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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,976 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,976
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 30
Gots: 142 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to find this beer in Tucson so I brought it home to Wisconsin. I tried it last night with my brother-in-law who was also excited.
A: Looked like a P.A. It seemed to fairly light with a big head.

S: Not alot there, you can pickup the hops but not much else

T: The front hops was nice, but seemed to finish almost metallic? Didn't care for that at all. I saw others got hop acid, but not me. Could've been my bottle

M: Just ok, maybe it was the turnoff of the metallic taste but the lingering flavor was metal.

D: At 9.2% I would try it again but not with as much excitement.
I think it has potential but maybe my bottle was bad?

Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orange-gold with a minimal white head. Biscuits, oranges, grapefruit, and caramel in the nose. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet grapefruit hops up front that move into a resiny bitterness. A caramel/candy sugar-like sweetness follows, which gets somewhat unpleasant towards the end. Seems to emmulate Lagunitas' Maximus in the sweetness. I wanted more hop bite, but this was still good.

Photo of stockingcpl
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Wow. I opened the bottle and out came the head. Upon pouring, the same was evidenced. Head retention was excellent and sustained. Plentiful lacing. Medium caramel color with a wheat beer cloudiness. Excellent first impression.

Smell: Aroma is light. Hoppy presence detected, however not overpowering. Perhaps high alpha hops were the primary hop of choice. Yeasty bread also detected. The malt helped offset the hops nicely.

Taste: The taste is pronounced with an extended curve. The sustain is typical of an IPA and the hoppiness is very pleasant. The bite is impressive. Too much for a newbie, but wonderful for an experienced drinker.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness is interesting both in volume and sustain. I found this a very enjoyable brew to drink.

Drinkability: The alcohol is detectible and a little high, so the drinkability suffers a little for this, but the great overall experience makes up for this.

Conclusions: This brew is NOT for new drinkers, but sophisticated drinkers will enjoy it. This beer is recommended.

Prosit!
Nikki

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper color with a thick layer of creamy off-white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nice citrusy and grassy hop nose. Has a bready malt smell that offsets the heavy handed hops.

Tastes pretty clean and is most certainly intensely hoppy. Bitterness lingers long after on the tounge. Alcohol is noticeable, but not nearly as perceptible as the 9.2% that it is. Full body and toasty malts make me think it wouldnt be too out of place at a barleywine tasting.

Expensive at $12 a sixer, but worth a pickup for hopheads.

Photo of smanders
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: rich amber with a thick head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: pine, citrus, sugar.

Taste: definitely a DIPA. Lots of hops and heavy flavors (sweet caramel, earthly pine).

Mouthfeel: thick, full-bodied.

Drinkability: dangerously high. At 9.2 ABV this beer could really sneak up on you. Yet another reason to come back to Denver.

Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 12oz bottle of this in Austin, Texas, and it survived its trip home with me, despite the retarded airline restrictions concerning carry-on liquids. This stuff may be dangerous, but not in a way that the over-compensating FAA decision-makers would ever imagine.

Into an American (natch) pint glass, this beer pours a hazy apricot amber colour, with two fingers of gorgeously perfect puffy, bubbly off-white head, which moves as a single entity as the glass is tilted, and slowly dissipates, leaving some stellar honeycombed lace all around.

The smell is big grapefruit, blood orange, and lemon citrus hops, a decent pine resin astringency, and bready caramel malt; bang on for a DIPA. The taste is a big dose up front of fragrant hops, a blend of multitudinous citrus and florals, which carry on through the middle, and are only tempered slightly by the arrival of a heady caramel/toffee malt presence. It's like the hops wash right over the malt, though this is hardly a bad thing. The hop flavours are quite nice, albeit very prominent.

The carbonation is on the low side, the body a decent medium weight, for being so hop heavy and malt light, and equally smooth. There is a perceptible warming, but very small for that north of 9% ABV.

Overall, quite easy to drink for the style, and thus dangerous to session (would that I had the opportunity to even try) and ever so tasty to this recently avowed hophead. Given Alberta's newly industrious import activity, I wouldn't be surprised to see this here in the near future.

Photo of Hophead101
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank at home on 9.23.08, poured from bottle into wide mouth glass.

nice tannish orange color. pours a nice thick head, stuck around a little and left a nice even lacing around the glass even before I had a chance to drink it. nice smell of malts, alcohol and hops. mild lemony citrus esters.

hop bite in the back. a little carbonation fills the edge of the mouth. not overpowering for a double IPA, the alcohol is hidden, a little earthy in the back of the mouth. nice soft taste on the mouth, buttery.

Photo of puggy211
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Whow what a great hoppy beer.I love this I could drink this all day. Beautiful gold color nice white head. Wonderful citrus floral nose.And what a perfect balance between hop and malt.MUST TRY!!I wish I had picked up more of this beer.Really a great beer for hopheads.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whoa! Now that's a bitter beer, if you're man or woman enough to take it. This unique brew pours a nice orangish liquor holding aloft a thin but nicely persistent head that laces attractively down the glass. The nose on this bad boy just jumps right out of the glass and grabs you by the olfactory bulb. Very floral and enchanting. The mouth is thick, spreading the grainy malt across the tongue as the bitterness grows slowly but steadily across the palate to the finish. On the morning after (yes, I think it will last that long) this steroidal brew leaves a bitter aftertaste even on the roof of your mouth, where you're not supposed to even have taste buds.

Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a fairly clear consistency. There was about a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, citrus and some malt. A pleasant, zesty aroma.

T: This beer had an oddly endearing flavor to it. Lots of hops, grapefruit, a sugary element and a little malt. Very lively and tasty.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Above medium-bodied.

D: This is one of those beers that isn't exactly like every other IPA, but is still very drinkable. It's unusual, but definitely likable. Packs a wallop for an IPA.

Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears a clear orange copper color with a one inch off-white head that dissipates into a skim and

Aroma is of sweet caramel, citrusy hops, and tropical fruits. Something about it reminds me of 90 Minute.

Taste starts with some sweet caramel malts that stay in the background throughout then the citrusy hops come out quickly and blast the tongue with a sharp, yet smooth bitterness. Some fruity and nutty notes as well. A bit of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat thick, with a good level of carbontion. Smooth.

This is a pretty solid DIPA. Not my favorite but it's worth a try.

Photo of ryantupy
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours out a nice amber hue with a frothy creamy colored foam. Sticks to glass on its way down.

S - Hops smell of sharp pungent fruit. The malt backdrop adds a nice character to this beer.

T - It tastes typical of an IPA and fails to stand out amongst the bulk of IPA's. The hops come off fruity with a sweet malt backdrop.

D - This is decent beer but fails to stick out as a great IPA. I would rate this as a session beer really. One or two would be fine.

471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,976 ratings.