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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Photo of Fatehunter
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Golden towards copper color, transparent with a half inch of dirty white head.

S - Honey, wet malt, citrus and floral. In that order and a really nice blend.

T - Bitter early on and then it builds up all the way through the finish. Grapefruit dominates. This is all IPA. Interestingly mild at first, but your weak IPA fears are quickly put to bed within a half a second.

M - Light to medium bodied, crisp and clean. Light carbonation.

O - Absolutely solid IPA with no apologies. The smell and taste are tops.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw colored and just a little hazy. Soapy, one finger head sticks around a little and laces up the pint glass. Carbonation is visible as I expected.

The smell seems really subdued, closer to like an ESB rather than a hopped up pale ale. The grainy malts are there, and there is definite aromatic hops, pungent and bitter. Maybe the faintest whiff of grapefruit/fruit esters underneath.

The taste hits your mouth much like a bitter, even an english bitter. The hop bitterness is good and lingering, and there is a pungent hop presence that finished like grapefruit rind. Grainy, malt backbone shines through and gives this bitter beer body.

About the only thing I could score high was the oily, coating mouthfeel that elevated this into a bigger mouthfeel IPA. A bitter beer for sure (which is nice) but the aromas are subdued and the flavors are one dimensional.

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

This beer pours surprisingly dark, a tan/amber color. I can't see through it unless I hold it up to light, when I do I notice very small bits suspended in the liquid. Head was about 1 finger and it leaves some pretty cool lacing in my old coke glass. (think a less goofy looking perfect pint) Smell is more malty than hoppy but some citrus hops definitely come through strong. In the taste the malts come through pretty strong again. It starts with a citrus hop flavor, then shifts to a more malty finish. I also noticed that there was a smokiness up front and sort of a tartness with the finish. I'm likely crazy, but I read a few others noticed this as well. Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is good. Overall, this may come up again if I am looking for a more malty IPA. It doesn't really match the style well, but it's an enjoyable beer. It certainly challenges my ideas of what flavors I like in my beer.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Semi cloudy dark/burnt amber color. Small head that left an amazing amount of lacing.

S- Grapefruit and lemon citrus dominate the nose, rich malts come up.

T- Classic northwest IPA taste. Full flavor really hits you with every single sip. Light bready and pine notes are present. It also has a tangy maltiness to it. Tasty

M- Clean finish, light to medium bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth.

D- Very tasty IPA that isn't over powering in the hop department. While there is better on the west coast, this is a solid brew.

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Photo of meatyard
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, burnt orange with a 2-finger off-white head that recedes at a moderate pace to a cover leaving a bit of lace.
The smell is dank, oily hops with a good dose of light malt.
The taste is a pretty balanced mix of pine and malt with a bitterness that starts early and lingers after the swallow. No alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel is medium and ends dry.
Drinkability: It's pretty good in the bottle but much better on tap. I had this on tap about 5-6 times a couple of weeks ago at the Hawk's Cafe in Neskowin, OR where it was much better in every way and why I brought back this bottle. This is one of those beers that seems like, with a bit of tweaking, it could produce a really fine beer.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light orange with a a thick one-finger head. Aroma is hops and citrus. Tastes like a pretty classic west coast IPA, good strong hoppiness with an acidic, citrusy finish. Cleansing to the palate, highly drinkable. Nothing really remarkable or unusual about the beer but there's no knock on being a standard, reliable west coast IPA. This beer seems to be more available every day (in the Northwest), I'll certainly look for it again.

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

Poured into a chilled mug.

Poured cloudy burnt-amber into the glass, with a short-lived but decent almost white head that left loads of lacing.

Fairly modest smell (might have been due to my stuffy nose) was light, floral, & citrusy.

Good carbonation peppers the tongue, and a somewhat overly-sweet malty flavor predominates, leaving me wistful for more hops.

