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Festivale - Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terminal Gravity Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HiroProtagonist on 01-04-2004)
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Photo of Eighty
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Eighty, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of hreb
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer appears very dark in the glass, brown with a hue of red. Sweet aroma typical of a winter warmer style ale, suggesting molasses and prunes. Flavor is strong is focused, with a lot of grainy bitterness right through the middle of the palate. Any delicate flavors or refinement which could have been hoped for in those are smashed in the body. A fair bit of hops finishes the beer with a dry aftertaste. Winter warmer, old ale, or american barleywine (the latter probably comes closest), this is not my favorite example of the style.

hreb, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of jbbailey
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jbbailey, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of bernat1971
3/5  rDev -21.3%

bernat1971, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Boozecamel, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Eisen
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%

Poured a cloudy red/brown with thick white head that faded quickly into sticky, thick lacing. Smell is not particularly impressive: malt, dark fruit, slight spice. Tastes better than it smells; it has an addition of nice hops. Mouthfeel is watery, which is surprising for 8% abv. Overall, there are much better winter beers for cheeper.

Eisen, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of BastardKing24
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a dark brown with a small head that falls to a ring and some bubbles. Decent

Smell is dark fruit, floral and piney hops, raisin, plum, roasted malts. Kind of some musty smells, like decaying fruit.

Taste is pretty good with a good hop punch right off the bat, with a long malty, bready, yeasty taste in the middle. Has a danky roasty malty pleasing taste that melds good with 8.7%. Some caramel and coffee notes are there as well.

Maybe a bit on the lighter side, not a huge malt bomb, but plenty of carbonation to keep things interesting.

I am enjoying this for the price and will get some more from my store, as its a good value and a pretty good tasting beer.

BastardKing24, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance- Pours an okay amount of head which has a little retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a medium maroon which appears as a mix of light crimson and dark amber when held up to the light. Lacing approaches sheeting or is sheeting.

Nose- Strong earwax, almost acrid, that fades quickly. Some burnt caramel. Maybe a little bit of grapefruit initially. Tiny bit of toasted coconut. Toast in general. The glass pretty much just shows caramel and perhaps some brown bread. Swirling reveals a citrus profile- light orange, stronger lemon- and some armpit/dirty sock. As bad as it may sound, the mustiness is nice.

Taste- This is a pretty odd beer that syncs in with the aroma somewhat. Starts off a bit unpromising- very sweet raisins that start to break into a coffee note that is way too sour and acrid. This, however, is assuaged by a faint chocolate hint followed by caramel, burnt caramel, leather, and a finish of oak. Alcohol is noticeable but works to tame the messiness of the beer or at least make some sense of it. Seems a lot like a Scotch Ale mixed with a light barleywine. Some citrus notes, most lemon and grapefruit but also some orange. Some earwax, armpit, and mustiness but more in the background than in the front like on the nose. Definitely didn't expect much from this beer as I've never had anything from Terminal Gravity that was terribly memorable. Above average to good but I could see it mellowing out with age to become strictly good. I might buy a six pack just to do that.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with some syrup to the texture. The carbonation is a little to heavy and is a little carbonic at times.

Drinkability- Was a little messy at first but has mellowed out some. Has some flaws but seems pretty fair at 9 bucks a sixer when you factor in the 8.4%.

Overall- Above average to good. Not perfect but at least, it's interesting. I would give it a try. Six months of aging would probably be just right for this beer.

artoolemomo, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

MarkyMOD, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +5%

flexabull, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Jhastings79
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Jhastings79, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of danwho
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

danwho, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Half finger of head on a dark and cloudy brown colored body.
Smell is all rich dark fruit with a little barnyard yeast.
Strong flavor of plum. Alcohol and bitterness bring up the end.
Crisp texture with a lower carbonation and medium body.
A nice dig on the Old Ale style. A winner in the Winter Ale category.

Fatehunter, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy rich reddish brown amber with a healthy two finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Light but pleasant aroma of bready malt and a hint of toasted malt and nuts. Flavor of well integrated caramel, bready and light toasted malt, a little caramel and nuts. Very light holiday spicing and light hops. Finishes with dark malt and mild spices. Fairly understated, reminiscent of a British ale, but well balanced and interesting. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. I liked this as an alternate to some of the more boldly hopped and spiced winter ales. Well done.

LiquidAmber, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

dmorgan310, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +5%

Kopfschuss, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live in high altitude Libby, Mont.

A- One-finger light-tan colored head. Long linger for the high ABV. Dark, mahogany look. Looks vinous and cloudy as well. Not sure what to make of it.

S- Strong hops in the aroma which is a bit of a surprise. Red grapes, pineapple and a little bit of mustiness that must come from the live yeast. Not really sure. Attractive if subdued.

T- Very hoppy, grapefruit and pine hops. Strong and bitter. Overpowers the maltiness, but the malts are still there providing a stiff backbone. Some floral notes as well, but the hops are clearly the centerpiece of this beer. Not complex enough for me to warrant a truly great score. Above average.

M- Medium bodied, semi-vinous and small bubbles for carbonation. Finishes dry.

O- Tasty, but too harsh to make a sessionable beer and not complex enough for a game-changer. Slightly above average for the style. If you are a fan of hops, but not of Old Ales, this would be a good middle ground perhaps.

Murrhey, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of jalepeno4
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

jalepeno4, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Appearance: Pours a hazy auburn hue with a finger's worth of foam on top; quite a few strips of streaky lace

Smell: The powerful caramel and fruit cake backbone buttresses the resinous hops; spruce tips redolent of the Pacific northwest waft above

Taste: The resin and the caramel play back and forth on the front end, with the spruce flavors building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors continue to build, though the fruit cake flavors emerge in the background to round out the profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit of warmth in the gullet

Overall: A complex and flavorful old ale with some winter warmer elements, to boot

Thanks, hannont (from the other site), for the opportunity

brentk56, Aug 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

shelby415, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of kylemckinnis
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured out a heady mix of brown and red color, with a decent 5/8" head on it. Aroma was winter warmer warmth, mild tinge of toffee, decent hopping along what I'd guess to be the 45 ibu variety.

Taste, pretty nice and chunky, more caramel, still some toffee, cocao powder, brought enough stuff to hold down some of the bitterness. Held the alcohol of the tongue nicely, the aroma had me wondering if that would be the case. A little bit of dark fruit raisin type of mouthfeel. Good degree of chewiness and viscosity to it, probably from the respectable amount of caramel and breadiness in the beer.

One of the better beers TG bottles. They're always the preeminent example of a good brewery that doesn't bottle their best stuff. This is better than their ipa or golden ale.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev +5%

hannaho, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of tompearson
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Appearance - brown orangish tint. Some head but not retentive.

Smell - sweet, malty, subtle

Taste - got the alcohol first then again at the end. Like that. Got some toasty, coffee, caramel.

Mouthfeel - big mouth full of body. Again subtle feel but goes down well.

Overall - this is a keeper. Nice job. Will try again next season.

tompearson, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of djbreezy
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Appearance - reddish brown, opaque, not much head or retention

Smell - caramel malt aroma

Taste - caramel and toffee notes in the malt with some light alcohol burn on the finish

Mouthfeel - full body but ever so slightly undercarbonated, not that noticeable however or could be something else

Overall - really enjoyed the flavor, great winter beer, better than I expected

djbreezy, Dec 21, 2011
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Festivale from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.