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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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Ratings: 1,009 |  Reviews: 544
Photo of elgiacomo
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 12, 2009

12oz. bottle. Pours brown with a small head and decent lacing.

Balanced aroma of hops and malts.

Hoppy, yet malty flavor with some brown sugar kick.

Good mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation.

Nice session beer. Love the balance on this one.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from the Terrapin variety case that I bought from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a dark opaque dark brown/black color. The head was a light tan color, very thick, lots of sticky lacing, great retention and medium sized bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are nutty, toffee and earthy.
Taste: The flavors are roasty, hints of citrus (orange or grapefruit) and maybe some mocha.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp with a very thin body.
Drinkability: This beer is pretty good
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of zoso493
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep ruby-red color that really becomes illuminated in the light. Even a vigorous pour can only produce a negligible head which disappears almost instantly.

Smell: Really nice and complex nose to this beer. Some dark chocolate and molasses come out as well as a nice hop profile.

Taste: The taste is somewhat of a letdown. You can make out some faint hops and malts but the two are blended together terribly.

Mouthfeel: Decent body and carbonation but it's very oily and unpleasant to the palate.

Drinkability: Due to the oily nature of the mouthfeel, I think I'll probably have trouble finishing just this one.

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Photo of Beejay
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep oak in color with red hues in the light. a nice tan head sits atop it, whispering... drink me!

S: Hops at first, earthy with a bit of citrus. There is something sweet in there as well, though I can't put my finger on it.... Perhaps just a hint of strawberries.

T: Hops right at the front, big and bold. Grassy, with a bit of a burnt flavor to it.. It ends with a sweetness that I don't think I can explain. Pretty good.

M: Fairly thick, carbonation seems a tad high.

D: A good beer, but not my favorite. It's a nice one to have every so often, but there is something in the hop profile that I am not sure I love.

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Photo of Walken
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin, India Brown Ale (Tasted 10/12/09)
12 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint.

Thanks to Mikesgroove for the fresh bottles!

Appearance: Rich dark chestnut brown with a bubbly kahki head that stands three fingers high, fading slowly into a cap bejewled with bubbles. The ring around the edges of the beer is monstrous, clinging to the glass as the beer disappears.
Odor: Hops waft up to my nose first, sap, flowers and grapefruit pith layered nicely just over dark chocolate and bread crust malt aromas.
Consistency: Somewhere in the middle of medium bodied, I get the feeling the body is coming from equal parts malt and hop oils.
Flavor: Ooooh-weeee. I think I'm in love. Hops rush in first, bitterness is restrained and clean but the flavor is monstrous. Orange, grapefruit and sweet earthy flavors rock out side by side with a very full chocolatey backbone, sweet and roasty caramel pop in here and there, adding a bit of dimension to the bittersweet roasted character of this beer. The malt flavors become more pronounced in the finish, which is surprisingly clean, leaving toffee, fudge brownie and lingering grapefruit hop flavor sitting on the palate,

It's very obvious that a lot of thought & time went into developing this recipe, it feels like even if you were to cut the hop bill in half, it would still be a remarkable brown ale.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark, almost stoutish black that can only be discerned as brown with the aid of a little extra light. Small, quickly receding light tan head with significant lacing

S - A nice balance of hops and malty sweetness with a hint of roasted/smoked malt.

T - A smack of hoppiness up front, with a rather nutty (pecans?) finish. The hops definitely dominate.

M - Average, a hint on the creamy side.

D - If you like hops in your brown ale, this is perfect for you. a nice fusion of two traditional styles. Nothing groundbreaking, but good nonetheless

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a tan, foamy, two finger head. Tons of sticky lacing from top to bottom.

Grapefruit and earthy hops are the first to hit the nose, then it converts to the brown ale- toasted and sweet malts.

The taste has a strong sweet brown sugar malt base, and is peppered with spicy and earthy hops that resemble dried leaves. There is a little bit of the citrus hops in their that cut the sweet and spicey with a citrus acidity.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Finish is bitter.

I really enjoyed this beer and made a nice little session out of it on NYE. I wish it was available in my neck of the woods, but I do frequent the south quite a bit and this could be a staple on my visits.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 12/24/09.

A - Hazy dark copper with burgundy highlights and a thin, creamy tan head that reduced to a patchy retention, depositing thick, foamy lace all along the rim of the glass.

S - Initial aroma is earthy hops with a backing of citrus notes and dark malt reminiscent of chocolate, caramel and burnt sugars. Hops begin to dominate, imparting a green, leafy herbal hop essence.

