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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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1,887 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,887
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 25
Gots: 109 | 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 jcdiflorio
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, orangish/brown in color. No head forms on the pour. Smell is hops, but there is a good amount of spice there as well. Can't quite put a finger on what spice it is, but it's definitely there. Taste is bittering hops. There is quite a lot of malts to support these hops. Some very floral tastes come through as well. A little thin on the mouthfeel.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dingy burnt orange and golden color with no head after a medium pour. It is nontransparent. The lacing is very minimal.

S- Musky and sour hop aromas. It is not "in your face" hop aromas though, somewhat off tones to me. There is a little bit of sour grapefruit along with a buttery smell mixed in.

T- Very sweet malt up front with an alcohol bite midstream. That bite is coupled with a bittering hop and finishes dry.

M- Medium thickness and no carbonation to speak of at all.

D- Not very well rounded IMO. The malt/hop/carbonation is just all over the place to me.

Overall- Not very impressed. This is one of my favorite styles so I thought I would love this brew from a well respected brewer, but it just didn't do it for me this time.

MMAJYK, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great beer. Not particularly my flavor because I am not an IPA fan but I am always first one to step up to something I haven't tried and this did not disappoint. It was incredibly smooth and rich in taste with the hoppiness for even the most amateur beer drinker to enjoy.

jayrod20, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Kendo
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel oversized tulip. Body is slightly murky, orangey-amber in color with a 1-finger small-bubbled, foamy, slightly off-white head. Very slow-rising bubbles and legs after each sip make it seem pretty thick. Good foamy lace left behind.

S: Pineapple juice and sweet tropical fruits -- maybe papaya or mango. Pleasant, albeit not overwhelmingly strong.

T: Nice balance up front -- caramel malt sweetness at first blush, but then there's a dry bitterness on the aftertaste that lingers, really coating the mouth and staying. Finishes with a grassy, pine (or even spruce) dry-hopped-type bitterness that's a tad bit too much. The 9.2% is well-hidden, taste-wise, but is felt in the head.

M: Prickly carbonation dances on the tongue, and yet there's also an oily, slicker feel to it at times. Medium-to-full bodied, but the dry finish makes it seem a little lighter.

D: Pretty good.

Kendo, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with a tan head. In the aroma, big piney hops. In the taste, again, big piney hops, sweet to start to a dry end. A smooth, small bitter in the mouthfeel and a semi dry, hoppy aftertaste. Hides the alcohol very well, quite smooth and tasty.

OWSLEY069, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of twbrewer
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange color with a 1\2" of a white foamy head.Good lacing.

S-At first smell I get a sweet orange zest then apricots and grapefruit and in the background a slight caramel malt.

T-Taste is pine and sweet malt.There seems to be a fruit sweetnees(maybe the hops)aftertaste.

M-Medium bodied almost sticky,good carbonation.

D-Easy drinking beer,nice treat for a hophead,wasn't the bomb I thought it would be,but I could enjoy a couple of bombers now and then.

twbrewer, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of JayQue
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An unusual beer. Pours a clear amber with a medium sized white head. Decent lacing on the glass. Smell nothing outstanding. Very nice taste. Floral hops just barely beaten out by caramel malt. Fairly nicely balanced and very smooth. This is a very drinkable beer, but not the hops bomb I would expect from a Double IPA. I had no idea of the abv until I finished the 12 oz bottle. There was no hint of alcohol. If someone was serving this in pitchers, I would be in deep trouble before I figured out it was 9.2 percent abv. This is a very pleasant beer tasting experience.

JayQue, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Hazy, honey-brown color. Smallish light-orange head that leaves some small spots of lace.

S: Big hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, apricot, and grape juice.

T: Peppery, floral, and fruity hops and hot, spicy alcohol. Oddly tasty grape juice hop flavor.

M: Juicy and sweet in the beginning that turns dry and peppery towards the finish.

D: Quite drinkable considering the abv. This one was a surprise. I wasn't expecting much but was quite happy with how this one turned out.

GbVDave, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and with no head. That still freaks me out man. No head? Nose is strong hops. Piney syrupy hops. Pretty pungent, but not real overwhelming or overdone. Odd flavor profile here. I get that typical mass hopped thing going on, but I also get some apple flavors going on. Really odd carbonation thing going on. This just doesn't seem right or balanced to me. This seems like it has champagne attributes, but I don't think it is intentional. Overall I have to say this was not as good as I hoped it would be. Weird balance, or lack thereof just makes this an almost jumbled mess of potential. A miss in my book.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was an orangish amber color with light carbonation and slight lacing. The aroma was citrus hops (grapefruity) and sweet malt. The grapefruit, not a fan, took it down a notch. The taste was good with a clean start leading up to a good but not overpowering hop bite. It's 9.2ABV but you can't taste it which is a pleasant surprise. If not for the ABV, it's almost a session IPA. Overall, another good outing from Breckenridge and definitely worth trying. (Occasional)

TexIndy, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of littleshamrocks
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness dating. Served in a snifter.

