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471 ESB - Breckenridge Brewery

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178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%

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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Photo of ckollias


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving a good trail and semi wispy lace.

S: Sweet caramel malt aroma.

T: Smooth caramel malty flavors that finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Solid ESB – great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 02:47:43 | More by ckollias
Photo of tone77


3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 16:18:39 | More by tone77
Photo of Segelstrom


3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 23:46:21 | More by Segelstrom
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark.
Smell: Some honey; a bit malty. A bit like Spaghetti-Ohs?
Taste: Malty. light honey. Some hops.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.

It has the slight smell of honey while you sip, and then you taste the malt backed by hops. It's obviously not quite bitter and is enjoyable and refreshing.

Overall, it's a pricey and decent ale. I probably would not get it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 02:55:08 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up via the single bottle in Totowa. I thought that this would be an ESB but as it turned out, it was a bit darker and fuller than a typical one would be. That being said, this was just as a good as any Scotch Ale from overseas and exceptionally well-balanced, while packing just a bit of a punch through everything.

The pour was a nice almond that was nearly clear, with a tan head that had enough body to it. Lots of toasted malt and almond in the nose and with a bit more in the taste, This almost felt like a toasted Vienna Lager with just a bit more of a creamy body to it that felt just a bit more like bread in the aftertaste. The carbonation was spot on and added to the drinkability of this beer. This is so good that the caramel in it can only be felt in taste but not in body, as there was no stickiness of heaviness to this.

To be fair, this was a bit strong, but perfect for the style. By the end of the bottle, I could certainly feel the alcohol and it went well with the slight earthy hoppiness that was present after each sip. While this felt more like an ESB than a Scottish Ale to me, I enjoyed it a lot and felt like it could match up with anything else currently on the shelf. Regardless of style, this was quite a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 09:01:17 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of hosehead83


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown in color, with a moderate head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, faint caramel
Taste-Toasted malt, caramel note, faint citrus rind, herbal hops. Creamy, with flavorfull malts and an interesting spiciness. A tasty offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 17:22:47 | More by hosehead83
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy dark red-brown with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Pretty good lacing.

S: Caramel malt and dark fruit. Plums.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Toasty and somewhat roasted caramel malt. Hints of chocolate. Earthy hops.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly warm going down.

O: Nice drinkable Scottish Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 03:10:27 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of kylelenk


4.73/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a glass.

A - Deep golden color with a small head that sticks around. Leaves a little bit of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Caramel up front like you'd expect from a Boddington's or other ESB's. Not too much of a hop aroma.

T - Incredibly sweet and malty. Hop on the backside but not a lot.

M - Couldn't believe how smooth and creamy it was. Bitter's rarely capture both sides of the road being either too hoppy or too sweet. Breckenridge seemed to accomplish both.

O-Delicious. Probably my favorite Bitter that is made in America.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 20:40:04 | More by kylelenk
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, chestnut brown colour with a light khaki coloured frothy head. Decent head retention and laced the side of the pint glass nicely.
Smell is sweet, toasted malts, caramel, and a tiny bit of non-descript fruit deep down.
This beer seems to have a lot going on at once. Rather than being layered and moving from one profile to the next, it seems the sweetness from the malts, the bitterness, and the perceived alcohol all seem to strike simultaneously. Finishes bitter as being an ESB would suggest. Feels a bit lighter in the mouth than I was expecting given the style and abv. Overall, a well crafted offering from Breckenridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 20:31:25 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of FreshHawk


3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 07:59:40 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of emmasdad


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bombers of this one at a local store. Poured from the bottle a clear reddish-orange color, with just a bit of spongy, khaki foam on top. Aromas of toffee, floral hops and bready malt. Medium bodied, with flavors of toffee, hops and caramel.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 05:13:04 | More by emmasdad
Photo of roddwolff


4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pilsner glass "Erdinger". Look: Brown woody color, very bright, fat and creamy head. Smell: Floral and pine hops, lots of wood and malt. Taste: Earth hops, wood, mixed with nutty malt. Mouthfeel: Very woody and extra bitter, creamy and viscous body, little carbonation. Drinkability: Good amount of alcohol hidden by amazing layers of hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 20:54:55 | More by roddwolff
Photo of bbkd3b


3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 23:38:24 | More by bbkd3b
Photo of FreshmanPour77


4/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 03:30:13 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Chestnut brown with a red tint and great transparency for the dark color. The head is oily and leaves plenty of interesting lacing with bubbles of all different sizes. The head sticks around till the bitter end.

S- A cloud of rubbing alcohol filled with thick caramel, apple and spiced oranges.

