471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery
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Reviews by GRPunk:
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A- A moderate pour left a late rushing, 1-finger, tan head. I thought it would be much thinner, but it built late in the pour. The head settles to a solid film and leaves great rings on the glass. The body was a rich, gold-orange that a little too deep and hazy to make out the carbonation.
S- Good balance. Sweet malt gives brown sugar and caramel and mixes well with grassy hops. It gets a little boozy after it warms slightly and becomes really sweet. I can't really place the description (maybe dark rum or butter rum).
T- More balance. Grassy and spicy/herbal hops throughout. Grainy sweetness in the middle gives way to peppery hops and an alcohol finish. Alcohol becomes greater with more warmth and gives the buttery rum characateristics.
M- Quite viscus and coating. Moderate-light carbonation. Lots of hop bite and a touch of alcohol burn.
D- Good balance between malt and hops means no hop burn-out. However, even at 9.2% abv, the alcohol could have been better hidden. The balance almost makes me think of this as a really hoppy barley wine. It's a definite sipper and a good nightcap.
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2010 01:16:50 | More by GRPunk
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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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