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 dpodratsky3
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: A dark, deep brown color, has some ruby hints too, with a light tan head. Looks pretty enticing.

S: A balanced smell of caramel malt and hops with a slightly salty finishing note.

T: Definitely not as strong as the smell, but still good. Huge sweet caramel flavor and toasted malts make up the majority here. A good hop presence balances out the taste nicely.

M: A pretty heavy body on this one. Creamy, smooth, and a mouth coating feel from the malts.

D: Big malt profile makes it a slower drinking beer, but that is to be expected. Great flavor that deserves savoring.

Notes: Not my first terrapin beer, but my first terrapin review. A very nice example from a "local" brewery. Brown ales are one of my favorite styles and this one definitely hits the spot. Nice big malt flavors that stand out on their own, but still slightly balanced by the hops. I am glad they didn't go the way of some current trends and throw in a bunch of hops for the hell of it. This style should be roasted and malty and it fits the bill perfectly.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber hue with a figer and a half off white frothy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant citrus hop with toasted malts and soft cocoa.

The taste consisted of toasted malts, a slight burnt caramel and a fruity hop.

The mouthfeel was a touch thin for the style.

Overall a tasty and very quaffable brown ale.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of molasses and strong caramel malt with a clean bitter finish. Taste is also characterized by strong caramel and molasses malt with a dry bitter hoppy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting take on the style with more malt then expected but less hops then I had hoped for.

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

Pours a clear brown color nice thumb sized head that falls to ringed scum that leaves some decent lace.

Aroma is wonderful caramel nice pine forest hops light molasses notes along with light fruitiness also.

Taste is caramel malt with light toffee notes. Hops are big on palate citrusy to start but moves to lingering pine notes. Simple but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is mediumish with nice peppy carbonation that really brings out the hops.

Drinkability is great, really enjoying this one the nose is wonderful. Will be buying more of this one in the future.

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Photo of Gavage
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear brown color with a fluffy 2" head that lasts. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: pine, grapefruit, and a earthy tone create a unique aroma.

Taste: toasted malt sweetness with some grapefruit, pine, hint of nuttiness, prune sweetness, and some mild earthy flavors. Bitterness is stronger than expected making it a bit unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start and finishes smooth. Dryness arrives late. Long aftertaste with the bitterness dominating. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: decent but this one is a bit to hoppy. After two of these I began to look elsewhere. For those who like aggressive beers this is for you.

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

According to this funny ass bottle label, this beer is "brewed with 5 varieties of hops and 7 malts" which sounds amazing to me.

A: Pours a hearty opaque nut brown color with slight amber tinges when held to light. The head is a big off-white fluff machine that leaves perfect notches of lacing along the glass. Nice looking brew.

S: The nose is more of that of a heavy monster double IPA than that of a brown ale. Super hoppy; aromatic, floral, bittering hops are huge in this one. In the background lies a malty monster of a backbone, truly a perfect combination. Caramel, chocolate, and amber malts are identifiable.

T: A whirlwind of hops and malts! A little overwhelming at first because it is truly a pile of goodness, but once you calm down and start picking up different flavors, it is pretty damn good. The hops are a little more bittering than I thought they would be, which kind of takes away and overwhelms other flavors, but still delicious. The malts are caramel, amber, and chocolate among others and they are all truly delicious.

MF/D: Medium/light in body, high carbonation, looong bitter hops finish.

Pretty damn delicious, an interesting and creative brew. Definitely worth a try

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Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from chefmikeanderson, thanks Mike!

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3+ fingers of tan head. Stellar lacing & head retention

S: Pineyness & grapefruit, some caramel as this warms

T: Pineyness, grapefruit & toasty malt up front. Leafy hops, dryness, more grapefruit & a bit of caramel as this warms. finishes with flinty dryness, a hint of fruittyness, pineyness & more grapefruit, came real close to pulling a 5.0 here

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & excellent balance

Pretty easy to drink, shame I only have the one..This hop mix reminds me of PTE in many regards. Think west coast brown ale, well done Terrapin!

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

This beer pours a deep rich brown with about a finger of light tan head that quickly recedes but leaves a lovely crema.

