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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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very good

1,795 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,795
Reviews: 771
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 21
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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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Photo of ebrauser


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 to a pint glass

Appearance: Vigorous head. very thick and creamy. Beer is the color of an old, dried out orange with a touch of cloudiness.

Aroma: Resinous hops, abundant pine, and some subdued citrus. This one attacks the nose in a much more direct fashion.

Flavor: First orangey sweetness, immediately followed by a bitter blast of hops. This bitterness crescendos to a point on the tongue and lingers into the next sip.

MF: Big-bodied and full but with lots of refreshing characteristics making it a smooth drinker

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:56:38 | More by ebrauser
Photo of philbe311


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

A - An active slightly billowing pour leaves three fingers worth of dense tightly packed light tan colored head that has a few large chunky bubbles sitting atop... The color is a deep rich resiny amber with some subtle red highlights... Mostly still with a couple of stray sluggish carbonation bubbles strewn throughout... Lots of sticky lacing clings to the glass...

S - Very nice balance... The hops are front and center, but the malts are close behind... The hops are a very pleasant mix of citrus and pine... Lots of cracker... Some caramel... Some grassy notes... Also a touch of candied sugar...

T - Some of the balance from the nose fades as this one become very hop dominate right from the get go... Citrus... Orange... Muted grapefruits... Piney resins... There is a solid malty base buried beneath... Some very faint hints of pepper... Even subtler notes of wood and grass...

M - A touch of lushness to start... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Very slight carbonation... Ultra sleek... Ultra smooth... Ultra sophisticated... A bitter finish coats the tongue and lingers... A bit sticky...

D - This is a really nice Double IPA... Stellar appearance and mouthfeel... Very good flavor and drinkable... Slightly above average aroma... The total package is quite impressive and will lead me to try some additional Breckridge offerings which I have been procrastinating on... Nicely done...

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 01:13:16 | More by philbe311
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Rustic-orange with a good clarity reveals a steady paced effervesce rising in uniform like beads of water on a string. A foamy head is ivory in color and porous in content, 2 fingers high with a good stay of execution. The lacing is generous with a spongy and meaty coating with very few windows of clarity.

S: The nose is toasted grains dominating over the hops thus far. Pine with light semi-sweetened grapefruit. A bit light in strength with not much show of hops here garnishes just average regards especially for a 2x ipa.

T: The label claims double hopped, and from the very first sip it would be hard to disagree. Dry flowery pine and grapefruit hops are bitter in show overtaking the toasted grain base unlike the nose. Upfront there is a quick flash of cinnamon sweetened toasted grain, that is quickly covered up by some sticky hop resin. The finish is dry and flowery, reminisce of its double dry hopped nature with pine and grapefruit coming on strong and sticking around a bit thereafter.

M: dry, bitter with a toasted feel. A lacing of dry flowery hops parch the tongue nicely enough upon the swallow.

O: Overall a toasted, tasty, and well hopped ipa that has a nice balance making for a very good drinking experience. Very good overall, solid, and would drink on a regular basis. sixtal worthy.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 15:41:43 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of drpimento


4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA! Opened this bottle at about 50 F. Poured a nice, foamy, frothy, fluffy, thick, cream to light tan colored head that quickly setted down a light cover with some islands of thicker suds and some lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is hops, malt, caramel, fruit, fresh baked rye bread. Flavor is similar with high points for the each of the charactersitics in different parts of the mouth. Body is superb - full yet slightly astringent and has significant alcohol warmth. Finish is like flavor and is long. Session beer, but for being careful as it tastes so good that I want a large draught, but know it'll kick my butt.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 21:09:55 | More by drpimento
Photo of Beer4Baltimore


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- from the notes and a 12 ounce bottle
A - pale orange/copper with short fading head.
S - certainly some hops detectable but not overpowering. Not a whole lot else but it's an IPA.
T - Hops make a strong showing throughout with a moderate malty background.
M - nice carbonation to keep the sticky hoppiness moving.
D - I like IPA's and thus I like drinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 00:10:41 | More by Beer4Baltimore
Photo of Jameskorte


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

a pretty good beer. this was the second double IPA I tried after the Hercules IPA. pretty bitter, which I like. good lacing on the glass and an overall pleasant taste. Would definitely drink it again if I encountered it, but for the price, not a beer I would seek out again immediately. overall, pretty solid!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 23:57:02 | More by Jameskorte
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale copper in color, left almost no head at all, and very slight lacing around the glass.

S: Really not to much scent to this some pine with hints of grapefruit.

T:Not really impressed with this one, very strong hops up front with crazy bitterness, some hints of orange is about it.

M: Average mouthfeel, with a bit of carbonation.

O: For a double IPa it was nothing special compared to other DIPA's I have had, not to interested in trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 23:59:17 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light orange in color and almost clear. Head was pretty good at one finger, and lasted. Lacing was good. It's certainly a pretty color, and not the typically color you'd expect from a DIPA.

