Terminal Gravity IPA | Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

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Terminal Gravity IPATerminal Gravity IPA
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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

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Added by sinistersteve on 08-15-2002

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Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of Sammy
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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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 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 woodychandler
2.3/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This arrived with a fluffy, off-white/light-tan head with decent retention. The nose had a lightly hoppy scent, at best. The color was a medium-amber with decent clarity. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a light hop presence on the tongue. The finish was frankly a bit watery with the hops barely deigning to stick around. Again, here was what would be a great IPA in the South where IPAs are often summer seasonals, but in the Pacific Northwest? Bah!

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Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed I effervescent amber with 1 finger of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Faint grassy hops & some biscuitty malt when warm

T: Abundant grapefruit, & a bit of pine hops. plus some biscutty malt up front, plus a touch of honey malt. Once warm, I pick up citrussy & leafy hops, stronger biscuitty malt, apricots & pears in modest amounts. Finishes with some piney & lemon hops. Barely pulled the 3.5

Light bodied & wet for the style with minimal carbonation & okay balance

Drinks easy enough, but a so-so AIPA, this needed a better blend of hops & more malt presence IMO

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  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.

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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 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 GClarkage
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with a thin, tan bubbly head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of lemon/orange, some caramel and a metallic touch.

The taste is herbal/aspirin-y with some citrus (that I wish came out a bit more). There is a caramelish maltiness, but overwhelmed by herbal bitterness. I was between scores on the taste, but can't quite bring myself to give it the higher of the two, as the asprin character lingers just a bit too much.

It is medium-bodied.

It is harsh, with alcohol and bitterness lingering. Still, it does have enough "good" character to enjoy the one (perhaps even a second), but would seem like chewing an aspirin after awhile.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The prototypical PacNW C hop C malt beer. Pours an amber color, 1/2" white head. Aroma of bittering C hops. Some pine and caramel.

Taste is mostly that grapefruit bitterness and crystal malt combo. Equal parts red ipa, english ipa and pacnw C hop crystal malt ipa. Grapefruit and caramel for days. Caramel resin bong loads. Bitterness clocks in around 55 ibu I would guess. Cascade, Chinook I imagine make up all the hops, maybe something otherwise pretty similar. Might not be any dry hopping. I guess this is more of a late fall early spring maltier kind of ipa if you had a hankering for such a thing. Its more like an example of an ipa from a time capsule at this point.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Donkster46
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden/orange color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fairly malty scent that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with a nice citrus hop aroma that balances well. The taste is decent. It has a very powerful hop flavor that is really bitter and dry. The malts take a back seat in this one. It goes down smooth, but finishes a little too hoppy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent IPA. I wish they would tone down the hops a little. I love hop flavor, but the varieties used deter from the drinkability.

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Photo of Bitterbill
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this one on line because:
1, it's not available here and
2, because of some very strong input I've read about the quality of this IPA.

In a nutshell, this is THE best tasting IPA I've ever tasted. As a result, I could do nothing but give it a perfect 5. I mean, if one cannot find any negative aspects to a beer, why NOT give it a perfect 5 score?

Best regards,

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Photo of John_M
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terminal Gravity IPA. A beer I'll always associate with the unique IPA style of the NW.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get some citrus, pepper and light tobacco. On the palate, this is so delicious.... there's nothing else quite like it. The beer has a well balanced blend of sweet malt and hops, but some how, some way, it retains its lovely dry, NW flavor profile pedigree. There's almost a ginger snap and gingerbread flavor to this beer, with some light orange and a refreshing bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and drinkability is very good. If the menu didn't tell me the beer had a 6.9% abv., I have no idea what I would have guessed. So easy to drink... such a fine beer. Yummy...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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. :)

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Terminal Gravity IPA from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 257 ratings