471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Ratings: 1,980
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 30
Gots: 145 | FT: 0
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Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of EricCioe
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very hazy orange with a frothy white head that leaves some lace. On the nose there are citrus notes and pine resin with some bready malts underneath. In the mouth the oranges come up to the front with a huge bitterness coating the tongue all around and hanging on for a huge, long finish. The body is medium-full, and the bitterness from the hops hang around forever. Overall this is an okay DIPA, not my favorite, not super complex, but not a bad beer.

Photo of dizknee24
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A normal dark amber apperance

S Hoppy not much else here

T nothing out of the ordinary. allot of hops was apparant. maybe a bit resiny.

M left my mouth cottonmouthy

D average IPA. Not much added not much gained. to make a "small batch" didnt added anything to make this IPA stand out at all IMO

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

22oz bottle purchased at Village Market, Hampton Falls, NH. No dates on bottle.
In a tulip the beer was a clear gold color with a huge off-white head. Plenty of sticky lace.
Mostly piney hops aroma. Some citrus, some sweet malt.
Caramel taste. Piney and grapefruit hops.
Medium-bodied, but a little sweet for my taste.
Would still drink it again.

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

22 oz bomber bought from whole foods Hadley, Ma. No freshness date to be found.

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a light 1 finger head that dissipates fast leaving nice lace.

Initial aroma of spicy hops with pine and citric quality's. Sweet caramel like malts come through in the backbone.

Taste starts off bitter a bit one dimensional with some pine pulling through for flavor. Malts are present with a sweeter side balancing out the bold bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel being a little on the thicker side for this particular style. semi dry finish, this one could use a little more carbonation.

drinkability is a bit on the average side. A thick, bitter, 9.2% IIPA.

Photo of NEhophead
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown bottle, served in an oversized wine glass.

Pale copper in color with a fair amount of clarity. Not quite creamy, white head that recedes to the sides rather quickly leaving some small pools of bubbles. Some lasting, dimpled lacing.

Vanilla and honey sweetened peach, melon, and apricot. The alcohol component is apparent; swarming yet not exactly warming. Sharp, short-lived notes of pine and spruce.

Thin, watery tropical and citrus fruit. Beneath the sharp, somewhat oily hop presence is an obvious adjunctory base. The alcohol presence is unmasked; like rubbing alcohol, and overpowers the hops. The aftertaste offers notes of pine, but not enough to cut the alcohol flavor.

Medium in body; slick and gaseous with a touch of grit in spots.

This Double IPA is best described as unbalanced. As a big fan of the style, Breckenridge misses the mark on a few different levels; a disappointment.

Photo of beancounter
2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

No head, few slow bubbles, almost no lacing as I drink it.

Bittering hops with no complexity, flimsy malt backbone.

Mouth feel is thin and watery.

Yes it's drinkable, in the same way water is drinkable.

This beer is does not meet my expectation for a Double/Imperial IPA, or as a "small batch", big beer. I am very underwhelmed.

I've had better examples of this style for the same price or less.

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle of unknown dating poured into a goblet.

Pours a bright orange with an almost white head.

Smell is very piney with citrus following. Doesn't explode out, but smells very good.

Taste is a very good balance between hops, booze and some sweet malt finishing with dry bitter bite. Right on.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, and this is very drinkable.

Much better beer than the other breckenridges I have had. I would order this anytime.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber copper with a whipped white head. Excellent retention. Solid hills of lacing on the glass.

S - Lemon zest and pine, doughy caramel, stone fruit, grapefruit comes out as it warms.

T - Pine mixed with lemon. Sweet caramel malt holds up well against the herbal evergreen hops. White peaches. Finishes crisp and bitter. Grapefruit and shows up in the aftertaste.

M - Full and creamy, heavy carbonation.

Full hop flavor as well as good bitterness. Hops dominate the malt. Very tasty. The best so far from the brewery.

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

Appearance/smell - Copper color with whitish head (more like film); moderate aroma of peach, pine.

Taste - hops of course - peppery, piney, peach and grapefruit flavors. Slight bit of anise.

Mouthfeel - dryish, nice intermingling of bitter and sweet.

Drinkability - alcohol moderate, but not that noticeable - no burn. Very drinkable - I could drink several.

My favorite of Brackenridge. Might be a little overpriced at $15 a six pack though. Other double IPA's seem to pack a bigger punch.

