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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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very good

1,826 Ratings
no score

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Ratings: 1,826
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 88 | 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 smcreator


4.85/5  rDev +24%

This is a very well rounded beer. It reminded me of a home brew recipe I once tried called (John 1981). One of my top recommendations since it has the perfect balance of hops (flavor and smell) with the other smooth flavors. Perfect beer for BBQ and pizza.

05-08-2007 12:44:43 | More by smcreator
Photo of jtslay


4.78/5  rDev +22.3%

This beer poured a somewhat cloudy amber orange. The aroma was indicative of a twice hopped (or dry hopped) beer. The taste is slightly bitter but overall sweet and finishes well. This is a very drinkable beer. This beer reminded me very much of Charlie Papazian's John 1981 from his book Microbrewed Adventures.

05-08-2007 12:41:59 | More by jtslay
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

One of the best IPAs that I've had. Great appearance. Nice head and lacing that stay a long time. Nice smell. Hoppy and malty (caramel).

Taste is a balance of hoppiness and caramel malt sweetness. Not overly bitter, and not overly sweet.

Moutfeel is decent. Fairly crisp and clings decently.

This beer is one easy drinking beer. I could make an easy session out of this one. I highly recommend it.

05-06-2007 05:55:22 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of yemenmocha


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Hazy copper color with creamy head that retains well.

Very aromatic with creamsickle orange in the nose. A slight herbal/vegetal hop green-ness in the nose too.

Palate is heavily skewed towards the hops & accompanying citrus. Not a lot of malt to round it out. Medium or perhaps fuller bodied than many IPA's - and nicely "chewy" in a way.

05-06-2007 02:48:49 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of phisig137


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a light amber gold color, with a thin 1/2 finger head. Poor retention leaves nothing behind.

Aroma is relatively mild Some papery hops mixed with a bit of caramel malt.

Flavor is well balanced, with a nudge towards hoppiness. Nice malty body, with a slightly hoppy finish. Mildly bitter, this one definitely improves as it warms. Slightly metallic finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Drinkability is decent.

Overall, a decent beer from a brewery that is so-so in my opinion. Not a bad beer by any means, just not as good as it could be. It's worth trying, but not really worth seeking out. Good deal though....

05-05-2007 03:08:34 | More by phisig137
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a crisp light amber with a decent off white head that diminished to a small layer. Aroma was dominated by citrus hops with some sweet malts. the taste is a great abundance of citrus hops against a sturdy sweet malt backbone. The beer is medium bodied and the alcohol is well hidden. This is an enjoyable IPA, although I would certainly consider it a Double IPA.

05-01-2007 02:42:07 | More by atsprings
Photo of vtfan77


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

A- Deep amber with a big white head. Lots of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- Grapefruity hops hit the nose first, followed by quite a bit of caramel malt.

T- Nice bite from the citrus hops up front. There's a nice underlying sweetness throughout, caramel and honey-like. Good flavor and balance. Bitterness is fairly strong but far from overwhelming.

M- Kind of thin overall. Carbonation is fairly low, but at a good level.

D- No hint of the high ABV, so good marks here. I'd have another.

Not bad. Nothing out of this world here, but I enjoyed this beer. It's tasty and balanced, so there's really nothing to complain about. I'm not sure I'd get it again, though, because it was pretty expensive. Recommended.

05-01-2007 02:40:27 | More by vtfan77
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%

12oz bottle.

Light golden-copper color with a nice fluffy head of foam pillows.

Smells like piney resin and grapefruity citrus.

Full malt flavor with pink grapefruit. Sweet and bitter teeter-totter wonderfully in this drink, just like pink grapefruit juice does. 9.2% abv... wow, I thought I was drinking an IPA (most double/imperial IPAs have this sorta abv, but this is soo well hidden). This might be my new favorite..

Please Sir, may I have some more?

04-28-2007 13:51:56 | More by BeerZack
Photo of goochpunch


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours out a marmalade with nice cascading carbonation and a fluffy and rocky head that leaves sheets of lacing with big holes in it. Lots of earthy, herbal, and grassy hops in the nose with a pleasant absence of pine needles and grapefruit. Malts stand on their own well while still allowing the hops to have a sturdy presence in the nose. I get a good deal of toast, caramel, and bread. I thought I might've been crazy at first picking up some buttery notes, but, sure enough, this is made with an English yeast strain. Fruity esters, caramel, toasted malts, stone fruits, grass, and earthy, herbal hops all play very well together. Not too sweet and, with only 70 IBUS, this doesn't try to strip your tongue off. I can't even taste the alcohol. Mouthfeel is surprisingly not too thick with the high abv, and manages a smoothness all the way through. Very drinkable, but I have to put on the brakes because of the alcohol.

04-27-2007 02:44:31 | More by goochpunch
Photo of SQNfan


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle.

A: Copper/rust colored and poured a 3/4" dense head that slowly dissipated.

