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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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1,929 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,929
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 26
Gots: 124 | 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:
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(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale hazy yellow orange color with 1 finger of creamy head after a rough pour. Nice crown left on top that produces good lacing on the glass.

S: Smell of vanilla beans and earthy hop aromas. Light hints of toffee sweetness that are hidden under the grassy earthy hop aroma.

T: Smooth vanilla toffee sweetness that blends into a sharp earthy bitter hop finish. Good blend of citrus orange sweetness in the hop flavor as well. Good balance between malt and hops in this one and not overpowering with hop flavor.

M: Thin mouthfeel but more smooth and creamy rather than fizzy feel.

D: Decent drinkability. Not sure if the bottles were old as there was no date on them. Bought them on a trip to Cleveland and brought them back to Boston. I wonder if the hops have mellowed since it could have been on the shelf a while. Good beer, but I wonder if a fresh one has more pronounced hop flavor.

Crazy4LegMoose, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-06-12 in Lynchburg, VA

A - Dark caramel with a light tan head and good lacing

S - Orange and mild pine

T - Orange, medium roasted sweet grain, nice hop bitterness. First finishes sweet and then dries out to residual, strong bitterness. The alcohol is well-integrated. I like the taste quite a bit.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Not creamy.

D - Indeed. Enough character to be interesting and thirst-quenching enough to have after mowing the lawn.

Tucquan, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Dodo2step
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- Al's of Hampden

A- An amber yellow color. A fomay head. It is very frothy and impales the glass.

S- grapefruit hops and wheat

T- citrus and grapefruit. A somewhat sweet type of hop as well.

M- not as dry as the IPA and not as hoppy but still an ipa

D- a nice brew to put back. It goes down smooth and you might forget the high abv.

Dodo2step, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of DoctorDog
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Orange / light copper, and quite clear. ~1 1/2 fingers of white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap.

S- Grapefruit/citrus and pine hopiness. Vague hints of malty sweetness barely slips through.

T- Citrus/grapefruit, floral hop flavors with a solid bitter kick. Solid malt backbone provides some sweetness and balance. Slight hints of alcohol.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a medium feel.

D- Decent. Solid smell and flavor, and the despite the fairly high ABV, drinks easy.

Future outlook: Solid beer- definitely not one to turn down, though probably not inspiring enough of a DIPA to seek out again.

DoctorDog, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of russellaaron69
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear orange into tulip style pint glass. Very little head with minimal to no lacing. Smelled of hops and citrus fruit (grapefruit). Taste was on par with the aroma. Hops and citrus all the way through. Full mouthfeel...a bit oily from the hops. This beer hides its alcohol very well. Never would have guess that it clocks in at 9.2%. Definitely wouldn't mind having this around on a regular basis.

russellaaron69, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, bright orange-bronze color. The head is moderately large, with an orange tint and a dense, frothy texture. Retention is initially sturdy, and a few rings of sticky lace cling to the glass.

S: A light caramel/honeyish malt presence, but this, as expected, has a very hop-forward nose. Primarily citric notes of grapefruit and orange rind. Also some lesser notes of pine, spice, and tropical fruitiness. A bit of noticeable alcohol, but it is well within the normal range for this style.

T: A consistent caramel maltiness provides decent initial sweetness. Hop bitterness is relatively high, although not exactly extreme. Hop flavors are predominantly citric (grapefruit and orange/tropical), with minor piney and spicy character. Alcohol is zesty and noticeable, and there is a mild earthiness as the flavor fades.

M: Fairly full in body. Carbonation is on the fine side, and the alcohol provides a warming presence along with a relatively dry, bitter finish.

D: A pretty nice DIPA. The hops form a nice ensemble cast that provides a few different flavors/perspectives. Could stand to have a slightly mellower alcoholic presence, as it distracts slightly from the beer at the moment. Regardless, certainly worth a try if you're at all a fan of the style.

Clydesdale, May 23, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one on tap at Papago Brewing in AZ. Nice suggestion from Mike the bartender.

Light copper in color with nice clarity and lace collar.

Mild but enjoyable hop aroma and some sweet caramel malt. Tastes as it smells.

Medium/light body and carbo.

A very mild but drinkable DIPA at 9%, goes down easy without to much palate destruction, so be careful if you order another...

unclejimbay, May 19, 2010
Photo of mjurney
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Appearance]: Light copper color, slightly hazy, some carbonation, head looks foamy, lacing looks fair.
[Smell]: Aroma is pretty mild for Double IPA, but I could smell some citrus hops and sweet malts.
[Taste]: Taste more like a regular IPA than DIPA, but has a nice citrus hops, some piney, sweet malts at the end. Not too aggressive like most DIPA.
[Mouthfeel]: Light bodied, carbonation is medium, very smooth.
[Drinkability]: Pretty drinkable.

mjurney, May 17, 2010
Photo of foofight11
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This happens to be one of my favorites. It pours a wonderful peach-like color and is very cloudy; not transparent at all. I poured a cool 22 Ounce bomber into a 12oz snifter. Not much of a head; almost a whole pinky finger. However, the lacing on this beer is a stunning art.

