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ESG (Extra Special Golden) - Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

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ESG (Extra Special Golden)ESG (Extra Special Golden)

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terminal Gravity Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-21-2004)
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Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a thin head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is grain and honey.
The taste is mild all-around: grain and bitter. Good balance.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
Nice.

Fatehunter, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Beerme5
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Beerme5, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of anteater
3/5  rDev -16%

anteater, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev +5%

OregonGrown7, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of EugeBeerFan
3.5/5  rDev -2%

EugeBeerFan, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of firstlighthiker
3.5/5  rDev -2%

firstlighthiker, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of leftoverburrito
2/5  rDev -44%

leftoverburrito, May 08, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy light golden amber with a thin, fine white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready malt and grassy hops, light grain. Flavor is mild biscuit malt, light grassy hops, slight hops. Light bodied. Flavor is mild and pedestrian. A decent blonde ale that did not stand out from the pack.

LiquidAmber, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of adkieffer
3.75/5  rDev +5%

adkieffer, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of darinlstewart
3.25/5  rDev -9%

darinlstewart, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of harrymel
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

Pours golden with a solid quilt of white foam. Smells of grain, corn and hints of lemon zest with a bit of hay. A bit astringent and even sharp initially with some bitterness and acidity. There's plenty of corn flavors and some nice hay like flavors. Medium bodied with light carb for they style. It's an interesting beer, not what I was expecting and could use plenty of adjustments from my standpoint - but I also don't know how old this bottle is...

harrymel, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Irrationalist
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Irrationalist, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of WaydeRafnel
3.5/5  rDev -2%

WaydeRafnel, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -2%

shelby415, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of inflatablechair
4/5  rDev +12%

inflatablechair, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of sommersb
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 07-30-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

The Terminal Gravity website calls this a rye beer and a golden ale.

A: Dark golden and clear beer. Head is 1 finger's worth of frothy, off-white color, with a little lacing.

S: The main smell I get first reminds of of vegetables. It also has a sour quality that may in fact be from the rye. Overall not a lot of aroma, however.

T: Flavors include some biscuit malts, but it is not sweet at all. A moderate amount of hop bitterness is present along with some spicy, peppery notes of the rye. Has some rye bread sourness to it as well.

M: Body is light-to-medium, with a medium amount of carbonation. The aftertastes are moderate bitterness and spicy.

O: A peculiar beer that doesn't seem to fit a style. That's not a big deal if the beer delivers the goods, but this one falls kind of flat in my opinion.

Thanks to Cyberkedi for this one

sommersb, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is crisp, malty and rather strong - typical, but still acceptable. It pours a clear straw yellow with a rather thick and fluffy white head. Malty flavor is crisp with a fruity undertone and a hint of yeast. Texture is thick, smooth and fizzy, darned good. Not a great beer, but worthy of a try.

Cyberkedi, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold beer, pristing white head. Not much in the aroma department.

Taste, rather pedestrian, not much hopping to it, malt subdued, no yeast strain evident. Some minorly unpleasant aftertaste, alcohol is evident, sadly in a low alcohol beer. Astringency of lemon at times. Not a whole lot in the flavor department. Seems like it is almost a wheat beer.

Usually see it for around $8 a six pack, which I can't see how it is justified, doesn't seem to be much in terms of ingredients involved here.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of bum732
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Floral, mostly fruity floral, some citrus, sweet pilsner malt.

L: Clear straw yellow, bright white head that dissipates quickly.

T: Sweet pilsner malt up front followed by a slightly herbal medium-low bitterness. Some yeasty components.

M: Medium-low body with medium carbonation.

Meh, pretty boring but drinkable. Ultimately, forgettable.

bum732, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of jdense
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge 8.30.2010.

One finger uneven small white head, medium-fast dissipation with some lacing. Straw gold body, a bit hazy, no visible carbonation. The rye is really prevalent in the nose, far more than I expected, makes me wonder about the freshness of this keg. Taste once again rye-centric, some pilsener-like malt presence, with a bit of grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium light with a dry finish. Too much rye for me to be drinkable, quick palate fatigue. Please give me a TG IPA. My least favorite of all the TG beers I've had, and makes me wish even more that they expanded their bottled selections to include the Stout and the beautiful Breakfast Porter.

jdense, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an excellent, easy-drinking but flavourful beer. It does seem rather like a lighter maibock more than an American blonde ale, but that's fine by me.

Dark golden amber, a bit hazy, it has a large off-white head slowly shrinking to a lasting thin top and leaves some nice lace.

Aroma is like a maibock, light doughy-bready malt, slightly toasty with light raisiny sweetness, some herbal hops with a hint of citrus.

The taste is similar, the elements nicely balanced and complementary, with light herbal hop bitterness balancing the light bready-raisiny sweetness and light mineral quality. This is joined by some spicey-citrusy hop at the finish, all lingering gently int the aftertaste with the maltiness. It is different from the usual "golden ale" and with the maibock character, nicely combines elements of the two styles.

Offa, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Jebus
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams Summer glass, the ESG has a nice hazy body with an inch of head that leaves some wonderful lacing. Sediment was poured with the beer.

Faint grain smell, some grassy hints from the hops. Very light aroma, very much like wheat beer.

Very crisp taste of malt, VERY faint hops to keep it from being too sweet. Almost a wheat like flavor to it. No banana or citrus like a hefe, just wheat and malt! Soft mouthfeel, not too watery.

Great for the summer and wonderful session beer.

Jebus, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date brought back by a fellow BA from Portland, OR. Pours hazy as a Mo-Fo with a somewhat small cap of creamy head. Fades pretty quick but does leave some nice lacing.

Nose is sweet cream, light grain and grassy hops...everything a beer should be right? Smells like a homebrew shop, fresh as can be crushed grains and mouth-watering.

Mmmmm, very texturous beer - sweet, uber-fresh grains and light hops just enough for a semblance of balance. Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect, so creamy and soft. What a treat! Slightly husky with a bit of a wheat tang. Low yeast esters. This beer tastes like a bowl of Cream Of Wheat with a healthy pat of honey-cream butter. I love being surprised by beers like this that have no hype and just end up tasting great.

twiggamortis420, May 22, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a glass at Beaker and Flask. I have to say, this was a pretty boring beer after everything else I had on my visit to Portland. It didn't have a subtle complexity or anything like that, it was just mild and bready without much else going on. It's certainly not bad beer, there are no brewing flawing or off-flavors, it's very clean. But there's little reason to spend time and money on this beer.

tempest, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Concordia Ale House in Portland, OR on 2010-01-28

A - Served in a 16 oz glass. Clear gold color with zero head

S - Not much here. Maybe a little grass and citrus.

T - Lots of grain, mild citrus, some candy, a bit oily with medium hop bitterness.

M - Light to medium body and medium carbonation

D - Easy to drink but not enough flavors to make me want to do so

Tucquan, Apr 27, 2010
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ESG (Extra Special Golden) from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.