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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

471 IPA471 IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,677 Ratings
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Ratings: 1677
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%


Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004)
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/1/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, peach, citrus rind, floral, grass, caramel, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop notes with moderate malt sweetness; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, peach, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, citrus rind, caramel, bread, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, peach, pineapple, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop flavors with moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a crisp and moderately slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 04:21:36 | More by superspak
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The pour was a nice typical high IBU orange hue. The head lasted but only a few seconds.
But there was no question about hops here. Lots of different hops all coming out at once.
Once I got past the aroma, my first sip verified what my nose was saying. It was a nice dry bitterness, grapefruit, pine tar and citrus spices. But then, what else? that was it, there wasnt anything else. I wanted some malt to balance the bitterness, but with this beer, I just got bitterness without any roundness .

Even though this was a mid range IBU (70), the taste presented itself as being higher, but without a lot of the typical high IBU styles.

So, I walked away from this one with mixed emotions.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 04:35:11 | More by rdilauro
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Night before I sampled this for the first time, I had tried Sixpoint Resin and Hi-Res DIPAs. While I'm starting to lose my appreciation for the DIPA, this one does it very well. Similar piney citrusy stuff like in Resin/Hi-Res, but calmed down a bit and more balanced. I'd try it again, since I like heavy alcohol content, but lately, I'm toning down my hop intake and sticking with IPAs and PAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 20:38:55 | More by Johnny_Muir
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neococo

Indiana

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time trying this, can hardly tell that it is 9.2%. Almost like a tripel in that regard, but only in that regard.

Otherwise, it lives up to its "double hopped" claim, I can definitely taste the hops. It's not over-bearing, though. Doesn't leave too much of an after taste, at least not more than any other IPA.
I have a 4 pack, and after the first one, I am considering going for a second.

Overall, a really solid beer. I would pick it up again. I would be interested in other small batch beers that Breckenridge comes out with after trying this.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:10:45 | More by neococo
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lochef81

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a very cloudy Orange brown color with a lot of sediment in the pour. It gives a small white head that gives way to a thin white film and very little lacing. The nose is extremely malty and rich but at the same time one note. The flavor on the other hand is much deeper and more complex than I expected. There is an abundance of malt up front (and some of it seems roasted giving a slight coffee bite to the beer). But behind that there is the bitter bite of a great double ipa. This is no west coast ipa but it still gives that pleasant bitter tingle on the tongue. There is also a slight alcohol bite that is pleasant and a great reminder of what this beer is. Id love to try another bottle of this, a little fresher next time to see if the hops take the foreground or if it meant to be malt forward. All in all a great pour from an unfamiliar brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 06:22:35 | More by lochef81
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an off-white, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light grapefruit hop nose, flavor is a good balance of grapefruit and sweet malt. Higher ABV is hidden. Nice ImpIPA. $3.10 for a 12oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:35:45 | More by jdhilt
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DoubleJ

California

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Breckenridge Brewery came out a few years ago with short adverts lampooning Budweiser/Miller/Coors beer commercials. One of them involved Miller Lite's "triple hopped" beer. It is a bit of irony to see Breckinridge call their small batch 471 IPA "Double Hopped", which is not the same as triple hopped (sarcasm). There's 12 ounces, which should mean plenty of hoppy smiles around. On to the beer:

Half an inch thick and creamy is the head which rests comfortably on top. Below is an golden orange body. Creamy lacing spots around the glass. The hops smell like they've seen fresher days. Not bad as it stands, very sticky and sappy, woodsy, bitter grapefruit. I must be spoiled living in California and having so many fresh squeezed IPA's near my address

There's some life in this beer. Hoppy indeed, albeit faded. Bits of pineapple, pine, bitter grapefruit rind, and a load of resin make the flavor. There's a sugar coating which adds a much needed sweetness to the beer. The alcohol hides itself well. It's full bodied with a creaminess and a tolerable dose of bitterness. Added together, this Double IPA sits near the middle of the pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 07:08:00 | More by DoubleJ
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ADZA

Australia

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Every now and then along comes a beer with a lot of praise that I may miss out on luckily enough my bottle shop saves me one to try anyway time for reality and it pours a dirty apricot hue with a nice ever present two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is very hoppy with notes of peach,apricots and tropical fruits,the mouthfeel is full bodied with minimal carbonation just as if from a hand pump and the tastes are pretty much one paced when they encounter the malts it's a combination of sweet candy malts and piney tropical hops and the finish has a slight piney bitter finish but i feel the malts really tame this one down and overall glad I've tried it but not as good as I've been told cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 06:38:51 | More by ADZA
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Amalak

New York

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A. It has a copper color, but it's still fairly clear. Good, foamy white head and some lacing. Bubbles come up along the side.

