Review: IPA, Terminal Gravity

Terminal Gravity Brewing Co — Enterprise, OR

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  6.9%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Terminal Gravity's 'India Pale Ale' is pale copper in color but big in flavor with a heady hop character.  It is a true beer drinkers beer and brings a smile to many a face.  We use spring water and snow melt from high in the Eagle Cap Wilderness!  This is the beer that was named Beer of the Year by the Oregonian." — Terminal Gravity Brewing

Random thoughts:   This is the first beer I've profiled from Terminal Gravity, but I tasted their Festivale winter seasonal at Horse Brass Pub last December.  The brewery is located in Northeast Oregon.  This is the third brew I'm tasting as part of my Ode to IPA Day series

The tasting:  Deep copper in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipated slowly.  Aroma of brown sugar, caramel malt, grapefruit and piney hops.  Malt is more dominant in aroma than hops.  Flavor starts with a solid base of toasted and caramel malts, with layers of tropical, piney, and grapefruit hops.  Terminal Gravity IPA is medium bodied, and lower levels of carbonation give it a creamy mouth feel.  It finishes with caramel malt and grapefruit hop bitterness.  This is a very well balanced beer.  It's not a hop bomb, but still has great hop flavor and a rich malt base.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!   This beer reminded me of Lost Coast's Indica, an IPA I tasted just two days ago.  Terminal Gravity IPA and Indica are similar in many aspects—aroma, flavor, color, and texture.  However, in the end, I preferred this beer over Indica due to two subtle differences. Terminal Gravity IPA was slightly less sweet and a bit more hoppy.  Overall, it has great balance and is very tasty! 

Have you tried Terminal Gravity IPA?

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  1. I love what TG is brewing. My favorite is the Festivale. This IPA is really good too.

  2. I went to college near their brewery and took a trip there. I'm glad good beers like Terminal Gravity and Prodigal Son are the ones people associate with eastern Oregon beer.

  3. I agree. Eastern Oregon is making a name for itself. Add Barley Brown (Baker City) to the list of great brewers.


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