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Terminal Gravity IPA - Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

Terminal Gravity IPATerminal Gravity IPA

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very good

196 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sinistersteve on 08-15-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of czechsaaz


4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice grassy hop aroma. Some citrus notes too. Behind all the hops is a nice grainy malt aroma. I get some sweet tofee malt notes too.

Pours with a smallish head, but what's there lasts through the pint. Light rising carbonation bubbles. Really nice amber/orange color and very clear.

Really good malt profile is what I notice first (which I dig since I like balance) then a powerful dose of bitter hops. Lots of toffe flavors and just a hint of diacetyl on later sips. Also good grassy hop flavor. The aftertaste is a nice combo of bitter hop oils and sweet.

Body is a little thin, more of a standard pale ale feel. Carbonation level is a little low but then it's a growler so that's normal.

Very dinkable IPA. Both hoppy and well balanced. I would definitely recommend it.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2006 00:51:40 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of vkv822


3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Clear, burnt orange with a thick, foamy off white head.

Herbal, piney, balanced with a malty, caramel malt backbone.

Medium+ body, mild foamy carbonation.

A decent tasting beer overall, but doesn't meet my expectations as an IPA as the hops seemed muted and the malt more prominent than I'd like.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 08:03:13 | More by vkv822
Photo of dirtylou


3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2014 21:34:45 | More by dirtylou
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden amber, mostly clear with visible carbonation. Sustaining thin foamy head, some lacing.

S: damp, little wet cardboard, some grapefruit notes in there as well

T: carbonation and light bitterness starts the beer. There are some dark fruit hints, but not much more than that, as well as maybe a bit of caramel. The citrus notes are present through but take over with grapefruit and some lemon hints in the end.

M: mildly dry throughout, earthy, and a light pull lingers for a while; not overpowering

O: a very like able IPA. Only thing preventing it being higher rated is the bitterness leans a little on the sour side for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 22:11:07 | More by cjgiant
Photo of Bookseeb


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a hazy orange color supporting a fair dissipating head leaving fair lace. Smell has a nice balance with the citric hops and sweet malt. Taste having a bold upfront flavor of an IPA with the piney, grapefruit flavor with the sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 01:07:58 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a coppery orange amber. One finger fine whtie head with good retention and lacing. Muted aroma of sweet malt and a hint of citrus, very slight hops. Flavor is well integrated sweet, slightly biscuity malt and grassy hops. Finish brings out a bit more spicy hops leaving a pleasant hops aftertaste. Medium bodied with a bit of creaminess and nice active carbonation. This is certainly not a hop forward IPA, but I liked the melding of the hops and malt. On the mellow end of the IPA spectrum, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 03:35:05 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of BMMillsy


3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft while in Seattle, but I forget what the bar was called. Pours hazy orange with light frothy head. Smells of straight pine and very little else. I can tell this is going to highlight bitter hops. Flavor is an explosion of pine cones and some grapefruit, big bitter, slightly slick and resinous. Medium mouthfeel, with a strong bite on the finish. Good IPA for those who like hop-forward brews.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 15:48:02 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of bstave


3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

A- Deep hazy copper color with white 1 finger head. Decent lacing.

S- Unfortunately, this might not be the freshest bottle because I am not getting a lot of hops in the smell. Slight citrus hops and big malt. Fresh on tap, this beer has a nice floral nose.

T- Taste is better than the smell. The hops are much more present. Great balance with this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. I like the drink of this beer a lot. Very satisfying.

O- This brewery was my local watering hole when I worked in Enterprise for the Forest Service. This was my first IPA I really got into. The other option was Deschutes Quail Springs at the time and this was much hoppier. How times have changed. :) I still really enjoy this beer and pick it over many "newer" IPAs today.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 04:55:05 | More by bstave
Photo of EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep golden honey with hints of orange; good head
S: some malt, bright Meyer lemons; one dimensional
T: rich and full but not complex; wish there was more fesh hops instead of malt domination; nicely balanced, some bitterness
M: rich, fully
O: a pretty good beer that I'd like to try on tap or maybe a fresher bottle. Wish the alcohol level was a little lower than the 6.9%.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 23:47:38 | More by EspressoGuy
Photo of spicelab


3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of many post-climbing pints enjoyed from Terrebonne Depot.

Hazed amber with a respectable white head that laces very solidly.

Somewhat blunt aromas of bready malts and pine with hints of zesty herbs now and again. Seems a bit unharmonious.

Seductive earthy toffee malts meld satisfyingly with a clean, piney bitternes. Straightforward, but terrific balance.

Medium bodied with moderate and even bitternesss. Lively carbonation gives it terrific vibrancy across the palate.

