Terminal Gravity IPA - Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
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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
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
Brightest pumpkin, filled with a maelstrom of fine yeast. The lovely looking head is the color of orange-tinted parchment and has a bubbly upper surface that, except for the color, looks like caramelizing sugar. As it falls, the cap comes to resemble a dollop of whipped heavy cream. Thin scraps of lace don't impress as much as beer and head.
The mega-hoppy nose has an unfortunate secondary aroma that is putting a brake on my enthusiasm. I've smelled something similar in beer from another brewery (that I won't mention) that I attributed to bad yeast. I'm really not sure what it's due to, but the 4-C hoppy goodness can't overcome the intrusion.
The flavor is more musty-funky and less hoppy yet. Even though the malt-hop balance is slightly out of whack and leans too heavily toward the malty side, this isn't an overly malty beer. The blunted hop presence still manages to impart a firmly bitter, grapefruity, sprucy character. The flavor profile never really finds its sea legs though, never really grabs hold with any kind of enthusiasm.
There's plenty of bitterness on the medium-long finish, but there isn't much true hop flavor. Sweet is favored early, dry is favored late. I have no complaints about the body/mouthfeel since it's in line with the rest of the beer's attributes.
Terminal Gravity IPA is a decent, highly hopped version with something goin' on that's a bit out of kilter. It would do in a pinch, but good-great IPAs are abundant in the Pacific Northwest and it fails to stay within shouting distance of the leaders. Destined for mid-pack, I'm afraid.
05-04-2005 15:57:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
3.98/5 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
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
3.38/5 rDev -10.6%
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
04-17-2008 03:44:44 | More by russpowell
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
09-13-2011 16:46:58 | More by Kegatron
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
Hazy, deep, dark orange appearance, slim layer of foam.
Fiercely citric aroma, big-time grapefruit and pine...wicked bitterness, very sharp, prickly and potent.
meets the mouth warmly and smooth, starts big, then quickly pales, leaving little sticky traces on the palate.
Taste is nice, creamy and fruity, but it begs to be more than it is. Medium-bodied, with a slightly bitter finish.
I can like it, but still find this IPA a bit odd (please see skyhand's review for a more accurate report on this), and lacking some important pleasure.
03-24-2005 02:45:54 | More by feloniousmonk
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
The beer pours a dark golden/orange color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fairly malty scent that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with a nice citrus hop aroma that balances well. The taste is decent. It has a very powerful hop flavor that is really bitter and dry. The malts take a back seat in this one. It goes down smooth, but finishes a little too hoppy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent IPA. I wish they would tone down the hops a little. I love hop flavor, but the varieties used deter from the drinkability.
12-26-2004 23:56:25 | More by WesWes
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours hazy amber with a thin, tan bubbly head. Some trailing lace sticks.
The smell is of lemon/orange, some caramel and a metallic touch.
The taste is herbal/aspirin-y with some citrus (that I wish came out a bit more). There is a caramelish maltiness, but overwhelmed by herbal bitterness. I was between scores on the taste, but can't quite bring myself to give it the higher of the two, as the asprin character lingers just a bit too much.
It is medium-bodied.
It is harsh, with alcohol and bitterness lingering. Still, it does have enough "good" character to enjoy the one (perhaps even a second), but would seem like chewing an aspirin after awhile.
06-24-2009 14:00:02 | More by jwc215
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours a lightly hazy, copper tinged, amber color that is topped by a frothy tan colored head that is quite large bubbled in places. The aroma is dominated by citrus aromatics; orange, and grapefruit are predominant, but there is a bit of herbal and pine notes as well. After a bit a dry toasted note is noticeable towards the end, which is really all that is noticeable from the malt in this beer.
The taste is dominated by the bitter hop character, which finishes with an herbal almost menthol like pine note. Lingering on in the late finish though is that same dry toasted malt note, which makes me think of biscuit malt. The beer is only lightly sweet, which tends to mute the citrus character that was found in the aroma. There is a heft to this beer though that makes it quite satisfying on the palate; the beer is a bit creamy in texture, it is quite smooth and the body has a certain fullness to it. All of this helps to balance the sharp, biting hop notes, though it certainly in no way holds it in complete check. This is a nice, easy drinking beer, but it seems to be missing out on a bit of complexity, yes even for a hop dominated IPA.
01-15-2006 02:38:47 | More by Gueuzedude
3.08/5 rDev -18.5%
10/05/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.
Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates on the bottle. Poured into my Englander pint glass.
Appearance- Amber-orange coloring. Just a tad cloudy. 1/2 inch head which evaporates fairly quick. Just specks of lace.
Smell- Really dark roasted malt with a touch of coffee?? Really struggling to find much of any hop presence.
Taste- Yeah, this beer has a very dark malt side to it. Almost a tad smoky with a slight coffee taste to it. There are some hops present, but they barely come out because of all the malt that hits you in the face. Mid range bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Average carbonation.
Drinkability- No liking this as an IPA at all. Maybe as a malty Pale Ale, but certainly not an IPA. Label looked kinda cheesy as well. Just isn't a quality brew.
