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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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1,928 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,928
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 26
Gots: 124 | 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 MMAJYK
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dingy burnt orange and golden color with no head after a medium pour. It is nontransparent. The lacing is very minimal.

S- Musky and sour hop aromas. It is not "in your face" hop aromas though, somewhat off tones to me. There is a little bit of sour grapefruit along with a buttery smell mixed in.

T- Very sweet malt up front with an alcohol bite midstream. That bite is coupled with a bittering hop and finishes dry.

M- Medium thickness and no carbonation to speak of at all.

D- Not very well rounded IMO. The malt/hop/carbonation is just all over the place to me.

Overall- Not very impressed. This is one of my favorite styles so I thought I would love this brew from a well respected brewer, but it just didn't do it for me this time.

MMAJYK, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great beer. Not particularly my flavor because I am not an IPA fan but I am always first one to step up to something I haven't tried and this did not disappoint. It was incredibly smooth and rich in taste with the hoppiness for even the most amateur beer drinker to enjoy.

jayrod20, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Kendo
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel oversized tulip. Body is slightly murky, orangey-amber in color with a 1-finger small-bubbled, foamy, slightly off-white head. Very slow-rising bubbles and legs after each sip make it seem pretty thick. Good foamy lace left behind.

S: Pineapple juice and sweet tropical fruits -- maybe papaya or mango. Pleasant, albeit not overwhelmingly strong.

T: Nice balance up front -- caramel malt sweetness at first blush, but then there's a dry bitterness on the aftertaste that lingers, really coating the mouth and staying. Finishes with a grassy, pine (or even spruce) dry-hopped-type bitterness that's a tad bit too much. The 9.2% is well-hidden, taste-wise, but is felt in the head.

M: Prickly carbonation dances on the tongue, and yet there's also an oily, slicker feel to it at times. Medium-to-full bodied, but the dry finish makes it seem a little lighter.

D: Pretty good.

Kendo, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with a tan head. In the aroma, big piney hops. In the taste, again, big piney hops, sweet to start to a dry end. A smooth, small bitter in the mouthfeel and a semi dry, hoppy aftertaste. Hides the alcohol very well, quite smooth and tasty.

OWSLEY069, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of twbrewer
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange color with a 1\2" of a white foamy head.Good lacing.

S-At first smell I get a sweet orange zest then apricots and grapefruit and in the background a slight caramel malt.

T-Taste is pine and sweet malt.There seems to be a fruit sweetnees(maybe the hops)aftertaste.

M-Medium bodied almost sticky,good carbonation.

D-Easy drinking beer,nice treat for a hophead,wasn't the bomb I thought it would be,but I could enjoy a couple of bombers now and then.

twbrewer, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of JayQue
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An unusual beer. Pours a clear amber with a medium sized white head. Decent lacing on the glass. Smell nothing outstanding. Very nice taste. Floral hops just barely beaten out by caramel malt. Fairly nicely balanced and very smooth. This is a very drinkable beer, but not the hops bomb I would expect from a Double IPA. I had no idea of the abv until I finished the 12 oz bottle. There was no hint of alcohol. If someone was serving this in pitchers, I would be in deep trouble before I figured out it was 9.2 percent abv. This is a very pleasant beer tasting experience.

JayQue, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Hazy, honey-brown color. Smallish light-orange head that leaves some small spots of lace.

S: Big hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, apricot, and grape juice.

T: Peppery, floral, and fruity hops and hot, spicy alcohol. Oddly tasty grape juice hop flavor.

M: Juicy and sweet in the beginning that turns dry and peppery towards the finish.

D: Quite drinkable considering the abv. This one was a surprise. I wasn't expecting much but was quite happy with how this one turned out.

