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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
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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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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 RedDiamond
4.36/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terminal Gravity only produces three regular beers. And while their IPA has earned much justified praise in the northwest, their relatively unknown ESG is equally deserving of praise and exaltation. This beer lives up to its name by defining the concept of an extra special golden beer. ESG is a bright, sunny lemon-drop color. It is slightly hazed and yields a fine lace. In a late autumn afternoonÂ’s sunlight, the color of ESG is especially seductive; it is a beautiful beer to behold.

ESG has a dry, lager-like malt aroma and is exceptionally crisp as though perhaps tinged with rye. This near-palpable crispness contributes to a highly refreshing beer that is stylistically unique in its color and temperament.

ESG is an easy session beer or food companion. Its disposition is light, crisp, and refreshing, and yet the body is still full and delivers ample flavor.

A very classy pour.

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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 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 msubulldog25
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ESG may not look Extra Special, but it does look Golden. The beer is rich marigold in color, with no yeast and a small handful of slowing rising bubbles. The ivory crown is actually pretty impressive. It's rich and creamy, and is responsible for large sheets of finely dotted lace.

The nose could belong to any number of styles, but APA isn't one of them. The brewery calls ESG an 'American Golden Ale'. I think it smells like a cross between an herbal hoppy ESB and a noble hoppy pils. Maybe the reason why TGBC calls it 'rye beer' will become obvious on the palate, because it sure isn't obvious now.

This offering does not fit easily into any one style. Let's call it a Euro-hopped golden ale and be done with it. My guess is that most of the malt is pale, with a small amount of something toasted for color and character. The beer tastes 'golden', there's really no better way to describe it.

The hop load is on the high side. Probably Tettnang or something similar. It's doubtful that any of the C-hops are present. Although it isn't loaded with personality, ESG is flavorful, fairly clean, and finishes with a hophead-pleasing bitter bite. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel is a pretty good match for the flavor profile. It's a little light and is a little too boisterously bubbled, but those aren't complaints so much as observations. The next highest score is definitely within reach.

Extra Special Golden is good beer. It's also better beer than Terminal Gravity IPA. Step 1: add a generous amount of malt. Step 2: add a generous amount of hops. Step 3: stir until combined. Step 4: enjoy. What could be easier?

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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 GbVDave
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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 Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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

Pours lovely straw color, great caronation lines running up from the base of pint.

It's as a Golden with a touch of bitterness and that's just what did the trick for me on a warm afternoon. Easy drinking and doesn't leave your mouth dry nor coated.

Nothing stands out as overwhelming about this brew, but that's exactly what I wanted from it. Clean, easy but still damn tasty.

Great TG brew I had just a pint at Concordia Ale House.

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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 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 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 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 canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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