471 ESB | Breckenridge Brewery

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471 ESB471 ESB

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Style is Scottish Ale according to brewers website.

Added by Bierguy5 on 03-25-2007

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Photo of barnzy78
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, I had this one a few years ago, but I figured it was time for a retry.
A - brown body with some haze, very thin khaki colored head
S - boozy nose with brown sugar, wet grain, earthy hops, pine
T - nice and malty with toasted grain, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and bread crust along with some bitterness in the way of earth and pine
M - fuller body, a bit resinous, alcohol warming but hot at times, piny bitterness lingering on the semi-dry finish
O - I like that they took the ESB to another level with this one. It was nice to come back to again, but I doubt I'd get it again in the future.

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Photo of slusk
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a cloudy dark amber with a thin light tan head

S: Caramel and brown bread crust. Toffee and some mild dark fruit. Little earthy hop.

T: Nice balance of malt and bitter hops. Semi sweet malt but finished dry, maybe a slight bit astringent. Nice malt profile but a little bit one dimensional in flavor, although that dimension is tasty.

F: medium body, low carbonation.

O: Not bad at all. I have to say I do prefer Fullers, but for a domestic ESB, it's good. I might order this when dining out. Just OK.

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Photo of Omnium
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Shaker Pint

A - Cloudy brown with some chunky goodness floating around in it, half a finger of off white soapy head.
S - Love the aroma, sweet caramel malt, toasted nuttiness, pine, earthy hops
T - Bleh, sweetness is a bit too much here, up front you get caramel sweetness some bready malt as well, then its dry soapy bitterness
M - Chewy yet overly bitter and soapy slickness.
O - Scottish ESB? Pass

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Photo of stompilator
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a clear, slightly red copper. Thin, off-white head.

S - Berries, stone fruit, earthy, spicy hops.

T - A berrylike, almost citrus-y hop flavor comes up front, equally balanced by a sweet, buttery malt backbone. The tropical notes fade into more herbal, floral flavors, which give the malt an interesting new perspective. Nice, crispy residual bitterness.

M - Medium body, easy carbonation. Slightly dry from the bitterness.

O - Very interesting plethora of hop flavors while having a nice sweetness to it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

so glad this came back around, this is one of those beers that forces you to respect breck as a brewery, despite the mostly lame seasonal program and a real focus on growth rather than innovation of late. this is just so good, a classic enlgish type, i love the grain, the yeast and the hops, all the elements in perfect harmony in an example of the style that is both darker in color and stronger in alcohol than its european forefathers. almost red in color, rust to brick sort of look, beige creamy head almost a full inch high in my globe. it smells awesome to, dry for the style, not stale malty but rich without being sugary. there is what i would call a near perfect balance in the hop/grain intersection, and the beer feels better than authentic in some ways. when you can take an old world style, and improve upon it without doing much different to the ingredients, you have become revolutionary, or at least evolutionary, and i think this is a pretty cool illustration of that process that is all too uncommon in the industry these days. well done tip of the cap to tradition, but this is better than almost any european extra special bitter i can think of.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Breckenridge Small Batch 471 balloon glass.

Look: A really deep, opaque mahogany colored body under a cream colored head. A wisp of film after the head recedes leaves sheets of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Subtle caramel sweetness, lots of spicy cedar wood, and a nutty finish.

Taste: Dry and woody up front with bitter hops, more of a boozy, oak wood body. Some malt sweetness in the middle. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy, dry.

Overall: I didn't rate this as an actual ESB, but more of a Scottish ale although I think Scotch ale is more of what it would be. Very tasty, woody, sweet, hoppy ... but this is no ESB that I know of.

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Photo of ARoman
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a sampler glass. The aroma is nutty with caramel and dough notes, as well as a slightly medicinal funk.The beer is dark and oily looking with a caramel colored hue, and a generous fluffy, off white head that has decent retention and lace. The taste is a medium, malty sweet and medium light bitter that strengthens to medium near the end of the drink. The beer is fairly thick and syrupy with a light, fizzy carbonation and a medium full roated body flavored with bread and figs / raisins and a bit of a bitter wax note. The finish has a spicy zip leading to an aftertaste that's waxy and cloying with flavors of fig and warmed caramel with a hint of wax.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of Samp01
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma and Taste is sweet toasted caramel malt, a bit of chocolate notes with some molasses with a mild bitter ending. A medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall nothing really outstanding but still a solid brew

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy brownish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty and dark malts are present in the nose; hints of caramel become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather malty and has flavors of nutty malts along with hints of caramel and toffee along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and malty. It has just the right amount of hops to counteract any sweetness and make it rather easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of garymuchow
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seems a little hoppy for a Scottish ale. Strong hop aroma with english green grassy and herbal spicy notes. Certainly some sweet malt notes too that seems scottish in nature.
Darker head that settles out and leaves lacing. Nice brown with reddish highlights.
Nice mix of hops and malts. Really quite complex and interesting, but certainly British in it's presentation. I like the earthy and spicy qualities of the hops. Firm malting with hints of sweetness and roast adds a nice touch of complexity. Alcohol more background in flavor, but I'm sure it's interwoven in all that is going on.
Heavier body and smooth feel.
I guess I like this more than the average number. I find it interesting and it drinks smaller than it's actual size.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving a good trail and semi wispy lace.

S: Sweet caramel malt aroma.

