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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

471 IPA471 IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,677 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought I was grabbing a regular IPA, it was dark, I find out later it was a double. Hazy orangey with an initial foamy head. Orange citrus aroma and taste. Quite smooth, and decent mouthfeel. Well malted for its true style. Satisfying, with 9.2% well hidden. Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 04:27:36 | More by Sammy
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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Pristine tangerine with only a few slowly rising bubbles to disturb the flawless clarity of the beer. The surface of the pale ecru crown contains thousands of delicate bubbles that topped the glass edge on the pour like ice cream heaped above the cone. As it melts, the upper third of the glass is almost completely covered with lace that resembles spray-on snow.

Given the hops in use (Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe and Fuggles), the nose is pretty much as expected: caramel-coated grapefruit and orange zest, along with an understated spruciness. I don't appreciate any of the tropical aromas that Simcoe can impart and the Fuggles are completely buried under the boldness of the American hops.

Like the nose, the flavor is enjoyable without being outstanding. 471 IPA is well-malted with more than a trace (but less than a raging river) of melted caramel. As a consequence, the hops have been given the opening and the opportunity to shine. I just wish that they had Carped the Diem with a little more gusto.

Again, grapefruit, orange and evergreen are the principal flavors. Malty sweetness is easily able to match hoppy bitterness, keeping the beer from being a full-blown tongue torturer. Unfortunately, the alcohol is a little too raw and fusel-like for me; resulting in a beer that reminds me in some ways of a young barleywine.

The taste score is only as high as it is because of my love for Big Beer in general and DIPAs in particular. If you aren't thrilled with either, knock off a half-point. The body is medium-full and is firmer than it is lush or creamy. Or, it could be that the ill-mannered alcohol is giving me the impression of a harder-edged mouthfeel. The carbonation is barely noticed, but effective.

Breckenridge 471 is a 'merely good' DIPA that looks better on paper than it ends up being in execution. My advice to the brewers would be to knock a few percentage points off the ABV and to add an additional few handfuls of hops. Bottom line: I won't be sorry to see an empty bottle like I am with the majority of DIPAs that I drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 23:42:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was so totally freaking stoked to get a bottle of this. I had been wanting to try it forever and had never gotten around to it. Along comes the BDAY BFS and I get two! Hell yeah! Popped the first one tonight and I was rediculously happy with the results...

A - Poured a very very clear, bright burnt orange amber. A nice about one inch head graced the top from the very beginning, this slowly faded to reveal just a film across the top. No significant side glass lacing on this one. Decent carbonation could be seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. Nice overall look.

A - Lots of piney citrus likes hops dominated the aroma. But the story was much more complex then that. Lots of balance was present as well. Some good earthy grains and sugar were also present and well represented. Nice balanced smell nothign really blowing you down in either direction.

T - Wonderful. For a strong Double IPA simply great. Super smooth with a delicate underlying malt layer. Lots of sweet orange peel and sugar, a hint of some grapefruit. Very nice fresh cut grass flavor as well. Alot more complex then your typical hop bomb. Very well crafted.

M - Super smooth again, Decent carbonation led to a good mouthfeel. Nothing slick or oily. Nothing watered down either. A good ole fashioned nice sipper.

D - A total sipper as mentioned, although the 9% abv by no means feels that strong, you can tell this was one that you just dont gulp down, for sure. This one went down over more then an hour and every sip was just fantastic.

Overall This was a really good brew. I really like my double IPA and this did not dissapoint. It really was a solid offering and lived upto what I thought it would. If it was available it would no doubt be a regular in my fridge!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 00:05:06 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a rocky head that retains well and leaves shards of lace

Smell: Primarily pine with undertones of tangerine and hints of fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity character that is joined by piney/earthy hop tones, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness raises a few notches and adds an aspirin-like dimension that is unwelcome on the finish; a touch of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue mitigates that flaw, to some extent

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad DIPA at all, except for the medicinal finish

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 23:27:14 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Very solid and very sturdy, this Double IPA drinks much like a standard IPA.

A rusty copper hue carries a moderate dry-hop haze and supports a good head formation, retention, and light lacing.

Citrus rinds/piths create a sharp and ultimately bitter taste, maybe even an eventual grassy astringency. The hop character definately displays the bitterness of a 70+ IBU beer, but is accompanied with a harshness and piney/resiny flavor that gets away from the brewer a bit.

Big caramel malts hinge on toffee flavor, but non lingering on the palate or affecting the body in a negative way- Medium early, fading fast, the beer leaves a resiny bitterness as a final impression.