T- The flavor drops that rubbing alcohol in favor of sweet, sticky malts and grapefruit hops. Sweet and simple

M- Decadent feeling in the mouth, capable of fulfilling a dessert urge, or a desert urge with silky carbonation and a syrupy body.

D- I was surprised at how quickly this ale of elevated ABV went down. The alcohol actually fades as the beer warms

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:54:05 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of Halcyondays


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a ruddy brown with a finger of white head, good retention, spotty lace.

S: Lots of biscuity malt, nice but one-dimensional.

T: Huge amounts of residual sugar, crystal malt flavour. It tastes good for sure but know what you're getting into. Very light smoke character, some notes of dark fruit, but really dominated by the malt.

M: Medium/full-bodied, slightly cloying. Smooth for sure. Bit of a soapy body.

D: Hard to put the drinkability any more than this, since, while it tastes good, the amount of sugar simply put hampers the drinkability, almost making it barleywine like. Good beer all around. They call it a Scottish Ale, it really shares nothing with that style, think Imperial ESB, maybe old ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 03:05:56 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of ocelot2500


3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 02:17:45 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured copper chestnut, with very little head and spotty lacing. Smelled of heather and malt; very one-dimensional. Unfortunately the flavor was the same, with some hint of peat, but overpoweringly malty. Very thin, and over-carbonated, especially for the style. Not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 20:22:42 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 14:54:06 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of JamesS


4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great deep burnished copper color with some nice initial head, a bit of lasting head, but very little lacing. Nice malty scent, very deep, with hints of peat. Excellent taste, a very thick and rich, deep and malty flavor; hints of caramel and peat; the slightest hop undertone at the end to help with balance. Goes down very smooth for such a strong beer. Wonderful!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 01:19:25 | More by JamesS
Photo of budgood1


4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

small batch series extra ESB.

pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a dark crimson colour...ruby and garnet hues with a modestly thin well kept together tannish head. thin wisps of lace. burnt caramel and choco-toffee aromas enhanced by some flowery hoppiness. solid nose. taste is definitely a beefed up ESB. rock solid maltiness gives up some burnt sugar and dark chocolate notes followed by a hint of caramel and toffee. oak and yeast. sweet and sugary with a boozy punch. lots of flowery and slightly citric hoppiness to not only accentuate the colourful maltiness but also adds a welcome bitterness on the back end to finish things off. it's a luscious well rounded mouthfeel supported by a just right body that pulls everything together. drinkability is awesome. just make sure not to suck it down like a low ABV bitter.

i am really liking this beer. it's got all the bases covered. terrific and highly recommended.

scottish ale, imperial esb, or whatever this is supposed to be....this is good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 22:35:08 | More by budgood1
Photo of manahansf


3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Toasted malt aroma flows from a light brown brew. Medium carbonation levels help spread the toasted maltyness around the palate. There is only slight bitterness to it with the flavor of fresh piney hops. The finish is smooth and malty sweet and ends with a nice but subtle warming sensation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2010 00:53:04 | More by manahansf
Photo of Longhorn22


3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is the "Small batch series" of this beer.

A - The head is medium, but lasts for a long time. I left it in the bottle so I don't really know what the color is. It looked a little cloudy when I held it up to a light though.

S - The smell isn't anything special. It's pretty much what you would expect from an ESB. It smells like a standard beer. It is just the right strength.

T - I was actually surprised that this isn't that bitter. I wasn't expecting to like this beer, since I usually don't like bitter flavors. They weren't over the top bitter, and there was a sweetness to it.

M/D - This was sort of weird, because it had a good strong thick mouthfeel, but it was oddly not easily drinkable.

Bottom Line: This mostly what I expected from an ESB. It is pretty good, and it is probably the best beer I have had from Breckenridge Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 02:48:38 | More by Longhorn22
Photo of jrallen34


3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the 22oz bottle into a chalice.

Just to clarify this batch doesn't say 471 but the Extra ESB is the same as 471 Extra ESB.

The beer pours a clear medium copper with about a finger of light tan head that has decent retention. The lacing is light.

The aroma is light mostly some bitter hops with a tiny bit of skunky, not your normal ESB.

The taste is not great to me its like a bad IPA. The hops are all over the place very strong but nothing else to reward you. Not a normal bitter.

The feel is watery and not very drinkable.

Overall, I wouldn't qualify as an ESB and I wouldn't drink it eiter. Not a great effort overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 01:36:14 | More by jrallen34
Photo of glid02


3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 01:11:06 | More by glid02
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471 ESB from Breckenridge Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.