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Terminal Gravity IPA - Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

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Terminal Gravity IPATerminal Gravity IPA

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222 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Terminal Gravity Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: sinistersteve on 08-15-2002

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Ratings: 222 | Reviews: 141
Photo of jdoncbus
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

**Special thanks to a GREAT trader, JohnGalt1 for this beer**

Poured into my Grandpa's German beer glass (not a pils). Pouts an amber-gold (darker then most IPAs), two finger head, decent lacing, and nice carbonation shooting towards the head.

Smells of mild hops: orange zest and some lemon. A bit of toasty malt peaks through as well.

Very balanced flavor that hits the palate with some toasted, caramel malt that leads into a gradual and firm, flowery bitterness. Other flavors that appear are a lttle grassy, peppery, and ended nicely with an alcoholic warmth. Initial mouthfeel is crisp and ends up a tad oily and the mouth a bit dry.

A very nice IPA and I would certainly enjoy another one. As mentioned above, JohnGalt1 is a top notch trader and I thank him for this solid offering.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty yellow, and smells vaguely of citrus. Tastes of some extremely bitter citrus and another flavor that I can't quite place. Maybe vinegar? At any rate, something is a bit off and this doesn't really measure up to the high standards of a good west coast IPA. Not bad, but not great. Just not a good balance of flavor. It's drinkable, and it wasn't a problem to make it thru the glass, but I didn't really feel like I wanted another one.

Photo of DrJay
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DIM
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This one is a cloudy dark somewhat murky orange color. It pours with a medium sized craggy white head.

s: Bright fresh citric hop aromas. There is a sweetness here as well.

t: This is a very well balanced IPA The hops have grapefruit and lemon notes. The sweetness from the malts taste of brown sugar.

m: Sticky, prickly and lively.

d: Thanks to JohnGalt1 for tossing in this tasty extra. I love trying new IPAs and this one did not dissapoint.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a very awesome trade with Younger35. Thank you again.

This beer pours a cloudy rustic bronze color that is very murky. A small one finger head sits on top on this murky beer, but it disappeared very quickly. The smell is of citrus fruit leaning towards red grapefruit as the most dominate scent. As the beer warmed a bit I got more bready malt coming through as the hops died down a bit. The taste is very sweet upon first taste, but the hops come through very quickly with citrus and pine making their appearance known on my palate. This has medium hop bitterness with slight caramel undertones from the malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation that left a rather dry finish. The drinkability is very good on this beer and would go well about anytime.

Well made IPA and pretty good beer here.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. :)

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 ndekke39
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Henry's 12th Street Tavern in Portland, Oregon. Poured a hazy dark copper color with a small, off-white head. Good retention. Nice, malty center to it. Some toasted grains in there. Clean, hoppy finish. Good carbonation. Overall, a nicely balanced, supremely drinkable IPA. Great example of a session beer.

Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and amber colored. Fluffy white head dredges its way to a rocky layer on top of this luxurious liquid.

Smells of spinach? Herbal and very earthy with a spicy quality. A side of bready malts. Very different aromas.

Very earthy and herbal again. But I must say it's also very pleasing to the palate and great tasting. Thick resiny mouthfeel, very little flavors of stone fruits, toffee, and what may be a slight diacetyl.

Photo of franksnbeans
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy muddy amber colour with lacing and decent head. Smells of hops, spice, citrus and fruity. Tastes very different for an IPA. Lots of malt, mild hops that still show up and some sweet fruit. Dry and a little bitter. Drinkability is ok, a little thick. Worth a try, a serviceable IPA

Photo of GreenCard
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at Albertson's, Baker City, OR...

Appearance: pale orangey-brown, thinnish layer of white suds, OK head retention

Aroma: lush caramelly malt with the ubiquitous NW grapefruit hop aroma; hints of passion fruit, honey, and raisins

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with a hearty does of citrusy hop greenery; finishes dry with a firm grapefruit rind bitterness at the back of the tongue

Mouthfeel: medium body, crisp texture, gentle carbonation, slight astringency

Other comments: My first review of this beer was based on a draft sample, so I thought I review the bottled version to see how it fared. Still a great beer, though slightly muted in comparison.

