471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery
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Reviews by ghebel:
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A - Pours a hazy gold to light copper, almost orange, color with a smallish, but very creamy head. Leaves almost a full ring of persistent laces on the glass as it dissipates to a thin ring.
S - Caramel malts with fruity esters up front. Citrus hops.
T - Sweet malt dominates. Moderate bitterness and hop flavor for the style. A nice blend of smoothness and bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden for 9.2%. Very well balanced.
M - Medium to full body. Lingering bitterness in the mouth. Warming on the palate and throat. Smooth. Balanced finish.
D - Drinkable in small amounts.
Overall - Well balanced beer. The hops are not over the top, but they have to be in there in numbers in order to balance that well with the grain bill. Very impressive "hidden" alcohol. Smooth drinking.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2010 23:00:27 | More by ghebel
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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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