T: Smooth caramel malty flavors that finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Solid ESB – great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tumbler with relative clarity. not much head and little retained. some carbonation moving thru glass

S - mild hoppiness, slight skunk but not a bad skunk

T - not overbearing - pretty good balance of flavors that would seem to go good w/ any food paring

M - carbonation not overbearing - pretty smooth

O - my overall is higher than any of the original ratings because I felt this was a very nicely balanced beer

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up via the single bottle in Totowa. I thought that this would be an ESB but as it turned out, it was a bit darker and fuller than a typical one would be. That being said, this was just as a good as any Scotch Ale from overseas and exceptionally well-balanced, while packing just a bit of a punch through everything.

The pour was a nice almond that was nearly clear, with a tan head that had enough body to it. Lots of toasted malt and almond in the nose and with a bit more in the taste, This almost felt like a toasted Vienna Lager with just a bit more of a creamy body to it that felt just a bit more like bread in the aftertaste. The carbonation was spot on and added to the drinkability of this beer. This is so good that the caramel in it can only be felt in taste but not in body, as there was no stickiness of heaviness to this.

To be fair, this was a bit strong, but perfect for the style. By the end of the bottle, I could certainly feel the alcohol and it went well with the slight earthy hoppiness that was present after each sip. While this felt more like an ESB than a Scottish Ale to me, I enjoyed it a lot and felt like it could match up with anything else currently on the shelf. Regardless of style, this was quite a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown in color, with a moderate head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, faint caramel
Taste-Toasted malt, caramel note, faint citrus rind, herbal hops. Creamy, with flavorfull malts and an interesting spiciness. A tasty offering.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy dark red-brown with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Pretty good lacing.

S: Caramel malt and dark fruit. Plums.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Toasty and somewhat roasted caramel malt. Hints of chocolate. Earthy hops.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly warm going down.

O: Nice drinkable Scottish Ale.

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Photo of kylelenk
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a glass.

A - Deep golden color with a small head that sticks around. Leaves a little bit of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Caramel up front like you'd expect from a Boddington's or other ESB's. Not too much of a hop aroma.

T - Incredibly sweet and malty. Hop on the backside but not a lot.

M - Couldn't believe how smooth and creamy it was. Bitter's rarely capture both sides of the road being either too hoppy or too sweet. Breckenridge seemed to accomplish both.

O-Delicious. Probably my favorite Bitter that is made in America.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, chestnut brown colour with a light khaki coloured frothy head. Decent head retention and laced the side of the pint glass nicely.
Smell is sweet, toasted malts, caramel, and a tiny bit of non-descript fruit deep down.
This beer seems to have a lot going on at once. Rather than being layered and moving from one profile to the next, it seems the sweetness from the malts, the bitterness, and the perceived alcohol all seem to strike simultaneously. Finishes bitter as being an ESB would suggest. Feels a bit lighter in the mouth than I was expecting given the style and abv. Overall, a well crafted offering from Breckenridge.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice burnt amber color with a good sized, creamy, thick, full, off-white head. Really nice retention and a nice creamy layer of lace.

S - Has a nice toasted caramel and bready/biscuity aroma with a nice Scottish ale spice/herbal characteristic as well. Has a pretty strong metallic aroma and a hint citrus/berry too.

T - Starts out with the nice toasted caramel malt. Mid sip there is more herbal hops and Scottish spice along with some biscuity flavors. The finish is a little harsh with a little too much hoppy bitterness with a grassy and spicy hop flavor. Some metallic undertones on the finish as well.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly creamy.

D - It would be quite easy to drink if the finish were so harsh/sharp. Just a little too much hop and bitterness for the style. Metallic flavors also detract a bit.

Notes: Decent Scottish ale and a bit better than I expected. It's good, but the finish is a little too much with the hops. There is a nice biscuity/herbal/spice flavor that is tasty and enjoyable, but it just doesn't quite reach that upper echelon. Worth a go (especially when on sale like I got it) but it's not going to become a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bombers of this one at a local store. Poured from the bottle a clear reddish-orange color, with just a bit of spongy, khaki foam on top. Aromas of toffee, floral hops and bready malt. Medium bodied, with flavors of toffee, hops and caramel.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pilsner glass "Erdinger". Look: Brown woody color, very bright, fat and creamy head. Smell: Floral and pine hops, lots of wood and malt. Taste: Earth hops, wood, mixed with nutty malt. Mouthfeel: Very woody and extra bitter, creamy and viscous body, little carbonation. Drinkability: Good amount of alcohol hidden by amazing layers of hops and malt.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep amber red with a half-finger rose-colored head that just sort of sits at the top of the beer, not doing much of anything. Clarity and carbonation are a doubleplusgood. Lacing just coats one side of the glass. Attractive!

S - Smells like bitter hops layered on top of a caramel apple. A nice mixture of earthy tones and sweetness, overall.

T - Incredibly potent taste of sweetness dies out quickly. Then the bitterness keeps ramping up as it slides to the back of tongue. As it warms, the malts reach an even keel with the bitterness to make for a really good tasting brew!

M - Creamy-smooth body with a tingly carbonation. Finishes off with a dry kick that really caught me off-guard.

D - The dry finish and bitterness will probably turn off some. Once it warms up a bit, though, it gets a bit easier. A fun challenge, so to speak.

Overall/notes: I though I bought 3 ESBs this year... I got one ESB, an American Brown Ale, and a Scottish Ale. Anyways, the beer itself is pretty damn good. It lacks the sophistication needed to be a really good brew, but it tasted better as it went on. Give it a whirl if you can find it.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-7-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured two fingers of foam, ok lacing ring but cloudy brown color with some carbonation present

S - Brown sugar, roasted malts, caramel, not much hops are present

T/M - Medium bodied, caramel hop bitterness is present at finish

D - Pretty drinkable Scottish ale, it wasn't easy to finish this brew but glad I tried it. I wouldn't seek this brew out again even if it wasn't retired

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