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Terminal Gravity IPA - Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

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Terminal Gravity IPATerminal Gravity IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

226 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | 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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Ratings: 226 | Reviews: 142
Reviews by jdense:
Photo of jdense
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the faculty lounge, err, Ten Depot in La Grande.

The ultimate hop bomb. Taste like whole buds were thrown into the kettle and left there for a long time. Orangish golden color with minimal head, but nice lacing. A bit of bready malt, but long lingering puckerish hoppy finish that will surely please all Hop Heads. To paraphrase Oregon's favorite son, Peter Jacobsen, 'these guys don't know where Enterprise is, but I do." I hope Fred Eckhardt gets well soon so we can down a pint together at the Horse Brass. A must have for any self respecting hop head. Very highly recommended!

EDIT- I saw a comment about 'herbal cannabis' notes when a fellow BA was reviewing another fine NW IPA. That was my first thought when I wafted this brew for the first time. Hopulicious!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
4.26/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of dabone
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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

Photo of IntriqKen
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint on a sunny Hawthorne District patio during a bike break while on vacation in Portland.

This beer appears a cloudy dark apricot hue, with one finger of creamy off-white head, which leaves a wall of filmy lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of faint grapefruit, and a bit stronger whiff of pine needle, cradled by a soft bready caramel malt. The taste is bitter orange, grapefruit, and pine hops, a heavier caramel malt, and some mild menthol alcohol character. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-light in weight, and a little zippy, but smooth enough considering the hop tug. It finishes off-dry, the bitterness of the hops lessened against a steady grainy malt.

A good, prototypical west coast IPA start, but things kind of fade in the stretch - flavour-wise, not in intensity. Could well stand to have another.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of appenzeller
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Magpie14
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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

Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Sammy
2.59/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Photo of ElGordo
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of golden1
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of Fatehunter
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Golden towards copper color, transparent with a half inch of dirty white head.

S - Honey, wet malt, citrus and floral. In that order and a really nice blend.

T - Bitter early on and then it builds up all the way through the finish. Grapefruit dominates. This is all IPA. Interestingly mild at first, but your weak IPA fears are quickly put to bed within a half a second.

M - Light to medium bodied, crisp and clean. Light carbonation.

O - Absolutely solid IPA with no apologies. The smell and taste are tops.

Photo of scootpolute
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 FL OZ. bottle into a "cone" pint glass.

A - Pours cloudy amber, with a thick white head- some great lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - grapefruit and orange...bitter-sweet...

T - Good hop balance, not too over-the-top with the sweetness of orange and grapefruit with some pine-like flavour.

M - A bit weak on the carbonation, I like the fullness. In parts a bit 'too' fruity/sweet. The aftertaste is a bit too strong (spicy) and sharp.

D - This one was OK for an Amercan IPA. Not as good as the guy at the store (Kirkland's Metropolitan Market) was making it out to be, but not bad. At first, the clean full-bodied white head, along with the unfiltered dark amber colour, gave some excitement for what was to come, but then fell short in places (mainly in mouthfeel, lack of carbonation & the sharp bite in aftertaste). Eh...Okay, but probably not going to be 'seeking' or recomending this beer to anyone...Since the A,B,C grading system doesn't always give my accurate rating, the Terminal Gravity American IPA gets 3 out of 5 beers (5 being the best score)...CHEERS :~)

Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed I effervescent amber with 1 finger of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Faint grassy hops & some biscuitty malt when warm

T: Abundant grapefruit, & a bit of pine hops. plus some biscutty malt up front, plus a touch of honey malt. Once warm, I pick up citrussy & leafy hops, stronger biscuitty malt, apricots & pears in modest amounts. Finishes with some piney & lemon hops. Barely pulled the 3.5

Light bodied & wet for the style with minimal carbonation & okay balance

Drinks easy enough, but a so-so AIPA, this needed a better blend of hops & more malt presence IMO

Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Capone’s Pub & Grill (Coeur d’Alene, ID) on 8/26/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of creamy bright-white head. This maintains a thin rich frothiness, which leaves back a heavy looking cascade of sticky lacing. The aroma smells leafy and dank, with notes of spice and pine giving this a light sharpness. Zesty grapefruit, caramel, and toast all combine to giving this a juicy underlying twang in the nostrils.

Bitter grapefruit is the main focus of the taste, spreading pith out in the mouth, along with a good bit of pine. Caramel malts, with a bit of a strong toasty edge to them, bring a strong balancing sweetness to this. There is maybe actually a bit too much focus on the malt here at times. Hops at least pull up the rear with some assertiveness, leaving behind a dry combo of pine, spice, and bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a silky crispness to the carbonation, which are equal parts slickness and more aggressive sharpness in the mouth. The overall effect is pretty smooth though, with a minor alcohol presence.

