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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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1,963 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,963
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:
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(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of tastybeer
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a coppery orange with a white, slightly tan, head. Not bad looking but not really any lace or much of a tantalizing large head. Aromas are pleasing. A darkly coniferous aroma dominates and provides a nice blanket for various caramel soaked tropical and orangy smells. The flavors have a similar hoppy pungency. Tasty and...what the 9.2%. I didn't expect that but I definitely have no complaints there. Its super drinkable based on that alone. Body is lightly medium and barely holds up the variety of flavors. Satisfying and this is probably double your average IPA...in IPA-ness.

If you're in the mood for these kinds of hops then you'll probably enjoy this beer.

tastybeer, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of ihscout426
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer had on tap at the brewery and have also picked up in bottle. I would encourage others to visit the brewery.

This poured a loudy cider color wiht a reasonable head and good lacing o the glass. The hops doing their job.

The smell was piney and hop dominating as it should be.

The taste a firm bitterness on the back of the tongu bur not too strong. The hops grab your attention with bitterness and then the malt comes in and shines, but the alcohol is concealed well.

A great lingering pine aftertaste that invites another sip and another glass.

Would be my first pick at the brewery, but is little pricey on the shelf here in Missouri.

ihscout426, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of wedge
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange-gold. Thin creamy head leaves small patches of lacing behind. The aroma is of sugary ripe fruit and orange peels - somewhat floral and peachy, but mostly a near-pungent fruity hop juice kind of smell. Malts appear early in the flavor and seem to promise a well-balanced beer with lots of sugary malty delights. Unfortunately, the malts disappear all too quickly, but there is a solid hoppiness to keep it going. Bittersweet citrus and other fruits along with pine sap. Sure does drink a whole lot easier than a beer of this strength should. I just wish the malts stood up to the hops a little more aggressively to round it out. Medium body, lightly puckering.

Pretty good but not great. Hell of a lot better than the other beer I tried from them before this.

wedge, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of Toddv29424
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark gold color with a slight head. There is very little smell even when swirled, but there are feint notes of bitter flower. The initial taste is a little off putting because its so strong, but as a few sips go down it because surprisingly easy to drink. The taste is similar to other strong IPA's, with a diverse mix of hops and a very bitter aftertaste that lingers for a long time. There is little to no alcohol taste, pretty impressive for a 9.2%'er. The mouthfeel is pretty benign, but the aftertaste is both sweet and bitter, but leaves you lingering for more.

Toddv29424, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is as close to perfect as you can get. Light spicy aroma with some good floral and citrus notes in there…who cares. This beer taste amazing. Smooth with a wonderful IPA bite at the end that doesn't overwhelm or is overdone. Very smooth and uber drinkable even with the higher ABV. Thank God, Superman, Captian Cave Man or whomever that Breckenridge made this.

Just to note... I can't get tired of this. On tap, 22oz bomber or 12oz bottle it is outstanding. The intoxicating aroma that is only matched by it's taste make this one #1.

lonestar4lunch, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. Left spotty lacing.

S - It smelled of grass, straw and some malt.

T - Bitter hop bite upon the first sip. Nice grassy/hoppy quality. Strong malt presence, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. It was the first bomber-style brew I've had from Breck, and it's the best I've had from them so far.

zeff80, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of Lexx
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Sam's in Highland Park, IL.
Pours and orangey honey hue with an enormous, eggshell colored, soapy, rocky head. HUGE lace that sticks forever, literally, hours after the beer is gone.
The scent is very much of hops, peach, plum, apricot, and a little bit of grape.
The taste is quite malty at the start with some peach, strawberry, flowers and apricot in the middle, and then a hop overload. It's slightly unbalanced, but still enjoyable.

Lexx, May 29, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
2.45/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A two finger off white head with decent retention sits atop a clear, goldern amber hued ale. Thin and clingy lacings present in this mildly carbonated brew.

Bready malts, diacetyl, floral hops and a hint of citrus. Hops are underwhelming and the diacetyl overwhelming and just doesnt belong.

Diacetyl almost smothers the bready malts which have a slight caramel sweetness. Hops are almost more earthy and woody, although there is some resinous flavours of whit grapefruit and pine.

A medium bodied brew, too balanced for an IPA in my opinion, and the strong diacetyl presence seriously detracts from this ale. Slightly creamy mouthfeel offsets the quite mild resinous character.