Kinda light for an IPA, both in robustness and flavor, thinner than I like. Prefer a more substantial hop punch than this offers, but not a bad bev. Might be a good choice on a hot day.

Thanks to Toadyjoe for hooking me up with a taste!

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 6/3/10

The color is a murky & dense amber; a sheet of yeast drifts about. The two fingers of billowy foam that rose initially have thinned to a large patch of tiny bubbles; swirling seems to beef it up a little. A skim holds throughout; lacing is sparse.

The aroma is two-fold: hops & yeast. Sharp notes of ripe citrus via grapefruit, lemon juice & tangerine. Spicy, at times smelling tart. Lightly floral. Lots of doughy yeast in the background; dry & musty. Hints of biscuit & the faintest notion of caramel.

Despite a decent blend of pine, citrus & floral notes, this tastes kind of tame to me. It isn't particularly bitter & is lacking most of the spiciness from the aroma. The malt profile isn't one of modesty with prominent swaths of doughy bread & caramel with a mild toasty bent.

Medium bodied that seems just a little thin around the edges. Moderately low carbonation averts attention from itself. Still it works (is this bottle conditioned?). A bit of grittiness is appreciable. Finishes pretty clean.

Not bad; it just failed to excite on several levels. It's tasty enough but I could go for less yeast notes. I have no idea how old the bottle is, so maybe it isn't the freshest? I saw no date on the bottle. I'll certainly revisit if I have a different experience at some point.

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

I remember having this on-tap at some hole in the wall in SE PDX a long time ago... and I also remember not liking it all that much. Had to revisit it at an Old Chicago over here in Gresham..

- Darker copper amber color... fizzy white head... quickly down to a small puddle of foam.... a little bit of lacing. Somewhat clear.

- Rich malts... almost a red or amber aroma.. caramel, biscuit, brown sugar... and subtle pine and citrus hops... more bitetr than aroma.

- Taste is a smooth and malty one with almost a sour tinge to it... like many that are overboard on the malt profile... it gets into a tangy territory... but with pine, and citrus hops.. overall sort of blah..

- Medium, slightly chewy, and rather thick for the kind of IPA's that I like to drink.

- It's a classic NW brew... but there are so many more ahead of it in taste, drinkability, and hops... it's just not a go to IPA anymore. I think they ought to consider bottling a new IPA.

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Photo of cavedave
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to sirdrinknp for yet another NW stunner.

Pours a cloudy dark amber, beautiful three finger beige head, leaves some spatula-worthy froth as it slowly subsides to a lasting half inch cap. Nice.

Smell is strong, full of strange hop vegetal dankness, grapefruit pith, lemon, neutral sweet, a bit of tart yeast, and some nice floral notes keeping it together. I realize this aroma ain't everyone's cuppa tea, but as a confirmed hophead this is heaven, man.

Taste is a full flavored blast of vegetal, light bready sweet, floral, and then it steamrolls into some heavy citrus bitter, sweet lemon, and joins some resiny pine to mug the palate with a dry finish. This is fuller flavored than many beers purporting to be IIPA, label says IPA, who am I to argue? While the dry finish isn't on the order of The Liberator, or Hopsickle, or Gubna for that matter, it is exceptionally clean and dry for the style.

Mouthfeel is good, low carb., very resinous, nice finish, stays clean in mouth between sips. Maybe a bit too viscous for style.

Drinkability, rated for style, is not so good. I'd love a couple of these, but I often crave four or five of others in this style.

Impression: Yet another beer requiring cross-country travel to re-visit. Complex and interesting offering. Recommended.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

See thru caramel/orange with 2 fingers of frothy cream-colored head. Good retention and excellent lacing. Interesting nose- along with citrusy goodness, some malt and a bit of pine, there seems to be some spiciness in there, a dash of cinammon and pepper? Could be a bit bolder, but still pleasant. Quite tasty- a stronger resiny pine presence than the nose led me to believe, tart orange, pineapple and grapefruit. A nice earthiness as well. Lots of different hop qualities here. The spices show up again, along with a very slight hint of a smoky flavor. Tastes much more lively than I anticipated- pretty delicious, actually. Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation and no sign of the ABV. Nice IPA here.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured amber with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is malty with some floral hops. Taste is bready, bout of acramel, pine and citrus. Mouthfeel has a nice dry finish with some bittering. Overall this is drinkable but very ordinary and average.

