Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Terrapin Hop Karma IPA | Terrapin Beer Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Terrapin Hop Karma IPATerrapin Hop Karma IPA
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.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,009 |  Reviews: 544
Photo of jacobseyb
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Pours a nice dark amber with a slight head that dissipates quickly.

S=Hoppy grapefruits and some bitterness, nice aroma consistent with the style

T=very nice hoppyness balanced with malts, fruity citrus flavors and bitterness are not overwhelming

M=good, not too carbonated

D=very drinkable and not to alcoholic, keeps the beer quite sessionable.

 352 characters

Photo of scifan
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin rarely disappoints and this one is no exception. Pours a dark chestnut brown with a nice head that fades rather quickly leaving minimal lacing along the glass.
Smells ok, I'm getting some caramel malt aromas and some hops in there as well.
Taste good, very similar to smell. The sweet malts and hops blend together very nicely. Very well balanced with a nice crisp dry finish making me come back for more.

 415 characters

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

My first Terrapin beer and I'm quite impressed with the look of this india brown ale, poured into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass. The 3 inch frothy head quickly disappears. I smell the malts but no real evidence of hops -- though this brew is still fresh with a "best if enjoyed by date" mid-July 2009. But this brew really makes its first impact with the initial taste, where hops are evident from start to finish, combining with the maltiness for a great beer experience. Mouthful gets better and better as the beer is allowed to warm to room temperature. Thus, drinkability is very high.

 585 characters

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving info: 12 ounce bottle with "best if enjoyed by" info on the label.

Pours: Dark brown amber.

Nose: Resiny hops

Lacing: spotty blobs

Head: medium khaki

Body: Medium with a seemingly appropriate level of carbonation

Flavor notes: The label claims it's a combo of w. Coast IPA and English Brown ale. Cant argue with that. Tasty stuff. Moderate grainy hop bite, with nice smooth malts laying the groundwork. Nicely done.

 429 characters

Photo of spointon
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired in a recent trade with outstanding BA everytends (thanks Gilly). I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep dark reddish brown color with decent clarity and a 2.5" foamy tan head. The head dropped after 10 minutes or so to a creamy ring. Decent lacing.

S= Smelled "sharp" from the combination of hops and roasted grain bitterness. Some grainy malt sweetness in there too.

T= Showed brief flashes of the brown malt sweetness, but mostly was overwhelmed by the acidic roasted grain husk and hop bitterness. The hops were oddly sharp, with lots of pine and a lack of citrus notes. The finishes was super dry, bitter, and a bit astringent.

MF= Medium body with tight carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.

D= Brown ales are not my favorite style, but this fusion of styles is interesting. I wouldn't want 6 of them, but its well worth a try!

 903 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of Ding, thank you very much. Brown, decent small head, a little lace and it looks red in the light. It smells kind of like chocolate and hops. Easy to drink but I don't like the bitterness (oddly) and an interesting take but I'd just as soon have a real IPA if I want hops.

 295 characters

Photo of nem2006
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown with a tan head.

Smell is extremely hoppy. Very little maltiness shines through. Smells a lot like an IPA. Floral.

Taste is very hoppy. Heavy on the bitterness at the finish, but still smooth. The finish is very floral after the bitterness. There is a slight maltiness that I caught in the middle. As the beer warms a little, I could catch a little bit of the malty, nuttiness with the floral ending.

 459 characters

Photo of maximum12
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to md655321 for sending this brew as an extra in addition to the fabulous beers that were actually part of the trade. New Terrapin is always welcome in my house.

Not a huge fan of browns, but the addition of hops, plus my previous brushes with this brewery, have me looking forward to this one.

It's dark, big surprise, shrunken head. Aroma is shockingly hoppy considering the color.

Wow. This is one weird brew, definitely points for originality. The hoppiness is definitely on top, but the malt body is strong - they are clashing & mixing it up rather than balancing one another at this point in its life cycle. Great hint of smoothness at the back end, little evident carbonation, dry, crisp.

Very good beer. One of the better browns I've had, & I suspect that the beer underneath the hops would stand happily on its own, too.

 843 characters

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for rgravers for the trade!

Pours a dark but translucent brown with ruby highlights toward the bottom. A finger of head falls quickly to tan coating with lush lacing as the beer is depleted.

A little stunned by the strong hops in what my eyes tell me should be a malty beer. Not unpleasant, & I know I shouldn't be surprised. At first all bitter aromatics (eh), as it warms the sweet toasty malts battle the hops for dominance. A fun beer to smell. A little funky, but not in a skunk way -- I almost get that organic barnyard smell, which is weird but fun.

Tasting reveals strong piney hop character up front, which falls away to introduce malty, caramel, nearly cola flavors. The aftertaste is all bitter, not overwhelming, just a bitterness that coats the mouth.

