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 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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Photo of canucklehead
4.85/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an incredible IPA for its smooth creamy drinkability alone. There are plenty of hops alright but the beer seems to combine into a hoppy grapefruity pineappley goodness. The nose is very fruity to the point where citrus is often the dominant note. The taste also echoes fruit but the hops hold there own and tie it all together. Should of bought more bottles home but I had no idea how much I would of liked this beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one I've enjoyed a number of times from the bottle and on draught. Today comes from a bottle (12 oz., twist-cap) and pours to a pint glass. Label lists an ABV of 6.9% and reminds that this is 'Live Beer...Keep Cold'.

A: Deep auburn/orange, like toasted wheat bread crust. Several streams of tiny carbonation wiggle through a gossamer haze. Head is short, less than a finger, but has a dense, creamy consistency and pockets of spongy bubbles gathered at the edges. Excellent-looking curtains of dense white lace.

S: Light aroma of citrus hops, orange and grapefruit, otherwise it's toasty and malty, with a notable caramel. That this doesn't smell more of hops has always struck me as odd.

T: Lots of orange, both the juicy-sweet flesh and the pithy rind. Citrus melds nicely with a grainy bread crust. There's a little tartness to this citrus/grain (wheat?) combo that's really appealing. Not too bitter...a balanced blend. Not quite the 'hop-bomb' one expects from the Pacific Northwest.

M: Among the creamier mouthfeels I recall in an IPA. Medium body, a little chewy.. Low carbonation, soft hopping hangs on the back of the tongue. Some lingering grain sugariness keep it from finishing 'clean'. Despite a fairly high content, alcohol is undetectable.

D: A 'go-to' IPA for those of us lucky to have Terminal Gravity on shelves, but one I probably don't go to often enough. Excellent balance, good flavor - not an overly hoppy IPA, which for me increases drinkability.

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

Okay, I live in Portland, so we're used to hops, hops, and *more* hops... But then again, sometimes a beer comes along and changes your perception of what its style has to offer. As a disclaimer, this beer was my first "gateway beer", so I'm a little biased. However, after tasting *numerous* IPAs in their various forms from myriad breweries, I can clearly say that this beer is without a doubt my absolute favorite go-to IPA, ever. Ever-ever-ever.

Now, here are a few reasons for this.

First, the owners/brewers, Dean and Steve, simply cannot be bothered to distribute this beer too far out of their reach (the Northwest). This is because they want to ensure the absolute best quality of the beer. Period. No contract brewing either.

Second, I believe TG may not ever submit this beer to the GABF, World Cup, NABA, et. al. Why? See above. Also, they don't care about awards; they care about beer.

Third, you do not know the power and the complexity of this beer unless you've tried it on tap at the brewery in Enterprise, Oregon. It is, quite simply, dazzling, sublime, and constant. It is my opinion that the tap version of this beer is far superior to the bottled version. Then again, I'm sure TG would agree. So, if you're looking to trade for this fine beer, I advise you get a hand-bottling from a growler source. Seriously.

When you get a tapped pint, you will find a beautifully hazy amber fluid with orange highlights, and tight bubbles with slow ascension through the murk. The head tends to a nice rich, rocky medium tanned-yellow that says "yup, you're in for malt".

Smell it, and you are rewarded with not just citrusy hops, but deeply citrus levels of tangerine, mild pink grapefruit, and a snip of Jonagold apple. Pine, ever so mildly, shows tentatively through the fruit. Note the biscuit suggestion, you'll taste it shortly.

Taste it (when you've let it warm up for a bit) and you'll experience this lovely mouthwarming caramel sweetness that defies cloying, with probably a dash of burnt cherry, and a bold, slap you *carefully* on the side of the head bitterness that is not at all astringent, but oily in texture. The balance: like an Olympic gymnast designed the grist and hop schedule. The biscuit comes through in the after and sits, just for a moment, as just a brief suggestion.

The mouth is so full, but not filling; you basically wish TG would just do an English barleywine with this beer's recipe as the starting point. It's close enough.

