471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery
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Reviews by littleshamrocks:
2.7/5 rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
12oz brown bottle with no freshness dating. Served in a snifter.
Pours a deep, dark, orange tinted, medium copper color with a small white head and marginal carbonation. Appears plenty dense with an above average clarity. The head is mostly diminishing and leaves spotty lace. Smell is citrus hops, sweet malts, and a slightly burning alcohol. The flavor is much like the smell in that it starts with a heavy sweet maltiness, followed immediately by a sharp grapefruit rind bitterness, and finishes with a noticeable phenolic alcohol. The citric aftertaste lingers. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a syrupy texture and lively carbonation. Finish is chalky with a heavy alcoholic feel.
Overall, I feel this beer is lacking the balance of ingredients that the top notch examples of the style achieve. Although the style is designed to feature the hops and higher alcohol content, in my opinion, this beer doesn't do enough to mask the harshness of that higher alcohol. That being said, I am happy to see this or any brewery attempt this style, and I am glad that I gave it a try. But considering the alternatives, I doubt that I will buy this one again.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2007 01:22:34 | More by littleshamrocks
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