471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery
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Reviews by Cavery:
3.95/5 rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle given to me by my Brother in-law a few weeks ago. We've exchanged some beers from time to time, so it seems I've got an unexpected tick in my glass. Always appreciate Colorado brews, as we get pretty weak distro here in Socal. Cheers Mark!
Over Sized Wine Glass, Fancy Proper.
A: Really rustic cider orange that immediately makes me think this bottle might be a bit older than I'd like, there's a lot of Barley Wine character in the visual that furthers my suspicions. A modest off-white yellowish orange sticky bubble formation forms some weak but present lacing along the sides of the glass. A thin half-transparent film hugs the circular ring of the glass.
S: Triple sec infused brioche bread, with some golden raisins adding some texture to the baked product. Dried apricots, a little bit of bright dried pineapple chunks, and some thin leathers with some persimmon juice spilled on them. Alcohol is hidden well by the flavors, but the intensity of the nose does makes this seem alcohol forward. The alcohol just seems to be a sticky adhesive which all the flavors have stuck to very firmly. Light banana and tangelos in the finish.
T: Geez, it's so surprisingly light in the mouth. A complete absence of hops definitely makes me think I am drinking this beer well off it's intended state. However, I really like what I am getting out of this. Tons of crazy bursting dried fruit flavors. Dirty old Pineapple, pumpkin, and green mango. Earthy bitter tones that almost make up for a ghostly hop presence (A phantom bitterness does appear in the back). I am scratching my head a bit, but I honestly am liking this. Sweet breads make a great background for all the flavors.
M: Medium body with very little bubbles, once again the age comes into question. The beer feels so lofty in the mouth, like a freeze dried cloud. The mouth is chewy and musky with a thick humidity. The bitterness plays off the light chewiness really well, this accentuates leathery feels in the mouth. This might be old, but geez this is pretty good.
O: The combination of the visual and the taste of this beer really makes me feel like this is a fresh JW Lees Harvest Ale. The flavors seemed so familiar, and it once I made that connection I really have been unable to separate these beers. Obviously there's a difference in gravity, and in the intention of consumption, but this has a strikingly similar (but much much lighter) flavor profile. With all that in mind, I have to admit I liked this beer. The lightly chewy leathers with the slow release of juicy flavors from dried fruits made this an unexpected pleasure. The dried fruit flavors are intensely bright, but still have that unmistakably muskiness that reeks of dried fruits. Unexpected ones too: Pineapples, persimmons, tangelos. This was unusual to drink, and hid the alcohol amazingly well. I'd really like to try this fresh from the source to give me an idea as to how old this was. I suspect this was quite old, as there wasn't even the slightest bit of hops present.
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2011 02:02:12 | More by Cavery
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3.71/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Very slightly hazy, yellow amber, with a dense, meringue head and delicate lacing.
Aroma: Clean, piney hops, with sweet, bright citrus and peach.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Immediately noticeable alcohol flavor on the tongue, with grainy wheat, biscuity malts, and grassy, spicy hops present as well. The hop character is very green, pure, and fresh, but is on the verge of overwhelming in the finish, as it seems amplified slightly by the flavor of alcohol. Some sugary, zesty citrus rind comes through, but this is a boozy hop show to be sure.
Final Word: A take it or leave it IPA, unless you are a true hop lover. While the higher ABV came through a bit too much in the flavor profile, that was really my only complaint with this beer, and my neutral opinion of it is due to the fact that it didn’t present anything unique or out of the ordinary for the style. The hop flavor was exceptionally pure and fresh on the tongue, but didn’t have quite enough malt character throughout to keep the piney bitterness in check. Hop lovers will adore this beer, due to the aforementioned freshness and purity, which really is the strength of this brew, but other drinkers will likely find it a bit unbalanced and strong, seeking more well rounded IPAs instead. I’ll never tell you not to order this one, but I’ll most likely always recommend another.
Serving type: on-tap
07-27-2014 19:44:43 | More by Louisville-Beer-Reviews
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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