Hops and citrus dominate the nose, along with a touch of pine.

Tastes bold and fresh, very darn tasty. Piney hops is the predominate flavor, but citrus and a light fruitiness come through as well. It's kind of sweet and has a nice light malty background too. A light spiciness finishes things off.

Feel is quite light and refreshing for a double IPA, yet the body is still medium and amply carbonated. The finish is semi-dry and slightly oily with fruity hops.

This is my favorite of the beers I've tried from this brewery so far. It's a darn fine DIPA and worthy of purchasing again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 20:32:33 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of JamnesCameron


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

Served on tap at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL. Pours a coppery orange with a two fingered white head that drops after about the first sip. Nice lacing.

Aromas of citrusy hops, caramel malts, grapefruit, hint of alcohol hiding in the background.

Flavors of citrusy hop punch, grapefruit, caramel malt, some alcohol heat later in the finish. Some orange and pineapple.

Mouthfeel is mouthcoating bitterness with a light tug at the back of the teeth. Medium bodied. Good level of carbonation.

Overall a decent middle of the road DIPA. Not much to distinguish it from others of its kind, but it is an easy drinking, deceptively drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 03:57:17 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of centbeerfest


4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Minimal white frothy head. Burnt orange in color. Opaque with a multitude of tiny bubbles that look to be suspended in the beer. Very unusual.

Very complex tasting profile. Begins with a creamy mild hop taste that does not begin to reveal the high ABV of this beer. Builds quickly into the double IPA beer that is advertised with a wicked good back of mouth attack. Piney/citrus finish. Unique development of flavors while staying true to its IPA class.

On the take home scale I would say this lives up to the relative high price and ould be an excellent beer to share with someone who likes IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 03:06:19 | More by centbeerfest
Photo of richkrull


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

Got this one in N00b BIF 4 from Crabbicuss. Thanks a lot buddy.

Poured a copper orange color with some white head.

Smell is citrusy and hoppy. Nice pleasant aroma.

Taste is malty throughot with a bitter hop finish. Not overpowering though.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Easy drinking beer.

Overall a good quality IPA. I enjoyed this one. Definitely wouldn't mind drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 22:43:05 | More by richkrull
Photo of ZenAgnostic


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

No printed date as far as I can tell. 12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Big brothy white head with an almost clear orange body.

Smell - Very clean hop aroma. Detectable alcohol. Overall pretty fresh impression.

Taste - Slightly hoppy and very alcoholic.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat frothy body. Gives it a good texture.

Overall Drinkability - Good for an IPA and good for a beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 21:33:49 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of Rayek


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

471 pours a brilliant amber with light carbonation and a frothy cream head. The head fairly quickly drops to a patchwork sheet and leaves a bit of lace.

This is you basic citrus and pine bomb. Grapefruit is the dominant aroma and flavor. A light caramel sweetness offsets the hops, but bitterness reins supreme. Toward the finish, pepper arrives to add yet more bitterness. Despite the high ABV, the alcohol is well masked. The oily body is light for the strength.

Overall, this is a pretty standard DIPA. I'll give it bonus points for the well masked strength.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 20:02:29 | More by Rayek
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first ever beer from Breckenridge brewery. The beer is pretty good, but I think I would rather winter there.

On the pour I get about a finger head. There isn't a lot to the aroma on this. I get some floral smell, but there isn't much more. I am kind of surprised since this is a double IPA.

There beer looks pretty with its golden color and beautiful lacing.

The taste is enjoyable, but it isn't hoppy enough for me to call it a double IPA. They did a pretty good job.

I look forward to trying more from this brewery. They work hard in putting out a decent product, and I would like to see where they progress.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 23:12:04 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of TMoney2591


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
Photo of bens0n


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky golden yellow with a decent amount of creamy white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

On the nose I pick up on sweet, bready malts, barely any hops are detectable, which is surprising for a double IPA, but I love the way this smells, not boozy at all, more sweet than anything.

This beer has a nice hoppy kick at the end, but up front it still has a very nice malt character with an element of citric fruit. After a couple of sips the bitterness from the hops takes control of your taste buds and the slight sweetness fades. The bitterness lingers for a while, and layers itself over and over after each sip.

This beer is thicker than I expected, and it also has a very nice (low) level of carbonation to keep it going down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 22:43:52 | More by bens0n
Photo of OldIronLungs


3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks omgshesaboy for this one!

Poured into a pint glass a lightly hazy straw gold - I'm not sure what happened but I had almost zero head.

Nose is dominated by hop bitterness and is sweetly bready.

A sip is somewhat sweet and very malty. Hop presence is citric but surprisingly the malt dominates for me. Finishes with a crisp bitter orangey smack.

