471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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Ratings: 2,065
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 40
Gots: 205 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this after a Moylan's Hopsickel so it took a few sips to gage it after that all out hop attack Hopsickel is,poured a clear copper with some deep orange tint a tight one finger white head settles into a nice creaminess atop.Very floral aromas with some citrus and pine and a touch of caramel letting you know there is some malt in there,a big IPA with big hoppy tones the familiar flavors of pine and grapefruit but there is a bigger sweetness to this big IPA brown sugar flavors really show thru even more so as it warms.A nice IPA has all the hop flavors just sweeter than alot of the style in my opinion.

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a beautiful thick, gorgeous orange in color with some interesting floaties and a nice, full white head.

Smell – The hops here are huge orange rind with a little fruity sweetness and a stiff malt toasted aroma. The sugary orange aroma is very attractive and makes the nose IMO.

Taste – That orange sweetness finds its way to the taste making this a delicious DIPA that won’t offend the novice drinker. True there is some bitterness to this one but it is balanced and quite flavorful.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full with a strong bitterness that is happily offset by a terrific orange sweetness. The carbs are light and the mouthfeel is smooth.

Drinkability – Way too quaffable for a 9.2% ale.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 ounce pours light amber with a creamy three finger head that is very sticky, great lacing, maintains a very generous layer all the way down the glass. Smell is floral with a touch of grapefruit and some caramel malt. Not a whole lot going on.

There's a nice big malt backbone over some rather nondescript hop bitterness - maybe a touch of pine. The alcohol is well hidden, but begins to warm after more than half the glass is gone. Mouthfeel is a stong point: hearty, dry, full-bodied but very drinkable.

This beer is well constructed, but I was hoping for more hop character, or any character. There are plenty of beers I'd rather buy for the price.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes made on 10/23/10.

A: I poured the entire contents of the bomber into an obviously large snifter, which results in a one and a half finger, dark khaki head. The color is a murky golden-amber-orange. Carbonation bubbles drift slowly up the glass, and the lacing tightly packed, sticky, and, well, lacy.

S: Lots of caramel malt sweetness opens upfront with a decent dose of grassy and citrus hop aroma. There is a little grandparent mustiness infiltrating my nose, ala an English Barleywine. I also smell a lot of brown sugar.

T: This is a prime example of a Double IPA that blurs the style line with an English Barleywine. I am not positive if that is because this particular bottle is old and that the hops have worn off (no bottling date to check), or if that is just how this beer is crafted, but the sweeter caramel and brown sugar malt flavors definitely trump hop presence in this fella. The end of each sip does have a decent sweet citrus hop flavor, but the overall taste is dominated by that big, sweet malt and musty flavor.

M: This has a good medium-bodied feel with a fair pucker from the hops at the end of each sip. The carbonation provides a nice sizzle at the start of the sip.

D: This Double IPA is smooth and easy to drink, but with its similarities to a barleywine and the fact that I've had many other Double IPAs that I like better, I'd say this brew is fairly average.

Photo of MadScientist
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An orange tinted, medium gold with a light haze. The long lasting off-white head settles to a thin cap with a large rafts of foam and a ring around the glass. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus and pine hop aromas dominate the aroma at moderate levels with a herbaceous, mint-like dry hopped aroma. There is a light malt sweetness having a carmel note and moderately-light alcohol notes.

T: A smooth moderately-high hop bitterness and moderate hops flavors dominate the flavor with a a light malt sweetness and a carmel malt flavor supporting. The hop have a flavors of citrus and pine but the flavor is fairly light. The balance is decidedly bitter with a long linger bitterness hanging on long past the dry finish.

M: This beer has a medium body and a moderately-high level of carbonation. There is a light astringency a some alcohol warming.

O: A very smooth DIPA despite the substantial bitterness and ABV this is easy to drink. I like this and will be buy more from time to time but I generally want more hops flavor in an IPA or Double IPA.

Photo of brownbeer
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz poured into a tasting cup

Pours a nice pale orange color, as I would hope a pale ale would pour.

The aroma is the best thing this beer has going for it. A lot of citrus, mainly grapfruit(my favorite hop characteristic).

Where it lost me is on the palate. It starts out nice but when it hits the back of the tongue a definite alcohol sharpness and unforgiving bitterness that hinders drinkability quite a bit.

Overall, good hop character but a bomber is way too much. I'm not sure if I would even want tweleve ounces of this. I think I have a headache.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin head with a hazy cider color. Very lazy

S: Sweet and hoppy with the undertones of the

T: Sweet and piney hops that really hit the
back of my tongue hard. The malt is able
to come survive the hoppiness of this
relatively tame imperial IPA.

M/D: This is a well balanced brew that I do
enjoy drinking though its name is not
precisely representative of the product.
I prefer a hoppier imperial and a little
more crispness.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

471 Double hopped IPA... Dipa. 9.2% alcohol.

A- Pours a glowing orange fluid (especially in sunlight) with a small half inch head that falls to barely there froth on top leaving nice spider web lacing.

S- I smell a heavy boozey essence upfront with mild grapefruit and citrus hints. Light malty scents as well.

