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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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Ratings: 2,014
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 32
Gots: 172 | 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 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.

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

Photo of CortexBomb
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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.

Photo of ohoove
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of thartman
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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.

Photo of lightindarkness
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My family asked me to pick up some beers for them to enjoy when they were in town, and I got to swipe a couple bottles for myself. Yay for free beer! Into the Duvel tulip...

A - Looks how its supposed to. Light amber color with right about of cream colored head, and some decent lacing to boot.

S - Of course pine is going to be a big part of this aroma, but one can note quite a bit of creamy sweetness, grassyness and some orange/ lime. Not bad

T - Almost tastes more like an American Strong Ale with all the amber malt flavor this beer packs. It is well balenced and enjoyable, but the slight hints of corn did throw me a bit. Nice dry finish.

M - Silky, with just a little bit of alcohol burn.

D - When it's all said and done, this is a very drinkable near 10% brew. Any possable faulta are minimal at most, and this beer will go over well with any hophead.

Photo of Kadonny
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Harpoon European style glass.

A: Cloudy amber copper color with very little head. Lacing was low as this beer seems a bit undercarbonated.

S: Floral grapefruit citrus with some pine and a malty sweetness.

T: Bitter hops with mostly pine and citrus with floral notes. Lots of hops, but what stands out to me on this beer was the fruity malt sweetness. The bitter hops really linger on the finish, but that sweetness lingers on. Personally, I found the sweetness to be a little overwhelming compared to the hops. This beer needs more hops, lots more.

M: Above average, I can feel the alcohol, but I expected more from the 9.2 abv.

D: Good, but not great. This beer for some reason left me wanting more hops. You can taste them for sure, but they need to be more pronounced. Very underwhelming especially since it's a IIPA.

Overall I had great expectations for this beer that really didn't come through. Although I enjoyed it, I needed more from this IIPA. I would try it again, but the high ABV did not come through with high taste. Shame, I really wanted to love this beer and I walked away thinking mediocre. For those comparing it to DFH 90, this can't hold a candle to the 90 Minute, but that's my opinion.

Photo of Talisker
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased in July 2007 at Lukas Liquors in St. Louis. Poured and consumed in October 2007.

Color is a nice tangerine orange, maybe some hints of brown. But there's a murkiness that takes away from what would otherwise be a great pleasure. Tannish white head dissipates quickly, but the lacing sticks around the edge of the glass forever.

Aroma well-balanced, certainly a lot of bitter hops with certainly a lot of sweet malt. Taste is a little muted (maybe a function of the age?), an echo of citrus-y American hops rather than an edgy explosion. Not syrupy like way too many DIPAs, but also not as clean as I would like. Doesn't quite beg for another drink, so it's not worth the tradeoff for the high alcohol.

Like a very good homebrew. Doesn't do anything wrong, but doesn't stand out on the good side, either. I would love to visit the brewery and see what else they have, but this is in the middle of the pack for me for the DIPA style.

Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish amber with a small head that sadly quickly disappears. No lacing of the glass noted.

The smell is of grapefruit hops. A wonderful hop aroma.

The taste is slightly acidic. Of course the hop grapefruit taste dominates. It starts off sweet but finishes dry. A nice departure to most highly hopped beers today. The alcohol is nicely hidden and hardly detectable. But what let this beer down is the poor carbonation. Even fresh out of the bottle it seems slightly flat and unlively. It deserves a lower mouthfeel score but it doesn't ruin the experience of drinking an otherwise great brew.

Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear honey yellow with a modest bright white creamy head that lingers more than most, as it fades away; the lacing provides an occluding curtain upon the glass. Nose has a rich malt sweetness, the hops pine like, hints of lime, clean and fresh to the olfactory sense, start has a decent malt presence; the hops counteract the sweetness with the top medium in its feel. Finish has a brisk acidity, the hops spicy and refreshing, aftertaste taste is dry and pleasant, a nice treat for the palate.

Photo of rallison
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 finger white head that dies pretty quickly but leaves some lacing. Smells of delicious grapefruit hops.

Taste is nice. Nice, grapefruit-y hops in here. Decent level of bitterness in the end. High-ish level of caramel malt is back there as well. This I find to be good, if not a bit simple. Just a good, straightforward DIPA. The malt is more caramel-y than many West Coast versions, but it's a nice change too. As such, the hops aren't quite as noticeable as they would otherwise be.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but otherwise nice. Drinkability is good, but not great.

Overall, semi-recommended. It's fine, just not exceptional.

Photo of ImBOBtheBEERguy
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Canal Street Pub

This beer has a lot of charactor and strength. It is not for the wimpy beer lovers. If you are a double IPA person, you might find this enjoyable.

This beer has a great hoppy aroma reminding me of California. It starts out with a good malty charactor with the hops present from beginning to end. The mouth feel is creamy and smooth with low carbination. The taste is awesome. Good hop blend with several different hops making an appearance. The beer is drinkable for a big hoppy beer. Very tasty!

