471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery
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4.22/5 rDev +7.9%
Wow, I was so totally freaking stoked to get a bottle of this. I had been wanting to try it forever and had never gotten around to it. Along comes the BDAY BFS and I get two! Hell yeah! Popped the first one tonight and I was rediculously happy with the results...
A - Poured a very very clear, bright burnt orange amber. A nice about one inch head graced the top from the very beginning, this slowly faded to reveal just a film across the top. No significant side glass lacing on this one. Decent carbonation could be seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. Nice overall look.
A - Lots of piney citrus likes hops dominated the aroma. But the story was much more complex then that. Lots of balance was present as well. Some good earthy grains and sugar were also present and well represented. Nice balanced smell nothign really blowing you down in either direction.
T - Wonderful. For a strong Double IPA simply great. Super smooth with a delicate underlying malt layer. Lots of sweet orange peel and sugar, a hint of some grapefruit. Very nice fresh cut grass flavor as well. Alot more complex then your typical hop bomb. Very well crafted.
M - Super smooth again, Decent carbonation led to a good mouthfeel. Nothing slick or oily. Nothing watered down either. A good ole fashioned nice sipper.
D - A total sipper as mentioned, although the 9% abv by no means feels that strong, you can tell this was one that you just dont gulp down, for sure. This one went down over more then an hour and every sip was just fantastic.
Overall This was a really good brew. I really like my double IPA and this did not dissapoint. It really was a solid offering and lived upto what I thought it would. If it was available it would no doubt be a regular in my fridge!
08-14-2007 00:05:06 | More by mikesgroove
3.13/5 rDev -19.9%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a shaker. This double IPA poured a light amber/orange color with a very faint haze and a big, beige head that quickly faded. Some good, chunky lacing was left behind. The aroma was made up of notes of grapefruit, pine, and a mild caramel malt backbone. The flavor was very grassy and wheaty, with an upfront maltiness, followed by a quick bitter finish. Not exactly the hop bomb I was expecting. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with minimal carbonation. My overvall imperssion was that this was very drinkable, but with the abundance of good IPAs and double IPAs available, I would pass on this one.
08-10-2007 23:33:04 | More by mdm46410
4.4/5 rDev +12.5%
Large bottle, no freshness insight presented. Pours cloudy orangey caramel amber, underneath a protracted medium tan head, that lasts and lasts, gobs of thick foam and lacing sticks around, nice looking beer. Nose is all about a supreme balancing act, soft caramel malts swirling around leafy hops. Ultra silky smooth for a DIPA, easy on the tongue and taste buds. Hops big and bold but not stinging or overpowering. Super balance and complexity in evidence. Big hops/big layers of caramel malts. Well worth being on the lookout for out and then savoring this finely crafted creation
08-09-2007 14:31:15 | More by Billolick
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a rocky head that retains well and leaves shards of lace
Smell: Primarily pine with undertones of tangerine and hints of fusel alcohol
Taste: Starts out with a biscuity character that is joined by piney/earthy hop tones, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness raises a few notches and adds an aspirin-like dimension that is unwelcome on the finish; a touch of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue mitigates that flaw, to some extent
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Not a bad DIPA at all, except for the medicinal finish
08-06-2007 23:27:14 | More by brentk56
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours nicely into a tulip glass to form a 1" rocky off-white head over a cloudy orange liquid. The foam leaved pronounced lacing on the glass.
Smell: quite pungent.... citrusy hops prevails.
Taste: Grapefruit and slight lemon with a grapefruit rind-like hop bite.
Mouthfeel: Quite good.... nice and creamy and heavy/chewey. This is the best feature of this ale. Low (appropriate) carbonation keeps things feeling creamy and smooth. Nice coating and aftertaste.
Drinkability: A very good ADIPA... RECOMMENDED.
08-06-2007 19:11:37 | More by TheBierBand
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
Pours a deep amber/orange color with a very nice off white fluffy head when poured aggressively.
The smell is fantastic a great floral bouquet with lots of citrus, pine, a wee bit of grassy scent.
Taste is also fantastic. I am a hop-head and this has a great bite to it without being overly bitter, but also slightly sweet.
mouth feel is smooth not a lot of carbination.
Drink ability is very good and I will come back to this again.
08-05-2007 14:26:33 | More by TheodorHerzl
3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
Dark golden color. OK sized rocky white head that leaves nice lacing but it dissapears pretty quickly. Smell is a wild mix of hops smells (pine, citrus, grassy, resinous). Also a strong caramel malt note comes across. Taste follows suit, with the hops flavors mixing and just when they seam like they will be overpowering, the malt comes to the front with a blast of sweetness. Heavy and a little syrupy on the mouthfeel. This one is good, but it just dosn't quite close the deal for me and move in to the great category. Certainly worth a try and a very interesting IPA to say the least.
07-28-2007 00:47:34 | More by beermanbrian
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Thanks to jhammerly for this one.
Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, some malts, piney, citrusy, and some caramel. The taste is on the hop side, a little undertone of malts, nice dose of citrus/pines. Nice little bitter finish. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first Breckenridge brew, and it is tasty. Recommended.
