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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,963 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,963
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 30
Gots: 136 | 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 keithricker
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is smooth and velvety in texture. Golden color with good lacing. Smell is mostly sweet and floral; pineapple.

Taste is similar to smell. This is a good example of what a "pineaplle" IPA is like.

The hop profile is very mild, light, tingling and friendly. None of the aggressive alpha acid bite or brash bitterness you get with the heavy pine or grapefruit rind varieties. Everything is mild and friendly, but make no mistake: this stuff is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Be very cautious. The texture is velvety-smooth, like an Al Green or Barry White love song. It will careess your mouth and taste buds in a tasty pinapple blanket of silk.

But once it gets to your liver, it's true colors are revealed and all hell starts breaking loose. Beware.

keithricker, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of jnn4v
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So now that I've finished my review of the draft, here's a review of the 12oz bottle that I took home. Oddly enough, this is one of the rare beers that I actually enjoy more from the bottle.

A: Honey color, crisp and clear. Fully translucent. No haze or sediment.

S: Unlike the draft version, this had some good scent starting the second I popped the top. Citrus, floral hops and maybe the slightest hint of pine. Somewhere under there is some brown sugar and honey sweetness, but it's definitely subdued.

T: Clean pine, grapefruit and lemon hops combined with an undertone of maltiness to balance it out. Crisp, tasty, alcoholy and wonderful.

M: My wife actually thought this was more syrupy than the draft version. To me, it feels about the same. Fine carbonation. Classic DIPA texture.

D: A 471 a day keeps the more expensive purchases away? Easily drinkable, and on a regular basis. Drink it nice and slowly. This is one to enjoy.

jnn4v, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish copper color with a thin off-white head that slowly subsides and leaves some light lacing.

Floral aroma of pine along with apricot and orange.

Spicy hops show up in the taste along with notes of orange, apricot, grapefruit and honey. Starts out fairly hoppy but seems to have a balancing sweetness after the first few sips. Seems to just get better the more I drink.

Alcohol is mostly well hidden although it does have a slight burning presence on occasion. Overall a pretty enjoyable DIPA.

Vengeance526, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of jdoncbus
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Piraat tulip. Hazy bronze color, not much carbonation, thin head, with some big bubbles resting on top. Oily liquid with some mild lacing.

Nose is honeycomb pine with some sweet toasted grain. Additioal notes of pineapple, apricot, a dash of brown sugar, and floral sweets.

Pretty slick mouthfeel that leads to a biscuity pine flavor. For a DIPA the malt presence is pronounced with sweet tasting malt & some toasted grains. The hops appear towards the tail end and leads into a mild grapefruit, grassy, and mild numbing of the mouth. Moderately dry finish. The alcohol leads to a burn down the throat; not overpowering but present.

Pretty easy to drink considering the 9.2%. I am not sure if the bottle is a little on the older side or not but the hops are on the light side but well balanced nonetheless. Not bad, I tried it a long time ago, which may be for a reason.

jdoncbus, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange body that is somewhat murky and a great two-finger head that left lace rings down the glass. While the citric and grapefruit hop aromas seem to dominate the smell (it has that clingy, zesty, soapy smell some DIPAs have) there are also sweet malt smells tucked in there. Tastes like a standard (good) DIPA, with a lighter medium-body that passes easily and smooth and leaves a citric hop taste throughout your mouth and is balanced with those sweet malts, for a dry but satisfying backbite. I did not realize that this was over 9% b/c they really did a good job hiding the alcohol.

clayrock81, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried 5 Feb 2009 at the brewpub.

Clear golden brown in color. Small white head quickly dissipates. Good citric aroma. Starts with lots of citrusy hops, alcohol. Some caramel sweetness for balance. Finishes with lots of alcohol and citrusy hops. Medium body. Quite noticeable alcohol.

Enough alcohol to get you in trouble if you're not careful.

htomsirveaux, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of ABOWMan
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, this IPA gave a modest two fingered head of off-white colored foam. There was some suspended yeast apparent which for me didn't detract from the overall appearance (I suppose I could have poured it more carefully). The color is orange in hue and on the dark side for a typical IPA.