Pours a deep, dark, orange tinted, medium copper color with a small white head and marginal carbonation. Appears plenty dense with an above average clarity. The head is mostly diminishing and leaves spotty lace. Smell is citrus hops, sweet malts, and a slightly burning alcohol. The flavor is much like the smell in that it starts with a heavy sweet maltiness, followed immediately by a sharp grapefruit rind bitterness, and finishes with a noticeable phenolic alcohol. The citric aftertaste lingers. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a syrupy texture and lively carbonation. Finish is chalky with a heavy alcoholic feel.

Overall, I feel this beer is lacking the balance of ingredients that the top notch examples of the style achieve. Although the style is designed to feature the hops and higher alcohol content, in my opinion, this beer doesn't do enough to mask the harshness of that higher alcohol. That being said, I am happy to see this or any brewery attempt this style, and I am glad that I gave it a try. But considering the alternatives, I doubt that I will buy this one again.

littleshamrocks, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of ruckzuck
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice amber color, nice white head that dissipated but left good lacing

S - citrus, hops, floral notes

T - lovely hop taste, some sweetness, gives way to a nice aftertaste that's not overwhelmingly bitter

M - nice, medium-bodied, a bit of carbonation, really nice smooth feel

D - pretty good I'd say; this is from a pint bottle and I really enjoyed the whole thing despite having had a large (and delicious) Mexican dinner before cracking into it. Would drink again and would recommend others try this one if you get the chance.

ruckzuck, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of joekfsu
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy copper with a 1 cm off white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is sweet, floral hops. Initial flavor is sweet malts, then bitter hops and citrus. Bitter aftertaste is lasting. Moderate carbonation, medium body, moderate lacing, alcohol noted as it warms. I really enjoy this DIPA and will continue to buy it in the future.

joekfsu, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of PhxHorn
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this in the bargain bin at my local store. I'm glad I made the effort. Dark yellow, very little head. Smells of grapefruit, a bit of orange, and tastes of moderately bitter citrus, with hints of grapefruit and orange in there. Moderate carbonation with a bitter aspirin aftertaste. Thoroughly enjoyable, I could drink many of these.

PhxHorn, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12/19/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- SIlk screened 12oz botle with no freshness info on it. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Deep golden, approaching amber color. 3/4 inch head, both frothy and creamy on the pour. Leaves a nice cream-white rim for the duration. Leaves nice patches and streaks of lacing.

Smell- One of the better DIPA noses I've had. A bit of sugary sweetness to go along with a light toasted malt and a good dose of tangerine-orange citrus noted hops. Smells like a juicy one.

Taste- Had this originally a bit higher (when I thought it was just a regualr IPA rather than a DIPA). Nice sweetness, mouth is filled with orange and lemon flavored hops with a sweeter caramel malt. Very balanced. Bready for sure.

Mouthfeel- Lightly chewy and just a tad watery in the finish. Perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability- This is a DIPA? 9.2%??? Had me fooled big time. I was looking at 7%...maybe. I guess this makes this the ultimate session DIPA. Super easy to drink, great flavors and nose. All around quality beer.

GClarkage, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear chestnut amber pour with a surprisingly thick off white head that laces nicely for a beer with more than 9% abv.

Aroma is nicely balanced between bready, biscuity malts and floral and citrus hops. Candied grapefruit skins and crushed wildflowers touched with honey.

Flavor begins with a semi-sweet caramel and biscuit malt flavor that is complimented perfectly by the grapefruit and oily citrus rind note. There are strong floral hops notes and some spruce needles as well. Reminds me of 90 Minute in a way with it's sweet and hoppy character.

Body is nice and chewy, very creamy and full. Slick and slippery on the tongue with surprising drinkability. No trace of it's strength until you finish your fourth one! A solid IIPA that is worth seeking out.

AlexJ, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Nice off white head over a medium amber beer recedes steadily to leave a decent ring.

s: Medium-low level of sweet biscuity caramel malt with a decent presence of fresh, sour red grapefruit and floral hops. The beer does carry a metallic note that is distracting at times but becomes less noticeable as I drink. The malts could certainly be kicked up a notch, but it's a nice example of the style.

m: The carbonation is around medium, and the body a full medium.

t: A lowish biscuit malt presence gives a light-moderate sweetness and subtle grain flavors. Decent level of hop flavors, but I really look for a bigger complexity of hop flavor in a DIPA. Hops are on the citric side (namely grapefruit). Finishes somewhat dryly with a high respectable level of bitterness that I suspect may be cloaking some of the complexity...I'd appreciate some deeper malt notes to counter this. Not a bad beer at all, and much better than the unimpressive Oatmeal Stout.

d: Quite easy...a nice beer, but unquestionably a couple notches below the best examples of the style. I really like the hops in this beer, but the lack of malt depth and hop range keeps me from giving the higher marks I've considered...a little one-dimensional, if you will.

single bottle taken from the old man's fridge

blackie, Dec 19, 2007
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,887 ratings.