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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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Ratings: 1,888
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 25
Gots: 109 | 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 Landers
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber almost orange color with a good inch and a half head.

S: Sweet hop aroma with a hint of citrus, orange from what I could tell.

T: Good hoppy kick with a bit of orange midway through the swallow finishing with another bitter hop kick.

M: Bit of a hop bite, very smooth for what is considered a double IPA.

D: A little stronger than a typical IPA, as it is a double. I had this following a Stone Ruination. Comparable IMO, but a little more on on the sweet citrus side than the Ruination.

Definitely one I'd reach for again.

Landers, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of manahansf
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark amber color with moderate levels of carbonation. The aroma is fairly balanced between malty and hoppy. The flavor begins with the same balance, but then erupts with a hop explosion. Massive piney hop flavor with a healthy medium body. The finish is a bit too bitter as the hops continue all the way until the end. Leaves a slight tart hoppy aftertaste.

manahansf, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a regular old pint glass late at night. I was dissapointed with 'lucky U' so hopefully this bodes better.

Hiss, A faint noise came from the cap pop, out came a orange, light yellow, plus gold trimmings DIPA with rising bubbles. A bright white head of about an inch rose up and stuck around leaving some marks down the glass.

Smells inducing with at least two of the big 3c's represented. Tropic fruit and citrus with grapefruit and slight mango. A nice bready malty base comes out in time. Under that A bit of metal (as in 'lucky U') but it's masked quite well by the hops.

Quite a step up and better than I was expecting, Breckenridge really delivered the hops with this one. Grapefruit, mango slices and more tropic flavor. Also under that some pine reminding me of a troegs brew. Malty on the end creating a almost perfect balance. Small bisquit and bread vibe under a nice piney bitter DIPA.

The body is at a good spot although I could of used an extra boost. Medium bodied and well carbed. There is some of that metal taste when I'm at about halfway through marking it's spot on my palete. While very hoppy the hop oils did not really coat my tounge in the slightest. This has a very dry finish with some bitterness.

Small batch DIPA is a great brew, Nicely hopped and almost a perfect balance without a overly malted finish. The 9.2 does not come into play at all in taste/feel but I could feel this after my 12oz's. Not very sessionable, but i'll go for two. This has just enough hops to cover up what small metal taste I get from this brewery so it hides that well. Good for a go and good enough for a 2nd purchase.

BARFLYB, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My pour created a rocky finger of ecru head with decent retention, which created some nice lacing as it dissipated. Color was a slightly hazy deep-amber with copper highlights. Nose was piney and very pungent at that. Mouthfeel was fairly full, almost creamy on the tongue with a most welcome astringent hop bite in the mouth. I have been subjecting myself to a LOT of AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers of late and this was a refreshing change. Finish was dry and quite hoppy. I have really come to miss IPAs during this part of the CANQuest and this was one reason why. More please, sir.

woodychandler, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of SilentSabre
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours up a slightly cloudy rusty orange colour with a really nice, thick, frothy head that laced the edges of my glass nicely. So far, things look good. Smell is a lovely floral hops with juicy, citrus fruits. Very nice. The citrus floral marriage continues on the palate and tongue with a full on frontal assault with brutal hop savagery and little detectable malt. This is typically not exactly my favourite style, but occasionally I really enjoy a super hoppy, American style IPA, and I really enjoyed this beer. I must say, too, that it drinks miles below its proclaimed 9,2%. I personally wouldn't drink a whole lot of these simply because I'm not a big hop guy. However, I gave it big marks on drinkability based on how stunningly well concealed the abv is. A really solidly well built American-style IPA.

SilentSabre, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of rfabian
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces an ample head with lots of lacing and persistence. The appearance is amber and slightly cloudy. The aroma is of citrus hops and malts. The taste is moderately bitter with hops and sweet with roasted malt. The feel is medium bodied with a nice, clean finish and nice alcoholic warmth.

This is a great IPA, delicious and enjoyable.

rfabian, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of hoppyhobby
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured to cloudy light orange/brownish color with almost no head. Spotty lacing.

S: Faint sweet smell with floral overtones

T: A nice hoppy bite with lasting flavor.