I had this in the bottle a couple of years ago and I think that I might have liked it a bit more then, as I remember getting much more tropical fruit flavor (besides grapefruit) that time around. The hop presence here was bitterer and dry feeling and as I mentioned before, just a tad too much sweetness from the malts was present; not really allowing the crispness to come through that the hop profile should have brought to this. This was OK but there are a lot better Oregon IPAs out there.

Photo of bditty187
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-gold in hue, the liquid is quite hazy, no I mean murky. Umm… man, there is lot of yeast chunks. This is the antithesis of clarity. The head was off-white in color, at the apex the foam was two fingers in height and then it quickly faded to a healthy cap that was thicker around the edges. This small cap lasted for the entire consumption. The appearance is interesting. I like unfiltered beers but far too much yeast found my glass, I tried to limit it but I had no hope. Oh well. Subsequent lacing was webby and unorganized, it wasn’t very prevalent but it was widespread enough to be notable. The nose is loud in some regards. Huge notes of tropical fruits infused with a sprig of wildflowers from some warm island. Peach aromas are pronounced as well. The hops are juxtaposed. Biting, piney notes that intrigued me, plus there are some overwhelming marijuana vibes. The malt is big, really big for an IPA. Thundering notes of burnt caramel and molasses. Wood. The bouquet lacks forcefulness, some of the smells are “loud” but the nose on the whole is oddly restrained. I’m not sure what to make of it, I like it but I’m not impressed. It seems unrefined and raw (but not boastful, odd). Interesting but not inviting. The palate is heavy with that marijuana taste. Bong water? That would explain why it looks this way! I really wish at some point in my younger, stupider days I would have drank some bong water so I could compare it to this beer. Opportunity lost. The bitterness is weak, it reminds me of leaves and wood chips. Hops? Fooled me. Citrus zest. Orange juice with pulp. Bark. Burnt caramel. Molasses. Roasted grains. Grapes. At the swallow is a blast of alcohol heat that lights up my tongue. I like the heat; it adds some more complexity to this very, very odd tasting beer. The aftertaste is dry and mellow; it is like I smoked a joint a half hour ago. I guess I am so use to IPAs just being big, blasts of citrus from the “C” hops. This beer is unique I will give them that. Do I love it? No. I am intrigued. I wish I had another bottle or two so I could wrap my mind around it again. The palate is an odd son-of-a-bitch! A little bigger than medium in body, low but natural carbonation helps produce a pleasant, creamy mouthfeel. Relaxing. It turns out I kind of liked this beer. It is too unique for me not to like it. It is big, flavorful with a jolt of alcohol. I could kickback with a few of these, eat some cheese, listen to some P-Funk… yeah, that would be a good night. Purchased on-line at Liquid Solutions. Worth a try.

Photo of BeerZack
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, murky orange-amber color. Shallow soapy head leaves some spotty lace.

Slight sweet light malt with lots of herbal and floral hops with some citrus and a tinge of alcohol.

Hops dominate the flavor. Very floral hop impression up front as with the nose. More woodsy flavors of pine come in the middle with a more citrus impression on the finish, Very nice mild bittering throughout.

Good medium-high carbonation with soft feel from the fine bubbles. I like this beer, wish it was available around here.

Photo of Franchise
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange very foggy due to the bottle conditioning leaving a thick tan head that is clingy and bubbly. The aroma is cinnamon cookies, with a strong presence of west coast hops right upfront. It has a sweetness that is very enticing of dark fruits hidden in the back of this one. The taste is really smooth, starts spicy like pepper folowed by a malty caramel sweetness that is abound with fruity overtones but brought back into check with a healthy dose of grapefruit bitterness. This is a great IPA wish I could get it around here thanks to BA LeeMarvin for this treat!

Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The ale pours with a hazy auburn orange color with a finger's worth of head that laces throughout the glass.

S: The ale has a grainy malt aroma with not a lot of hop presence.

T: Biscuity and toffee malts dominate this beer. The grainy malts are very strong and focused, shining from first sip to last. The hops pop up after the malts subside a bit. Those hops are slightly bitter, giving a kick of citrus hops to the ale. That kick is a swift, soft kick as the malts return in the finish and share the stage with the malts.

M: The ale is too malty to be an IPA, in my opinion. The malts are good but the overall taste falls a bit short.

D: I'd have 2 or 3 easily if I was told this is an APA, otherwise I'd seek more hops.

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Terminal Gravity IPA from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.