Another solid American double I. In comparison to most other double IPA's out there, this one comes in at the middle of the road, but that's good. This one is more citrusy and fruity than most and has the hop levels on par to many great IPA's. The hop flavors are estery, floral, spicy, and a bit harsh (this beer always takes on a 'green' flavor of being too young).

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 21:08:52 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Growler from Whole Foods in Alexandria. Served in a SAVOR glass.

Pours a clear light copper color with a nice white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries light tropical Frits plus some nice citrus runs and a touch of pine. The flavor brings fairly-heavy bitterness along with some nice American hops. A bit of malt in the background, though not toouch. Light-medium body with heavy bitterness and a solid dry finish. Really quite well done.

Serving type: growler

03-17-2012 03:45:06 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light orange amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation along with lots of particles floating in suspension. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down and left delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with notes of pine resin hops and hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but has a good balance—the citrusy hops dominate and contribute a medium amount of bitterness but this kept in check with the underlying malts, which contribute hints of malty sweetness to the initial taste along with notes of caramel. The finish is mostly bitter.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the bitterness isn’t overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 01:03:04 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours a honeyish golden-amber body with an enormously foamy yellowish head with some of the thickest lacing I've witnessed in ages.

Smell: Fresh orange peels provide an unmistakable oily, juicy fruitiness to make for a rather enticing aroma. Also some toffee and spruce notes.

Taste: Pleasantly sweet, biscuity malt base and a light, leafy grapefruit flavor start things off. The taste moves into a nearly unceasingly orange zestiness before finishing with a piney, bitter finish. I must say, though, the alcohol is skillfully hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with an oily, resinous texture.

Drinkability: Matchless quaffability here, folks. Its almost hard to verbally express that.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 22:35:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 02:19:46 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to Crabbicuss for this bottle!

Was never able to pull the trigger on this one, but getting one in a trade made it much easier. It pours a very lightly hazy light-amber-straw topped by a finger of cream white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, light caramel, white bread, very light honey, and a touch of pine. The taste leans more toward the caramel and honey, but finishes with some prominent orange peel, grapefruit peel, pine, and cantaloupe. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally dry finish. Overall, a nice DIPA, with an enjoyable balance between the malts and the hops. The only thing holding it back is a lack of something...special (if that makes sense). It's all pretty good, but nothing stands out about it, even the goodness. Definitely worth a drink, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 09:21:14 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The rocky, yellowed-white head atop Breckenridge's 471 IPA seems to hold forever; and beneath it, a hazy golden-amber body rests gently, with occassional fine-bubbles rising steadily here and there. As you progress through the glass, solid walls of thick, creamy lace appear and then receed, eventually leaving a solid ring at the top, and a robe of glittering tiny spots beneath. Really nice! But wait, there's more, with the second pour of the bomber, the head is renewed and it leaves rings of lace towards the end of the pint! Even better!

An odd blend of hops swirls in the nose, and in my head. There's a good amount of golden, caramelish malt going on as well, and they mesh together really well, obscuring it even further. It remains clearly hoppy, but non-distinct, teetering between gently piney, juicy fruity, resinous, leafy, mildly cheesy, and citrusy (apricot, tangerine, grapefruit). Blahhbrraburbbbubbbbubbu..uhhh! I'm not sure I've ever sniffed an IPA that was so complex, yet so choked back. ME LIKEY! I get a different waft of hops almost every time I pick up the glass, and yet it's soooo far from smack you in the face hops! Very cool.

The body is medium-"headed-to-full" with a viscous edge and a very fine, median natural-carbonation. It's very lightly tingly on the tongue at first, and then gently caressing... again, nice!

The flavor is, not surprisingly, quite similar to the nose. The lightly sweet but distinctly caramelish, toffeeish, and biscuity golden malt acts as a base for the varying hop character to reveal it's chameleon-like characteristics. It often starts a bit piney, and then turns citrusy in the finish; but it can also become leafy and bitter, or resinous and piney with a long-lasting note of caramelish malt in the finish. The mineralish, underlying bitterness steps out in the finish, and it lingers dry and slate-like with a combination of softly spruce-like and dull/sweetish citrus rind. Herbal hop smears appear here and there, and it can be a touch leafy and grassy as well.

