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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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Ratings: 2,012
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 30
Gots: 170 | FT: 0
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Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
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 magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orange-gold with a minimal white head. Biscuits, oranges, grapefruit, and caramel in the nose. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet grapefruit hops up front that move into a resiny bitterness. A caramel/candy sugar-like sweetness follows, which gets somewhat unpleasant towards the end. Seems to emmulate Lagunitas' Maximus in the sweetness. I wanted more hop bite, but this was still good.

Photo of stockingcpl
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Wow. I opened the bottle and out came the head. Upon pouring, the same was evidenced. Head retention was excellent and sustained. Plentiful lacing. Medium caramel color with a wheat beer cloudiness. Excellent first impression.

Smell: Aroma is light. Hoppy presence detected, however not overpowering. Perhaps high alpha hops were the primary hop of choice. Yeasty bread also detected. The malt helped offset the hops nicely.

Taste: The taste is pronounced with an extended curve. The sustain is typical of an IPA and the hoppiness is very pleasant. The bite is impressive. Too much for a newbie, but wonderful for an experienced drinker.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness is interesting both in volume and sustain. I found this a very enjoyable brew to drink.

Drinkability: The alcohol is detectible and a little high, so the drinkability suffers a little for this, but the great overall experience makes up for this.

Conclusions: This brew is NOT for new drinkers, but sophisticated drinkers will enjoy it. This beer is recommended.


Photo of twiggamortis420
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper color with a thick layer of creamy off-white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nice citrusy and grassy hop nose. Has a bready malt smell that offsets the heavy handed hops.

Tastes pretty clean and is most certainly intensely hoppy. Bitterness lingers long after on the tounge. Alcohol is noticeable, but not nearly as perceptible as the 9.2% that it is. Full body and toasty malts make me think it wouldnt be too out of place at a barleywine tasting.

Expensive at $12 a sixer, but worth a pickup for hopheads.

Photo of smanders
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: rich amber with a thick head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: pine, citrus, sugar.

Taste: definitely a DIPA. Lots of hops and heavy flavors (sweet caramel, earthly pine).

Mouthfeel: thick, full-bodied.

Drinkability: dangerously high. At 9.2 ABV this beer could really sneak up on you. Yet another reason to come back to Denver.

Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 12oz bottle of this in Austin, Texas, and it survived its trip home with me, despite the retarded airline restrictions concerning carry-on liquids. This stuff may be dangerous, but not in a way that the over-compensating FAA decision-makers would ever imagine.

Into an American (natch) pint glass, this beer pours a hazy apricot amber colour, with two fingers of gorgeously perfect puffy, bubbly off-white head, which moves as a single entity as the glass is tilted, and slowly dissipates, leaving some stellar honeycombed lace all around.

The smell is big grapefruit, blood orange, and lemon citrus hops, a decent pine resin astringency, and bready caramel malt; bang on for a DIPA. The taste is a big dose up front of fragrant hops, a blend of multitudinous citrus and florals, which carry on through the middle, and are only tempered slightly by the arrival of a heady caramel/toffee malt presence. It's like the hops wash right over the malt, though this is hardly a bad thing. The hop flavours are quite nice, albeit very prominent.

The carbonation is on the low side, the body a decent medium weight, for being so hop heavy and malt light, and equally smooth. There is a perceptible warming, but very small for that north of 9% ABV.

Overall, quite easy to drink for the style, and thus dangerous to session (would that I had the opportunity to even try) and ever so tasty to this recently avowed hophead. Given Alberta's newly industrious import activity, I wouldn't be surprised to see this here in the near future.

Photo of Hophead101
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank at home on 9.23.08, poured from bottle into wide mouth glass.

nice tannish orange color. pours a nice thick head, stuck around a little and left a nice even lacing around the glass even before I had a chance to drink it. nice smell of malts, alcohol and hops. mild lemony citrus esters.

hop bite in the back. a little carbonation fills the edge of the mouth. not overpowering for a double IPA, the alcohol is hidden, a little earthy in the back of the mouth. nice soft taste on the mouth, buttery.

Photo of puggy211
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Whow what a great hoppy beer.I love this I could drink this all day. Beautiful gold color nice white head. Wonderful citrus floral nose.And what a perfect balance between hop and malt.MUST TRY!!I wish I had picked up more of this beer.Really a great beer for hopheads.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whoa! Now that's a bitter beer, if you're man or woman enough to take it. This unique brew pours a nice orangish liquor holding aloft a thin but nicely persistent head that laces attractively down the glass. The nose on this bad boy just jumps right out of the glass and grabs you by the olfactory bulb. Very floral and enchanting. The mouth is thick, spreading the grainy malt across the tongue as the bitterness grows slowly but steadily across the palate to the finish. On the morning after (yes, I think it will last that long) this steroidal brew leaves a bitter aftertaste even on the roof of your mouth, where you're not supposed to even have taste buds.

Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a fairly clear consistency. There was about a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, citrus and some malt. A pleasant, zesty aroma.

T: This beer had an oddly endearing flavor to it. Lots of hops, grapefruit, a sugary element and a little malt. Very lively and tasty.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Above medium-bodied.

D: This is one of those beers that isn't exactly like every other IPA, but is still very drinkable. It's unusual, but definitely likable. Packs a wallop for an IPA.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears a clear orange copper color with a one inch off-white head that dissipates into a skim and

Aroma is of sweet caramel, citrusy hops, and tropical fruits. Something about it reminds me of 90 Minute.

Taste starts with some sweet caramel malts that stay in the background throughout then the citrusy hops come out quickly and blast the tongue with a sharp, yet smooth bitterness. Some fruity and nutty notes as well. A bit of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat thick, with a good level of carbontion. Smooth.

This is a pretty solid DIPA. Not my favorite but it's worth a try.

Photo of ryantupy
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours out a nice amber hue with a frothy creamy colored foam. Sticks to glass on its way down.

S - Hops smell of sharp pungent fruit. The malt backdrop adds a nice character to this beer.

T - It tastes typical of an IPA and fails to stand out amongst the bulk of IPA's. The hops come off fruity with a sweet malt backdrop.

D - This is decent beer but fails to stick out as a great IPA. I would rate this as a session beer really. One or two would be fine.

Photo of kwakwhore
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
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
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,012 ratings.