Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB Ale - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
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3.41/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, caramel-brown coloring with a frothy, low-profile, bright white head that quickly settles into a filmy coating. Aromas of subtle toffee sweetness and a hint of peppery and bitter hops at the end to clean it all up. Flavors are a bit watered down, with a tangy, roasted toffee backbone being rapidly enveloped by a slightly resiny, bitter hops character. Some cedar and grassy notes on the hops profiles, also. The body just isn't up to bolstering the off-balanced palate. Good core flavors, but lopsided and light. The aftertaste is bittersweet, with a touch of roast. Very quick, clean finish. This beer misses closely in a couple spots, keeping it from being really good.
04-24-2013 22:46:50 | More by GarthDanielson
3.48/5 rDev +0.9%
Orange-brown and a bit hazy, so-so head and lace.
Aroma and flavor are primarily malty, some toffee and caramel malt, some biscuit. A bit of hops for balance, but not pronounced.
Body is slick and finishes a touch sweet. Overall it's not bad but won't make my top three ESB's.
11-23-2013 01:53:35 | More by AlCaponeJunior
3.68/5 rDev +6.7%
Thanks to schmittymack for sharing a can of this one at his place a couple weeks back. Poured a dark amber color with a light tan head. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel and pine. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of caramel, sweet malt and piney/earthy hops.
07-28-2011 00:58:07 | More by emmasdad
3.93/5 rDev +13.9%
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades is a good beer that's on the verge of being VERY good. It's at least worth a try.
But if you don't want to buy your own beer, at least watch someone else drink it. That's the best part. The beer pours a crystal clear mahogany -- seriously, it's the color of personal libraries and 18th century banquet tables -- with a beige head that lingers and clings to the sides.
It's a sweet smelling beer, with bits of toffee, caramel and maybe a brush a pine. But it isn't strong, and it isn't too complex.
But the taste lies right in the middle quality-wise, starting bright and bready with a bit of toast biscuit and sweetness. The finish is clean and peppery with a bit of roast bitterness. Everything mellows as it warms.
It's not the most bold or complex beer, but it's square in the "good" and "worth a try" range. There's a lot going for it.
04-26-2013 06:27:55 | More by Dmart1223
3.44/5 rDev -0.3%
22oz bomber bottle (no date) into tulip
look is pleasantly cloudy (BONUS POINTS FOR SEDIMENT), amber-ruby, fluffy sudsy head with good lace. smell is bready, with peat moss and toasted malt. silky butterscotch malt, toffee/cocoa, floral hops all mix into a pleasant spiced esb.
03-16-2014 06:24:57 | More by jimmah120
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.