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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

205 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sinistersteve on 08-15-2002)
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Photo of Cascadia


3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really pretty beer. Pours a nice golden amber color. From the start, this beer is all about the hops. Citrus hops aroma hit your nose, slams your mouth and slides down your gullet. Yummy. Easy to drink and best on tap. Interestingly, I've been to Enterprise Oregon, its a tiny old-west type town settled into some amazing mountains in eastern Oregon. It blows me away to think about where this beer gets it's start in life.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 16:17:34 | More by Cascadia
Photo of troutmask96


3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What a pretty beer. Pours a deep mahogany, almost red, with a very foamy head. Unfortunately, I'm not quite as impressed with its flavor. Thick and somewhat oily with a gentle carbonation, I'm taken somewhat aback by the biscuityness of its finish, which brings unfond comparisons to the macro-micro Fat Tire. I'd pound down a few of these on a warm summer night, but wouldn't seek out another six-pack again...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 02:01:26 | More by troutmask96
Photo of GbVDave


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Hazy amber color. Wonderful un-filtered clarity! Off-white, one-finger head that almost has an orange tint to it.

S: Strange hop aromas! Tangerine and apricot with a citrus-like tang. Interesting malt aromas of biscuits/bread. Very pungeant.

T: Very resinous hop profile with a sweet and tangy flavor. Like the smell, it's very pungeant.

M: Sticky, oily, and crisp. Full with a touch of sweetness.

D: Very good drinkability. Could drink a few in a session!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 16:10:16 | More by GbVDave
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours slightly darker than most IPAs I am Used to, sort of a rusty gold, almost red. A strong hops and some slight fruitiness in the smell. Taste is good with some nice dryness at the end. Not especially crisp, like some of the high-hopped APAs I have had. Reminds me more of an ESB (and that's not a bad thing) than it does an IPA. But the clear, but not too strong, hops presence makes this a great session beer. Solid and delicious, wish I could get it regularly here on the East Coast.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 06:38:48 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to msubulldog25 for this extra in a great trade.

a - pours a deep burnt orange with a two-finger white head with good retention and awesome lacing, good amount of suspended sediment, very good looking beer

s - big grainy/biscuity aroma mixed with the hops, very unique from any other IPA I've tried

t - sweet piney hops up front with the same unique grainy/biscuity taste from the aroma filling out the body and seeping into the finish, finish is nicely bitter and dry, also long-lasting

m - lots of carbonation, medium-bodied, very dry finish

d - dryness of the finish might limit drinkability somewhat, the somewhat higher abv for a regular IPA might also limit somewhat

Very unique IPA. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the grainy/biscuity nature of the beer, but I'm glad I tried it - just not really what I'm looking for in an IPA. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 03:23:43 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of Matthew


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a inch of frothy head with good retention and and decent lacing.
The aroma is yeasty and grainy with a good amount of fruity and citrusy hops. Orange and an earthy type smell as well.
Earthy and bitter grain base with a punch of hoppiness. Light grapefruit and a sweet orange citrus behind the grainy like flavor.
Light mouthfeel with good carbonation.
A fairly drinkable IPA from terminal gravity.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 05:43:46 | More by Matthew
Photo of ballenc


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

A: A golden/orangish ales, a bit hazy, no lingering head to speak of, moderate lacing.

S: Mostly grain (malt) and yeast.

T: Somewbat bitter to start - mellowing as you go. Malts predominate after the hops subside. Not as hoppy as a lot of NW IPAs but can hold its own with most of them.

M: Bitterness on first (and early) sip but no as tight as some IPAs.

D:A pretty easy drinking IPA - if you want that hoppy - knock you on your butt - experience you may want to look elsewhere but this is a beer that you can drink 3-4 of in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 01:02:12 | More by ballenc
Photo of flexabull


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a nice looking head.

Aromas are sweet and there is a pine like smell coming from the hops.

Beer has a very toasty malt quality. Tastes a bit creamy and sweet from the malts as well. The finish has a hop bite, that is crisp, bitter, and a bit grapefruit like. This is a pretty complex and interesting IPA. It's a bit heavy too.

The mouthfeel is quite good, very full, and with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. But I don't think I'd have more than one in a session. It's kind of heavy for an IPA. But it is very interesting and enjoyable.

I remember having this years ago in Portland at the summer beerfest. Was surprised to see this in bottles, and very happy to have received this via trade from msubulldog25.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 02:45:27 | More by flexabull
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.98/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 00:51:15 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of akorsak


3.25/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 02:24:44 | More by akorsak
Photo of IntriqKen


3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 00:14:15 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of unclederby


4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never heard of Terminal Gravity brewing until my arrival in Portland, and i'm always up for a new IPA experience. Hazy orange and sporting a big, frothy cap - this ale held an aroma of piney, earthy hops. A bit funky smelling with some underlying hints of grapefruit. It's pleasing to the nose if not "big". The taste revealed the malt bill wasn't overlooked either, as the beginning introduced caramel and crystal (?) malts, followed by a somewhat yeasty, balanced middle and a finish that brought out those piney hops. This is a nicely balanced IPA overall and right up my alley. It's toothy enough without being syrupy that that mouthfeel rates highly too. I could kick it for a while with this beer and i'll buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 04:17:18 | More by unclederby
Photo of ElGordo


4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 07:07:03 | More by ElGordo
Photo of mynie


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hero27

Standard IPA pour. Deep dark hazy orange with a tiny head that fades to a cap that sticks around. Good lacing is a plus.