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

Hazy orange color with a wispy head. Orange and grapefruit notes, along with some flower in the nose. Not much malt in the flavor by large helpings of citrus and flower. Drinkable, enjoyable, and pretty average for the style. Nothing in particular stands out here. I would prefer a little more complexity and some balance.

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Photo of WJVII
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CDKrenz for trekking this brew back from Oregon for me to sample.

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice hazy orange color with active carbonation starting with a 2 finger white head that fizzled down to a nice airy 1 finger cap leaving sticky lacing on the glass as it crept down. The aroma is quite light. There is some bouquet of floral hops, and a mild grapefruit smell but not much more. The taste is nice and course, but a little light flavored. There is some pine, a slight citrus note, and some course bitterness in the finish. This brew is decent, but not the best I have had. Real nice to have the opportunity to try something from the West Coast that is not traditionally in distribution here in Central WI. Thanks CK.

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Photo of drizzam
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my good BA buddy cdkrenz for this generous offering from a brewery I have never had the pleasure to indulge.

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle. The body of this brew is a very murky amber color, topped with a gorgeous fluffy one finger tannish head. Head retention is marvelous and it leaves beautiful lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Not highly aromatic, but I do get a good sense of the citrus hops that surely must abound in this brew.

T & M - A biscuity malt body is accentuated by the hops I could smell in the nose. The hops are both spicy and citric in nature. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel that seems to coat my mouth as I drink this beer. Carbonation seems to be on the very low end, which adds to the creamy nature of this brew.

D - This is a tasty and well crafted IPA...the IBU's must be low because this is certainly not a hop bomb, however, the hop flavoring is exceptional, which actually makes it highly drinkable in my book. Thanks to my good friend cdkrenz for thinking of me and picking up a bottle on his recent trip to Oregon...Beer Advocacy at its best!

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Photo of unHipHopHead
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: poured a darker amber color, much darker than i expected, with a one finger fluffy foam head that dissipated in about a minute to leave some large bubbles in the center and around the edges.

S: initial smell was very biscuity and almost no hops. after a few sniffs i start to pick up some very complex floral notes. spices, cinnamon, pretty interesting. probably the best aspect of this beer.

T: very malty for an IPA, tasted like a lager at first but then the hops hit in the finish and linger slightly. for me personally the hops are being too masked in this IPA in what I can only assume is an attempt to create a balanced brew.

M: a very smooth mouthfeel, well balanced with a touch of carbonation.

D: this is a pretty heavy beer IMO. Not sure I'd be reaching for more than one of these.

note: a good choice for those that like a more balanced IPA with less bitter hops. this is not a bad beer, i just prefer a lighter, brighter, hop-forward crisp and refreshing IPA.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very good pour with a thick frothy inch and a half of light tan head. The body is a cloudy orange and pale brown mix. Very little carbonation to note and the head has some solid stamina.

S - Sweet hops consisting of melon and pear with a slice of honey and grain.

T - There's the bitter hops flavor I was looking for. This sucker kicks ya nicely. It has a fruity hop bitterness that really has a strong finish.

M - Albeit smooth for an IPA it does have a very subtle coarseness that really helps in the finish. The slight texture assists in maintaining the prolonged flavor of bitter-sweet hops.

~ This is a good beer all around. I certainly suggest this one to my friends. Which is why I brought a bottle back for a few of them on my recent trip to Oregon. If they're lucky, the bottles I have stowed away for them will still be available by the time I see them next. I guess we'll see.

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