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.

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,009 |  Reviews: 544
Photo of IronCitySteve
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer dinner at Willow, Pittsburgh PA.

A: Pours a distinct copper color. Provides a 2 finger beige foam head.

S: A good amount of floral hop flavor hits the nose first followed up by an abundant amount of biscuit, bread and caramel malt.

T: Like the smell, the floral hops hits the palate first, with the caramel, bread and biscuit malt hits on the back end. Together, it is quite balanced with neither the hops of malt dominating.

M: Well balanced that leaves a slighty bitter and spicy taste on the mouth.

D: Easy to drink, very well balanced. If you like malt and hops where both work together well, this is worth a try.

 629 characters

Photo of mwa423
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear and beautiful dark brown with hints of red. The beer makes a perfect finger and a half of head that sticks to every inch of the glass.

S - Pine and citrus hops with hints of some sweet malt.

T - Fantastic pine/citrus hops up front followed by some steely hops and finally some round sweet maltiness to chase it down.

M/D - Mouthfeel is rich and has a nice hop bite. I will be buying a case of this and drinking it for the rest of my spring break.

 467 characters

Photo of Fish113d
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a pint glass, it pours an aged copper color with a beige surface layer. Nothing exciting, but interesting color for an IPA...however, it IS a brown IPA, so I guess it makes sense.

Wonderful aroma! Interesting Sweet chocolate hops is how i can describe it! A bit of roast on the nose as well, but this is wonderfully sweet with a nice floral hoppiness to balance out the sweetness.

On the sip, I get a touch of chocolate and molasses up front. Quickly a biscuity & citrus hops comes in and swoops away the overly sweet molasses flavor. A bitter baker's chocolate flavor sticks around for the swallow with a continuation of florals and chocolate covered oranges sticking around. Very nice!

Mouthfeel is solid. Carbonation hits fairly hard up front, but a nice smooth finish with lots of aftertaste. Medium bodied.

This is a very interesting beer. I picked up a case of Terrapin sampler pack on a whim tonight, and so far, I've been very pleasantly surprised. I could easily enjoy a few of these in a sitting. Cheers!

 1,039 characters

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

Outstanding beer, in my opinion. Lots of everything I like, like caramel malts and citrus hops. Caramel and medicinal smell when swirled. There's another distinct smell I can't identify. The malts don't cancel out the hoppy taste. They sort of work together rather than fight one another. Mouth feel is thick and full, yet it's very drinkable. An improvement on the typical brown ale that sets it apart.

 403 characters

Photo of kirkpjr
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a nice thin brown layer of head that dissipates fairly quickly. A little thin on the pour but a nice very dark brown almost black color although light comes through when held up to it.

S: Caramel, chocolate, malts, all with a nice sweet hop kick to finish the smell. A little vanilla sneaks in too.

T: This is kind of where this beer starts to fall off. A decent bitter chocolate malt, but nothing really sticks here. The upfront taste is thin and a little watered down for a brown ale. The chocolate picks up most of the slack.

M: A little thin but the malt and chocolate lingers around in the mouth.

D: An average brown ale. Nice hoppy nose that makes it stand out among the browns, but nothing really brings me back for more. Not too filling.

 789 characters

Photo of billshmeinke
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. An extra from a trade with StormKing47.

Pours a dark brown with amber hues towards the edge of the glass. Vigorous pour yields a finger and a half cream head that retreats quickly to a bubbly layer of foam on top. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Nice floral/citrusy hop aroma. A light hint of caramel in there as well. Very interesting fragrance.

Light caramel/nutty malt. Accompanied by a a light lemony/citrus hop fragrance. The flavor underwhelms. It is a bit to light doesn't really pack a punch flavor wise, but it is interesting and refreshing.

Medium carbonation, medium bodied. It's a bit creamy.

Very refreshing. An easier drinker. Great beer for a warm day.

