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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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Ratings: 1,999
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 30
Gots: 162 | 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 WanderingFool
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Sensaray
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of Daniellobo
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.

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
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.

Photo of thehopsguy
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden Light..touch of amber..pour was finger and a half..

S- A very earthy aroma of hops..possibly simcoe or whole leaf "hop back" after brew.

T- Blast of bitterness with slight blend of sweetness..(US 2-row/amber?) lot of citrus hoppy flavors in front of pallet with a dry bitterness in the back and in finish.

M- Medium body..smooth.. good amount of carbonation and dryness from hops.

O- Very good..my first brew from Breckenridge..would love to try some of there year round beers..cheers

Photo of drinkslinger028
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was given to me so I'm not sure about how old it is,
I poured this into a tulip it pours a nice hazy off orange with a nice head and laceing, smell was of pine and kinda earthy, taste was not bad for the style but I've had much better, I would drink this again as the abv is nice and it fits in my fav. Style

Photo of Snow81
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber to orange haze

Head: Frost tan head

Smell: Bitter hops with an earthiness and sweet maltyness

Taste: Tangy bitter dark citric. Malts seem overly sweet. A small amount of spice with a little flavor of heat on the back

Weight: Light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation

Finish: Bitter hops all over my palate and cheeks with a nice stickiness on the lips

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full piney hop, white pepper and caramel.

The taste was upfront peppery with a resinous pine atop a medium bodied malt with a soft, round sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and user friendly spicy hop bomb.

Photo of techfed87
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a strong, big head. Color is a dark amber, very clear. Smell is a mix of grapefruit combined with what could be a good, clean malt pallet.

First sip is a bit mellower than what I expected..all except for a big oily hop flavor that comes through in the nick of time. Similarly, the mouthfeel is mellow, yet still with enough kick to make it worthwhile. A very good DIPA to be sure.

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

Review is from notes taken on 4/14/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light orange/solid coppery color and it starts with a one finger off-white head that fades very quickly nothing but a thin ring around the surface and an uneven skim across the surface; body is just a little cloudy and there is moderately strong carbonation bubbling up throughout; a nice web and curtain of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass as it fades down.

Smell: Nice smell, but not quite as nice as it was on tap... Plentitude of hops that are bitter, but hold a bit of a citric acidity and sweetness as well, so it's a fine balance there; a slightly sweet syrupy maltiness lies beneath the hops and there is also a whiff of alcohol to it.

Taste: Really matches to the nose to a "T" -- great hop flavors up front and that are definitely citric, and come across like orange and lemon peel; a malty background lies beneath that provides a touch of sweeter balance; definite presence of alcohol in there, but it's fairly well blended for being just over 9%.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and it's a little syrupy, but the carbonation is strong enough to break it up and it comes across as strong and prickly; a thin and semi-dry stickiness covers the palate, and finishes cottony dry; gums are left tingly and the belly is left warm from the carbonation and ABV.

Overall: A very enjoyable DIPA and worth picking up. Could definitely be a go-to when the mood strikes when it's on the shelves. Great flavors, nose is good (better on tap, but this is typically the case with this style), and the mouth is where it should be -- not too light, but not overly heavy and thick. Good stuff.

Photo of MufflnMan
2.43/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Cloudy amber with a thin head. Some side lacing which is nice.

S: Citrusy orange and flowery hops.

T: Strong grapefruit/citrus flavor. Incredibly bitter.

M: Thin and slippery. Has a strong bite that does not make it easy to drink.

O: I won't be trying this one again.

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

$7.99 bomber from Bourbon St, RT 22, Greenwich

Brassy hazy orange body, topped by four level fingers of off-white bubbly froth. Good lacing.

Agressive nose even at arm's length. Big mix of juicy citrus and resiney pine.

Solid caramel foundation coats the tongue on the run. Big juicy citrusy hop explosion. Pine at the swallow. Warming alcohol in the afterglow.

Solid medium mouthfeel rolls right along.

Overall, nicely drinkable, though the alcohol could be hidden a tad better. No burn though.

Exceeded expectations. Not in the upper echelon of DIPAs, but well worth a try.

