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Terrapin Hop Karma IPATerrapin Hop Karma IPA
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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 Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, which does leave some sticky lacing and small islands. The nose is malty, but with a nice hoppy kick, like an IPA, some toffee notes, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, some toffee, and some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a different Brown Ale, and it's pretty tasty.

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

Wow. Terrapin is really up there as one of the ebst craft brewers.

appearance: deep dark brown, nearly ebony

smell: loaded hops, and chocolate

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth. I was ultra impressed

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: A beautiful brown cola color with a thin head and some decent lacing.

S: Nice nose of hops up front that seem to fade a bit after the first few smells. Citrus and piney hop aroma with some sweet malt and coffee.

T: Very nice taste for a brown. I was pleasantly surprised. Some coffee and roasted flavors followed by a citrusy hop sensation.

M: Medium bodied at best with good carbonation and oiliness from the hops.

D: I could drink a lot of this. Very enjoyable and not too overwhelming. Plus with me being a hophead its nice I can enjoy a nice brown with a nice hoppiness too!

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Photo of merlin48
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pours a radiantly clear mahogany body with a creamy beige head that appears to have goldenrod edging. Excellent retention and lots of sticky lace on the glass. Quite a looker!

Aroma of pink grapefruit and milk chocolate, a couple of aroma notes that are odd bedfellows.

Average mouthfeel of medium body and carbonation enlivened by a hop presence.

Taste has a sweetish citrus hoppiness of pink grapefruit/orange, the bitterness dominating the chocolatey brown ale maltiness. Interesting, but finishes with an odd, out of kilter, aftertaste.

Unusual, but enjoyable, but the citrusy hops here seem misplaced.

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Photo of wugambino
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great looking pour out of the bottle, big light head on a dark beer. Hits around the cheeks with a mellow maltiness and enough hop astringency on the tongue to round it out. Sturdy and dark, but not so earthy that I would mind dropping another one right after the first. Looking forward to the rest of this six-pack.

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

a: pours a nice brownish color with ruby hues around the outer portion of the glass. produces about an inch of tannish colored pillowy head that dissapears slowly leaving lace stuck around the edge of the glass
s: caramel, brown sugar followed by nice grassy and earthy hops
t: sweet caramel, toffee with hints of the brown sugar balanced nicely with grassy hop bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this beer a great experience wish i could get more around here

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

Let me just say that I love the artwork on the label and six pack holder.

Pours a nice dark brown with a big fluffy head. Great looking pour.

The smell of hops is strong and fresh coming from that big head. Some sweetness is also present. Basically it smells like its going to taste great.

Taste is initial malt sweetness followed by some citrus hop notes followed by some powdered sugar sweetness. It makes for a very, very drinkable beer. Love the hop and malt tango that is going on in my mouth.

Something about Hoppy Brown Ales just seems to work for me! Great beer!

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Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant dark brown with an agressive pour into the pint glass produces a thick cream colored head that dissapates rather quickly as I drink. It smells hoppy for a brown ale. Also roasted coffee and malts in there as well. Tastes a little more hoppier than expected but balanced perfectly with the roasted flavors. Very good tasting. Drinkability is rather good consider the great taste and low alcohol content.

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Photo of n00tz
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Burgundy-brown body, tan head with lace, no carbonation to speak of.. but poured a very sexy presentation topped with head.

S - Floral, Citrus and Pine hops are all resonating above the sweet malts. Wow, the fact that I could pull all of those scents out of a brew on first wiff is amazing. Second wiff only pulls more sweet malts out and I think I sense some coffee malts.

T - Definetly has some coffee bitterness on the palate, but it matches the citrusy pine hops well. Terrapin has some good research put into this brew: the malts present themselves subtly but it works for the overall goal of this india style brown ale.

M - leaves a bit of bitterness after the swallow, but the sweet malts show first and a bit of sweet malty body on the burp as well. Clean

D - Terrapin is impressing me, I'm really looking forward to more, particularly if they have some in my favorite styles. This one has a lot of character, on both the malty and bitter hops side of a brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of guzzle211
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 12oz bottle from mikesgroove in the BA Fantasy Nascar league (thanks!)

