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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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1,929 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,929
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:
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(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of beertastegood
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while...

Pours a brilliantly clear orange-gold with a massive, fluffy head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Aromas of massive resinous, piney hops... a pronounced grassy aroma, presumably from dryhopping. Backing up the hops is a undeniably sweet malt smell, a touch of caramel. Very slightly alcoholic in the nose.

Taste: High hop bitterness, a moderate amount of piney/citrusy hop flavor, and a faintly sweet maltiness coming through towards the end. Alcohol is apparent. Finishes dry and quenching. Not as much hop flavor as I would like.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation medium, body is medium and definitely creamy. Not too heavy, which is a problem with many IIPAs.

Drinkability: Very thirst-quenching, sneakiy strong at 9.2%.

Overall: Bitterness is great and a hallmark of the style, but what I really look for in DIPAs is hop flavor and aroma. This beer has a very good aroma, but the flavor is pretty lacking as far as hops go. Still a decent IIPA.

beertastegood, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy orange/copper color. Rocky off white head, which holds together quite well, and leaves some nice patches of lace. Nice grapefruit, citrusy aroma, followed by hints of floral and pine. Some caramel, slightly toasty and biscuit like malt leads off, followed by citrusy and herbal bitterness. Good amount of sweetness balances the perfumey and herbal lingering bitterness. Medium body, with appropriate carbonation. Not my favorite hop combination, as it seems to be too perfumey for me.

Bierguy5, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of bigbelcher
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a sample at the Strong Beer Festival. Beer was a nice golden color, low head (could have been because of dirty glass.) Aroma was pleasant but not overpowering like the west coast IPA's. I would say it is a notch above Stones IPA. Really a quite drinkable beer. Pretty well balanced but leaning a little more to the hop side. Glad to see another good little microbrewery becoming available in Arizona through Little Guy Distributing.

bigbelcher, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. No date code found on the painted on label.

Clear copper, thick tan head, patchy lace.

Aroma is floral and citrus hops,with some caramel malt back.

Flavor is carmel sweetness with a grapfruity backbone.

Full bodied well balanced beer.
High abv is well hidden.

Padron4KM, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of adammills
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a suprising light golden, nice and clear, with a good amount of carbonation rising from the glass to form and support a nice frothy head. This head does manage to stick around for the short life of the beer. Well done.

Great aroma! Floral and fruity, a bit grassy and very fresh smelling. Also a bit bitter in the nose.

The beer is not as malty as I have come to expect from a DIPA. I would like a bit more sweetness from the style. A firm bittering backbone in this beer. A bit weak in the way of flavor hops in my opinion. It is a a pretty drinkable beer, if it were the only DIPA available and I was hankering for one I'd buy it agian, but only in an emergency.

adammills, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely-looking beer: orange coppy cloudiness under an ample two finger tight white head that fades slowly to a solid lid and leaves ample lacing.

Smell is all floral hops, orange hops, coriander hops, metallic hops, even a little pine hops over a decent biscuit malt backbone. Nice smell.

The floral hops definitely take a vacation in the taste, as the bittering hops dominate. Not harsh, just fully bitter. Based on the smell, this is not the taste I was anticipating. The malt is there, but definitely in the background.

Nice round mouthfeel -- the hop oils are quite evident, and quite pleasant.

Very drinkable for 9.2%. Indeed, the alcohol is completely masked.

I am quite pleasantly surprised: this is not what I was expecting. Pretty good.

ColoradoBobs, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange-yellow color. Head is offwhite, settles to a quarter inch. Lacing is very strong.

S - Bready, brown sugar malts with a limey hop background.

T - First off it's a mellow, bitter maltiness then follows with a stronger hop bitterness. Malts are blatant throughout the taste.

M - Consistency is more on the thin side and carbonation is minimal (good).

D - When it says "DOUBLE HOPPED" on the bottle I expect a hoppier taste than this beer offers. Still pretty good though.

umustdrink, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of jackorain
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pick-up this bomber on a trip to Ohio. Never saw this back east

A-Cloudy golden orange color. Rocky white headtight bubbles topped with some bigger pillowy bubbles. Pretty good retention and fantastic lacing

S-green and citrus hops come out right up front, bicuit and carmel malts are here as well. Overall the smell is not that powerful

T-Nice citrus and leafy green hops up front with a carmel and doughy biscuit middle. This is all followed by short but distint spicy hop finish. Alcohol is well hidden. As this warms up malts become more prononced making this one nicely balanced brew.