Highly drinkable and well rounded IPA that didn't do a lot for me the first time I tried it but got better every time I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 05:13:26 | More by spicelab
Photo of RedBiddy


3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm...a distinct IPA for sure. The color was a caramel color with a bit of orange tint. The head was adequate, enduring, and left a nice lacing. The smell was weak. I like an IPA that really grabs my nose and opens it like a shot of Vick's Vaporub. The tast is what grabbed my attention...bisquits...not usually associated with an IPA. A little lacking on the hops side of the equation. Enjoyed the swirl before the swallow and overall...an enjoyable brew. Kinda reminded be of Fat Tire meets Hop Stoopid.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 22:11:00 | More by RedBiddy
Photo of harrymel


2.25/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: unk

A: amber and hazy with a finger of light yellow suds. These leave behind a cobweb of lace to a sheet of the same.
S: biscuity malts with a overlay of subtle tropical fruits almost reminds me of pineapple gummi bears. Again, subtle.
T: Bitter with malts. The hops are bitter, but do not offer a substantial amount of flavors beyond this. Standard hints of resin and citrus (grapefruit)
M: Medium bodied (on heavy) with moderately hi carb. A bit much for the style.
O: This beer is quite nice on tap, I fear this is a case of an old bottle, too bad I can't be sure...

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 12:58:57 | More by harrymel
Photo of brew3crew


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #2 of the trip!

A-hazy orange body with little to no head

S-nice citusy hop smell that invites me in for more

T-follows the nose. Smooth finish that leaves me wanting more

M-medium body and oh so smooth

O-very good beer that I would like to have more of...

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 00:43:57 | More by brew3crew
Photo of mdaschaf


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 23:20:13 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Kegatron


3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 16:46:58 | More by Kegatron
Photo of clivem


4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this aging (not on purpose but it was at my parents house) for about 6 months now, and its just gotten better with time.

Not the hoppiest IPA ever (not hoppy like the torpedo) but the combination of hop and malt is fantastic and the taste is amazing in my opinion, with almost a caramel aftertaste. Not to sweet or to bitter. Just perfect.

Maybe it's just cause I'm in a really good mood but every time i have this beer i think it's exceptional, its not on the Stone Ruination IPA level, but its definitely up there with my favorite.


Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 06:13:15 | More by clivem
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 05:20:00 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of scootpolute


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 :~)

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 21:44:29 | More by scootpolute
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 06:00:38 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Airyk12


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a one finger foamy white head that leaves rings of lacing all down the glass.

Smells like resinous hops with some malts. a little breadiness.

This beer certainly pulls no punches, with plenty of bitterness and almost no malts. Very hop forward.

Bitterness keeps it from being too smooth, which is great for a hoppy IPA. Light-medium body.

I kinda feel like I've been punched in the face. Not a bad punch, but a happy punch. A hoppy punch, if you will. Hop forward is an understatement. So good...

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 08:56:11 | More by Airyk12
Photo of Fatehunter


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 20:32:30 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of Scotchboy


3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw colored and just a little hazy. Soapy, one finger head sticks around a little and laces up the pint glass. Carbonation is visible as I expected.

The smell seems really subdued, closer to like an ESB rather than a hopped up pale ale. The grainy malts are there, and there is definite aromatic hops, pungent and bitter. Maybe the faintest whiff of grapefruit/fruit esters underneath.

The taste hits your mouth much like a bitter, even an english bitter. The hop bitterness is good and lingering, and there is a pungent hop presence that finished like grapefruit rind. Grainy, malt backbone shines through and gives this bitter beer body.

About the only thing I could score high was the oily, coating mouthfeel that elevated this into a bigger mouthfeel IPA. A bitter beer for sure (which is nice) but the aromas are subdued and the flavors are one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 20:19:15 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of gkunkle


3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours surprisingly dark, a tan/amber color. I can't see through it unless I hold it up to light, when I do I notice very small bits suspended in the liquid. Head was about 1 finger and it leaves some pretty cool lacing in my old coke glass. (think a less goofy looking perfect pint) Smell is more malty than hoppy but some citrus hops definitely come through strong. In the taste the malts come through pretty strong again. It starts with a citrus hop flavor, then shifts to a more malty finish. I also noticed that there was a smokiness up front and sort of a tartness with the finish. I'm likely crazy, but I read a few others noticed this as well. Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is good. Overall, this may come up again if I am looking for a more malty IPA. It doesn't really match the style well, but it's an enjoyable beer. It certainly challenges my ideas of what flavors I like in my beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 04:52:17 | More by gkunkle
Photo of CaptainTripps


3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Semi cloudy dark/burnt amber color. Small head that left an amazing amount of lacing.

S- Grapefruit and lemon citrus dominate the nose, rich malts come up.

T- Classic northwest IPA taste. Full flavor really hits you with every single sip. Light bready and pine notes are present. It also has a tangy maltiness to it. Tasty

M- Clean finish, light to medium bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth.

D- Very tasty IPA that isn't over powering in the hop department. While there is better on the west coast, this is a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 04:26:54 | More by CaptainTripps
Photo of meatyard


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, burnt orange with a 2-finger off-white head that recedes at a moderate pace to a cover leaving a bit of lace.
The smell is dank, oily hops with a good dose of light malt.
The taste is a pretty balanced mix of pine and malt with a bitterness that starts early and lingers after the swallow. No alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel is medium and ends dry.
Drinkability: It's pretty good in the bottle but much better on tap. I had this on tap about 5-6 times a couple of weeks ago at the Hawk's Cafe in Neskowin, OR where it was much better in every way and why I brought back this bottle. This is one of those beers that seems like, with a bit of tweaking, it could produce a really fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 22:45:40 | More by meatyard
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Terminal Gravity IPA from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.