 700 characters

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

12oz bottle poured into my CCB snifter

A-Pours dark brown in color. A solid 2'' tan head that quickly dissapates. Leaves very nice lacing.

S- Roasted malts and hops. Not getting a whole lot in the nose besides that.

T- Citrus and hops followed by roasted malts and caramel. Leaves a slight bitterness that is very nice. Im enjoying the brew more and more as it warms. The malts seem to be getting more noticeable. I'm really liking this beer.

M- Pretty thin but I believe that the level of carbonation is perfect. I'm really impressed by the finish.

D- Gr8! I could drink this all night and be happy with it. I will def have to buy some more.

 648 characters

Photo of beermanbrian
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bronze brown color with a nice head that has some real staying power. Good lace. Earthy hops smell leaning a little toward an English IPA. Some mild chocolate and smokeyness. Taste matches the smell and finishes with some nice roasted malt with a little bitter bite. Overall I'd call this a brown ale with some pizazz. Nice beer.

 334 characters

Photo of schuyhigh
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is sweet and earthy.

Pours golden brown with thin head.

Very refreshing for an IPA. Lots of hops up front with a roasty finish. Dark chocolate and dark roast coffee come to mind on the back end. Not your average IPA yet a very enjoyable beer.

 250 characters

Photo of jcnd9803
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RomaniIteDomum for sending.

A - Dark brown with some ruby hues. It didn't even take an aggressive pour to get a tall head. Fades rather quickly, leaving a good amount of lacing.

S - Light chocolate English malt with some spicy hops.

T - This is interesting. How can something be so hoppy, yet have such a strong roasty malt backbone. It leaves an aftertaste of an English Barleywine. I'm liking this.

M - Crisp with some nice carbonation.

D - I have to get my hands on more of this. I'm done and ready for another one.

 536 characters

Photo of AlFromBayShore
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark chesnut brown and retains a sturdy frothy beige head about 1 1/2 finger width. The head is slow to dissapate.

S - roasted malts with hints of cocoa. Some small notes of caramel.

T - hoppy with a mildly bitter ending in which the roasty malt flavor underlies the entire experience. Also getting a warming sensation in the back of the throat. This cannot be the alcohol at 6.2 ABV. The overall flavor is slightly thin - a "teeny weeny" bit of watery-ness.

M - to me seems a "heavier than light" texture. Carbonation is mild like that of one of those grape sodas (ie. Nehi or Fanta).

D - good, gulping drinkability but that bitter end is not for me.

 667 characters

Photo of Kaiser81
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass

A - pours a murky brown with just the slightest touch of red highlights. There's a small ring of head that settles quickly and remains on top of the beer. Pretty good lacing on the glass too.

S - This smells like a porter. I get some caramel and toffee notes mixed with a faint whisp of hops. Brown sugar! That's what I smell in there too. Not a whole lot of strong aromas. I get some more citrus as the beer opens.

T - This tastes kind of along the lines of lagunitas' brown shugga. The prickly carbonation kind of takes away from the taste though. Some brown shugga and a flash of hopes mixed with some toffee and a roasty aftertaste. Interesting for an IPA.

M - I think it's a bit overly carbonated. Light to medium body.

D - I could probably drink a couple of these, but I'd scout the rest of the beers to see what else was there before having this again. Not bad, but not great. Nice sessionable beer, perhaps.

I've never had a brown IPA, so it's hard for me to judge this taking the style into account as well. It's not like normal IPAs I drink...so I don't know.

 1,118 characters

Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a dark brown color with a one finger tan head. The head slowly faded away but it left pretty good lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is both malty and hoppy with a lot of caramel and a little chocolate coming from the malts and some citrus coming from the hops. The taste is similar to what the nose suggests in that it's both malty and hoppy. It has a nice roasty flavor with a little bit of chocolate and coffee, but it also has a hoppy slightly citrusy flavor to it as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I really liked this beer. The hoppy flavor was a pretty good twist on the traditional brown ale, but it also had a very good strong malty and roasty flavor to back it up. Another solid offering by Terrapin that I will be buying again.