Overall, if you go to the Northwest, see this beer on tap, and purposely overlook it, you have made a terrible mistake. Moreover, if you've had other AIPAs and find this one boring, then you have burnt out your taste buds with hops. My suggestion is that you drink some malty beers for a while to reset your opinions, and then try a fine backwoods version of the way a true "Northwest IPA" should be.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A number of places have this ontap, right alongside Deschutes and the locals.

Nice orangy amber. Rocky persistant head that towers over the body. It is relentless, and a mouthfull of it is the consistancy of cold whipped cream...not the canned stuff, but the thick icing-type made fresh and whipped a little to long.

Big hoppy aroma. Dose of pine and pacnw grapefruity hops.

Great malty backbone supports the hop explosion. A fine balance if I do say so myself!
Bitter oily hops are nicely tucked into the malt, making this one nowjere near 'over the top'. A tiny alcohol presense comes with the sweet maltiness.

Aftertaste is good, and the mouthfeel makes this one a great drinker.

A real solid IPA.

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Photo of GJ40
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a tulip glass.

Golden color with some haze and suspended particles. Bottle says live beer so probably looks as it should. Nice head with good retention and lacing. Smells of apple and malt. Tastes a bit sweet and has almost a smokey flavor. Not much in the way of hops.

Not a bad beer but doesn't measure up to a west coast IPA so not one I'd seek out.

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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 idResponse
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy hazy orangy yellow. It sort of reminds me of something that's been peed on by a cat, but without the ammonia in the nose. It has a nice enough bite but doesn't really blow me away. I like my IPA's to really grab ahold of you and go "I AM A RICH AND TASTY PIECE OF HOP GLORY!" whilst shaking your body from the collar. Don't get me wrong, it's smooth enough to drink, and it goes down really nicely with a satiny bubbly feeling sensation. In fact, I bet this is even better on a hot summer day with the barbecue going... but i've had much better IPA's... It's run of the mill. sorry.

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

**Special thanks to a GREAT trader, JohnGalt1 for this beer**

Poured into my Grandpa's German beer glass (not a pils). Pouts an amber-gold (darker then most IPAs), two finger head, decent lacing, and nice carbonation shooting towards the head.

Smells of mild hops: orange zest and some lemon. A bit of toasty malt peaks through as well.

Very balanced flavor that hits the palate with some toasted, caramel malt that leads into a gradual and firm, flowery bitterness. Other flavors that appear are a lttle grassy, peppery, and ended nicely with an alcoholic warmth. Initial mouthfeel is crisp and ends up a tad oily and the mouth a bit dry.

A very nice IPA and I would certainly enjoy another one. As mentioned above, JohnGalt1 is a top notch trader and I thank him for this solid offering.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty yellow, and smells vaguely of citrus. Tastes of some extremely bitter citrus and another flavor that I can't quite place. Maybe vinegar? At any rate, something is a bit off and this doesn't really measure up to the high standards of a good west coast IPA. Not bad, but not great. Just not a good balance of flavor. It's drinkable, and it wasn't a problem to make it thru the glass, but I didn't really feel like I wanted another one.

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Photo of DrJay
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a recent trade with younger35. Thanks Dan!
It poured a murky orange/amber with some whitish foam that formed a thin skim of fine bubbles and a solid collar. Spotty lacing. Weak aroma with some dull citrusy hops and caramel. Moderate bitterness with a bit of resin lingering in the finish. Citrusy and grassy hop notes, a bit of toasty caramel sweetness. The flavour's a little dull. Slightly spicy alcohol in the finish too. Medium bodied with a decent texture, slight dryness and plenty of carbonation. Not bad, it just seems like the character is muted and nothing really pops. The balance is okay, but doesn't make up for it.

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Photo of DIM
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This one is a cloudy dark somewhat murky orange color. It pours with a medium sized craggy white head.

s: Bright fresh citric hop aromas. There is a sweetness here as well.

t: This is a very well balanced IPA The hops have grapefruit and lemon notes. The sweetness from the malts taste of brown sugar.

m: Sticky, prickly and lively.

d: Thanks to JohnGalt1 for tossing in this tasty extra. I love trying new IPAs and this one did not dissapoint.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a very awesome trade with Younger35. Thank you again.

