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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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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 BretSikkink
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color, attractive white-tan head. Mostly clear, with good foam retention, and outstanding lace.

Caramel-sweet malt aromas, augmented with nice balance of grapefruit and citric zesty American hops.

Again, nice balance of caramel malts and citric hops, along with a slight undertow of pine. Alcohol is a little apparent, brings down the drinkability.

Generally quite good, body is just about right. Not much carbonation, but the finish isn't sticky either.

This is not a double IPA, it's a good, big IPA. Recommended.

Photo of ShrLSU
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - Poured a deep hazy orange with a slight white head.

Smell - More malty than hoppy. Some citrus fruits scent.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Very smooth an malty. A caramel malt flavor. A slight bitter hoppiness, but more malt than hop. Somewhat syrup like.

Drinkability - Very sippable beer. An enjoyable ipa but very heavy for the style.

Photo of ryrust5301
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - Pours a hazy, cloudy dark orange color, with a creamy white finger length head.

Smell - Very malty with a hop presence hidden in the back. Strong citrus notes, orange and lemon, accompany as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Smooth rich malty feel. Sweet caramel taste is collapsed by a bitter citrus hop bite midway through. Very heavy tasting almost syrupy.

Drinkability - This tastes a whole hell of a lot like a one year old bigfoot. Very thick and heavy which makes it more barleywine-esque than Double or imperial ipa. Definitely a sipper.

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

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint glass yields a pale copper body capped with two fingers of raucous off-white foam that retains at a bubbly sheet and leaves thick webby lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is richly malty with fruity, grassy, earthy hops. Strong cheesy notes of the unmistakable Simcoe with floral Fuggles really stand out as the beer warms.

Taste is richly sweet caramel malt with tangy hops and a light mineral character. There is no trace of the purported 9.2% ABV, and only a little savory bitterness, but the hops make themselves known in a funky, sticky, grapefruity perfume that delights.

Medium-full bodied; a little syrupy, yet crisp. Warming in the tummy with a nice clean finish. Excellent drinkability.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant amber with a frothy thick white head. Big hop oils, grapefruit and some candied sugar in the aroma, and the taste is obviously very hoppy with a strong floral bitterness, though it isn't overwhelming. Finishes with an herbal bitterness and piney flavor these DIPAs sometimes have.

A pretty good DIPA, stong and bitter, but drinkable for the strength, which stays pretty well hidden.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is deep orange, mostly clear with ok carbonation. The head is small, 1 finger thick, off white and leaves ok lace.

The smell is good I like the fruity citrus hops.

The taste is even better, this brew delivers a nice strong hopy flavor but also has the malt to keep it drinkable. The citrus hops are fruity, orange and some grapefruit along with pear and apricot.

The mouthfeel is nice better then medium body and ok carbonation seems to work well.

The drinkability is good, I would reomend this for a try to be sure.


Photo of Risser09
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - 2008 bottling? - Fridge temp

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden orange with a tall 2.5" head that is a cream color with a yellow tint. Great retention and tons of lace that coats the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange, lemon. Full of citrus. Fresh herbs and honeysuckle.

Taste: Lots of bitterness with a dull grapefruit flavor, background of orange. I say "dull" because there isn't much flavor to go with the bitterness that is so hot.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Creamy with a lingering bitterness. Alcohol goes strong and well with the bitterness.

Drinkability: A solid brew that won't get any more attention without more complexity. Well appreciated and easy to drink. Well worth it.

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

Appearance: Dark orange beer, finger worth of head and some lacing as you go.

Smell: Piney and floral hops dominate the nose.

Taste: Like the nose. Piney and floral hops dominate, bit of malt in the background to balance the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is not as heavy as I expected but not too light. Light hop flavor left behind after the swallow.

Drinkability: On the lighter end of the DIPA style, but a good beer. The 9% ABV could make you hold back, but the lightness of the beer is deceptive. Decent brew.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very cloudy copper color with one and a half fingers of white head. Good lacing.

S: Smells more like a really hoppy ale than an IPA. Kind of like Hop wallop lite.

T: Really tastes like homebrew. Almost no hops coming through in a style that should have plenty. Has a nice malty tea taste in the finish.

M: Unremarkable. Does not do anything for or against the beer.

D: Very drinkable. No real hint of the abv. I just expect an IPA to be hoppy.

Photo of tempest
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd call this a nicely balanced DIPA, off the bat it reminds me of the DIPA from Capt. Lawrence. There isn't anything over the top and it's quite drinkable while maintaining a big hop flavor. The only thing it's lacking for me is a big bitter punch to the tongue.

The body is orange-amber with a short white head and lacing the aroma is a mix of biscuity malts with floral perfume and big grapefruit and tangerine. The flavor is both resinous and crisp - a nice pairing there - with more of a citrus zest flavor and a hint of grass.

This isn't the biggest DIPA, but it's got a very nice mix of hops flavors and is dangerously drinkable. Worth a try if you dig hops.

