471 ESB | Breckenridge Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

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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117
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210
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
18.33%
 
 
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Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 210
Photo of JDV
1.75/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

In one word, Awful. Woulda much rather had the Sapporo I threw out before this. Pour is a nice dark maroon, clear, and the positives end there. Unique, malty licorice like, very belgiany smell for some reason. Oh and lots of alcohol. Taste is like a dark belgian, but with a load of alcohol ruining what pleasant qualities lots find in the aforementioned part. Metal, some light bitterness and the drinkability on this is horrendous. Couldn't stomach more than about 3 ounces. One-of-a-kind, and thank god for that...

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Photo of AndoBrew
2.33/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

*did not like would not buy*

app: dark copper brown small pissy white head

smell: hops in the nose. almost smellin like an ipa. SOME underline malts, not many though. kinda boaring and simple

taste: WHAT? tatse is an ipa as well, . .. is this watered down 471 dipa?? mostly hops in the mouth, not much malt. the malt that is there is weak and overpowered, the hops are full of grapfruit back of the mouth acid. small chewy fruit taste up front, then a dry grain flavor in the back.. its not bad, just seems like an ipa, thats all. its to acidic and not balanced well at all.

mf: fine, maybe to carbonated.

drinkable??: eh, kinda. just dont read the lable. it is to hop hopped to be very drinkable.

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Photo of bigdeuce
2.36/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Wow, this one was quite overwhelming to me. Nice ruby color on the pour and that is about where it ends. All I can say is..alcohol, alcohol, and more alcohol..on the nose, the tongue, everywhere. Tastes way too strong..dominated the flavor. I feel a little cherry and maybe plum and alcohol. Tough to rate this one.too much to rate.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep, brownish color almost like Bourbon with no carbs, and little head and lace, but the color was inviting. You can smell hops, subdued by the malts but a little licorice at the end. Mouth was odd. Almost like this was a beef gravy? I knew it was a beer beverage, was a little watery, but it was a sour-salty aftertaste that made this really odd. Another first for me, and not a good one. Of course, the taste was unlike any other beer, and seemed like it is trying to be great, but not hitting any of the correct notes. Malty and thick with hops punching through. Licorice flavor was most noticeable but it sort of had a medicinal/rubbing alcohol profile to it. Carrot stick impression was there too and the sour aftertaste and the tap water like note, this was just not making it for me.

Unusual flavors apparent, nothing mixes well, I won't get this again.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out like iced tea with no bubble action and a thin frothed milk head that doesn't do much. Leaves some decent lacing, though. Smell is sweet, heavily toasted, citrusy and piney frmo the hops, and has a medicinal cherry cough syrup aspect. This tastes rather messy with it starting off really sweet with an odd and certainly out of place banana flavor. The esters in this one are weird. Finishes with a bit of citrus and pine and with an assertive bitterness. Very mild acidic edge in the finish as well. Warms the throat with alcohol. Mouthfeel is nearly flat with a light yet slick body. Not a fan of this.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle obtained via NoBS BIF v3 from Vancer. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Head dwindles at normal pace, with average to good lacing. Aroma is hearty grain husks and hints of sour. Taste hits fast with the deep hearty grain character, goes a bit sour in the middle, and closes with some muddy hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is quashed by the off aftertaste, and drinkability is really not that exciting. A disappointment for me here.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured copper chestnut, with very little head and spotty lacing. Smelled of heather and malt; very one-dimensional. Unfortunately the flavor was the same, with some hint of peat, but overpoweringly malty. Very thin, and over-carbonated, especially for the style. Not a fan.

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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 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 jrallen34
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the 22oz bottle into a chalice.

Just to clarify this batch doesn't say 471 but the Extra ESB is the same as 471 Extra ESB.

The beer pours a clear medium copper with about a finger of light tan head that has decent retention. The lacing is light.

The aroma is light mostly some bitter hops with a tiny bit of skunky, not your normal ESB.

The taste is not great to me its like a bad IPA. The hops are all over the place very strong but nothing else to reward you. Not a normal bitter.

The feel is watery and not very drinkable.

Overall, I wouldn't qualify as an ESB and I wouldn't drink it eiter. Not a great effort overall.