M-Medium body, oily and creamy all at once, nice

D-I would have two bombers I gues that is good. High alcohol and high drinkability could get dangerous.

jackorain, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a bright copper color with vurterly no head what so every.
the aroma is dense with hop aroma, the citrus, herbal, and peaches with a solid background of malt and hints of alcohol.
the flavor is very rich with malt, and very solid of the hops, the flavors of fruit like oranges and peaches, with the beer is resinous, pungent from the hops, the aftertaste of bitterness and a little warming from the alcohol is present. this beer is a little to bitter, it could back off on the bittering hops of add more malt and it would be perfect.

plaztikjezuz, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of beerbrains
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer arrived at the table a wonderful amber color with a thin stream of bubbles rising up the middle. The pint is topped off by a creamy off-white head that dissipates into a thin layer that leaves lace in the glass. It gives off a nice citrusy aroma hinting at the hoppiness to follow.

It does not disappoint. A full, fresh hops flavor almost piney followed by a crisp dry finish, almost a bite but not bitter, It left me wanting more. Almost no alcohol taste for such a high ABV. This could be a dangerous beer as I could easily drink several of these in a sitting.

I paired the double hopped IPA with a pizza topped with spicy sausage and it complimented the food very well.

The best IPA I’ve had in a long time.

beerbrains, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of pmatz2
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Appearance : Poured an hazy amber with a 1 finger thick white head. loads of lace this glass will be difficult to clean.

Smell : Subtle citrus ,followed closely by a sweet malty round it out.

Taste: Maltly sweetness just as strong as the hops. However there a sharp (slightly harsh) Hop bitterness from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body decent carbonation

Drink-ability high level of alcohol is hidden very well. Only downside is the slight harshness to the hops. Not my first choice for a Double IPA but I will try it again

pmatz2, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The rocky, yellowed-white head atop Breckenridge's 471 IPA seems to hold forever; and beneath it, a hazy golden-amber body rests gently, with occassional fine-bubbles rising steadily here and there. As you progress through the glass, solid walls of thick, creamy lace appear and then receed, eventually leaving a solid ring at the top, and a robe of glittering tiny spots beneath. Really nice! But wait, there's more, with the second pour of the bomber, the head is renewed and it leaves rings of lace towards the end of the pint! Even better!

An odd blend of hops swirls in the nose, and in my head. There's a good amount of golden, caramelish malt going on as well, and they mesh together really well, obscuring it even further. It remains clearly hoppy, but non-distinct, teetering between gently piney, juicy fruity, resinous, leafy, mildly cheesy, and citrusy (apricot, tangerine, grapefruit). Blahhbrraburbbbubbbbubbu..uhhh! I'm not sure I've ever sniffed an IPA that was so complex, yet so choked back. ME LIKEY! I get a different waft of hops almost every time I pick up the glass, and yet it's soooo far from smack you in the face hops! Very cool.

The body is medium-"headed-to-full" with a viscous edge and a very fine, median natural-carbonation. It's very lightly tingly on the tongue at first, and then gently caressing... again, nice!

The flavor is, not surprisingly, quite similar to the nose. The lightly sweet but distinctly caramelish, toffeeish, and biscuity golden malt acts as a base for the varying hop character to reveal it's chameleon-like characteristics. It often starts a bit piney, and then turns citrusy in the finish; but it can also become leafy and bitter, or resinous and piney with a long-lasting note of caramelish malt in the finish. The mineralish, underlying bitterness steps out in the finish, and it lingers dry and slate-like with a combination of softly spruce-like and dull/sweetish citrus rind. Herbal hop smears appear here and there, and it can be a touch leafy and grassy as well.

Overall, it's well-balanced and rounded with a beautiful, lightly caramelish maltiness and wide-ranging hop character. The alcohol never appears, and the bitterness isn't over-done. The word "drinkable" comes to mind, but at 9.2% it'll throw down its own speedbump for you. Very nice! Worth seeeking out!

NeroFiddled, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear honey amber color with a light tan frothy head that holds very well. Slowly settles to a thin cap. Layers of stringy lacing, with some solid patches mixed in.

Strong piney hops, similar to grapefruit, maks the grainy malty aromas.

Grainy malts are the base for a surprisingly subtle citrusy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with low carbonation, giving it a syrupy slippery feel in the mouth. The finish trails with hop bitterness in the back of the mouth. No alcohol can be found, even though it's a high ABV beer (9.2%).

