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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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Reviews: 33
Hads: 48
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-21-2004

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 48
Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer many years ago and a few here and there since. Not usually seeking out Blonde ales but this is much better than average. Pours hazy luminous yellow gold with one finger of white head. Splotches of lace stick to the sides of the glass.
Smell is bread crust malts with a bit of herbal hop notes.
Taste is bread crust spice nice dose of herbal hops in the back.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation and a lightly dry bitter finish.
One of the best of this style with some nice touches to make this extra special.

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Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good example of how your expectations confuse your taste buds. I was thinking IPA when I opened this, so the light hop water tea taste was a surprise. Such a wan mouthfeel, but quite carbonated with some of the club soda taste. I can't seem to find much aroma. Boldly foamy and golden, and nice to look at in the tall glass.

The brewer says this is made with "flaked rye and a hint of peat smoke." Very subtle on both counts, but there is an interesting indefinable note in the aftertaste. There's a wee bit of fruit, like dried peach, but the barest hint of malty sweetness. Thoroughly drinkable, if forgettable. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Washington.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light, semi-cloudy honey color, with medium retention lemon white head. Grainy, estery aromas, a touch of lemon. Grain, grass, lemon, and honey on the palate. Slightly herbal hops throughout, strongest in finish, and going well with other flavors. Faint black pepper aftertaste (edit: didn't even realize there was rye in this beer until reading some other reviews...might partly explain the pepper), a pleasant surprise! Light- to medium-bodied. Fairly smooth, just a bit watery with mild, sudsy carbonation, hardly dry at all, making for an interesting finish.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of harrymel
2.75/5  rDev -23%
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...

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Photo of sommersb
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
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

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of jdense
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
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

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gold color with a small white head and good carbonation.Nose has some hop kick, malts and a grain note. Taste is sweet, crisp, a bit of citrus and floral, some grain notes and honey. Pretty smooth to drink and tasty overall. Worth a try.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a finger of white head that doesn't stick around for long, but manages to leave a little lacing.

Aromas are quite mild- very light grains, hint of corn?, grassy, tiny hint of citrus. Really had to get in there and cup my hands around the glass/my face to fully enjoy it.

More easily enjoyable in the mouth, with a fairly lively carbonation, some lemony hop bitterness and a bit of a spicy snap in the crisp, dry finish. Lightly sweet and delicately flavored, it goes down nice and easy on a hot summer day.

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Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is listed by the brewery as a Golden Ale, not a Pale Ale as listed here. I'm reviewing per the breweries definition.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a fluffy, white head that was just over an inch tall and had decent retention and a little better than minimal lacing.

A pleasant grainy/grassy aroma greets the nose, with a slight tang on the end, that I suspect is due to the Rye used in this brew. The flavor followed along agreeably, mostly grain with a nice use of hops and that little push from the Rye.

The body is typical for the style, perhaps a little more rounded and full, very pleasing in the mouth. Drinkability is very good, the beer rolls across the tongue easily and at only 5.4% ABV you could easily drink these all day, and are tasty enough that you would want to.

Overall, a very good beer that is worth your time. Worth some effort to try.

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Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head, and good lacing.

smell of some citrus, some grain, and some wheat.

taste is nutty, some citrus, some pepper, and some caramel, ends oily with just a tad bit of bitterness.

overall more like an english bitter than a APA.

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Photo of Slynger
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, solid golden color, with a slim lid of fizzy white.

My nose has to touch beer before I can smell anything. Hints of pale grain and a hint of citrus.

Light, but pleasant tasting beer. Again, dry and slightly sweet grain, just a bit of citrus. Light-medium bodied crisp and sessionable.

I was not too impressed by this one. More lager like than APA, and just a skip above macro in quality.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pintglass from a 12oz bottle

poures a nice Straw like yellow, witha good head that effervesces away nicely and leaves ok lacing.

Smells of wheat, straw, and banana

Tastes as it smells. A very nice offering almost like a Belgian beer.

Light and bubbly and drinks well

Overall, very enjoyable

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Photo of mtrentm
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: A hazy golden yellow color wit ha white head that quikly dissipates.

S: Sweet nose up front with a grain/wheat note followed by a slight hoppy floralness.

T: Pretty similar to the aroma, with a lot more spice to it than I was expecting, very clean.

M: Light-medium bodied & very crisp.

D: Very drinkable, a nice refreshing golden ale for a spring or summer day.

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Photo of whiterascal
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to inflatablechair!

A: hazy golden color with a white head that dissipates quickly.
S: wheat, banana
T: carbonation on the tongue, wheaty, a slight hop flavor at the finish
M: carbonated, but still smooth...
D: fabulous...I wish I had a few more.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up today at the Coop for about $1.40... poured into my New Belgium snifter...

1" head dies back fairly quick leaving no lace... brew is a slightly hazy blonde yellow.

Nose is spicy hops and alot of bready maltiness... honestly not alot going on.

Flavor is pretty much the same... with a prevalent spiciness throughout... good with no flaws... very drinkable but again.. just not alot going on.

This brew should not be anywhere near the APA category... reminds me up and down of an American Blonde.


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ESG (Extra Special Golden) from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.