Its not a beer that I would sit down and drink a gallon of in one sitting but mixes well with a variety of different beers.

Try it, you may really enjoy it!

Photo of BlindPig
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A- Thick white head on a prettty clear golden copper body. Nice thick lacing that sticks to side of glass.
S- Huge grapefruit and pine hops, sweet malt body underneath with just a hint of alcohol. The pine really comes through nicley.
T- Not sure if it's the bottle or the beer but it is really weak after what the aroma would suggest. Grapefruit comes through a bit along with a pine flavor. Malt body slowly comes in and gives a back to it. The holds leave a decent size bitterness to it. The more I drink the more I realize its just a horrible mouth feel and not the flavor.
M- Medium body with what feels like low to no carbonation. Just doesn't support the flavors what so ever.
D- It is ok besides the mouthfeel. It really just kills the beer all around.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy orange color with hardly any head, not a whole lot going on in the smell department, some fruity hops but nothing super strong like other ipa's... Taste if very good though, slight tingle from the alcohol at first, but lots of piney and spicy hop flavors, has even a pretty decent malt aftertaste aswell. mouthfeel isn't bad, i like my beers to have more body, drinkability is average, its strong so i can't drink tons of these.

Photo of diamondc
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found a year old bottle in a local liquor store. Usually I'd pass up on anything that has an "06" etching on the bottle, but this was still in the box, in a fridge and apparently high in alcohol (9% abv).

Right when I poured into my New Belgium goblet there was a coat of sticky lacing forming. Low carbonation on this one, just one column of streaming bubbles.

The aroma is pure hop nastiness (in a good way!). Floral, earthy, pungent, right in your face. I know this is gonna be good.

Taste was pure hop bitterness you only get from biting into a grapefruit, skin intact. Some sweetness comes through after that initial punch. Aftertaste is of apricots and burnt caramel. A bit of dryness on the tongue at the end.

Somehow the brewers made the alcohol virtually undectable. 9.20% abv? You gotta be kidding me...

This one beats DFH 90 Min IPA has my favorite DIPA.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden with a thin head. No real lacing. The smell starts with light, honeyed malt; alcohol; a touch of graininess. Where are the hops? Taste is relatively mellow with rounded herbal hops flavors that turn bitter and more citrust on the finish. More honeyed malt in the background. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. Fairly drinkable, but not complex enough or enough oomph to justify the higher abv. My first from this brewery, I'll certainly try more.

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

Very clear, orange/gold colour with a cap of off-white foam. Good head retention with thick, streaky lacing. Intense hoppy aroma, sweet fruity grapefruit, pine, and citrus rind. Solid bitterness with plenty of sweet malt for balance. Lots of fruity character, grapefruit and pine resin linger in the finish. The hops have a spiciness to them as well and there's a bit of alcohol warmth. Medium/full bodied with crisp carbonation up front that mellows quickly. Not overly complex, but there's a lot of great hop character in there. The alcohol is well hidden too, which makes this one a bit dangerous. Recommended!

Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a fetchingly hazy bright orange, reminding me of Tang. Two fingers of pithy just-off-white head swell amply and dwindle at a gradual pace. Rivulets of lacing brook the inside of the glass.

The aroma is rife with hop energy, boasting grapefruit and pineapple and a mere hint of pine. A muscular malt backing intimates caramel and a credible sugar sweetness. What is notably absent is anything more than a brief nod to the alcohol you know is lurking.

Upon tasting, the balance is revealed, bringing forth caramel malt with berry sweetness matched by the apt aura of dry grapefruit, crisp evergreen, and a dash of mandarin orange citrus. A biscuit presence indicates more malt sinew, clinging residually, but again the hops stand up, leaving a very dry but manageable crisp bitterness. The alcohol, which is again remarkably surreptitious, helps further dry the finish, which lingers some time. The one downside is the impression that the artful balance cancels some of the depth of flavor.

Medium bodied, it's in turn sticky, carbonated, crisp, airy, and drying. But once it's done its work, away it goes.

I was cautious from the first whiff, let alone sip, as so often a high gravity DIPA renders up more buzz than business, but the delivery here is tasty and fun. And the balance is actually estimable, though again, it seems so balanced that perhaps some of the more poignant elements are rounded a bit. But then there's that ABV that is not only cloaked, but so well incorporated that it could very well knock you silly before you realize you've been smacked. And yet, despite it's sneaky way, it tastes good and goes down with a warm glow. So 470, 471, whatever it takes, I'll gladly take more of this small batch.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Capone's in Noristown, Pa.
Appearance: Abundant but thin lacing, decent size white head with awsome retention all on top of a translucent amber body.
Smell: Light generic hop smell.
Taste: Unbelievable hop balance, all american hop taste without being overwhelming. Oddly balanced.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and thin.
Drinkability: High.
Don't drink and review.

471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,014 ratings.