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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,879 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 25
Gots: 106 | 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 wheelinshirt
3.4/5  rDev -13%

12 oz screenprinted brown bottle purchased from Abe's in Bethlehem. Poured into a tulip and enjoyed after dinner.

Very clear amber, pretty dark and ruddy really, even for a DIPA. Nice off white head that sports okay retention (though kind of poor for the style) and only a little lacing. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen when swirled around.

Smell is pretty weak, sweet caramel malts and some hops, not nearly as floral, piney, or citrusy as i would have liked.

Taste is much more hoppy, fairly bitter, but it is balanced by the sweet maltiness. I couldn't decide if it seemed like it was too hoppy and bitter as well as being too sweet and malty, or if it was balanced. Hmm. Good, but not exactly easy to enjoy.

Mouthfeel is pretty oily from all the hops, not too heavy or light. No alcohol burn.

Drinkability is moderate considering the style (high abv and bitterness). I don't know if i would go back to this one, but it is good, and worth the $2 i paid for it.

wheelinshirt, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of btuthill
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured with small head from a dark brown bomber. Nice lacing most of the way down. Lighter color than both smell and taste would indicate - looks more like a pils than a dipa. smell is also thin, with light generic citrus notes. taste is good if unexceptional. the taste is quite nice, but i'm having trouble picking anything out. the 9.2% is hidden well in this very drinkable dipa.

a rather unexceptional brew, unfortunately. i had a bottle last week and was blown away, so i wonder if this second bottle is a dud. i may edit the review later if this bottle was an aberration.

btuthill, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Appearance: pours a light orange color with some yellow highlights on the glasses edge. A thick 2" head lasts a long time. Thick lacing develops.

Smell: loads of piney and citrus heavy hops. A great aroma.

Taste: malt levels are a bit thinner than anticipated, but are still sweet enough to balance the heavy pine and grapefruits here. Some fruity sweetness and mild alcohol tones are in the background.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is not too long and the flavors mellow slowly on the tongue.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff this bomber and probably another one if I had it. Nice flavorful beer here.

Gavage, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +2.3%

12oz bottle served at 50F into a large snifter.

Nice amber color with a silky tan head. Very good lacing and retention.

Bouquet of floral hops, candy malts, fresh fruits and some complex alcohols.

A good balance between a big hop presence and full bodied malts. Reminds me of a really strong "old style IPA."

Full body with good amount of carbonation to contast the hop oils. A great English style double IPA.

rye726, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Amber-orange body.. short lived off-white head.. some lacing..

S: Lots of variety in the hops here ... pine, grapefruit, grassy/floral..

T: The hops blast front to start... nice malt background.. bready without being too thick..

M: Medium bodied. not as heavy as other dIPAs.. moderate carbonation... smooth.

D: Pretty solid dIPA... not as big and bitter as some others... makes it a good choice for with a meal.

callmemickey, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of andreasmwatt
3.83/5  rDev -2%

Appearance - Cloudy, copper in color

Smell - Went big with hops. Pine and Strong citrus aroma.

Taste - At 9.2% mid to mid strong alcohol taste. still good, but definately can tell this is a 9% beer.

Mouthfeel - Not as good as other IPA's in it's class. Not enough solid carbonation.

Drinkability - Definately drinkable. Takes some time to judge after drinking.

andreasmwatt, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of boston2bburg
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

Single 12 ounce pours light amber with a creamy three finger head that is very sticky, great lacing, maintains a very generous layer all the way down the glass. Smell is floral with a touch of grapefruit and some caramel malt. Not a whole lot going on.

There's a nice big malt backbone over some rather nondescript hop bitterness - maybe a touch of pine. The alcohol is well hidden, but begins to warm after more than half the glass is gone. Mouthfeel is a stong point: hearty, dry, full-bodied but very drinkable.

