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

On-tap at Bocktown tonight. Still really excited that Terrapin is here in Pittsburgh! Payed $4.50 for it...definitely worth the price.

A-Bright, yet saturated transparent brown body with red hues coming through when held up to the light. Served with a 1-finger creamy off-white head. Head eventually fades to a thin collar but some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Bright grapefruity hops come through in the nose first. In the background is a deep roasted malt.

T- Much like the flavor. Lots of grapefruit and cirtus hoppy goodness upfront, almost like a good IPA (hence the name) with a chocolaty malt backbone. The bitterness really comes through in the end with roasted coffee bitterness and resiny hop bitterness mixing together. Left behind on the palate are remnants of roasted coffee-like malt.

M- Medium carbonation and a nice smooth body that is oily with hops,

D- Brown Ales usually aren't my thing...but this one is very good. I love the way the hoppy character balances with the brown ale character. A nice unique beer that I will have again. ABV drinks more like a session ale than one above 6%.

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

A- Bright, reddish brown in color. Clear and shiny highlights. Head is only 1/4" and loose but sticks around for a while.

S- The first aroma that I picked up were C hops. It actually almost knocked me down when I stuck my nose down into the glass. Deeper down, you find the chocolate malt, roasted malt, and a touch of coffee.

T- Lightly roasty and smoky up front, followed by a big-time hop bite in the middle. Throw in some milk chocolate and coffee and you pretty much sum it up. Quite nice, I must say.

M- Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Really good for the style.

D- This is definitely a great beer for sessioning in the fall/winter months. I am glad to have this as a local to me.

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

A - Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. An adequate cola colored head rests on top.

S - Nutty and caramel/toffee smelling malts mixed with sweet citrus hops.

T - Sweet caramel malt and nutty taste followed by a floral and citus hop bite that ends with a resiny piney hop bitterness. Interesting beer. Tastes a lot like you might think, a brown ale mixed with an ipa.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Medium in body with a nice smooth finish. Moderate carbonation.

D - Decent drinkability. I don't know if it is a session beer but a couple would be nice. I would love to try this on tap. I could imagine this pairing well with southern cuisine.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown rith bright amber hues when held up to light. This light brown head quickly fades to nothing. Very light rings of lace on the glass.

S - Very nutty aroma domainates the nose. Lots of roasted pecan. Spicy hoppiness provides a nice backing but the maltiness is the dominant aroma.

T - Light sweetness initially with hints of raosted nuts. An interesting mix of hops comes in primarily dominated by pine and floral notes. Light fruity hints as well. I like the idea of where they are going with this taste profile, I just dont think it quite hits it.

M/D - Light to medium body and a little thin in the mouth. Very smooth going down with a good level of carbonation. The taste just does not quite do it for me to make this one super drinkable.

Not a beer I would ever turn down if offered, but certainly not one I will stock in the fridge on my own dime.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this gift from MMAJYK out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice, copper brown with an inch of white fluffy head.

S- Love the mix! Smells like a brown lager, but infused with hints of grapefruit and hops.

T- I wish it would have have had a little more west coast IPA taste. The burned malt came forward and finished with a hoppy bang. Very interesting combination. IPA taste definitely became more prevalent as the beer warmed up.

M- Light to medium bodied with some carbonation. At some points, had a watery complexion, but overall good.

D- I could easily put a few of these down. The nice mixture of brown ale / IPA has me hooked.

Overall I am glad I got to try this beer. Combining my favorite style, IPAs, with brown lager is definitely something that is worthy of trying. Will have to seek a few more of these out in the future.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug:

The beer poured a murky deep cola brown color with some hints of red when held up to the light. The head was a light brown color that was not well retained. The aroma was nice, more brown ale than IPA. Mostly a nice malt aroma with some caramel and only the slightest hint of hops. The taste was a little disappointing to me. I was expecting more brown ale, but what I got was certainly more IPA. The hops seemed to overpower the malt, which made it more bitter than expected. The beer had a medium body, very smooth and dry. As for drink ability, I didn't have a problem putting a few back. Overall, a good beer that I will buy again when in the mood.