The best part of this beer is in the smell. I geared myself up for some sharp hop bite, but was a little dissapointed. Since it's so clear I'm wondering if there was some flavor loss in a filtering process. Still, it's a tasty beer, with no poor aspects. Don't let the high ABV sneak up on you, as you can hardly taste it. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of orfeu
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle with very tasteful silkscreened design. Crystalline golden-amber peach juice with slightly yellowed white creamy head. Heavily understated nose, with just a hint of caramelly grapefruit pith and a chemical smell bordering on sulfuric. A bit more pronounced flavor, with sugared grapefruit sections leading the way. In the middle there is a brief flash of a crystal malt sweetness, but this disappears quickly under a slightly ferrous mineral quality that weaves in between phases of finishing hop bitterness. Overall, however, this is a very muted taste for an IPA. The consistency of this beer is indeed syrupy, as the 9.2% abv would indicate. Its dextrinous quality is not unpleasant, but for a beer with such girth, I usually expect a severe blast of flavor. This one doesn't deliver, unfortunately. Glad to have tried this, but I'll shed no tears when it's gone.

orfeu, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm quite stoked with this beer, especially considering how much I dislike the regular line-up of Breckenridge beers. As a matter of fact, it is one of the best IPA's I've had the pleasure of drinking, whereas I've had other Breckenridge beers that were so horrible I didn't even think it was fair to review them.

The beer looks great. The color is beautiful. A great coppery amber color. Excellent clarity, though it seems to lack carbonation and head retention. Lacing is perfect, however.

The smell is awesome. Reminds me a lot of Three Floyd's Dreadnaught with the intense grapefruity hops aroma. Nice sticky sweet malt aroma to back it up, though the balance is spot on.

The taste is a lot like the smell, though a little more balanced than the Dreadnaught. Sweet up front with an intense fruity hops flavor. Excellent balance. The alcohol is completely undetectable. I can drink it like a 6% IPA, despite it being much stronger.

The body is full and sticky sweet. Amazing stuff. I would rate it much higher on the drinkability if it weren't so deceivingly light, thus it is very easy to drink too much too quickly. It hurts the next day.

neonbrown82, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent orange toned amber with a thick, foamy white head that slowly fades out. Lots of sticky streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of an Earthy, spicy, herbal with an orange and grapefruit aroma jumping out with a touch of pine.
Taste is of the same aromas, along with a sugary malt flavor that is highlighted by a dose of caramel, fruit, and light bread.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, moderately hoppy, with a semi-dryness on the swallow.

weeare138, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of bort11
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Fugazme.

12 oz silkscreen bottle, poured into a goblet. Tight frothy head about a half inch and the color of egg shell. Receded to a foamy cap and left a beautiful lace on the glass. Color was a darker orange/copper color.
Smell was obviously hoppy. Pine and floral mixture. Taste has a slight citrus flavor, but is predominantly hops. Slight alcohol flavor in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is warm and buttery. Mild carbonation on the tongue, despite the impressive head and lacing.
This is definitely a beer for the hop-heads. Very nice.

bort11, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a orangey copper colour with a full inch of fluffy head that maintains at about 1/4 inch. Lots of lace, and a healthy carbonation. Smell is marvellously floral and sweet, with a healthy brace of toasted caramel malt, a whiff of Turkish Delight in there too.

Taste is big and bold, but at the same time very comforting and mellow. The hop bitterness is a little more subdued than I thought it would be, but the balance between the malt and hops is good. Definitely a sweet IPA in comparison to some hop monsters, maybe just a slight bit too sweet for my palate. Mild citrus mixed with lots of caramel. Fruitcake is in evidence as is some comforting bready taste. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, very thick and chewy with that big, big malt presence. The palate dries as the beer slides down the throat. This is a sessionable IPA, alcohol is very well hidden, and the combination of a creamy mouthfeel and the great balancing act it maintains between bitter/sweet is very well done. I'd call this one a beginner IPA though, bitterness is just enough to introduce the uneducated palate to the wonder of hops without overwhelming it with bitterness.

trevorwideman, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of ByTor2112
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful amber-orange color, almost the shade of iced tea that has watered down slightly. Very thin head dissipates leaving very small spots of lace behind.
Aroma-Citrus hops to the max like a Simcoe bomb, piney, fruity. A constant presence that does not let up. Mouthfeel is tart at first with the hops dominating but the sweet pale malt flavor washes in and out, Maris Otter maybe? Then the citrus hops come barreling 'round the corner and hit you again like a grapefruit to the forehead-beautiful. This IPA flat out rules and is a serious delight to my senses. The hops are intense, yet meld with the malt to give just enough body to please. Aroma is still pungent to the last drop. This is hands down one of the best IPA's I've had all year. This and Bear Republic's Racer 5 are at the top of the list. I could quaff this as the alcohol was cleverly hidden and not really detectable on my palate. Excellent brew!

