Terminal Gravity IPA | Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

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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

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