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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of kwakwhore
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber/orange pour with a creamy light tan head which leaves a nice ring of lace around the top of the glass. Lacing follows the beer down the glass as I drink more and more of it.
Malt accents with a bit of citrus in the aromas.
Serious bittering hops up front in the flavor mixed with sweet malt. Bitter finish as well. A little unbalanced for the style with something metallic lurking in the background. Not really sure, but I suspect something is not right in this bottle.
Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style, somewhat syrupy.
I don't think I'd want more than one of these. The alcohol hits pretty hard even for 9.2%.
Definitely not the best Double IPA I've had, probably more at the lower end of the spectrum. I've got a few more of these. Hopefully the next one will be better.

Photo of Proteus93
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Crisp golden, coppy penny. Head forms VERY nicely... the beautifully rising bubble structure forms into a great finger-five head.

S: Floral, herb, and spice... a very nice hop blend going on here. A kiss of caramel maltiness.

T: A nice floral and herbal flavour of hops - quite bitter. Some touches of cracker. Some malty backbone coming through and offering a nice balance.

M + D: Quite a well-rounded body... slick and quite refreshing, as well. Very pleased with this beer. A sipper with that big ABV, but the alcohol is hidden incredibly well. No real signs of it.

Photo of blakesell
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear orange amber with a creamy cap of cream colored foam that sticks to the sides of the glass, lingering.

Smell- Malt upfront with base malts, quickly followed by grapefruity hops. I don't remember how the bottle used to smell, but this smells very nice. A strange near peppery smell from the yeast which needs to warm up to make itself more known.

Taste- Rich and malty with an excellent hop level bringing up the rear. Maltiness shows a grand and unique balance. Fruity tones from the hops can't be beat, outside of say, Hopslam, but this one isn't big on alcohol. In perception anyway, I just checked and it's 9.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, smooth, medium full bodied, medium in carbonation, and very effervescent.

Drinkability- Breckenridge has done a fine job with this drinkable Imperial IPA.

Photo of denflyr
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 22 oz. bomber....

poured out a nice cloudy orange color that was very nice and calrified over time. There was a cream colored 1+" head.

The noce was very nice. Obviously "hoppy" being a DIPA. A very "hoppy" nose that honestly smells very fresh to me...not like a a fresh hop brew, but close!! I do detect the trademark citrus aspect to the nose like some other DIPA's.

I liked the taste quite a bit. Nice hop bitterness, but not over the top. Has a very nice tingle on the tounge. I get that grapefruit and citrus taste to it as well as a slightly sweet malt backbone. I was thinking it would be sweeter, but it was not and that was nice!

A very nice mouthfeel. Like I mentioned, it has that nice tingle on the tounge that I really enjoyed. The malt sweetness was nice, but cloying in any sense.

Honestly even with the high ABV%, I found this to be a very drinkable beer. The "hoppiness" was not so much that it killed my palate. Be careful to have too many, but I though I could have at least one more!!!

Photo of everetends
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Poured into a shaped pint from DFH.

A: Pours a really clear, nice, dark amber. The color is beautiful. Crystal clear. Carbonation bubbles are light and slow moving. Oily in appearance. The head is a big, 3 fingers. Seriously creamy texture to the head and is really tight. The head and lace is super sticky and clings wonderfully to the glass. The lace notches the glass all the way down.

S: Smell is great as well. Really nice floral and bitter hops just radiating from the glass. You can really smell this sucker. The floral hops add a really beautiful sweet smell to the bouquet. Grapefruit really comes out with other citrus fruits. I swear I smell mango. Malt is sweet. Nice caramel malt that really balances nicely. Lets get to this bitch.

T: Holy hop. Really nice bitter hop presence first and foremost. This beer has a heavy hops presence that is so in your face and pleasant all at the same time. The grapefruit is there and adds a bit of a tart character. The malt is sweet, caramel that is just enough to let you know its there but does not take much away from the hops. Alcohol is definitely there as well. You can taste a touch piney booze but it does not kill the taste at all. There is just a touch of pepper in the finish.

M: Bitterness is really on the palate. Medium in body with a nice oily texture. Super coating of the palate. Brings everything out of this beer. The only problem with the feel is the heavy alcohol presence on the throat. Burns and bites. Still nice.

D: Good god this is good. The guy at Five Points recommend it and I really appreciate it. this beer is great. If you see it, buy it. There is very little to gripe about here. Tasty shit.

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

For a an alcohol content of 9.2% I was quite suprised that it wasn't very noticeable over the overall flavor of the beer.
Poured a goldenish hazy redish hint, as well as easy drinkability. This beer can be enjoyed over and over again and in the same sitting if your so inclined.
This double IPA stands alittle bit higher on my list, although I don't have a laundry list of IIPA tastings I can highly recommend this one.

