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 MarkSCCOT
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Charleston. Excited to see.

A. Dark rich brown with little to no head, but some lacing.

S. Sweet malt backbone, but a whiff of floral hops.

T. Sweet malt but with a great citrusy floral hop bite. Well balanced. It is easy to get macho with the hops, but I certainly enjoy a well balanced brew.

M. Moderate carbonation with a medium body.

D. A very drinkable beer. I definitely downed a few of them!

Another great beer from Terrapin, one I believe I will make a standard. This is a favorite brewery of mine. It is located in the south, where we "Have no beer culture" according to someone...

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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 meechum
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap tonight at Taco Mac.

A - Poured into pint glass it came to the table with almost no head but a deep amber color with highlights of reds in it

S - Could smell the sweet malts and the then a big of floral hops

T - There is a hint of the sweet but was taken over aggressively with the hops and it totally overpowered what the malts where trying to do for it, to me it was just totally unbalanced

M - Carbonation was good but other than that nothing special going on

D - I left about a 1/4 of it because we were ready to go and I just wasn't feeling it. I'll most likely revisit this beer but it'll be a while

Disclaimer - I just got finished having a 60 minute and I wonder if the IPA before hand just beat up the taste buds before moving on to this one..will revisit this beer with a clean pallate and figure it out

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Photo of BeerSox
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap into nonic.

Ruby tint under a dark brown, one finger head which settles to a foamy cap. Sticky ringed lacing along the glass.

The aroma is mostly malt with a little bit of hopiness. For the taste, the malts are smooth and creamy with a touch of caramel. On the other side the hops are sharp and linger to the end. Medium bodied with good carbonation to go along with a good pour. The alcohol can be detected as the beer warms.

This beer almost has two personalities. One is a sweet and smooth malt side, the other is a sharp biting hop side. This was a very enjoyable beer.

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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 brewcrew76
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade that was bottled from the traders personal keg.

A - Pours a light brown/aurburn when held to the light and a muddy earthy color when not. Thin off white head that leaves a layer of lace on top throughout.

S - Caramel, toasted nuts, toffee, hint of chocolate and citrus hops. More hop aroma than usual for a brown.

T - Citrus and pine hops, caramel, biscuit and chocolate. Bitterness throughout with the hops both in the beginning and finish.

M - Mouthfeel is thin to medium with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - The strong hop character does not seem to play really well with the biscuit and chocolate flavors. Still a solid brown that I would drink again.

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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 Bamabrew22
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the first times I've ever seen this in Alabama. Great looking beer; poured a coppery brown straight from the tap, with lots of bubbly carbonation and a 1.5 finger fluffy head. Smell was of toasted, maybe roasted malt, mixed nuts and spices. Tasted great; generous malt flavor, nutty, earty undertones, almost toffee-like with just a kiss of hops. Great balance. You won't be disappointed if you try this one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a creamy, light tan head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted nuts and caramel with just a smidgen of chocolate. Hops impart mostly citrus notes with some pine and a light grassiness in there as well.

Taste: Earthy malt flavor of toasted nuts and caramel. More pine showing in the taste, with citrus and fresh-cut grass taking a backseat. Plenty of bitterness in the dry, lightly chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Just a touch watery.

Drinkability: Its alright.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring at the Roswell Taco Mac, I was excited to see a at least four Terrapin brews flowing while stopping in around lunch time. Appears a dark cola brown tone with a caramel beige tight formed head dwindles at a moderate pace leaving ample lacing around my glass. Aromatics upfront with the hops in addition to herbal a little pine and citrus are flowing as well interesting nice roasty mild chocolate and a bit of a nutty character are found within dark roasted malts. Flavor was smooth upfront hop bitterness adds some much needed character to a typical flat style in my opinion I really enjoy this hopped up brown much like the DFH version which I really like. More aggressive hops with citrus, herbal, and mild pine finish the malts all come together with mild roasty chocolate and touch of caramel coffee notes blended nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation creeps along the palate with such finesse a touch of hop oil making it just a tad slick. Drinkability is great awesome hoppy brown ale I love this take on the style and like all other Terrapin brews I came across in Georgia it's quality.