10-06-2005 00:07:51 | More by GClarkage
2.25/5 rDev -40.5%
This arrived with a fluffy, off-white/light-tan head with decent retention. The nose had a lightly hoppy scent, at best. The color was a medium-amber with decent clarity. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a light hop presence on the tongue. The finish was frankly a bit watery with the hops barely deigning to stick around. Again, here was what would be a great IPA in the South where IPAs are often summer seasonals, but in the Pacific Northwest? Bah!
03-01-2008 12:00:10 | More by woodychandler
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
Poured amber with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is malty with some floral hops. Taste is bready, bout of acramel, pine and citrus. Mouthfeel has a nice dry finish with some bittering. Overall this is drinkable but very ordinary and average.
03-19-2010 02:48:44 | More by barleywinefiend
3.25/5 rDev -14%
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.
11-28-2006 02:24:44 | More by akorsak
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a cloudy golden in color with a huge creamy head which lasts a long time. Tons of lacing. Not much of a hoppy scent as in other IPAs, but notheless very nice. Does not have the bite as other IPAs, but goes down pretty smooth, light-medium body. This brew is very drinkable at 6.7% ABV. Overall a nice brew, but does lack in what other IPAs have to offer. Recommended though.
08-14-2005 19:04:22 | More by Wasatch
4/5 rDev +5.8%
12oz bottle from weefisheads via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head above the slightly cloudy light copper brew. Dense head fades slowly, with tons of frothy lacing. Aroma is lightly piney hops over ample grains. Taste is upfront with the malt and pine hops, but then the hops pull an Energizer Bunny and keep going and going and going, on through into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, and I could see hitting this one again.
06-02-2006 20:54:34 | More by ppoitras
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
Terminal Gravity IPA. A beer I'll always associate with the unique IPA style of the NW.
The beer pours a peachy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get some citrus, pepper and light tobacco. On the palate, this is so delicious.... there's nothing else quite like it. The beer has a well balanced blend of sweet malt and hops, but some how, some way, it retains its lovely dry, NW flavor profile pedigree. There's almost a ginger snap and gingerbread flavor to this beer, with some light orange and a refreshing bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and drinkability is very good. If the menu didn't tell me the beer had a 6.9% abv., I have no idea what I would have guessed. So easy to drink... such a fine beer. Yummy...
07-22-2009 22:41:45 | More by John_M
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
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
Quite hazy deep golden tone. Thin white head. Lace is negligible. Nose contains a blend of sweet caramel malts, biscuit and bread and some tropical fruit hop tones in the background. A subtle bitterness underlies the heavyily laden malt, bread, biscuit, caramel tones. This is definitely an IPA that is malt driven. And not that there's anything wrong with that. It tastes good. I just prefer more juicy hop characteristics and a little more bitterness. There's a grainy aspect to it as well. And some grassy hop notes. Mouthfeel is very pleasant. Body is about medium-full. Nice little beer.
12-22-2004 07:04:50 | More by Bighuge
3.18/5 rDev -15.9%
Got this one in a recent trade with younger35. Thanks Dan!
It poured a murky orange/amber with some whitish foam that formed a thin skim of fine bubbles and a solid collar. Spotty lacing. Weak aroma with some dull citrusy hops and caramel. Moderate bitterness with a bit of resin lingering in the finish. Citrusy and grassy hop notes, a bit of toasty caramel sweetness. The flavour's a little dull. Slightly spicy alcohol in the finish too. Medium bodied with a decent texture, slight dryness and plenty of carbonation. Not bad, it just seems like the character is muted and nothing really pops. The balance is okay, but doesn't make up for it.
02-10-2008 01:24:59 | More by DrJay
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
12oz from the Coop for about $1.50... shared with a buddy.. mine in a Delirium tulip.. listening to Sasha mixing it up at the Avalon.
Chunky 3/4" eggshell head atop a yeast hazed (despite a careful pour) amber brew.
Aroma is piney/floral hops and a distinctive malt profile that I can't put my finger on. Some yeasty fruitiness is expected... but something may be off kilter... not sure, but it still smells nice... pine and spicey hops.
Big boned PNW IPA... with a slightly English malt profile.. caramel and biscuit malts mix oddly well with earthy then piney PNW hops... bready.. more viscosity than expected, but I like a thicker IPA. This is an interesting IPA, not world class, but still very interesting... could probably use a bigger shot in the arm of flavoring/dry hops.
Edit: I think alot of the more negative reviews for this beer could easily be mishandled bottles... it is bottle conditioned, and there is a bunch of yeast at the bottom... if it isn't taken care of or kept at the lower end of cool, bad things can happen to the yeast.... remember, this is a brew that is supposed to be enjoyed fresh.. much like mine tonight. :)
12-14-2007 10:37:07 | More by JohnGalt1
3/5 rDev -20.6%
Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a orangey-yellowish-amber with just a thin cap of white head that had no retention and little lacing.
Predominately pine hop aroma with some citrus notes, no noticeable malt. On the tongue, the citrus hops have a stronger presence with the pine more at the back. Again, not much malt flavor.
Body and drinkability were both average. Overall, this beer is an average IPA. Average is not a bad word. I enjoyed this beer and will certainly enjoy more in the future. Worth trying when you see it.
12-20-2009 21:51:28 | More by beertunes
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