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471 ESB - Breckenridge Brewery

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83
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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | 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:
Style is Scottish Ale according to brewers website.

(Beer added by: Bierguy5 on 03-25-2007)
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Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LET THIS WARM WAY UP BEFORE DRINKING!

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

russpowell, Nov 21, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of sgoodship
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

sgoodship, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -18.7%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
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.

LyonsHead, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of rwilde
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

rwilde, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 08, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

glid02, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of Beer21
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Beer21, Jun 10, 2013
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.

rhoadsrage, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of dohastmich
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
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

dohastmich, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of imbuckeye
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

imbuckeye, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of DerekSmigelski
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

DerekSmigelski, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Fr0stb1te
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Fr0stb1te, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -18.7%

timjim1327, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of bbkd3b
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

bbkd3b, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of hoppy91
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

hoppy91, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -18.7%

GRG1313, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

tone77, May 18, 2013
Photo of Samp01
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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

Samp01, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

goochpunch, Sep 30, 2007
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

Segelstrom, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of stampfler07
5/5  rDev +35.5%

stampfler07, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
3.68/5  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.

ocelot2500, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Trappistfan1
4.63/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Trappistfan1, Mar 20, 2009
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471 ESB from Breckenridge Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.