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Photo of dohastmich
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A - Redish brown colour, head quickly become lace

S - Maltly smelling, you can tell its higher in alcohol

T - the higher alcohol is visable, not enough hops for my taste, still it could be considered balanced by some im sure

M/D - slight hop aftertaste

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Photo of Tolann
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was reviewed at Breckenridge Brew Pub. I was expecting more out of the location itself, but at least I had the opportunity to do a quick review of this beer.

Cloudy ruby red, brown color somewhat dense head.
Sweet piney smell
Sweet hops taste
smooth body
The taste lingers for good easy drinking. Overall, not a bad beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a mostly cloudy burnt orange color with a very small (1/8") head of small tan bubbles that faded back into the beer quickly to leave just a thin layer of sporadic bubbles across the top. The bubbles rose slowly through the liquid indicating that it may have a pretty high TG.

Aroma: I get a bit of Toasty British malt accentuated by a very liberal amount of grassy aroma hops. Also noticeable up front is a dark cherry aromatic. As you get deeper into the aroma, you can definitely pick up an "acidity" that I associate with high bittering hops.

Taste: Wow! Boy they sure didn't miss the kettle with the hop bucket! You get a blast of flavoring hops that leads straight into a very bitter balance and the hops run the show after that. There is some syrupy sweetness that I am getting on the back of the throat, and that is about the only contribution I got from the malt. After the palate gets used to the flavor and the onslaught of hops, the beer gets a bit more drinkable. I am definitely stuck drinking hoppy beers for the rest of the night.

Opinion: I got this beer at the recommendation of a good friend of mine that has a very sensitive palate. I was hesitant to get an ESB as I normally don't care for this style. I guess this one is true to form as I don't really care for this beer either. I am not saying that is because it is a bad beer. I have never really had an ESB that I liked, and this is no exception. I guess that makes it applicable to the style.

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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 Longhorn22
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is the "Small batch series" of this beer.

A - The head is medium, but lasts for a long time. I left it in the bottle so I don't really know what the color is. It looked a little cloudy when I held it up to a light though.

S - The smell isn't anything special. It's pretty much what you would expect from an ESB. It smells like a standard beer. It is just the right strength.

T - I was actually surprised that this isn't that bitter. I wasn't expecting to like this beer, since I usually don't like bitter flavors. They weren't over the top bitter, and there was a sweetness to it.

M/D - This was sort of weird, because it had a good strong thick mouthfeel, but it was oddly not easily drinkable.

Bottom Line: This mostly what I expected from an ESB. It is pretty good, and it is probably the best beer I have had from Breckenridge Brewery.

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Photo of kels
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I was surprised to pull up this beer and find it listed as a Scottish Ale. I definitely bought it in an attempt to find a new ESB in replacement of my no longer available GLBC Moondog. The 471 didn't taste much like any ESB I've ever had unfortunately. Bottle pour into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lovely dark amber color with moderate clarity and a well-retained 1/2 finger foamy off-white head and solid rings of white, thick lacing.

Smell: Only the slightest aromas of toasted, slightly chewy malts creep through. Very little smell at all.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This beer doesn't taste at all like an ESB in my experience. It isn't awful - it just isn't what I was looking for in buying an ESB. There is a huge chewy malt presence, slight piney hoppiness and a hint of saltiness. The alcohol is slightly present and the feel is moderately carbonated and very sticky.

Drinkability: Eh, not so impressive. Overall just okay.

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Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LET THIS WARM WAY UP BEFORE DRINKING!

Pours copper/caramel with 2 fingers of puffy sand colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Grainy & a bit of breadyness

T: Breadyness & boozey warmth up front. A bit of fruittyness fights through the booze hotness, along with some caramel & leafy hops & oaky dryness. Finishes with loads leafy hops, caramel & a touch of brown sugar

MF: Medium bodied, slick with low carbonation

Drinks alright, but the hotness never completely fades. Will sit on my remaining 4 for a few months & see if this evens/smooths out

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Photo of sgoodship
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a 1pt 6floz bottle of this. It's a beer that is interesting to me because it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
- Their website says it's the 471 ESB Small Batch but the new bottles have done away with any reference to 471 in the design
- It's called an ESB but apparently it is not. Their site identifies it as a Scottish Ale and reviewing it shows it to be a Scottish Ale.

OK, let's forget the 471 and let's forget the ESB. Here's my review of Breckenridge's Small Batch Scottish Ale

A: Deep dark copper. Almost dark brown at the top and copper colored at the bottom. There is a good amount of clarity except for the top where it is very dark. It delivered a good finger cream colored head. It dissipated to a dusting and a ring and then to nothing toward the last third. There was some spotty lacing at the early part of the drink but it disappeared.

