Review: Festivale, Terminal Gravity

Terminal Gravity Brewing Co. — Enterprise, OR

  • Style:  Strong Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV: 8.3%
  • Malts: Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description: "Terminal Gravity's Festivale is in the style of British strong or 'old' ales.  We brewed it to be fairly dry so that it is completely drinkable and not cloying.  It has huge and complex malt and hops flavors with a nice little alcoholic warmth in the finish.  The color is deep ruby brown and it produces a fine cream colored cascading head.  If you like strong ales, this might be one of your new favorites!" — Terminal Gravity Brewing Co. 

Random thoughts:  I first tasted Festivale '10 last year at Horse Brass Pub. I'm tasting this year's release as part of my series on winter seasonal beers

The tasting:  Deep ruby in color, slightly hazy, with a tan head that dissipates very slowly. It's a great looking beer! Aroma of piney hops, caramel, toasted malt, with light brown sugar, and faint alcohol. In flavor, I first notice caramel malt, followed by grapefruit hop bitterness. The hop bitterness is solid, but is supported by a strong malt base. So in the end, it leans toward the hoppy side. It has brown sugar and raisin flavors, but is not overly sweet. Festivale is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, has a smooth mouth feel, and finishes dry with caramel and grapefruit hop bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable, but mild. Festivale goes down quite easily for an 8% brew—so be warned...

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!  If you're looking for a winter warmer that's not overly sweet and leans towards hops, look no further. Festivale isn't complex with many layers of flavors, but don't let that dissuade you. This is an excellent beer for your holiday celebrations, particularly Festivus. Let the Airing of Grievances begin!

Have you tasted Festivale or any other Terminal Gravity beers? 

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1 comment:

  1. TG makes some nice beers and this is my favorite. Your discription is right on the money.


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