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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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Ratings: 2,012
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 30
Gots: 171 | 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

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Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004

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Photo of ffejherb
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 5/10/09.

A - Poured a hazy amber/orange body with healthy one-finger off-white head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and a coat of intricate, sticky lacing all around the glass.

S - Citrusy and spicy hops abound, with an apparent dry hopped aroma. Sweet pale and caramel malts balance the hop presence.

T - Warm alcohol notes mingle with dry, spicy hops and a splash of citrus tang. A hefty malt backbone comprised of caramel and toffee notes keeps the hop bitterness from becoming too overwhelming. Finishes with a dry, hoppy character and a touch of spiciness.

M - Medium bodied with an oily yet creamy texture and soft carbonation. Moderate lingering, dry bitterness on the palate with a mild alcohol warmth.

D - I found this to be a fine DIPA with a nice balanced flavor and apparent dry hopped character.

Photo of drcarver
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep yellow color with little head to speak off. What did climb to the surface is a life white.

S - The floral smell of hops if very evident. A slight bit of pine and alcohol in there as well.

T - The bitterness of the hops is in the front, but it is followed by the sweeter malts. The burn of alcohol is right in the front as well. The bitterness rests on the back of the tongue for a while after each drink.

M - The bitterness grips the tongue and does not let go. It is very dry.

D - It's light and smooth, but the bite and burn makes you slow down. Slowing down is a good thing at 9+%

Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SeaBass for the share.

A: Light orange hue with a nice creamy head. No retention or lace to speak of.

S: Rather boozy from the start. Lots of citrus, pine, and sweet caramel malt.

T: Lots of sugary malt sweetness up front. Rich gooey pine and a nice level of bitter citrus. A touch of alcohol burn.

M: Medium in body, pretty smooth despite the alcohol.

D: Not the most drinkable, but in small amounts a real tasty treat.

Photo of PSUBeerman
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, tulip glass

Pours a clear light amber color. Head is color of buttermilk and frothy, dissipated quickly with nearly no lacing.

Maybe my allergies were catching up to me, but I could not get much aroma from this. It was a little spicy and the alcohol was present.

At first, the taste reminded me of an adjunct brew. It was grainy with a slight alcohol flavor. There was some very subtle grapefruit flavor. Did not care for the aftertaste, it lingered in the palate.

Acceptable mouthfeel, a little watery, decent carbonation.

Not the best example I have tried.

Photo of jsh420
2.38/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a murky burnt orange with a 1.5 finger head wich left a good amount of lacing down the glasss. smells of booze and tropical fruit. the taste is where this beer lost me it was very salty bitter and hints of metal. as the beer warmed up more it lost the metal taste but became more boozy and even more salty. mouthfeel was suprisingly kind of thin which made it more drinkable to me. overall this will be the last 471 ipa i will be buying.

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up today at The Cellar in Olathe, KS...

Appearance: Pours a startling contrast of yellowish at the bottom moving towards a dark orange copper near the head. Cloudy throughout. The head is an off-white with tons of bubbles. It quickly recedes, but there remains quite a film around the tops of the beer and sticky lacing all down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hops, pineapple, grapefruit, and other citrus notes are the highlights. As the beer warms, the citrus scents become much more prevalent.

Taste: Very sweet. There is a slight twinge of a bite to the hops, but this beer is very well rounded. The maltiness rounds out the hops nicely, and this for a very balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: It is actually very light on the tongue. The carbonation is there, but it is more as a complement to the beer than an actual noticeable factor.

Drinkability: If these monsters weren't over 9% ABV, I'd take the entire 6-pack in a heartbeat. This is a very smooth DIPA. Gotta love those CO beers!

Photo of dhd1491
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden, clear, with a thick head of off-white froth. Nice aroma of citrus. Taste is very crisp and fresh for so high an ABV. Tastes more like the 6-7% Sweetwater IPA that is my everyday brew. Medium-bodied. Good balance of citrusy bitter hops and sweet malt graininess. Some grass, some butter, some cloves. Overall, an appealing, complex brew.

Photo of Frosthazard
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a large mug.

A - very amber colored, decent creamy thick brown head.

S - fruity and malty

T - not as fruity as it smelled, very good complex flavor of malty biscuits and hops, a note of alcohol.

