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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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BA SCORE
81
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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
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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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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

PDXHops, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

beertunes, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of froghop
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.

froghop, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Slynger
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.

Slynger, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of Chelsea1905
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Chelsea1905, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of mtrentm
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

mtrentm, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of whiterascal
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

whiterascal, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
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

JohnGalt1, Dec 20, 2008
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.

GbVDave, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
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.

cswhitehorse, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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?

BuckeyeNation, Aug 04, 2008
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.

canucklehead, Jul 25, 2008
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...

Reidrover, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

msubulldog25, May 31, 2007
Photo of Dubbercody
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.

Dubbercody, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of RedDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

RedDiamond, Oct 21, 2004
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ESG (Extra Special Golden) from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
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