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy light tan head that disappears quickly. A few light laces, but not much to speak of.

The smells are very subtle, becoming more present as it warms. Hops are in the forefront, but there is a malt background that appears in the taste as well.

The taste follows the nose, with hops leading the charge, but still balanced by a nice malt presence. The combination of malts and hops reminds me of lemon tea, mostly from the citrusy hops that are balanced so well by the traditional brown ale malts.

A medium body with a humble amount of carbonation make this an easy one to get past the tongue. These characteristics make it a rather pleasant brew to quaff.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from yesac in a trade. thanks!

A- reddish brown body with a finger of creamy looking tan colored head.

S- some brown sugar and alot of earthy/grassy hops

T- sweet caramel and toffee upfront. some nutty malts. large dose of hops at the end. nice and bitter

M- light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

D- easy to finish, and i could probably have another. a nice beer for those who cant decide weather to order and IPA or a brown ale. this one is like both in one.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a fluffy one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of grassy hops and brown sugar. Seems simple enough at first.

Taste is smooth with grassy hops, brown sugar and a bit of caramel. Hops seem to dominate this beer with little of the true characteristics of a brown ale.

Mouthfeel is full of hop bitterness and a bit of caramel. Not much else to be detected.

I feel that the india brown ale should be its' own style. This beer is drinkable but the focus is more on hops and as a brown ale, it fails. However, it definitely works as a darker IPA. Still worth a shot.

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

Many thanks to 7ways for this one.

Poured from the bottle a clear and dark red brown with a thin bubbly tan head.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a kick of piney hops.

Piney hop bitterness upfront which soon reveals a toasted malt and caramel finish.

Lighter bodied, clean and crisp, with moderate carbonation.

A nice brown ale from Terrapin. Easy to drink even easier to enjoy.

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Photo of casemw
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer for the first time in Charleston, SC after meeting one of the reps from the company. I'm a big fan of both brown and pale ales so I was eager to give this one a try.

Pours a clear brown/very dark amber with not much head to speak of. Aroma is nice...the citrus smell of the hops used dominate for the most part.

Taste was very interesting, citrus and pine from the hopps at first, but finishes with the malts more like a brown. Pretty light when it comes to mouthfeel. Could definitely drink a few of these brews.

Overall a very impressive brew from Terrapin. Looking forward to trying more of what they have to offer.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An interesting mix of a traditional brown ale and an IPA. Poured to a reddish-brown with tan head, reminiscent of a brown ale, but the nose was roasted malted nuts and wood, infused with a hint of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and alternated between slightly sweet and bitter. Taste was mostly the malty flavors, but with a slight aftertaste of citrus.

An interesting beer, but for my money, I'd rather have either a brown ale or IPA, not both at once.

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

Glad to see Terrapin make its way to Pittsburgh. Poured this into my tulip glass...Review #200...

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber with serious crimson red hues. The head is phenomenal and is almost two fingers. Laces beautifully.

S: Wow, they aren't kidding by calling this an "Indian Brown." The hop scents are very fragrant with citrus and pine, which complements the coffee and slight roast surprisingly well.

T: The taste starts with a fresh hop taste, but not too bitter. More pine hops, but the citrus comes through slightly. The coffee and chocolate are very prevalent with a slight roast.

Overall, this surprised me and is a fantastic beer. It is a perfect combination of a brown ale and IPA.

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

A delicious and unique take on this classic style. Aroma was nice. Hops with a mix of nutty brown malt. Pour was a nice deep brown with a 1 finger tan head and good bubbles. Taste was very unique. Tasted like a nutty brown ale infused with dry grassy hops. Great carbonation and a bitter mouth biting aftertaste. Nice change of pace and this beer deserves a new style...brown IPA?