Best thing about this beer was its looks. On the plus side the alcohol was very well hidden. On the minus side diacetyl and not enough hops. If you enjoy diacetyl and brews that arent hopped over the top it may be worth trying, if not i strongly suggest avoiding this ale until its reconfigured.

demcorhip, May 28, 2007
Photo of prototypic
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's clear and golden. Head is a thick, foamy two fingers. Absolute gorgeous coat of lace.

Smell: Very citrusy sweet smell. It's a combo of grapefruit, orange, and maybe even a hint of apple in there. Hops are nice and strong smelling.

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing. Citrus flavors are sweet and the grapefruit adds a bit of bitterness. Hops are piney and take bitterness to the next level. A bit of malty sweetness balances it out.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light to medium bodied and very well carbonated. At 9.2%, it's a little strong to session, but it's very drinkable. Overall, very good IPA. Certainly recommended.

prototypic, May 27, 2007
Photo of enfield249
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden copper, if that makes sense. About 1 fingers worth of head.

S - A really nice smell. I'm smelling impaired, but this one really stood out.

T - Wow. This is a wow beer for taste. Citrus, clean fresh. IF that was one word, that is the word I would use.

M - Hard to describe. Just right for the style. Not overly sticky, not to aqueous(do I listen to CBR?). Very good

D - If I bought more then the two bottles I did, I would be fearful of drinking it all in one fell swoop. Very, Very drinkable.

Overall- Really good beer. I can't give this enough props. I can't give it a five because there are no fives (right?). But it's close.

enfield249, May 25, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at one of the Breckenridge Brewpubs. It pours a nice amber color and I could smell the grapefruit aroma as soon as it got close. The flavor is just like the aroma with a bunch of grapefruit and a good malt backbone. It is surprisingly balanced for being double hopped. The body is nice and full and this beer has great drinkability. I was surprised when I went to rate this beer at the level of alcohol. When I was drinking it I would have guessed around 6%...quite a bit less than the 9.2% that it clocks in at.

drseamus, May 21, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only offensive thing about this brew is the smell. Smells of engine oil. If you get past that, this is one terrific brew. Extemely well rounded. Hops are nice but do not dominate the flavor. Alcohol almost undetectable, making it a deceptive beer which should be sessionable until you drink one or two and your head hits the floor. The hops, although present, quickly dissapate and yearn for another sip. A really great brew which although seems to be harmless, but straight whiskey may wreck you less.

bigdeuce, May 14, 2007
Photo of smcreator
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very well rounded beer. It reminded me of a home brew recipe I once tried called (John 1981). One of my top recommendations since it has the perfect balance of hops (flavor and smell) with the other smooth flavors. Perfect beer for BBQ and pizza.

smcreator, May 08, 2007
Photo of jtslay
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a somewhat cloudy amber orange. The aroma was indicative of a twice hopped (or dry hopped) beer. The taste is slightly bitter but overall sweet and finishes well. This is a very drinkable beer. This beer reminded me very much of Charlie Papazian's John 1981 from his book Microbrewed Adventures.

jtslay, May 08, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs that I've had. Great appearance. Nice head and lacing that stay a long time. Nice smell. Hoppy and malty (caramel).

Taste is a balance of hoppiness and caramel malt sweetness. Not overly bitter, and not overly sweet.

Moutfeel is decent. Fairly crisp and clings decently.

This beer is one easy drinking beer. I could make an easy session out of this one. I highly recommend it.

jasonjlewis, May 06, 2007
Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper color with creamy head that retains well.

Very aromatic with creamsickle orange in the nose. A slight herbal/vegetal hop green-ness in the nose too.

Palate is heavily skewed towards the hops & accompanying citrus. Not a lot of malt to round it out. Medium or perhaps fuller bodied than many IPA's - and nicely "chewy" in a way.

yemenmocha, May 06, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber gold color, with a thin 1/2 finger head. Poor retention leaves nothing behind.

Aroma is relatively mild Some papery hops mixed with a bit of caramel malt.

Flavor is well balanced, with a nudge towards hoppiness. Nice malty body, with a slightly hoppy finish. Mildly bitter, this one definitely improves as it warms. Slightly metallic finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Drinkability is decent.