GbVDave, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and with no head. That still freaks me out man. No head? Nose is strong hops. Piney syrupy hops. Pretty pungent, but not real overwhelming or overdone. Odd flavor profile here. I get that typical mass hopped thing going on, but I also get some apple flavors going on. Really odd carbonation thing going on. This just doesn't seem right or balanced to me. This seems like it has champagne attributes, but I don't think it is intentional. Overall I have to say this was not as good as I hoped it would be. Weird balance, or lack thereof just makes this an almost jumbled mess of potential. A miss in my book.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was an orangish amber color with light carbonation and slight lacing. The aroma was citrus hops (grapefruity) and sweet malt. The grapefruit, not a fan, took it down a notch. The taste was good with a clean start leading up to a good but not overpowering hop bite. It's 9.2ABV but you can't taste it which is a pleasant surprise. If not for the ABV, it's almost a session IPA. Overall, another good outing from Breckenridge and definitely worth trying. (Occasional)

TexIndy, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of littleshamrocks
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness dating. Served in a snifter.

Pours a deep, dark, orange tinted, medium copper color with a small white head and marginal carbonation. Appears plenty dense with an above average clarity. The head is mostly diminishing and leaves spotty lace. Smell is citrus hops, sweet malts, and a slightly burning alcohol. The flavor is much like the smell in that it starts with a heavy sweet maltiness, followed immediately by a sharp grapefruit rind bitterness, and finishes with a noticeable phenolic alcohol. The citric aftertaste lingers. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a syrupy texture and lively carbonation. Finish is chalky with a heavy alcoholic feel.

Overall, I feel this beer is lacking the balance of ingredients that the top notch examples of the style achieve. Although the style is designed to feature the hops and higher alcohol content, in my opinion, this beer doesn't do enough to mask the harshness of that higher alcohol. That being said, I am happy to see this or any brewery attempt this style, and I am glad that I gave it a try. But considering the alternatives, I doubt that I will buy this one again.

littleshamrocks, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of ruckzuck
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice amber color, nice white head that dissipated but left good lacing

S - citrus, hops, floral notes

T - lovely hop taste, some sweetness, gives way to a nice aftertaste that's not overwhelmingly bitter

M - nice, medium-bodied, a bit of carbonation, really nice smooth feel

D - pretty good I'd say; this is from a pint bottle and I really enjoyed the whole thing despite having had a large (and delicious) Mexican dinner before cracking into it. Would drink again and would recommend others try this one if you get the chance.

ruckzuck, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of joekfsu
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy copper with a 1 cm off white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is sweet, floral hops. Initial flavor is sweet malts, then bitter hops and citrus. Bitter aftertaste is lasting. Moderate carbonation, medium body, moderate lacing, alcohol noted as it warms. I really enjoy this DIPA and will continue to buy it in the future.

joekfsu, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of PhxHorn
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this in the bargain bin at my local store. I'm glad I made the effort. Dark yellow, very little head. Smells of grapefruit, a bit of orange, and tastes of moderately bitter citrus, with hints of grapefruit and orange in there. Moderate carbonation with a bitter aspirin aftertaste. Thoroughly enjoyable, I could drink many of these.

PhxHorn, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12/19/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- SIlk screened 12oz botle with no freshness info on it. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Deep golden, approaching amber color. 3/4 inch head, both frothy and creamy on the pour. Leaves a nice cream-white rim for the duration. Leaves nice patches and streaks of lacing.

Smell- One of the better DIPA noses I've had. A bit of sugary sweetness to go along with a light toasted malt and a good dose of tangerine-orange citrus noted hops. Smells like a juicy one.

Taste- Had this originally a bit higher (when I thought it was just a regualr IPA rather than a DIPA). Nice sweetness, mouth is filled with orange and lemon flavored hops with a sweeter caramel malt. Very balanced. Bready for sure.

Mouthfeel- Lightly chewy and just a tad watery in the finish. Perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability- This is a DIPA? 9.2%??? Had me fooled big time. I was looking at 7%...maybe. I guess this makes this the ultimate session DIPA. Super easy to drink, great flavors and nose. All around quality beer.

GClarkage, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear chestnut amber pour with a surprisingly thick off white head that laces nicely for a beer with more than 9% abv.

Aroma is nicely balanced between bready, biscuity malts and floral and citrus hops. Candied grapefruit skins and crushed wildflowers touched with honey.

