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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Reviews: 543 | Ratings: 1,009
Photo of bpw28
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Finger off white head, ruby/blood red color, good lacing.

Smell: Coffee, Roasty, Piney, Dark Fruits, Brown Sugar, Light Spicy, Smells Very Sweet.

Taste: Chocolate, Coffee, Very nice breadiness, Woody/Pineiness, Decent Coffee like bitterness.

Final Thoughts: This one was an upset on the IPA part, but it was one hell of a nice brown ale. Think of this one as a brown ale more then an IPA.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Jax in Florida.

A- Pours a slightly hazy brown body with a thin off-white cap that sticks around for a while. Leaves a slight trail of lace.

S- Wow. A big hop punch. A lot of pine and citrus with some caramel that backs it all up.

T- Caramel sweetness and a nice piney hop flavor that lasts.

MF- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of zrab11
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice brown color with a 1 finger mocha head

S- Has the aroma of carmel and pine, also getting some roasted malts and hops smell

T- Has a really nice carmel hops begginning then moves on to a roasted malts flavor and then finish's with a creamy "almost chocolate milk" flavor

M-Light to medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall i thought its style was an IPA and i would of knocked it alittle but if its in the style of Brown ale its def. one id get again.. I hope the nice brown ale flavors with the Hoppy kick to it. alittle thin but overall id drink this again!

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

Dark brown pour with plenty lighter notes around the edges. Head was tan in color, more bubbly than creamy; not much lace. The aroma has a nice equal blend of juicy citrus and floral, piny hops, and roasted malts and milk chocolate sweetness, coming through in the order of hops then malt. The reverse happens with the taste: Sweet roasted, toasted malts with a big underlying chocolate taste, followed by a crisp, floral hop bite on the finish. Wasn't extremely in your face, but it was definitely a nice marriage of the two different tastes. With a nice medium, slightly creamy body, good carbonation level and clean finish, drinkability of this ale is quite good. This is a style I could really start enjoying often, and this is a very nicely done rendition.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: A translucent dark brown color with a thin tan head.

S: Smells just slightly sweet with pastries and malt. Subtle, but nice.

T/M: There are a small amount of hops in this one but the rest of it is full bodied with a borderline creamy texture. It’s a very good balance between nuttiness and hoppiness that isn’t overly flavorful, but still a very good beer.

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Photo of rrski198
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A; Small mocha colored head. A few slow rising bubbles that are hard to see through the dark crimson/brown color.

S: Fresh candied lemon peel. Pine needles and caramel/butterscotch.

T: Beautifully balanced hops and brown creamy ale. Really digging this one Roasted bitter goodness.

M: Average carbonation with a decent hop spice. The roasted malt kicks on the front of the tongue with the hops at the back.

O: A real nice offering. Awesome hop bite with a solid toasted caramel malt backbone.

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Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious and unique take on the two styles. Aroma was nice. Hops with a mix of nutty brown malt. Pour was a nice deep brown with a 2-finger tan head and good bubbles. Good retention. Taste was very unique. Tasted like a nutty brown ale infused with Bitter hops hops. Average carbonation and a bitter mouth biting aftertaste. Thin mouth feel. Nice change of pace.
Very Sessionable.

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

Interesting hybrid of a beer. It'll be an interesting one.

Has a rather floral aroma...hops forward, with a roasted malt background.

Taste starts out with a chocolate malt body reminiscent of many brown ales many of us have had...from there though, it quickly goes into a floral hoppiness that isn't ridiculously strong but is worthy of an IPA. This is paired with a lesser roasted malt contingent on the finish that helps close out the beer. There is some medicinal bitterness that lingers for a little while after the swallow.

Interesting collaboration between a brown ale and an IPA. Both sides of the equation definitely come out. It wouldn't be among my first choices for either styles, but it's decent.

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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 woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once more, tone77 has hooked me up with some bottled beer to help keep my bottle numbers aligned with my CAN stats. It is a tough life, but such things are important.

My pour netted me two fingers of deep-tan head with decent retention. Color was a deep ruby/garnet red with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an initial blast of pine hops followed by a wash of chocolate. I am leery of these types of hybrids/fusions/head-on collisions, especially the suddenly popular Black IPA, but I have an open mind (mostly) and will try anything once. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were prevalent on the tongue. This I like! The finish was initially very hoppy, followed by a brief visitation of a cocoa powder-like sweetness, then a return the hops. Frankly, I really dug the hoppiness and was less enamored of the chocolate. I wish that we could keep them separated ...

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Photo of therica
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flannery's, Mercersburg PA

A= darker brown, nice tan head.

S= hops and nuts

T= very roasted-nutty with some dry chocolate hints, slightly thick, shades of being nearly in the stout or porter ranges, very nice. Plentiful hops florals and bitters but not overdone or outbalanced on the hops-bitters. For an IPA style, though, it's really on the lesser end of the IBU scale and more mid-range.

M= nice hops florals, slight dryness, with roasted nuts and some chocolate notes.

O= very nice brown ale and as I said, nearly into the lighter stout/porter family of styles as far as flavor.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Bobby.

A: the pour is dark brown in color, perhaps mahogany, with a ringer of tan head.

S: Interesting nose. Starts off with some mild chocolate and nutty notes. The hops are there but not terribly intense. Somewhat grassy with citrus peel. More malt flavors in the form of toffee and toasted bread.

T: Sweet malts make up the bulk of the flavor. Chocolate, toffee, light caramel, and some toasted nutty notes. Floral hop flavors along with a bit of citrus peel and a light piney bitterness.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: Would have been better if it was just a brown ale or if it had been much hoppier.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with khaki head.

The smell is sweet malt and resiny hops.