07-27-2007 00:14:49 | More by Wasatch
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Nice golden straw 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.
Would definatly drink again.
07-19-2007 22:46:36 | More by tekpneu
3.48/5 rDev -11%
Straw-colored brew with a foamy head that quickly dissipates.
A nice hoppy aroma. Smell citrus fruit as well.
Bitterness is the taste, along with the citrus fruit--grapefruit...lemon?
A fairly light body, nice carbonation, but the weight of the bitterness and citrus seems a bit much for some reason.
A fairly good IPA, but maybe not enough depth and overall balance to it.
07-17-2007 04:03:47 | More by revolution
3.95/5 rDev +1%
This double IPA pours a very cloudy orange gold with a frothy pearl head that recedes to a nice slightly rocky cap. Some nice lace is left behind.
The aroma is of course hops, but also plenty of grapefruit and lemon. Nice prominent citrus tones. Very juicy and appetizing.
Sweeter than many Double IPAs. Another noticeable difference between this selection and other of this style is that the hops are more evident in the beginning but do not seem to linger. The sweet and tangy citrus fruit shine through most of the finish. There is a dull bitterness that remains on the palate but not necessarily all hops. A hint of pine work well with the citrus.
Well carbonated. The light carbonation heightens the flavors of the citrus. Smooth yet light and refreshing. I would like to have had some more hops, especially in a double IPA. I would have a hard time identifying this brew as a double IPA. A pleasant and tasty beer but when comparing it to others of the style, it is certainly lacking those characteristic big bold mouthwatering hops. Good but, it could be better.
07-17-2007 03:16:46 | More by letsgopens
4.38/5 rDev +12%
Extremely high levels of floral citric hops and high malt sweetness. Strong and pungently good.
Medium straw/gold/orange. Mostly clear. Low head and poor retention.
Very sweet malty smooth slightly thick attack which wanes into a floral hop bouquet with fruity undertones. Medium-high hop flavor is perfume-like, crisp, and clear. Malt is medium to medium-high and is a surprisingly thick and smooth composition of clean slightly toasty malt. Light fruitiness round out the palate. Slight resinous pine character. Finishes lightly dry, mostly clean.
Mouthfeel is crazy smooth and thick. Medium-high carbonation and alcohol thickness.
Damn find IPA: thick and crazy and most importantly very tasty. The best that Breckenridge has to offer!
07-16-2007 23:55:51 | More by MrHungryMonkey
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
First of all, I think my review wont be as accurate as it should be. This beer sat in my car a little to long, IMO, in the Texas heat. While people have claimed that the heat shouldnt have affected it, I beg to differ. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a snifter. The beer pours a medium orange, forming no head or lacing, and barely any carbonation (I think this is what the heat did to it.) The aroma is intensely strong hops, in a very good way. The taste is strong hops, citrus, and maybe a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and clean. A highly drinkable double IPA. Overall, aside from the fact that the appearance was weak, this was a good beer. It didnt have the harsh swallow that alot of hoppy beers have. The flavor was good and full. I enjoyed it. I will have to try it again though without it sitting out in the heat.
07-12-2007 23:10:03 | More by beeragent
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured a hazy amber-orange color with scant white head.
Smell is loaded with hops, piney, grassy and citrusy.
Taste also prsents a stong hop character with the citrus dominating. Very hoppy without being too bitter.
Left a strong dry taste in the mouth.
Too easy to drink at 9.2%
07-12-2007 22:29:57 | More by tgbljb
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
Lexx picked this one up in Chitown. From a silk screened bomber.
Pours a slightly hazed golden copper, huge thick white head forms, nice lacing, great retention. Smell is caramel, perfumy, lots of floral, citrus, some strawberry, slightly grassy, quite nice. Taste is very fruity, grapefruit, caramel, some vanilla, bready, clean bitterness in the finish, good balance. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some warmth going down. Pretty solid DIPA, nothing crazy hoppy but nicely balanced, thanks Alexa!
07-10-2007 23:17:02 | More by Viggo
3.55/5 rDev -9.2%
The best beer I ever found at an airport bar (not that that's a big hurdle). (The airport was Denver, of course.) A beautiful orange-gold color, with a nice, creamy head. Aroma of banana peppers and grapefruit. When you drink it, the hoppiness comes in surprisingly late -- the initial impression is a solid maltiness. But then the nice, fresh-tasting grapefruity hops come washing in, and it finishes with more of the grapefruit and banana pepper. Not a great IPA by any means, but above average, and it made my flgiht delay well worth it.
06-30-2007 15:21:36 | More by Flyer
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
Appears a coppery orange with a white, slightly tan, head. Not bad looking but not really any lace or much of a tantalizing large head. Aromas are pleasing. A darkly coniferous aroma dominates and provides a nice blanket for various caramel soaked tropical and orangy smells. The flavors have a similar hoppy pungency. Tasty and...what the 9.2%. I didn't expect that but I definitely have no complaints there. Its super drinkable based on that alone. Body is lightly medium and barely holds up the variety of flavors. Satisfying and this is probably double your average IPA...in IPA-ness.
If you're in the mood for these kinds of hops then you'll probably enjoy this beer.
