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471 ESB - Breckenridge Brewery

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 4
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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Ratings: 188 | Reviews: 111
Photo of Onslow
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an extra extra special bitter? i love esb's but i wasn't expecting much coming from this brewery, which frankly puts out some really low end stuff!...

pours a dark rust golden shimmer brown ...

lacing is quite outstanding. the aroma is very nice too. belgian malt, toffee, dark honey, chocolate.. very good in the nose

the mouthfeel is abit thin but for a 7.8 beer, i am happy, glides down the throat and leaves a good aftertaste!

a shock brew from this brewery that has never wow'ed me, well, this beer is a saving grace and honestly, a pure joy to drink!

Photo of scruffwhor
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy ruby, nonexistant bubbles and head. Great aroma though. Lots of deep malts, with some concentrated fruit cup aromas, peaches, pears, black cherries. Stats with bread, then goes to a hot, syrupy fruit. The alcohol sticks out quite a bit in this beer. Even when its straight from the fridge. A bit hard to drink from the burn of alcohol. Lasts a little to long to want another one.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep copper with hints of orange in the color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, a mix of citrusy and piney hops. In the taste, a sweet malt and lots of piney hops. A smooth and very small bite in the mouthfeel and sweet piney hops in the aftertaste. Hoppy more than bitter, almost IPA-ish more than a bitter.

Photo of DrJay
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My pint was served with a thick, dense cap of dark beige foam covering the clear, deep amber (nearly chestnut) brew. It had impressive head retention and produced thick, solid lacing. The aroma was mostly caramel and citrus, with some earthy malt and fruity esters in the background. It had an earthy bitterness with notes of grass and delicate citrus hops, some toasty and caramel malt, along with some fruit character and hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation, light warmth and a good texture. Very tasty stuff. It just seemed like the balance was off a bit, maybe due to the increased abv, but it was still a very enjoyable pint.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a reddish caramel pour, a conservative head ends up thin but leaves a sticky ring of creamy lace.

Aroma - good toasted grain sniff. Some swetness in there, too, but things go pretty light after a minute. A light hum of alcohol as it warms up.

Taste - a brief fruity, candy sweetness, the malt just starts to unfold, and then a rush of hops sweep them away. Moderately piny, once they take hold of the palate, game over. Not enough malts to balance the hops though I do taste them better after several sips. A little metallic note in there, not enough to detract. The mouth is already well on its way to being dry on the swallow, upon which the hops continue pressing their bitter advantage. The finish is a sharp, citric, grapefruit rind flavor. I'll say this, if you handed me this glass without telling me the style, I'd guess a robust pale ale, but not an ESB. Dare I say an Imperial ESB?? Hmmm... Tasty, but way too bitter for an ESB, the one thing this lacks is balance. A fine flavor though.

Mouthfeel - medium body, a bit of a weighty edge to it. Fairly crisp for an ESB, it wouldn't hurt to ease that down a bit.

Drinkability - it's a swell brew, though rather unsessionable for an ESB. ABV and hop level are a little high, but I enjoyed the bottle just the same.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour produces a scant, one-finger thick, tan colored head that sits on top of a brilliantly clear, cherry red colored brew. The aroma has quite a bit of malt character to it with a nice toasted grain note noticeable up front. This is quickly followed by a mellow, herbal, hop character and some bright, berry like hop notes. The herbal and berry hop components combine to make this beer smell a little weird, maybe a bit like rhubarb or something as there is a slightly tart edge to this.

Chewy, though not overly sweet, this beer has a definite heft to it with a full body to it. A bitterness and a lingering herbal note contribute to the finish along with a browned, toasted malt note that has a touch of roast character to it. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit and tangerine combine with a touch of berry notes and a caramelized malt sweetness (though a complex, chewy sweet note) to provide a bit of a counterpoint to the herbal / astringent hop notes and sharp, darker grain notes.

Sharp, with an herbal hop character at times and at other the thick, chewy, deeply caramelized, but not sweet malt takes over. I can't quite decide if this beer is very well balanced or not quite balanced. The malt and hop character are about equal, but some how they do not mesh together quite as smoothly as they should. Still this is a tasty beer worth trying.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear very garnet hue. Nose is like alcohol notes and yeast. Flavor is bitter, but the alcohol takes over and wrestles control. Feel is sticky on the liquid and the carbonation is low. This is a mediocre ESB, IMO. Too hot from the alcohol and definitely not balanced. Nice to try. Moving on.

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 tmitch75
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice deep brown color with light head that disappears quickly but leaves beautiful sticky lacing.

Aroma is malty, right for the style but not spectacular.

Taste starts out with a bready malt backbone, but a quick bite of hop bitterness was completely unexpected. Fantastic.

Medium-Full body is solid -- just as an ESB should be.

I love this beer -- it tastes like a hoppier version of an ESB. It may not be perfectly to style but it is still excellent. An ESB with a twist.

Photo of thartman
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice bottle with painted label, poured into a pint glass deep copper color, close to mahogany with a thin head which vanished quickly. Some sticky lacings on the glass.

The smell was quite malty, with a slight hint of caramel.Good malt flavor mixed with some hoppy bitterness, well balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, medium-to-light bodied, tingles to the taste buds. Easy to drink. Next one will be tried at cellar temperature, Like it!

Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a deep copper color approaching a rich mahogany color. Very thin head that quickly dissipated. The beer does leave small bits of lacing on the glass as well. I smell a great deal of caramel going on in the beer with a blast of hops I wasn't really expecting. I like that though. Toasted malt also makes an appearance about half way down the beer. A very nice balanced flavor of hops and malt. The hops take stage first but the sweetness of the caramel flavors tones it down quite a bit. Toasted malt really comes to life as well on the finish. This is much more in your face than other ESB's I've tried. The mouthfeel is actually quite nice and full. Low carbination with a nice bite both on the front and back of the palate. Very drinkable, but personally it would not make a good session beer for me.

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

Soft malt and perfume-like hop dance subtly ‘round the palate.

Golden red hue, good clarity, and a creamy little head.

Viscous body of toasty caramel malt with a nicely strong floral hop disposition. Decent hop bitterness lingers on through the finish.

Quite a nice ESB this brew. A worthy offering from Breckenridge; I would most definitely get it again, given the chance.

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

Pours dark amber, almost a brown ale. Thin white head dissipates all too quickly.

Nose is clean/fresh citrus with some baked bread.

Palate is very brown ale like. Some dryness with cinnamon powder, almost like a matchstick (not my term but a friend's). The faint brown sugar sweetness is up front followed by the cinnamon and dry spice.

A unique ESB but not what I was expecting.

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We had this at a beer tasting of a wide range of American, English and European beers of all styles. This was the standout for use - meaning it was one the one that best fit our tastes. Deep copper brown colour with a modest lacing (it had been open a while). Pungent aroma, hoppy and warm caramel, mouth-filling and chewy. Being a Londoner, I always associate ESB with Fullers, but this is a lot more concentrated and alcoholic. The former is for quaffing; the latter is for sipping.

Photo of baos
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into favorite Trappist glass.

A: Nice dark copper color with a tiny head that wears away to a very fine blanket of head. Good lacing. Good clarity too.

S: Hoppy beeswax and pine trees. Can detect some warm malt in there as well.

T: The hops hit me pretty hard nice and bitter, but its a good bitter. I get the usual beeswax flavor that I always taste in hopped up beers. Finishes with a hint of orange zest dryness. Very nice, bitter and floral!

M: There is a nice feel to it. A little better than many of the beers I've been sampling, in fact its a lot better. Creamy, nicely bodied and a bit oily.

D: This is a beer that keeps getting better as you drink it and as it warms in your glass. I wasn't expecting this much goodness from an ESB, but I guess I've never had a good ESB. Try one of these on for size, it fits quite nicely!

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 Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a clear deep red amber color with a rich and creamy beige head. The lacing is quite heavy and sticky.

Aroma is loaded with piney hops galore.

The taste is actually less hoppy than the aroma. The maltiness hits you first followed by hops and pine.

Medium mouthfeel, very creamy and moderately carbonated.

Very nice ESB I must say. Easy to drink and enjoy.

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 Vancer
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy moly ! The pour on this bad boy resulted in an oaken brew, but the darn thin reverse cascaded an ivory head on top! Very impressive and just sheets of lace. Yum.

Semi-plain aroma of hops over a woody vine plank. Tasty brew of a bad ass punch of hops – but a paradox as it’s not overpowering or dominating. The viney resins with a doughy paste slide easily down the gullet. No hint this brew packs almost 8%

I am most impressed, I only grabbed one for a sample, but I damn well will return for a sixer.

Photo of KUpolo
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have found myself driving over the Breckenridge brewery a lot more often than before since having my first 471 Extra ESB a couple months ago.

What is this beer?

I can tell you that it is not a standard ESB. It has too much malt to be considered an ESB but the malt does an excellent job of balancing the bitterness of the hops. On the whole, I find this to be one of the best balanced beers I have had in recent memory. Highly drinkable but at close to 8.0% alcohol you need to watch yourself :-)

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 ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was given a 12 oz. bottle of this by my very good friend kboett77. Poured that beautiful ESB color - a solid reddish-copper with a light white head. Smells and tastes of toasted barley, nuts, good dowse of piny hops. Nice, clean finish. Lingering aftertaste of the hops. Not a strong beer, but nicely balanced. Moderate mouthfeel, appropriate to the style - not too watery or too thick. A very drinkable beer, quite delicious, you could have a handful of these in a row. Will remember this as a strong ESB.

Photo of Phatz
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a terrific beer. This is *NOT* an ESB! By no means does even one element suggest ESB. There is no such thing as imperial ESB in my book. That said this hoppy malty alcoholic flavorful beer, whatever it is pretty darn tasty.

Appearance: Pours a partly translucent ruddy brown with a off-whit tan head and nice lacing. It has a spotty cap for the duration of the beer.

Smell: Malty bready aroma with a sweet base and a cinnamon coriander spice attribute that leans toward the aromas of a Belgian. Bold citrus hops breakaway from that vein and make this an enticing but illusive aroma to nail down.

Taste: The taste is sweet. Candy apple flavors bread caramel sweet fruits toasted malts toffee and piney hops. Big IPA flavors and a bit of alcohol lead my mind to think of DIPAs not ESBs.

Mouthfeel: It has a solid Mouthfeel. Very large in the mouth if you are expecting an ESB but I have long since given up on the idea that this is to style.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer. Very tasty but certainly no refreshing sessioner.

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471 ESB from Breckenridge Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.