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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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leftoverburrito

Oregon

2/5  rDev -44%

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

Washington

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...

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3/5  rDev -16%

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

Nevada

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 15:37:44 | More by Tucquan
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Slynger

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The terminal gravity ESG poured a golden color with a single finger foam head with some good looking sudsy lacing.

The aroma was yeasty and grain smelling. The taste was a slight yeast taste with a crisp semi sweet finish. It was a very refreshing beer that would go good with some pepperoni pizza.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 06:57:40 | More by cswhitehorse
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sommersb

Tennessee

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 14:45:19 | More by jdense
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froghop

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 20:41:09 | More by froghop
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Beerme5

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -9%

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


3.25/5  rDev -9%

07-26-2012 23:22:35 | More by darinlstewart
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 02:25:10 | More by Cyberkedi
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-14-2012 04:06:31 | More by WaydeRafnel
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bum732

Lesotho

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 16:32:00 | More by canucklehead
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-01-2012 06:49:15 | More by shelby415
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EugeBeerFan

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2%

07-21-2013 06:39:30 | More by EugeBeerFan
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-14-2013 19:03:13 | More by firstlighthiker
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Dubbercody

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2006 05:23:39 | More by Dubbercody
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

3/3.5/3.5/3.5/4

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

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...

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 23:23:07 | More by GbVDave
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ESG (Extra Special Golden) from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
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