Photo of Phelps
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from the bottle into a small plastic glass during a recent tasting of double IPAs.

Pours a dull, coppery orange, slightly cloudy, with a half-finger head of off-white. It quickly recedes to a very filmy top layer and ring, leaving a tiny bit of spotty lace.

The nose exhibits Earthy hoppiness, honey, apricots, grass and cheerios. Very English IPA-like.

Again with the earthiness. The flavor is filled with Orange peel, roses and some woody character. A bitter bite strikes at finish, long after swallow like a quick smack to the face. The finish is dry finish but has no snap!

Medium-light prickly carbonation amidst a smooth medium-light body. The alcohol isn't too noticeable; maybe a bit of heat on the tongue. A lazily dry finish muddles the experience.

471 is bitter enough for a DIPA, but it's just not flavorful enough.

Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a red amber color and a nice 1 finger head, with some excellent lacing that stays throughout the session. Aroma is light, a little floral, but not too heavy, which is a little bit of a bummer.

Flavor is extremely hoppy, yet not bitter. This has a sweetness, very similar to grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Feels effervescent, but not too light. Also, this isn't too bubbly, nor is it too flat. I could see myself drinking a ton of these, as the alcohol isn't harsh.

I want more!

Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, three-finger, head. Recedes slowly leaving significant chunky lace. Cloudy, orange-amber color.

Superior floral hop nose.

Lots of grapefruit hop bitterness. It dominates the swallow and makes the aftertaste last a very long time. Less pronounced is the lighter crystal malts giving the brew some complexity. There's an oiliness to the mouthfeel, but it isn't really rich. The carbonation is lower than most. Interestingly, I don't detect any alcohol.

Photo of Schracky
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got very excited when I first opened the bottle and poured the beer. the smell was very nice. It had a pleasant yet not overwhelming hop aroma. Mild citrus aroma. The taste was a little bit of a let down. It did not quite have the kick that I hoped it would have. The malt character was very present, and it has an overall good flavor. I thought it would have more hop "kapow" being "double hopped". The aftertaste is pleasant. The beer was also a little under carbonated in my opinion, but it may just have been this specific bottle. Not a bad beer, but not worth the $9.00 I paid in New Hampshire for the 22 oz. bottle either.

Photo of DoctorB2B
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For a 9.2% Imp. IPA, I would have expected a bit more hop explosion on the tongue. Perhaps this one was one the shelf for a bit ... who knows, either way I still really enjoyed it. The malt offered a ton of sweet backbone to the mellowed IPA.

I would get it again, but I would assure the date was closer to the bottling (ie, I'll drink it at the brewery next time).

Photo of jlindros
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.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a rich copper with a nice creamy tan head that leaves a syrupy lacing around the rim of a tulip glass. A little cloudy with subtle carbonation.

S- Grapefruit, and orange zest! Lots of tangy hops aroma follow. Just a touch of sweet bready malt surrounded by citrus and piney hops. Lovin' It!!!

T- An explosion of flavor! Fresh squeezed grapefruit... tons of it! The bitter hops and the sweet malt really balance each other out! This is fantastic! I'm picking up so many flavors as it warms up!

M- The balance of bitter/sweet/and citrus is unreal! Like great toasted whole grain bread with orange marmalade... The tongue doesn't get overwhelmed by any one thing... perfect balance!

D- You don't even notice the alcohol... This would go great with sooo many foods! Sweet and sour chicken w/ pork fried rice... BBQ'd citrus shrimp and polenta... or a nice crisp salad with grilled chicken, grapefruit, and feta... easily drinkable... I gotta get more of this for sure!

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

This beer pours a very hazy straw colour with a fingers worth of head that retains and laces nicely. Smell? By god, it's hoppy! Hops, hops, hops, a bit of earthiness and citrus. Taste? Surprisingly smooth! This is a hoppy brew for sure, but without the sharpness. These are just smooth hops with some grapefruit and some very smooth malts. Smooth is the key term here. It's also quite bitter, but this is a double IPA, what were you expecting? The bitter aftertaste becomes even more apparent as it warms. Alcohol? Don't taste it at all! The mouthfeel is full and satisfying, and this is way too drinkable for a 9+% brew.

A great double IPA from Breckenridge, just an enjoyable brew that hits all the right bases.