T-M- Taste is very straight forward... alcohol esters, rich malts and slightly hopped up. I'm not going to lie had to sit back and figure out what i was tasting. In one sentence a alcohol sweet malty beverage with decent hop presence. Mouthfeel is rough and unbalanced with little to no carbonation to get the heavy alcohol flavor over the buds. Thick malty backbone.

D- I could drink this beer at the right price.
I cant remember what it was but well worth it for what it is. Strong and ok flavor.

Note: Drink at 55-60F for the best flavor.

Photo of ynalak
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Reminds me of Hoptimum. Good stuff.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden amber in color with a thick puffy white head - uneven and long lasting with great lacing. This looked awesome!

S: Nice mix of citrus and floral hops, with just a bit of underlying malt underneath. Again, very nice.

T&M: Hops - first and last. The first wave hits you like a bitter rush, assaulting the tongue with that hoppy goodness. The malts are present but not prevalent; the hops are clearly the star of the show here as they should be in an IPA. Not really balanced, the hops strike out at you and really grab hold of your tongue hard. I liked it. Carbonation was moderate to light. The finish was long and bitter with more hops lingering on forever. The slight warming on the way down is really the only thing that gives away the strength of this brew.

D: If you like hops, chances are you will like this one. It's strong on hops, no doubt, but there is some room for refinement. There is a bit of an oily texture at the swallow - not sure if this is from the alcohol or the incredible hops. I guess I might just be tainted by some others but I really like the more balanced IPAs that still pull off the hoppy profile. Regardless, this is a good brew and I would definitely seek it out again.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 471 IPA pours from the bomber a wonderful deep orange with a touch of red and a nice creamy, bubbly head that's almost khaki in color. Looks nice in the glass for sure. Aromas of deep rich piney resinous hops alongside a hefty sweet caramel, doughy maltiness. Brash, herbal hops are raw and quite nice. Candy like.

First sip brings a sweet caramelly, doughy maltiness. This is accentuated by a blast of bitter, piney, herbal hops. Raw, green, earthy and wonderfully resinous. There's a nice balance at play here. A tasty hop forward IPA that is tasty. Finishes with a nice bitterness on the way down.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy aspect and mellow carbonation. Goes down really easily...the bomber will disappear quickly. This one really doesn't seem like it's 9.2%. A winner from Breckenridge. Worth a shot by all means.

Photo of blitz134
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this in Virginia of all places along with a slathering of other Breckenridge Brewery beers.

22oz bomber which said double hopped...thats all I needed...

Popped the top and a nice citrus aroma came hissing out. Pour came with a thick, tall white head which reduced to a thick, rocky coating with loads of lace. Perfectly clear orange, light caramel body.

Loaded with citrus hops and not afraid to let you know before you even taste it. A strong grapefruit citrus with a good dose of tangerine added to boot. Some grassy, sweet malts round it out. A bit of alcohol in the nose.

Rather simple tasting and straightforward but hits the right spots. I was expecting more citrus hop flavor from the aroma. Fairly strong bitterness levels which come forth with a strong pine flavor and citrus flavors. I find this a a bit lacking with malts though and comes across a little harsh without the sweetness they usually provide although the hop combination could add/cause this. Not as smooth drinking as some other DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is good. Not as full as it could be but decent. Drinkability is good as well. The slight harshness of the hops not being balanced well with an equal part of malt flavors might make it hard to swig these back.

Overall a good IPA with an awesome aroma. Could be better balanced, pick one up if you see it around and like hops...

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Village Market, Hampton Falls, NH. No dates on bottle.
In a tulip the beer was a clear gold color with a huge off-white head. Plenty of sticky lace.
Mostly piney hops aroma. Some citrus, some sweet malt.
Caramel taste. Piney and grapefruit hops.
Medium-bodied, but a little sweet for my taste.
Would still drink it again.

Photo of Beaver13
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a smallish soapy white head that retains well and leaves a touch of lacing.

The aroma is a nice mix of sweet caramel malts, fruitiness, and piney, grassy hoppiness with a touch of pepper.

The flavor is sweet and fruity (apricot) caramel malts leading into a big bitter and resiny piney hop finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but definitely warms the liver. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin and watery side.

A pretty good DIPA - tends more towards IPA than DIPA I think. Not best in class, but the best Breck beer I've ever had. I usually like grapefruity notes in IPAs rather than the apricot - personal preference that docked it a little in my book. It reminded me somewhat of Great Divide's Titan IPA , but not quite as good from what I remember.

Photo of ISUNO
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was not at all what I expected when I opened the bottle. It was a pleasant surprise. Great blend of malts and hops. Lots of sweetness that was very well balanced by bitterness from the hops. I will definitely keep an eye out for this in the future.

Photo of tjthresh
3.14/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light copper orange with a sticky cream colored lasting head. Good clarity. Big resiny "C" hop aroma with some malt character to back it up. Ouch. Not the flavor I was expecting. Not nearly big enough for style. Everything is blanced well, but I say it needs to be picked up a notch. It does roll over the tounge with a good sensation. Sticky, pleasantly astringent. If this came from a brewpub, it would be very nice. From a production brewery trying a special line, I expect more.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a cloudy apricot body with a small offwhite to ecru head of mostly large bubbles. Head quickly falls into a cap and collar, and some patchy lace is left behind.

