Terminal Gravity IPA - Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
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Reviews by mattmaples:
4.83/5 rDev +27.8%
* I dinginged it for its lack of clarity. It is a tad hazy so I could not give it a 4 on appearance but Damn is this a fine IPA *
I am currently sitting in my backroom printing out orders, answering emails and enjoying a fine fine bottle of Terminal Gravity IPA.
YUUUMMM, You all know what I'm talking about. That hazy copper orange color, tight but not overly large head, floral citrus hop aroma and that light malty / fruity flavor that quickly gets overwhelmed by the wonderfully aggressive hop bitterness.
The day has finally come, TG got themselves a bottling line. Their capacity is still rather small so availablity will be a little spotty. I've got some but I will probably sell out of mine today or tomorrow so get it while the getting's good.
I expect it will be available at the other usual beer spots, how fast they will sell out I don't know.
The boys down at Point Blank have to spread this shipment around but I hope to get a good quantity in soon and am looking forward to getting in some of the other TG beer.
450 Beers, Wine, Meads and Ciders online.
May mead regain it place as the beverage of gods and kings.
11-22-2004 22:43:49 | More by mattmaples
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
02-09-2005 01:42:30 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
09-23-2005 00:12:06 | More by warriorsoul
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-07-2007 03:27:02 | More by jcdiflorio
4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
03-14-2004 06:16:42 | More by Thrasher
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
10-16-2006 00:14:15 | More by IntriqKen
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
07-13-2011 06:00:38 | More by biboergosum
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
10-25-2011 23:20:13 | More by mdaschaf
3.78/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-21-2010 06:11:29 | More by appenzeller
3.2/5 rDev -15.3%
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
02-07-2009 22:29:06 | More by Magpie14
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
09-09-2009 07:25:34 | More by cokes
2.5/5 rDev -33.9%
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.
04-06-2005 02:32:44 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
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!
12-20-2006 00:51:15 | More by NeroFiddled
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
09-21-2006 07:07:03 | More by ElGordo
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
09-21-2008 01:36:13 | More by golden1
3.84/5 rDev +1.6%
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
01-26-2014 21:34:45 | More by dirtylou
4.25/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
03-26-2011 20:32:30 | More by Fatehunter
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
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 :~)
07-18-2011 21:44:29 | More by scootpolute
Terminal Gravity IPA from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.