M: Even though my pour yeilded practically no head, there is some livly carbonation in the mouth. This one has some hop bite on the sides of the tongue, but surprisingly the alcohol is subtle even though it has a high ABV.

D: A very nice IPA. A bit stronger than a typical IPA (and it is a double IPA) but not over the top. A nice one to settle down after a hard day at work. Can't drink these all night though. A great nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

hoppyhobby, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my imperial pint glass the beer is fairly clear golden orange. The off white head fills at least three fingers high and looks like a vanilla milk shake. After settling a thick coating of lace surrounds the glass.

The aroma is hoppy but more malt shines through then I anticipated. It smells more like a barley wine then a DIPA. I'm not complaining since I love both styles.Some citrus fruit comes through after warming amybe even a hint of banana.

The flavor is malty as hell. Some hops come on in the finish but even those are overpowered by the booze. Straight up malt bomb.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Overall not exactly what I hoped for. I'm going to be nursing this bomber for awhile.

beerwolf77, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of kirkmichel
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Amber with light off white foam. Clear.
S-More sweet maple than hops, but the hops definitely jump out.
T-Tangy and pleasant. Bitter with a sweet honey taste.
D-This is a nice beer; went down a bit too fast for a double IPA, but I guess that means it is pretty drinkable. However, I was expecting it to be a bit more "in you face" for the style. If I hadn't known the style, I would have pegged it for a single IPA or possibly even a pale ale.

kirkmichel, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a review of an aged bottle from 07, the bottle was wrapped in foil (to keep the light out) and kept in a wine cooler set around 50 degrees F.

A: Nice burnt orange color with a small bit of particulate matter floating around (yeast probably).

S: Aging did not do good things to the smell of this beer. The alcohol comes through and overwhelms everything else. It smells like brandy or a beer that's been aged in a brandy barrel.

T: Again the alcohol has come through a ton and pretty much overwhelms everything else. If I were to blind taste test this I would probably guess it was a barleywine, and not a great one at that. There's maybe a tiny bit of hop bitterness once the alcohol taste fades, but not much else.

M: Still well carbonated and not too harsh, despite the alcohol flavors that come though. Along with color this in one of the strong points.

D: Alcohol really hurts the drinkability, but it's not undrinkable, I'd call it average. I'd rather drink this than a bud light but it's pretty strong so it's not the easiest to get down:

All in all this didn't fair all that well with aging. It's definitely interesting, but from what I remember of this beer fresh, and from reading my previous review, this hasn't gotten better and has probably gotten worse. None of the citrus or floral hops are there at all, most of what's left is a very strong alcohol flavor. A great beer when it's fresh but not one I'd age again.

theWrkncacnter, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rusty amber color with hanging bubbles/sediment and a small cream colored head that dissipates quickly.

Alcohol comes through in the nose, big time. Big caramel malt aromas with surprisingly little hops coming through.

Big caramel malts come through, tons of malt. Citrus and grapefruits hops flavors come through lightly, but the shining star here is the malts. Which is a little unfortunate as this is an IIPA. Kind of a strange metallic finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation and what do you know? Medium mouthfeel.

Not a great IIPA, worth trying once but way too malty.

pmccallum86, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of seedsofchaos
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: thick w/o much noticeable carbonation, opaque w/ hues of amber, oranges and tea browns

S: citrusy, light floral w/ hints of nutty malts, heavy in the nose

T: hop bitterness w/ an immediate roundind of malts, floral, citrus, little bit more of an alcohol bite than expected, fresh hop flavors maybe cascade and fuggles...

Mf: full bodied w/ average carbonation, sits just right for a well rounded IPA or double IPA

D: overall a fantastic beer that's great for beer geeks but a little too strong for the casual drinker

seedsofchaos, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of MOB210SA
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1/2 finger bubbley light greyish/white. A golden sunset amber.

Lots of hop and light caramel malt. Not overly fragrant.

Good flavorful beer with nice amount of hop. Caramel and not a lot of hop bite. Slight sweetness. Enough hoppiness to satisfy any hop withdrawls ive had.

Nice mouthfeel, full medium body. Alright carbonation, smooth and pretty drinkable. Not the best neither the worst DIPA. Enjoyable.

