471 ESB - Breckenridge Brewery

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierguy5 on 03-25-2007

Style is Scottish Ale according to brewers website.
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Reviews by AndoBrew:
Photo of AndoBrew
2.33/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

*did not like would not buy*

app: dark copper brown small pissy white head

smell: hops in the nose. almost smellin like an ipa. SOME underline malts, not many though. kinda boaring and simple

taste: WHAT? tatse is an ipa as well, . .. is this watered down 471 dipa?? mostly hops in the mouth, not much malt. the malt that is there is weak and overpowered, the hops are full of grapfruit back of the mouth acid. small chewy fruit taste up front, then a dry grain flavor in the back.. its not bad, just seems like an ipa, thats all. its to acidic and not balanced well at all.

mf: fine, maybe to carbonated.

drinkable??: eh, kinda. just dont read the lable. it is to hop hopped to be very drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of sgoodship
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a 1pt 6floz bottle of this. It's a beer that is interesting to me because it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
- Their website says it's the 471 ESB Small Batch but the new bottles have done away with any reference to 471 in the design
- It's called an ESB but apparently it is not. Their site identifies it as a Scottish Ale and reviewing it shows it to be a Scottish Ale.

OK, let's forget the 471 and let's forget the ESB. Here's my review of Breckenridge's Small Batch Scottish Ale

A: Deep dark copper. Almost dark brown at the top and copper colored at the bottom. There is a good amount of clarity except for the top where it is very dark. It delivered a good finger cream colored head. It dissipated to a dusting and a ring and then to nothing toward the last third. There was some spotty lacing at the early part of the drink but it disappeared.

S: A hint of diacetyl and almost metallic initially but this was not apparent as the drink progressed. Nice caramel malt. Very bready too. Creamy, slightly smokey and nutty. Some alcohol was present as the drink progressed which was a nice balance to the malt.

T: Very bready initially. Some tart diacetyl. Some sweet plum and sweet caramel. Slight roasted malt smokiness in the finish. The second pour tasted much more watery although the alcohol taste became more prominent.

M: It's on the full side of medium bodied. There is medium carbonation that keeps it lively. It's very dry on the palate.

D: Nothing to write home about here. It's a decent beer but I won't be re-visiting it.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very deep amber with a creamy off-white head that stuck around for seemingly ever.

S: very bready and biscuity with dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. Reminds me of Sam Adams Double Bock

T: The taste follows in line with the smell and it begins with a complexity of melanoidan rich flavors and moves to a darker fruit flavor. The aftertaste gives you a warming sensation from some hot (maybe just warm) alcohols.

M: Medium-light body, finishes slightly sweet

D: the alcoholic aftertaste makes this a little harder to drink, but i personally think this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany brown with strong ruby highlights when held up to the light. Light beige head forms nicely leaves fine speckled lacing behind. Aromatics offer up some nice earthy hop accents amongst a nice brown ale/nutty slightly smokey malt backbone. Impressive to find this in West Virginia, all I saw was the ESB I wasn't paying attention to the Extra. Not so much an ESB I'd say Scottish ale is definitely more appropriate if I had to slap a label on this one. They did away with the 471 no it's just their Breckenridge symbol. I had a nice meal with some good beer about six years ago at the LoDo brewpub across from Coors Field. Slightly tart semi sour malt, a bit astringent with dark tea tannins. Nutty dark malt semi bitter finish, tea leaf, tobacco, and earthy smoked peat malts pave the way in this Extra ESB. Mouthfeel is bit thin I could use more body to match up to the bold flavors but it makes it drink pretty easily, mild carbonation. Drinkability is solid I wsa surprised by the alcohol by volume it doesn't seem like a 7.8% abv brew but it's a start for getting WV folk into these types of brews.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a brownish-copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted and slightly grainy caramel malts with somewhat faded citrus and herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The hops are a bit stronger than the smell intimates, joining toasted caramel malts midway through the sip. The hops then carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a good ESB although I'm a bit curious as to how fresh it was. Still, either way it's worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a crystal clear cola brown body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a spongy off-white head that has a few large bubbles but last a good bit.

S- The smell of big resiony earthy hops has a slight floral quality to it. There is a soft lightly toasted malt aroma like a good floor malted barley.

T- This beer has a big pungent dandelion hop bitterness at the beginning of the taste. This is followed by a soft caramel roasted malt flavor that comes through stronger as my tastebuds go numb from the hops. The soft taste of floor malted barley comes through with a light fruity quality which fades to a hop bitterness that lingers after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a creamy texture.

D- This beer has a big and bitter hop flavor that overpowers much of the malt flavor. I think this beer might improve with age as the pure bitterness might die down a bit.