This beer is well constructed, but I was hoping for more hop character, or any character. There are plenty of beers I'd rather buy for the price.

boston2bburg, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%

Appearance
Deep orange amber; head dissipated quickly; translucent

Smell
Big time hops! Super citrussy, piney, and floral--almost like smelling orange juice

Taste & Mouthfeel
Big hops all the way through; some tasty bready malt up front, but it's quickly pushed back down by the relentless hops; feels a little thin in body, but with even a gentle swish in the mouth it agitates, giving it a fuller, silkier texture; hides the high ABV very well

Overall
It's a great tasting DIPA. While I love GD's Hercules, that's such a big beer there's almost nowhere to go afterwards, whereas this feels a bit lighter while still being very satisfying. This would be a great one to enjoy on a summer night...or any night, really.

JEdmund, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of johnnyirishman
3.83/5  rDev -2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A- Cloudy copper in color with decent head retention and decent lacing

S- A pleasant smell of hops and slight yeast.

T,M- Big hops taste with a clean sweet malt finish.

D- This beer has a good drinkability, very tasty. A beer that could be enjoyed back to back.

johnnyirishman, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of asabreed
4.38/5  rDev +12%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange color. Slim and almost indiscernible bubbles shooting to the top. Nice retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Huge hop assualt with perfume and flowers, citrus zest, and grapefruit rind. Visceral as hell, but balanced nicely with the malt flavors, adding a bit of sweetness, and rounding it off with some earthiness, bark, and woodiness.

Taste: I love the finish best, which is insanely long, lingering, and ridiculously complex, with lots of grains, earthiness, and flowery hops. But initially it's the citrus hops, the nice malty flavors balanced out by the hop bitterness, sour cherries, sweet strawberry, orange peel, and bitter rind flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy, and full, without the sticky or cloying sap feel to it in the least.

Drinkability: I think I echo what a lot of folks have said: Breckenridge brews this beer? But I think it goes for a lot of breweries these days, which is brew better and make less. Most of us will pay the money for it, it's more complex, and there's much more to offer. It's a pretty expensive 6-pack, but again, worth it, and pretty damn good comparably with many of the DIPAs out there. And there are always the bombers if you can find them, if you don't want to commit. I have one that's been cellaring -- when I actually believed that DIPAs get better with age -- that I'm now not extremely anxious to try, and I'll review it when I do. And by the way, how the hell is this 9.2% ABV?

asabreed, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

Rich gorgeous shade of amber, with a light off white head. Smell is big and grapefruity right off the bat. Like grapefruit syrup. Citrusy, honey tones and some grainy malt. Taste is pungent, hoppy, bitter, but well within a nice drinkable limit for a double IPA. More fruity bitterness than astringency which is nice. A quick clean finished, and balances even more and sweetens up a bit as it warms. A very nice double IPA, and one of my favorites for the price.

JDV, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Quasmo
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

The beer was poured into a pint glass and looks clean, a nice head on the beer makes me want to taste it. The beer has a pumpkin orange color, very distinct. It is very murky and the head recedes fairly quickly.

I smell hops and sweet potatoes.

The beer tastes good and clean. I taste the bitterness of hops, and the subtlety of citrus.

It has a bitter after taste that I cant really shake. But I'll finish off the whole bottle don't get me wrong.

Quasmo, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured a copper-gold color, nice head with slight retention, minimal lacing, poured into a snifter. Smell has plenty of hops and a bit of citrus. Very nice hop flavor with citrus tones .
Slighty thick and very smooth. Also a bit of sweetness. Very drinkable Would surely drink again. ABV well hidden.

barleywinefiend, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of VeloKev
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Had a pint of this at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC, served from the tap.
A-Burnt orange in color, 1 finger head, clean look.

S- not much in the nose, a little floral hop, but not much. I'd just had a Dogfish Head 90min IPA, so there was a VERY noticable difference in the big aroma of the 90 to this one.

T-Surprisingly good considering the lack of nose I was getting. Nice up front hop bite, floral, a little citrus. Quite smooth, actually.

M-mildy oily from the hops, lingers for a bit, clean otherwise.

