Terminal Gravity IPA | Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

253 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by sinistersteve on 08-15-2002

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a orangey-yellowish-amber with just a thin cap of white head that had no retention and little lacing.

Predominately pine hop aroma with some citrus notes, no noticeable malt. On the tongue, the citrus hops have a stronger presence with the pine more at the back. Again, not much malt flavor.

Body and drinkability were both average. Overall, this beer is an average IPA. Average is not a bad word. I enjoyed this beer and will certainly enjoy more in the future. Worth trying when you see it.

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

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my nonic pint glass. The IPA appears a hazed apricot color with about an inch of fluffy off white foam. Flavors and aromas consist of grapefruit, orange, some pine, of course some caramel, tangerine peel, earthy. This IPA is medium in both body and carbonation with very little alcohol showing through. Nice stuff.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy blood orange with a manilla folder yellow head. Nice and frothy, solid looking. Subtle citrus aroma, somewhat faint.

Lite orange flavor up front, going to bitter but pleasant real quick. Nice malty balance...triscut crackers. Spicy hop finish

Solid...good hop flavor. Not a standout, just good.

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

Dirty bronze colored, touched with haze and sporting a slumping beige foam that shows a decent amount of lace.
Toasted grain aroma with a background nuttiness, hints of pears, and a grassy hoppiness that bolsters midway towards conifers.
Bready at its initiation to the mouth, turning quickly toastier and grainier. A sunflower seed-like nuttiness appears, then it turns towards red apples. Hops gradually emerge with dried flowers and pine, and a lingering mineral astringency.
Medium bodied, solidly and steadily carbonationed. It's a bit muddled in the mouth, as the flavors seem to lack definition.
Decent IPA, and I love to try it again assured of its freshness, as I have some questions here.

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Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy bret27. Pours a hazy apple juice color with a whitish head composed of largish bubbles. Aromas of bruised apple (from the Fuggles) and piney hops with some very light pale malt. Flavor is herbal and spicy with some earthiness and toasty malts, maybe a hint of caramel. Medium-light body, very drinkable.

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Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy dark orange with a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, some roasted nuts, and caramel.

taste is creamy, caramel, some grain, and hops in the back, ends a little bitter.

overall a very nice indian pale ale.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness data on bottle. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.65.

A-Poured a murky amber hue. Much darker than most IPAs I have had, except for ones with rye. A vigorous pour produced a about a two finger head that receded quickly and left only modest lacing. Appearance seemed awry.

S-Piney and citrus hops, especially grapefruit. A hint of cinnamon was noted, or something earthy (turmeric comes to mind). Again, not quite right.

T-Better than expected after the appearance and smell apprehensions. Very hoppy and bitter with a slight after taste. Very West Coast style presentation. Malt present in taste when beer warms. I liked much more after it warmed.

M-Smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level. Tantalizing to the taste buds.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another.

An average to good IPA. It was difficult not thinking something was wrong with this beer, but it ended up tasting quite good.

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Photo of mjl21
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is present. Comes in at 6.9%. Purchased at Bear Creek Beers in Medford, OR for $1.45.

A-Pours a murcky amber that takes on an orangish hue in the light. It pours with a very minimal off white head that breaks off into a small ring that surrounds a filmy circle.

S-Really boring nose. There are some citrus hops that are present, but they are overpowered by earthy/grassy/herbal notes. Caramel malt is also noticeable.

T-It tastes a lot like it smells. Sweet malt is very upfront and the herbal hop flavros are very strong. The citrus is also present, but does not pop. Considering the sweetness that is present, it finishes dry and leaves some residual bitternesss. Halfway through it really takes on a strong medicinal taste in the back of the mouth and that taste remains in between sips.

M-Medium bodied with comfortable carbonation. It is dry and somewhat bitter.

D-Based on this bottle, I would have to pass. Too herbal tasting and the medicinal flavor that kicks up is not my thing.

The hardest part about reviewing this beer was wondering if it is past its prime or if this is the way it was intended by the brewers. Based on some other reviews, others have also picked up on some of its unusual flavors. I will save final judgment until I have consumed what I know is a fresh version.

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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 nomomentwasted
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Tea Zone in Downtown Portland yesterday.

Appearance: In a pint glass, the color is roughly coppery with a little orange in it with a thin white head and medium carbonation:

Smell: A little more spicy than your average IPA, and in an interesting way. Citrusy Northwest hops are definitely there as well and are probably the centerpiece, but the spiciness was what struck me as a little different from every other IPA.