Photo of breweryaprntc13
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pomegranate orange, with a dark amber hue. dense/solid one finger dirty white head, leaves average lacing.

Earthy, citrus and grass hops, slight malt notes.

Earthy bitterness leads, citrus hops noticeable as well, very weak caramel malts give little balance.

Medium bodies, average carbonation.

Not a very impressive IPA, drinkable for a hop head, but nothing to search for.

Photo of mdunman
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Medium hazy dark amber with a good bit of head that lingered for a while.

S: So many hops, it's fantastic.

T: Again the hops here are fantastic, with a bit of spices on the sides and surprisingly the finish wasn't very dry at all, it was just very smooth.

M: Medium body, lots of carbonation and a smooth feel.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I would love to find some more of this and keep it stocked all the time.

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

Poured on tap into a tumbler. Breckenridge 471 gives a very cloudy brown/gold body with nice off white and creamy looking head. Decent lacing as well.

Bouqeut though is pretty ordinary, with just a standard hop smell kind of muted. Not much else to say here nothing else really going on.

The taste is the same primarily of hops with alchohol feel and bitterness. Sugar finish of grapefruit and mild citrus only on the aftertaste, they really didn't seem to mask the alcohol taste on this very well and it almost gives off a pine sourness.

This is ok but I would certainly drink something else instead of it.

Photo of Fenris244
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber with 2.5 finger head, good retention, leaves a thick coat of bubbles on the surface of the beer after the head subsides

Hop and citrus peel overwhelmingly, lemon also hiding in the aroma as well as a faint trace of the malt

Super bitter full of hop flavor, again some lemon flavor and sweet malts flavor on the finish. Hard to distinguish at first due to the immediate bitterness.

Smooth dispute the high alcohol and manages to keep a crisp light mouthfeel. Very pleasant to sip. I find it to be quite drinkable

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

Nice glowing orange and hazy body with a bright white one finger consistent head.

Smells hoppy as anything. It is first pine, followed quickly by passionfruit. I feel like I have hops right in front of me.

Taste is more of the smell. It's sooo fruit hopped. On the tongue it's more of a grapefruit flavor at first and then a rich pale malt backbone kicking in. Excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel is very coating. It leaves you tingling from the carbonation and the hoppiness.

Drinkable for an IPA, especially one with this level of humulus alpha acids.

Photo of GBB
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What is the number for? Pours a light golden amber color with medium head and limited lace retention. Although it lasts throughout the tasting.

The nose is more along the lines of an east coast IPA. Some hop notes with a more malt backing and blend. Noticeable caramel notes with a light toast. Almost English in a way except for the hops. Citrus and pine notes mostly with some esters and fruity notes.

The taste is similar. The hops back off relative to the nose. The malt is a bit dry but still has a caramel and toasty flavor. The yeast comes out more which is a bit off setting. Some light butyric notes and fruity tropical esters. I would like more hops for an IPA but some citrus and pine that linger into the finish.

The body is light to moderate. Nice velvet undertones for a 9% beer. Overall a limited hop IPA beer but very easy to drink, which could be trouble.

Photo of jds1469
2.13/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I had been eyeballing this for a few weeks now and decided to go ahead and pick this one up. After it was all said and done, I'm glad I picked it up. Because I know not to buy it again now.

A - pours a thick orange color with a good amount of head. Very cloudy and looks like a very flavorful beer.

S - Pleasant smelling, very light. You can definitely pick out the hops here.

T - BITTER! This took me by surprise. I might be able to drink this beer if it wasn't for the unpleasant after taste about 5 seconds after the swallow.

M - Thin and oily. Not much else to say.

D - Thought my sink was gonna spit this back up.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle American Double Imperial IPA. Poured a dark golden haze color with a good foamy head - very attractive yummy appearance. Smell consisted of sweet and citrusy hops. Tasted a smooth big hop characteristic flavor, but only to realize this beer is kinda solvent. Mouthability consisted of a nice full body and ongoing carbonation that left layers of laces after each drink. Freshness at its finest! Drinkability left a very dangerous impression especially for a DIPA as this beer is not as bitter as most purist DIPA beers. This was my #1 DIPA at one time until I had the 3f Dreadnaught among others over the years, but the 471 IPA remains to be one of my favorites in this particular category as I am a fan of smooth malty characteristic mouthness. Two thumbs up.

471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,980 ratings.