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

This was really good. On tap at the Brick Store in a 20 oz. pint glass. It was an amber brown color with a lacy white head. I thought "India Brown" might just be a clever title - but it really shares the qualities of an IPA and a brown ale. Really, the overuse of hops in IPAs and the unbalanced malt sweetness of brown ales pair perfectly together.

The hops were clean, fresh, and assertive; the malt was sweet. It tasted something like a weizenbock but with the fruity profile of an ale yeast. I would really like to know what ingredients were in this - it was such a balanced brew that no one thing stuck out. I'll definitely have this one again.

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

Came out a bit darker than I was expecting. Colour was a dark red bronze with a slightly offwhite head that lasted 60 seconds..maybe. Smell was floral hops and a little bit of malt hiding in the back. Taste was very hoppy, and then a very pronounced ground coffee bean taste which had a quite dry finish. I liked it. Not the best thing Terrapin has released, but it wasn't bad at all.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW. I dont really know what else I can say about this. Poured a deep dark brown with a nice 2 inch plus off white head. Slow fade left behind ample lace. Smell was obnoxiously hoppy, so fresh, like a fresh cut lawn. The taste was everything I could want in a brew. Disguntingly great fresh hop profile, great carbonation and a perfect feel. Maybe my favorite on tap beer i have ever had, perfect in many ways!!

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

65 IBUs, 5 different hops and 7 different malts, per Dustin at Terrapin Beer Company.

Rich and brown in color, hazy in appearance. Decent head of tan, but quickly dissipated into a thin lace. Amazingly spicy notes of hop goodness in the nose with some dark sugar action.. Nice balance on the palate with flavors of roasted malts dancing with the spritey hops. Smooth if not velvety. I would have expected it to be otherwise with the grain bill being what it is. Nice finish indeed. Hardly a malt bomb or hops sludge - as balanced a brew of this nature that I have had in some time.

I am excited to finally get this one. Brews like this are the reason why the demise of the South-Atlantic beer scene had been greatly exaggerated.


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Photo of tigerpaws
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance...dark brown with a bit of a amber hue to it. Tan head and lots of lace as you drink it.

Smell...more on the hoppy side than the malt, but not overpowering.

Taste...a good balance but to me the hops came out on top but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel...IMO was excellent, probably heavy to the novice but very smooth to myself.

Drinkability...I'm a hophead and not a big fan of browns and I can say I'll be drinking this brew a lot. I think ti's more of a beer for hops lovers than people who enjoy browns. But can be enjoyed by both.

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Photo of 0tt0
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pint from Taco Mac - Perimeter Area.

Beer came to table way too cold and with almost no head (I attribute the head to the bartender more than the beer.) I requested a different beer to allow this one to sit for a while a get to a good temp. Color is a light brown with ruby highlights when held up to the window.

A whiff of the beer brings the usual suspects: rich, malty toffee, some pumpernickel bread, and a background of floral hops. Pretty tasty. The first sip brings the same nose elements into play and then BAM--the hops take over. All the brown is lost almost immediately, giving way to a hoppy, fruity middle and a dry-as-bone finish. I have to say, the ending is more appealing than the opening, which doesn't say much considering this is a BROWN ale. Moutfeel is pretty thin. Given the ABV, I could down several of these with no problems. I'm a little disappointed. Though I enjoyed the beer, its a bit too much of a departure from the style.

***Note: The last two sips of this beer showecased the malt a bit more. I want to give this one another shot. Maybe a better pour and more warmth will change it up some.

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

The color was a rich golden brown with a good thick tan head.
The nose had a bright citrus hops aroma mixed with carmelized brown sugar and a hint of coffee.
The first wave of flavor was the rich roasted malt then a huge surge of citrusy hops mid palate. The finish slowly fades into a smooth brown sugar, toasted bread, and a hint of fresh hop leaf.

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