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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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1,879 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 25
Gots: 106 | 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 axeman9182
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

22oz bottle, part of the August haul from Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month club. This one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Breckenridge 471 IPA pours a mildly opaque orange. The dirty white head comes up to about three fingers in height. The lacing left behind is very nice, but retention is a little bit brief. The nose is fairly balanced, with some caramel sweetness laying a base for a note of grapefruit with a more tropical edge that has suggestions of mango. The flavor doesn't have as much of a malt base as the aroma would have suggested, but the caramel is still definitely there. I was a bit worried when I read that this beer has both Centennial and Simcoe hops, as I'm not usually a fan of either of those hops. Together though, they seem to work, as the fruitiness of the Simcoe blunts the usual aggressive edge of the Centennial's grapefruit flavor, and the pungent Centennial takes the harshness away from the Simcoe hops. The body is more than solid, it's impressively light for a 9%+ beer, and helps let the hops shine through. The carbonation is fine, enough to elevate the hop flavors and aromas, but it stops short of being bubbly. I was a little let down by my first Breckenridge beer (Vanilla Porter), but this one has made a much better impression.

axeman9182, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Brysky
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

S- bottle poured into a pint

A- not much head and dissolves fast, full orange color

S- has a nice smell with a back layer of caramel, at the front end is a orange/hops

T- starts out nice with the hops and citrus but taste doesn't stay long

M- doesn't feel like a 9.2 in the mouth, goes down well

Overall it was decent, nothing to special but still very nice. with it being 9.2% it goes down very smooth, if you like Breckenridge then try it or if you are a IPA fan, if not then don't bother.

Brysky, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of Yagman3000
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Served from a 12 oz. bottle that I picked up in a rather interesting make your own 6-pack at Big Z. I'm excited to try this double IPA - hoping for good things!

Has that classically undesirable combo color of orange, brown, and gold. It has a nice foamy head that isn't rushing down and that's fine with me. Nice large bubbles and some creamy lacing on the sides.

Smells really nice! A lot of hops came through. Very fruity and tropical. I'm picking up pineapple and grapefruit. Please let it taste like this too!!!

A debt level of sweet citrusy hop bitterness that feeds tis way into bready maltiness. This is pleasing to the palate but not packing as much of a punch as I would have hoped for.

Mouthfeel is a little too brief and dusty for my taste. I wish it would linger a bit more (like a cold in February).

Yagman3000, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

from 12oz bottle

A- it poured a darker amber orange than most ipa's with a 1 finger off white head and nice lacing on side of glass

S- pine, citrus,topical hops dominate the smell with baked bread caramel malts in background

T- hops first on this one with loads of tropical hops,pineapple and mango , some bitter grapefruit citrus taste,, a baked bread and caramel finish

M- is a touch bitter with citrus hops but also has a sweet caramel finish its crisp and medium carbonated

O- good 2ipa.. but for me its 2nd tier , so many others to buy this one wont be on my radar

gatornation, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of ONUMello
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Orange color, short head that dissipates quickly.
S: Citrus and piney hops aromas, with subtle toast and caramel underneath.
T: Initial burst of toast, followed by pine/citrus midpalate then back to toast on the finish. Not quite as bold as I would expect.
M: Fairly smooth, fairly crisp, hides the 9.2 abv well.
O: This is a well made, enjoyable to drink beer, it just doesn't do anything to wow me.

ONUMello, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Casey10
4/5  rDev +2.3%

This is a good dipa. While it is not that exciting to me it has a nice taste and is worth trying.

A = Nice orange/gold color slight head

S - astringent pine some tropical smesll.

T - similar to the smell a little floral leans to a apricot taste.

M - leaves a tart taste behind the feel is good.

O - Not bad not mind blowing eiter worth trying though.

Casey10, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

A: poured a clear golden orange into an American shaker with a finger of fluffy off white head that leaves beautiful lacing.

S: piney and citrusy hops dominate. Heavy orange and lemon notes.

T: big orange flavors wallop the tongue and resiny hops bitter the sweet orange. Some good sweet malts flashing around with this otherwise hop dominated beer. It leaves a pine flavor on the tongue.

MF: a bit heavy and syrupy, good effervescence and warm but not overly so.

O: this is a really good dipa for the citrus lovers in the crowd. Its very drinkable and I could see myself putting down a growler of this while watching a movie with the GF then nut being able to walk straight to go to bed.

nickthetick, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours dark orange with dark red hues, hazy, 2+ fingers of tight egg-shell white head with lots of bubbling action and good lacing.

S: Melange of Grapefruit and some tropical fruit with a heavy dose of pine and floral notes as well. Candy sugar/slight caramel. Smells fairly sweet and malty (color too).

T: On the tip of the tongue you get a kick of alcohol heat follow by tons of bitter pine resin, floral notes, a spicy character, and a little grapefruit. There's not as much citrus in the flavor as I was expecting, seems much more pine and floral forward. Middle of the mouth is a fairly solid base of toasted malts and caramel. Finish is bitter pine resin, linger floral notes (with slight leafiness), and a little alcohol. There's definitely a little burn on the back as well, though not as strong as it is right up front.

M: Medium to full bodied, moderate to slightly high carbonation, very resinous and sticky. Dry and bitter finish with a touch of astringency.

O: A decent DIPA that is a little rough around the edges. I prefer more citrus/tropical fruit, a little more sweetness with less caramel and amber malt, and less noticeable booze. I'm not the biggest fan of boozy pale ales and it's definitely too strong up front.

Satchboogie, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

Knapp85, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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

ebrauser, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

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...

philbe311, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

beerthulhu, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

drpimento, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

- 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.

Beer4Baltimore, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Jameskorte
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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!

Jameskorte, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

thedoubler55, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

JamnesCameron, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of centbeerfest
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

centbeerfest, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

richkrull, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

ZenAgnostic, May 30, 2011
Photo of Rayek
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

Rayek, May 29, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

ummswimmin, May 27, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

TMoney2591, May 27, 2011
Photo of bens0n
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

bens0n, May 21, 2011
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.