S. It has a bit of a blueberry fruity, hoppy scent.

T/M. It's kind of a bland pale ale. It's smooth and refreshing, but it has a celery vegetable taste and grape malts that give it a generic feel. It's kind of plain, but easy to drink.

O. Nothing special, nothing bad. Just down the middle.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 05:51:09 | More by Amalak
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottling date.

Appearance: Murky copper/orange with a thin film of off-white suds.

Aroma: Overripe orange and some malt presence.

Taste: Hop character is sweet citrus with a moderate bitterness, edging on juicy at times. Deep malt backbone that adds a robust element and packs a bit of heat. Finish is sweet citrus with rich barley and the aftertaste is mellow with a bit of bitter pine.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body with smooth carbonation. Good drinkability for 9.2% ABV.

Final Thoughts: Moderately impressed with this one. I was expecting an orange malt bomb, which is almost spot on, but the juicy element keeps things from getting stale. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 05:07:11 | More by JamesMN
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint glass

A - Nice orange gold with under two fingers of frothy white head, medium on lacing.
S - Lots of ripe tropical fruits, some grapefruit, pine dankness, sweet sugary and caramel malts.
T - There's definitely a bit of alcohol to this, but you do get those great ripe tropical notes, and the dankness comes out a little more as well.
M - Some alcohol burn, a bit sticky, but full feeling.
O - To me this is the best thing Breckenridge makes, its a really good Double IPA, lots of good tropical sweet flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 02:48:17 | More by Omnium
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brurevu

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a golden amber with a substantial white creamy head. The aroma held tropical fruits and those dank hops I love. The initial taste hit with a solid hop bitterness with piney and dank hops and some tropical fruit for good measure. It had a very nice hop profile that was bitter and flavorful with the dank hoppiness that always pulls me in. The Small Batch IPA had a slightly sweet finish but left a nice lingering bitterness. The 471 was a really well crafted beer and a taste profile I liked a lot.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 17:56:31 | More by brurevu
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was lucky enough to have my neighbor stop by and share a few of these in my garage while watching the Tigers. Thanks Tom.

A - A cloudy copper / brown pour with nice head and retention. Light and spotty lacing come through after each drink out of a snifter glass.
S - Citrus, resinous, dank hops, some sweet malts.

T - Big citrus hop flavors, followed by some sweet malt balance and then more of a bitter dank hop finish. Clean and very easy to drink for a DIPA.

O - this is an 'ok' american DIPA, but I would say worth a try. Very easy to drink, but nothing really breaks the mold on this one. Their are so many other options in this category that I will probably never come back.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 02:52:05 | More by andrewjraab
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick amber with a skim head. No lace, some bubbles rising.

Some citric hops and toasted malt, and a little fruit. Decent aroma, but not outstanding.

Fruity hoppiness and toasted bread intermingle with some herbal notes, a little burnt sugar, some alcohol at the end with the bitterness.

Fuller bodied, but with some carbonation.

Decent version. Solid in flavor and structure.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 21:57:03 | More by OtherShoe2
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Dark hazelnut amber with a relatively thin yet creamy head and streaky lacing.

(3.75) S: Caramel, citrus zest, nutty spices, damp pine, and floral aromas. Full and rich.

(3.75) T: Similar to aroma with caramel and floral qualities upfront, which transitions to citrus pith and spices. Heavily hopped with resulting heavy bitterness and dryness.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Resin and grainy texture with ample amount of slickness.

(3.75) D: This is a good double IPA that is rich, earthy, and floral. The ABV is also well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 02:17:56 | More by Digimaika2
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JeffBrenner

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a pint bottle. Pours an amber/gold with decent carbonation and head. Nice lacing. Smells of citrus and pine. Not thick and goes down pretty clean. Average light penetration. Tastes like an IPA should, hoppy with notes of pine, citrus and maybe something more grassy. Hoppy, but not so much for a "double hopped" IPA. Overall, a good IPA. Would definitely drink again, but I can't say this one in any way tops or distinguishes itself from the bulk of IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 13:40:18 | More by JeffBrenner
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discharmingly

Massachusetts

1.49/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Maybe it was just a bad bottle that I had, but this was really not drinkable. I washed and thoroughly rinsed the pint glass before putting this in.

Coloring was nice; lighter orange with a decent head.

