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Terminal Gravity IPA - Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

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Terminal Gravity IPATerminal Gravity IPA

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very good

145 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 236
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terminal Gravity Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sinistersteve on 08-15-2002

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 236
Reviews by djeucalyptus:
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber-tinged apple-juice hue with some light haze and a dense one-plus-finger khaki head that leaves beautiful lace. all around a good lookin' brew.

aroma is lusciously hoppy and sweet. wildflower honey, lemon zest, hints of pine, and some juniper notes intermingle nicely on top of a barely detectable bready malt backbone.

taste is bitterly hoppy up front, but a surprisingly pleasant bitterness. fruity and juicy. lemon and orange, touches of apple. a bit of pine. then there's that crackery, bready, earthy malt that begins to balance this one out.

mouth is light yet still has a good bit of body to it. ample carbonation, almost a touch much, helps carry the flavors and a pleasant and almost refreshing lingering bitterness is awesome.

I know this pack is fresh, and I can't say that for the times I've tried it in the past. and i certainly am enjoying this one much more than I seem to remember in the past. either way, this is a pleasant surprise. definitely hoppy, with some intense bitterness, but it works. and I'm liking it!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark orangey amber in the chalice. Slightly sweet with a plain malt taste. This is a rather bitter and woody brew but it has a nice malty undertone. It tastes dark to me, or do I mean darkly dank? Aftertaste is just too bitter for the lack of real hop flavor. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep tawny color, light haze with a thin bubbly lace. Spicy herbal and lightly pungent hop aroma, fruity and oily. Medium crispness, hoppy palate with a big handful of malt. Big punch of oily hop punget flavor, mild fruitiness and a malt sweetness that sneaks in towards the finish. A bit of wamth in the end from the alcohol.

A tasty and balanced IPA, not bad at all.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to lostbearbrew for this one...
Attractive hazy orange copper color w/ a full finger and a half of foamy bright white head...lacing is quite thick and holds firm to the side of the shaker glass.
Aroma is very nice...a boat load of marmalade hops and a sweetness drawing me in.
Taste is very enjoyable...a bitter punch of fruity hops, tangerines and red grapes come through. A hefty dose of malt adding the perfect amount of sweetness and balancing this one out beautifully.
Bitterness remains throughout and finishes quite clean.
The mouthfeel is thicker than average and the carbonation is nice.
I could drink quite a number of these and be quite content.
A solid IPA from Terminal Gravity and a nice first impression.

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Photo of HoptimusPrimal00
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of chossboss
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mirky,yellowy/reddish nectar-like color. 1" very creamy white head with decent retention leaving some spotty lacing and a swirly looking coat atop the beer. Sevred from a 12oz stubby brown bottle with a twist off cap.

Citrusy,very fruitty apricot/nectarine/peach aroma very different for an IPA had a bit of fresh dough aroma as well. Little malt aroma if any.

Taste very much like aroma very fruity peach/apricot/nectarine different from most ipa's. Tart,with a sharp tangy pleasing bitterness midway through. Nice balance leaves and fruity/citrusy taste lingering on the palate. Light feel,slightly grainy with nice tangy/tart feel.

A different ipa compaired to most,interesting,makes my want more. Becomes additive really wish i had more of it. Worth a try if you can fine it. Ordered this from Liquid Solutions. Says live beer,"live beer keep cold" on the label shipped in the heat of the summer,wonder if it changed the taste a bit. Would love to try this beer again.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A spectacular beer from a spectacular, draft-only brewery located in the wilds of eastern Oregon, surprisingly one of only two breweries located in that entire half of the state! (The other 70 or so Oregon breweries are all in the western half.) This IPA is a hazy, tarnished gold with a light frothy head and excellent lacing. The malts are mild, with a light smokiness and a bit of raw grain brought out by hop bitterness. Speaking of hops, they are big, sparkling, and entirely dominate the beer. It's particularly fruity with notes of grapefruit, and a pleasantly bitter aftertaste that lasts and lasts. The mouthfeel might be a touch sharp and it's not particularly thick, but these are minor quibbles in an otherwise picture-perfect IPA. TG is still an up-and-comer, but this beer is not too difficult to find on draft in a number of Portland bars.

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Photo of BurdockBoy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of dabone
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured draft. Dark orange and clear with an off white head. Floral and citrus aroma. Taste has a good servings of hops bitterness. Great mouthfeel, great beer

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Photo of WaydeRafnel
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of switzer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately dark orange amber with a nice single finger head that melts to a pretty sticky lacing.
Aromas are toasted malt and citrus hops.
Taste is a good balance between the sweet toasted amber malts and citrus malts. This beer has warmed somewhat and the flavors have really melted together...there is no fight between sweet and bitter here...nice blending.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Yankee pint on a sunny Hawthorne District patio during a bike break while on vacation in Portland, Oregon.

This beer appears a mildly hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with one finger of foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a wall of shredded filmy lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of sugary orange and grapefruit pith, a bit stronger whiff of pine needle and acrid leafy astringency, cradled all by a bready, doughy caramel/toffee malt. The taste is bitter orange, grapefruit, and lemon citrus, a heavier caramel and toffee-centered malt, some fading pine and floral esters, and a tame, but growing menthol alcohol character.

The carbonation is moderate, both in its supportive structure, and in that frothy thing that dances on my tongue, the body a sturdy medium weight, and a little zippy, sure, but smooth enough considering that heady hop tug. It finishes off-dry, the bitterness of the hops lessening in the face of a steady, lingering grainy malt sweetness.

A quite good, prototypical west coast IPA start, but things sort of fade in the stretch, flavour-wise, yet not in intensity, go figure. Ipso facto, I could well stand to have another, just to keep the motor humming, as it were, and to keep the memory of that Mexican lager from an otherwise agreeable lunch well out of mind.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cory for this one!

