ESG (Extra Special Golden) - Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev +7.8%
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?
08-04-2008 12:12:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
4/5 rDev +12%
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.
03-19-2010 02:52:39 | More by barleywinefiend
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
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.
12-20-2008 06:59:17 | More by JohnGalt1
3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
01-22-2010 18:49:25 | More by beertunes
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
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
3.45/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
07-20-2011 02:25:10 | More by Cyberkedi
4.38/5 rDev +22.7%
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 afternoons 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.
10-21-2004 00:19:32 | More by RedDiamond
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
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
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
2.73/5 rDev -23.5%
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
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
4.55/5 rDev +27.5%
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.
08-04-2010 05:35:32 | More by Offa
3.08/5 rDev -13.7%
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
04-27-2010 15:37:44 | More by Tucquan
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
3.18/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
08-31-2010 14:45:19 | More by jdense
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
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
ESG (Extra Special Golden) from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.