T - Very pronounced hop character with a varied hop profile suggesting citrus fruit, herbal notes and a hint of sharp pine. The dark malt character evokes rich chocolate, sweet caramel and some woody notes reminiscent of tree bark. Finishes with an earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a warm and bristly mouthfeel and syrupy texture. Finishes with moderate earthy bitter notes that linger for a bit on the palate.

D - Honestly, more breweries need to add an India Brown Ale to their rosters. I really enjoy this style, as it tends to incorporate my favorite aspects of an IPA and a porter. This example is nice and hoppy, but also pretty complex with woody and earthy notes.

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper kissed brown with a thin yellowish-tan head. HEad retained well and left spotty lace.

S- Notes of cocoa, caramel malt, spicy hop pop and a touch of tobacco.

T-Fairly rich toasted caramel malt, dry, dark chocolate, tobacco and a touch of smokiness. All of this lying over a spicy herbal hop bite. Semi-dry finsih.

M-Medium bodied with a fairly sharp bite. Good lingering astringency and hop bitterness.

D-A well crafted collaboration of styles with the dark malts complementing the spicy hops rather nicely. This is an easy one to put down. I seem to enjoy this "style" quite a bit and this one is no exception.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ozer, $8.99 a six pack.

Appearance: Dark ruby- light brown. The head is tan and short lived. Nice sheets of lacing.

Smell: Pretty pungent grapefruit and piney hops. Caramelly malt. Burnt toast.

Taste: Nice bitter hops bite, mostly grapefruity. The burnt toast flavor is pretty prominent to me, and adds to the bitterness. There is good malty sweetness for balance, but this is definitely more bitter than sweet. Finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation allows for a slight creamy-foaminess. Nice. Dry and astringent finish.

Drinkability: Very nice fusion of styles. No cop out on the "India" part of this with nice hops kick. Could have a little more malty sweetness. I would like another please.

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Photo of dsw4b
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass. Pours a dark brown with creamy, short-lived head. Aroma is mild with malts dominant. Medium in body. Since Brown Ales are not my favorite, what hop bitterness is present is very welcome. However, I'd really like to see more assertiveness from the hops. That said, this is not a bad beer.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this new brew into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was dark mahogany colored and the beer poured a fair ta colored head. The beer smelled like coffee and had a slight coffeeish taste to it. The beer also had a nutty flavor that I found very tasty. I will buy again for sure.

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Photo of Tone
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is dark brown with an obvious rosy glow on the edges and the head is average depth but breaks quickly into fluffy yellow tan blotches and fair lacing. The aroma is strong pine hops and sweet licorice. There's also a sort of Dr. Pepper touch, kind of nice. The flavor is a mellow version of the aroma. But there is definitely a big pine bite with a warm herbal malt, earthy and grainy. The feel is medium with a resinous touch but pretty spritzy carbonation makes this a fairly refreshing treat that's plaenty drinkable. Very tasty, a brown ale with lots of hop fun!

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Photo of tattooedtolley
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice, rich mahogany brown with deep red highlights. Khaki head short lived.

Aroma: Big hop aroma, very much a west coast IPA aroma. Little else to be found.

Taste: a huge hop profile and a nice smokey malt finish. The label says its a west coast ipa meets a malty english brown, perfect description.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium in body, drinks like the styles it emulates. Crisp.

Drinkability: Sessionable. Wish I had another.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.48/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes

Cola brown pour, fairly small head. Big caramel and cola sweetness in the nose with some earthy hops and a weird spoiled milk characteristic.

Taste is kind of a watery mess...some toasted malts and hops but nothing really prominent, and that odd spoiled milk returns in the background. Some ash and charred oak. Not really good at all.

Mouthfeel is normal for the style, but this is quite simply a drain pour for me. Not horrible I guess, but definitely far below average.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 11/11/09
Best by the 5th week of September

Thanks to Freethyhops for the bottle

A - Rustic crimson/brown in color. 1/8th inch of foam dissipates rapidly to a thin layer leaving little in the way of retention. There are a few speckles of lace.

S - Sweet malt aromas; caramel, molasses & faint dark fruits - maybe raisin & prune. Hints of candied malts.

T - Bitter & spicy hops greet the tongue & are in abundance (much more so than the nose). Less surprising then, that the prominent malts of the nose are down-played here, becoming something of a toasty blur. Caramel, molasses & dark fruits become more distinguishable as it warms.