This beer pours a cloudy rustic bronze color that is very murky. A small one finger head sits on top on this murky beer, but it disappeared very quickly. The smell is of citrus fruit leaning towards red grapefruit as the most dominate scent. As the beer warmed a bit I got more bready malt coming through as the hops died down a bit. The taste is very sweet upon first taste, but the hops come through very quickly with citrus and pine making their appearance known on my palate. This has medium hop bitterness with slight caramel undertones from the malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation that left a rather dry finish. The drinkability is very good on this beer and would go well about anytime.

Well made IPA and pretty good beer here.

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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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Photo of BeerZack
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, murky orange-amber color. Shallow soapy head leaves some spotty lace.

Slight sweet light malt with lots of herbal and floral hops with some citrus and a tinge of alcohol.

Hops dominate the flavor. Very floral hop impression up front as with the nose. More woodsy flavors of pine come in the middle with a more citrus impression on the finish, Very nice mild bittering throughout.

Good medium-high carbonation with soft feel from the fine bubbles. I like this beer, wish it was available around here.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Henry's 12th Street Tavern in Portland, Oregon. Poured a hazy dark copper color with a small, off-white head. Good retention. Nice, malty center to it. Some toasted grains in there. Clean, hoppy finish. Good carbonation. Overall, a nicely balanced, supremely drinkable IPA. Great example of a session beer.

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

Light and amber colored. Fluffy white head dredges its way to a rocky layer on top of this luxurious liquid.

Smells of spinach? Herbal and very earthy with a spicy quality. A side of bready malts. Very different aromas.

Very earthy and herbal again. But I must say it's also very pleasing to the palate and great tasting. Thick resiny mouthfeel, very little flavors of stone fruits, toffee, and what may be a slight diacetyl.

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

Pours a cloudy muddy amber colour with lacing and decent head. Smells of hops, spice, citrus and fruity. Tastes very different for an IPA. Lots of malt, mild hops that still show up and some sweet fruit. Dry and a little bitter. Drinkability is ok, a little thick. Worth a try, a serviceable IPA

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Photo of GreenCard
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at Albertson's, Baker City, OR...

Appearance: pale orangey-brown, thinnish layer of white suds, OK head retention

Aroma: lush caramelly malt with the ubiquitous NW grapefruit hop aroma; hints of passion fruit, honey, and raisins

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with a hearty does of citrusy hop greenery; finishes dry with a firm grapefruit rind bitterness at the back of the tongue

Mouthfeel: medium body, crisp texture, gentle carbonation, slight astringency

Other comments: My first review of this beer was based on a draft sample, so I thought I review the bottled version to see how it fared. Still a great beer, though slightly muted in comparison.

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Photo of younger35
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of pint glass while watching WE TV with my girlfriend. Thank god this beer is good ;-)

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellowish-orange with a nice giant foamy bright white head. Head had nice lasting power that leaves chunky sticky lacing down the side of the glass.
Smell- Fresh baked bread maltyness with whiffs of bright grapefruit and lemon zest. Vibrant and earthy at the same time. More of a malt aroma than you seem to normally get from an IPA.
Taste- Starts with a slight sweetness that is quickly taken over by a nice bitter hop bite. Peach and ripe grapefruit penetrate the pallet with a crisp sharpness that quickly gives way to a more earthy spruce flavor. Finishes with a malt sweetness and some warming from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied that finishes sweet with tinges of alcohol. Medium to light carbonation.
Drinkability- This is definitely one of my go to IPA’s. 90% of the time I’ve had it it’s been on tap but thank the lord they started bottling it. It’s not a uber hoppy IPA like you would expect but none-the-less it’s damn good. Now if they would just start bottling their porter…

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

Terminal Gravity pours a nice amber with a sea foam head.

Smell is hoppy with a more maltiness than other American IPA's I have tasted. The initial hop smell has more of an herbal quality.

The taste is lovely with a bitterness to maltiness ratio that makes it like satin to drink.

Mouth feel on this beer is relaxed and smooth.

Over all one of my favorite IPA's to date. I drink it as a standby knowing that quality awaits.

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