Photo of evilkalla
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: Pale, clear copper. About an eighth of an inch of head which dissipated fairly quickly. A fair amount of carbonation but nothing overwhelming.

S: Smell is somewhat subdued. Floral and piney hints with a taste of pale malt.

T: Nothing leaps out at you in this one. Several layers of hop bitterness and flavor but it sticks to the background in this one. Some bitter orange peel in there somewhere. Somewhat boozy tasting. I'm not really that impressed with this one.

M: Fairly average mouthfeel. A little slippery from the booze, and a fair level of bite from the bubbles.

O: Pretty average I would say -not the worst double IPA, but there are a lot of other double IPAs out that are better.

Photo of b3shine
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to snifter. Good. Not bad, not great; just good. Good color, good flavor, good mouthfeel. Smell is too subtle for its type. Otherwise, it's a good beer to drink. It just faces some stiff competition these days in the world of double IPAs, and it doesn't set itself apart...

Photo of TheSignPost
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy, but not overly so. You can taste the fact that there is a significant amount of alcohol in there.

Pretty orange-y coloring, not as dark as one would expect for a typical IPA. Surprising in its strength, vs. its looks.

A good beer, but not one that I'd choose for everyday.

Photo of Jesse13713
2.38/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - A finger of head is noticeable. A golden straw-yellow mixed with a sunrise amber orange creates this slightly cloudy IPA. Seems heavily carbonated.

Smell - Very heavy in orange peel. Hops are not as noticeable as predicted; especially for a 9.2% double. A slight musky grapefruit smell as well.

Taste - A very musty shadowed bitter taste. Slight caramel malts appear on the finish. Contains hints of orange citrus, lemongrass and light fruits. Banana and pineapple are slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Easily drinkable and medium bodied. The musty bitterness of the hops is quite unpleasant and makes the beer seem very old and not fresh at all.

Photo of FosterJM
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330th review on BA
bottle to tulip
12 oz

App- Vibrant hazy orange with a 1/2 finger head. No retention on this one.

Smell- Smells just like fresh squeezed juice. A nice twinge of sweet and hoppy. I really smelled this for quite some time.

Taste- This is pretty down the middle for tasting like citrus/hops and malty sweet. The flavor is a little buttery for me but the high ABV made up for it.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level with that buttery after taste.

Drink- Overall a nice DIPA in a small bottle. Glad this one wasnt a 22 oz. I think the aftertaste would have become too much.

Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this from Julio's. Stuff isnt too bad, I wonder how this would have been very fresh though...

A - Pours really, really nicely. A fluffy white two finger head sat atop this clear copper colour leaving some very nice side lacing and a fluffy halo and cloud.

S - The smell has started to fade on this one. Everything is very light and subtle. There are tropical notes there, along with bitter aromas but its very faint. If this was fresh, perhaps this would be all the stronger.

T - The same goes for the taste. There is some light citrus and tropical notes along with a good bitter finish. There is maybe a bit of vanilla or earthy oaky flavours as well but its all very light. Again, probably due to age...

M - Only thing I didnt exactly dig was this mouthfeel. Its good, slightly creamy. That being said, it feels a bit too thin. Qutie unfortunate.

D - Man, I wonder what this would be like fresh. That tropical notes would really make this killer. This is a good DIPA, just dont let it get a few months on it.

Photo of tbrown4
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. -> Dogfish Head Chalice. Bought a single from Shawann Liquors. Got a few of their brews, this is the second I've had.

A - Light copper orange, just slightly hazy, one finger fluffy off-white head. Lovely lacing.

S - sour bread doughy, grassy hop aroma

T - Tart citrus, mild sweetness and hop notes in the middle, strong bitter hop finish

M - Feels medium bodied. Surprisingly no alcohol warmth.

D - Dangerously easy to drink at 9.2 considering the alcohol isn't very present. The hop notes are heavy on the palate. This is a once a day beer, no more than one serving or a few small pours in a session. It's pretty good for the style, at about $3 per single this seems priced about right.

I'd buy this in a pack if I can find it, keep it on hand for those days that are only fixed with a DIPA.

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
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,999 ratings.