The aroma is of grapefruit and pine with some orange.

Initially I got sweet malt then bitter hops, blended with the sweetness of alcohol and citrus (orange and grapefruit). The mouthfeel is considerably heavier than a normal IPA. I felt that this beer was more reminescent of a DIPA or and Imperial IPA, but either way, I enjoyed the full flavor and rich body. I just wish there were more of a hop bite to this brew.

Easily drinkable without any effort, however the 9.2% ABV is bound to catch up with you eventually!

ABOWMan, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of nc41
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Nice head and maintains it very nicely. Citrus and grapefruit dominate both on the nose and tongue, very nicely bitter, well balanced, Considering the relatively high ABV definitely not boozy and it's well hidden. Knocked down the drink ability a tab because of the high ABV, but it's dangerously drinkable. Note: the bottle didn't equal the tap.

nc41, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a orangish color with amber hues. There is a bit of cloudiness, which doesn't appeal a great deal to me. The head isn't really long lived either.

S: Great aromas of citrus with some orange and grapefruit. There is some piney and floral aromas as well. There is a faint sweetness present.

T: I get sweet malts initially. This follows by a muted hoppy bite. The flavoring hops are much more evident. There is definite grapefruit and pine in the flavor. This is augemented well by the sweet malts. It does fall a little short in the bitterness department for a DIPA.

M: The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Pretty solid, but not standing out a great deal.

D: A pretty good DIPA. Nothing stellar however. The bitterness is that of an IPA. The maltiness is that of a DIPA. This didn't fit the style particularly well. Additionally, I think I paid $12.99 for a six pack. This is definitely not worth the price when I can get Hopslam or another iconic DIPA for the same price or less. On tap, this may be worth another try. I won't be picking it up in a bottle again.

brewdoc75, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark apricot color, with a big light beige head. Beer is a little hazy, but I can see through it.

Faint aroma of grapefruit and pineapple, and caramel sweetness.

Hoppy grapefruit flavor, with bready malt complexities. The website lists this as 70 IBU's, but it's pretty balanced to me. , it's alcohol is well hidden, and actually, the bitterness is becoming a bit stronger as it warms. As a result, the malt seems to be taking a step back, and although warm and bready, is definitely in the background. The yeast doesn't really come into play taste wise. Coming on at the end of the glass, are some faint minty, and herbal hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, a tad thin at the cool temperature I started with, but seems to grow fuller as it warms. Grainy towards the end, and a semi-dry finish, with the hops flavors lingering for quite awhile.

Overall, a really delicious beer. I usually review the first or second beer from a pack, and enjoy the rest, but I greedily drank the first 5, and had to force myself to review the remaining 1. Tremendous flavor, especially if you disregard style, which I seem to be doing more and more. And the high, yet unnoticeable ABV makes this a solid choice for enjoying your evening. Cheers!

dancinwillie, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Color is a slight pinkish orange copper. Has a slight off white head with good retention and lace splattered about the glass.

The aroma is of carmel malts and thick-like earthy hops. The taste is extremely hoppy. A lot of the earthy hops are present along with some grapefruit citrus.

Mouthfeel is very bitter, seems well carbonated, and ends with a very dry aftertaste. Hides its alcohol well.

Overall, this is a delicious double/imp. I am glad I picked it up. It is pretty easy to drink at 9.2% abv. I definitely would like to try more small batch series now!

mothman, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky orange color with no foam to speak of

S - aroma of citrus and pine with hints of banana

T - nice hop flavor, pine and citrus, with some corriander & lemon with a bit of a spicy pepper finish

M/D - not a bad tasting brew, but a bit harsh, it has a good flavor but there was something in the finish that makes me pass by this one when picking from the fridge.

mikereaser, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at First Street Draught House in Winston-Salem.

