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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: 13 | 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 NeroFiddled
3.97/5  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!

Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of unclederby
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
4.42/5  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.

Photo of mynie
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of Franchise
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Photo of hero27
2.64/5  rDev -30%
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.

Photo of kgotcher
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of loren01
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of libertygrails
4.12/5  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!

Photo of doubleipa
4.32/5  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.

Photo of Crosling
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of carln26
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of rousee
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of revdrjbob
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
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!

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of lostbearbrew
2.65/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of nvsblman
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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