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Photo of wcudwight
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Muddy in color with a thin but lasting dark cream colored head. Lot's of sticky lacing line the sides of the glass.
Wow hops hit you in the face in the aroma. Heavy, agressive, pine and citrus hop aromas.
This is a hop heavy brown ale that leans more on the India side of India Brown Ale. Even with the huge hoppiness of this beer Terrapin left enough brown ale flavors to make in complex and interesting.
Good slick, creamy, oily mouthfeel.
Any beer that my tastebuds like this much is a drinkable beer.
Terrapin continues to do good things for the Southeastern beer community.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to brown color with a nice tan head. In the aroma, HUGE gritty, fresh piney hops. In the taste, mellow pine hops and a nice small roasty, sweet malt backing. A small bitterness and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry piney hop aftertaste. Big hops, and a nice maltiness to balance it out. I dig it.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a somewhat murky consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Malty, hoppy and a little on the nutty side.

T: The taste had more hops than I would've expect from a brown ale, but flavorful nonetheless. Also had roasted malt and nutty qualities.

M: A solid amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer. It goes down easy and is certainly well made.

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

12 oz single purchased as part of a mixed 6 pack at Whole Foods in Duluth, GA poured into a standard pint glass

A: This one looks beautiful in the glass. A nice dark brown body with a finger thick frothy tan head with good retention. The head leaves sticky sheets of bubbles behind with each swallow.

S: Is this an IPA or a brown? The smell sure mixes the best of both worlds. Malt and hop aromas mix well for a very pleasing aroma for the style.

T: The taste follows the smell. The initial sip tastes like a typical brown ale. The finish is nice and hoppy like an IPA. It has much more character than a typical brown which is why I score it so high.

M: The nice level of carbonation makes this one nice and creamy. It has a medium body.

D: This is very drinkable. However, the hop profile makes the taste profile much better for the category. However, it makes the drinkability go down since the style is typically much closer to water.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that leaves an excellent amount of lacing and the retention is great as well.

S- The aroma is very nice and malty with some caramel, hints of chocolate and a lot of fresh oily smelling hops. Very nice aroma

T- The taste picks up where the aroma leaves off. At first, you think this is the average brown ale until the hops kick in for a nice hoppy finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a very nice Brown/IPA hybrid beer that is definitely recommended. Another kick ass brew from Terrapin!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased in Raleigh for <$2. The label states it to be a hoppy brown, and in fact that's what it is. I've always found brown ales to have subtle malty profiles so this is a pretty unque take on the style. The hops smell and taste reminded me a lot of Storm King, although without the roastiness. It was easy to drink due to the flavor, I liked the hops.

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Photo of adamette
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Taco Mac in Cumming, GA. Served into clean, clear pint glass.

A Brown, translucent body with no head but I believe that the bartender likely poured it like that (he waited, filled it to the brim) vs. the beer actually has no head. The pint was delivered to our table filled all of the way to the top. Not greatly impressive appearance but then if I had watched it poured I might feel differently.

S Minimal smell but I can smell some hops, barley.

T Malt, hops, Good balance in nice brown ale. It was exactly what I thought it might be by the name.

M Moderate with brown ale bigness balanced by a lighter feel.

D Fair to good, I could have several of these.

Notes: A very solid beer and a nice start to my samplings of Terrapin.

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

Thanks to brentk56 for this brew.

A: Hazy brown. Less than brilliant but interesting nontheless. Offwhite head, good retention.

S: Malt, chocolate, but chemical-ly

T: Malty sweetness upfront, hop bitterness at the back. Brilliantly balanced. Something strange in the aftertaste. burnt coffee???

M: Carbonation is low, fits the style well. Hop bitterness keeps this from being a typical smooth brown ale but i cant hold that against them because thats what they were trying to do, i guess.

D: Drinkable like a brown ale, just more complex.

Great beer. I love hybrids like this (Stone 11 was similar) because I feel the 2 styles work really well together. I also really like beers that are well balanced, and this one certainly is (as is most of terrapins stuff that ive had)

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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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