Overall, it's well-balanced and rounded with a beautiful, lightly caramelish maltiness and wide-ranging hop character. The alcohol never appears, and the bitterness isn't over-done. The word "drinkable" comes to mind, but at 9.2% it'll throw down its own speedbump for you. Very nice! Worth seeeking out!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 02:21:07 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 12oz bottle of this in Austin, Texas, and it survived its trip home with me, despite the retarded airline restrictions concerning carry-on liquids. This stuff may be dangerous, but not in a way that the over-compensating FAA decision-makers would ever imagine.

Into an American (natch) pint glass, this beer pours a hazy apricot amber colour, with two fingers of gorgeously perfect puffy, bubbly off-white head, which moves as a single entity as the glass is tilted, and slowly dissipates, leaving some stellar honeycombed lace all around.

The smell is big grapefruit, blood orange, and lemon citrus hops, a decent pine resin astringency, and bready caramel malt; bang on for a DIPA. The taste is a big dose up front of fragrant hops, a blend of multitudinous citrus and florals, which carry on through the middle, and are only tempered slightly by the arrival of a heady caramel/toffee malt presence. It's like the hops wash right over the malt, though this is hardly a bad thing. The hop flavours are quite nice, albeit very prominent.

The carbonation is on the low side, the body a decent medium weight, for being so hop heavy and malt light, and equally smooth. There is a perceptible warming, but very small for that north of 9% ABV.

Overall, quite easy to drink for the style, and thus dangerous to session (would that I had the opportunity to even try) and ever so tasty to this recently avowed hophead. Given Alberta's newly industrious import activity, I wouldn't be surprised to see this here in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 07:53:47 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Clear appearance, cast in a honey-glazed amber-y hue, with prodigioius puffy, lacey foam above. Nice lookin'.

Aroma is soft, piney, citric, pleasant, but muted. Candyish tones overtake bitterness. Appealing.

Brisk blash of bitter on the palate, then caramel flavor rolls in, toffee, like a brief battle between hops and malt, this candyish sweetness muffling the bitterness. Interesting. Fruit bobs up again, but instantly enfolded by sweet caramel. An interesting combo, one I don't encounter in an IPA very often...but one that doesn't quite hold my in sway with it's charms for very long.

Full mouthfeel, lot going on in the texture, medium to full bodied, tasty, complex finish, hangs long on the palate...but, alas, the flavor doesn't quite cut it all the way, for me. Still good, just not what I look for in an IPA. An accomplished ale, nonetheless.

( P.S: I had no idea the alcohol was so high when I first sampled it...kudos for keeping it hidden, but I have a feeling it'll kick in as I finish the bomber!)

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 22:55:43 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired from DrJay courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, some citrus and caramelized malts along with a touch of alcohol.

T: The taste has a strong but pale hops bitterness that comes in first and remains dominant. There's a little bit of citrus and caramel sweetness and a decently hearty malt character that provides some balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are definitely several better 2IPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 02:43:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure why it took me so long to review this, maybe because its very common here & easy to take for granted

Pours butterscotch/amber with a 2 fingers+ offwhite head Lacing & head retention are outstanding

S: Piney hops

T: Grapefruitty hops up front, then some piney hop attack & a little malt sweetness. Hints or caramel & brown sugat surfaces as it warms. Grapefruitty hops dominate as it warms some more. Finishes dry & uberhoppy (citric & earthy hop notes)

MF: Slightly oily with good carbonation, wish there was a little more malt depth to balance out the grapefruit hops

Drinks pretty good, but the 9% abv rules this out as a session ale, still a good one if you're jonesing for hops, just probably used the wrong hops varieties IMO

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 07:04:43 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a nice dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an earthy pale and crystal malt scent with a nice citrus hop aroma. It is bitter with a musty odor. The taste is decent. It has a tame pale and light crystal malt flavor that goes down slow and finishes musty and slightly warm. It is sweet with an earthy, bitter edge. I don't really care for the flavor that much. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is an average double IPA at best. It needs new yeast and better conditioning. Also, the malt bill could use a tuneup.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 17:59:48 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Beer is dark amber and hazy, forms a broken thin head of small white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is not as hop forward as I would expect, mostly malt but I do detect a slight pine aroma

Odd flavor at first, almost like a wet dog. Finishes dry. Mostly sweet. My first impression on the taste were pretty bad, I need to try again. OK, that was better, forward sweetness, some bitterness in the back, still finishes a little dry but not too bad. Bitterness builds and lingers. There is some hop flavor in the midpalate and the carbonation in the mouth helps. Its OK.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:13:25 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. Left spotty lacing.

S - It smelled of grass, straw and some malt.