S: A hint of diacetyl and almost metallic initially but this was not apparent as the drink progressed. Nice caramel malt. Very bready too. Creamy, slightly smokey and nutty. Some alcohol was present as the drink progressed which was a nice balance to the malt.

T: Very bready initially. Some tart diacetyl. Some sweet plum and sweet caramel. Slight roasted malt smokiness in the finish. The second pour tasted much more watery although the alcohol taste became more prominent.

M: It's on the full side of medium bodied. There is medium carbonation that keeps it lively. It's very dry on the palate.

D: Nothing to write home about here. It's a decent beer but I won't be re-visiting it.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Color: Deep ruby brown with a light tan head. Head is short and falls quickly leaving a ring the whole way down.

Smell: Herbal/grassy/citrus hop aroma, followed by a bit of bready malt, with some lingering liquorice notes in the background

Taste: Matches the smell. Piny and resiny hops followed by sweet caramel maltiness. The Liquorice in the aroma is much more pronounced in the flavor. Finish is fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: Silky and full-bodied

Overall this ESB isn't my mug o' beer. Its too big and boisterous for me to really enjoy it. The flavors never seem to meld. I'm glad I tried it nonetheless.

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Photo of manahansf
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Toasted malt aroma flows from a light brown brew. Medium carbonation levels help spread the toasted maltyness around the palate. There is only slight bitterness to it with the flavor of fresh piney hops. The finish is smooth and malty sweet and ends with a nice but subtle warming sensation.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a crystal clear cola brown body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a spongy off-white head that has a few large bubbles but last a good bit.

S- The smell of big resiony earthy hops has a slight floral quality to it. There is a soft lightly toasted malt aroma like a good floor malted barley.

T- This beer has a big pungent dandelion hop bitterness at the beginning of the taste. This is followed by a soft caramel roasted malt flavor that comes through stronger as my tastebuds go numb from the hops. The soft taste of floor malted barley comes through with a light fruity quality which fades to a hop bitterness that lingers after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a creamy texture.

D- This beer has a big and bitter hop flavor that overpowers much of the malt flavor. I think this beer might improve with age as the pure bitterness might die down a bit.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear very garnet hue. Nose is like alcohol notes and yeast. Flavor is bitter, but the alcohol takes over and wrestles control. Feel is sticky on the liquid and the carbonation is low. This is a mediocre ESB, IMO. Too hot from the alcohol and definitely not balanced. Nice to try. Moving on.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour produces a scant, one-finger thick, tan colored head that sits on top of a brilliantly clear, cherry red colored brew. The aroma has quite a bit of malt character to it with a nice toasted grain note noticeable up front. This is quickly followed by a mellow, herbal, hop character and some bright, berry like hop notes. The herbal and berry hop components combine to make this beer smell a little weird, maybe a bit like rhubarb or something as there is a slightly tart edge to this.

Chewy, though not overly sweet, this beer has a definite heft to it with a full body to it. A bitterness and a lingering herbal note contribute to the finish along with a browned, toasted malt note that has a touch of roast character to it. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit and tangerine combine with a touch of berry notes and a caramelized malt sweetness (though a complex, chewy sweet note) to provide a bit of a counterpoint to the herbal / astringent hop notes and sharp, darker grain notes.

Sharp, with an herbal hop character at times and at other the thick, chewy, deeply caramelized, but not sweet malt takes over. I can't quite decide if this beer is very well balanced or not quite balanced. The malt and hop character are about equal, but some how they do not mesh together quite as smoothly as they should. Still this is a tasty beer worth trying.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a ruddy brown with a finger of white head, good retention, spotty lace.

S: Lots of biscuity malt, nice but one-dimensional.

T: Huge amounts of residual sugar, crystal malt flavour. It tastes good for sure but know what you're getting into. Very light smoke character, some notes of dark fruit, but really dominated by the malt.

M: Medium/full-bodied, slightly cloying. Smooth for sure. Bit of a soapy body.

D: Hard to put the drinkability any more than this, since, while it tastes good, the amount of sugar simply put hampers the drinkability, almost making it barleywine like. Good beer all around. They call it a Scottish Ale, it really shares nothing with that style, think Imperial ESB, maybe old ale.

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471 ESB from Breckenridge Brewery
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