Aroma is very hoppy in the American West Coast style, with pine cone and grapefruit rind. Just a hint of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is light medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and some sticky oiliness.

Tastes pretty good, but one dimensional, overall, with a bitter hops dominance. Pine and grapefruit rind, but not excessively bitter. Caramel malt is noticed, but is very subdued. ABV of 9.2% is very well concealed. Malt profile is lacking, leaving this one a hop monstronsity, like many other American IPA's. Finishes dry and bitter, with a pine resin aftertaste.

Well crafted, and pleasantly drinkable. Lacking in imagination and excitement. At 9% abv, this should have more hops or malts to offer the serious drinker.A Stone Arrogant Bastard , or IPA, is a better choice for your dollar.

Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, no freshness insight presented. Pours cloudy orangey caramel amber, underneath a protracted medium tan head, that lasts and lasts, gobs of thick foam and lacing sticks around, nice looking beer. Nose is all about a supreme balancing act, soft caramel malts swirling around leafy hops. Ultra silky smooth for a DIPA, easy on the tongue and taste buds. Hops big and bold but not stinging or overpowering. Super balance and complexity in evidence. Big hops/big layers of caramel malts. Well worth being on the lookout for out and then savoring this finely crafted creation

Photo of warriorsoul
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to absolutesites for surprising me w/ this one.
Limited batch from Breckenridge...states "Double Hopped" on the bottle...sounds like my kind of brew.
Pours a hazy rust orange color with a full finger and a half of off-white head...lacing is thin, but holds nicely to the side of my tulip glass.
Aroma is inviting...a nice balance of hops and malt. Not smelling overly sweet w/ just a hint of spice.
Taste is real enjoyable (even my wife approves and she is picky about her IPA's)...more of the hops showing up in the flavor w/ again, malt keeping this one from being overly hopped up.
Not detecting the alcohol in the taste at this point.
Very bitter and a bit dry in its finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than your typical IPA, but not syrupy.
I could enjoy this one all evening if given the opportunity...don't see that happening anytime soon...bummer.
One more huge "thank you" to absolutesites for the rare chance to try this keeper.

Photo of Dajaydee
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer smells wonderful. Nice amber color, with a decent tan head. Hoppy taste, with high alcohol content. An unbelievable smooth finish, with a slight accent of caramel that really surprised me. I will definitely be purchasing some of this, as the one I received from a friend is definitely not enough! Great beer!

Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orange-gold with a minimal white head. Biscuits, oranges, grapefruit, and caramel in the nose. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet grapefruit hops up front that move into a resiny bitterness. A caramel/candy sugar-like sweetness follows, which gets somewhat unpleasant towards the end. Seems to emmulate Lagunitas' Maximus in the sweetness. I wanted more hop bite, but this was still good.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bottle served into a flaired tulip glass.

Glowing amber color with a hazy appearance and tiny particles in suspension,unfiltered. A 2" bone white, tight creamy head with very good retention leaving collars of lace down the glass.A few stringing tiny bubbles rise from the center of the glass.

Clean inviting aroma,perfumy with citrus and pine throughout. One of those aromas you just can't stop inhailing. Not much malt aromas has a strong presence of a freshly baked bread with a freshly mowed grassy aroma with a note of sweetness.

Nice tangy hop bite a first with ruby red grapefuityness throughout,nicely balanced with a pleasingly sweet malty taste. More like a single ipa, but very tasty and the alcohol is almost non-existent in the taste. Finishes with a sweet ruby red grapefruityness sweet and very pleasing.

Very creamy,very light feel for the style. Dangerously drinkable for a beer over 9 percent. Not what you would expect for a double ipa,but really enjoyable and if i had to drink a double ipa all night this would be my choice.

Photo of pat61
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%

A grainy, herbal, spicy nose.
Pours a slightly chill hazed amber under a 2” off-white rocky foam cap – very lacy.
Palate: Big malt flavors joined by light fruit (orange and melon) seasoned with spicy rich hops and rich dry hopped flavors and aromas. Some lingering malt sweetness but nicely balanced by the hop bitterness and light alcohol flavors.
A rich, creamy texture supports a medium plus body and very fine soft carbonation.

Photo of Dizzy
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a creamy off white head, which it retains quite well. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit) hop aroma. Taste is citrusy hop flavor, malty sweetness, and lots of bitterness. Medium to full bodied, average carbonation. I'm surprised the alcohol doesn't stand out more with this high of an ABV. This is a solid IPA, its not the best but its pretty good.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter; cloudy dark orange/amber with a thin filmy head that fades into nothing but a rim. Smell is big juicy citrus fruits, I'm getting grapefruit and mandarin oranges. There is also some alcohol in the nose. Taste is just like the smell, but in reverse order; alcohol bathes the tongue in heat before thick, sweet malt takes over followed by the sweet fruit. Finish is very bitter hops destroying everything until just a lingering bitterness and malt stickiness remain.

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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,065 ratings.