Appearance: Deep reddish-copper color. Surprisingly clear. I did not see the pour, but it came to me with a half-finger of white head. The head dissipated fairly quickly, but a ring of it remained around the edge of the glass. Decent lacing.

Smell: Grassy, piney, and woodsy notes from the various hops. The hops are complimented by strong citrus notes, especially grapefruit.

Taste: Wow. An immediate bite of hops, which lingers throughout the entire sip. As the first bite fades, grapefruit notes come through. Minimal malt flavors, which is what I like in an IPA. The alcohol is hidden at first, but it warms on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Smooth in the mouth, but a little thin, given all the strong flavors in the beer. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: This is an outstanding DIPA, and one that I'm surprised doesn't get talked about more. There are barely any malt flavors present, allowing the hops and citrus flavors to shine through. The bitterness of the hops remained strong throughout the beer. Great beer.

StarlightSeraph, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of biker30x
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint with a glowing amber cloudiness. A thin white head was persistant and generated a clinging lace throughout. My sense of smell is poor so I like the punch in the nose of a pine/grapefruit hop-bomb of a DIPA. On that score, this disappoints. It smelled crisp with a hint of citrus. It flowed into my mouth with a thick rich feel. The warmth of the alcohol strikes first, followed by the sting of hops in a soft blanket of malt. The initial promise of a citrus balance goes unfulfilled. It finishes with a hot alcohol burn again mitigated by the sweetness of the malt. While the hops are clearly present, they lack the clear distinction of pine resin, instead imparting a sharp tingle. The welcome warmth of the alcohol becomes the defining (and not unpleasant) characteristic of this DIPA. Nothing wrong with this one, but other, bolder DIPAs will draw me away.

biker30x, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy, light copper. Nearly 2 fingers of head form with moderate retention. Some lace.

S - The initial whiff is huge with grassy, onion, and other vegetal aromas. Though it sounds gross, it's quite appealing. Pine and indistinct fruit pull through also.

T - Great stuff. The same grassy/onion/chive taste from the nose comes in immediately. A sweetness and fruitiness quickly balances this out. Sweet bread flavor from the malt and a great apple/apricot/pear, and even perhaps a bit of berry sweetness dominate mid palate. Late palate fruity flavors subside but still hang about, with some added floral components and traces of pine. Finish is slightly bitter with more of the grassy and floral elements lingering on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Works extremely well with the flavors.

D - Extremely drinkable. Breckenridge has fashioned a great malt-driven DIPA with a unique hop bill. An interesting beer sure to surprise anyone with a taste for the style. Very good, and something I would buy again. Alcohol is very well hidden.

PatrickJR, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into my Duvel tulip.

Quickly forming and quite thick looking lemon mirengue looking head. Two fingers thick it floats gracefully above an orange and copper brown beauty of a beer. Good amount of thick, ropy lacing as should be expected.

I smell this and it reminds me of Dogfish Head's 90 Min IPA. Initally this beer is uncharacteristicly fruity but after a few more sniffs the huge malt bill that was added to balance this beer begin to show up.

Taste is smooth so far. Deep and sweet fruits, not as sharp or bitter as I was expecting. The fruit here tend to be of the softer fleshed variety. I swear I picked up a bit of bananna on my first sip. Subsequent sips reveal a rather intense maltiness. It's hard to tell where this beer is going and what it wants to be. The full body and intense chewiness say that this beer is big, the hidden alcohol content is not that hidden and seems to erase what could be some interesting interactions going on with the malt and hop character of this beer. The direction of this beer seems off. Nothing really stands out here. Nothing offends me in the taste or feel, but nothing really wows me either. The interaction between malts and hops feels lacking, neither side really stands out, they sort of smash together to form something resembling a DIPA. The coating feel of the hops is there but not the juicy taste, its all just a bit too goopy and sticky for my tastes.

I know that I have probably had a worse DIPA than this but my experience with this one has just been a huge let down. The bottle had a pretty cool design, had heard good things about this beer in the past, and it looks pretty good too, but in the end it all just turned out average. Would recommend you turn elsewhere for a DIPA, especilly if you are looking for a hop fix.

bluemoonswoon, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy, burnt muddy orange color with a slightly orange/light tan head on top. low retention rate. good lacing.

