471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery
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Reviews by blackie:
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
a: Nice off white head over a medium amber beer recedes steadily to leave a decent ring.
s: Medium-low level of sweet biscuity caramel malt with a decent presence of fresh, sour red grapefruit and floral hops. The beer does carry a metallic note that is distracting at times but becomes less noticeable as I drink. The malts could certainly be kicked up a notch, but it's a nice example of the style.
m: The carbonation is around medium, and the body a full medium.
t: A lowish biscuit malt presence gives a light-moderate sweetness and subtle grain flavors. Decent level of hop flavors, but I really look for a bigger complexity of hop flavor in a DIPA. Hops are on the citric side (namely grapefruit). Finishes somewhat dryly with a high respectable level of bitterness that I suspect may be cloaking some of the complexity...I'd appreciate some deeper malt notes to counter this. Not a bad beer at all, and much better than the unimpressive Oatmeal Stout.
d: Quite easy...a nice beer, but unquestionably a couple notches below the best examples of the style. I really like the hops in this beer, but the lack of malt depth and hop range keeps me from giving the higher marks I've considered...a little one-dimensional, if you will.
single bottle taken from the old man's fridge
Serving type: bottle
12-19-2007 00:25:44 | More by blackie
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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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