Taste: Same spice as in the nose with a very pleasant amount of hops in a solid blend with the malty, bready barley undertones. The hops are thick and pretty heavy for a Northwest IPA, but about on par (perhaps just a little less) with say Stone's or Green Flash's IPAs, which is saying something for a standard, not double, IPA.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, oily, and carbonated in a pleasant manner. I wouldn't say it's out of this world, but it's nicer than your average. Alcohol warmth comes at the tail-end.

Drinkability: Very. If it wasn't almost 7% I'd say it's a session IPA (I treated it like such). Definitely worth a shot and a nice balance of heavy hops and bready malt.

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Photo of woemad
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew for $1.72. No freshness date.

Poured a hazy, almost russet color with a thick, creamy white head. Lots of lace.

Citrusy in the nose. There's also some bready malts and a vague spicy hop scent, but the citrus is the star of the show.

Tastes pretty much like the smell. Citrusy hops greet the tastebuds. Not an overly complex IPA, but a nice one to drink nonetheless. The malts provided a nice balance. Bitter, herbal note at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a mildly coating, resiny mouthfeel.

Very drinkable beer. If it didn't have an abv of 6.9%, I'd call it a session IPA. Perhaps this could be one you give to someone who's a little leery of jumping on the hophead wagon whole hog.

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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 errantnight
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

As an extra from Wackyfoot, thanks, sir!

So this pours an ambery gold with a bit of haze, a nice solid finger or two of head. Lightly creamy, moderate retention.

Aroma is very mild citric hops, a bit of floral notes, around a strong malt presence, toasted bread. It's faint, and not very hop-forward.

On the palate this is even more pronounced... a malt forward flavor which is not wholly unpleasant... reminds me of HopDevil's malt bill, and it has an appropriately balancing bitterness, but where did that hop flavor go, exactly? Nice toasted malt notes with hints of caramel. Nice dry finish, medium bodied, drinkable...

On the one hand, this isn't a BAD beer, no off flavors, and I like what's there, on the other hand, it's hard to score this even average in the taste and drinkability categories because if I really was in the mood for an IPA and this is what I got? I'd be miffed.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a gold color and is hazy. Small white head (served that way) is moderately resilient.

Smell is faint and nondescript. It might be more robust with a bigger fluffier head.

Taste is a malted grain presence but the hops have a bit of a medicine flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. Mild bitter aftertaste

Drinkability is good, once you get past the medicine taste. I'd like to try this in a bomber, where I can control the pour.

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Photo of olmatty
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a white head with scant lacing, beer is an orange amber with a slight haze.

Smell- Fresh piney and citrusy hops and a slight malt aroma.

Taste- A nice balance between a good malty backbone and a good dose of hops. Hops have a pronounced grapefruit flavor and hops continue on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Middling carbonation and a bit sticky in the mouth

Mouthfeel- Intensely hoppy, but balanced out so nicely with malts that drinkability is nicely increased.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to googzoid10 for the bottle.

Pours an amber orange color with a short foamy white head.

Scent of hops, citrus, grain, and some caramel. It's alright, pretty standard though, and there isn't a particularly strong hop presence.

Taste of hops, caramel malts, spices, and grain. Has the spice qualities of a Winter Warmer with a subdued hop flavor. Again, it's not bad, but probably not something a hop head should be reaching for constantly.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a good hearty copper color with soft yellow tones at the edges. Soapy ring of foam at the top that hosted mostly bubbles. Looks good and hearty for an IPA/APA

S: strong malt profile and boasts soft toasted caramel notes. Hops are of the green kind (pine and grassy). Something unusual about this...yeast-like notes

T: hops smell alright and yet something funky about the hops, dry, wry, and musty. Caramelized malts are the main show, toasted notes are present as well as a soft roasted vibe. For me, this is the prominent taste on the palate...malts. Hops occupy a small area and have a strange flavor that has old grapefruit, lemons, and pine flavors

M: good feel and well rounded type of vibe. For the amount of hops in the nose the finish is far from what you would expect. It does not have that nice true and clean hoppy finish. Body dimensions are alright and feel good

D: I will pass on this IPA/APA. Hearty malt vibe and what hops there are, fairly good, are a bit strange and rank

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

Pours amber with a one finger off white head. Modest amount of lacings. Aroma is malty with some floral hops. Taste is good amount of grapefruit orange hops and a firm malt backbone. Alcohol goes undetected for the most part. Some breadiness in the body. Nice dry bitter finish. Carbonation is lively. Overall a nice IPA. Sessionablity is in doubt due to 6.7% abv. A tasty IPA.

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Photo of jdense
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the faculty lounge, err, Ten Depot in La Grande.

