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Showing posts with label Terminal Gravity. Show all posts

Review: Gravity Mountain, Terminal Gravity

Gravity Mountain
A Terminal Gravity Brewing (Enterprise, OR) and Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River, OR) Collaboration

  • Style:  India Pale Ale
  • Bitterness:  70 IBU
  • ABV:  7.2%
  • Malts:  Gambrinus Pilsner (Copeland variety), Maris Otter Pale, Biscuit and Munich malts
  • Hops:   Styrian Goldings, Chinook and Brewer’s Gold hops; dry-hopped with Styrians and Brewer’s Gold
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle 

Description: "Gravity Mountain is a blend of our brewing approaches, our love for hoppy beers, our love for unfiltered beers. Each of our breweries is pretty unique; we each use signature base malts, yeast strains and hop varieties that blend well with the malt. For Gravity Mountain we’ve combined our yeasts, our Gambrinus Pilsner (DM) and Maris Otter (TG) base malts, and our favorite hops (Styrian Goldings, Chinooks, Brewers Gold) to make a strong, blond-colored IPA that’s aggressively hoppy and satisfying. We think you’ll agree that Gravity Mountain is a true marriage of our two identities." — Double Mountain Brewery 

Random thoughts:  I'm in the middle of my Gluten-Free Beer series and, so far, it hasn't been pleasant. I heart gluten... So I figured an IPA would hit the spot (and rid my mouth of the flavor of sorghum)! I've heard a lot about this collaboration beer and have been looking forward to tasting it.

The tasting:  Golden orange in color, hazy, with decent amount of particles in suspension. Most beer tends to be filtered, but I always appreciate the few that are unfiltered. It has a white head that dissipates fairly slowly. Aroma of caramel and bready malt along with some honey and citrus hops. Flavor is similar to the aroma, with the addition of piney hops. While it has solid hop bitterness, it's very nicely balanced by a solid malt backbone. Gravity Mountain is light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and has a dry finish. The alcohol is noticeable in flavor as the beer warms.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!  For some reason, I expected this 70 IBU beer to be a hop bomb. It wasn't, and I'm glad. I don't know how long Gravity Mountain will be available, but I expect I'll pick up a few more before it disappears.

Have you tried Gravity Mountain? How did you like it?

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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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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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Beer Run: Ode to International IPA Day

Today is International #IPADay.  If you haven't heard, it's a virtual event  to unite beer geeks all over the world (and perhaps universe) as they drink hoppy brews while simultaneously tweeting about them.  Think socially networked Kumbaya for beer nerds.

There's a fairly entertaining back story to this.  What started as a not so friendly online discourse between two beer bloggers, progressed to a fevered online courtship on Twitter during Oregon Brewers Festival, and will soon culminate with their nuptials at the Portland Beer Bloggers Conference.   Ah, the magic of beer...  You can check out the full recap at The Daily Pull.  Congratulations to Ashley and Ezra!  Powerful beer bloggers your children will be...

So in honor of International IPA Day and my soon-to-be wedded beer blogging colleagues, I will hold my own IPA Week and will taste these IPAs:

Are you going to celebrate #IPADay?  What are your favorite IPAs?  Let the tweeting commence!  Twitter hashtag  #NotSoProIPAweek.  

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