Photo of Avryle
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at a Lee's in Vegas

A- Hazy orange. Small white head slowly dissapates to small white cap. Really, a nice looking DIPA.

S- Malty sweetness with a hint of apples ??? Where are the hops though? Pleasant aroma, just not that of a DIPA.

T- Very light hop flavors (this is difficult to explain in writing)- the hops used are not overpowering, instead they are very light and airy almost. Definately an IPA though. Fruity sweetness of apples and pears in the body as well, finishing with sweet tea notes.

M- Mediun to full bodied. Medium carbonaation. Great lingering flavors

D- Very drinkable. Would be a great session beer except for the 9.2

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

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Hazy copper coloration with an amber hue. Produced a decent 2 tip head which displayed some nice retention and lacing.

S - Nice hoppy aroma with a hint of the alcohol shining through. Fairly sweet.

T - Nicely balanced for a beer this big. Grapefruits and other citrus notes comprise the majority of it's hoppy body, but there is a very sweet malt backing that mirrors the bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation, dry finish, no residues left behind.

D - Very high, the abv isn't noticeable in the taste and it goes down smooth. Pretty impressive brew, and one I wouldn't have a problem revisiting.

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

I've had this beer before in bombers, but since I'm out here in Colorado I felt like getting another.

Pours a nice copper color with a small white head. Light carbonation. Some lacing.

Smells very hoppy with some citrus aroma. Orange peels.

Hoppy taste with the oranges. Great balance and not overhopped. It makes me think a little of Stone's Ruination.

Lingering taste of hops which I like. Goes down easy. Very drinkable.

Excellent session beer and the alcohol isn't noticeable. You get more of a hop sensation than an alcohol taste. Great beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Amber in color, thinnish head. Surprisingly just a hint of hops on the nose, with rich malt the dominant aroma. Flavor matches, with an initial honey-tinged malty sweetness prevailing, before the hops finally make their presence known with a nice, bitter finish. Flavors seem more like a barleywine than an IPA to me. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy but doesn't feel 9.2 heavy. Enjoyable brew, but it's probably not something I'd want to drink in large doses, even if the alcohol content allowed for it.

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

Poured an orange color with a foamy large white head which left nice lacing in my glass.

Smelled of hops with a floral edge.

Tasted better and more balanced than I was expecting. The hop bitterness was certainly there, as was the alcohol, but the sweetness of the malts balanced it out well.

Mouthfeel was lively, with a carbonation sting present. Light and refreshing.

This turned out to be a better brew than I was expecting. Not something I'd drink on a regular basis but still one of the more enjoyable beers of this type that I've had in a while.

Photo of a10t2
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliantly clear golden-orange, with a bright white head that settles relatively quickly but leaves beautiful lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Earthy and resinous hop aroma with a faint generic malt background. Not quite what I was hoping for from a beer labeled as being "double hopped".

T: Fairly straightforward, the hops are definitely there throughout but without the depth of flavor I would expect from a double IPA. The malt flavors are well balanced, however, and there's just a bit of clean alcohol warmth.

M: Well carbonated without being over the top, there's a smooth vinous quality over the tongue - helped, no doubt, by the 9% alcohol content.

D: The hoppiness is a bit biting, but overall this is a very smooth beer, and at 9% ABV it could be trouble. Good thing it isn't sold in six-packs.

IMHO, the only thing that makes it a "double IPA" is the alcohol content. As an IPA it would probably receive slightly better marks.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz poured into a pint

Pours an orange amber with a slight red tint. Light carbonation, light suspended yeast. A nice pillowy, two finger bone white head. Good staying power and significant lacing. All in all, this is a pretty beer.

Smells of crisp grapefruit balanced with a mellow toasted malt. A fresh hop nose, but not as hoppy as I would like my iipa.

An extremely well-balanced ipa, but not sure if I could put this in the double ipa category. A nice balance of bittering hops and toasted sweet malt give this a very well rounded flavor. Bitter, floral hops linger, but don't punch you in the face like I want. However, given the craftsmanship, it probably makes up for it.

Has a medium-bodied mouthfeel with a tangy, bitter hop finish.

Very well-balanced and therefore pretty drinkable, if you like a bitter, floral ipa.

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

Photo of brewandbbq
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orangy-gold, with a three inch head of white, dense foam.
Retention duration of approximately five minutes, leaving a plethora of ripped sheets of clingy suds.
Aromatics are pungent, tropical, and floral.
This bottle is screaming freshness.
Tangerines, melons, pears, mongo, pine resin, and a smidge of earth grassiness. Very nice.
The mouthfeel is crisp and snappy. Plenty of minerally liveliness.
Tropical fruits crushed through a pine sieve on the pallet. Stingingly hoppy, with a persistant, drying bitterness.
The malt is light, but balancing, and the beers is bone dry.
Finishes with an excedingly long bitterness, fresh citrus zest, and warming alcohol.

Wowza, great IIPA that apparently is a fresh and lively example.

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

Purchased on Mike Brawley's expert recommendation in Charlotte. Cheers, Mike! You haven't let me down yet.