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one finger, off-white head on top. Head lasts for a few minutes until it is nothing more than a very thin layer on top. Rings of lace form around the glass.

S: Some sweet caramel with some faint spice and some bready malt. Light tropical fruit and a little pine.

T: Malt forward IPA, with a good amount of both caramel and bready malt. There is a little bit of citrus and pine as well as a hoppy/bitterness bite on the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth with a slightly dry finish.

O: Nice little IPA from a brewery I had never heard of. Even though I prefer my IPAs a bit more hop forward, I liked this one.

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Photo of DuckStud
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of appenzeller
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light orange with a a thick one-finger head. Aroma is hops and citrus. Tastes like a pretty classic west coast IPA, good strong hoppiness with an acidic, citrusy finish. Cleansing to the palate, highly drinkable. Nothing really remarkable or unusual about the beer but there's no knock on being a standard, reliable west coast IPA. This beer seems to be more available every day (in the Northwest), I'll certainly look for it again.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a good hearty copper color with soft yellow tones at the edges. Soapy ring of foam at the top that hosted mostly bubbles. Looks good and hearty for an IPA/APA

S: strong malt profile and boasts soft toasted caramel notes. Hops are of the green kind (pine and grassy). Something unusual about this...yeast-like notes

T: hops smell alright and yet something funky about the hops, dry, wry, and musty. Caramelized malts are the main show, toasted notes are present as well as a soft roasted vibe. For me, this is the prominent taste on the palate...malts. Hops occupy a small area and have a strange flavor that has old grapefruit, lemons, and pine flavors

M: good feel and well rounded type of vibe. For the amount of hops in the nose the finish is far from what you would expect. It does not have that nice true and clean hoppy finish. Body dimensions are alright and feel good

D: I will pass on this IPA/APA. Hearty malt vibe and what hops there are, fairly good, are a bit strange and rank

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Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty bronze colored, touched with haze and sporting a slumping beige foam that shows a decent amount of lace.
Toasted grain aroma with a background nuttiness, hints of pears, and a grassy hoppiness that bolsters midway towards conifers.
Bready at its initiation to the mouth, turning quickly toastier and grainier. A sunflower seed-like nuttiness appears, then it turns towards red apples. Hops gradually emerge with dried flowers and pine, and a lingering mineral astringency.
Medium bodied, solidly and steadily carbonationed. It's a bit muddled in the mouth, as the flavors seem to lack definition.
Decent IPA, and I love to try it again assured of its freshness, as I have some questions here.

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Photo of Sammy
2.59/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Citrus and too bitter. Could not finish my sample. Hop aroma, nothing else. Where's my malt? Medium bodied. Wood, grass, I don't know what other particles, bad herbal tea. In fact, took a tea to clean the palate after this one.
Hooray! Hooray! Another IPA. Radekfest 05 sample 31.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even when poured from a chilled, long-standing bottle, Terminal Gravity's IPA is a bit cloudy. It's deep amber/copper body is topped by a short but creamy head of off-white that holds well and leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose offers a combination of pungent, spicy, leafy and softly piney hops over a lightly caramelish and mildly bready malt. There's nothing specific that particularly stands out about it, but it's wide and welcoming.

The malt is more dominant in the flavor than it is in the nose, and when combined with the spicy hops it's almost like rye at times. The hops are oily, raspy, pungent, resinous, and bitter on the palate over the malt; and a crisp carbonation, very thin thread of alcohol, and sliver of yeasty acidity help to cut through and refresh the palate in the end.

Geez, what variety of hops are these? It's like they were put into a press and squeezed until their resins drizzled out into the beer! Yet it's not overdone in bitterness or alcohol. Interesting for sure! And certainly worth trying for the hop head!

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Photo of ElGordo
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty orange-golden color with a good inch and a half of thick creamy, off-white head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass. Beautiful aroma of spicy, resinous hops - pine and grapefruit predominate, with a subtle smoky character lingering in the background. Palate is very hop-forward - grapefruity, piney hops balanced by just a touch of sweet malt. Notes of light honey and citrus are detectable on the finish. Body is just sticky enough, without being syrupy. Lupulin residue covers the mouth and teeth after swallowing, necessitating some tooth-brushing when the glass is empty. One of my favorite IPAs, from one of the (as yet) most underrated and undiscovered breweries in the country.

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Photo of golden1
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard bottle - purchased from John's Marketplace.

Pours semi-hazy, somewhere between golden and amber. One finger of head, pretty decent lacing down the glass.

Hoppy smell, but not overpowering - sweet fruit, less pine/grapefruit and more on the grape juice front. You know you're rolling with an IPA, but it's not punching you in the face about it.

Extremely smooth on taste - as noted by others, it's not going out of it's way to kick down the doors on hop content the way some brews in the category go for. Little toasty on the taste buds, definite shot of hops, creamy mouthfeel, finishing with a bit of bitterness, but nothing overpowering. Alcohol content comes close to matching the ABV. You know it's there, but it's not going out of the way to *let* you know, if that makes sense.

Extremely drinkable - this is a balanced and smooth IPA. It doesn't go out of it's way to blow you out of the water with hop content or alcohol levels. Would recommend to any fans of the type.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap @ Quinn's, pre mutual benefit

Somewhat of a classic PNW IPA, often pushed further down the food chain by flashier competition with more refined product. Still, you can do a lot worse for yourself than kicking back a few pints of this. Body is a bit heavy for me as a result of the strong malting, but this IPA definitely packs a bitter citrus-rind hop punch as well. Drained a few pints and paid a small tribute to this old-school (by craft brewery terms) IPA

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Terminal Gravity IPA from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.