Photo of jeremyd365
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a semi-hazy coppery amber with a small white head. It appears to have low to moderate carbonation. The smell is a great whoosh of floral hops. It's slightly bitter (in the lovely-hoppy way and medium-bodied in the mouth. The finish is WOW! There's the hops of course, but a much milder flavor lingers behind--perhaps still the hops but it seems unique. Definitely a delicious IPA and one I would recommend and have again!

Photo of SickBrew
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to Steve for this beer.

This is great looking beer that pours a wonderful ambler color with almost two full fingers of white head in my pils glass. Her nose is sharp, dry, sweet and flowery - actually smells like fresh hops - lots of nose things going on. Flavor is good but a slight watery feel throws the flavor off a bit. Hop flavors are about right, and are complex just like the aroma. Overall this is a good to great brew that I would recommend to you.

Photo of elniko
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter.

A: Deep amber, very little head. Heavy lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Strong citrus, grapefruit tones. Great IPA notes.

T & M: Well done in the flavor department. Wonderful grapefruit toned finish. Nicely balanced with the hops of course being strong but the malt giving just enough balance. Mouthfeel is strong. This is a fine brew.

D: For an Imperial IPA, this is incredibly drinkable. One of the better examples that I've had.

Photo of DownDaHatch
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Simply stated, I love this beer. From beginning to end it drinks remarkably smooth. It has great color, carbonation, and taste. I cannot drink enough of this stuff on the patio in the evening here in the midwest summer. What makes this a nice drinking (90 min-like) IPA is the wonderfull character and not the typically overly bitter 90 minute IPA's.

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

Picked up a single today at Whole Foods. I'm still trying to hit up as many IPAs as possible while we've still got this summer heat. This one comes up with some nice bronze coloration and a fuzzy, off-white head. Nose is citrus and pine sap but a little more faint than I was hoping, but getting better as it warms.

Juicy, flavorful hop flavor but a few notches short of the "withering" often applied to the style. An oily, buttery texture helps carry the piney, peppery hops. Alcohol makes a cameo in the finish but overall, this is drinkable and quite tasty. I will definitely look for this again.

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

This little beauty pours a light amber color, clear, with a fair off-white fuzz and very full lacing. The aroma is a light grapefruit with some herbal malt touches. The taste is a full bodied sweet herbal hops with lots of alcohol presence. Very creamy with a very heavy hop finish, bitter enough to possibly choke some drinkers.

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

From a 12 oz. bottle, pours a nice dark golden color with some have levitating in the beer with a nicely retained off white head consisting of varying size bubbles. The aroma consists of light pine needles, some honey sweetness and a touch of citrus (orange). The aroma isn't strong but it is pleasant. A taste reveals a big blunt mouth feel dominated by a heavy dose of bitter hops. Hints of pine needles and orange citrus come through with some residual sweetness from the heavy malt. For the most part this hop monster is balanced but the finish leaves a burning bitter alcohol sensation.

Photo of dmamiano
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a medium amber, almost orangish in color.
Nice, fluffy off white head that seems to not want to let go.Lacing hangs on at the heads departure.
Smell is very earthy...caramel malts mixed with heavy hop resins.Very nice indeed.
Taste is in a word...wow. Thick and heavy on the palate with an excellent mouthfeel.Very well balanced with the thick sweet bready malts mixing well and pushing the hops and my palate into submission. I know the alchohol is there and big, but it is well hidden.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Ornagish brown color with thin foamy head. The head quickly recedes but leaves sheets of lace.

S - Spicey hop aroma is very strong in the nose. Also some light hints of citrus.

T - Light sweetness up front before being smashed by a spicey and citrusy hop blast. The alcohol comes through a little as well making the beer a little warming. Taste of caramel malts provide a little hint of balance to the hops.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and very creamy. The alcohol is a little too strong to make this highly drinkable, but still a darn good DIPA.

Photo of Drew966
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Breckenridge 471 IPA (Small Batch) pours an orangeish copper color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is hops with a strong grapefruit component. They also nailed the grapefruit hop thing in the flavor. The alcohol is well hidden but I could feel the effects. One of the smoothest of the genre that I have tasted.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a copper colour and a centimeter head on the beer, it makes me want to drink it. Pretty good colour for a IIPA. When smelling the beer, there aromatic cascade hops come out, with a bit of the malts behind it. There is a weird spicy coming from the beer as well.

The beer tastes almost exactly how it smells. The hop character is really odd in this beer; however, the bitterness at the end is quite nice. The mouthfeel is creamy and nice; moreover, the beer is decently drinkable.

EDIT: After the end of the six pack I find the hop character not growing on me and just kind of a beer that I don't enjoy.

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

Pours a redish amber color with a rich, thick, and creamy head.

Nice caramel and hoppy aroma.

This is a tasty beer. Heavy flavor with a caramel sweetness and a lot of hoppy bitterness.
A nice mouth feel and a warmth from the alcohol.