Flavor begins with a semi-sweet caramel and biscuit malt flavor that is complimented perfectly by the grapefruit and oily citrus rind note. There are strong floral hops notes and some spruce needles as well. Reminds me of 90 Minute in a way with it's sweet and hoppy character.

Body is nice and chewy, very creamy and full. Slick and slippery on the tongue with surprising drinkability. No trace of it's strength until you finish your fourth one! A solid IIPA that is worth seeking out.

AlexJ, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Nice off white head over a medium amber beer recedes steadily to leave a decent ring.

s: Medium-low level of sweet biscuity caramel malt with a decent presence of fresh, sour red grapefruit and floral hops. The beer does carry a metallic note that is distracting at times but becomes less noticeable as I drink. The malts could certainly be kicked up a notch, but it's a nice example of the style.

m: The carbonation is around medium, and the body a full medium.

t: A lowish biscuit malt presence gives a light-moderate sweetness and subtle grain flavors. Decent level of hop flavors, but I really look for a bigger complexity of hop flavor in a DIPA. Hops are on the citric side (namely grapefruit). Finishes somewhat dryly with a high respectable level of bitterness that I suspect may be cloaking some of the complexity...I'd appreciate some deeper malt notes to counter this. Not a bad beer at all, and much better than the unimpressive Oatmeal Stout.

d: Quite easy...a nice beer, but unquestionably a couple notches below the best examples of the style. I really like the hops in this beer, but the lack of malt depth and hop range keeps me from giving the higher marks I've considered...a little one-dimensional, if you will.

single bottle taken from the old man's fridge

blackie, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of CortexBomb
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is deep golden yellow with a light white head on top. Extremely flowery nose, probably the biggest presence of that smell that I've had from a DIPA, which normally seem more pine or citrus, really good.

Taste starts out with the same flowers, and then segues into a touch of bread. Solid citrus bitters are present, and the taste is sort of oily and reminds me a bit of a fresh hopped beer. By the middle, the hops have faded back a bit, and the brew actually becomes decently balanced for the style. Alcohol kick / hop bitter on the finale. Solid stuff, compares favourably to other stand-outs in the style.

Mouthfeel, full, thick, coats. Standard for a high alcohol beer, but still appreciated. Bitters linger long after the swallow. Drinkability: easy to drink, inexpensive to purchase, a good combination.

The bottom line: If you run into this small batch effort I definitely recommend giving it a whirl...it is a nice interpretation of the DIPA style at an affordable price. I dig it.

CortexBomb, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really impressive brew from Breckenridge, as good as I've sampled of their wares. This poured a thin but durable head, one finger of white froth, atop a hearty copper body. The smell is hopped and trailing some modest fruit aroma, both of which continue into the taste unsurprisingly. A solid brew. The beer finishes well with moderate carbonation with a very smooth texture, making a second 471 enviable and easily consumable.

Well done, this is easily worth the grab.

Gehrig, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of ohoove
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DIPA ? A good brew nonetheless, but as far as a DIPA,eh. Definitely worth a try if you like this style ( which i do ) . Classic ipa qualities to this one and the only place it comes up short is umph! As I read this it's sounds like i'm knocking this down but i'm not, i really liked this ,just didn't love it- try it yourself.

ohoove, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of thartman
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Hobgoblin Goblet, nice amber color with very little head, and not alot of carbonation.

Smelled fruity, hoppy, sweet, and piny.

This is a nice smooth double IPA, kind of sweet, yet bitter, with an explosion of hops,...a good representation of a doulbe IPA. The malts really come through on the finish. The 9.2% ALC. rating is well hidden.

Opinion... I am very pleased with finding the last case of this brew at a local beer distributor in Pennsylvania. If you like double IPAs, this is well worth searching for,... cheers.

thartman, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of jokelahoma
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle at Old Chicago in Olathe, KS, poured into a shaker.

Poured a hazy bright new penny copper, with surprisingly little head.

Smells oddly catty, yet good. Hops dominate the nose, as is to be expected, but there is a fruity underpining, almost a white grape aroma, promising a bold, bright and acidic bite to go with the somewhat feral hoppiness.