The taste is on par with the smell. It is still a hop forward beer and you can tell they used different varieties of hops due to not a single hop flavor shining through. The malt is there but more of an over all sweetness.

A good beer but at a kind of awkward IPA or Black IPA impasse. A solid brew none the less!

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Photo of boss302
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Brown, with a small head 4

S Lots of caramel chocolate malt aroma. Smells like carapils malt tastes. Not much hop aroma for a beer with IPA in its name. 4

T Lots of roasted flavor. Hops show up here where they weren't as noticeable in the aroma. Balance is good. Smooth with a roasty finish and no astringency. 4.5

M thick full body, carbonation seems low. 4 

D Yes, definitely worth having another. 4 

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

I have to admit, I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this beer, but I liked the label, and the blending of styles interested me.

It poured a nice chestnut color with a two finger tan head that dissipated preety quickly and left nice webs of lace. This beer smells great! It has a nice aromatic aroma roasted malt and citrusy notes from the hops, as well as some other things. It was very pleasant. The flavor is a little more brown ale than IPA, especially at first, but there is a nicely balanced hops finish to it.

I really enjoyed this beer, and will work it into my regular rotation. It was very smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of Pellinore1
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SlickMcCricket for sending this one.

Pours deep mahogany, with about a finger of very light tan head. This fades, leaving thin cap of lacing.

I am really enjoying the smell of this one. There is a very nice blend of toasty malt and spicy hops, as well as a touch of sweetness.

The flavor opens with some citrusy hops, then shows some biscuit malt and a bit of spice.

Smooth, with some nice carbonation, the mouthfeel here is good.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer, but not an IPA by any stretch. I'd happy have one again given the opportunity.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown body with a light tan head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Smells like a typical brown ale expect this one has a nice, though faint, piney hop bite to it.

T: Upfront flavor is roasted malts as well as some caramel. It's then followed by some pine hops, but finishes citrusy and dry.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, and lean mouthfeel.

O: This was a good beer, but pretty average. I would drink this again if I saw it, but I wouldn't seek it out. Definitely a nice spin on the style.

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

Pours a dark shade of brown with rusty orange edges when held up to light. One finger cream/khaki head.

The aroma is mostly nutty malt. The hop note is floral with a slight citrus rind zing. The taste is comprised of a solid malt base...raisin like sweetness, whole grain. The hops do translate but this beer is more of a hoppy brown than a brown IPA. Hop presence brightens things up mid palate and adds some extra lingering bitterness to what is a typical brown. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of things, for both brown ales and IPAs. Carbonation is high.

Overall, not a bad blending of styles. Flavorful, somewhat interesting, easy drinking.

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

A 12 oz bottle pored into a standard pint glass

A - A dark brown color that shows some clarity in the light. Nice tan head, with plenty of lace left on the glass.

A - Sweet malt grains combined with citrus and piney hops. A hint of molasses and caramel. Smells great!

T - Roasted malts up front, with some sweet caramel and citrus flavors in the middle. A nice hoppy bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied. Very smooth. Good carbonation.

D - High drinkability. I have put this beer in my regular rotation for years, as it has grown on me over time. I love hoppy IPA type beers as well as brown's, so its the best of both worlds. Well done Terrapin.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly translucent deep brown. A 1/4' head formed at the top of the pours with some lacing throughout the glass.

S: Roasted malts and citrus hops are most prevalent in the nose. Some sweet molasses and caramel and a trace of piney hops are present in the nose as well.

T: Roasted malts dominate the taste buds at the onset of the sip. Some sweetness of caramel come into the middle along with some citrus and pine hops. The bitterness of the hops and roastiness trail off into the finish.

M: The feel is slightly creamy and fairly thin on the tongue. Adequate carbonation is present.

Overall, this is a good beer. The flavors are well rounded and fairly well balanced. The roasted malts and bitter hops interact well in the flavors creating a very pleasant and refreshing beer.

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

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into pint glass. Had a drink by date notched in for the 2nd week of August.

A - Poured a very clear, dark brown with hints of ruby on the edges. Even after a slightly aggressive pour, I only got about a one finger head which dissipated quickly. Left slight lacing on the way down.

S - Mostly sweet toasted malts, but a hint of pine and citrus notes from the hops. Definitely more brown ale than IPA!

T & M - Medium body and carbonation. Again, this is mostly a brown ale, but there is some hop bitterness there. Finishes kinda dry and sweet, but overall nice taste amd feel.

Overall - I really liked this beer. Got it in a trade recently and wish it was distributed here. I'd definitely buy it and drink it again. Love Terrapin's labels too!

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Photo of nataku00
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (drink by date of June) poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown and opaque beer with a half a finger of bubbly tan colored head that quickly dissipated to a collar of bubbles around the edge of the surface. Some decent lacing along the edge of the glass as the beer is swirled.

Nose is fairly typical of a brown ale, roasted malt, baked bread. A touch of caramelized sugar and light citrus rounds out the nose. Not very exciting or strong though.

Taking a sip, malty up front, roasted, caramel, and a touch of citrus hops on the finish. Easy to drink, medium bodied with a decent soft carbonation that lightly scrubs the tongue. As the beer warms, I do get a slightly metallic taste, similar to one other Terrapin beer I've tried. However, this one is a drinkable.

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Photo of Dhren1979
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: 2011

Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby red near the edges. Transparent. About 1/2” worth of head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Slight piney hop aroma, but seems to be mellowed by the toasted malts. Some spicy bitterness in the aroma as well.

T: More hop presence than what I expected based on the nose. Piney, floral and woodsy hops. Malts keeping the bitterness from being too strong for this style.

M: Nice medium body brew. Might be improved with some more carbonation, but that is my opinion. Nice dry finish, though.

O: I like this beer, but I do not love it. Though I would buy a pint if I were to see it in a pub down in Georgia.

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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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