Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Crazy Mountain Brewery

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Crazy Mountain Brewery
Colorado, United States
Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
3.56 | pDev: 12.64%
Jun 22, 2019
Jul 28, 2011
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2.43 by GreyGooseStout from Colorado on Jun 22, 2019
3.52 by btbcolo from Colorado on May 21, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by rclangk from West Virginia

BOM 11/2018

Apr 19, 2019
3.17 by Tykam321 from Wisconsin on Feb 17, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Parmesan from Colorado

L:. Pours a copper gold orange with a small white head and rings of lacing around the glass.

S: Nutty and baked bread, a floral hop in the back.

T:. Nutty and baked bread with a slightly over strong bitterness from the floral hops.

F:. Medium body smooth carbonation.

O:. This is a very nice ESB.

Jan 04, 2019
3.53 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Oct 12, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Had a pint of thos beer poured on nitro at the tap room on south colorado blvd.
Beer arrives a deep mahogany color with khaki colored, creamy cascading head of 2.5 cm.
The foam remains a surface layer through most of the sampling.
Aroma is toffee and some nutty notes witha bit of grassy hops as a balance.
The first sip reveals an average body with soft creamy texture due to the nitro. The texture really works for me on this beer. Very nice combo.
Flavor is what id expect from the style and the nose advertising. Caramel and toffee up front moving to again a bit of a nutty character and some toasted note. Then some grassy and earthy hops come through on the finish.
Very easy drinking, no hint of alcohol and i very much enjoy this beer.
I would definitely drink this again if in Denver, especially if on nitro!

Jun 21, 2018
3.75 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Jun 20, 2018
3.9 by Bear1964 from Nebraska on Apr 01, 2018
3.79 by JonathanED from Alabama on Dec 29, 2017
4.56 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon on Nov 04, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

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.

Sep 09, 2017
3.6 by Azpittil57 from Arizona on Jul 29, 2017
3 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jun 07, 2017
4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on May 10, 2017
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3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Lingenbrau from Oregon

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!

Apr 20, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by breakingbland from Michigan

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.

Jan 22, 2017
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2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

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.


Jan 16, 2017
3.44 by corywalston from North Dakota on Oct 02, 2016
4.58 by evanwoertz from California on Sep 10, 2016
3.5 by SStein from Colorado on Aug 30, 2016
3.73 by Blazer22 from Colorado on Aug 07, 2016
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3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by matcris from Arizona

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.

Jul 24, 2016
3.36 by MGoeltz from Tennessee on Jul 22, 2016
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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

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.


Jul 05, 2016
3.68 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on May 31, 2016
3.52 by DruC4 from Michigan on May 23, 2016
3 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Apr 21, 2016
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3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

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

Apr 08, 2016
3.27 by tsgooch79 from Kentucky on Mar 26, 2016
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3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75
by Tone from Missouri

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.

Mar 19, 2016
3.3 by rderedin from Maine on Mar 01, 2016
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3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by Nickholland from Missouri

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.

Feb 26, 2016
3.59 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Feb 13, 2016
3.9 by tommy5 from Michigan on Feb 02, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by sphmiel from Missouri

Solid ESB appearance, pale head over amber body, mild bitterness with solid malt body. Very true to style, easy drinking.

Jan 24, 2016
3.77 by habaceeba from Colorado on Jan 22, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

The plague of the American brewer falls upon them as they embark on styles, techniques and ingredients that they attempt to mimic, but done so with luke-warm success. Thinking they they can get close enough to those authentic brands to pass as such. But close only counts with horseshoes and hand grenades.

And with their heart in England but their home in the Vail Valley, Crazy Mountain's aptly named "American ESB" shares what's best about both worlds. Its deep golden and moderate amber glow is slightly hazy and capped with a sturdy meringue froth. With biscuit-sweet aromas swirling around, so do the light apple, orange and apricot esters that suggest British beer. And as the moderate sweetness layers onto the tongue, caramel and honey seem marmalade-like in its malt-forward upstart.

And then balance happens across the middle as the malts relax slightly and the hops begin to rise. While retaining the floralness of honeysuckle, the buttery toast and the nuttiness of cashew; the medium bodied ale allows for a charge of American hops to rival the malt rebuttal. Mildly juicy with pineapple pulls from the estery taste and delves into a light and resiny bitterness to close.

Medium, moderate and hitting all strides right down the middle, the beer is strikingly familiar to American amber ale, except with a more complex malt bill and less reliance on American hop character. Still, the ale trails with a bittersweet finish and a linger of citrus peel and caramel.

Jan 08, 2016
3.93 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Dec 27, 2015
3.91 by OrestesMethuon from Montana on Nov 26, 2015
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades from Crazy Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 122 ratings