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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
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this at World of Beer in Orlando. The place was very interesting and I'm impressed with how many different brands are distributed there, seems a lot more than in New York. The beer was very good and I'm not quite impressed with this brewery.

Appearance was a little darker than the typical IPA, hard to see through, good amount of light colored carbonation.

Aroma was a well balanced mix of hops and malt. Some spiciness and easily smellable from pretty far away.

Flavor was similar to the aroma, with a little more maltiness than I would expect from a beer like this. Overall a good flavor.

I liked this beer and hope to be able to try it, as well as other Terrapin offerings, again soon.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at 40 degrees farenheit into a shaker syle pint glass...

If my kids didnt see me pour it, they would ask for a drink of my Coke. Same color for sure. The tan colored head faded quickly and leaves a small amount,if any, lacing.

When first poured, you really smell the hops first and then some malty notes are evident. Very complex, as the beer warms you smell the malt first!

The taste follows the nose almost right on, which I like in a beer. Again when first poured the hops really came through, and as it warmed I get a lot more of the malt character. Trying to decide why I liked it better from the first sip.

The mouth feel of this one seems to be right on for a really big tasting beer, in that it is really more on the sessionable side. Not too thick bodied but not too thin.

Overall this is really a puzzler for me as it really seemed to change a ton with temperatue. I really liked it better when first poured cold than after it warmed. That is unusual for my taste buds. Definitely a lot going on here, you can really tell its a combo of malts and hops.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy tea/cola brown glass holds a thin cover of foam that leaves clingy strands of lace.

Smell: Slightly worty base to a lot of hop flower punch. Reminds me of Double Bastard in some respects with both malt and hop assaults.

Taste: Fairly well balanced with both the brown sugary malt and the citric and earthy hops showing their stuff. A slightly metallic finish that I think is bittering hop induced, not enough to seriously slow me down.

Mouthfeel: Great body, seems almost light in the mouth and leaves a long oily strangely satisfying finish. Carbonation is spot on; lively without going foamy.

Overall: Beer punches above it's weight class. A Big Beer for 6 percent, lots of flavor and character.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

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

Pours a fluffy inch-high tan head, sitting on top of a deep dark brown liquid.

Citrus and pine hop notes easily make it through a nutty malt base. Simple and clean aroma.

Tasting this, and just considering what it seems to be aiming at, the nutty, roasty malt character doesn't carry the more burnt personality of a blacker, darker IPA. So the mildly citrus-like tones of the hops get to push through and perform well in tandem with the malt. Some sourness adds a bit of depth. A metallic edge, minor but present, meets the hops in the finish. Ultimately it achieves a decent fusion of an IPA and a brown ale. I would have liked more of everything, but that's just me.

Slightly creamy mouth, though not a ton of body nevertheless. It's on the thinner side but holds up well enough and isn't quite what I'd call watery.

So it's kind of a brown "black IPA" or "black ale," and it could get silly playing the "what is it?" game. Maybe think of it as a lesser take on Dogfish Head's Indian Brown Ale. Despite that comparison, and despite it not blowing my mind (or tongue), Hop Karma comes with its own personality, for sure.

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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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