06-26-2007 23:44:08 | More by tastybeer
3.95/5 rDev +1%
This is a beer had on tap at the brewery and have also picked up in bottle. I would encourage others to visit the brewery.
This poured a loudy cider color wiht a reasonable head and good lacing o the glass. The hops doing their job.
The smell was piney and hop dominating as it should be.
The taste a firm bitterness on the back of the tongu bur not too strong. The hops grab your attention with bitterness and then the malt comes in and shines, but the alcohol is concealed well.
A great lingering pine aftertaste that invites another sip and another glass.
Would be my first pick at the brewery, but is little pricey on the shelf here in Missouri.
06-20-2007 16:46:21 | More by ihscout426
3.7/5 rDev -5.4%
Clear orange-gold. Thin creamy head leaves small patches of lacing behind. The aroma is of sugary ripe fruit and orange peels - somewhat floral and peachy, but mostly a near-pungent fruity hop juice kind of smell. Malts appear early in the flavor and seem to promise a well-balanced beer with lots of sugary malty delights. Unfortunately, the malts disappear all too quickly, but there is a solid hoppiness to keep it going. Bittersweet citrus and other fruits along with pine sap. Sure does drink a whole lot easier than a beer of this strength should. I just wish the malts stood up to the hops a little more aggressively to round it out. Medium body, lightly puckering.
Pretty good but not great. Hell of a lot better than the other beer I tried from them before this.
06-18-2007 02:59:26 | More by wedge
District of Columbia
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
This beer pours a dark gold color with a slight head. There is very little smell even when swirled, but there are feint notes of bitter flower. The initial taste is a little off putting because its so strong, but as a few sips go down it because surprisingly easy to drink. The taste is similar to other strong IPA's, with a diverse mix of hops and a very bitter aftertaste that lingers for a long time. There is little to no alcohol taste, pretty impressive for a 9.2%'er. The mouthfeel is pretty benign, but the aftertaste is both sweet and bitter, but leaves you lingering for more.
06-15-2007 23:30:10 | More by Toddv29424
4.95/5 rDev +26.6%
This is as close to perfect as you can get. Light spicy aroma with some good floral and citrus notes in there who cares. This beer taste amazing. Smooth with a wonderful IPA bite at the end that doesn't overwhelm or is overdone. Very smooth and uber drinkable even with the higher ABV. Thank God, Superman, Captian Cave Man or whomever that Breckenridge made this.
Just to note... I can't get tired of this. On tap, 22oz bomber or 12oz bottle it is outstanding. The intoxicating aroma that is only matched by it's taste make this one #1.
06-13-2007 01:40:34 | More by lonestar4lunch
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. Left spotty lacing.
S - It smelled of grass, straw and some malt.
T - Bitter hop bite upon the first sip. Nice grassy/hoppy quality. Strong malt presence, too.
M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.
D - I really enjoyed this beer. It was the first bomber-style brew I've had from Breck, and it's the best I've had from them so far.
06-02-2007 04:16:04 | More by zeff80
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
Picked up a bottle of this at Sam's in Highland Park, IL.
Pours and orangey honey hue with an enormous, eggshell colored, soapy, rocky head. HUGE lace that sticks forever, literally, hours after the beer is gone.
The scent is very much of hops, peach, plum, apricot, and a little bit of grape.
The taste is quite malty at the start with some peach, strawberry, flowers and apricot in the middle, and then a hop overload. It's slightly unbalanced, but still enjoyable.
05-29-2007 19:30:00 | More by Lexx
2.45/5 rDev -37.3%
A two finger off white head with decent retention sits atop a clear, goldern amber hued ale. Thin and clingy lacings present in this mildly carbonated brew.
Bready malts, diacetyl, floral hops and a hint of citrus. Hops are underwhelming and the diacetyl overwhelming and just doesnt belong.
Diacetyl almost smothers the bready malts which have a slight caramel sweetness. Hops are almost more earthy and woody, although there is some resinous flavours of whit grapefruit and pine.
A medium bodied brew, too balanced for an IPA in my opinion, and the strong diacetyl presence seriously detracts from this ale. Slightly creamy mouthfeel offsets the quite mild resinous character.
Best thing about this beer was its looks. On the plus side the alcohol was very well hidden. On the minus side diacetyl and not enough hops. If you enjoy diacetyl and brews that arent hopped over the top it may be worth trying, if not i strongly suggest avoiding this ale until its reconfigured.
05-28-2007 18:16:02 | More by demcorhip
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
Appearance: It's clear and golden. Head is a thick, foamy two fingers. Absolute gorgeous coat of lace.
Smell: Very citrusy sweet smell. It's a combo of grapefruit, orange, and maybe even a hint of apple in there. Hops are nice and strong smelling.
Taste: Very crisp and refreshing. Citrus flavors are sweet and the grapefruit adds a bit of bitterness. Hops are piney and take bitterness to the next level. A bit of malty sweetness balances it out.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light to medium bodied and very well carbonated. At 9.2%, it's a little strong to session, but it's very drinkable. Overall, very good IPA. Certainly recommended.
05-27-2007 03:18:08 | More by prototypic
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