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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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88
very good

1,829 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,829
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 22
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004)
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Reviews by Crazy4LegMoose:
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Crazy4LegMoose

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

A: Pale hazy yellow orange color with 1 finger of creamy head after a rough pour. Nice crown left on top that produces good lacing on the glass.

S: Smell of vanilla beans and earthy hop aromas. Light hints of toffee sweetness that are hidden under the grassy earthy hop aroma.

T: Smooth vanilla toffee sweetness that blends into a sharp earthy bitter hop finish. Good blend of citrus orange sweetness in the hop flavor as well. Good balance between malt and hops in this one and not overpowering with hop flavor.

M: Thin mouthfeel but more smooth and creamy rather than fizzy feel.

D: Decent drinkability. Not sure if the bottles were old as there was no date on them. Bought them on a trip to Cleveland and brought them back to Boston. I wonder if the hops have mellowed since it could have been on the shelf a while. Good beer, but I wonder if a fresh one has more pronounced hop flavor.

06-14-2010 16:51:53 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Drank this after a Moylan's Hopsickel so it took a few sips to gage it after that all out hop attack Hopsickel is,poured a clear copper with some deep orange tint a tight one finger white head settles into a nice creaminess atop.Very floral aromas with some citrus and pine and a touch of caramel letting you know there is some malt in there,a big IPA with big hoppy tones the familiar flavors of pine and grapefruit but there is a bigger sweetness to this big IPA brown sugar flavors really show thru even more so as it warms.A nice IPA has all the hop flavors just sweeter than alot of the style in my opinion.

01-16-2006 02:19:46 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance – This is a beautiful thick, gorgeous orange in color with some interesting floaties and a nice, full white head.

Smell – The hops here are huge orange rind with a little fruity sweetness and a stiff malt toasted aroma. The sugary orange aroma is very attractive and makes the nose IMO.

Taste – That orange sweetness finds its way to the taste making this a delicious DIPA that won’t offend the novice drinker. True there is some bitterness to this one but it is balanced and quite flavorful.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full with a strong bitterness that is happily offset by a terrific orange sweetness. The carbs are light and the mouthfeel is smooth.

Drinkability – Way too quaffable for a 9.2% ale.

09-02-2012 02:32:53 | More by RoyalT
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Floydgrey77

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

04-30-2014 02:07:42 | More by Floydgrey77
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boston2bburg

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

Single 12 ounce pours light amber with a creamy three finger head that is very sticky, great lacing, maintains a very generous layer all the way down the glass. Smell is floral with a touch of grapefruit and some caramel malt. Not a whole lot going on.

There's a nice big malt backbone over some rather nondescript hop bitterness - maybe a touch of pine. The alcohol is well hidden, but begins to warm after more than half the glass is gone. Mouthfeel is a stong point: hearty, dry, full-bodied but very drinkable.

This beer is well constructed, but I was hoping for more hop character, or any character. There are plenty of beers I'd rather buy for the price.

03-13-2008 02:20:40 | More by boston2bburg
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -11%

Reviewed from notes made on 10/23/10.

A: I poured the entire contents of the bomber into an obviously large snifter, which results in a one and a half finger, dark khaki head. The color is a murky golden-amber-orange. Carbonation bubbles drift slowly up the glass, and the lacing tightly packed, sticky, and, well, lacy.

S: Lots of caramel malt sweetness opens upfront with a decent dose of grassy and citrus hop aroma. There is a little grandparent mustiness infiltrating my nose, ala an English Barleywine. I also smell a lot of brown sugar.

T: This is a prime example of a Double IPA that blurs the style line with an English Barleywine. I am not positive if that is because this particular bottle is old and that the hops have worn off (no bottling date to check), or if that is just how this beer is crafted, but the sweeter caramel and brown sugar malt flavors definitely trump hop presence in this fella. The end of each sip does have a decent sweet citrus hop flavor, but the overall taste is dominated by that big, sweet malt and musty flavor.

M: This has a good medium-bodied feel with a fair pucker from the hops at the end of each sip. The carbonation provides a nice sizzle at the start of the sip.