S: light citrus hop aroma with a nice amount of rich, sweet malts behind it. some honey and mostly grapefruit.

T: big huge sweetness from the malts, some nice notes of honey. big grapefruit tones from the hops. slightly acidic, but the sugars form the malts make it smooth. Palate just continues for a while.

M: very smooth for 9%. very chewy for an IPA. full bodied. very crisp.

D: very nice brew. solid DIPA, I could drink several of these. the ABV is a little high for the drinkability, but the smoothness took it over.

paulthebeerguru, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of bhalter8
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint. Very effervescent, and the heavy our produced a tall, but not too dense, off-white head. A burnt orange-amber color, and rather light. Apparent hops aroma with some pine and citrus hints. Caramel background offsets the heavy amount of hops a DIPA requires. Definitely a nice balanced taste, which can be troublesome with a brew of this level of alcohol. That effervescence takes a little bit away from it in the mouth, but it is to be expected with DIPA, I guess. Guess down easy for the ABV, and definitely something I'd like to have again. Once again, from a taste and a drinkability standpoint, I am shocked this is 9.2% ABV.

bhalter8, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of coasterfreak75
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was a light orange/red with a two finger cream colored head that quickly dissapated and left a nice lace on the glass throughout the drink.

The smell was fruity and floral up front with a hint of hop spice in the rear of the nose.

The drink starts with a malt sweet front slight carbonation in the front to the middle and a hop finish that fades quickly and finishes clean and crisp.

Very drinkable, a great IPA for the entry level beer enthusiast. Quite refreshing and easy to drink.

coasterfreak75, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish pale golden color that leaves an off white head that gives a malty at first aroma than makes way for the piney hops to give there effervecent.

Tastes of piney hops and some roasted malts, I can taste the alcohol a little. Maybe some pinapple notes in the taste...The only downside of this one is, I've found the Chinook hops give a little harsh bitterness that I don't enjoy too too much.

Never the less, I love this great hoppy beer.

hoplover82, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/23/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours an amber golden clear colored body, with a slightly fizzy, white color medium-sized head, but is diminishing. Has a very hoppy aroma, acidic and some bitterness. Very hoppy taste, an almost acidic flavor. A dry bitter aftertaste.

jujubeast6000, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired in trade with Ernest (Thanks!).

Poured a clear/see through medium copper color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, and floral. Tastes of pine (gave me piney tasting burps), light caramel, and citrus. Sticky body. Medium sweet with a lighter bitterness to it.

Notes from 7/1/05

hopdog, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of armock
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is quite a bit lighter than most DIPAs but theres still a grapefruit citrus hops presence in the nose

T - The hops come out nicely in the taste that are pretty bitter

M - This beer has a medium body with light carbonation to it

D - I liked this one its a good tasting DIPA that goes down smoothly worth trying sometime

armock, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of OtisinAZ
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange color with little to no head.

Smell of pine and fruit very upfront with a citrus note hidden in there somewhere.

Taste was a bit alcoholic with a nice blend of bitter hops and a nice malt bill. I immediately thought of Dogfish 90 minute.

Good beer I would love to drink again.

OtisinAZ, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bottle:

A: Looked like an IPA should. It had a nice amber/orange hue ti it with a nice white thick head that was retained well with some nice lacing.

S: Overwhelming hops aroma with slight floral and malt hints.

T: Pretty intense hops flavor. Citrus was also noticeable.

M/D: I was expecting the beer to be a little more intense given the ABV, but the beer is smooth and very easy to drink. Good carbonation with a medium body to it. As for drinkability, since discovering this beer maybe a month ago, it has been a constant in my fridge. The beer is really well done and not overpowering like a lot of DIPAs. I strongly recommend to any hop head.

PhillyStyle, Dec 12, 2008
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,963 ratings.