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471 ESB | Breckenridge Brewery

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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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3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sabtos
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuzzFee
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of barnzy78
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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 hopheaddeluxe
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

good esb.

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Photo of slusk
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
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 leprechaunandfatman
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Omnium
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
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 +8.4%
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 WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scratch69
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirtyhands
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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 BigJim5021
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ARoman
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
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 JMUduke
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffreysan
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
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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471 ESB from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 210 ratings
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