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Horeshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: champ103 on 02-06-2013)
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Reviews by bennett_loves_good_beer:
Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

bennett_loves_good_beer, Oct 05, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.84/5  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.

oberon, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

beerbrains, Feb 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ChrisL24481, May 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

mike_dawson, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

stampfler07, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Booner818, May 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Kubrickx, Jun 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

SalukiAlum, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

twiggamortis420, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

cdwil, Mar 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

famous_mortimur, Sep 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

nmann08, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of champ103
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A growler from Premium Draught in Houston, TX. They warned me ahead of time that the carbonation was just a bit light. I just had a taste at the shop, which seemed fine. Lets what a proper pour reveals.

A: Pours a beautiful bright and vibrant reddish/orange color. A one finger white head slowly rises, and sticks throughout. Lot of lace is left behind as well.
S: Up front is floral, citrus, and grassy hops. Followed by a wonderful biscuit malt with some toffee sweetness. Warm toasted malts, buttery and nutty as well. Not diacetyl at all, but instead the nutty/buttery aroma is very welcome.
T: Follows the nose with soft floral and grassy hops up front. Followed by a great malt character. Toasted malts, biscuit, nutty, and lightly buttery. A sweetness of toffee as well. I like it a lot.
M/D: A medium body that might bit a bit thin on carbonation. Though certainly not under carbonated. Creamy and smooth. Though to make this great, it needs just a bit more crisp bite. So easy and enjoyable to drink. I will finish this in no time, and need to get some more.

Very enjoyable for an "American" ESB, and a welcome surprise because I have never seen this before. A great balance of subtle hops and an awesome malt character. I hope to see this more often.

champ103, Feb 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

KarlHungus, Feb 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Jame515, Oct 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

kjkinsey, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

MGodduclan5, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Honey colored amber body with thick, billowy, white head; spidery lacing (4.0). Mild grain aromas; old fruit (3.75). Taste mimics the smell with the addition of a fair hop bitterness from middle through the finish and a slight sense of alcohol warmth (3.75). Medium body; residual sugars coat the tongue; somewhat dry (3.5).

A fair little ESB. A little off-balance with the mouthfeel but still quite drinkable. Warm, grainy malt-forward beer...

beergoot, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of denver10
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with a nice full dirty cream colored head. Aroma is some nice maltiness with just a touch of some hops. Malts provide some nice doughiness, touches of some toffee, and some nuttiness. Hops provide some florals and maybe a tease of some fruit. Flavor is all about the unique malt profile with some buttered doughy bread, hints of toffee, nuttiness, florals, and closing out with some herbal grassiness offering mild bitterness. A light, velvety mouthfeel with some nice activity. Overall, I am digging this. Crazy Mountain hasn't left much of an impression with me from what I have previously tried from them, but this one certainly will. Very nice everyday drinking beer here. At $4 a bomber even the cost was done right, but do feel this beer doesn't fit the bomber format well. Should be in cans like some of their other releases.

denver10, Mar 08, 2013
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Horeshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
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