M - a little less bitter and more smooth than I like, but not bad, it may be due to the 9.2 ABV.

D - pretty decent and a unique tasting IPA, although I couldn't drink too many

Photo of psulovesbeer
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass
copper in appearance with a minimal head and some lacing heading down the side

the sweet smell of hops hits you in the face as you stick your nose into it....cascade hops if im correct....what a great american ipa should smell like in my opinion

the taste to me was a bit malty and mis matched. after the hops in the smell i missed them in the taste...there was some bitterness but it was much more rounded out at first. it grew on me a bit as it went down but a bit roasty sometimes...a bit bitter others it worked around a bit to much

the feel of this like the taste seemed to be lost in a direction it didnt know where it was going...as with some small batch beers ive had this seems to be a bit to mixed up

i wouldnt say this is overly drinkable if you have some other decent options around...im glad i tried it and thats about it

Photo of MisterSub
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer brought to my daughter's party.

When poured, had an amber color like most IPAs and a fairly large head.

As for the smell, there was no doubt that this was a double-hopped beer but it wasn't overpowering.

Taste was decent, and surprisingly the hops didn't overpower it as I assumed it would.

For the mouthfeel, I was deciding between a 3.5 and 4.0, and went with the 4. I think I may have been a little harder on this beer after having the Bells Oberon for the rest of the day.

Overall, a very drinkable beer, though I'm sure the 9.2 ABV would catch up with you if putting down a 6-pk in short order (which could be done with this one).

Photo of Martin2D
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Classic IPA coloration of amberish golden, large head from a vigorous pour that retained quite well

S - Not as pungent as some, but definite hop aroma

T - This is a very balanced beer. It is built on a decently malty backbone as compared to most IPA's, but there is plenty of hop presence. There is a slight alcohol presence which mingles so greatly with the hop flavor.

M - Medium in carbonation and body

D - Definitely sessionable, definitely a more balanced IPA that shades on the "West Coast" side. Definitely a good beer.

Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vigorous pour yields 2 finger fluffy, creamy white head with good retention. Leaves some good splattered lacing on the sides of the glass. Beer looks to be a faintly hazy, but mostly clear. It has a orange/amber color with medium carbonation.

I could smell the hops off the pour. The beers sits with hops, and citrus smells, mainly grapefruit

Taste has a bitter hoppiness to it along with that citrusy grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp. It has a nice medium carbonation to it and a clean finish.

This beer is easy to drink, very enjoyable.

Photo of Pencible
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This poured a nearly clear gold with light tan head. It smelled like copper hops with some apricot and light wheat malt. It tasted like rusty copper and dry bitter resin, with strong bready yeast and alcohol, and a bit of citrus. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a weird smell and flavor that didn't seem right for the style. It had good body, but it had strong alcohol flavor that made it tough to drink. The flavor was fairly dirty also (hops and malt weren't fresh or clean tasting). I'm not a fan.

Photo of estereich
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. Bought it by chance at a local "Binny's". Poured a nice dark amber. Scent was citrussy hops. Taste was wonderfully sweet with a nice grapefruit citrus that remained as the back end dried nicely. I will be drinking this again, Hell, I might even move to Denver.

Photo of craytonic
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a hare darker than I expected, amber-copper tint.

Smell: Heavy hop bitterness - grapefruit pith, pineapple, apricot, resin, evergreen. Heavy caramel malt smell (but not as pronounced on the taste).

Taste: Grapefruit, pineapple, orange pith, apricot, tree resin, evergreen. More bitter than hop. Some caramel backbone too - toffee and biscuits. There is an odd chemical element to it though.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, with a carbonation that is more macro than anything else.

Drinkability: Medium? It is drinkable, there are just better options. Glad I got to try it though, and I would love to have something like this at bars. The alcohol is very, very well hidden, I had no idea it was 9.2%

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

Poured out of the silk screened bottle into a sam adams glass at 50 degrees. Clear, copper, with a dissipating ivory head that leaves some lacing behind. Smells fruity, with earthy hops and I'm sensing the 9.2%. That comes through with the initial taste, and I can't seem to get fruit punch off my mind. The piney hops never quit, but it is a little sweet which hinders its drinkability. I am enjoying the mouthfeel as the hops are giving my mouth a bit of a sting with moderate carbonation. Nice, however I don't see myself seeking this one out. Good to try this DIPA at least once.

