HomeBrew Vanessa (surely you remember her from this month's reviews). She was doing some extra-credit report or something last night... You will also get a handful of reviews that I've done over the past month.
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Tonight I'm drinking Hop Karma Brown IPA brewed by Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Georgia. When I bought this last week, I knew it looked familiar, but searching and searching the blog I found nothing. So I dug around elsewhere and saw that this used to be called Terrapin India Style Brown Ale. Aha! Found you old review from last October. I am 98% sure that they are the same beers. Photo verification would have been helpful, but that ain't gonna happen.
The label says that this beer is a "head on collision between a hoppy west coast [IPA] and a malty, complex brown ale]. They used 5 hop varieties and 7 kinds of malt to achieve "PEACE, LOVE and HOPPINESS". The label depicts a turtle playing an Indian stringed instrument. I want to call it a sitar but am not sure. They play them in the windows of the Indian restaurants on 6th street in the East Village, NYC. Best If Enjoyed by: no notch. I took the liberty to chip out pieces in Month 10 Week 3 No Year Option Available.
Hoppy and malty aroma, chocolate and nuts stand out the most for me. Nutty and malty flavors kick things off, but there is a definite hoppiness and citrus flavor behind that. There are some brown sugar flavors that contribute to making this on the slightly sweeter side, but this is mostly a very bland beer. It is creamy and smooth, but it is also thin and flat. The ending is dry. I didn't really enjoy the beer. Not so sure about the hoppy brown ale combo idea in general. Pass on this one.
Sound of the Sitar ~ Ravi Shankar
Sitar, Standard, Single Tumba, Black
Brass Ganesh Statue Playing Sitar