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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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Ratings: 2,014
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 32
Gots: 173 | 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 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.

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
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
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
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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