S: The nose was filled with hoppy aromas of grapefuit and pine followed by a touch of spice.

T&M: In the mouth the hops continue to shine in this medium-bodied beer with good palate presence. The midpalate has some wonderful balancing sweetness to cut through the bitterness of the hops, though this does show on the finish.

D: Overall, this is a classic Imperial IPA with good balance, weight and length.

04-26-2007 02:37:04 | More by SQNfan
Photo of BMoney575


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Sampled on 4-21-07

Pours a nice amber/orange with a good-size white head and ridiculous glass-coating lacing.

Smell is all sweet and hoppy, grassy citrus dominates.

Taste is much like the smell, very sweet with good hop flavors. Bitterness is not extreme, well-balanced with the sweetness. Finishes with a big alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is good, very DIPA, resiny and thick.

Drinkability is good, although the alcohol makes its presence known.

Overall a good beer, at a very reasonable price. Definitely a double IPA.

Score edited 9-6-08.

04-22-2007 21:19:51 | More by BMoney575
Photo of ArrogantB


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

I poured this 12oz bottle straight into a snifter instead of a pint glass. The color was a very light orange and transparent. There was a healthy stark white head that was about 3 cm and then subsided. The smell was a littel "catty" like some ammonia with hints of apples. The taste was certainly hoppy but no citrus and more cattiness. I also tasted sour apple a little. The aftertaste was pretty bitter. Very solid DIPA.

04-19-2007 17:03:09 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of westweasel


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle.

The appearance is a very hazy apricot color with a 1/2 beige head. Belgian lace was left all along the glass. The aroma was predominantly a biscuity, malty sweetness, with some grapefruit and pine.

The taste is biscuits and a citrusy grapefruit. The aftertaste is bitter, but not too strong. The flavors are all fairly subtle. It does not seem like a 9% beer.

The mouthfeel is medium. The carbonation level is also pretty low.

The drinkability is good. I usually like more taste in my double IPAs. I'd like to see things pumped up in this beer and made more extreme.

04-14-2007 02:21:10 | More by westweasel
Photo of udubdawg


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

22 oz bomber share between two hopheads

Pours a peachy sort of light orange, with a large off-white head that is both very creamy and retains well - a thin cap never disappears from this beer. Spotty lacing all over most of the glass.

Nose is an impressive display of pine and grapefruit. Not a lot else to say here - there is probably a lot of malt here, as it is noticeable despite all the hops, but it is still way subdued by comparison.

Pretty sweet up front, but the finish is a big kick of bitterness that overwhelms anything else. It's pretty balanced for the style, and quite citrusy up front, but after the first couple sips my palate was preparing itself for the finish and neglected to taste much complexity up front. I hold some in my mouth to try to taste more and instead I end up with a hot mouth - lots of alcohol burn I hadn't noticed earlier. I'd call this a bit numbing to the palate, ala with Ruination, but without the excellent flavor profile.

Carbonation is on the low side of medium. Body would be pleasing, if I wasn't distracted from the bitter numbing effect. I find it impossible to not compare this to a local anaesthetic. (I'll have to keep this in mind for a painkiller later!)

Nothing is BAD about this beer...I've just had better. If I didn't have help I'd have no trouble finishing the bomber, but I doubt I'd want to continue. I've got another bottle - maybe I'll see if it shields me from the super spicy chili I made.

04-07-2007 22:58:40 | More by udubdawg
Photo of tykechandler


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Serving was from a 12 oz. bottle poured into a glass mug.

A: amber color; nice head and retention thereof

S: strong pumpkin notes with tangerine and other citrus flourishes; smells like my childhood -jumping into piles of leaves in the autumn

T: moderately bitter but not overly so; pumpkin notes and pretty hoppy, but again, not extremely so; pretty smooth despite the bitterness and hops

M: sounds weird, but somehow seemed a bit watery yet think and full at the same time

D: the hoppiness of the beer does not make it any less drinkable, as it has a very smooth finish. overall, i'd say it is quite drinkable.

based on the high rating of this beer, i was a bit underwhelmed, but there's no debating that it is a quality beverage that all should enjoy.

04-07-2007 07:07:35 | More by tykechandler
Photo of crayphish


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

The bomber poured a hazy copper orange. Thin head left a thick and chunky lace down my glass. Smell has hops and piney citrus, could be more intense. Taste starts a bit malty and finishes with a dry hoppy tang. Very clean dry finish, and the alcohol is hidden extremely well. I found this to be an extremely drinkable DIPA. I will be making the trek for more bombers soon.