 874 characters

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

Dark brown body with plenty of ruby highlights, topped by a three finger beige head full of tunnels and caves.

Whiffs of citrus, then bakery, and a block of chocolate.

Taste has some early citrus, some light coffee, and a big bite of dark chocolate at the swallow.

Good medium mouthfeel gives something to chew on. Pleasing drinkability.

A pleasing hoppy brown.

 365 characters

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a very dark chocolate brown with a nice three finger tan head that is very creamy in appearance. Head falls slowly in pockets and leaves excellent lacing as it falls.

S: Big biscuit and bready caramel malt profile, floral grassy hops, just a hint of citrus as well. Nice aromas, nothing crazy complex, but solid.

T: Not as much malt presence in the flavor as in the nose, but the bready caramel malt still leads out followed closely by lots of spicy floral hops. Again, not overly complex, but pretty solid. The hops definitely come through nicely in the mid-palate and linger in the finish making this an india brown for sure.

M: Light medium body, a little thin for the style, but the carbonation is nice and the finish is pretty clean and dry.

D: Quite drinkable and refreshing. Wish Terrapin were on the West Coast!

 873 characters

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

I had this on tap at Victor's Italian Restaurant in York, PA. Served chilled in a shaker.

A - Translucent chestnut brown w/ 2 finger light ecru cap w/ good coating of lace the holds the glass. The ale has a tiny bead and retention is very good

S - The aroma has lots of caramel and citrus w/ a mild spice and subtle tobacco-like toast and mild roasted nut odor. The scent is slight tangerine w/ fruitiness from the hop noted in the ester

M - A feel that is both sweet and spicy w/ slight tangy astringent and mild roasted w/ gentle bitter notes. It is moderately carbonated and semi-sweet finish w/ mild alcohol, sweet+ hop bitter lingers long after the swallow

T - A very tasty toasted malt and mild sweet nuttiness w/ tang + juiciness of wet coast hops w/ citrusy zest flavor and hints of dark roast coffee w/ a bit of pine and dark sugar in the middle. The brown finishes dry yet moderately bitter w/ a hint of spice and roastiness lingering

D - I love this beer, great hoppy brown! Very full of hop taste which is vibrant, yet there is plenty of roastiness to make it seem somewhat balanced. This is enjoyable to the point where I could see ordering them back to back which is not common for me - this went well with my cheesesteak.

 1,241 characters

Photo of ThaBobfather
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark brown with a reddish hue and a great helping of foamy tan head.
Smell is not really to style-innovative high hop profile with some bitter malt.
Taste is again not what I would expect out of a Brown-maybe we re-classify this as an IPA because its much closer to that. Floral and bitter hops on the front with a really sweet ending.
Finish has a sweet/bitter after-taste that stays with me well.
Drinks great-well carbonated and refreshing.

 463 characters

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear slightly ruby brown color. Light tan two finger head. Nice hoppy notes up front with a bit of malt and caramel as well. Sweet hoppy grapfruit flavors with a malty middle and slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Another great offering from Terrapin.

 336 characters

Photo of Tilley4
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while and just sorta looked over it... Well, not today...

This pours very nicely into my pint... Nice thick creamy head atop a chestnut brown brew... This just looks creamy to me...

The aromas are a nice blend of piney hops and a plethora of roasted malts... I definitely get the coffee aspect right away along with a charcoal smokiness... Neither seems to overpower the other but blend very well...

Sharp oily biting piney hop bite right away that melds into a smoky burnt maltiness with several different things going on... Definitely coffee and some bitter dark cocoa along with a mild sweetness from the malts...

Very creamy brew this one is... Not thick like a stout, mind you, but a nice solid brew... Has some depth to it...

Overall, I like this brew quite a bit... I could definitely see myself sessioning this beer... Its not too heavy, has a great smooth taste, and won't smoke you after a couple...

