471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery
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3.6/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Breckenridge Brewery came out a few years ago with short adverts lampooning Budweiser/Miller/Coors beer commercials. One of them involved Miller Lite's "triple hopped" beer. It is a bit of irony to see Breckinridge call their small batch 471 IPA "Double Hopped", which is not the same as triple hopped (sarcasm). There's 12 ounces, which should mean plenty of hoppy smiles around. On to the beer:
Half an inch thick and creamy is the head which rests comfortably on top. Below is an golden orange body. Creamy lacing spots around the glass. The hops smell like they've seen fresher days. Not bad as it stands, very sticky and sappy, woodsy, bitter grapefruit. I must be spoiled living in California and having so many fresh squeezed IPA's near my address
There's some life in this beer. Hoppy indeed, albeit faded. Bits of pineapple, pine, bitter grapefruit rind, and a load of resin make the flavor. There's a sugar coating which adds a much needed sweetness to the beer. The alcohol hides itself well. It's full bodied with a creaminess and a tolerable dose of bitterness. Added together, this Double IPA sits near the middle of the pack.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2014 07:08:00 | More by DoubleJ
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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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