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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,964 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,964
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 30
Gots: 136 | 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 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.

toolbrew, Apr 27, 2008
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.

Rzzzzz, Apr 20, 2008
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.

JBogan, Apr 20, 2008
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.

a10t2, Apr 18, 2008
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.

ColForbinBC, Apr 18, 2008
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.

brewandbbq, Apr 17, 2008
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.

kkipple, Apr 11, 2008
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!!!

Squelch, Apr 08, 2008
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.

flexabull, Apr 08, 2008
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.

BelgianAleSlut, Apr 08, 2008
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.

wheelinshirt, Apr 07, 2008
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.

btuthill, Apr 04, 2008
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.

Gavage, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served at 50F into a large snifter.

Nice amber color with a silky tan head. Very good lacing and retention.

Bouquet of floral hops, candy malts, fresh fruits and some complex alcohols.

A good balance between a big hop presence and full bodied malts. Reminds me of a really strong "old style IPA."

Full body with good amount of carbonation to contast the hop oils. A great English style double IPA.

rye726, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber-orange body.. short lived off-white head.. some lacing..

S: Lots of variety in the hops here ... pine, grapefruit, grassy/floral..

T: The hops blast front to start... nice malt background.. bready without being too thick..

M: Medium bodied. not as heavy as other dIPAs.. moderate carbonation... smooth.

D: Pretty solid dIPA... not as big and bitter as some others... makes it a good choice for with a meal.

callmemickey, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of andreasmwatt
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy, copper in color

Smell - Went big with hops. Pine and Strong citrus aroma.

Taste - At 9.2% mid to mid strong alcohol taste. still good, but definately can tell this is a 9% beer.

Mouthfeel - Not as good as other IPA's in it's class. Not enough solid carbonation.

Drinkability - Definately drinkable. Takes some time to judge after drinking.

andreasmwatt, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of boston2bburg
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 ounce pours light amber with a creamy three finger head that is very sticky, great lacing, maintains a very generous layer all the way down the glass. Smell is floral with a touch of grapefruit and some caramel malt. Not a whole lot going on.

There's a nice big malt backbone over some rather nondescript hop bitterness - maybe a touch of pine. The alcohol is well hidden, but begins to warm after more than half the glass is gone. Mouthfeel is a stong point: hearty, dry, full-bodied but very drinkable.

This beer is well constructed, but I was hoping for more hop character, or any character. There are plenty of beers I'd rather buy for the price.

boston2bburg, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance
Deep orange amber; head dissipated quickly; translucent

Smell
Big time hops! Super citrussy, piney, and floral--almost like smelling orange juice

Taste & Mouthfeel
Big hops all the way through; some tasty bready malt up front, but it's quickly pushed back down by the relentless hops; feels a little thin in body, but with even a gentle swish in the mouth it agitates, giving it a fuller, silkier texture; hides the high ABV very well

Overall
It's a great tasting DIPA. While I love GD's Hercules, that's such a big beer there's almost nowhere to go afterwards, whereas this feels a bit lighter while still being very satisfying. This would be a great one to enjoy on a summer night...or any night, really.

JEdmund, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of johnnyirishman
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A- Cloudy copper in color with decent head retention and decent lacing

S- A pleasant smell of hops and slight yeast.

T,M- Big hops taste with a clean sweet malt finish.

D- This beer has a good drinkability, very tasty. A beer that could be enjoyed back to back.

johnnyirishman, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of asabreed
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange color. Slim and almost indiscernible bubbles shooting to the top. Nice retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Huge hop assualt with perfume and flowers, citrus zest, and grapefruit rind. Visceral as hell, but balanced nicely with the malt flavors, adding a bit of sweetness, and rounding it off with some earthiness, bark, and woodiness.

Taste: I love the finish best, which is insanely long, lingering, and ridiculously complex, with lots of grains, earthiness, and flowery hops. But initially it's the citrus hops, the nice malty flavors balanced out by the hop bitterness, sour cherries, sweet strawberry, orange peel, and bitter rind flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy, and full, without the sticky or cloying sap feel to it in the least.

Drinkability: I think I echo what a lot of folks have said: Breckenridge brews this beer? But I think it goes for a lot of breweries these days, which is brew better and make less. Most of us will pay the money for it, it's more complex, and there's much more to offer. It's a pretty expensive 6-pack, but again, worth it, and pretty damn good comparably with many of the DIPAs out there. And there are always the bombers if you can find them, if you don't want to commit. I have one that's been cellaring -- when I actually believed that DIPAs get better with age -- that I'm now not extremely anxious to try, and I'll review it when I do. And by the way, how the hell is this 9.2% ABV?

asabreed, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich gorgeous shade of amber, with a light off white head. Smell is big and grapefruity right off the bat. Like grapefruit syrup. Citrusy, honey tones and some grainy malt. Taste is pungent, hoppy, bitter, but well within a nice drinkable limit for a double IPA. More fruity bitterness than astringency which is nice. A quick clean finished, and balances even more and sweetens up a bit as it warms. A very nice double IPA, and one of my favorites for the price.

JDV, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Quasmo
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured into a pint glass and looks clean, a nice head on the beer makes me want to taste it. The beer has a pumpkin orange color, very distinct. It is very murky and the head recedes fairly quickly.

I smell hops and sweet potatoes.

The beer tastes good and clean. I taste the bitterness of hops, and the subtlety of citrus.

It has a bitter after taste that I cant really shake. But I'll finish off the whole bottle don't get me wrong.

Quasmo, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper-gold color, nice head with slight retention, minimal lacing, poured into a snifter. Smell has plenty of hops and a bit of citrus. Very nice hop flavor with citrus tones .
Slighty thick and very smooth. Also a bit of sweetness. Very drinkable Would surely drink again. ABV well hidden.

barleywinefiend, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of VeloKev
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC, served from the tap.
A-Burnt orange in color, 1 finger head, clean look.

S- not much in the nose, a little floral hop, but not much. I'd just had a Dogfish Head 90min IPA, so there was a VERY noticable difference in the big aroma of the 90 to this one.

T-Surprisingly good considering the lack of nose I was getting. Nice up front hop bite, floral, a little citrus. Quite smooth, actually.

M-mildy oily from the hops, lingers for a bit, clean otherwise.

D-Highly drinkable, though I couldn't pound these-but then, pounding is for wankers. Definitely liked it.

VeloKev, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of BlankFrank
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice orange/amber color with a decent amount of foam on the head. I did not experience very much lacing, only a little.

S: Bright citrus hops smell. You can certainly tell you're in for plenty of hops, but it doesn't overwhelm.

T: Clean grapefruit hoppiness. There's enough malt to balance the beer, but the alcohol does come out a bit more than most (it's 9.2%, after all). Enough is going on to make you take another sip.

M: Sparkles enough for an IPA, but not as much as others. This really hits the back of the tongue with a crisp finish.

D: Despite the high abv and the generous amount of hops, it's balanced enough that drinkability isn't hindered.

BlankFrank, Feb 25, 2008
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,964 ratings.