Smells of big huge pine hops, very sticky, with a solid malt backing. Nothing you haven't smelled before, but still a nice balance.

Starts with dry, chewy, doughy hops that grow steadily more fruity and piney. That gives way quickly to a pronounced, tasty caramel malt. There's no real distinct stages or interplay, but they balance each other out wonderfully.

A solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 07:11:39 | More by mynie
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 Franchise


4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 14:31:07 | More by Franchise
Photo of hero27


2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.
6.7% abv.

Interesting to read the wide range of reviews for this beer. Quite polarizing. Love it or leave it, I guess..

Dark (yet translucent) orange. Very large head..soap suds bubbles and islands of lacing left on the glass.
I had to smell this a couple times to make sure I wasn't going crazy..this doesn't smell like I thought it would. With the edgy neon bottle graphics, the huge lettering of "IPA" stamped on the front, and the fact that this is a Pacific Northwest version, I thought I'd be in for some serious citrus cone hops for some reason.. Instead, herbal hops and a woody, earthy malt come out and mix for an almost medicinal creation. Different alright.. Medium bodied..oily mouthfeel. Not sure I could drink too many of these in a sitting..the flavors just don't jive together like they should..and any brew trying to pass as an IPA is going to have to show more hop character than this to be respectable in my book.
Certainly doesn't seem to fit the bold American style and misses the mark for me.

I've got another bottle to compare to this one, but I'm not thinking this was a bad bottle..I'm thinking simply just a subpar beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 02:16:31 | More by hero27
Photo of kgotcher


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

Hazy "live beer" amber color with a strong 2 finger ivory colored head. Great head retention (like an ice cream float) and lots of sticky lacings. This head won't go down. . .

Aroma is full of hops, citrus and piney. Malt flavor of toasted malt and caramel.

Moutfeel is creamy with strong carbonation. Very dry with a bitter and puckering finish.

Flavor has a very strong hop bitterness and is a bit sour, malt flavor has good amount of caramel maltyness but is really overshadowed by the bitterness.

A decent IPA, The aroma is great but I found the actual bitterness a bit overdone, it takes away from the malt flavor. Still not bad, but there are just so many good ipas out there it is really a competitive style.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 02:39:36 | More by kgotcher
Photo of loren01


4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy amber/orangish color. Frothy 2 finger width head. Good lacing down the glass.
S: Smell is herbal/grassy. Smells a lot like hemp actually. There is also a biscut, malty smell.
T: Very well balanced. Slightly sweet biscut malt taste up front. Nice citrusy, bitter but not too bitter aftertaste.
M: Very creamy and easy drinking. Mild carbonation.
D: Very good IPA, well balanced and easy drinking. I preferred the smell over the taste. Reminded me a lot of 60 min IPA from Dogfish.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 06:01:23 | More by loren01
Photo of ppoitras


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 20:54:34 | More by ppoitras
Photo of libertygrails


4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What sets this IPA apart from many others is the Mouthfeel. Full-bodied and bold. Veering into Imperial/DIPA territory. An IPA with balls is how i'd describe this to a newbie. Glad this is finally avail bottled for mass consumption. Another Local Brewer who has done GOOD!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 01:33:12 | More by libertygrails
Photo of doubleipa


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a couple of different pubs in Portland. It had a hazy color with a bit of a head. Very strong grapefruit aroma - Yum. This is really a great example of what I’ve come to expect with respect to NW IPA’s. SLightly off-white head with OK lacing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2006 14:42:39 | More by doubleipa
Photo of Crosling


3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Super fresh, from the brewery. Dark salmon in color. Well developed head of white froth. Floral, herbaceous, piney and medicinal hop aroma, although it isn’t quite as vibrant as the best IPA’s. Flavor is oily and slick, hoppy as hell,, in a non traditional American way, but not exactly English either. The hops are floral and herbaceous, while the malt underneath is subtle, with hints of caramel and butter toffee.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 03:46:36 | More by Crosling
Photo of carln26


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color with a chunky off-white head that leaves a ton of lace on the side of the glass. Very grassy aroma. Heck, it’s not grassy, this stuff has a hemp aroma. Yep: hemp with a touch of grapefruit. A bit of a candy, like Jolly Rancher apple on the finish. The flavor has a lot of hop flower, and thus more of the hemp character. More tangy citrus mid quaff, and unfortunately a light oxidation (tea flavor) on the finish. It does have a very nice bitterness, not overwhelming. Just there, supporting the flavor. Slick mouth feel. Still nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 22:23:55 | More by carln26
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 02:38:47 | More by Gueuzedude
Terminal Gravity IPA from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.