The smell is of richly roasted malt, with a pronounced hop edge. I get hints of chocolate, berry and pine.

Its taste is lovely. The roasted malt has a lot of cocoa to it, which is kept in check by a solid dose of piney, oily hops. The finish is back to a cocoa flavor, but bitter, not overly sweet at all. Very nice.

Creamy and a bit slick on the palate. Could perhaps benefit from a hair more carbonation.

Overall a solid brew from Terrapin and one I have been enjoying immensely this late summer.

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Photo of johannasclimacus
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a nice deep brown with some shines of red in the light. Very small, 1/8th inch layer of tan head that dissipates quickly. Some nice rings of lacing are forming around the inside of the glass; a mild surprise based on the brown ales I've had so far.

Smell is good, has a big malt presence and a light roasted grain to back this up. I'm getting a little bit og alcohol in the smell too, which doesn't come through in the taste. Taste is huge, a lot going on here. Malts bring some chocolately, roasty flavors and there is a very nice hop profile as a backbone. Hops really come through in the finish and aftertaste.

Moutfeel is perhaps a bit thin for the style, but I'm a big fan because it greatly increases the drinkability of this one. Very nice work by Terrapin; highly recommended!

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

Pours a nice deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a smallish dirty tan head which leaves torn curtains of lacing.

Aroma is quite nice, a rich full smell of toasted malt and bright fruity hops.

The flavour is quite intense, a strong malt full of deep toasted character, with hints of caramel and sweet toffee with an equally strong (probably stronger) bitter hop presence. I detect little in the way of fruit flavors from the hops, mostly pine bitterness which rides on the sweet malt from the tip of the tongue to the back of the mouth.

The mouthfeel is I think on the thin side of medium so I think it could be a bit chewier, but as it is it's not bad. Carbonation is medium/low but there is enough to keep it from feeling flat and to provide a tingle on the tongue along with the strong hop bitterness.

I've gotten away from hoppy beers lately but I could easily get back into them after trying this beer! I do wish perhaps there had been a bit more complexity on the malt side as compared to the hop.

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Photo of thesyko56
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with 1 inch head. Very nice pour from a bottle.

S: Chocolaty with subtle hints of hops

T: Superb IBA. It has a better balance of hops to malt compared to other versions such as Dogfish Head. Makes the taste very crisp and a best of both worlds situation for a hop head in the mood for a maltier beer.

M: Medium feel. Creamy

D: Very drinkable. Smooth with a little bite but not harsh.

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Photo of B891
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clean glass. Rich, dark color topped with a thin creamy white head which lingers for a while. Nice lacing.

Smells of chocolate, malt, and some floral hints. Also of note is the compelling hoppiness.

The taste backs up the aroma. There is a slight bite from the hops which leads to the creamy chocolate and malt. Being a relatively strong beer, %6.2, the alcohol doesn't present itself very strongly. There is also a faint presence of pine.

The beer fells very good on the tongue, not too heavy. The drink-ability may be this beers standout quality. It is so smooth and goes down so well it leaves you wanted another sip.

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Photo of mikey711
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from markwise. Thanks Mark

A: s translucent brown with a nice off white head. good lacing as well.

S: Floral hops and a faint smell of brown sugar. Very nice aroma battle between the hops and the sweetness.

T: Chocolate and toffee come in first followed by a bit of roastiness in the finish.

M: Some creaminess without any harshness.

D: Very sessionable, easily could enjoy a few of these.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Big thanks to "beeruser" for including this as an extra in a trade!

A- Dark brown with ruby highlights. Pours with ~1 finger brown head, which settles fairly quickly into a ring of bubbles and a thin cap. No lacing noted.

S- Spicy hops and a sweet malty caramel, with hints of dark fruit. Quite impressive, and far better than anticipated.

T- Hoppy, roasty, and woody. Quite interesting. Really reminds me slightly of some bourbon barrel aged offering, and has a hint of vanilla. Moderate bitterness. Quite complex and interesting.

M- Moderate/moderately low carbonation. Medium feel.

D- Good. Interesting, complex drink with a moderate 6.2% ABV make this one that could be enjoyed in multiples.

Future outlook: American Brown Ale. I tend to think of myself as not being tremendously fond of brown ales, but this off-beat version was quite interesting and enjoyable....No matter, outside of trades, I can't get Terrapin here anyways....

