Terminal Gravity IPA | Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

very good
146 Reviews
Terminal Gravity IPATerminal Gravity IPA

Brewed by:
Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by sinistersteve on 08-15-2002

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Photo of Whitesheep
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great example of a PNW IPA. I like it and would drink it again, especially if I could find it on tap. this is a pretty raw IPA in that the hops are front and there isn't much malt to taste, feel or smell. Fine by me. I actually like the hazy, cloudy look as that implies little filtering and processing. Personally CA and AZ IPA's are my favorite, but when in the PNW you should partake of what they make and this is an excellent and fine example.

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Photo of stevoj
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a darkish amber, small foamy head, hops dominate, burying any malt characteristics. Biggest drawback for me was a dull metallic finish, and the flat hops bitterness obliterating any other flavors.

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Photo of josephandbrown
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- Very cloudy, with a lot of particles at the bottom. There was some solid matter floating in the head, too.

Smell- Always the hardest for me since I have a terrible sense of smell. The aromas were fine, if not prominent.

Taste- One of the best-tasting PNW IPAs I've had. Great hop character, excellent malt backbone. Really well balanced.

Feel- Nicely carbonated, with a very smooth finish. The solid matter took this down a notch.

Overall, a great Oregon IPA. I bought this from a co-op, so I'll have to get some more soon and see if the solid matter is common.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear with strong haze and bubble presence. Bright copper. Well retaining, fine, slightly chunky, tan head. Extensive network of lace. Grain, bread, caramel, and resin aromas in the bottle. All of that in the glass, but spicier. Sweeter, raisiny as it sits. Tastes a bit tart, with caramel at first. Well balanced but a soily, metallic, vegetal, and just barely black pepper kick half way through, lasting well through the finish. Overall, quite dank in the back, but not enough of that fruitiness and black pepper I enjoy in an IPA. Very smooth, watery, medium-bodied, with low level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing.

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Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark orangey amber in the chalice. Slightly sweet with a plain malt taste. This is a rather bitter and woody brew but it has a nice malty undertone. It tastes dark to me, or do I mean darkly dank? Aftertaste is just too bitter for the lack of real hop flavor. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

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Photo of dabone
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured draft. Dark orange and clear with an off white head. Floral and citrus aroma. Taste has a good servings of hops bitterness. Great mouthfeel, great beer

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Photo of vkv822
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Clear, burnt orange with a thick, foamy off white head.

Herbal, piney, balanced with a malty, caramel malt backbone.

Medium+ body, mild foamy carbonation.

A decent tasting beer overall, but doesn't meet my expectations as an IPA as the hops seemed muted and the malt more prominent than I'd like.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap @ Quinn's, pre mutual benefit

Somewhat of a classic PNW IPA, often pushed further down the food chain by flashier competition with more refined product. Still, you can do a lot worse for yourself than kicking back a few pints of this. Body is a bit heavy for me as a result of the strong malting, but this IPA definitely packs a bitter citrus-rind hop punch as well. Drained a few pints and paid a small tribute to this old-school (by craft brewery terms) IPA

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Photo of cjgiant
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden amber, mostly clear with visible carbonation. Sustaining thin foamy head, some lacing.

S: damp, little wet cardboard, some grapefruit notes in there as well

T: carbonation and light bitterness starts the beer. There are some dark fruit hints, but not much more than that, as well as maybe a bit of caramel. The citrus notes are present through but take over with grapefruit and some lemon hints in the end.

M: mildly dry throughout, earthy, and a light pull lingers for a while; not overpowering

O: a very like able IPA. Only thing preventing it being higher rated is the bitterness leans a little on the sour side for my tastes.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a hazy orange color supporting a fair dissipating head leaving fair lace. Smell has a nice balance with the citric hops and sweet malt. Taste having a bold upfront flavor of an IPA with the piney, grapefruit flavor with the sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a coppery orange amber. One finger fine whtie head with good retention and lacing. Muted aroma of sweet malt and a hint of citrus, very slight hops. Flavor is well integrated sweet, slightly biscuity malt and grassy hops. Finish brings out a bit more spicy hops leaving a pleasant hops aftertaste. Medium bodied with a bit of creaminess and nice active carbonation. This is certainly not a hop forward IPA, but I liked the melding of the hops and malt. On the mellow end of the IPA spectrum, but enjoyable.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft while in Seattle, but I forget what the bar was called. Pours hazy orange with light frothy head. Smells of straight pine and very little else. I can tell this is going to highlight bitter hops. Flavor is an explosion of pine cones and some grapefruit, big bitter, slightly slick and resinous. Medium mouthfeel, with a strong bite on the finish. Good IPA for those who like hop-forward brews.

