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.

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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 omnigrits
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight pint glass I found it hard to get much of a head on the beer, even with a vigorous pour. The aroma is correspondingly thin, but what there is ain't bad - citrus, caramel and malt. Maybe even a little tobacco. Pretty good dark amber colour on it.

The taste reminds me a little of rum and raisin toffee with a hint of bitterness. I've never been a fan of rum but I'm enjoying this beer. There's a very slight bitter finish to this beer. Personally I like a bit more but that doesn't detract from it. It's still very pleasant and drinkable.

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Photo of Fnord
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is sample is almost a year old. Hope it's still good.

Appearance - Opaque amber with a dense off-white head that left rings on the glass.

Smell - Caramel, hops, grapefruit, alcohol, pine.

Taste - More grapefruit and caramel, plus toffee, with a lingering bitter finish. It's lost most of its upfront bitterness, not surprisingly.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and low carbonation.

Drinkability - Its alcohol is well hidden. It'd be easy to overdo it on these if you weren't careful.

Notes - I drank one from the six-pack every couple of months to see how it aged, and this is the last one. I let this one sit too long. I'll have to amend my review when I get a fresh sample.

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

A - Poured a dark amber color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet caramel malt

T - Is well balanced between the caramel mat and the bitter hops

M - This beer has a creamy smooth body with light carbonation to it

D - This was a very enjoyable beer thats very easy to drink with a nice balanced taste worth trying sometime

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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 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 kmeves
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a decent sized off white head. The aroma in medium sweet caramel malt, nuts and earthy hops. The flavor leans more toward the bitter side although there is a good malt presence. Medium bodied, creamy texture. Long bitter finish.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark amber glass holds a mostly cloudy head with slight chance of lacing trails.

S: A deep, earthy, leathery smell with a sweet caramel twist.

T: First sips were very metallic, and I still get some penny tastes after I get used to it. Under that is a great chocolate toffee sweetness that is cut by the metallic edged hop oil bitter of English hops. The web site lists Target, Fuggle, Northern Brewer hops, and I'm surprised at Fuggle, as I normally strongly dislike that hop, but there is plenty of flavor here to mask a lot of it.

M: Creamy texture, lower carbonation, both true to style and really help the total package.

D: For a style that doesn't normally inspire (unless on cask or in the proper setting, like London) this is very enjoyable. Generally clean, I guess the hops are lending that metallic taste that started me out. Solid brew and worth a shot.

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Photo of elniko
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Rich mahogany coloring, half finger of head, nice lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Strong hops on the nose, slight tons of sweetness and caramel.

T & M: I really enjoyed this beer. Haven't had very many ESBs before so I don't have a lot of comparison. Bitterness is there in the finish but balanced with the malt sufficiently. Nice caramel notes up front.

D: This is definitely a sipping beer, not sessionable. Good brew overall and I look foward to trying other ESBs.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark copper colored body with a small off white sticky head.

S- hops. toffee, and caramel malt.

T- toffee and caramel malt upfront with a nice bitter finish

M- light, crisp, clean, and refreshing

D- if it wasnt this potent it would be a great session beer. very refreshing and easy to drink. the alcohol is well hidden.

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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 Rayek
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep nut brown color has good clarity. Nice sized cream color head is firm and has above average retention. Leaves a very heavy lace down the glass.

S: Spicy and sweet with a whiff of alcohol. Lots of pepper, coriander, with an oak and grape background.

T: The taste buds are greeted with a wall of spicy hop bitterness that is dominated by pepper and coriander, plus a faint bit of citrus. Bitterness lingers through the entire experience. Sweet malts in the back have a nice grape and oak character that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Finishes with an alcohol warmth going down.

M: Medium heavy body feels somewhat syrupy. Carbonation level is just right.

D: Nice nightcap beer. Too powerful for me to want more than one. I didn't like this beer at first, but it slowly grew on me.

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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 number1bum
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of NEPA BC split #16.

Pours a reddish copper color, good clarity with a big, creamy two plus fingers of light beige head. Keeps a nice lace and leaves a ton of stick all over the sides of the pint glass.

Smell is citrus and floral hops, some caramel and toasted malt, along with some butterscotch and toffee.

Taste is also quite malty and sweet, with lots of caramel, as well as some toffee and butterscotch. There is some toasted malt, as well, but it could use a bit more. Also some citrusy hops but again, could use some more. A little out of balance and too sweet, but pretty good.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, on the plus side of a medium body. The sweetness makes it just a bit cloying. As I near the end of the pint the sweetness really starts to get to me, which affects drinkability.

This is a bit on the sweet side, but is still quite enjoyable. Could use some more toasted malt and hops for balance, but still a beer worth trying. I was surprised when I finished this review and noticed that the abv is 7.8% - it doesn't feel that strong.

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

Thanks to Hopsleeroy via Virgin BIF. 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass a dark amber with a thin but resilient pale tan head and a decent amount of lacing.

Rich malty aroma consisting of buttery, bready, caramel, and roasted malts. Slight floral/piney hoppiness, somewhat strong for the style but overall not overpowering. Mildly sour.

Bready malts and a very dry hoppiness. Slight hints of alcohol. The sweet malts are not nearly as evident as in the nose.

Chewy mouthfeel and very dry aftertaste for the style. Overall, definitely a decent beer, but somewhat over-hopped for the style and not quite the "truly authentic ESB" the label on the bottle advertises.

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Photo of arizcards
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz bottle at Total Wine & More back at the end of February for $1.59.

Beer poured a dark amber with a little bit of frothy head. Nose is quite lively, malty, piney, and a bit citrusy. Taste is fairly balanced. It is quite malty up front, dominated by the crystal malts, finishing with a piney/citrus hop. Mouthfeel is full and it is quite smooth for the style. Drinkability is good. There was a hint of alcohol warming with the initial sips. The brew glides nicely across the palate making this quite easy drinking despite the higher abv.

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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 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 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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Photo of badleroybrown
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark copper with a nice head of small bubbles.

S - Has a nice mixture of malt and hop aromas. Let me know I was going to taste a little of both.

T - Has a malt flavor at the beginning and ends with the hop bitterness expected from a bitter. Very smooth drinking.

M - Honestly did not pay much attention to this because I was enjoying it so much. It has good body.

D - This was very enjoyable drink. As it warms the flavors really come out. I enjoyed every bit of it and will look forward to drinking the other five in the six pack.

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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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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 1/2" beige head. Retains at 1/4" Reddish-brown good clarity. Full lace

S - Thick with malt...earthy, chocolate. Piney hops underneath.

T - Malt dominant with piney hop notes long in the finish. Some prevalent alcohol. Chocolate, dry cocoa powder, tobacco leaf.

M - Full bodied and slick. Medium carbonation.

D - Good drinkability one or two at a time. Flavorful beer

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