Photo of Jeffreysan
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a muddy, cloudy, dark mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed some wispy clouds that settled atop the beer.

Aroma: Not much of an aroma, but there are some faint notes of toasted malt. However, that’s about it.

Taste: What the beer lacks in aroma, it makes up some in flavor. There’s good flavors of toasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness up front, with some notes of black pepper and clover. The beer finishes with some good, balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some decent carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This a decent American made ESB, but not a great one. Nice flavors of malt and sweetness and some nicely balanced hops, but there are better ESBs out there. A good quaff, but forgettable.

Photo of dohastmich
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A - Redish brown colour, head quickly become lace

S - Maltly smelling, you can tell its higher in alcohol

T - the higher alcohol is visable, not enough hops for my taste, still it could be considered balanced by some im sure

M/D - slight hop aftertaste

Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours copper/caramel with 2 fingers of puffy sand colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Grainy & a bit of breadyness

T: Breadyness & boozey warmth up front. A bit of fruittyness fights through the booze hotness, along with some caramel & leafy hops & oaky dryness. Finishes with loads leafy hops, caramel & a touch of brown sugar

MF: Medium bodied, slick with low carbonation

Drinks alright, but the hotness never completely fades. Will sit on my remaining 4 for a few months & see if this evens/smooths out

Photo of bbkd3b
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep amber red with a half-finger rose-colored head that just sort of sits at the top of the beer, not doing much of anything. Clarity and carbonation are a doubleplusgood. Lacing just coats one side of the glass. Attractive!

S - Smells like bitter hops layered on top of a caramel apple. A nice mixture of earthy tones and sweetness, overall.

T - Incredibly potent taste of sweetness dies out quickly. Then the bitterness keeps ramping up as it slides to the back of tongue. As it warms, the malts reach an even keel with the bitterness to make for a really good tasting brew!

M - Creamy-smooth body with a tingly carbonation. Finishes off with a dry kick that really caught me off-guard.

D - The dry finish and bitterness will probably turn off some. Once it warms up a bit, though, it gets a bit easier. A fun challenge, so to speak.

Overall/notes: I though I bought 3 ESBs this year... I got one ESB, an American Brown Ale, and a Scottish Ale. Anyways, the beer itself is pretty damn good. It lacks the sophistication needed to be a really good brew, but it tasted better as it went on. Give it a whirl if you can find it.

Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some malts and alcohol. Taste is dominated by alcohol, a bit of malts, very boozy and unbalanced. Feels light in the mouth and overall not terrible, but a bit to strong alcohol taste for my liking.

Photo of Samp01
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma and Taste is sweet toasted caramel malt, a bit of chocolate notes with some molasses with a mild bitter ending. A medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall nothing really outstanding but still a solid brew

Photo of goochpunch
2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out like iced tea with no bubble action and a thin frothed milk head that doesn't do much. Leaves some decent lacing, though. Smell is sweet, heavily toasted, citrusy and piney frmo the hops, and has a medicinal cherry cough syrup aspect. This tastes rather messy with it starting off really sweet with an odd and certainly out of place banana flavor. The esters in this one are weird. Finishes with a bit of citrus and pine and with an assertive bitterness. Very mild acidic edge in the finish as well. Warms the throat with alcohol. Mouthfeel is nearly flat with a light yet slick body. Not a fan of this.

Photo of Segelstrom
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tumbler with relative clarity. not much head and little retained. some carbonation moving thru glass

S - mild hoppiness, slight skunk but not a bad skunk

T - not overbearing - pretty good balance of flavors that would seem to go good w/ any food paring

M - carbonation not overbearing - pretty smooth

O - my overall is higher than any of the original ratings because I felt this was a very nicely balanced beer

Photo of ocelot2500
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy bronze color with a small off-white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of rich toasted caramel malts.

Tastes of the rich toasted malts with some earthy hops. Sweet caramel malts with toasted notes. Notes of earthy hops add a bitter counterpoint. Some sour metallic notes as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of Trappistfan1
4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a deep amber color with a two finger head that dies down in a minute or two. Nice, persistent lacing as I proceeded through the glass.

S - Nutty, malty aromas come out strongest, followed by citrus and hops.

T - A (IMO) well balanced hop / malt character with some interesting citrus notes. At one point I think I got a little cantaloupe (!) taste. Mildly bitter finish, though less so than an IPA.

M - Very pleasant, almost creamy. Makes mouths happy.

D - Very drinkable, seesionable even.

I love this stuff. I admit my experience with the style is limited to this beer, but I think this would hold its own against all comers. I keep this in my regular rotation.