D: This Double IPA is smooth and easy to drink, but with its similarities to a barleywine and the fact that I've had many other Double IPAs that I like better, I'd say this brew is fairly average.

10-30-2010 18:04:32 | More by TCHopCraver
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MadScientist

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

A: An orange tinted, medium gold with a light haze. The long lasting off-white head settles to a thin cap with a large rafts of foam and a ring around the glass. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus and pine hop aromas dominate the aroma at moderate levels with a herbaceous, mint-like dry hopped aroma. There is a light malt sweetness having a carmel note and moderately-light alcohol notes.

T: A smooth moderately-high hop bitterness and moderate hops flavors dominate the flavor with a a light malt sweetness and a carmel malt flavor supporting. The hop have a flavors of citrus and pine but the flavor is fairly light. The balance is decidedly bitter with a long linger bitterness hanging on long past the dry finish.

M: This beer has a medium body and a moderately-high level of carbonation. There is a light astringency a some alcohol warming.

O: A very smooth DIPA despite the substantial bitterness and ABV this is easy to drink. I like this and will be buy more from time to time but I generally want more hops flavor in an IPA or Double IPA.

08-15-2012 23:50:33 | More by MadScientist
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brownbeer

Missouri

2.83/5  rDev -27.6%

22oz poured into a tasting cup

Pours a nice pale orange color, as I would hope a pale ale would pour.

The aroma is the best thing this beer has going for it. A lot of citrus, mainly grapfruit(my favorite hop characteristic).

Where it lost me is on the palate. It starts out nice but when it hits the back of the tongue a definite alcohol sharpness and unforgiving bitterness that hinders drinkability quite a bit.

Overall, good hop character but a bomber is way too much. I'm not sure if I would even want tweleve ounces of this. I think I have a headache.

07-01-2009 22:47:07 | More by brownbeer
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-15-2013 21:13:59 | More by Tiernan
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

A: Thin head with a hazy cider color. Very lazy
carbonation.

S: Sweet and hoppy with the undertones of the
alcohol.

T: Sweet and piney hops that really hit the
back of my tongue hard. The malt is able
to come survive the hoppiness of this
relatively tame imperial IPA.

M/D: This is a well balanced brew that I do
enjoy drinking though its name is not
precisely representative of the product.
I prefer a hoppier imperial and a little
more crispness.

06-13-2009 03:28:19 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%

471 Double hopped IPA... Dipa. 9.2% alcohol.

A- Pours a glowing orange fluid (especially in sunlight) with a small half inch head that falls to barely there froth on top leaving nice spider web lacing.

S- I smell a heavy boozey essence upfront with mild grapefruit and citrus hints. Light malty scents as well.

T-M- Taste is very straight forward... alcohol esters, rich malts and slightly hopped up. I'm not going to lie had to sit back and figure out what i was tasting. In one sentence a alcohol sweet malty beverage with decent hop presence. Mouthfeel is rough and unbalanced with little to no carbonation to get the heavy alcohol flavor over the buds. Thick malty backbone.

D- I could drink this beer at the right price.
I cant remember what it was but well worth it for what it is. Strong and ok flavor.

Note: Drink at 55-60F for the best flavor.

10-06-2009 18:09:07 | More by wesbrownyeah
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woodchipper

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-23-2013 20:58:17 | More by woodchipper
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JacobMutberg

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

10-09-2012 18:38:21 | More by JacobMutberg
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured form a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden amber in color with a thick puffy white head - uneven and long lasting with great lacing. This looked awesome!

S: Nice mix of citrus and floral hops, with just a bit of underlying malt underneath. Again, very nice.

T&M: Hops - first and last. The first wave hits you like a bitter rush, assaulting the tongue with that hoppy goodness. The malts are present but not prevalent; the hops are clearly the star of the show here as they should be in an IPA. Not really balanced, the hops strike out at you and really grab hold of your tongue hard. I liked it. Carbonation was moderate to light. The finish was long and bitter with more hops lingering on forever. The slight warming on the way down is really the only thing that gives away the strength of this brew.

