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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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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate chestnut brown color with slight amber edges when held to a light source and a foamy yellowish tan head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing.

Chocolate caramel malt aroma with a huge earthy hop presence. Hints of dry earthy pine with lots of dank resinous hop oil. There's also some hazelnut and caramel biscuit malts.

Very well balanced and quaffable but slightly watered down thin body. Nutty malt presence with hints of biscuit and caramel that balance out the earthy bitter hops. This beer may be a bit too well balanced because the earthy hops and dry pine notes are a bit overshadowed by the nutty malt flavors. Neither flavor is dominant resulting in an average session beer.

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

This brown ale / IPA hybrid is a medium-dark brown color (a tinge on the red side), just slightly hazy with a thin frothy head that leaves good lacing.

Its aroma is roasty with caramel overtones that are stronger than the contribution of the hops.

The flavor is well-balanced between dark, toasty malts and piney hops, and there is a slight metallic undertone that doesn't impact the enjoyment of the beer. The hoppy finish lingers slightly.

The body is crisp and light -- almost too thin -- and there is a small amount of carbonation.

I agree completely with a previous reviewer that, although this is a tasty beer (and the first offering from Terrapin I've tried!), it pales in comparison to Dogfish Head's Indian Brown Ale. I definitely look forward to trying some more good brews from Terrapin in the future, though!

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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!

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3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Best by date on label. Pours a darkish brown, not much of a head.

Smells slightly of nuts, caramel mixed with a little citrus and floral aroma.

Big Hops up front with citrus, piney and a little bitter. Finishes with a malty caramel but leaves a pretty bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is not bad, decent carbonation and medium body.

This just didn't come together real well for me. Not bad, but I think I'll stick to separate browns and IPA's.

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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.

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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.

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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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3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown IPA by Terrapin

A: It has a light brown color. Also it has a red hue if you put it to the light. There was not much head on the beer, but the small amount was white.

S: You can smell the hops more than the nuttiness of the brown. However, not a strong smell overall. The other versions of these styles do not have strong smells anyway.

T: The nose has a light taste of the brown ale. If you let it linger (The Cranberries) in your mouth than the taste of the brown really comes out, so I would suggest doing this. The finish tastes more like the IPA, but not as strong as a full IPA or Imperial. The problem I have is that the flavors are more dichotomous than paired. Its kinda like drinking a brown ale, spitting it out and then quickly drinking an IPA.

M: There is a light carbonation to the beer. It is not as smooth as I would expect for a brown ale.

D: I could drink a lot of these because they are pretty light. They do have a full body so you wont feel completely full after drinking it. The taste is good enough to drink a lot of.

Serving Type: On-tap at Clementines in Harrisonburg, VA

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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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