Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB Ale | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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3.56/5
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113 Ratings
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB AleHorseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
crazymountainbrewery.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by emmasdad on 07-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,476
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
113
pDev:
12.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of JonathanED
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.56/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a soccer ball shaped glass, more like an Irish pint glass than anything.

Look: Opaque caramel colored body under a cream colored head. Recedes to a film, light lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and tangy tea-like hops.

Taste: Starts off malty and sweet with caramel notes and is countered with dry, tangy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: It is well balanced but the bitterness of the hops is slightly more prominent.

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wanted very much to enjoy this beer,but before I review it I must say that after consuming for of the six in the pack, I feel there might be inconsistency issues. It pours a nice and nearly clear caramel amber to brown, sometimes with exceptional over carbonation in which I poured a quarter of its contents at a time with minutes between, and others with one smooth pour leaving it with either an excessive frothy and rocky white root beer float of a head, and others with a simple two finger foam. Lacing moderate in either case. Smells of caramel, lightly toasted bread, and a dirty earthy and grassy aroma. Taste follows; light caramel/toffee/toast followed by a good dose of earthy hops. Feels highly carbonated, balanced but definitely finishes with a strong dirty bitterness that lingers. Overal, this was an OK ESB, but I will most likely not seek it out again. Cheers!

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Photo of breakingbland
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mango's in Red Cliff, Colorado.

The beer poured a light golden. This is a fairly sweet beer with a low hops presence and a hint of herbalness. The body is appropriate for the style.

Overall, this is a very nice beer, and I'll look for it again when I'm in Colorado again.

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Photo of chinchill
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle is undated but purchased just yesterday from a cooler, but today it seems to be a bad sample. Gently pouring less than 2 inches of liquid produced a rapidly rising head that quickly rose up and over the top of the glass. The aroma is off and there's some off flavors.

Disappointing.

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Photo of corywalston
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.58/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SStein
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blazer22
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matcris
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: A dark amber, almost red. Two fingers of long lasting, creamy, khaki head that leaves a thick lacing down the glass. Lots of big bubbles streaming up the glass.
AROMA: Very malty, a cola like quality, lemon/citrus.
TASTE: Big bready malt, bitterness up front that lasts but is pretty mild overall, the beer as an acidic quality like lemon.
FEEL: Average carbonation, medium body, slick.
OVERALL: Malty and a fair dose of bitterness, but kind of non descript. Not bad, though.

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Photo of MGoeltz
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A first for us from this brewery. This fine ESB pours a cloudy orangish amber with a very nice head of fine beaded off white foam that settles to a thick ring and layer with excellent lacing. Nose of subtle floral hops, sweet malts, and a moderate touch of tea. Flavors follow yet exceed by character alone with sweet caramel malts and moderately heavy tea flavors on the front and sides, floral and bittering hops hit nicely on the middle and back and finish off with a nice lingering bitterness from the hops. Nice mouth feel, medium high carbonation and a delicate creaminess that is not usually seen in the style but is welcome none the less. Overall and excellent brew.

Cheers!

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DruC4
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on April 8, 2016.

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Photo of tsgooch79
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, copper/maize color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of syrup, hint of floral hops, slight herbal/tea notes, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an Extra Special / Strong Bitter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight alcohol, hint of hops, hint of tea, and a hint of syrup. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma and body, the feel is too carbonated.

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Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nickholland
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Warning: this is not an ESB. I'm not sure what this is. If you really like Belgian yeast and amber ales then you might like this. It just doesn't seem like a good combo to me. Ok, it's not terrible I just can't figure out what it is. It starts malty, but with the distinctive Belgian yeast flavor and finishes a little sour.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 113 ratings
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