T - Bitter hop bite upon the first sip. Nice grassy/hoppy quality. Strong malt presence, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. It was the first bomber-style brew I've had from Breck, and it's the best I've had from them so far.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 04:16:04 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally made it to MA, can't wait to try my first one.

Pours a large creamy fizzy 1.5 head that fades at a medium pace with light lacing, crystal clear nectar orange color.

Nose brings some fresh hops, some pine, citrus, light tangerine and touch of tropical fruits, light musty hop resin, a bit of a sweet malt base.

Taste has a rich malty base, toasted almost creamy malts, then some bitterness but not much at first, light musty hop resin, light pine and citrus, very light tropical fruits, juicy hops, bit of booze. As it finishes it dries and gets pretty bitter, lingering bettering hops and resins, light sticky feel, and a weird almost herbal mineral bitterness hidden in the back.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb, bit of warming booze.

Drink is ok at best the hops start to get fairly bitter, despite a drier finish a bit of sticky feel, touch off booze, and that weird mineral herbal hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 01:32:54 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a three finger thick, frothy pale tan head that leaves a lacing as I drink my way through this beer. The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a brilliant copper red hue when held up to the light otherwise it is an orangish amber color. The aroma is thick and sticky with hops, which hit my nose as soon as I start to pour this beer. Notes of pine are at first evident, but then I get notes of bergamot, grapefruit, tangerine, and a herbal note which underlies it all.

The taste is hoppy from the get go; the hops are prickly and biting as the beer slides across my tongue. There are lots of herbal piney notes with a finish that is full of citrus fruit notes. The beer is slightly sticky on the palate with a malty sweetness that accentuates the ample hopping. The finish has a bitterness that lingers though is not all that bracing and there is a note of tangerine peels that lingers as well. Flavors of herbal pine are abbundant in this beer as well as a full suite of citrus fruits. This beer is pretty darn nice right now, I have not had a really hoppy beer for a while and this definitely hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 03:14:16 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This beer poured out as an orange golden color. The head was fluffy and white. The lacing was really nice on the glass too. The smell was full of big hop aromas and some malts in the back end. The taste of th beer had a citrusy pine flavor upfront and faded into a slight earthy flavor. The mouthfeel was very nice on this one. Overall it's a solid IPA. Well worth looking into.

Serving type: cask

07-22-2011 03:23:24 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours thick and with no head. That still freaks me out man. No head? Nose is strong hops. Piney syrupy hops. Pretty pungent, but not real overwhelming or overdone. Odd flavor profile here. I get that typical mass hopped thing going on, but I also get some apple flavors going on. Really odd carbonation thing going on. This just doesn't seem right or balanced to me. This seems like it has champagne attributes, but I don't think it is intentional. Overall I have to say this was not as good as I hoped it would be. Weird balance, or lack thereof just makes this an almost jumbled mess of potential. A miss in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 03:08:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a clouded golden orange body with minimal chunks of lacing in the bottom of the tulip glass I poured into. Bright off white head forms thick above the body with fine coated lacing that looks like a fogged window.

Earthy mix of herbal mint and citrus hop blends going on, a bit of pine comes through in the nose as well. Bready yeast edges come through with sugar coated grapefruit peels. Very cookie dough finish, barleywine sensations are coming over my schnauze.

Flavor has a rolling mix of citrus and spruce tip pine like notes, or a sugary blast of malts blending through. Much like a lighter shade of a barleywine, expressive hops but bitterness is muted quite a bit here. The rolling sugar coated grapefruit effects dominates in the finish without much hop bitterness, this is weird.

Mouthfeel an airy carbonation light to medium body with residual yeast and hop bitterness lying on the palate, it's hard to hate or communicate what you disagree with the this mouthfeel but overall I can't really say I'm enjoying this DIPA.

I love the style but the drinkability overall for this style is off the mark not one that I will aggressively pursue but worth a shot especially compared to other offerings from Breckenridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 05:18:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a light orange color with some yellow highlights on the glasses edge. A thick 2" head lasts a long time. Thick lacing develops.

Smell: loads of piney and citrus heavy hops. A great aroma.

Taste: malt levels are a bit thinner than anticipated, but are still sweet enough to balance the heavy pine and grapefruits here. Some fruity sweetness and mild alcohol tones are in the background.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is not too long and the flavors mellow slowly on the tongue.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff this bomber and probably another one if I had it. Nice flavorful beer here.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 00:30:20 | More by Gavage
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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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