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

Butter caramel brown that becomes reddish ochre when backlit. Despite an appropriate sound on cap cracking, the golden brown sugar colored crown peaked at less than one finger. Still, it's rich, creamy, persistent and looks good when it reaches the sides of the glass.

If the nose becomes more assertive with warming (note: it does), then it will earn a good score. Not surprisingly, IBA smells like a hoppy brown ale. Not so hoppy, however, that it obliterates the brown maltiness that the brewers were going for when they used crystal, chocolate and roasted malt, among others.

The flavor profile is pretty much as expected, which is definitely a good thing. I just wish the beer was even bigger and more malty, like the best versions of the style tend to be. Frankly, the only thing earning it a 4.0 is the considerable hop flavor and bitterness. If you aren't a hophead, steer clear and pick up some Dogfish Head India Brown instead.

The taste score will be downgraded to a 3.5. There simply isn't enough depth/complexity present on the malt side of the equation. Brown IPAs are a wonderful idea, but brown should at least hold up its end of the bargain. For the record, the hop bill includes Nugget, Chinook, Centennial, Willamette and Columbus (dry-hopped).

So, in the end, we have cocoa and sugar-crusted pecans on one hand... and grapefruit peel on the other. The finish is bittersweet, with bitter lingering longer, as it often does. Terrapin's hop focus is great, but this could be much better beer with a few well-chosen tweaks.

The mouthfeel score is a direct result of insufficient barley. There are no rough edges in sight, but it isn't the least bit full or creamy. The carbonation neither helps nor hurts.

Terrapin India Brown Ale could use less Indian and more Brown. Actually, that's not quite true. It could use the same amount of Indian and more Brown. With that simple change, this beer could be as mind-bendingly groovy as its label. Thanks to Georgiabeer for the extra.

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

thanks to cashew70 for the chance to try this beer. pours slightly murky reddish brown with a solid off white head. Piney hopey notes dominate with hints of caramel malts in the background. Flavor follows the aroma but there's a hint of hash hops in the background. medium light body, nice crisp hops and a strong hop finish.

not quite a brown ale, not an IPA but you get a good idea of what it is from the name. I think if they tried to call it an american ipa hopped up brown ale the label would've sucked. if you like hops this is worth a try.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark and hoppy this is a great example of an American Indian Brown Ale. It comes out smooth, and smells of caramel, and hops. It tastes smooth, and the caramel, and hops come through in the taste. It is not a heavy beer, and though it is close to being a big beer it doesn't taste like a big beer. It is very drinkable, would go very well with a heavy meal or a light red meat meal like a burger, or even tacos.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz bottle.

The beer pours murkey brown with a decent sized tan head that holds a nice film over the beer the whole way down and and leaves a bit of lace. The aroma smell is of sweet caramel and chocolate along with piney and citrusy hops. The taste brings much of the same characteristics as the aroma along with an enjoyable amount of bitterness. The body is medium along with medium carbonation. Overall, I really enjoy this beer and find it quite drinkable. If I were to consider this a brown ale, I might dock it a few points, but that is not what it is. The label clearly refers to this as a hybrid of IPA and Brown ale. Personally, I do not find brown ales to be all that enjoyable, but IPAs I do, and this a great hoppy beer locally brewed.

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

Muddy browinsh color-almost dirty looking for lack of a better term. Nice, fresh hop aroma. Smells like a wet hop brew I just made. Very clean and fresh. Solidly balanced hop/malt flavor-a tad sweet as the malt goes. Bitterness comes thru at the end. Decent mouthfeel-hop bite on the tongue....mmm. Good beer-very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of wescj
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Muddy and brown color, with a hint of ruby red under some light. About a finger of light tan head, though it doesn't stick around very long.

Smells of sweet, toasted malts. Also some spiciness in the hops. Hoppy, overall.

Taste is notably roasted, specifically notes of caramel, dark grains, and woody hops. Hops leave a nice, spicy bitterness on the backend of the taste.