The ultimate hop bomb. Taste like whole buds were thrown into the kettle and left there for a long time. Orangish golden color with minimal head, but nice lacing. A bit of bready malt, but long lingering puckerish hoppy finish that will surely please all Hop Heads. To paraphrase Oregon's favorite son, Peter Jacobsen, 'these guys don't know where Enterprise is, but I do." I hope Fred Eckhardt gets well soon so we can down a pint together at the Horse Brass. A must have for any self respecting hop head. Very highly recommended!

EDIT- I saw a comment about 'herbal cannabis' notes when a fellow BA was reviewing another fine NW IPA. That was my first thought when I wafted this brew for the first time. Hopulicious!

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Photo of MadeInOregon
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enterprise, Oregon, Eh? Well, whatever. Jesus was from Nazareth so I guess I can't put down po-dunk towns too much...

Prior to opening this one I held it up to the light and noticed what seemed like an abnormal amount of yeast at the bottom for an IPA. This beer is also very brown in color for an IPA, rather than the red/copper that I've become accustomed to. After pouring the whole 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass it had a nice solid white/tan head, but overall looked more like an Amber Ale or even a Hefeweizen.

Nothing worth mentioning regarding its smell.

The initial taste was fruity and very yeasty, giving way to the strong, bitter hoppiness to be expected from an India Pale Ale, and then becoming sour as the flavors fade.

PROS: I found this beer to be relatively easy to drink despite the hoppiness and 6.9-alcohol percentage. It also never made me insanely thirsty for a glass of water or create an illogical craving for potato chips as IPA's will often do--definitely a plus. A solid IPA.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Excellent clarity and orange/amber in color with quite a bit of visible carbonation. The head was off white and about a finger thick and showed just a short amount of retention.

Aroma is very light and fruity citrus notes. Lots of toasted grains.

The flavor does favor the malt up front. There is a very strong malt backbone that then moves to a very bitter finish. There is not a great deal of fruit/citrus flavors to the beer. Not very exciting. I wish I knew the more accurate description, but sometimes I describe hop bitterness as dull or dead, vs. lively and fresh.. This is definitely more dull. Just a toasted malt flavor right to a dull bitterness. Not very exciting.

Mouth feel is medium/light bodied and a bit dry.. almost astringent.

Not too exciting and thus not that drinkable.

Don't think I'll be back at this IPA destination.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer flowed from a brown twelve ounce bottle with clear amber color and an off-white colored head. This beers aroma is a good dose of floral and piney hops. This beer has a medium body and a smooth mouthfeel. This beers flavor is hop driven with floral and pine flavors riding a strong, sweet toasted caramel base brew. Nice balance of bitter hop and sweet caramel malt flavors here.

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

A new left coast IPA (to me) I threw into a Liquid Solutions order.

A-Deep orange tinged copper with a slight haziness and a thin white head that leaves spotty lace.

S-Herbal spiciness with a bit of pine and light citrus.

T-Initial hit of spicy, piney hop bitterness with a bit of fruitiness in the background. Healthy sweet maly backbone balances things out.

M-Medium body with a decent crispness and light lingering bitterness.

D-A much more balanced and pine slanted west coast IPA. Not the usual citrus slanted hop bomb I am use to. Certainly not a bad beer....just not my preferred style of IPA. Despite this it is an easy drinking and well constructed brew.

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Photo of sholland119
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Higgins in Portland.

Pours a hazy honey amber with a fluffy off-white head and nice lacing.

Very moderate hop presence for an IPA. Some moderate citrus balanced by a nice toasty malt.

And yet the taste is very good. A more assertive hop bite than in the nose, balanced nicely by the malt. This is nicely flavorful throughout.

Mouthfeel is good, a little light with just a bit of lingering bitterness.

Very drinkable. I would not have guessed the ABV at being more than 5.5%. Can't quite call it sessionable at 6.7% but the taste lends itself to this being a session beer.


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Photo of golden1
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard bottle - purchased from John's Marketplace.

Pours semi-hazy, somewhere between golden and amber. One finger of head, pretty decent lacing down the glass.

Hoppy smell, but not overpowering - sweet fruit, less pine/grapefruit and more on the grape juice front. You know you're rolling with an IPA, but it's not punching you in the face about it.

Extremely smooth on taste - as noted by others, it's not going out of it's way to kick down the doors on hop content the way some brews in the category go for. Little toasty on the taste buds, definite shot of hops, creamy mouthfeel, finishing with a bit of bitterness, but nothing overpowering. Alcohol content comes close to matching the ABV. You know it's there, but it's not going out of the way to *let* you know, if that makes sense.

Extremely drinkable - this is a balanced and smooth IPA. It doesn't go out of it's way to blow you out of the water with hop content or alcohol levels. Would recommend to any fans of the type.

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Terminal Gravity IPA from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 253 ratings.
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