First taste is both expected and surprising. Expected in that it's bitter, prickly, acidic, bracing, and full of flavor. Surprising in that it's sweeter than expected, and really quite smooth. The cattiness of the hops is barely perceptable, replaced with a more vegetal flavor that hits up front, right along with the substantial bitterness. It doesn't take long for the malt this beer is built upon to catch up, though, filling your mouth with a hearty sweetness that is remarkable for its cleanliness. This isn't an overly fruity beer, nor too sweet. It's also not an amateurish hop bomb far too many people seem to think an imperial IPA is supposed to be. Hell, if you want that, drink a Bud while munching hop pellets from your local homebrew store. This is made in the way an IIPA should be. It is, to be honest, one of the most balanced imperial IPAs I've had. Very, very well made, with no hint of its 9.2% abv coming out anywhere. Wow!

The mouthfeel is thinner than most imperial IPAs, but is still enough to satisfy.

This isn't the nost beautiful beer to look at in the glass, with its haze and wimpy head. But it more than makes up for it in the taste department. Easily among the best IIPAs I've ever had. Seek it out.

jokelahoma, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale, amber-gold body below a rising off-white head. There is good retention, due in part to an extrordinary amount of champagne-esque bubbling, and thick spackles of lacing stick to the sides of the glass for the first half of the beer. The nose picks up a good hop presence (obviously), juicy grapefruit, mandarin orange, coriander spice, and sweet candied malts.

The taste bursts onto the palate with grapes, lemony citrus, sweet malts, and some alcohol esthers. Batch 471 borders on being a bit TOO sweet, but it's balanced nicely by a good bitterness that stings the sides of the mouth. With a big, viscous body and a good carbonation level, this beer leaves a lingering, bitter finish that's also sweet & fruity. This is definately a beer I'll be having again. I can't say it'll ever rank up there with my top DIPA's, but it's a solid brew nevertheless.

wagenvolks, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of lightindarkness
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I fell in love with this brewery and pub after a few memorable trips to Breckenridge growing up. I found this 471 IPA at a local store and decided to give it a try for nostalgia's sake.

Overall a pretty good double IPA.

A - Poured a smooth, hazy copper color. Had about a 3/8" head that diminished quickly and left very little lace.

S - An appealing citrusy pine scent at first. A fairly complex smell with a lot of hoppy fruit, smelling a little like a chardonnay.

T - Again, a lot of pine and citrus with a distinct hoppy bite to it. This beer also has a notable bitterness as the initial taste fades. While the up-front taste boasts a lot of tones consistent with American double IPAs, for me the finish on this beer lacks some depth.

M - Pretty smooth, even a little oily. Some astringent after-feel from the alcohol. Not too heavy.

D - While the bitterness and complexity of this beer make me return for sip after sip, for me it lacks some of the depth that some beers have that leave me with a more satisfaction. Overall a very drinkable beer.

lightindarkness, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1 finger thin white head above a lightly bronzed straw brew, decent retent, thin and tiny bubbly lacing

S- oily, floral, citrus, pine

T- decently balanced, oily (hops), grassy, earthy, citrus, hints of caramel, toasted malts

M- slightly chewy, hop abusive, some alcoholic heat at finish when warmer

D- i'd prefer tamer alcohol, other than that this a great 2IPA, not the best by any means, but this should be on every hop heads wanted list

tonistruth, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice slightly hazy copper with a light head. Some decent lacing left on the glass.

S: Hops! ots of piney hops with some heavy citrus behind it as well. A bit of sweetness invades the aroma though.

T: Lots of big piney hops in this one. Some resin, some citrus, and then... some nice caramel goodness from the malt. A bit of heat from the alcohol, but not overbearing. Very tasty!

M: Crisp with a nice dry finish.

D: For a beer that's almost 10%, this is a very tasty beer, and easily one you could enjoy a few of, were it not for the high ABV. Hell, even with the high ABV, you could still enjoy a few of 'em.

YonderWanderer, Nov 02, 2007
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,928 ratings.