471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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88
very good

1,979 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,979
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 30
Gots: 144 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of BEERchitect
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).

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: no head to speak of on a relatively clear amber/orange body.

S: molasses, tart/candied citrus, pine resin and malts verging into barleywine realm of aroma.

T: from the aroma I expected more booze. The caramel malts, resin and molasses form a base which reminds you of a barleywine but less tart and sharp. The hops provide earthy and citrus notes with mild bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. this one coats the palate quite a bit.

Overall: I like DIPAs and I like barleywines so this one isnt bad its just kind of stuck between the two style. The flavors suggest a high ABV without being too boozy though. I want more from the hops to like this one more.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
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!

Photo of Knapp85
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

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 biboergosum
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.

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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,979 ratings.