Tuesday, November 22

Beer Review: Terminal Gravity Festivale


Terminal Gravity seems to be the forgotten local brew though they have been around for ages it seems. At least since I started really getting into local craft brews. Spotted this winter seasonal at a brand new New Seasons Market in Vancouver, WA here which I must say has a decent beer selection. I suspect they will bring in some more newer releases eventually. I am not a big fan of the winter-ale style, but what the hell. Let's give this one a shot. I think it's even been years since I have had a Terminal Gravity beer. This 6-pack of 8.4% ABV beer was about $10.49.

Appearance: (4.0)
- A nice mostly clear dark ruby brown brew. Big fingers of fluffy off-white head which slowly settled to a very spotty thin blanket with lace up and down the sides. Not bad.

Smell: (3.5)
- Certainly a healthy dose of caramel malts here. Perhaps other sweet grainy and bready malts like Munich or Marris Otter perhaps. A sweet English aroma to the malt. Little brown sugar, perhaps a touch of spice, fig, clove, and cinnamon. Surprisingly little hop presence. Maybe some floral and earthy hops in the finish.

Taste: (4.0)
- Certainly a flavorful beer. Sweet brown sugar, light molasses, caramel malts, bready grain, and some bitter pine hops in the flavor. The aroma of the beer hid a bit of what the flavor is packing. Light spice which I can dig. Heavily spiced winter beers make me want to vomit. Not this one. Very well rounded.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Overall a medium bodied brew, plenty carbonated, and certainly chewy and drying. Overall it's balance keeps the mouth watering though. Still just seems a touch thin for what it boasts.

Overall: (4.0)
- Not a bad winter beer at all, and not too spicy. Overall it is a heavy hitter, warms you up, and drinks well. Certainly worth having a few of these kicking around in the fridge this year.

B+ / 3.85

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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