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Terminal Gravity IPA - Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

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Terminal Gravity IPATerminal Gravity IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | 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 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.

hero27, Jul 26, 2006
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.

kgotcher, Jul 04, 2006
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.

loren01, Jun 21, 2006
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.

ppoitras, Jun 02, 2006
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!

libertygrails, May 03, 2006
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.

doubleipa, Apr 03, 2006
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.

Crosling, Mar 21, 2006
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.

carln26, Mar 17, 2006
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.

Gueuzedude, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

GClarkage, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

warriorsoul, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of rousee
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok--I might be a little biased here after all the talk of the recent recipe change to the Smuttynose IPA and I have to say that this reminds me of the new Smutty IPA as was suggested in the thread today.

Amber with a touch of foam and some decent lace. Smell is mild but has some hoppiness to it--kinda piney. The taste is dry and malty with some hoppiness but it just isnt as assertive as I like. It wants to be a robust IPA but it just isnt. This is the same way I felt after trying the NH beer I mentioned earlier. Good mouthfeel and drinkability though as it is not too strong on the tongue. Has a sort of burnt wood element to it which I actually think is helping the MF and drinkability.

rousee, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of revdrjbob
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Yet another hoppy US brew to find it's way to Oz via David Logdson. Did I say you rock? Anyways, excitement plus, shared with ScottDog and Tits. I'd read a few reviews on this brew via BA before sampling, so I was well aware of it's hoppy goodness.

The TG IPA poured a pale orange into the oversized wine glasses, with a thin (1cm) slightly off white head, that left plenty of lacing on the glass as I sipped. Nicely unfiltered, with a hint of yeast cloud.

Aroma: Wow! a huge hop aroma, blasting me, bigger than any Australian made IPA I can think of at the moment. Big malt, citrus, piney hops, alcohol warmth(?), and more crystal malt.

Tasted wonderful, I could definately drink a few of these. Sadly we only got 1 to share. Huge malt, biscuity, balanced with the exceptional hop bitterness and lingering hop flavour. Hints of the 6.7% abv, more malt and a dry finish, with plenty of hop in the aftertaste. You really know you're drinking a well amde beer here.

Again, why can't Aussie brewers make beer like this. There are the exceptions (Wig & Pen, JS Brewhouse), but there needs to be more of these gorgeous hoppy creations.

Brew Before Dishonour!

revdrjbob, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Wasatch, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of lostbearbrew
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm, well, I really wanted to like this beer, seeing as how there are a few of them in my fridge. However, it definitely made middle grades, at best.

Poured a color best described as iced tea red-brown. Little head, not much lacing.

Smell is, well, not the best. Citrusy with something else, that at first eluded my memory banks - then it came back to me - stale bong water. (They told me my memory would be affected - damn!) Can't smell much malt, and maybe these were bad Centennial hops? I've had them be too grassy, but never like this.

Taste - odd. Simply put. Sorta feel the hops and yet you don't. Complex, but not in a good way. Maltiness appears once beer warms slightly, as does some alchohol backbone, but not enough to save my tastebuds and make this a good taste. Avergae at best.

Mouthfeel - much like the taste - strange, unique, and all still not in a "want another one" way. Guess that says something about the drinkability, as well.

lostbearbrew, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Henry's Pub in Portland, OR for $4.50.

Presents itself wll mannered as a dark orange hued pour with an impressive slightly hazy deep sunset amber that beguiled the eye, topped off with a thick beige sticky gooey well defined head cap. Lattice lace left behind was impressive.

Deep aroamtic thick pine hops and malt balance.

First swigs: A bit English malts at first cornered with a seriously hopped brew of supreme rye notes. Some seedy organic aspects. Lingering finish of well balanced spicy IPA juciness. Finishes orange & Tang-like.

Zesty feel, with crisp medium body added by a zip of citrous acidic feel.

Last swigs: Bold noble IPA with a medium build that goes back excellent with my spicy burger.

Beer is good. Happy fresh loal NW beering.

blitheringidiot, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of nvsblman
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut brown with a little bit of pure white head. Citrusy hops and a stronger than expected biscuity malt aroma. This is a really refreshing, fairly well balanced beer. Nice sweet malt just slightly overpowered by citrusy hops. I notice just a little pine in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and loaded with tiny bubbles. All in all a pretty nice beer!

nvsblman, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of brewandbbq
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper, nice frothy head and a slight chill haze.
Pleasant hoppiness in the nose.
Floral and mildly pungent Northwest aromatics, not overwhelming.
Malt backbone stands up well to the citrus and fruit, with a bit of harshness.
Pretty aggresively bitter on the pallet, with decent hop flavoring and a ridgid but somewhat muddy crispness.
Clunky malt charcter and rough hop bitterness hides the warming alcohol well.
The big juicy, piney, citrus whack in the face seems to be missing
with this sample, might not be the freshest.
I had this one back in '02 I think, at the Rose and Raindrop on tap, and it knocked my socks off. Back then, the barkeep called it "the Stick" (referring to the tap marker).

brewandbbq, May 11, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, May 04, 2005
Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Sammy, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

feloniousmonk, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of charlatan
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Kelly's Olympian in downtown Portland.

Initial frothy head quickly dissipated of its own accord. The beer has a slightly orange hue, but is more notable for its cloudiness. (One I had a few weeks ago at the same venue was so cloudy I couldn't make out my fingers on the other side of the glass at all. Today's was not that extreme.)

Smells sweet and citrusy. Impossible for me to be any less vague than that in this bar full of smokers.

Tastes very sweet and rather syrupy, with grapefruit featuring prominently. I dig these hops! The high alcohol content is apparent, but not obnoxiously so.

Has grainy, mottled feeling on tongue which might disturb some punters, but which I actually find rather pleasant.

This is from the eastern part of the state. I've never found it in bottles which is a pity because, while this is a great beer, one bottle at a time is probably all I need.

charlatan, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing this one. Cool label. It pours a cloudy orange color with a small head that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is comprised of mostly dirty and earthy hops. Small amount of malt in the aroma. The flavor is much the same, but on a more subdued level. A little citrus, a little malt, some hops. Nice balance. Good brew.

clvand0, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale hazy orange color with some chunkies falling to the bottom of my glass, and a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is full of earthy and citrusy hops and some caramel malts. The flavor is more citrusy than the nose would tell. I like it. The hop is also a bit earthy and a bit spicey. Overall, a nice balance. The feel is nice and thick. I think this is a nice IPA, but it would never be one of my favorites.

kmpitz2, Feb 01, 2005
Terminal Gravity IPA from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.