03-29-2007 05:53:28 | More by crayphish
Photo of gonzo138


4/5  rDev +2.3%

recently became available again in Az, was glad to have it

A-poured a clear pale golden color with a white head that both retains well and laced nicely

S- smelled awesome, very piney citrusy hop aroma just jumped out of the glass at me

T- just a little bit sweet at first, then piney and very citrusy hop bitterness

M- medium body with good carbonation

D- a really good IPA, should be classified as a double at 9.2% ABV, enjoyed this one alot, thinkin about gettin my growler filled of this stuff

03-28-2007 06:33:45 | More by gonzo138
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

I thought I was grabbing a regular IPA, it was dark, I find out later it was a double. Hazy orangey with an initial foamy head. Orange citrus aroma and taste. Quite smooth, and decent mouthfeel. Well malted for its true style. Satisfying, with 9.2% well hidden. Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

03-25-2007 04:27:36 | More by Sammy
Photo of ultimatebeersnob


4/5  rDev +2.3%

6-pack purchased for $13. 12oz bottle decanted into a wide rim style glass.

Poured a clean golden color with some hint of amber. Half inch head laced the glass from top to bottom.

Smells good--like an IPA should!

Taste is very good! Nice and hoppy with a dry citrusy finish. It's what I would expect out of a double IPA. Alcohol (taste-wise) goes virtually unnoticed. Ranks as a must try!

03-17-2007 03:14:25 | More by ultimatebeersnob
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a 1 pint, 6 oz. bottle a beautiful copper-gold. Creamy tan head which quickly faded and left some noticeable lacing.

Strong aroma of floral and grassy hops.

A great combination of strong hops and malt. Very dry with some tartness.

Low on the carbonation and with a nice smoothness.

This is a terrific IPA. It definitely packs some punch which I really like. A must try.

03-13-2007 21:39:54 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Torchiest


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

Poured very light amber, seems remarkably clear, very little to no head.

There is some hoppiness in the nose, but there's this odd, hard to place aroma as well. Quite unique, and unlike any other IPA I can recall.

The flavor follows up on the smell directly. Malty in the front, maltier than I'm used to from an IPA, then it transitions to this distinct, yet hard to place flavor, almost meaty, somewhat dank like green plant material, and then swirls into a hoppy, bitter finish.

Relatively thin, somewhat sticky though, with a lingering clinginess.

Not bad, but that strange taste is somewhat off-putting. I wouldn't call it bad, and it's definitely drinkable, but a bit strange. I hope to be able to better characterize the unique taste eventually.

03-09-2007 06:53:38 | More by Torchiest
Photo of peabody


3.48/5  rDev -11%

Pours out a nice clear orange and light amber with little suds but nice small lacing.
Smell is a nice apricot/grapefruit aroma. The yeast is sharp to the nose but the hops aren't as pungent as with other IPA's.
Taste is a dirty mellow that finally gets to the sharp blackness of the hops. Mad Hatter has this one beat.
Mouthfeel is pleasant and the aftertaste is very nice.
This is pretty good for a 9.2%er. Dogfish Head 90 minute is the way to go if you want a high gravity IPA. This one is worth the try though!

03-02-2007 01:56:06 | More by peabody
Photo of beertastegood


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%

Been a while...

Pours a brilliantly clear orange-gold with a massive, fluffy head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Aromas of massive resinous, piney hops... a pronounced grassy aroma, presumably from dryhopping. Backing up the hops is a undeniably sweet malt smell, a touch of caramel. Very slightly alcoholic in the nose.

Taste: High hop bitterness, a moderate amount of piney/citrusy hop flavor, and a faintly sweet maltiness coming through towards the end. Alcohol is apparent. Finishes dry and quenching. Not as much hop flavor as I would like.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation medium, body is medium and definitely creamy. Not too heavy, which is a problem with many IIPAs.

Drinkability: Very thirst-quenching, sneakiy strong at 9.2%.

Overall: Bitterness is great and a hallmark of the style, but what I really look for in DIPAs is hop flavor and aroma. This beer has a very good aroma, but the flavor is pretty lacking as far as hops go. Still a decent IIPA.

02-25-2007 17:38:33 | More by beertastegood
Photo of Bierguy5


3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy orange/copper color. Rocky off white head, which holds together quite well, and leaves some nice patches of lace. Nice grapefruit, citrusy aroma, followed by hints of floral and pine. Some caramel, slightly toasty and biscuit like malt leads off, followed by citrusy and herbal bitterness. Good amount of sweetness balances the perfumey and herbal lingering bitterness. Medium body, with appropriate carbonation. Not my favorite hop combination, as it seems to be too perfumey for me.

02-24-2007 15:33:08 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of bigbelcher


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Had a sample at the Strong Beer Festival. Beer was a nice golden color, low head (could have been because of dirty glass.) Aroma was pleasant but not overpowering like the west coast IPA's. I would say it is a notch above Stones IPA. Really a quite drinkable beer. Pretty well balanced but leaning a little more to the hop side. Glad to see another good little microbrewery becoming available in Arizona through Little Guy Distributing.

02-19-2007 19:20:22 | More by bigbelcher
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,826 ratings.