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

Outstanding beer, in my opinion. Lots of everything I like, like caramel malts and citrus hops. Caramel and medicinal smell when swirled. There's another distinct smell I can't identify. The malts don't cancel out the hoppy taste. They sort of work together rather than fight one another. Mouth feel is thick and full, yet it's very drinkable. An improvement on the typical brown ale that sets it apart.

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

Poured a dark amber hue with a figer and a half off white frothy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant citrus hop with toasted malts and soft cocoa.

The taste consisted of toasted malts, a slight burnt caramel and a fruity hop.

The mouthfeel was a touch thin for the style.

Overall a tasty and very quaffable brown ale.

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

This fine 12 ounces of Jawja goodness is courtesy of ckeegan04. Many thanks to Chris for this offering that ends up in my old Medley's pint glass. BTW, BBD looks like 1st week in September. Cool.

Pours a light brown-sugar head - very thin...less than 1/3 finger...but that doesn't matter in this case, because this looks like PURE &*(%ING BOURBON coming out of the bottle. That counts for something. Visible carbonation is sparse but what's there moves with reasonable quickness.

Wow - that's what a brown ale should smell like. Molasses, caramel...a bit of the aforementioned bourbon booziness...and a pretty fair wallop of piney hops with even some citrus and flora mixed in. Definitely a hardcore caramel and maybe even slightly Germanic malt presence.

Holy crap, there are a $#!+load of hops in this. Piney, now grassy...even a little earthy. They hit me by surprise and I'm sure I made a Bill the Cat face (AAACK! THPPPT!). There's a slight metallic tone that will hopefully burn off but it may be linked to the malt presence of the more German variety (OK, the label mentions an English presence, so I may be wrong)...some Munich or Vienna may be in there, contributing a little tininess. Good...that's going away. Now we have a malty and hoppy menagerie going on. Nice!

After a little warmth this rounds out nicely in abundance. Feel is light enough to not be entirely filling but packs enough of a wallop to make its presence well-known. There is a very good balance of malt and hops here that works the senses very nicely and evenly. Finish is long and strong.

This is proper weight class for a brown ale and could be borderline sessionable but my suspicions are that the ABV may roll a little on the higher side for the style. Still, it drinks well with classic elements across the board. Very solid offering from the dudes at Terrapin "station."

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Acquired from RutgersBeerGuy, courtesy of BA March Madness 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, hops, nuts, maple and a little bit of fruit.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character along with sweet flavors of caramel, maple and nuts. Then a complementary hops presence comes in and although it's weaker than I had expected, it provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I certainly got more brown ale than IPA out of this beer but it's still a good beer to drink for a while.

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Best by month 8, week 4 notched on side of label:

Pours dark brown with dark ruby/garnet hues. A thin tan, slowly vanishing head, tops it off. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smll is of pine/resin, grapefruit, with brown sugar, slightly roasted chocolate and nuts.

The taste is hoppy - piney and citric/tropical fruity, slightly perfumy, with sweet dark malt - brown sugar, dark chocolate, nuts, very mild roast. Hops and malts do not clash, but work together well. Finishes bitter, but with a sweet touch.

The body is smooth, with no harshness, though could be fuller...

Too often, malty and hoppy clash (more with darker brews, though, I have found). Here is a brown ale that is hoppy, bitter, but not harsh. The two come together well here! A nice brew to choose if you want hoppy bitter with underlying, complementary, "brown" malty. Nice!

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On-tap selection at the Nashville Flying Saucer, Terrapin Night so it was on sale.
Arrived a clear, dark brown color with a thick, light tan head. Good foam retention and left some chhunky lacing on the glass. The aroma had some nice citrus and pine hoppiness, mixed with the roasted, dark malt. The taste is well balanced between the two styles. Some cocoa/chocolate and roasted, smoky malt sweetness. Mild pine and some light citrus hops give a good dose of bitterness. Overall, this was a nice beer that delivered just as advertised - a brown IPA.
I enjoy getting to try these hybrid styles.

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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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