471 ESB | Breckenridge Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
210
Reviews:
117
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
13.48%
 
 
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Ratings: 210 |  Reviews: 117
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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 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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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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 jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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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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471 ESB from Breckenridge Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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