D-Highly drinkable, though I couldn't pound these-but then, pounding is for wankers. Definitely liked it.

VeloKev, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of BlankFrank
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

A: Nice orange/amber color with a decent amount of foam on the head. I did not experience very much lacing, only a little.

S: Bright citrus hops smell. You can certainly tell you're in for plenty of hops, but it doesn't overwhelm.

T: Clean grapefruit hoppiness. There's enough malt to balance the beer, but the alcohol does come out a bit more than most (it's 9.2%, after all). Enough is going on to make you take another sip.

M: Sparkles enough for an IPA, but not as much as others. This really hits the back of the tongue with a crisp finish.

D: Despite the high abv and the generous amount of hops, it's balanced enough that drinkability isn't hindered.

BlankFrank, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

I had this on tap at the Fire Rock Grill Feb 23, 2008.

The pour reveals a cloudy rust gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Good head retention here and there's some very nice lacing.

The smell is on the delicate side. All I get is some light notes of malt and floral hops.

The taste is...my...very well balanced. It's big on caramel malt and biscuit, with some earthy tones, and big with the hop bitterness, both from some grapefruit and some floral, but the sweet-bitter thing going on here works very well! The mouthfeel is firmly on the medium side and it finishes with a slight bitterness that makes you want to take another sip. So easy drinking for the abv that it's scary.

Btw, I was served this pint in a frosted glass,(I'll correct that next time I'm here) and as the beer warmed, all the flavours intensified and I enjoyed it even more. I think this is a very solid, very balanced, very easy drinking DIPA and I'm going to revisit the draught version, just $4.25 a pint, soon.(Botttles are still not in town)

Bitterbill, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of steelcutoats
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

I have been in a hoppy mood as of late and am experimenting with different IPA's. This is the second on the block tonight and if the first one was any indication of how the night would go, then I figured I'm in good hands. I have never sampled any of the wears from the Breckenridge BBQ and Brew Pub, but I am definitely looking forward to it.

The beer poured with easy, no sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The color was a copper red with a slight haze. The head shortly dissipated after being poured but a good amount of "bubbling" remained, with a moderate amount of lacing. The aroma was hoppy, but not overpowering. The taste was mildly bitter and a bit on the sweet side. It's definitely a good IPA to start with, and I will be recommending it in the future. I also dig the "small batch" sales pitch...never a bad idea to use creative marketing.

steelcutoats, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

22oz brown bottle served into a flaired tulip glass.

Glowing amber color with a hazy appearance and tiny particles in suspension,unfiltered. A 2" bone white, tight creamy head with very good retention leaving collars of lace down the glass.A few stringing tiny bubbles rise from the center of the glass.

Clean inviting aroma,perfumy with citrus and pine throughout. One of those aromas you just can't stop inhailing. Not much malt aromas has a strong presence of a freshly baked bread with a freshly mowed grassy aroma with a note of sweetness.

Nice tangy hop bite a first with ruby red grapefuityness throughout,nicely balanced with a pleasingly sweet malty taste. More like a single ipa, but very tasty and the alcohol is almost non-existent in the taste. Finishes with a sweet ruby red grapefruityness sweet and very pleasing.

Very creamy,very light feel for the style. Dangerously drinkable for a beer over 9 percent. Not what you would expect for a double ipa,but really enjoyable and if i had to drink a double ipa all night this would be my choice.

jcdiflorio, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of csmiley
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Pours medium gold with a half inch head. Retention was average but lacing was very impressive.

S - Aroma is made up of grapefruit followed by pine trees. Hops are really all there is on the nose.

T - Citrus is first taste to come through (grapefruit and lemon). There is enough of a base malt to back up the hops and provide a good balance. On the end there are caramel and alcohol flavors. As it warms the alcohol starts to come through a little more and the idea that you are drinking a big beer is apparent.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Has a pretty dry finish.

D - Drinkability is good. My limit would have to be one given the 9.2% abv.

csmiley, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of zymurgy4all
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%

Pours a light coppery color with a small head and great lacing. It smells of citrus and somewhat grapefruit like. Obviously full of hops.

