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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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ESG (Extra Special Golden)ESG (Extra Special Golden)

Brewed by:
Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of Lingenbrau
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden Ale? Blond lager? I'm not sure. Either way, it pours bright gold or what I might call dark straw. I can see my fingers on the back of the glass through the liquid, but with a bit of a blur. The thin white head on top manages to toughen out a decent surface coverage along with some moderate lacing.

Not too much going on in the aroma. A little cereal, maybe some corn, a little hay, some floral hop finish. It smells light and refreshing, and that's what I'm looking for here.

And that's exactly what I get. A good helping of grain backed by a spicy hop finish. Plain and simple.

Yet the texture is not. Somehow the graininess seems to have a chewy or even meatiness to it. It's even slightly slick but recovers with a well carbonated and tingly end with a lightly bittered bite. From medium bodied to light bodied like that, and overall pretty well balanced.

This ain't a bad beer. But it's not good either. Even the wording was confusing, "Extra Special Golden", whatever the hell that means. Feels like a golden ale, tastes like a blond lager, feels somewhere in between. Refreshing enough, but I'll stick with some much better options for the same price point. Cheers.

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Photo of evergreen_machine
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not very bitter for an ESB. Hazy golden body with creamy head. Malty nose with a touch of citrus. Malt again in the taste, mouthfeel slick and oily. Closer to a golden ale....

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hits those pretty gold notes, 3/4" white head. Aroma was mute.

Taste was a pedestrian jaunt down beer road. Everything held in check, a little bit of back end off bitterness. Too much burn for an abv of this nature. Something to drink when you don't want a ton of taste, but avoids being watery.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.13/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bought a 12oz bottel from Don Quiojte $1.00. Golden color, initial taste not very good but became ok after a few more sips, light mouthfeel, overall not a beer I would buy again. There is no date on the bottle so it could be old beer, but since they don't date their product quality must not be a concern for them.

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Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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 mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Libeertarian
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
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 partly 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 chossboss
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SurferEric
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%

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 Beerme5
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of anteater
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of EugeBeerFan
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of firstlighthiker
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of leftoverburrito
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 adkieffer
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of darinlstewart
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of harrymel
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
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...

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5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of WaydeRafnel
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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ESG (Extra Special Golden) from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 53 ratings