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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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Ratings: 2,024
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 35
Gots: 180 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004

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Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a bright orange color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a mix of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple, with a slight undertone of pine

T - The taste of this beer has the caramel malts playing more of a role, and less of the hops infusion, but the orange, grapefruit, and pineapple flavors were there, the pine was not

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a resiny, medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is suspect, as a DIPA I think it falls short, but as an IPA or even an APA it would do better, but still not among the greats

Photo of arizcards
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 12 oz serving on 9-23-09 at the Grand Junction AleHouse for $3.50.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head. Nose is all about those fresh wonderful floral hops. Taste is a wonderful, nice malt backbone finishing with a blend of piney and citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied, well balanced, and pretty clean in the finish. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very smooth well balanced beer with a well hidden abv. Definitely try if you are into imperial ipa's.

Photo of bwd110
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Breckenridge Brew Pub in downtown Denver.

A: Pours a hazy orange copper. Soapy white head that leaves gobs of lace throughout down the sides of the glass.

S: Light hop aroma, some citrus and pine. More prominent is a sweet malt hue. Smells good, but this is not a DIPA aroma.

T: Definitely not the hop barrage as advertised. This is more of a hoppy APA than a DIPA. As in the nose, their is a lightish citrus hop profile, backed up by a big sweet malt wave, which finishes with what can be best describes as a hop kiss goodbye. Well balanced, but lacks a satisfying bitter finish.

M: Some hop slickness, but fairly light in body overall.

D: Easy drinking, abv is very well masked.

Photo of northaustin
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass.pours a semi hazy light copper. a small amount of white head that disappears very quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

smell is very subtle and subdued. gotta try very hard to get the piney hops and crystal malts.

taste is a nice blend of piney hops and sweetness with a bit of alchohol in the initial taste and the after taste.

not much to the mouthfeel. which i like. slight hop oilyness but nothing much else. i consider this beer very drinkable due to its well masked abv and easy availability.

Photo of cthulu81
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me begin by saying I am not a fan of the regular line-up of Breckenridge beers. They seem simple, safe and pretty unremarkable. 471 changes my mind however. A nice, rich honey color sitting lazily in the glass. Good lacing; it says I was here and left my mark proudly. The aroma is remarkably subduded for a heavy-hitting DIPA. Smells like hops, but not pungent hops. It is sort of a distant, echoed growl that warns you of the dangers should you enter this dragon's lair. Mmmm. I like the wyrm. Rich, full sweeter malt flavors with rigid hop backing. I would call it 'malt-centric' without caring if that is a real word or not. Reminds me of Stoudts DIPA in a good way. Drinkability is delightful for a nearly 10% abv. Drinking this without knowing yourself could result in awkward apologizes in the morning. That said, nice job Breckenridge.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 9/5/09, Lexington, VA. Poured into a Pinot Noir glass:

A - Vigorous pour yields a beautiful, rocky head and serious lace. Off gold color with some blood orange mixed in.

S - Hops! Pine & grapefruit w/ a bit of Maple sugar.

T - Delicious ale! The hops are there for sure but don't pound you silly. No real heat on the finish, either, especially given its ABV.

M - Very nice soft fizz.

D - In spades, but the high ABV detracts.

Photo of bboven
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin head, medium copper color and very hazy.

Nice balance of piny hops and hearty, bready malt. No hint of the huge ABV.

Very big but smooth hop flavor throughout. Bittering at the end is right where it should be. Slight astringency but still no sign of the alcohol.

Coating feel with just enough carbonation to not make it feel sticky.

A very good (and dangerous) beer. Although I'd call this an Imperial IPA!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a clouded golden orange body with minimal chunks of lacing in the bottom of the tulip glass I poured into. Bright off white head forms thick above the body with fine coated lacing that looks like a fogged window.

Earthy mix of herbal mint and citrus hop blends going on, a bit of pine comes through in the nose as well. Bready yeast edges come through with sugar coated grapefruit peels. Very cookie dough finish, barleywine sensations are coming over my schnauze.

Flavor has a rolling mix of citrus and spruce tip pine like notes, or a sugary blast of malts blending through. Much like a lighter shade of a barleywine, expressive hops but bitterness is muted quite a bit here. The rolling sugar coated grapefruit effects dominates in the finish without much hop bitterness, this is weird.

Mouthfeel an airy carbonation light to medium body with residual yeast and hop bitterness lying on the palate, it's hard to hate or communicate what you disagree with the this mouthfeel but overall I can't really say I'm enjoying this DIPA.

I love the style but the drinkability overall for this style is off the mark not one that I will aggressively pursue but worth a shot especially compared to other offerings from Breckenridge.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, looks like a cloudy amber orange color. Kind of like an orange life saver candy dissolved in some apple juice. There is a fine white head that dissipates rapidly leaving some nice webbing on the glass.