MOB210SA, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of mjl21
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 9.2%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a crystal cler glowing amber. It has a thin off white head that rapidly dissolves to a small bubbly layer.

S-I get touches of pine and juicy citrus such as tangerine and orange peel. There are flashes of sweet malt and a little bit of booze.

T-It starts out with some citrus. Sweet malt comes quickly and makes it taste like a sugary tropical drink. Booze also is detected. It finishes with some resiny pine flavor.

M-Thicker bodied, creamy, and nicely carbonated.

D-The sweetness and abv would limit this to one in a session.

Not bad, not great. There are so many great DIPAs out there that this one gets lost in the shuffle.

mjl21, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Lunch
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired in a trade as generous extra from stig (Thanks man!) into my Dogfish Head snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/22/10).

A: Pours a hazy amber, with just a slight cap of foam that quickly dissipates into a few medium-sized bubbles

S: Nice aroma of citrus and a semi-sweet caramel malt. There is actually a rather strong scent of booze, that is for the most-part pleasant, but a bit much.

T: Some nice citrus tones hit the palate with a bit of bitterness and a slight floral character, but alcohol again is a bit overpowering.

M: Fuller-bodied with low and creamy carbonation and a hint of lingering bitterness on the way down.

D: The presence of alcohol really depreciates its drinkability.

Overall this is a pretty decent American DIPA, but it is unfortunate that the alcohol is not as hidden as it could be. Thanks again Kyle for throwing this one in the box!

Lunch, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of omnigrits
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a regular pint glass gives a slightly cloudy amber beer with a good head that never completely goes away and leaves plenty of sticky lace.

The aroma hints at a strong malt character which is confirmed in the taste. This has a lot of maltiness for an IPA. It's a full-flavoured and smooth beer with a very good mouthfeel. Almost no bitterness in the finish, the hops are well hidden. DIPA doesn't always have to mean hopped up to eyeballs. I'm getting a little warmth from the alcohol - nothing too OTT.

For me personally this one's a bit too malty but it's a good beer and a good example of the style.

omnigrits, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of mobyfann
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled a growler for $9.99 at The Party Source...

A clear amber colored base, huge white head, long retention and good lacing. The aroma is very mellow in high quality hops, slight tones of grainy malts, bosc pear and green apples.

The taste/feel is noticeably dry, medium-body with low-to-no carbonation yet leaves a cornucopia of flavors on the palette; mostly of hops and freshly picked apples, with slight tones of banana and maple syrup. Drinkable? Sure is, especially with such a high abv, just the right amount of flavor and teasing (as a DIPA)...

Final Thought: Quite a nice brew that bolsters quality hops with a unique mix of sweet secondary flavors. Recommended!

mobyfann, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of hayesez
2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured this into my Moose Drool pint glass. Poured a hazy wet straw color with a thin white tiny bubbled head. After a bit of time, the haziness partially subsides, leaving a murky copper appearance. The clarity that is often present in this style is not there. At first I thought that I might have gotten an infected batch, but upon looking at some other reviews, it appears that some others have experienced the same. No lacing left behind.

The aroma is primarily grapefruit and orange with some floral notes blended in there. I don't smell the alcohol at all. The beer smells very good, but it is quite mild considering the style

I'm disappointed with the taste - I get a biting cardboard taste that quickly turns to poorly balanced bitter citrus. The floral hops are there, but dominated by the off kilter bitterness. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, although I'm really not sure that isn't just because of the overpowering bitter. I'm still not convinced that there is not something wrong with this brew...something isn't quite right. However, the carbonation is good and the beer is thick and full-bodied...maybe even a bit too much for an IPA, but not bad.

I struggled to finish this one. If I come across another one of these and find that perhaps I had a bad bottle, I will certainly edit my review. I'm fond of several of the Breckenridge beers and am chalking this one up as a mistake...something doesn't seem right.

