit of creaminess. Excellent balance makes this an easy drinking beer - and one that I'll happily have again.

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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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