Smells of hops, citrus fruits, some pine and sweet malts.

The first taste is poor. It has a little wet cardboard taste but it fades fast and is replaced by some stale but nice citrus hops. There is something not quite right with this ipa, but it recovers and becomes somewhat pleasing. The after taste is somewhat dry and a little warm but still nice.

An above average ipa but not in the big leagues yet.

Edit 08-23-2009. Just had another bottle and it was quite fantastic. It appears to be a slightly inconsistent brew. My wife was drinking a bottle right next to me, hers was clear and mine was cloudy. This time around the beer was very good in the flavor department. Nicely hoppy, sweet malty and bittered. Much better this time around.

Photo of kegger22
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a one finger head that quickly reduces to a collar. The taste, to me, is less hoppy and more malty. The aroma was sweet, with some alcohol entering the picture as it warmed. The taste was more sweet than bitter, in fact, no bitterness on the tongue, only a bit of bitter aftertaste at the back of the throat. A late note on taste: The sweet was a vanilla sweet, to me. Really not like an imperial IPA at all (not complaining). Feel was medium bodied with very little carbonation. Drinkability was good for a 9.2 ABV.

Photo of 2Stout4u
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this is what you expect when you order up a Dipa!! I'm surprised most of the other reviews said this was so drinkable. Don't get me wrong I loved it but this is one you sip not flip. I guess some would say it's an over the top hop bomb, but isn't that what you want when you order up a double. I reccomend highly you find on tap and belly up for one hell of a ride.

Photo of biggred1
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber with a fine creamy sand colored head that leaves sheets of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is pine sap, toasted grain slathered in caramel and citrusy grapefruit rind. The flavors mirror the nose with an onslaught of fresh juicy hops and caramel malt. The 9.2% ABV is well hidden. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. This stuff rules, too bad it is so expensive these days(around $18.99 a sixer in Indy) I can't afford to drink it on a regular basis like I used to.

Photo of jbhuxley
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, amber/orange in color. Copious amount of head, over 1".

Not a lot of smell coming off of this one. It smells sweet, with pine and citrus coming through.

Quite sweet, at first, then piney bitterness comes through. The taste doesn't go away. It stays on the palate for a very long time. Great balance.

Light carbonation, not syrupy like some sweeter DIPA's tend to be. The mouthfeel is much thiner than I would expect from the taste. The warming of the alcohol is present.

I really enjoy this beer. It has a great hop sweetness balance. I don't mind the alcohol feel so much, the sweetness is not overdone to cover it up.

Photo of champ103
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy copper/orange color. A small bubbly white head forms and recedes in an instant. No lace is left behind.
S: Citrus and piny hops. An oily resin aroma. A light malty sweetness lingers on. Some alcohol.
T: Oily and soapy hops. A large bitterness of citrus and grapefruit hops. There is a malty sweetness that is nondescript and cloying.
M/D: A medium body that is low on carbonation. Very sticky and syrupy. The bitterness and alcohol keeps this from being a good sipping beer. It took me a while to finish this.

One of those bland overly bitter DIPA's. Nothing offensive if you like the style, but nothing I would recommend. There are much better examples of the style. That is coming from someone that is not a big fan of DIPA's.

Photo of mnjeff
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle to a pint glass via an aggressive pour.
A: A bright copper color with an inch of head is poured initially, which fades to virtually no head. Though the head has all but dissipated it leaves a medium cling along the glass. You can clearly see this DIPA is unfiltered, and this contributes to a better looking beer.
S: I can smell a note of citrus (orange I believe) and a big whiff of alcohol. Not an incredibly abundant hop profile in the nose.
T: A lot of sweet fruit flavors on the tongue, off the bat I'm getting a bitter grapefruit flavor that dominates. A light hop bitterness in the background hides 95% of the alcohol in this brew.
M: Mouthfeel is medium, which to style impresses the heck out of me. Again, I feel that because this brew is unfiltered this lends an extra depth of viscosity to this beer.
D: This has to be one of the most drinkable DIPA's I have ever experienced.
If you have not sampled this beer, grab a six pack and share with your fellow BA's. A great brew to style, well worth a try (or 6).

Photo of HoosBrews
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a bullet keg for home. Appearance was a little darker than I expected; more of a dark copper than your typically hazy orange DIPA. Lots of hops in the nose. Smell loads of pine, citrus, and floral hops. Taste is really smooth for a DIPA, very well balanced malt and hops. With almost no alcohol burn, this is a dangerous DIPA. Extremely drinkable, this one is an exceptional DIPA on draft.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=poured a very copper color with a slight amount of white head that dissipated quickly

S=not hugely aromatic, but the slight aroma is very citrusy and floral in nature

T=not huge flavor, I have noticed this about some of the Breckenridge beers, that they can tend to be very subtle in flavor and aroma. Hoppy citrus and pine notes are there just not quite as "punch you in the face" as some other beers.