Very smooth and dry. Excellent, overall.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally try this,I heard great things about it and well for good reason.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed deep chesnut brown with a clingy one finger white head that held for quite some time.What a great aroma a great mix of big piney,earthy,and citric hop mixed with a large caramel and slighty roasted malt base,great near balance but the hops win out.The mouthfeel was a little thin that is my only slight complaint,flavors are great.Big resiny pine mixed with citrus and herbal hop intertwining with a big firm somewhat sweet biscuity malt base that holds up well.A great interplay of flavors,Iam a hophead so this is defifnetly my kinda brown here.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful Perfectly clear ruby color with a couple fingers of lightly soapy white head that lingers for a few moments and drops to a ring.

Aroma is quite hoppy, grassy and resiny, with a hint of dark roasted grain and an even more faint hint of malt sweetness.

Flavor consists of a very mild tinge of sweetness, but much more roasted grain bitterness, and ultimately mostly hoppy bitterness towards the finish. Not very well balanced- needs a bit of sweetness to round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with a rather dry, lightly astringent finish. Carbonation is spot on in the middle.

The lack of sweetness in this beer makes it highly drinkable, and not bad for a cedent brown ale, though there are much better ones.

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

Got this in the LNBA BIF. According to Everetends this one came directly off the bottling line and is fresh within 2 weeks.

A- Nice dark brown liquid, great lacing with a thick tight foamy head that resembles being pured through a stout tap.

S- Smells of hops, and of what seems like rye. Very interesting.

T- This tastes more like a Hoppy Rye beer. Reminded me of Hop Rod Rye by Bear Republic. Nice rye/malt taste. The hops are floral and citrus, but leave a very bittering effect in your mouth. Great taste.

M- Feels smooth and great in the mouth, nice and delicious.

D- Very drinkable. Great hop flavor and that rye taste that I haven't ever had in a brown ale. Great beer.

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Photo of number1bum
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks once again go out to mymrnngjckt and his shitty fantasy baseball team for this one. No style of beer is so hit or miss with me than brown ales - I love em or hate em - and at least from the description, I am thinking this may be one of the former.

Pours a murky dark reddish brown, scarlet at the edges, with a creamy finger and a half of tan head. Head keeps pretty well and leaves some nice sticky action.

Smells of dark malts and earthy hops primarily - some caramel and toasty notes, and earthy hops with a bit of dirt and smoke. A bit of citrus peeks through now and again.

Taste is also primarily caramel and toasted malt with earthy hops. Hops are very earthy/woodsy flavored, with a bit of smokiness. It's like a dirty hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite creamy. Good smoothness to the beer, which is slightly dry through the finish.

This is a pretty solid beer, a nice brown ale for sure. I got pretty excited by the description and it didn't quite meet that elevated expectation, but a very fine brown ale nonetheless.

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Photo of John1985
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a opaque brown with a half-inch head, aroma of chocolate and earthy hops. Flavor starts out mildly bitter with some malt sweetness in the middle. Finishes with a leafy, fresh hop bitterness. Body was a little thin. Refreshing and drinkable, not heavy. I need to drink a few more of these before I make up my mind:)

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

This one has been sitting in the fridge all week and this seems like a perfect night to unleash it. I like this brewery, I love this label, and I happen to like this style a lot. How long before Indian brown becomes its own independent style, like Imperial IPA, or Montenegro?

Pours a medium brown with am impressive wet, tan head that shows voluminous lacing from the first few minutes of retreat.
The nose shows salty, piney hops backed with roasted chocolate malt. Strength is only about medium. The balance is almost seamless but I'd prefer a little more bite.

I am surprised by the dryness initially as the hops start strong but soon give way to a rich (but not sweet), nutty malt that finishes clean seeing all the flavor milling around. Again, I wouldn't mind an upgrade in power but it is a smooth, complex brew.

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Photo of mentor
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to GCBrewingCo for the opportunity. Pours a four finger oranged-tan head over a hazed oranged-dark brown liquid. Smells piney hops. Way underneath is some chocolate malt, vanilla, and grassy.

Tastes piney hops. Soured hop flavor. Coffee bitterness and grapefruit pithy. Soured caramel. Fairly simple profile. Bitter is relatively clean of grassy cohumulone. The hop piney and chocolate malt don't work very well together. I've had this combination before and whoever thought of this combination needs to be removed from office. Drying finish with some alcohol sting.