Very drinkable for the abv but feels too one-dimensional given the hopping profile it's touted to have. Definitely a DIPA, not upset I tried it, but not one I'd look for again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 01:37:01 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of joepais


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew a few times now it was always a enjoyable experience. I had this poured into a strait pint glass and was greeted with a two finger white head on top of a burned orange body. The head of the brew laced the glass well as I drank it.
It had a good hop nose coming from it pine and citrus. I classify this as a good balanced DIPA the malts and hops blend perfectly with a slight edge given to the hops in the flavor department. It was a decent DIPA and I would drink it again

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 14:45:11 | More by joepais
Photo of silentjay


3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a pilsner pale straw color with hints of copper. a decent sized head leaves little lacing as it slowly recedes on this crystal clear brew which doesn't look like the tastiest of IPAs.

caramel malts overpower the zesty citrus hops and very little of a fresh-cut grass aroma is detected.

very east-coast IPA in flavor with caramel and toasty malts balancing the zesty citrus, herbal, and grassy hops. a juicy citrus aftertaste gives off a little alcohol heat, but not much harshness.

rather light bodied for a strong/double IPA with very little hop resin left on the palate. carbonation is suitable and aftertaste is a bit herbal.

well, I'm glad i tried it once, and I'm glad i found it in a 12oz serving rather than a 22oz. not off-putting, but not quite what I look for in my strong/double IPAs. balanced? kinda. tasty? kinda. something worth seeking out? unfortunately not.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 08:14:11 | More by silentjay
Photo of MetalHopHead6


3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Breckenridge 471 IPA is boozy, bland, and bitter.

It poured a hazy amber, with a short and short-lived tan head that left a good amount of lace. The smell was metallic-boozy and the flavor had pale hints of citrus and earthy pine, but was generally bland with a metallic finish. The feel was the highlight of this ale, thick and chewy with a stong long-lasting dry finish.

Due to a lack of flavor, 471 is forgetable and can not be included in the discussion about great double IPAs that are so common now.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:31:06 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and fairly hoppy with a surprisingly sweet, but far from cloying, fruity undertone that is mainly sour orange plus some apple, pear and grapefruit. It pours a clear coppery amber with a respectable cream-white head that has a copper tint. Flavor is what I expect from a quality IPA: quite hoppy, only a little bitter, fruity and slightly sour undertone, just a hint of honey sweetness. Fruity component is mostly sour orange plus a bit of pear. Texture is smooth and fairly fizzy, and it leaves a nice tingly and hoppy finish. Small batch? Taste the love!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 03:48:13 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of WanderingFool


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

Breckenridge 471 IPA pours a cloudy bronze color with a thick, white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thin sheet on the surface leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is all hops. Lots of citrus orange and grapefruit.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is moderately chewy, dry with moderate carbonation. The flavor is hoppy with citrus notes of orange and pineapple. There's enough caramel malt sweetness to balance out the hops. It finishes bitter and slightly buttery. Once gone the citrus flavors linger on the palate.

A hop lovers delight. Well balanced and drinkable. It hides its 9.2% abv well.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 00:38:48 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Sensaray


3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with off white head

Bitter hops in the smell. Citrusy, but its kind of off putting for a second.

Bitter piney hoppiness balanced with a light sweet malt. Theres a nice sweetness in the finish before bitterness takes over. Some orange citrus, light fruitiness, lemon zest.

Medium light feel, smooth carb.

Overall this is an ok dipa, but I wasn't feeling it as a top dipa. Would choose a lot over this.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 00:31:13 | More by Sensaray
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Nice DIPA with a predominantly bitter edge to the hop complexity that flows nicely.

Presentation: 12 oz brown custom capped bottle. Screen printed label with symbol and name in orange and branding of the 471 small batch in light cream. Narrative notes small batch intent and process. Offers an illegible batch/best code printed on the neck, and shows 9.2% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy pale to medium amber pour with a good frothy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and good lacing.

S - Citrus and resin profile, nice although not too assertive, and rather than floral or fruity notes the bitterness emerges...

T - And the taste follows but with a nice dexterity, slightly generic sense of hops with some grapefruit, resin, and sweet malt sense holding it turning into a pleasing bitter sense.

M - Medium body with fair carbonation, a bit thin momentarily but the bitter range picks it up leading to a good finish.

O - Nice DIPA, not top bracket but it is pretty good.

Notes: Another early encounter with Breckenridge in DC and a rather welcome one. This is a good DIPA to have around.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 00:17:16 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - a cloudy light amber to orange haze

Head: thin head that disipates quickly, very minimal lacing

Smell: Bitter hops with a sweet and fairly strong malty smell

Taste: Tangy bitter dark citric. Sweet, almost heavy malt taste. Maybe spice with some heat upfront.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with a creamy mouthfeel. Syrup with some subdued hop bite.

Overall - I think I will enjoy this one more during the colder months.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 01:27:43 | More by HopDiggityDawg
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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