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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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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

04-27-2011 16:35:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-14-2012 04:06:31 | More by WaydeRafnel
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

04-29-2010 15:24:04 | More by tempest
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bum732

Lesotho

3.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

01-11-2011 03:59:44 | More by bum732
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

3/3.5/3.5/3.5/4

12-20-2008 06:59:17 | More by JohnGalt1
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

12-25-2012 00:05:08 | More by LiquidAmber
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +5%

07-28-2013 18:57:33 | More by OregonGrown7
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +19%

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.

05-21-2010 23:32:43 | More by twiggamortis420
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a hazy, brightly glowing golden color with a one-finger bright white head that quickly melts down to a swirly skim and creamy ring. The lace left behind is random splotchy dots.

S: Crisp and clean smelling. Notes of caramel, sweet toasted grain, and citrus.

T: Toasted malt, citrus hops, apple, caramel, and a touch of earthy yeast.

M: Slick yet dry and peppery. Nice toasty finish that lasts a long time.

D: Not terribly complex, but a nice warm weather beer.

10-15-2008 23:23:07 | More by GbVDave
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Golden beer with a small white head. Peppery, spicy hop aromas, some malts. Falvour is mostly thick sweet malts , backed by peppery hoppiness, curious long lasting mild bitter ness. Nice on the palate, quite smooth, almost silky. Overall a nice Golden ale...

07-20-2008 21:02:33 | More by Reidrover
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5%

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.

03-05-2010 20:18:29 | More by PDXHops
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froghop

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

08-02-2009 20:41:09 | More by froghop
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inflatablechair

Idaho

4/5  rDev +12%

12-12-2011 00:22:05 | More by inflatablechair
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whiterascal

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

02-09-2009 17:32:53 | More by whiterascal
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harrymel

Washington

2.73/5  rDev -23.5%

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...

06-17-2012 16:20:14 | More by harrymel
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Slynger

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

06-15-2009 00:45:41 | More by Slynger
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.13/5  rDev -12.3%

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

07-31-2011 04:11:07 | More by sommersb
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anteater

Oregon

3/5  rDev -16%

10-26-2013 05:52:05 | More by anteater
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

2/5  rDev -44%

05-08-2013 03:16:07 | More by leftoverburrito
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mtrentm

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

03-08-2009 19:50:26 | More by mtrentm
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2%

For God sakes don't drink this beer ice cold as it shows almost not flavour and no hops. As it warms up the beer starts to open up and the result is a decent golden ale with a dry peppery finish. The hops are subdued and the mouthfeel IMHO is a little thin but certainly this is a decent patio beer.

07-25-2008 16:32:00 | More by canucklehead
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

One of those beers I've had on occasion that I've come around to fully appreciate. I've only seen the ESG on-draught; this occasion was a pint poured at Jax in downtown Portland.

A: Gorgeous, lightly hazed golden yellow, glowing in the sunshine. Head is miniscule, just a sliver of bubbly whiteness. Moderate amount of scattered carbonation.

S: Sweet wheat/rye/grain aroma. Lots of hay and a mildly floral hoppiness.

T: Appealing, full grain flavor with a pleasant level of spice. Accented with a lightly hopped tartness, tangerine and orange, peaches?. Finishes with herbal/grassy sweetness. So very good!

M: Initially seemed thin, then a richer mouthfeel develops. Overall it's a crisp, light-medium bodied brew, well-balanced with a fresh, clean finish.

D: Perfect on a warm late spring afternoon and the epitome of "session beer". Clean, excellent flavor, worthy of having much more often than I have in the past. Thanks to Terminal Gravity for making this one.

05-31-2007 00:28:02 | More by msubulldog25
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Jebus

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

07-05-2010 23:49:57 | More by Jebus
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Beerme5

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -9%

12-30-2013 19:00:42 | More by Beerme5
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Chelsea1905

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

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

04-25-2009 16:20:14 | More by Chelsea1905
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ESG (Extra Special Golden) from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
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