ByTor2112, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a honeyish golden-amber body with an enormously foamy yellowish head with some of the thickest lacing I've witnessed in ages.

Smell: Fresh orange peels provide an unmistakable oily, juicy fruitiness to make for a rather enticing aroma. Also some toffee and spruce notes.

Taste: Pleasantly sweet, biscuity malt base and a light, leafy grapefruit flavor start things off. The taste moves into a nearly unceasingly orange zestiness before finishing with a piney, bitter finish. I must say, though, the alcohol is skillfully hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with an oily, resinous texture.

Drinkability: Matchless quaffability here, folks. Its almost hard to verbally express that.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of gmcfarre
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into Bowtie glass

A - Intensely cloudy pumpkin-colored orange with a minimal 1/4 inch head. Head dissolves into a semi-permanent collection of whispiness. Lacing is fairly solid when glass is tipped.

S - Subdued floral hop profile with a sweet, caramel malt sensation. Hop scent definitely increases with warming, but malt is still more evident than in most IPAs (esp. in the US style).

T - Again, it seems odd that the malt is the most prominent taste sensation in this beer. Hop profile leaves behind a bitter aftertaste, but its floral sweetness is somewhat lost the in the taste (even as it warms). Alcohol is certainly evident in the slightly biting aftertaste, which is not unusual considering it clocks in at 9.2% ABV.

M - Mouthfeel is crisp and biting with the normal dry and bitter aftertaste.

D - Overall this beer presents an interesting challenge. Its by no means bad and is actually really tasty, it just doesn't fit with the normal IPA profile.

gmcfarre, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of goindownsouth
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden, almost amber in colour. Thick, pillowy head left soft lacings along the side of the glass. Aromas were loaded with piney notes. Very nice. Bitterness hits the palate with full force, but in a noncloying way. Solid balance with malty goodness. Good texture with a busy finish. No complaints there. The alcohol is well-hidden here, which makes this is highly drinkable brew.

goindownsouth, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of scott
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice little ditty with a delicious apricot body and a tight head.
Floral aromatics are the fuel that power aggressive and mildly bitter transmission. Hoppy. Bold, and unpretentious.Very easy to drink.
This makes me want more stellar IPA's that have a competent brewer.

scott, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of fightingwords
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz pint style glass.

A--Poured a butterscotch/burnt-orange/apricot hue with a super filtered appearance. Big ole two fingers of frothy off white head. Settled to a thing layer that hung around and had good lacing even as the beer warmed. Nice.

S--From the bottle I got nothing but hops, all pine and grapefruit. From the glass I could make out the "boozy" alcohol smell, but mostly just spicy, earthy pine and citrus odors. As the beer warmed the malts gave a grainy scent, but otherwise were not very present in my glass.

T--Lots of good spicy hops with a dry piney taste. There was a grapefruit sweetness that was being overpowered and never really came out. The malts began to mellow the beer out as it warmed, but the flavor was never as complex as I expected it to be. Not that this is a problem as this was a highly enjoyable beer.

M--This I thought, was the beers best characteristic. Good medium body that finshed quick and dry. I wouldnt say it finished clean, but it did leave a good after-taste/feel. Seemed like it thinned out a bit at the end, but not enough to pass judgment or call it weak.

D--For a rather potent 9.2ABV I could go for a few of these.

O--A really simple IPA that wants to be a DIPA. It has the hops if you are into that, but it lacks the complexity to be a truly great beer. Everynow and again, I need a beer that doesn't challenge your pallate, and this will be a beer I will revisit.

fightingwords, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass (up yours if you think it's not appropriate, it was the closest glass on hand). Nice dark orange color with really sticky resiny foam.

Everything about this beer was great, from the aroma to the taste to the mouthfeel. It was viscous and burning and fruity and bud-like. Really really tasty.

I skipped this beer the first couple of times I saw it at the store, but decided to try it after a friend recommended it. He was right, this was a really good DIPA, they should make it regularly.

TurdFurgison, Oct 31, 2006
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,929 ratings.