Pours a gorgeous mostly clear yellow with amber highlights and a fat, dense foamy head that coats the glass entirely as it falls. Simply divine.

Ever had 90 Minute from Dogfish? Yeah, it smells like this. Tremendous, grapefruit-citrus-orange hops simply dripping with sugar and malt. Pungent, yet sweet and refreshing. Mouthwatering, really.

I take a gulp and smile. This isn't *quite* 90 Minute good, but it comes within a Florida vote. 471 is sweet and creamy, with a huge, bold hop presence and a massive bitter grapefruit profile. It's a fairly simple beer, but superbly crafted. It manages, somehow, to not only defy the stated 9.2% alcohol content but seems like a... 7%. Wild. The only hint is the warmth provided by the drink as it slides down to your belly.

The finish is bitter and hop sticky, the mouthfeel clean, thin, and finely carbonated. You can easily take large sips of this beer. It's eminently drinkable and goes all too quickly.

Breckenridge has knocked this out of the park. 471 is a great, simple double IPA that somehow manages to be a session beer. This is better beer than Hopslam. No, really. Don't believe me? Get some for yourself. Mike can hook ya up.

Photo of Squelch
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours golden crystal clear with a white head that isn't too prominent. Good looking beer

Smell: Not enough hop aroma in this beer. I would expect a double hopped beer to basically blow me away with the aroma hops, but this doesn't. I still get some malty fruityness in the aroma coming through

Taste: Nice hop flavor hides the alcohol. touch of sweetness from the malt. Hop flavor is dominant but not too harsh. Very citrusy and piney in the flavor. Just like I like it. Bitterness could be punched up a little bit as I feel it is out of balance with too much sweetness.

Mouthfeel: very thick beer. Mucho dextrins. Lots of light crystal I believe in this grain bill. Low carbonation adds to the heavyness on the palate.

Drinkability: This beer is much more drinkable than most IPA's and IIPA's. A good transition beer I believe to those non-hopheads out there. I would buy it again if the price wasn't so high. Please farmers, grow some more hops!!!

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

Pours a hazy gold color with a slight head.

Aromas are dusty, hard candy, and of citrus and pine like hops.

One thing this beer doesn't lack is flavor. Lots of hops going on here, citrus, pine, with a bitter mineral aspirin like bite on the finish. A very faint hard candied malt flavor takes a backseat to all the hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. The flavors are long, and the feel is quite full.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a tasty DIPA, but it's a bit unbalanced, I will enjoy this bottle, but I don't think I'd drink more than one in a session.

Photo of BelgianAleSlut
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into thistle glass. Has orange-urine color with nice white head and lacing.

Grapefruit/citrus smell.

Bitterness is good, but a little too sharp for my liking. Tastes light on the malt for a 9.2%.

Not the best DIPA out there for sure. Not sure I have ever had a Breckenridge brew, but this was recommended by a beer section steward.

Have to mention that this review is on the last of a sixer. The first two sessions left me with a nasty headache the following day. I am attributing it to the brewing process, as I only had one beer each night.

Not a bad beer, but I will not purchase again. Too many better examples out there.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz screenprinted brown bottle purchased from Abe's in Bethlehem. Poured into a tulip and enjoyed after dinner.

Very clear amber, pretty dark and ruddy really, even for a DIPA. Nice off white head that sports okay retention (though kind of poor for the style) and only a little lacing. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen when swirled around.

Smell is pretty weak, sweet caramel malts and some hops, not nearly as floral, piney, or citrusy as i would have liked.

Taste is much more hoppy, fairly bitter, but it is balanced by the sweet maltiness. I couldn't decide if it seemed like it was too hoppy and bitter as well as being too sweet and malty, or if it was balanced. Hmm. Good, but not exactly easy to enjoy.

Mouthfeel is pretty oily from all the hops, not too heavy or light. No alcohol burn.

Drinkability is moderate considering the style (high abv and bitterness). I don't know if i would go back to this one, but it is good, and worth the $2 i paid for it.

Photo of btuthill
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with small head from a dark brown bomber. Nice lacing most of the way down. Lighter color than both smell and taste would indicate - looks more like a pils than a dipa. smell is also thin, with light generic citrus notes. taste is good if unexceptional. the taste is quite nice, but i'm having trouble picking anything out. the 9.2% is hidden well in this very drinkable dipa.

a rather unexceptional brew, unfortunately. i had a bottle last week and was blown away, so i wonder if this second bottle is a dud. i may edit the review later if this bottle was an aberration.

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

Appearance: pours a light orange color with some yellow highlights on the glasses edge. A thick 2" head lasts a long time. Thick lacing develops.

Smell: loads of piney and citrus heavy hops. A great aroma.

Taste: malt levels are a bit thinner than anticipated, but are still sweet enough to balance the heavy pine and grapefruits here. Some fruity sweetness and mild alcohol tones are in the background.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is not too long and the flavors mellow slowly on the tongue.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff this bomber and probably another one if I had it. Nice flavorful beer here.

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