Consumed on 1/20/2010

hayesez, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of cnjohn19
2.53/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

thanks to my stepdad norm for picking this one up for me...grabbed a six pack, knowing nothing about this brewery or brew...

that said i wish he would've known something about this one...this beer pours a beautiful yellowish orange with a thick cotton head...however it is incredibly cloudy and seems to have a significant amout of sediment...which actually settled to the bottom of my glass...

smells are of strong alcohol, a tad bit of citrus, and a little sweetness...but damn, this beer is not good...the alcohol dominates and warms the palate...really bad job with this version of DIPA...you get a little sweetness, but again the alcohol takes it away...

the warming sensation is nice, but that's about it...i wouldn't waste my time with this, plenty of great DIPA's to enjoy

(for my own notes, opened this one on a cool sunday night watching the golden globe awards)

cnjohn19, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber in color with 1" fluffy white head. Very nice lacing was left as the head faded away.
Smells of piney hops and sweet malt. Taste has a sweet malt backbone up front, then hops. May be able to slightly detect the alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium medium. Soewhat refreshing, but also heavy. A good, well balanced DIPA.

KOPBeerDrinker, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via SS09 from vasdef42. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into aan imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" eggshell head above the clear orangey amber brew. Head falls gradually, with excellent, slow-falling lace. Aroma is fruity citrus. Taste is sweet to start, citrus fruitiness in the middle, and closes with ample bitterness. Mouthfeel is extra smooth, and drinkability is excellent for the style. Not overboard on the bitter, good representation of the DIPA style.

ppoitras, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.28/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to mnjeff, again, for this one! My first beer from Breckenridge.

I poured a bottle of it into my brand new 20 oz 'gansett glass. Why the hell not!?! This beer is really cloudy. Like really cloudy. The head on it is fluffy, like someone dumped a marshmallow on this thing. There's also some very thick lacing. It has a light amber color to it. Kind of like piss when your are really dehydrated. This beer is fucking gorgeous, but whats with it being so insanely cloudy?

The aroma has a lot of carmel in it. Maybe some light biscuit. Seems like this might have an excellent malt back bone to it to balance out these spicy hops. Alcohol is pretty prevalant.

(First sip) Whoa! I don't know what happened here. There's a big amount of alcohol that is only concentrated by a spicy hop flavor. The sweetness of the carmel I smelled in the aroma hits your tongue for a split second and then kind of lingers in the background.

(Couple more sips) It's just very bitter and has too much alcohol flavor. This beer is hot on the back of the tongue and has a burn going down your throat. It's definitely a little different from most big IPAs I've had but I don't think it's all working here.

This beer is the definition of palate fatigue. Getting farther down the glass I can barely taste the beer anymore. It could warm you up in these freezing temperatures but I don't think I would drink another one of these.

BearsOnAcid, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint

A- Pours a slight hazy, golden orange with about a half finger's worth of head. The head fades quickly and barely leaves a cover on the beer.

S- A nice whiff gives you a bunch of hops, piney goodness. Also the sweetness of the malt is in there and seems like a little bit of honey. Also maybe even a little bit of bread in there too.

T- Piney hops, malt, white bread. Pretty well balanced with no flavor really dominating the others. The first time I had this I thought there was no way this was 9.2%

M- Medium bodied that has a fair amount of carbonation and just a little bit of bite from the bitterness. Goes down pretty smoothly overall.

D- Like stated before, I can't believe how high the ABV was in this one. You can't even tell. Pretty good but if you had a few too many it would sneak up on you quick.

Wisconsinality, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, received in SS 09

appearance: poured into a tyranena pint, clear dandelion-orange body, white creamy lacing, relatively light for the style

smell: sweet and tropical fruits, not much in the way of traditional citrus/pine hops, caramel, honey

taste: available in Madison, but never sampled...lemon zest, moderate hop bitterness, light ginger, honey, caramel cream

mouthfeel: rather light and zest - alcohol does provide a nice finish

drinkability: fine

dirtylou, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge brewery small batch 471 double hopped ipa

Hazy orange amber color with a full 2+ finger head. Tons of lacing.

Bright citrus aroma, definitely with some sweetness.

Really nice. Definitely a fresh DPA.
Excellent balance with a fresh, floral hop flavor. Also some sticky caramel flavor and candy sweetness. In the middle you detect the abv, but it ends rather smoothly and balanced.

Medium to full bodied and a touch sticky.

I like it, and I'd like to try it on draft or cask. I bet its awesome.

Reagan1984, Dec 27, 2009
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,888 ratings.