471 ESB | Breckenridge Brewery

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471 ESB471 ESB

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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.

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

Not quite quentessential of English ESB's, but good beer at any rate. A solidly malty base with a hearty toasty, brown ale-like body and taste, but swamped with citrusy hops. The nose delivers a surprisingly out-of-style American hop aroma, and a non-surprising Colorado beer-making attitude. Flavors are round of moderately toasted malts, leaving a bit of toffee and caramel, to add character to the moderate malt taste and body. Finishes clean and lightly, minty-dry due to hops and assertive alcohols. Good beer, but if you want a true ESB, then go with an English brewery.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a burgandy color with a small, tan, pillowy head. It left small amounts of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and a grassy/mossy aroma.

T - It tasted quite spicy. There was a strong roasted malt flavor and it was quite bitter.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer with a slight warm alcohol presence.

D - This is one of the better American ESB's that I've had. It packs a pretty good punch.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkest bronze with bright tangerine highlights... that becomes burnt orange when backlit. A vigorous pour resulted in almost half the glass being filled with bubbly golden beige foam. The head has plenty of character to start and looks even better as it starts to melt. Finely perforated lace is abundant and looks fantastic too.

The aroma is nicely balanced between malt and hops. The former is modestly caramel-like and the latter is citrus fruity. Sort of like Alpha King or Celebration Ale, except with more caramel and fewer hops. Malts include pale, amber, crystal and roasted. Humulus lupulus include Chinook, Centennial and Fuggles.

Extra ESB is a beer that is seriously confused where style is concerned. The Breckenridge website calls it a 'Strong Scottish Ale' and the label calls it an ESB. It has the malting of the former and the hopping of the latter (55 IBUs). Oh well. The only thing that really matters is whether or not it's good beer. Let's find out.

Yes it is, as long as this metallic quality fades before too much longer. I'm still reminded of the hoppy IPA masterpieces mentioned above, although this ale isn't in their league. It's also much darker flavored, while still stopping well short of being porter-like. Brown ale-like? Sure.

There's too much hoppage for Scottish ale to get any serious consideration. Just because the brewers used a Scottish ale yeast strain doesn't mean squat. In the end, putting all considerations of style aside, this is good beer because it has plenty of malt flavor and sweetness, balanced by plenty of hop flavor and bitterness.

The metal shavings vibe fades by the third mouthful and alcohol isn't appreciated. The mouthfeel is right about where it needs to be for the ABV, and counts a gentle bubble smoothness among its finest features.

Extra ESB is only the second Breckenridge beer to earn a flavor score of 4.0 from the likes of me. The brewery needs to do a better job of defining this offering for would-be buyers, but the contents of the bottle are fine just the way they are.

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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


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 WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany brown with strong ruby highlights when held up to the light. Light beige head forms nicely leaves fine speckled lacing behind. Aromatics offer up some nice earthy hop accents amongst a nice brown ale/nutty slightly smokey malt backbone. Impressive to find this in West Virginia, all I saw was the ESB I wasn't paying attention to the Extra. Not so much an ESB I'd say Scottish ale is definitely more appropriate if I had to slap a label on this one. They did away with the 471 no it's just their Breckenridge symbol. I had a nice meal with some good beer about six years ago at the LoDo brewpub across from Coors Field. Slightly tart semi sour malt, a bit astringent with dark tea tannins. Nutty dark malt semi bitter finish, tea leaf, tobacco, and earthy smoked peat malts pave the way in this Extra ESB. Mouthfeel is bit thin I could use more body to match up to the bold flavors but it makes it drink pretty easily, mild carbonation. Drinkability is solid I wsa surprised by the alcohol by volume it doesn't seem like a 7.8% abv brew but it's a start for getting WV folk into these types of brews.

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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 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 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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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 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 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 scruffwhor
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy ruby, nonexistant bubbles and head. Great aroma though. Lots of deep malts, with some concentrated fruit cup aromas, peaches, pears, black cherries. Stats with bread, then goes to a hot, syrupy fruit. The alcohol sticks out quite a bit in this beer. Even when its straight from the fridge. A bit hard to drink from the burn of alcohol. Lasts a little to long to want another one.

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Photo of DrJay
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My pint was served with a thick, dense cap of dark beige foam covering the clear, deep amber (nearly chestnut) brew. It had impressive head retention and produced thick, solid lacing. The aroma was mostly caramel and citrus, with some earthy malt and fruity esters in the background. It had an earthy bitterness with notes of grass and delicate citrus hops, some toasty and caramel malt, along with some fruit character and hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation, light warmth and a good texture. Very tasty stuff. It just seemed like the balance was off a bit, maybe due to the increased abv, but it was still a very enjoyable pint.

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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 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 champ103
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color. A white head forms and leaves a good coat of lace behind.
S: Malty and fruity. A good toasted aroma. Not very complex, but what I would expect for an ESB.
T: A musky metallic flavor up front. Nice roasted and toasted malt with some fruit as the taste lingers. Not bad at all, but typical.
M/D: Light to medium body that is a bit watered down. A good creaminess though. This is not a hard beer at all to session.

Not a bad ESB, but one I find a bit typical. Something I would not hesitate to drink again though.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a brownish-copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted and slightly grainy caramel malts with somewhat faded citrus and herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The hops are a bit stronger than the smell intimates, joining toasted caramel malts midway through the sip. The hops then carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a good ESB although I'm a bit curious as to how fresh it was. Still, either way it's worth a shot.

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

Dark red, almost brown. Smell was malty and just ok. The taste was more malt, some caramel, no hops that I could find but the alcohol was certainly there. Mouthfeel was a little thick. This beer was alright but I think if it had a lower ABV it would be much better because I could drink more than one and the mouthfeel would be thinner.

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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 Dogbrick
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Point Market in Akron. This beer pours a clear deep amber color with a medium thick and fluffy off-white head that has decent retention. Thin sheet of lacing on the glass. Earthy malt and sweet caramel along with a bit of floral hops in the nose. Medium, smooth body with rich and sweet malt and toffee flavors backed up by floral hops and spices. Hops bitterness begins to assert itself a bit more as it warms, as does the alcohol. The finish retains the sweet malt and caramel base, and leaves a lingering hops aftertaste. Overall this is a fairly sound ESB across the board.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep copper with hints of orange in the color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, a mix of citrusy and piney hops. In the taste, a sweet malt and lots of piney hops. A smooth and very small bite in the mouthfeel and sweet piney hops in the aftertaste. Hoppy more than bitter, almost IPA-ish more than a bitter.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 1/2 finger off white head that is real creamy and shows a few moments of retention.
Lacing is left behind.
Deep reddish/amber color with decent clarity. There are quite a bit of floaters in this beer. Fairly large.

Aroma is slightly sweet, some roasted malt notes. Burnt sugar almost.

Big malt flavor, lots of roasted notes, some fruity esters, a touch of dark caramel. Assertive bitterness towards the end. Lingers for a minute then trails off. I get a sense of some alcohol, more than I would have expected. Either a touch of almond or coconut.

Medium bodied, low carbonation fairly smooth in feel.

Nice beer and one I enjoyed. I would say this does drink and feel like an English beer. Clearly that was their goal, so I say they achieved it.

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