I could put away another one, not "sessionable" as I feel like my mouth would be well-coated after two. An interesting style with a lot happening in the aroma, but not one I think I'd go to a lot.

 973 characters

Photo of ROBORB
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap this beer pours a dark brown with a nice white head. It smells of pine, citrus, roasted malts and chocolate. The taste, for me, was more IPA than brown ale. The hops far outweighed the brown part of this ale. It is a nice change of pace but not an overly fantastic beer. It is very thin feel on the palate.

 313 characters

Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a moderately opaque chestnut brown trailing to ruby amber highlights at the bottom.

S-Malty, bitter chocolate, then pine hops on a second swirl. Very nice!

T-Chocolate bitterness, sweet malt and bitter pine hops in the finish. Very nice!

M-Medium bodied with fine carbonation, a little thin at the finish.

D-Yeah, real good. I'd have one anytime.


 362 characters

Photo of abar22
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat two toned brown and dark amber. One finger cream colored head. The head left a small amount of lacing and kept a thin layer throughout.
Nice strong piney hops dominate the nose.
Wow. This tastes great when fresh. I first reviewed this with a 4 month old bottle that was sitting on a warm shelf. This bottle is from Georgia and freshly brewed. Great pine tree taste dominates this one. This thing might as well be an IPA.
Goes down smooth and tastes great. I could pound these down when they are fresh.

 519 characters

Photo of goatgoat
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks UGADawgGuy for the opportunity.

Pours clear dark woody brown with orange red highlights. A tan one finger cap quickly falls to a thin ring.
Aroma is a bit of dark fruit, caramel malt overridden by clean citrus, a hint of pine.
Taste is smooth malt sweetness, roasted and a bit coffee, with a hop bitterness that puts up a good fight. Bitter and sweet roasted notes tangle into finish. Along with the bitter finish, a strange lasting harshness shows up a little bit after swallowing. Like eating lemon pith. An unfortunate distraction.
Medium light body with moderate carbonation.

This is a really interesting brew. If they could tame the harshness of the finish it could easily be one of my favs. As it is, I'll be happy to get a bottle, but I won't go out of my way for a sixer.

 788 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky dark russet color with a huge ecru head that leaves a nice web of lace

Smell: Although there is some toasty brown bread in the profile, the "C" hop aromas dominate

Taste: Opens with a toasted brown bread flavor that is quickly joined and subsumed by the citrusy hops, although some nut skin bitterness remains; after the swallow, the fruity hops continue to dominate, but the bitter nut skin flavor persists and detracts

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Would that the malt profile provided a better brown ale character; as it is, the nut skin is about all that persists, and that is the least beguiling part of a brown ale; the hops are nice, but the balance could be better

 734 characters

Photo of ImHereForTheBeer
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brain was perplexed by this beer. I like my brown ale to be malty and flavorful, with very little hop content. I like my IPAs to be super hoppy. When I finally disregarded what I was expecting from this beer I really enjoyed it.

Appearance - Dark Brown
Aroma - was mild and sweet
Taste - was hoppy and nutty with a hint of sour cherries.
Mouthfeel - smooth yet pretty heavy carbonation
Drinkablility - I would so have another.

 430 characters

Photo of farrago
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid one finger head of varied bubble sizes, light brown in color, pleasing stickiness to the lacing. Dark chocolate brown in color with more of a yellow than orange tint, a hazy murkiness permeates the liquid. Milk chocolate and coffee ice cream fill the nose, followed on my raisin, plum, cherry fruit scents, agreeably approachable, bread grains, honey, touch of mixed white citrus and hoppy bite, about a 60/40 split in favor malts. Medium-bodied, starts to press down into the tongue and gather its weight together, then the carbonation comes along to scrape it off the palate. The hops more in the front here with grass, pine, sour lemon citrus nuances. These reach a simple cruising altitude and then amicably yield to rounder chocolate, honey, caramel flavors. Nutty at moments too. Then finishes with elevating grapefruit notes. Lots of solos rather than choral approach, yet, keeps your interest and doesn't get annoying by going in too many directions.

 964 characters

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin- India Brown Ale

A- Murky brown with a small light lacing head.
S- Good pine hop aroma with chocolate malt mixed in.
T- Excellent blend of dark roasted, chocolate malt and a sweetened pine hop flavor.
M- Crisp and smooth. Both roasted malts and hops are balanced well on the tongue. Finishes off sweet with a touch of dried fruits, plum and raisin.

Overall- A good blend of Brown and IPA. Tasty and solid.

 416 characters

Photo of Buebie
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

gford217 hooked me up with this one, thanks Grant!

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with a May 1st freshness date. Drunk from an oversized snifter.
Poures a dark murky brown with some light penetration, resulting in a plumish glow.
1 inch of off white bubbly head. Leaving a solid colar of globby bubles. Lace is thin a web like.

Grapefruit aroma dominates, giving way to mild chocolate, roasted grain, toasted bread and lightly toasted oak with hints of rye pumpenckle like aroma.

