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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Ratings: 2,024
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 35
Gots: 179 | FT: 0
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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 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.

Photo of jnn4v
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So now that I've finished my review of the draft, here's a review of the 12oz bottle that I took home. Oddly enough, this is one of the rare beers that I actually enjoy more from the bottle.

A: Honey color, crisp and clear. Fully translucent. No haze or sediment.

S: Unlike the draft version, this had some good scent starting the second I popped the top. Citrus, floral hops and maybe the slightest hint of pine. Somewhere under there is some brown sugar and honey sweetness, but it's definitely subdued.

T: Clean pine, grapefruit and lemon hops combined with an undertone of maltiness to balance it out. Crisp, tasty, alcoholy and wonderful.

M: My wife actually thought this was more syrupy than the draft version. To me, it feels about the same. Fine carbonation. Classic DIPA texture.

D: A 471 a day keeps the more expensive purchases away? Easily drinkable, and on a regular basis. Drink it nice and slowly. This is one to enjoy.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish copper color with a thin off-white head that slowly subsides and leaves some light lacing.

Floral aroma of pine along with apricot and orange.

Spicy hops show up in the taste along with notes of orange, apricot, grapefruit and honey. Starts out fairly hoppy but seems to have a balancing sweetness after the first few sips. Seems to just get better the more I drink.

Alcohol is mostly well hidden although it does have a slight burning presence on occasion. Overall a pretty enjoyable DIPA.

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

Poured into Piraat tulip. Hazy bronze color, not much carbonation, thin head, with some big bubbles resting on top. Oily liquid with some mild lacing.

Nose is honeycomb pine with some sweet toasted grain. Additioal notes of pineapple, apricot, a dash of brown sugar, and floral sweets.

Pretty slick mouthfeel that leads to a biscuity pine flavor. For a DIPA the malt presence is pronounced with sweet tasting malt & some toasted grains. The hops appear towards the tail end and leads into a mild grapefruit, grassy, and mild numbing of the mouth. Moderately dry finish. The alcohol leads to a burn down the throat; not overpowering but present.

Pretty easy to drink considering the 9.2%. I am not sure if the bottle is a little on the older side or not but the hops are on the light side but well balanced nonetheless. Not bad, I tried it a long time ago, which may be for a reason.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange body that is somewhat murky and a great two-finger head that left lace rings down the glass. While the citric and grapefruit hop aromas seem to dominate the smell (it has that clingy, zesty, soapy smell some DIPAs have) there are also sweet malt smells tucked in there. Tastes like a standard (good) DIPA, with a lighter medium-body that passes easily and smooth and leaves a citric hop taste throughout your mouth and is balanced with those sweet malts, for a dry but satisfying backbite. I did not realize that this was over 9% b/c they really did a good job hiding the alcohol.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried 5 Feb 2009 at the brewpub.

Clear golden brown in color. Small white head quickly dissipates. Good citric aroma. Starts with lots of citrusy hops, alcohol. Some caramel sweetness for balance. Finishes with lots of alcohol and citrusy hops. Medium body. Quite noticeable alcohol.

Enough alcohol to get you in trouble if you're not careful.

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

Poured from a bottle, this IPA gave a modest two fingered head of off-white colored foam. There was some suspended yeast apparent which for me didn't detract from the overall appearance (I suppose I could have poured it more carefully). The color is orange in hue and on the dark side for a typical IPA.

The aroma is of grapefruit and pine with some orange.

Initially I got sweet malt then bitter hops, blended with the sweetness of alcohol and citrus (orange and grapefruit). The mouthfeel is considerably heavier than a normal IPA. I felt that this beer was more reminescent of a DIPA or and Imperial IPA, but either way, I enjoyed the full flavor and rich body. I just wish there were more of a hop bite to this brew.

Easily drinkable without any effort, however the 9.2% ABV is bound to catch up with you eventually!

Photo of nc41
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Nice head and maintains it very nicely. Citrus and grapefruit dominate both on the nose and tongue, very nicely bitter, well balanced, Considering the relatively high ABV definitely not boozy and it's well hidden. Knocked down the drink ability a tab because of the high ABV, but it's dangerously drinkable. Note: the bottle didn't equal the tap.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a orangish color with amber hues. There is a bit of cloudiness, which doesn't appeal a great deal to me. The head isn't really long lived either.

S: Great aromas of citrus with some orange and grapefruit. There is some piney and floral aromas as well. There is a faint sweetness present.

T: I get sweet malts initially. This follows by a muted hoppy bite. The flavoring hops are much more evident. There is definite grapefruit and pine in the flavor. This is augemented well by the sweet malts. It does fall a little short in the bitterness department for a DIPA.

M: The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Pretty solid, but not standing out a great deal.

D: A pretty good DIPA. Nothing stellar however. The bitterness is that of an IPA. The maltiness is that of a DIPA. This didn't fit the style particularly well. Additionally, I think I paid $12.99 for a six pack. This is definitely not worth the price when I can get Hopslam or another iconic DIPA for the same price or less. On tap, this may be worth another try. I won't be picking it up in a bottle again.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark apricot color, with a big light beige head. Beer is a little hazy, but I can see through it.

Faint aroma of grapefruit and pineapple, and caramel sweetness.

Hoppy grapefruit flavor, with bready malt complexities. The website lists this as 70 IBU's, but it's pretty balanced to me. , it's alcohol is well hidden, and actually, the bitterness is becoming a bit stronger as it warms. As a result, the malt seems to be taking a step back, and although warm and bready, is definitely in the background. The yeast doesn't really come into play taste wise. Coming on at the end of the glass, are some faint minty, and herbal hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, a tad thin at the cool temperature I started with, but seems to grow fuller as it warms. Grainy towards the end, and a semi-dry finish, with the hops flavors lingering for quite awhile.

Overall, a really delicious beer. I usually review the first or second beer from a pack, and enjoy the rest, but I greedily drank the first 5, and had to force myself to review the remaining 1. Tremendous flavor, especially if you disregard style, which I seem to be doing more and more. And the high, yet unnoticeable ABV makes this a solid choice for enjoying your evening. Cheers!

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Color is a slight pinkish orange copper. Has a slight off white head with good retention and lace splattered about the glass.

The aroma is of carmel malts and thick-like earthy hops. The taste is extremely hoppy. A lot of the earthy hops are present along with some grapefruit citrus.

Mouthfeel is very bitter, seems well carbonated, and ends with a very dry aftertaste. Hides its alcohol well.

Overall, this is a delicious double/imp. I am glad I picked it up. It is pretty easy to drink at 9.2% abv. I definitely would like to try more small batch series now!

Photo of mikereaser
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky orange color with no foam to speak of

S - aroma of citrus and pine with hints of banana

T - nice hop flavor, pine and citrus, with some corriander & lemon with a bit of a spicy pepper finish

M/D - not a bad tasting brew, but a bit harsh, it has a good flavor but there was something in the finish that makes me pass by this one when picking from the fridge.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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