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 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 Trappistfan1
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a deep amber color with a two finger head that dies down in a minute or two. Nice, persistent lacing as I proceeded through the glass.

S - Nutty, malty aromas come out strongest, followed by citrus and hops.

T - A (IMO) well balanced hop / malt character with some interesting citrus notes. At one point I think I got a little cantaloupe (!) taste. Mildly bitter finish, though less so than an IPA.

M - Very pleasant, almost creamy. Makes mouths happy.

D - Very drinkable, seesionable even.

I love this stuff. I admit my experience with the style is limited to this beer, but I think this would hold its own against all comers. I keep this in my regular rotation.

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Photo of KUpolo
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
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 :-)

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Photo of tmitch75
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

small batch series extra ESB.

pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a dark crimson colour...ruby and garnet hues with a modestly thin well kept together tannish head. thin wisps of lace. burnt caramel and choco-toffee aromas enhanced by some flowery hoppiness. solid nose. taste is definitely a beefed up ESB. rock solid maltiness gives up some burnt sugar and dark chocolate notes followed by a hint of caramel and toffee. oak and yeast. sweet and sugary with a boozy punch. lots of flowery and slightly citric hoppiness to not only accentuate the colourful maltiness but also adds a welcome bitterness on the back end to finish things off. it's a luscious well rounded mouthfeel supported by a just right body that pulls everything together. drinkability is awesome. just make sure not to suck it down like a low ABV bitter.

i am really liking this beer. it's got all the bases covered. terrific and highly recommended.

scottish ale, imperial esb, or whatever this is supposed to be....this is good stuff!

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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 EnojysAnyBeer
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Chestnut brown with a red tint and great transparency for the dark color. The head is oily and leaves plenty of interesting lacing with bubbles of all different sizes. The head sticks around till the bitter end.

S- A cloud of rubbing alcohol filled with thick caramel, apple and spiced oranges.

T- The flavor drops that rubbing alcohol in favor of sweet, sticky malts and grapefruit hops. Sweet and simple

M- Decadent feeling in the mouth, capable of fulfilling a dessert urge, or a desert urge with silky carbonation and a syrupy body.

D- I was surprised at how quickly this ale of elevated ABV went down. The alcohol actually fades as the beer warms

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Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great deep burnished copper color with some nice initial head, a bit of lasting head, but very little lacing. Nice malty scent, very deep, with hints of peat. Excellent taste, a very thick and rich, deep and malty flavor; hints of caramel and peat; the slightest hop undertone at the end to help with balance. Goes down very smooth for such a strong beer. Wonderful!

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of rowew
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, screen printed bottle. This is labeled as an Extra ESB?! ABV, but no date information on the label.

Appearance: Pours somewhere between dark amber and light brown, with a thin tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Bitter raw hop aroma, just a bit of bready malt behind it.

Taste: Similar to the aroma - the hops dominate this one. There is a bit of malt flavor in the middle, but the hops certainly dominate, and leave a good amount of bitterness in the finish.

Overall impression: You definitely have to appreciate hops to enjoy this beer - but if you do it is nicely drinkable, and dangerous considering the ABV.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

murky brown look from the cool haze on the glass, i will let this warm a tad first.

smell is dark and malty with a nice fruity backing. there is almost a light sugary sweetness.

sweet malt is everpresent yet subtle. it is not overly sweet but is cut nicely by the mild hop profile bittering things up. a bit of alcohol taste is so mild it is quite pleasing.

mouthfeel is a bit thicker and chewier than most ESBs I have had, maybe from the higher abv and extra malt?

is this america's example of an esb? we take every style to an extreme, is this it?

whatever the answers, i enjoyed this beer and am sad it is a limited batch release.

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Photo of baos
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

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Photo of hoplover82
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear amber color with a medium off white creamy head that dissapates in a flash, but leaves very good lacing.

Smell is of dark roated malts almost burned malts mixed with alcohol. Some dark fruits and tobacco with earthy hops and cherries. Some faint caramel.

The flavor is mainly sweet roasted malts with a very nice bitterness to balance. In the aftertaste is funky tasting hops (which isn't bad). Boat loads of caramel as well. WOW... No alcohol.

Mouthfeel is meduim-full bodied and smooth, a little dry in the end.

OK drinkable.

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Photo of Vancer
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown with a creamy tan head that leaves nice lace on the glass. Good fresh roasted caramel malt aroma, faint grassy hops. Tastes like I think an ESB should, big and malty sweetness balanced with a fresh floral hop bite and warming alcohol that lingers on the finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel and highly drinkable. Well made.

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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 weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a red toned amber with a small, off-white head that fades into a creamy cap of tubular lacing left all over the glass.
Smell is of juicy fruit bubble gum, earthy notes, piney hops, and rich, caramel malts.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with fruity, caramel, and piney earthyness swirling in a juicy balance of fruity goodness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, herbal, with caramel breaking through to keep this well done beer in check.

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Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: On tap.

Poured a deeper amber/copper color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel, and floral. Tastes of caramel, citrus, toffee, and some pine. Nice an hoppy (especially for a bitter, this one was hoppy)!

Notes from 9/19/07

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Photo of Gusler
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, deep, deep dark brown--nearly black! So dark you have to hold it up to the light to see any ruby color. Big frothy head that's got some staying power. Looks BIG for an ESB.

Seems in line for an ESB with the faint mineral qualities and toasty and caramel notes. Slightly fruity, floral, and grassy hop notes too.

Taste & Mouthfeel
It's definitely packing a bigger punch than a regular ESB, but for how heavy it actually is, it's managing it pretty well. The body is surprisingly spry, though the initial texture seems pretty viscous. Flavors are complex and layered, with earthy hops, scorched sugar, toasted grains, milk chocolate, raisins, and more. Finish is dry, but there's a slightly off-putting aftertaste, which makes me think they've treated their water in some way to mimick the kind found in the ESB-makin' regions of jolly ole England. It's almost a bit stale tasting (hopefully it's not really a stale beer!).

A big American take on a big English style. I think it works pretty well and is interesting and tasty for what it is. It's not something I could drink all night (like a regular ESB), but is something I would enjoy again and would recommend to others.

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Photo of thartman
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish brown color. Nice sized off white head. Decent retention. A little bit of lacing on the glass. Lots of sweet caramel and toasted malt in the aroma along with some herbal hops.

Pretty well balanced beer as an ESB should be. Nice herbal and spicy hoppiness that doesn't over power with more caramel and toasted malt in there as well. I like this beer a lot. nice mouthfeel, medium-full, smooth mouthfeel. Goes down easy.

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