First waft of smell made me push it away. Smelled faintly of garlic and sour milk.

Taste was some combo of that.

Maybe just a bad bottle judging by everyone elses review, but really not pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 12:28:22 | More by discharmingly
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid hop aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 04:21:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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t420o

California

3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Breckinridge Small Batch 471 DIPA

A- pour yields a 2 finger tan head that leaves a small cap. Decent lacing. Beer is a light copper color with a ton of floaties. 3.5

S- nice juicy citrus with orange and grapefruit being the predominant smells. Malts are in good balance. 3.5

T- citrus, light pine, caramel malt, overly bitter without the flavor,light alcohol. Good. 3.5

M- nice medium body and medium carbonation level. Smooth. 3.5

O- a good DIPA but alcohol isn't hidden all that well and bitter without the amount of juiciness or pineyness that should accompany it. 3

B-

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 05:26:44 | More by t420o
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
Appearance - amber, some champagne bubbles, noticeable sediment; little to no head and lacing.
Smell - reminds me of a poor man's Great Divide Hercules DIPA with the Carmel and malty tones playing with the hops.
Taste - follows the nose, but the bitterness of hops fights off the biscuity malt that is more noticeable in the smell. Some alcohol burn.
Feel - bitter, but well balanced!
Overall - my favorite from Breckenridge thus far!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 22:11:39 | More by DenverHopHead
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 04:37:10 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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dar482

New York

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours in an amber/copper color.

The aroma has grapefruit and gentle malt sweet aroma.

The flavor follows with a grapefruit bitterness, but the highlight is the caramel malt. It gives the beer a honey sweetness. The sweetness in the beer really shines in this beer and cleans up the bitterness. It also hides the alcohol in this beer and gives it a nice finish.

I initially thought this was a standard lower ABV IPA because of the sweetness. I guess the malt character hides it all. Quite a good beer. Recommended for those Dogfish 90 lovers.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 18:17:45 | More by dar482
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge 471 Small Batch Double IPA has a medium, creamy, off-white head and a brilliant, bright orange appearance, with heavy lacing and lots of streaming bubbles. The aroma is very fruity- like tangerine, to me, and sweet. Taste is the same with medium-roasted malt, white bread, sugar, pleasant, citrusy, hop bitterness, and no off flavors. One would never guess that it was 9.2% alcohol or that it was a 70 IBU ale. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick, and 471 Small Batch finishes mostly dry, sweet, easy drinking, and delicious. Overall, this is a most excellent beer, and I highly recommend it!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 17:57:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.79/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a mildly hazy copper color. The head is a 2 finger offwhite shade. There's some respectable texturing and retention to be found in the latter.

S: The hops here are very earthy and floral in their tone, and also features a minty touch reminiscent of 90 Minute. All in all, though, the hop profile here doesn't particularly strike my fancy, nor does the malt backbone.

T: It's a bit maltier than I expected. I'm not sure if it's the age or whatnot - I just know the hop profile here isn't that powerful. At first, a touch of floral hops open things up, and before the boozy, sweet finish hits, I notice an enjoyable - but sadly vague and mild - midtaste of tropical fruits. Some floral hop qualities also return on the back end, which rubs me the wrong way combined with the mild booziness and strange umami tones.

M: I think this one is too heavy and sweet in texture. It's not *sweet* per se (in terms of flavor), just lacking the necessary dryness to cleanse and refresh the palate. That, and it brings out the crap aftertaste more strongly.

O: Not a great DIPA, and I don't think this one has the excuse of being an old bottle, either. Certainly nothing to drainpour, but there are too many great DIPAs out there to seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 23:59:33 | More by ThisWangsChung
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CloudStrife

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy pumpkin with a ruby hue. A two finger dense white head leaves some real nice lacing as it dissipates. Too hazy to see any carbonation.

S: A resinous blend of malts and hops. Not an overwhelming hop bomb with all the malt backing. Dark fermented fruits almost overpower the hop. A bit metallic.

T: Has the bitterness of an IPA which is almost unsuspecting from that aroma. Hits you with a floral bitter then lingers with more of a citrus and pine. Malts provide a bit of sweetness but arent too strong. Bit of alcohol on the backend but nothing too offensive.

M: Medium body that has a full feeling to it. Slightly low on the carbonation. Really not much burn from the 9.2 ABV. Not overly sticky for a strong IPA.

Overall it passes the test of a decent Double IPA. Lacking on the aroma is makes it up with a good hoppiness. Give it a shot if your into the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 23:06:53 | More by CloudStrife
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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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