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Photo of bstave
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

A- Deep hazy copper color with white 1 finger head. Decent lacing.

S- Unfortunately, this might not be the freshest bottle because I am not getting a lot of hops in the smell. Slight citrus hops and big malt. Fresh on tap, this beer has a nice floral nose.

T- Taste is better than the smell. The hops are much more present. Great balance with this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. I like the drink of this beer a lot. Very satisfying.

O- This brewery was my local watering hole when I worked in Enterprise for the Forest Service. This was my first IPA I really got into. The other option was Deschutes Quail Springs at the time and this was much hoppier. How times have changed. :) I still really enjoy this beer and pick it over many "newer" IPAs today.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep golden honey with hints of orange; good head
S: some malt, bright Meyer lemons; one dimensional
T: rich and full but not complex; wish there was more fesh hops instead of malt domination; nicely balanced, some bitterness
M: rich, fully
O: a pretty good beer that I'd like to try on tap or maybe a fresher bottle. Wish the alcohol level was a little lower than the 6.9%.

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Photo of spicelab
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of many post-climbing pints enjoyed from Terrebonne Depot.

Hazed amber with a respectable white head that laces very solidly.

Somewhat blunt aromas of bready malts and pine with hints of zesty herbs now and again. Seems a bit unharmonious.

Seductive earthy toffee malts meld satisfyingly with a clean, piney bitternes. Straightforward, but terrific balance.

Medium bodied with moderate and even bitternesss. Lively carbonation gives it terrific vibrancy across the palate.

Highly drinkable and well rounded IPA that didn't do a lot for me the first time I tried it but got better every time I tried it.

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Photo of RedBiddy
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm...a distinct IPA for sure. The color was a caramel color with a bit of orange tint. The head was adequate, enduring, and left a nice lacing. The smell was weak. I like an IPA that really grabs my nose and opens it like a shot of Vick's Vaporub. The tast is what grabbed my attention...bisquits...not usually associated with an IPA. A little lacking on the hops side of the equation. Enjoyed the swirl before the swallow and overall...an enjoyable brew. Kinda reminded be of Fat Tire meets Hop Stoopid.

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Photo of harrymel
2.28/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: unk

A: amber and hazy with a finger of light yellow suds. These leave behind a cobweb of lace to a sheet of the same.
S: biscuity malts with a overlay of subtle tropical fruits almost reminds me of pineapple gummi bears. Again, subtle.
T: Bitter with malts. The hops are bitter, but do not offer a substantial amount of flavors beyond this. Standard hints of resin and citrus (grapefruit)
M: Medium bodied (on heavy) with moderately hi carb. A bit much for the style.
O: This beer is quite nice on tap, I fear this is a case of an old bottle, too bad I can't be sure...

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Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #2 of the trip!

A-hazy orange body with little to no head

S-nice citusy hop smell that invites me in for more

T-follows the nose. Smooth finish that leaves me wanting more

M-medium body and oh so smooth

O-very good beer that I would like to have more of...

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cory for this one!

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one finger, off-white head on top. Head lasts for a few minutes until it is nothing more than a very thin layer on top. Rings of lace form around the glass.

S: Some sweet caramel with some faint spice and some bready malt. Light tropical fruit and a little pine.

T: Malt forward IPA, with a good amount of both caramel and bready malt. There is a little bit of citrus and pine as well as a hoppy/bitterness bite on the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth with a slightly dry finish.

O: Nice little IPA from a brewery I had never heard of. Even though I prefer my IPAs a bit more hop forward, I liked this one.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Capone’s Pub & Grill (Coeur d’Alene, ID) on 8/26/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of creamy bright-white head. This maintains a thin rich frothiness, which leaves back a heavy looking cascade of sticky lacing. The aroma smells leafy and dank, with notes of spice and pine giving this a light sharpness. Zesty grapefruit, caramel, and toast all combine to giving this a juicy underlying twang in the nostrils.

Bitter grapefruit is the main focus of the taste, spreading pith out in the mouth, along with a good bit of pine. Caramel malts, with a bit of a strong toasty edge to them, bring a strong balancing sweetness to this. There is maybe actually a bit too much focus on the malt here at times. Hops at least pull up the rear with some assertiveness, leaving behind a dry combo of pine, spice, and bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a silky crispness to the carbonation, which are equal parts slickness and more aggressive sharpness in the mouth. The overall effect is pretty smooth though, with a minor alcohol presence.

