Triple | Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

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Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beerguy101 on 09-27-2003

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Jhastings79
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right upfront, I liked this beer, but it is not a typical example of the style. Served in a pint goblet. Poured a light mahogany color, with 3/4 inch of of off-white head that had good retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was sweet and malty, like a strong ale, but nothing like a Trippel. The taste was also very good, but also not to style. The flavors were rich and malty with a noticeable alcohol flavor.

The body was full and smooth, but again, not to style. Drinkability was very good, compared to the style not what's expected, but an enjoyable, easy, smooth drinking brew.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Oregon Brewer's dinner.

A - Poured a hazy copper-gold, with 2 fingers of white head. Dissipates slow and left beautiful lacing.

S/T - Honey, flowers, bananas, and citrus hops.

M - Light bodied, hop dominated, thin, and sweet.

D - Not bad. Would recommend adding crystal malts and letting this one fully attenuate to reduce the hop dominance of this tripel.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a new brewing so cannot be directly compared with previous reviews, but I can concur that the naming might be confusing, for sure it bore no resemblance to the Belgian Tripel that the name might suggest. Getting past that slight hiccup, this is an intense, richly flavoured strong IPA, but not even that totally. Appearance is a dark red mahogany, nose was largely malt sweetness with some citrus rinds in the background. Flavour not particularly sweet, but dark caramel appears. I would not say excessive hops here. An interesting, intense, slightly sweet strong ale.

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Photo of dnichols
1.85/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I had a four ounce sample at the 2007 Oregon Brewers Festival. It was billed as a "Belgium-style Tipel" so I made it the first beer sampled among the 70 or so available at the festival. I and my drinking buddy were sorely disappointed. It was more of a tripple IPA that was so hopped up that it sucked the joy out of my mouth. Of the 42 beer sampled during our visit to the festival it received our worst rating.

A: It was a bright gold with a tinge of orange. An abundant head that quickly disappeared leaving no lacing (not necessarily the fault of the beer given the plastic mugs used to serve beer at the festival).

S: It smelled of freshly mowed grass...very green and hoppy. I could detect (barely) a hint of malty sweetness. But it was buried under the mountain of hops.

T: If a beer could suck the life out of your mouth this one accomplished the task. The bitterness of the hops left a bitter residue that took severely of the following beers to wash from my mouth. The bite was definitely worse that the bark! I'm not a hop head...if I were this might be the beer for me...I have a friend that swears by TGs products and he cannot get enough IBUs crammed into his brews.

M: Ouch. But for the cool liquid I would say this was as close to a dry white wine as any beer I have every experienced. Thin and aggressively carbonated. It was like drinking a sour green apple fizzy.

D: Never again.

Comment: I rarely drinky beers with and IBU above 30 so my review is tainted by my timid palate. My main problem was the advertisement of this beer as a Belgium style was anything but a Tripel...except possibly a Tripple Hop Extravaganza. If you love the flavor of hops, bitter beer or a beer that bites you from the first to last sip...this beer is for you.
Orange gold color. A full-bodied triple. Malty and hoppy. Rich flavor, although very strong. Aged in oak and it taste like it. Rich mellow oak tannins. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp and slightly dry. Aftertaste is bitter. No alcohol bite despite 8.4% alcohol. Interesting beer.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the 150th birthday party of three prominent local beer industry professionals, held at the Horse Brass Pub. Not sure when this keg was brewed, the only disclosure was that it was stored up for this special occasion. Billed as "TG Tripel IPA" on the specials list.
Pours fairly foamy (I think I got one of the first beers from the keg), with a body that comes in somewhere between orange and golden. The head, huge at first due to a long-lingering keg, subsides gradually to a pretty ring around the top of the beer. Nose is the requisite TG hoppiness, accompanied by some faint esters from the Belgian yeast. Palate is more or less that of TG IPA, although the hops are a bit muted. Some sweet, fairly tart fruity notes come through mid-palate, with just a hint of some spiciness from the Belgian yeast on the finish. Body is nice and robust, with just a touch of syrupy sweetness that you'd expect from a tripel. Overall, a tasty beer, and surprisingly refreshing on a summer day.

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Photo of RedDiamond
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yes, the spelling is correct. Though the name suggests the possibility of this being a Belgian-style tripel, the brew bears little resemblance to historic Belgian styles. Consequently the Americanized spelling of “Triple” is honest for partially curtailing any such expectations.

This beer is luminous spun gold. It is clear with a spotty head and well-intentioned lace. There is very little carbonation – just a few confused bubbles. The mouthfeel is like dry paper.

Regardless of any intended style comparisons, TG’s Triple is not an especially strong beer. No, let me rephrase that; it’s not an especially good beer. It’s actually quite strong, though it seems that every batch has a different ABV rating. Mine, in October ’04, was 9.3%. Triple has a light fruity aroma, but I otherwise found it tart and confused with hints of apple pectins and bacterial infringement. At times it was downright cloying. The substantial alcohol content detracted from the potential of the malt environment, turning this into a complex and elegant American malt liquor.

Triple is harsh and otherwise lacks definition. Terminal Gravity produces some world-class beers, but this is not one of them.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler fresh from the brewery! Initial pour showed a nice white foamy head, which quickly dissipated to thin haze atop the beer. The beer has a nice orange color to it and is very translucent. Flavor has a nice clean balance to it. Seems very difficult, and probably very dangerous, and to taste the powerful 9.5% alcohol content. Seems like a good session beer to enjoy year round. Highly recommended from this BA member.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the 2002 Oregon Brewers Festival. Orange gold color. A full-bodied triple. Malty and hoppy. Rich flavor, although very strong. Aged in oak and it taste like it. Rich mellow oak tannins. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp and slightly dry. Aftertaste is bitter. No alcohol bite despite 8.4% alcohol. Interesting beer.

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Triple from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 9 ratings