Photo of barnzy78
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slight hazy orange with a thick, foamy off-white head. Great floral aromas with pine, and strong hops. First sip is thick on tha palate and coats nicely and leaves a pleasant, oily residue. Flavors are piny, with a hop bitterness that almost reaches the breaking point, but is then nicely balanced with a floral sweetness reminiscent of fresh honey. Nice malt balance with a great spicy finish. Really enjoyed this one. A roller-coaster of flavors with good balance!

Photo of budgood1
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a darker shade of gold...more along the lines of a copper or bronze hue, with a rocky egg shell white head that sticks a bit and leaves a nice lace. fruity hop aroma; leaning strongly on some grapefruit and tangerine/pineapple/orange aromas. almost like a pina colada. very tropical in the nose. the taste is more of the sweet hoptropical goodness one might expect out of a DIPA of this sort. first there is a nice solid malt base that adds a certain sweet disposition to this brew...quite basic...lots of caramel and toffee notes with a cocoa undertone...then the hop profile explodes with lush fruitiness found on a south of the border ocean hugging resort town. pineapple dominates...some rum notes filter in from the alcohol and well hidden high ABV. this is a fun beer to drink. lots going on in the flavour profile without it being a tongue searing hop bomb. plenty bitter, though. full bodied and a realtively easy on the tongue mouthfeel despite all the different hops used. i like the drinkability...i could see this being a one and done (ok, maybe two) summer quencher due to the yummy fruitiness the hops impart. drinkability is great...keeps the senses alive!

i liked this offering. definitely worth trying and revisiting~!

Photo of Wheelinb
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doing some sampling and this was by far the best beer of the day. Poured with just a slight cloudiness and a rich amber, almost orange color. Big bold hop flavor with a slight taste of fruit (orange) that did not overpower the hops. It was very strong yet did not have any lingering aftertaste. I would have to put this beer at the top of an all-time favorite list.

Photo of BierFan
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fairly big light tan head sticks around for awhile. Hazy orange/brown body.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is dense with grapefruit.

Taste: Mostly grapefruit. Also some pine and citrus peels.

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

12oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: A bit browner than most DIPAs I've seen. Minimal head.

S: All about piney, citrusy hops.

T: Starts off with a nice pineapple flavor. West Coast hop bitterness eventually kicks in and dominates the aftertaste. I'm rather surprised that a beer with "only" 70 IBU has this much hop character. Nothing really from the malt.

M: Nice balance between thickness and carbonation.

D: You could certainly do worse if you're looking for a hop fix. Not quite an exemplar of the style, but a very solid example.

Photo of argock
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 10oz clear tumbler at Breckenridge Brewery (Breckenridge, CO).

A: Honey amber hue with thin cap of off-white head and scant lacing.

S: Solid pale malt and light caramel malt backbone with crisp floral C-type hops notes

T: Very clean tasting with good strong pale malt flavor overtaken by leafy and floral Centennial hops flavor. The flavor was good but seemed muted compared to the bottle version. The ABV is incredibly well-disguised.

M: Good coating IPA mouthfeel with low carbonation and enjoyable long sweet and hoppy aftertaste.

D: Not a DIPA except in ABV. But it is a good IPA and their best one-timer at the bar.

Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Oak colored...minimal head...

S-Very impressive....Has to be some simcoe in here...nice bright juicy citrus (tangerines, and oranges)...that's followed by a spicier, earthy aroma, then final some alcohol aroma....very unique and impressive...

T-Juicy citrus at the top (also add in some papaya, and mango to the mix on the taste), also has some caramel notes, and bready notes...comes off a little sweet from all the fruit and malt notes but finishes with a splash of alcohol and some underlying spicy hop notes...

M-Big IPA...firm, full body....some booziness but it seems to complement rather than override the flavor...

D-Quality beer...different and exciting to me....relatively complex and immensely enjoyable...

Photo of bfields4
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper. A full head foams up nicely. A lacy head trails down body.

A hops and zest hit the nose with a floral pinyness too.

Bam right up front are the hops, a nice grapefruit citrus. A little honey following. The malts are def there providing a nice balance.The alcohol leaves a nice crisp finish.

A nice beer that's a little surprisingly drinkable for its style and alcohol level. A keeper in my book.

Photo of keithricker
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,012 ratings.