M=nice light carbonation, like other attributes of the beer somewhat subtle.

D=alcohol is not overly evident, though the ABV is limiting drinkability or sessionability. However I do find this beer to be enjoyable in its quietness.

Photo of eljefe21
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Lightish orange copper in color. Thick two-finger head.

S: Piney, citrusy hops. Heady, aromatic, enticing hop heaven.

T: An amazing hop and malt aftertaste. Piney and delicious. Taste lingers and lingers.

M: Slightly carbonated and thick on the front of the tongue. Warming, sticky feeling coats the middle and back of the tongue before drying out and lingering.

D: Hop heads will love this. A big and powerful brew which limits your intake, but in moderation is a delectable hop treat. Love that this comes in a 6-pack and is only slightly higher in price than a normal 6-pack. A lot bang for your buck.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

Photo of thain709
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Transparent copper body...a big, fluffy off white head...settled into a cap and retained with all the carbonation...good lacing

S - Your basic hops (pine and citrus) mixed with sweet malts

T - There is just a battle going on here...the first sip you are met with sugary sweet malts...not bad...the hops come in next and provide a stiff bitterness...but then...it went downhill...a strong alcohol flavor came through and mixed with the hop bitterness...the malts tried saving it...but fell short

M - Medium bodied...too much alcohol...but nice carbonation

D - I'm giving this an okay drinkability only because I feel the malts came in as the beer warmed up...the beer is a little better when it's warm...but the 9.2% ABV shines through

Photo of bbothen
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear honey amber color with a frothy & bubbly 2 finger deep white colored head.

Not much to the aroma here, some soft floral & citric hop notes, herbal & spicy, alcohol.

Taste is better than the aroma, citrus, pine, juicy mango, grapefruit, faint sweet maltiness hold it together. Somewhat boozy as well.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, sticky, thick, bordering on syrupy.

Decent example of the style. Although there are better options out there IMO.

Photo of brownbeer
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz poured into a tasting cup

Pours a nice pale orange color, as I would hope a pale ale would pour.

The aroma is the best thing this beer has going for it. A lot of citrus, mainly grapfruit(my favorite hop characteristic).

Where it lost me is on the palate. It starts out nice but when it hits the back of the tongue a definite alcohol sharpness and unforgiving bitterness that hinders drinkability quite a bit.

Overall, good hop character but a bomber is way too much. I'm not sure if I would even want tweleve ounces of this. I think I have a headache.

Photo of snaotheus
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz stein

Pours a straw yellow but very cloudy -- looks thick and syrupy as it pours. Yields a finger or two of head and nice strong lacing . Medium carbonation is evident. Smells piney, citrusy, and fresh.

Taste is sweet and fruity with a hefty hops body. Deep piney bitterness and a little of grapefruit bitterness balances out the fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for as thick and heavy as this beer is. Carbonation is perfect. Very drinkable. Maybe dangerously.

Photo of tr4nc3d
2.76/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served into my pint glass from a 12fl oz bottle

Pours a medium to dark copper like color with a three inch slightly off white head. Good head retention that resides on average but leaves a slight layer of foam on top of the beer. Lacing is scattered all throughout the glass.

Smell is of mostly piney hops. Some zesty orange peels, very earthy and grass like. Minimal malt characteristics are smelled.

Very mild malt upfront that leads to a very bitter hop bite. As the hop bitterness resides a slight isopropyl alcohol flavor and medicinal flavor shows up then calms into a slightly malt backbone that is barely noticeable.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation and bitter taste.

I would not pick this one up again, maybe I got a bad bottle or something.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin head with a hazy cider color. Very lazy

S: Sweet and hoppy with the undertones of the

T: Sweet and piney hops that really hit the
back of my tongue hard. The malt is able
to come survive the hoppiness of this
relatively tame imperial IPA.

M/D: This is a well balanced brew that I do
enjoy drinking though its name is not
precisely representative of the product.
I prefer a hoppier imperial and a little
more crispness.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden/amber color with a fairly small head. Solid retention though and leaves nice sticky lacing down the glass.

S - Very hop-forward aroma with citrus and floral tones.

T - Fairly bitter, very hoppy flavor. Floral hop flavors dominate with some citrus in the mix as well. Balanced with a decent amount of sweet, caramel maltiness. Slight hint of alcohol present in the flavor as well, but really pretty mild for 9.2% abv.

M - Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Quite resinous on the palate and a nice bitter bite.

D - the high ABV on this one limits the drinkability a bit. But considering it's almost 10%, a very nice, well balanced beer with some nice flavors going on.

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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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