This was one that i had never heard of and decided to give it a whirl.
I'm glad i did because it is really enjoyable.

Photo of beavers
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crisp and clear orange with golden highlights. Creamy tan head with good retention and good sticky lacing on the side of this nonic.

Rich, sticky, resinous honey dipped hop cones with pungent lemon rind. Has a faint sharp cheddar cheese like quality to it...I've had this exact same experience with Hop Wallop.

Fresh, sweet, flavorful citrus and piney hop deliciouness followed by a sharp bitterness and then a long alcoholic finish (esp once it has warmed). Alcohol kind of shocks my taste buds and I have trouble decifering any nuances after it hits. Not the balanced and well hidden ABV that I've seen in early notes on this beer. I'm wanting more caramel malt.

The aroma on this beer is just outstanding...I just wish that the alcohol was a little more masked. One and done for me, but don't get me wrong, this is still one enjoyable brew.

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

On tap at Capital Ale House Innsbrook following the 1st Annual Virginia Beer Festival.

Appearance: A small, one-finger head, incredibly hazy orange body, and lively but light carbonation. Lacing is attractive.

Aroma: Citrus hops are very prominent here, very strong grapefruit aroma. A decent dose of butter, lightly caramelized malts, as well.

Taste: Medium-to-high bitterness levels, grassy, herbal hops are noticeable up front, followed by orange peel. A very solid, honey-like foundation, though caramel malts are also present in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Very fine bubbles make for a smooth head, though the beer is fairly thick and oily from all the hops. Alcohol "feel" in the finish.

Drinkability: A solid DIPA if nothing groundbreaking. Alcohol is about average for the style - that is, pretty high - but there are lots of good flavors and aromas goin' on. Recommended.

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

A: Slightly clouded deep orange amber with a slightly red hue. Light carbonation, light suspended yeast. Two inch slightly off-white and fluffy. Heavy lacing. Light carbonation

S: Crisp grapefruit balanced and mellow toasted malt. Significantly hoppy, but herbal aroma is after the malt; lots of IPA's the other way around for me.

T: Nicely balanced IPA, but not the double implied on the label. Nice balance of bittering hops and toasted sweet malt give this a very well rounded flavor. Bitter, herbal hops linger, but not right up front.

M: Medium-bodied. Tangy, bitter hop finish.

D: Very well-balanced and drinkable. If you like a bitter, floral IPA, this is a must try.

I was surprised with this guy. A sneaky fastball on the inside corner.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Breckenridge- 471 IPA

A- Bright cloudy orange with a huge billowy froth head. Good ring lacing.
S- Sweet buttery shortbread malt, sugar, and sweetened cirus rind.
T- Very sweet sugary malt. shortbread, butter, toffee and caramel make up the front half with sweet grapefruit, lemon, and orange rind in the back half.
M- Sweet and malty with the slightest dry bitter finish. Alc. is present in the end.

Overall- A good sweet DIPA that might lack some boldness but is easily drinkable.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden amber in color with a thick puffy white head - uneven and long lasting with great lacing. This looked awesome!

S: Nice mix of citrus and floral hops, with just a bit of underlying malt underneath. Again, very nice.

T&M: Hops - first and last. The first wave hits you like a bitter rush, assaulting the tongue with that hoppy goodness. The malts are present but not prevalent; the hops are clearly the star of the show here as they should be in an IPA. Not really balanced, the hops strike out at you and really grab hold of your tongue hard. I liked it. Carbonation was moderate to light. The finish was long and bitter with more hops lingering on forever. The slight warming on the way down is really the only thing that gives away the strength of this brew.

D: If you like hops, chances are you will like this one. It's strong on hops, no doubt, but there is some room for refinement. There is a bit of an oily texture at the swallow - not sure if this is from the alcohol or the incredible hops. I guess I might just be tainted by some others but I really like the more balanced IPAs that still pull off the hoppy profile. Regardless, this is a good brew and I would definitely seek it out again.

Photo of tmitch75
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another gift from my brother, Cheers Adam! Cool silkscreened 22oz bottle.

Amber/copper color, bright, with big white head, good retention, and rings of lace all around.

Slightly sweet smell with a big dose of musty hops - earthy and piney with a bit of citrus.

Strong floral and earthy hop flavor, with just enough caramel malt to back it up. Very bitter with a little alcohol in there... but not enough to suggest a 9.2% ABV.

Creamy and full-bodied texture, quite nice feel in the mouth.

Quite drinkable despite the ABV, and a damn fine DIPA.

Tasted on 6/20/08.

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

Acquired from DrJay courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, some citrus and caramelized malts along with a touch of alcohol.

T: The taste has a strong but pale hops bitterness that comes in first and remains dominant. There's a little bit of citrus and caramel sweetness and a decently hearty malt character that provides some balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are definitely several better 2IPA's out there.

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