Up front its smooth and carbonated, yeilding a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Touches of spicie rye, cocoa, and roasted grains. At the swallow piney hops blast my pallet, and become increasingly bitter into the linger.
Finishing clean with a long bitter hop linger and more toasted grainy woodieness.

Another hit from Terrapin. This one took me by surprise, never experienced anything like it. Great brew.

 884 characters

Photo of AgingWarrior
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium dark brown with some red highlights and a nice foamy finger and a half head. Head has excellent retention and provides excellent lacing.

Smell is a mixture of dark malts and hops. It's a very interesting, and inviting mixture of scents.

Taste is smooth and malty like a good brown ale, but with a nice hop kick to it. The first hit on the tongue gives you the malty taste, then the hop kicks in med swallow and gives it a nice crisp finish.

Medium carbonation and medium bodied, Creamy mouth feel.

Very drinkable brew. I love the "hybrid" mixture of hops like an IPA with the dark malts of a brown ale. This brew went down very easily and I was wanting more.

 678 characters

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big props to Bhalter8 for providing this in trade. Great Trader!!!

Wow, this is certainly a strange combination... But I'm strangely attracted to it... Not a huge leap as a self admitted Hop Head.

Pours with a great 2+ finger creamy head. Pretty nice retention.. Insane lacing... Muddy brown in color... Slight haze..

Aroma is a combination of spice, citrus and floral hop aroma. Really inviting and not what you expect from the color of the beer. Black pepper and slight sweetness. Really interesting...

Interesting flavor profile. Tries to start with some malt flavors... The hops take over and provide a citrus flavor... in the middle you are greeted with a touch of sweetness then it goes back to the citrus hop flavor.. The hop flavor is there at the end, but doesn't linger too much... Very intriguing. I like this blurring of the styles. I have to be honest, I have no idea what style this is listed as on BA.... Can't wait to find out...

Body is almost a touch too thin for the flavor... I really like this, but I almost want a little more body and hop finish... Still very nice... Medium light body and slight carbonation.

Very drinkable. Very interesting.

Thanks Ben!!! Appreciate the chance to try this...

 1,225 characters

Photo of DrinkinBoy
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin India Brown Ale pours a deep amber brown. The head is a caramel color with average retention.

The smell is mostly hops with some roasted undertones.

Its taste is very similar to the taste. It starts with a good hoppy bitterness, but it finishes with roasted malt undertones that is expected from a brown ale.

The mouthfeel is medium/heavy with a large tingle of bitterness from hops.

Overall, I felt that Terrapin IBA has good drinkability (wow AB has ruined that word). But it is absolutely worth a try for its uniqueness.

 536 characters

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a sticky one-finger head and lace patches. A mellow sweet malt smell along with some oakiness and minor hops. A smooth, medium body that has a sweet malt taste that is subdued and not overbearing. Hints of roasted and bitter chocolate along with the hops give it a drying finish, but this beer is well-balanced and goes down easy. Just an easy drinking beer I can have anytime.

 402 characters

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pretty dark brown body with a nice off-white head.

A huge bitter aroma comes off of this one, all grapefruit and hops.

This is a hoppy brown ale for sure. Like the name would suggest, it's pretty much a brown IPA. I really think it isn't all that well balanced though. Up front comes a blast of bitter hops that has some grapefruit flavors. Rounded it out is only a touch of caramel and chocolately sweetness. Nice hop profile, but this one is not very balanced I would say. It needs more malt to back it up.

Fairly light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

OK drinkability. Definitely one of the hoppier browns around. A decent beer overall.

 658 characters

Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a reddish hue and a short tan cap. Bubbles clung to the sides of the glass and stuck around for quite a while. Whoa! Pungent hop aroma, lots of fruity and resinous grapefruit rind, but there's still some malt that peeks through, nutty and toasty with a bit of toffee. The flavour had the same great balance of hops and malt. Bitterness wasn't overly high, but the grapefruit and resin was solid throughout. Malts tended towards toffee and caramel, giving it a rich, balancing sweetness, with notes of nuts and biscuit as well. Hops lingered in the finish, along with increased bitterness. Medium bodied with an average carbonation level, but the CO2 was nicely integrated and gave the texture a bit of creaminess. Excellent balance makes this an easy drinking beer - and one that I'll happily have again.

 820 characters

Photo of sonicdescent
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark but still see through murky brown pour with a nice white head.

Smells of piney hops up front with a hint of fruit and nuttiness in the background.

Tastes a little watery, the same hints of flavor as from the smell are present but a little weak. This is still good for the style however, warranting a 3.5.

Mouth is thin/med and carbonation is low/med. WOrks well here.

Very easy to drink and the alcohol is very well hidden. High marks for drinkability.

 468 characters

Terrapin Hop Karma IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 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.
  • Our Events

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

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