M - The lack of foam belies the rather prickly carbonation offered here. Medium to full bodied with some resiny grit.

D - Not bad at all; I wouldn't mind having one from time to time. Interestingly enough, with the maltiness of the nose & the spiciness of the hops this seems akin to a very hoppy barleywine.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown color with a moderate beige head that settles into clumps. Slight aroma of fresh hops and toasty brown malts. Initial flavor here is your standard India Pale hops (pine) plus caramel malt, which is quickly followed by a nutty, slightly roasty malt flavor. You can also pick out a little chocolate malt in there. Finishes very dry with a subdued bitterness. Mouthfeel is fine, leaning a little more toward the IPA side of things with higher carbonation.
This is a solid hybrid and a nice change of pace. Will look for the India Brown more often.

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Photo of Thur123
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark ruby brown color with a little off white head that fades quickly. The carbonation looks full and the smell is...hop bitterness undercut by strong toasted bread like malt. The hops almost smell thin compared to the malt character, which is much fuller. Caramel and toffee add to the overall roast flavor of the malt.

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The hop flavor is huge on the front end with all the herbal and floral bitterness, and even a bit of citrus paired with the sweet piney taste that dominates the hops aftertaste. All of this goes on while malt rounds out the bottom end with that roasted character that's honestly a little at odds with the hop flavor. It like each aspect would be perfect in their respective styles but together their just a bit off. Overall a pretty good beer that's unique for certain, just not exquisite.

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Photo of beerad666
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, much darker then your typical brown. Very little head on this one, just a thin tan top with no lacing. The aroma has a lot more coffee then you'd expect. There is some chocolate, carmel and a heavy hand of malts as well. From the look of the glass and the aroma I was expecting something heavier then what I got. The mouthfeel was very thin and smooth. It had a good amount of sweetness along with a nice hop bite. This didn't taste burnt but rather roasted. I liked this little guy, it was complex and interesting.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Deep brown color with a fluffy off-white head that recedes fairly quickly. Leaves good streaky lacing behind.

The first thing to hit the nose is the hops. Should have been tipped off by the whole "Indian" thing in the name, but yeah. Beyond the hops, there's a caramel/toffee layer. Taste brings everything from the nose along with roasty and sweet notes. Bitterness is there, but it's blended in there well.

Mouthfeel is pretty silky smooth; oily. Light to medium amount of carbonation. Medium bodied. Quite drinkable. Interesting combination of brown ale and IPA. Essentially a hopped up brown ale.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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 thain709
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The body was a darker brown with nice ruby highlights...a light tan head formed and stood about a finger...it settled into a spotty cap with a nice ring...good lacing

S - A very earthy hop presence with a huge malt backbone that supported chocolate and caramel aromas

T - The first thing that hits you are the hops...this is really a hopped up brown ale...both citrus and pine varieties...the transition from hops to malt wasn't very good...the middle of this beer lacked...once the malts came in full force they really provided a strong chocolate malt presence...there are some faint hints of coffee and caramel but the roasted chocolate malts stand out

M - Medium bodied...smooth with a nice finish of chocolate malts

D - I loved the idea of a hopped up brown ale but this one was just okay...the taste presented a great hop profile and a wonderful malty finish but the middle of the beer lacked...I'm happy to finally have sampled a Terrapin brew

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Photo of eljefe21
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Ruby red brown in color. Fluffy off white single-finger head settles down to a thin cap. Coating thin lacing all over the sides on the glass.

S: Some faint burnt, sweet malt smells, but little else and very faint.

T: Taste is very solid for a brown. Malts and some sweetness. Maybe some toffee, biscuit and burnt flavors too.

M: Decent carbonation is followed by a medium bodied feel. Flavor coats the tongue for a very satisfying and lasting finish.

D: An easy drinker, as a good brown should be. My wife is a big brown fan, so I'll definitely be grabbing this one for her again. A solid beer for any time of the year.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

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Photo of pwoods
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Pours a murky light coffee brown. Nice 1 1/2 finger head with decent retention and some lacing.

S: Plenty going on with the malts. Chocolately, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and plenty of hops.

T/M: Tasty. Flavors from the nose but with some added roastness and a touch of coffee to compliment everything. Definitely more bitterness than a normal brown and a bit oily. Body is medium full with smooth carbonation. Finishes very dry... too dry.

D: Tasty and somewhat drinkable.

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Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,009 ratings
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