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Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB Ale | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by emmasdad on 07-28-2011

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 96
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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apperance: Pours a light brown with some amber red hues and a huge frothy and thick off white head. Head retention is quite impressive. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Buttery and sour tart notes. Cranberries and sugary malt.

Taste: Biscuity and buttery maltiness with a slightly tart finish and some mild hop bitterness. Not too complex but I love it. Really like how the tart finish melds with the malt.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation which I guess is typical of the style but the mouthfeel feels slightly watery and a little weak because of this.

Overall this is a great beer. Mouthfeel is a little weak. If it had a bit of a heavier body this beer would be epic. Still, a great tasting beer and I want to try more of this style.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Retired than not retired I guess....Pours into an imperial nonic a clear rich copper with a thinner white head that left a few broken spots of lace as it settled.Alot of fruity and caramel malts in the nose,very English in nature,nice aromas but I wants some amarillo's to come thru a bit more.This is true to an English inspired ESB on the palate,caramel/biscuit and alot of fruitiness,a light shot of spicy hops and brown sugar in the finish and aftertaste.The feel is a little light but the guys at Crazy Mountain made pretty good old school ESB more English than American like the bottle says,I'll be trying more of their stuff in the future.

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4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz pint at the Alamo Drafthouse, in between showings of the Beer Diaries Colorado.

This beer appears a clear medium copper amber colour, with one finger of wanly foamy, mostly bubbly pale beige head, which leaves a thoroughly random patchwork pattern of splattered lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity caramel malt, a soft additional toffee sweetness, an apple and pear fruitiness, and crisp earthy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is more of the same, but duly amped up - big biscuity caramel notes, simmering drupe fruit, a hint of warming alcohol, and more, but now subdued, hay-like leafy hops.

The bubbles are supportive, without becoming cumbersome, the body a threadbare medium weight, and so-so in its smoothness and creamy quotients, to no ill effect. It finishes off-dry, barely, the crispness of the malt and the reserved sassiness of the hops more than capable of swaying favour.

An enjoyable American rendition of my favourite English style - as thankfully all things are preserved, and even enhanced at times, making me wonder if this could give Fullers a run for its Queen-backed money in a side by side competition. No matter, I shall just make nice with this offering in the more than pleasant Denver autumnal evening warmth.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled December 6, 2014.

The pour is an unfiltered cloudy copper-amber with this huge, fluffy tan head that never goes away. Leaves a head mustache on my upper lip. Sediments.

The aroma is big with malts, yeast, and a kind of melon-like hop bite.

Above medium body. Chewy.

The taste begins with roasted malts but the complex melon hop character tends to take things over. Bitter finish.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a fairly hazed copper color with a creamy cap of khaki head. Fairly nice retention and lacing....a good looking brew.

Nose is maltier than I expected with chinook and amarillo in the mix...heavily caramelized with some nutty biscuits and toast. Id rank even the yeast ahead of the hops on the detectability scale.

Taste is nuttier than many a Nut Brown I have had...nice. Toasted hazelnuts and caramel drizzled toast. There is a little bit of butterscotch in here, but it is not a bad style of beer to have that flaw in. I know ESB's are not necessarily hoppy, but this beer barely shows any lupulin. Mouthfeel is good...just enough sweetness to offset the toast and give it some heft. Its a good beer, I would buy this if they put it in 6-packs, but at $5 for a bomber I doubt it will warrant a repeat purchase.

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Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
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