I had this in the bottle a couple of years ago and I think that I might have liked it a bit more then, as I remember getting much more tropical fruit flavor (besides grapefruit) that time around. The hop presence here was bitterer and dry feeling and as I mentioned before, just a tad too much sweetness from the malts was present; not really allowing the crispness to come through that the hop profile should have brought to this. This was OK but there are a lot better Oregon IPAs out there.

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Photo of clivem
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this aging (not on purpose but it was at my parents house) for about 6 months now, and its just gotten better with time.

Not the hoppiest IPA ever (not hoppy like the torpedo) but the combination of hop and malt is fantastic and the taste is amazing in my opinion, with almost a caramel aftertaste. Not to sweet or to bitter. Just perfect.

Maybe it's just cause I'm in a really good mood but every time i have this beer i think it's exceptional, its not on the Stone Ruination IPA level, but its definitely up there with my favorite.


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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber-tinged apple-juice hue with some light haze and a dense one-plus-finger khaki head that leaves beautiful lace. all around a good lookin' brew.

aroma is lusciously hoppy and sweet. wildflower honey, lemon zest, hints of pine, and some juniper notes intermingle nicely on top of a barely detectable bready malt backbone.

taste is bitterly hoppy up front, but a surprisingly pleasant bitterness. fruity and juicy. lemon and orange, touches of apple. a bit of pine. then there's that crackery, bready, earthy malt that begins to balance this one out.

mouth is light yet still has a good bit of body to it. ample carbonation, almost a touch much, helps carry the flavors and a pleasant and almost refreshing lingering bitterness is awesome.

I know this pack is fresh, and I can't say that for the times I've tried it in the past. and i certainly am enjoying this one much more than I seem to remember in the past. either way, this is a pleasant surprise. definitely hoppy, with some intense bitterness, but it works. and I'm liking it!

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Photo of scootpolute
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 FL OZ. bottle into a "cone" pint glass.

A - Pours cloudy amber, with a thick white head- some great lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - grapefruit and orange...bitter-sweet...

T - Good hop balance, not too over-the-top with the sweetness of orange and grapefruit with some pine-like flavour.

M - A bit weak on the carbonation, I like the fullness. In parts a bit 'too' fruity/sweet. The aftertaste is a bit too strong (spicy) and sharp.

D - This one was OK for an Amercan IPA. Not as good as the guy at the store (Kirkland's Metropolitan Market) was making it out to be, but not bad. At first, the clean full-bodied white head, along with the unfiltered dark amber colour, gave some excitement for what was to come, but then fell short in places (mainly in mouthfeel, lack of carbonation & the sharp bite in aftertaste). Eh...Okay, but probably not going to be 'seeking' or recomending this beer to anyone...Since the A,B,C grading system doesn't always give my accurate rating, the Terminal Gravity American IPA gets 3 out of 5 beers (5 being the best score)...CHEERS :~)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Yankee pint on a sunny Hawthorne District patio during a bike break while on vacation in Portland, Oregon.

This beer appears a mildly hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with one finger of foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a wall of shredded filmy lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of sugary orange and grapefruit pith, a bit stronger whiff of pine needle and acrid leafy astringency, cradled all by a bready, doughy caramel/toffee malt. The taste is bitter orange, grapefruit, and lemon citrus, a heavier caramel and toffee-centered malt, some fading pine and floral esters, and a tame, but growing menthol alcohol character.

The carbonation is moderate, both in its supportive structure, and in that frothy thing that dances on my tongue, the body a sturdy medium weight, and a little zippy, sure, but smooth enough considering that heady hop tug. It finishes off-dry, the bitterness of the hops lessening in the face of a steady, lingering grainy malt sweetness.

A quite good, prototypical west coast IPA start, but things sort of fade in the stretch, flavour-wise, yet not in intensity, go figure. Ipso facto, I could well stand to have another, just to keep the motor humming, as it were, and to keep the memory of that Mexican lager from an otherwise agreeable lunch well out of mind.

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Photo of Airyk12
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a one finger foamy white head that leaves rings of lacing all down the glass.

Smells like resinous hops with some malts. a little breadiness.

This beer certainly pulls no punches, with plenty of bitterness and almost no malts. Very hop forward.

Bitterness keeps it from being too smooth, which is great for a hoppy IPA. Light-medium body.

I kinda feel like I've been punched in the face. Not a bad punch, but a happy punch. A hoppy punch, if you will. Hop forward is an understatement. So good...

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Terminal Gravity IPA from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 252 ratings.
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