Nice work, Spike!!

 976 characters

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).

 1,235 characters

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. The head that formed is tightly packed, light tan and two fingers high. Moderate dissipation leaving behind a thin layer of bubbles on the side of the glass. The body is a clear chestnut brown color with ruby hues.

Hop aromas hit the nose first. Some malt and caramel characters are in the background. The backbone is a spicy, grainy aroma that I cannot properly describe with words...

Complex flavors...hoppy start (grapefruit) that dulls to a malty middle. The hops kick in again at the end giving a bitter bite to the finish. A roasted, coffee-esque aftertaste balances this beer perfectly.

The mouth feel is medium and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable beer! A nice combination of hops and malts make this a balanced and complex offering. Definitely a beer you want to keep well stocked!

 845 characters

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

A: Dark brown, kinda rusty colored. Carbonation is great, nice head.

S: Dominated by the hops. A little bit of sweet fruit smell comes through, not too much of the malts.

T: Mmmm. This beer is delicious, earthy. A perfect blend of bitter hops and roasted malts. The coffee comes through well, not too strong, more of a bean taste.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: Goes down smooth, a little bite as to be expected from a IBA.

 434 characters

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

The cover art is awesome I must say. I am liking the notion of mixing one of my favorite beer styles, the IPA, with a sweeter, maltier brown ale. This should be a good one... Pours a sparkling brown color. Hops hit the nose then fade out to a nice chocolate and nutty maltiness. Taste jumps in with a coffee, mocha, toffee then bam! The hops drop kick the malt out of the way and slap the taste buds with a spicy bitterness, but the sweet malt has the last laugh in the end.

 474 characters

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to vicanncam for this one. Actually called Hop Karma. This will be my first Terrapin beer.

A: Pours thick 1 finger rich head that fades very slowly. The color is a lighter brown mahogany like but pretty clear.

N: Lots of dark malts, crystal/munich, some roast, other dark malts perhaps chocolate, which is accompanied by some spicy hop aromas but remain semi light. Some coffee as well.

T: Hmm, very different. Starts creamy and porter like, with some roast, coffee, dark malts, hints of creamy chocolate, a little oatmeal, and even some dark dried fruits. It adds a little hop bitterness and hints of spicy hops. This battles back and forth with the creamy roasted porter flavors for who gets the most flavor on the tongue. It even adds a hint of smoked meat flavor.

M: Creamy and pretty rich, semi thick, decent carbonation for the style.

F: Once the creamy flavor fades it bitters up a little more, and adds some bitter spicy hop characteristics. It also dries off a bit with that. The roast and slight chocolate also stick to the mouth with a syrupy maltiness. The oatmeal also seems to come out a bit more on the finish. A nice beer, I would have liked a little more hop characteristic with a name like Hop Karma, but it still is a brown ale and it's a pretty good beer.

 1,288 characters

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

Thanks to Onenote81 for this in a trade! Review is from notes taken on 1/12/10 and the pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep toffee brown with dark ruby highlights when held to the light; starts with a 1/2 finger tan head that fades to a full and uneven skim; body is dark, but you can still make out the moderately strong carbonation; a full curtain of lacing is left behind on the walls of the glass.

Smell: Tons of bitter piney and citrus hops pour out of the bottle and are even stronger coming out of the glass; a sweet array of carmally and toasty malts follow. The smell is quite potent.

Taste: Once again, Terrapin has rocked my mouth; an amazing balance of piney and citrus hops (orange/lemon) that is followed by a supporting role of sweet and toasty malts; slight presence of alcohol way in the back. Very, very solid and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Body is moderately chewy and thick (as I find that Terrapin's offerings tend to be thus far in my sampling) and holds pretty strong carbonation that keeps it lively; mouth is left with a coating all over and the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: Another great offering from Terrapin; Great smell and combo of flavors with a great sense of balance; a little filling too and makes for a great drink just before bed. I hope to find more...

 1,337 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More