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Photo of goblue3509
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coffee brown color with a small head. The aroma is of roasted malt with a very small hop presence. The taste is very good, there is a hop bite on the front end and it is balanced out by a roasted malt flavor on the back end. The mouthfeel is of little carbonation and is very smooth. This is a very easy drinking beer and a good brown ale. Good blend and balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle poured in a snifter.

Pours a dark brown, very Coffee like in appearance with no head, just a little lacing.

Sweet malty nose, I'm thinking a brown ale. On the taste, it is very much like a porter or light stout. Mouthfeel is pretty light and smooth. There really isn't much of a IPA taste to it, I feel like it's just a good brown ale not so much and IBA as they call it.

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Photo of narryguy
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a deep rich brown. I let this sit and mellow for about 6 months before drinking.

Aroma - awesome blast of malt and hops. This is by far the best smelling brown I have had in a long time.

Taste - Super smooth, hops leave a nice tickle in the back of your throat followed by a nice roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel - vere smooth and drinkable.

Drinkability - Super easy to drink overall a wonderful, wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a reddish murky brown. A thin finger of light mocha coverage with some decent lacing.

Aroma - nice hit of sweet caramel and roasted grain, and a citrusy hop presence too. Sets up a little lighter but still with some good aromatics. Notes of coffee as it warms.

Taste - roasted grain, a touch of coffee, followed by some fine hops of the grapefruit rind persuasion. Fairly bitter, but never medicinal. Balances the grain very nicely. Finishes roasty and dry.

Mouthfeel - crisp but with notable smoothness. Solid body.

Drinkability - I love TIBA. I tried this at DLD07 and finally came into a sixer, thanks to bhalter8. Sessionable and very flexible with a variety of foods. Thanks Ben!

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

Reviewed on 06/21/2009. I had this on draft. This beer pours brown with a tan head. The aroma is of smoke and roasted malt. The flavor is of smoke/roast initially with some bitter hops in the finish. I found this to be a nice and interesting black IPA.

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Photo of charlesw
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown with reddish amber tint. Decent and lasting head of tiny cream bubbles (cool). Smells like left coast hops (and that's what bein' a 'merican style is all about, no?). Maybe little hints of cotton candy. Tastes, well, huh. Tastes like a light version of the rye2pa. Sort of. Very hop forward - lots of bitterness for the mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is like a light version, etc, etc. Prolly OK as a lawnmower beer.

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

another fine brew from Georgia.

A - really dark brown with a hue of ruby red when held to the light. Tannish head that eventually settles to just a halo at the the glass.

S - Kind of a typical brown ale with a punch of hops. Roasty malts and a touch of chocolate malts. Hops dance unexpectedly in the background.

T - really malty. Some nutty like a brown ale would, and then don't forget the hops! Carmels and bitter hops. Hops kick in after the malt.

M - Light to medium mouth feel. Not too much carbonation. Not a big aftertaste, but it lingers longer on your breath. No alcohol burn or feel.

D - Really easy drinking. I could drink this all night. There's no aspect that overpowers another. Yet another brew to seek out if you find yourself in the deep south.

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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 sarahspat
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Great looking mocha colored head. Very sticky; good retention. Nice globs and webs of lacing show up.

Smells very herbaceous and piney. Candied pineapple and grapefruit make notable appearances later on, after warming.

The most forward flavor is bitter pine sap. Next in line comes ruby red grapefruit. Tart fruit in the middle: fresh raspberries, peaches and apricots. Also, chocolate, maple syrup are forces in the finish.

The first bottle from this pack that I had seemed almost too bitter (and I love bitter beers), but the second was perfect. I guess maybe I drank the other one too cold? Obviously, this beer is hoppier than most brown ales, but the hops still do not out-shout the malt. I love all of the flavors in this one, and it's very complex for the style. Nicely done.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this with a friend earlier tonight. Poured an even brown color with thin beige head that faded quickly and left a little bit of lacing. Smelled of earthy hops and light malts. Tasted the same with a hint of caramel/toffee. Fairly smooth, not overly carbonated. Could easily have drank more if he had more.

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