The flavor is quite interesting--I expected something very bitter like a Dogfish Head 90 min, but instead, it is very pleasing to the tongue. I don't think I've ever had an IPA that was balanced this well. In fact, this can hurt you--it tastes of less alcohol than a 5% beer, yet it is 9.2! Wow. It just shows that a good balance makes the best beer. I get a bit of residual bitterness, but nothing like a typical IPA. This is an impressive IPA for sure!
The mouthfeel is pleasant, and the carbonation is slightly low. The drinkability is by far greater than any other IPA I've had to include the last one I brewed.
Seek out to buy this beer.

zymurgy4all, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

First time I found a case of Breckenridge in Philly, at Society Hill Beverage (had picked up a few singles from The Foodery).

Poured from the bottle a burnt orange with light head and little lacing down the sides.

Smell is nicely fruity, not overpowering.

Taste is again fruity, hoppy, but the alcohol is not overpowering. A little dangerous, if you ask me, considering the strength of this beer.

Mouthfeel is not bitter, nice and refreshing... and the drinkability is surprising for such a strong brew. Gotta be careful because a few of these will catch up with you quickly.

Definitely a great brew, hopefully be able to find a few more from Breckenridge by the case in the future.

mvanaskie13, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of gkatsoris
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

A: Very transparent. Golden in color w/ nice orange tint. Nice big foamy head; left no lace on the glass. (Tulip glass.)

S: Citrusy hops. Also smells a little peppery. Orange and orange peel. Raisins. Pine. The alcohol comes out as well. Grapefruits. Pretty complex.

T: GRAPEFRUIT!!! Citrusy hops; orange, orange rind, and the grapefruit, lots of grapefruit. A little peppery as well. Nice malts. Lemon.

M: Nothing to chew on. A little high carbonation. Doesn't coat the tongue all that well. This would probably be a great summer brew. (And it is 20 degrees and sleeting out.)

D: A nice birthday gift indeed. Thanks Jer.

gkatsoris, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +2.3%

a: Orange gold body, big fluffy white head, average retention and good lacing.

s: Grapefruit and pineapple. Not overwhelming, but a pleasant aroma.

t: Sweet caramel malt meets fruity, piney, floral hops. Hops aren't too bitter, don't choke out the malt and make for good balance.

m: Sweet upfront, dry finish. Sticky on the tongue.

d: Hop flavor doesn't blow you away, but the balance is very good. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. A solid IPA with good drinkability.

BradLikesBrew, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of memory
4.3/5  rDev +10%

Bought a sixtel of this on the good word of the Exton bev boys. They were right, it's very good.
-appearance,lacing out of control. Golden orange.
-smell,mixture of simcoe,cascade fruitiness.
-taste,tingles the tongue with hop bitterness.
It tells you it's an ale of substance.
-mouthfeel,for a DIPA the most drinkable for me since Weyerbacher Simcoe. This is really a nice brew.
-drinkability, no problems unless driving.

memory, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of markgugs
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

on tap @ Capone's, served in a pint glass (2/7/08)

A: A rich rusty copper with a bubbly white 1-finger head. Beautiful clarity and I'm not sure I've ever seen this much sticky lacing. Very inviting.

S: The only drawback to this beer was that none of the delicious flavors came out in the aromatics. All I got was mild, citrus hops and the barest hint of malt.

T/M: Now THIS is what I want out of a double IPA. This beer snuck up on me with its amazing balance, I kept looking at the glass in awe, and then taking another big gulp. The lip-smacking & mouth-watering that ensued after each swallow made this disappear in a hurry. Biscuity malts blend perfectly with rich, juicy citric hops, delivering an awesomely bitter finish that simply beckons another sip.

D: For all the super-hyped DIPAs out there, this 471 gets no credit amongst the "big boys," but easily stands among them. And 9.2% ABV? Come on, it can't be! This beer is dangerous.

markgugs, Feb 08, 2008
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.