Md body with some creamy and dextrinous character. Medium carbonation and not very drinkable.

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Photo of jraycee
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Into my pint glass it pours a deep, slightly hazy brown with a nice two finger head. Head clears almost completely, but leaves thick scattered lacing down glass.
Smell begs you to taste. Caramelized fruits, deep malts, and earthy smells.
Taste is deep and complex. Sifting through it, nice base of clean roasted malts, toffee, and grains, not unlike the bottom of a well done biscuit. Hops are hard to pin down, more sweet and fruity up front, slight citrus zest, with a lingering piney bite battling what is left of the strong malt base. I'm sure I'm missing something, I better try another.
Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. I usually am not big on this category, but this is near perfect. Not too watery or slick, and great carbonation on the sides.
Overall drinkability is good. I will search it out again as fall approaches.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label notched "Best before first week of January"..Hmmm..No year date? Either this bottle expired last January or Terrapin gives their beer a BB date with a 5 month leadtime?
This particular bottle came my way in August via a trade with BA RustyDiamond.

Pours chestnut brown with a chill haze. A half-inch head of beige slimmed down to a solid skim coat with dots and short streaks of lacework throughout.

Aromatics are a blend of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, with hints of nuts and earth.

Medium bodied and a bit grainy. A slightly coarse mouthfeel.

Toasted chocolate nubs, burnt nut shells, and a hint of acrid malt lead off the pallet.
A slightly drying, firmish bitterness pulls through, along with some faint citrus notes and a hint of coffee grounds.

Finishes with lingering, bitter, roasted chocolate, and some pine bark.

Tasting pretty unremarkable. I'm not getting the "India" connection, with the only real hops present is in the bitterness.

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

Thanks gford217 for this one.

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.
Copper colored, with a nice tan head, average retention and lacing.
Aroma is a nice, well balanced combination of fruity hops and sweet malts, although the malts come a little on top. Citric notes, tofee, nuts.
Medium bodied, on the palate the hops come a little on top; the sweet, brown ale like notes of toffee are quite noticeable, but it is still pending towards bitter, fruity; spices and earth round up the interesting taste.
Think about this one as an overhopped brown ale, it gives you a good idea.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark chestnut brown with a thick, pillowy, lingering caramel-cappuccino head. Plenty of thick, fluffy foam hangs around on the glass. Very appetizing in appearance.

Aromas of bright, sweet, floral hops with slight notes of vanilla surprise and delight. Not what I was expecting, considering this is a Brown Ale. If this was a blind test and I couldn't see the beer, I'd swear it was an IPA; but then, this is called an India Brown Ale. God bless style crossings.

Nice thick, creamy smoothness on the tongue, with a wonderfully herbal sweetness and bitterness that is followed by subtle undertones of caramel and milk chocolate.

Hot damn, I could go for another. A spectacular blending of brown and India pale ales. Decidedly unique and quite characterful; absolutely delicious.

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

Thanks to Brentk56 for this one. A great extra in our trade.

Essentially, this beer was a mix of semi-sweet chocolate and crisp citrus hops - delicious. Sometimes when a malty beer is matched with big hops, one of the two sides will overpower the other, but the grapefruit and orange rind hops with roasted toffee and cocoa malts were wonderfully balanced and damned tasty. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Brown at first, but upon closer inspection a deep, almost opaque garnet emerges. A great two finger, light tan head rises and hangs around for a few minutes. Lacing is abundant. This is a pretty beer.

S - Spicy, herbal, grassy hops mingle with the buttery notes from the malt. Also a bit of chocolate riding an undercurrent of earthiness.

T - The nutty and roasted characteristics from the brown ale come on rather abruptly at first, with only a hint of the butter/caramel from the nose. Quickly the brew turns drying and bitter with a lot of citrus and earthiness from the hops. Simpler and more straightforward than I would've thought from the nose.

M - Perfect. Low carbonation and a silky medium to full body.

D - An easy one for sure. Brown ales are always great session brews, and this is no exception. A little high with the ABV though.

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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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