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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Ratings: 1,999
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 30
Gots: 162 | 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 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.

Photo of WaveRebel51
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hops were intense, but I really liked the malty finish to this.Typical characteristics. Deep amber appearance, nice lacing on the glass. Nice, floral aroma of hops, but not overly aggressive. Hops dominate, but there is a nice balance of malts in the finish that reduces bitterness. Mmmmm. The high alcohol content is pretty well masked, but it does pack punch. Probably best to enjoy after a halftime meal during tense 4th Qtr action.

Photo of ttu94
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer! The first time I had this beer it was from big brown bomber. Pours wonderful. A nice clear amber with a huge head. It leaves lacing all down the glass (looks like my homebrew). Smell is nice and hoppy but not intrusive. Fantastic flavor. First is the hop pine flavor then enough malt body to balance it out. This beer is very well balanced especially for a double IPA. Although I like a DIPA the high ABV always gets me but not with this beer. In fact I detect no alcohol burn just smooth flavor. I liked this beer so much I went back and bought me a sixer and will take it Germany for Oktoberfest. See what those lager heads think.

Photo of david131
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A magnificent glowing orange color with just enough cloudiness to show that it means business. The head may not be big, but it is beautiful in its covering and the lacing. Looks absolutely delicious and stunning.

S- A whole bunch of grapefruit. The malt backing is great. The alcohol is evident, but everything smells so delicious together. Burns the nostrils, awesome.

T- Very tasty. Some grapefruit and is definitely really sweet. More citrus and a great malt backing. This definitely is bitter, but it is a hop heads wet dream.

M- A little drying and a tad cloying, but just the right amount of stickiness and carbonation.

D- I was blown away by this. This is going to be my standby for HopSlam. A truly underrated beer.

Photo of luvND
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

P-Nice looking 12 oz bottle

A-I did a rough pour and got 0 head

S-Avg at best, I was hoping for more

T-Nice hop up front, but fades way too fast. Not enough malt to balance this one out.

M-Way too watery for a DIPA.

D-Not bad

Notes: This might have knocked my socks off a few years ago, but this is my favorite style now, and with DIPAs like DFH 90, Dreadnaught, Ruination and Stoudts available, it just doesnt cut it as DIPA. Really lacking in the malt/body dept.

Photo of hammer09
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear amber with a thick, rocky head. Carbonation is well developed and head settles to a clumpy lacing. Smell is slightly catty, reminiscent of Pacific Northwest hops with an underlying and somewhat toasty malt character. Taste is super hoppy with a lingering, resinous bitterness. Malt flavors creep up in the beer's finish. Mouthfeel is crisp with a very dry finish. Drinkability is very good; this beer is sure to please hop lovers.

Photo of cabsandking
2.89/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy pale amber color with a three finger, dense off white head and great retention. Spicy pine resin up front and a little buttery malt malt softness in the back. Peppery, piney, and husky flavors. Fairly dry, malt sweetness of honey that clings to the palate. Thin, watery mouthfeel but manages some creaminess with a vigorous swill. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming and the finish sustaining with its dry, resinous, peppery, husk notes. Well...pretty straightforward DIPA, there are plenty of better ones out there.

Photo of BeerBob
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge IPA (Small Batch 471) pours a hazy amber from a 12 fl. Oz very dark brown glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head went to about one finger before going down to a light carpet of foam with scanty lacing.

Nose is of firm hops with a bit of floral on the side.

Palate is a deliciously sweet and well bittered barley malt.

Hear here Breckenridge… Hear here!!!

Photo of kernalklink
2.57/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This IPA poured light and frothy- clear light orange in color. Aromas were earthy malts and floral, grassy hops. Malts are big on the first sip until the hops come through- the malt flavor is there in body and thickness, but there is no underlying sweetness or unique character- very flat tasting for a double IPA. The hops were grassy and watered down- their bitterness was unrefined and flat like the malts. Light mouthfeel with abundant cabonation- the only interesting thing about this brew is the well hidden ABV.

Photo of hammered
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first selection I've had from this brewery, and I'm looking forward to sampling some of their other offerings. I had this beer on tap at a local spot that's known for their beer selection. I passed up Southampton's 10th Anniversary for this and am glad I did so.

I like hoppy beers and this fits the bill. I wasn't expecting much based on the smell of the beer; just average. But the first taste set me straight. This IPA is hoppy and has a sweet mouthfeel. It's very drinkable even with a higher ABV and the carbonation was perfect. I highly recommend this to any IPA fan.

Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a Nonic.
A - A clear amber w/ a full 3 finger cream colored head that leaves copious amounts of sticky lace.

S - Wonderful scents of hops emanate from the fluffy head of this Imperial IPA! Whoah! Lord, like piney, grapefruity waves of hops waft out of the glass.

M - Resinous and sweet with oily hop smoothness coating the insides of my mouth. A sugary undercurrent of caramel malt with an ever so faint boozy finish.

T- A boatload of hop taste - sweet lord in heaven. Huge herbal blending of hops in the smooth green fresh flavor. There is a restrained bitterness that allows the flavor of the hops to come out and become the focus instead of the acid. The ale gets the deserving amount of malt to carry out the balancing act and make this such a pleasure to taste. There is a fruitiness from the ale yeast, but if you love hops don't dare pass this gem up. The goodness of nature contained in this double or Imperial IPA. Slowly a bite of hop acidity comes trailing with a warmth of booze in the potent finish. I love the finesse of taste here - the caramel malt blend with cascade and centennial hop.

D - A real refreshing ale for having 9.2% under its belt. I found this to be a delightfully drinkable beer. Way tasty!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was so totally freaking stoked to get a bottle of this. I had been wanting to try it forever and had never gotten around to it. Along comes the BDAY BFS and I get two! Hell yeah! Popped the first one tonight and I was rediculously happy with the results...

A - Poured a very very clear, bright burnt orange amber. A nice about one inch head graced the top from the very beginning, this slowly faded to reveal just a film across the top. No significant side glass lacing on this one. Decent carbonation could be seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. Nice overall look.

A - Lots of piney citrus likes hops dominated the aroma. But the story was much more complex then that. Lots of balance was present as well. Some good earthy grains and sugar were also present and well represented. Nice balanced smell nothign really blowing you down in either direction.

T - Wonderful. For a strong Double IPA simply great. Super smooth with a delicate underlying malt layer. Lots of sweet orange peel and sugar, a hint of some grapefruit. Very nice fresh cut grass flavor as well. Alot more complex then your typical hop bomb. Very well crafted.

M - Super smooth again, Decent carbonation led to a good mouthfeel. Nothing slick or oily. Nothing watered down either. A good ole fashioned nice sipper.

D - A total sipper as mentioned, although the 9% abv by no means feels that strong, you can tell this was one that you just dont gulp down, for sure. This one went down over more then an hour and every sip was just fantastic.

Overall This was a really good brew. I really like my double IPA and this did not dissapoint. It really was a solid offering and lived upto what I thought it would. If it was available it would no doubt be a regular in my fridge!

Photo of mdm46410
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a shaker. This double IPA poured a light amber/orange color with a very faint haze and a big, beige head that quickly faded. Some good, chunky lacing was left behind. The aroma was made up of notes of grapefruit, pine, and a mild caramel malt backbone. The flavor was very grassy and wheaty, with an upfront maltiness, followed by a quick bitter finish. Not exactly the hop bomb I was expecting. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with minimal carbonation. My overvall imperssion was that this was very drinkable, but with the abundance of good IPA’s and double IPA’s available, I would pass on this one.

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

Large bottle, no freshness insight presented. Pours cloudy orangey caramel amber, underneath a protracted medium tan head, that lasts and lasts, gobs of thick foam and lacing sticks around, nice looking beer. Nose is all about a supreme balancing act, soft caramel malts swirling around leafy hops. Ultra silky smooth for a DIPA, easy on the tongue and taste buds. Hops big and bold but not stinging or overpowering. Super balance and complexity in evidence. Big hops/big layers of caramel malts. Well worth being on the lookout for out and then savoring this finely crafted creation

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a rocky head that retains well and leaves shards of lace

Smell: Primarily pine with undertones of tangerine and hints of fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity character that is joined by piney/earthy hop tones, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness raises a few notches and adds an aspirin-like dimension that is unwelcome on the finish; a touch of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue mitigates that flaw, to some extent

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad DIPA at all, except for the medicinal finish

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

Pours nicely into a tulip glass to form a 1" rocky off-white head over a cloudy orange liquid. The foam leaved pronounced lacing on the glass.

Smell: quite pungent.... citrusy hops prevails.

Taste: Grapefruit and slight lemon with a grapefruit rind-like hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Quite good.... nice and creamy and heavy/chewey. This is the best feature of this ale. Low (appropriate) carbonation keeps things feeling creamy and smooth. Nice coating and aftertaste.

Drinkability: A very good ADIPA... RECOMMENDED.

471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,999 ratings.