Photo of younger35
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of pint glass while watching WE TV with my girlfriend. Thank god this beer is good ;-)

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellowish-orange with a nice giant foamy bright white head. Head had nice lasting power that leaves chunky sticky lacing down the side of the glass.
Smell- Fresh baked bread maltyness with whiffs of bright grapefruit and lemon zest. Vibrant and earthy at the same time. More of a malt aroma than you seem to normally get from an IPA.
Taste- Starts with a slight sweetness that is quickly taken over by a nice bitter hop bite. Peach and ripe grapefruit penetrate the pallet with a crisp sharpness that quickly gives way to a more earthy spruce flavor. Finishes with a malt sweetness and some warming from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied that finishes sweet with tinges of alcohol. Medium to light carbonation.
Drinkability- This is definitely one of my go to IPA’s. 90% of the time I’ve had it it’s been on tap but thank the lord they started bottling it. It’s not a uber hoppy IPA like you would expect but none-the-less it’s damn good. Now if they would just start bottling their porter…

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terminal Gravity pours a nice amber with a sea foam head.

Smell is hoppy with a more maltiness than other American IPA's I have tasted. The initial hop smell has more of an herbal quality.

The taste is lovely with a bitterness to maltiness ratio that makes it like satin to drink.

Mouth feel on this beer is relaxed and smooth.

Over all one of my favorite IPA's to date. I drink it as a standby knowing that quality awaits.

Photo of tpd975
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade from younger35. Chilled it and pounded it.

A: Very cloudy yellow orange color with a huge rocky head. Kind of reminds me of a hefe. The head which looks like ocean foam really hangs around and leaves behind layer after layer of lacing. What a beautiful IPA.

S: Nice hop aroma. Floral hops with a touch of pine. I love it.

T: Nice IPA. Starts off with a hint of malt and just the right amount of hops. I am normally a hop head and the more the merrier, but this brew while on the moderate side when it comes to hops has a perfect balance. There is malt, floral hops, and a deep resinous pine character.

M: Medium bodied and easy drinking.

D: I will be honest I killed it. I wish I had a six pack of these, and I may actually pull off a trade to make it possible.

Overall: younger35 and myself went thru a lot with this trade (ie: DHL lost a package) but he really came thru with this one. He told me he had some local brews he wanted me to try and this was one of them. If the other is anything like this one, he is psychic... cause man I love this beer. If they would make a DIPA version of this one, it would probably be one of my favorites. Don't know anything about distribution on this beer, but if you happen to be in Idaho grab a sixer of this gem, or better yet holler at younger35.

younger35 Thanks man... I loved this brew. Let’s work on a second trade, which will include at least six of these babies.

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 Hollenbeck2
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It is quite a happy day indeed; Terminal Gravity Brewing (of Enterprise Oregon) has finally got a bottling line. There are many (myself included) that think that TG makes the finest IPA in the state of Oregon. I am now happy to spread the TG word to the rest of the US. Sure there are more bitter beers and there are stronger IPAs out there but none seems to bring it all together quite as well as TG.

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.

If you’re a hophead I suggest buying more than one bottle. If you only get one you will be heart broken that you have to wait another shipping cycle for more.

Photo of ccrida
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on draught in a shaker pint, the Terminal Gravity IPA poured a very cloudy, burnt straw color, with a small, creamy, light tan head that left thick lace and skim.

The smell is moderate, mainly biscuit like malt, with an earthy, spicy hop aroma.

The taste follows suit and is malt centric with a firm, bitter hop back bone. Notes of toasted bread and a touch of alcohol, mainly spicy hophs with more subdued pine resin.

The mouthfeel a bit oily with a soft creaminess, medium bodied.

Not too bad, it was quite different then the typical cascade citrus hop profile of most NW IPAs, but the hops flavor and aromas could have been brought out more then mainly bittering.

Photo of Cascadia
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of troutmask96
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
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...

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Photo of saintwarrick
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of Matthew
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of ballenc
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of flexabull
4.02/5  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.

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Terminal Gravity IPA from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
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