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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 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 cswhitehorse
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 afternoon’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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ESG (Extra Special Golden) from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
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