Overall, a decent beer from a brewery that is so-so in my opinion. Not a bad beer by any means, just not as good as it could be. It's worth trying, but not really worth seeking out. Good deal though....

phisig137, May 05, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp light amber with a decent off white head that diminished to a small layer. Aroma was dominated by citrus hops with some sweet malts. the taste is a great abundance of citrus hops against a sturdy sweet malt backbone. The beer is medium bodied and the alcohol is well hidden. This is an enjoyable IPA, although I would certainly consider it a Double IPA.

atsprings, May 01, 2007
Photo of vtfan77
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber with a big white head. Lots of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- Grapefruity hops hit the nose first, followed by quite a bit of caramel malt.

T- Nice bite from the citrus hops up front. There's a nice underlying sweetness throughout, caramel and honey-like. Good flavor and balance. Bitterness is fairly strong but far from overwhelming.

M- Kind of thin overall. Carbonation is fairly low, but at a good level.

D- No hint of the high ABV, so good marks here. I'd have another.

Not bad. Nothing out of this world here, but I enjoyed this beer. It's tasty and balanced, so there's really nothing to complain about. I'm not sure I'd get it again, though, because it was pretty expensive. Recommended.

vtfan77, May 01, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Light golden-copper color with a nice fluffy head of foam pillows.

Smells like piney resin and grapefruity citrus.

Full malt flavor with pink grapefruit. Sweet and bitter teeter-totter wonderfully in this drink, just like pink grapefruit juice does. 9.2% abv... wow, I thought I was drinking an IPA (most double/imperial IPAs have this sorta abv, but this is soo well hidden). This might be my new favorite..

Please Sir, may I have some more?

BeerZack, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a marmalade with nice cascading carbonation and a fluffy and rocky head that leaves sheets of lacing with big holes in it. Lots of earthy, herbal, and grassy hops in the nose with a pleasant absence of pine needles and grapefruit. Malts stand on their own well while still allowing the hops to have a sturdy presence in the nose. I get a good deal of toast, caramel, and bread. I thought I might've been crazy at first picking up some buttery notes, but, sure enough, this is made with an English yeast strain. Fruity esters, caramel, toasted malts, stone fruits, grass, and earthy, herbal hops all play very well together. Not too sweet and, with only 70 IBUS, this doesn't try to strip your tongue off. I can't even taste the alcohol. Mouthfeel is surprisingly not too thick with the high abv, and manages a smoothness all the way through. Very drinkable, but I have to put on the brakes because of the alcohol.

goochpunch, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of SQNfan
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle.

A: Copper/rust colored and poured a 3/4" dense head that slowly dissipated.

S: The nose was filled with hoppy aromas of grapefuit and pine followed by a touch of spice.

T&M: In the mouth the hops continue to shine in this medium-bodied beer with good palate presence. The midpalate has some wonderful balancing sweetness to cut through the bitterness of the hops, though this does show on the finish.

D: Overall, this is a classic Imperial IPA with good balance, weight and length.

SQNfan, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 4-21-07

Pours a nice amber/orange with a good-size white head and ridiculous glass-coating lacing.

Smell is all sweet and hoppy, grassy citrus dominates.

Taste is much like the smell, very sweet with good hop flavors. Bitterness is not extreme, well-balanced with the sweetness. Finishes with a big alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is good, very DIPA, resiny and thick.

Drinkability is good, although the alcohol makes its presence known.

Overall a good beer, at a very reasonable price. Definitely a double IPA.

Score edited 9-6-08.

BMoney575, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12oz bottle straight into a snifter instead of a pint glass. The color was a very light orange and transparent. There was a healthy stark white head that was about 3 cm and then subsided. The smell was a littel "catty" like some ammonia with hints of apples. The taste was certainly hoppy but no citrus and more cattiness. I also tasted sour apple a little. The aftertaste was pretty bitter. Very solid DIPA.

ArrogantB, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of westweasel
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle.

The appearance is a very hazy apricot color with a 1/2 beige head. Belgian lace was left all along the glass. The aroma was predominantly a biscuity, malty sweetness, with some grapefruit and pine.

The taste is biscuits and a citrusy grapefruit. The aftertaste is bitter, but not too strong. The flavors are all fairly subtle. It does not seem like a 9% beer.

The mouthfeel is medium. The carbonation level is also pretty low.

The drinkability is good. I usually like more taste in my double IPAs. I'd like to see things pumped up in this beer and made more extreme.

westweasel, Apr 14, 2007
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,963 ratings.