D: If you like hops, chances are you will like this one. It's strong on hops, no doubt, but there is some room for refinement. There is a bit of an oily texture at the swallow - not sure if this is from the alcohol or the incredible hops. I guess I might just be tainted by some others but I really like the more balanced IPAs that still pull off the hoppy profile. Regardless, this is a good brew and I would definitely seek it out again.

07-03-2008 23:14:25 | More by SIRIUS2
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

1.25/5  rDev -68%

06-20-2013 22:46:56 | More by SuomiHobbit
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

The 471 IPA pours from the bomber a wonderful deep orange with a touch of red and a nice creamy, bubbly head that's almost khaki in color. Looks nice in the glass for sure. Aromas of deep rich piney resinous hops alongside a hefty sweet caramel, doughy maltiness. Brash, herbal hops are raw and quite nice. Candy like.

First sip brings a sweet caramelly, doughy maltiness. This is accentuated by a blast of bitter, piney, herbal hops. Raw, green, earthy and wonderfully resinous. There's a nice balance at play here. A tasty hop forward IPA that is tasty. Finishes with a nice bitterness on the way down.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy aspect and mellow carbonation. Goes down really easily...the bomber will disappear quickly. This one really doesn't seem like it's 9.2%. A winner from Breckenridge. Worth a shot by all means.

12-31-2005 03:14:43 | More by orbitalr0x
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blitz134

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

I found this in Virginia of all places along with a slathering of other Breckenridge Brewery beers.

22oz bomber which said double hopped...thats all I needed...

Popped the top and a nice citrus aroma came hissing out. Pour came with a thick, tall white head which reduced to a thick, rocky coating with loads of lace. Perfectly clear orange, light caramel body.

Loaded with citrus hops and not afraid to let you know before you even taste it. A strong grapefruit citrus with a good dose of tangerine added to boot. Some grassy, sweet malts round it out. A bit of alcohol in the nose.

Rather simple tasting and straightforward but hits the right spots. I was expecting more citrus hop flavor from the aroma. Fairly strong bitterness levels which come forth with a strong pine flavor and citrus flavors. I find this a a bit lacking with malts though and comes across a little harsh without the sweetness they usually provide although the hop combination could add/cause this. Not as smooth drinking as some other DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is good. Not as full as it could be but decent. Drinkability is good as well. The slight harshness of the hops not being balanced well with an equal part of malt flavors might make it hard to swig these back.

Overall a good IPA with an awesome aroma. Could be better balanced, pick one up if you see it around and like hops...

07-14-2005 00:44:29 | More by blitz134
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-15-2012 04:13:54 | More by danthehopslamman
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +1%

22oz bottle purchased at Village Market, Hampton Falls, NH. No dates on bottle.
In a tulip the beer was a clear gold color with a huge off-white head. Plenty of sticky lace.
Mostly piney hops aroma. Some citrus, some sweet malt.
Caramel taste. Piney and grapefruit hops.
Medium-bodied, but a little sweet for my taste.
Would still drink it again.

03-05-2011 21:48:46 | More by lordofthewiens
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WuAnquo1

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-07-2012 18:42:46 | More by WuAnquo1
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a smallish soapy white head that retains well and leaves a touch of lacing.

The aroma is a nice mix of sweet caramel malts, fruitiness, and piney, grassy hoppiness with a touch of pepper.

The flavor is sweet and fruity (apricot) caramel malts leading into a big bitter and resiny piney hop finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but definitely warms the liver. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin and watery side.

A pretty good DIPA - tends more towards IPA than DIPA I think. Not best in class, but the best Breck beer I've ever had. I usually like grapefruity notes in IPAs rather than the apricot - personal preference that docked it a little in my book. It reminded me somewhat of Great Divide's Titan IPA , but not quite as good from what I remember.

05-15-2005 06:19:09 | More by Beaver13
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ajkelly451

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-01-2014 04:18:48 | More by ajkelly451
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-27-2011 12:55:07 | More by generallee
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

08-07-2012 01:48:45 | More by bishopdc0
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

08-15-2012 21:13:20 | More by TimoP
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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,829 ratings.