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471 ESB - Breckenridge Brewery

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of carteravebrew
1/5  rDev -72.9%

Photo of JDV
1.75/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

In one word, Awful. Woulda much rather had the Sapporo I threw out before this. Pour is a nice dark maroon, clear, and the positives end there. Unique, malty licorice like, very belgiany smell for some reason. Oh and lots of alcohol. Taste is like a dark belgian, but with a load of alcohol ruining what pleasant qualities lots find in the aforementioned part. Metal, some light bitterness and the drinkability on this is horrendous. Couldn't stomach more than about 3 ounces. One-of-a-kind, and thank god for that...

Photo of fishguyac
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of mwar
2.25/5  rDev -39%

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.

Photo of bigdeuce
2.36/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Wow, this one was quite overwhelming to me. Nice ruby color on the pour and that is about where it ends. All I can say is..alcohol, alcohol, and more alcohol..on the nose, the tongue, everywhere. Tastes way too strong..dominated the flavor. I feel a little cherry and maybe plum and alcohol. Tough to rate this one.too much to rate.

Photo of Ricochet
2.48/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep, brownish color almost like Bourbon with no carbs, and little head and lace, but the color was inviting. You can smell hops, subdued by the malts but a little licorice at the end. Mouth was odd. Almost like this was a beef gravy? I knew it was a beer beverage, was a little watery, but it was a sour-salty aftertaste that made this really odd. Another first for me, and not a good one. Of course, the taste was unlike any other beer, and seemed like it is trying to be great, but not hitting any of the correct notes. Malty and thick with hops punching through. Licorice flavor was most noticeable but it sort of had a medicinal/rubbing alcohol profile to it. Carrot stick impression was there too and the sour aftertaste and the tap water like note, this was just not making it for me.

Unusual flavors apparent, nothing mixes well, I won't get this again.

Photo of Nunya
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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 ppoitras
2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle obtained via NoBS BIF v3 from Vancer. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Head dwindles at normal pace, with average to good lacing. Aroma is hearty grain husks and hints of sour. Taste hits fast with the deep hearty grain character, goes a bit sour in the middle, and closes with some muddy hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is quashed by the off aftertaste, and drinkability is really not that exciting. A disappointment for me here.

Photo of donniecuffs
2.73/5  rDev -26%
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.

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 iemailjack
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Stoutsman
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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 jrallen34
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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 Tolann
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was reviewed at Breckenridge Brew Pub. I was expecting more out of the location itself, but at least I had the opportunity to do a quick review of this beer.

Cloudy ruby red, brown color somewhat dense head.
Sweet piney smell
Sweet hops taste
smooth body
The taste lingers for good easy drinking. Overall, not a bad beer.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a mostly cloudy burnt orange color with a very small (1/8") head of small tan bubbles that faded back into the beer quickly to leave just a thin layer of sporadic bubbles across the top. The bubbles rose slowly through the liquid indicating that it may have a pretty high TG.

Aroma: I get a bit of Toasty British malt accentuated by a very liberal amount of grassy aroma hops. Also noticeable up front is a dark cherry aromatic. As you get deeper into the aroma, you can definitely pick up an "acidity" that I associate with high bittering hops.

Taste: Wow! Boy they sure didn't miss the kettle with the hop bucket! You get a blast of flavoring hops that leads straight into a very bitter balance and the hops run the show after that. There is some syrupy sweetness that I am getting on the back of the throat, and that is about the only contribution I got from the malt. After the palate gets used to the flavor and the onslaught of hops, the beer gets a bit more drinkable. I am definitely stuck drinking hoppy beers for the rest of the night.

Opinion: I got this beer at the recommendation of a good friend of mine that has a very sensitive palate. I was hesitant to get an ESB as I normally don't care for this style. I guess this one is true to form as I don't really care for this beer either. I am not saying that is because it is a bad beer. I have never really had an ESB that I liked, and this is no exception. I guess that makes it applicable to the style.

Photo of TeamMathis
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of Longhorn22
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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471 ESB from Breckenridge Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.