The nose on this a wonderful aromatic of floral hops with a slight hint of malty sweetness, almost reminiscent of caramel. Not over-the-top hop smells, which can be wonderful, but the smell already dictates the great balance within the beer.

Now to the taste. Again, the smell already dictated a wonderful balance of malt and hops. The most interesting aspect is how the malt sweetness can hit your tongue first while the hop bitterness, which is not overpowering, finishes. There is a tart fruit floating around in the taste but I can not name it yet.

This drinks very smoothly and provides a nice warming all the way down. The alcohol can sneak up on you; but that is never a problem.

While I think by all the characteristics I could certainly have a few of these in one session. However, if I want to keep my wits, one is nice; but letting my guard down with this beer is never out of the realm of possibilities!

foofight11, May 15, 2010
Photo of ghebel
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold to light copper, almost orange, color with a smallish, but very creamy head. Leaves almost a full ring of persistent laces on the glass as it dissipates to a thin ring.

S - Caramel malts with fruity esters up front. Citrus hops.

T - Sweet malt dominates. Moderate bitterness and hop flavor for the style. A nice blend of smoothness and bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden for 9.2%. Very well balanced.

M - Medium to full body. Lingering bitterness in the mouth. Warming on the palate and throat. Smooth. Balanced finish.

D - Drinkable in small amounts.

Overall - Well balanced beer. The hops are not over the top, but they have to be in there in numbers in order to balance that well with the grain bill. Very impressive "hidden" alcohol. Smooth drinking.

ghebel, May 04, 2010
Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a white foam...decent retention. Not much lacing on this one..kind of disappointing.

Aroma isn't as hoppy as expected (double hopped? When?). Very malty aroma, actually, with some hops hiding in the background

It tastes good actually. But it isn't what I expected for the style. I expect a more pronounced hop profile from a imperial IPA, with malt balance..with this I'm getting a malty beer with a hop background. I like it..but an Imperial IPA it is not.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium and decent carbonation. Drinkability is high. Tastes good. Just not really staying close to its style.

Still. A solid beer

kshankar, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of JamesS
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purs a decent mid-color copper with a bit of initial head; no lasting head and very little lacing. Nice scent, a lot of hops in the nose; citrus and grass detected; some sweet maltiness, but it wasn't enough to counter the hops. Decent taste, a lot of hoppiness; citrus leading to grass/pine, with a mixture aftertaste; decent malt backing, but not near as much as needed for the hops, and seems a bit malt weak for such a high ABV. A bit rough from the hops.

JamesS, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Beer is dark amber and hazy, forms a broken thin head of small white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is not as hop forward as I would expect, mostly malt but I do detect a slight pine aroma

Odd flavor at first, almost like a wet dog. Finishes dry. Mostly sweet. My first impression on the taste were pretty bad, I need to try again. OK, that was better, forward sweetness, some bitterness in the back, still finishes a little dry but not too bad. Bitterness builds and lingers. There is some hop flavor in the midpalate and the carbonation in the mouth helps. Its OK.

drabmuh, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of jculler82
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Semi-hazy light gold. Looks like an IIPA should.

Smell is a nearly even mix of the rind of an orange and sweet grapefruit, with the orange leading the way by a margin, and a background hint of pine resin.

Tastes like an IIPA should, like an american IPA with the slightest hint of alcohol. But if you weren't digging for the alcohol you wouldn't find it. Packed full of flavor, but not so much that palet fatigue is a problem. For that reason the taste rating was up for me, this beer won't wear you out like some can.

Mouthfeel is spot on medium.

Drinkability is good, too good, you could drink a few of these, and at 9.2% you could make a session of this beer, but you might be sorry. As I mentioned before, it won't wear your palet out like some beers of this style can.

Overall, a fantastic IIPA that isn't over the top like some others can be. That probably hurts its rating with some, but the drinkability is better than most beers of this style. That said, it still tastes like your standard IIPA. Which isn't bad, but it doesn't set itself apart in any way.

jculler82, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of antoines15
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: very orange in color with a good off white foam head

s: kind of has an almost rusty smell??? citrusy and hoppy as well

t: again with the hops and citrus flavors. smooth and would definitely drink more of these. has a similar taste to a dogfish head ipa with the strong malt presence.

m: there's that rust again, but not too bad, and a dry finish.

d: very drinkable and could see myself getting a nice buzz off a few of these.

antoines15, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of j37geogaddi
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is deep copper and cloudy with medium lacing.

Smell is of caramel malt and muted hops.

Very tasty. Definitely on the maltier side of DIPA's but satisfying still. Not sure of the age of this one, but it actally could use a little more hop bitterness, even if you can taste the citrus hops. A little hint of alcohol in the backround distracts from the flavors. Strong tasting beer.

The beer has a nice thick mouthfeel that reminds you that you are drinking a heavier beer.

Pretty drinkable for its style but again, the malty flavors could get boring after a glass or so.

Not a particularly complex tasting beer but what it lacks in that department, it makes up for in punch. Good beer-

j37geogaddi, Mar 27, 2010
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
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,929 ratings.