Photo of peabody
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark ice tea color with very little off-white suds. Some lacing appears.
Smell is caramel sugar and flowery hops. Not a very strong yeast.
Taste is a very strange mix of watery bitterness and dry hops. You can almost imagine having the dry hops right there inside your mouth.
The mouthfeel is great here, very clean and refreshing which makes for a great session beer. Needs to be just a bit more flavorfull though.

Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Party Source in Bellevue, Kentucky. Hazy, dark amber in color, with some copper highlights. Thin white head disappears quickly. Bready malt aroma. Slight citrus and floral notes in the background. Caramel and toffee notes, as well as a bit of fruit. Great malt character, balanced well with some floral hops that seem to linger, and fade into herbal and piney flavors. Great body, with a lower amount of carbonation. Pretty strong for the style. Finishes with a bit of fruit. Big, but easy to drink and enjoyable.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-7-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured two fingers of foam, ok lacing ring but cloudy brown color with some carbonation present

S - Brown sugar, roasted malts, caramel, not much hops are present

T/M - Medium bodied, caramel hop bitterness is present at finish

D - Pretty drinkable Scottish ale, it wasn't easy to finish this brew but glad I tried it. I wouldn't seek this brew out again even if it wasn't retired

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy brownish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty and dark malts are present in the nose; hints of caramel become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather malty and has flavors of nutty malts along with hints of caramel and toffee along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and malty. It has just the right amount of hops to counteract any sweetness and make it rather easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Gusler
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer emerges from the 12-ounce bottle a luminous brown, the head large and a creamy light tan, as it fades away, the lacing provides a thin veil upon the glass. Nose has a rich malt sweetness, caramel and “ La Touche Finale”, a hint of floral spiciness. Start is nicely malted, sweet with a hop bite at the back, top is moderate in feel. Finish continues the malty sweetness, the acidity peaceful. As it warms to the glass and room, the hops really “POP” out, a bit of a “Rogue” as ESB’s go, but I like it.

Photo of Riccymon
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a hazy, rust brown color with a half inch of off-white head. A host of floaties are suspended throughout the body of the beer, making the beer look more like a jar of jam through the pint glass. Smell is bizarre and makes me wonder if this was intended, or if the beer is old/was poorly stored. It's not bad, just odd: tremendous oxidation notes that are spot-on for old pennies, a little vinegar smell, and some creamy malt notes that are more what I expected from an "extra ESB."

First sip causes the scotch ale style to spring to mind. There's a strong earthy caramel malt note that coats the mouth, cocoa powder, and some vanilla flavors. Body is extremely thick and creamy, and really a treat to drink. Hop presence just barely shows up in flavor, but there is a slight ending bitterness at the end of each sip. While the flavor isn't really boozy, I can also sense the presence of alcohol at the end of each sip.

About half way through the glass, the odd aromas faded into a light mineral note (thus the bump in "smell" score), and this became an even better beer. I enjoyed drinking this beer. Very full-flavor and bodied, and something a little different than I've encountered in a while.

Photo of biggred1
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown with a creamy tan head that leaves nice lace on the glass. Good fresh roasted caramel malt aroma, faint grassy hops. Tastes like I think an ESB should, big and malty sweetness balanced with a fresh floral hop bite and warming alcohol that lingers on the finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel and highly drinkable. Well made.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice burnt amber color with a good sized, creamy, thick, full, off-white head. Really nice retention and a nice creamy layer of lace.

S - Has a nice toasted caramel and bready/biscuity aroma with a nice Scottish ale spice/herbal characteristic as well. Has a pretty strong metallic aroma and a hint citrus/berry too.

T - Starts out with the nice toasted caramel malt. Mid sip there is more herbal hops and Scottish spice along with some biscuity flavors. The finish is a little harsh with a little too much hoppy bitterness with a grassy and spicy hop flavor. Some metallic undertones on the finish as well.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly creamy.

D - It would be quite easy to drink if the finish were so harsh/sharp. Just a little too much hop and bitterness for the style. Metallic flavors also detract a bit.

Notes: Decent Scottish ale and a bit better than I expected. It's good, but the finish is a little too much with the hops. There is a nice biscuity/herbal/spice flavor that is tasty and enjoyable, but it just doesn't quite reach that upper echelon. Worth a go (especially when on sale like I got it) but it's not going to become a staple in my fridge.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a red toned amber with a small, off-white head that fades into a creamy cap of tubular lacing left all over the glass.
Smell is of juicy fruit bubble gum, earthy notes, piney hops, and rich, caramel malts.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with fruity, caramel, and piney earthyness swirling in a juicy balance of fruity goodness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, herbal, with caramel breaking through to keep this well done beer in check.

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471 ESB from Breckenridge Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.