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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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very good

1,875 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,875
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 25
Gots: 105 | 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 mcallister
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

A richly carbonated head with tremendous lace retention. Color is a very clean copper. I am actually very turned off by the smell of this beer. Smells of rotting food? upfront with a hoppy malt aroma.

So this beer seems somewhat watery and unrefined. It does have a abundant hop structure, with the expected grapefruit and citrus flavors prevelant. But everything just seem slightly discombobulated.

Well after about 20 mins this beer seems to open up somewhat. Pulling itself together. And become much more drinkable and appreciative.

The mouthfeel is pretty much described in the previous paragraph. Meaning it's not an overly drinkable beer but after some breathing time makes great progress. One or two and move on.

I had this on draught against 90 Minute IPA with Randall the Enamel Animal at BW3 Indy a few days ago and this beer held it's own. Totally different draught and spectacular. Unfortunately I didn't take notes on that one. Would have scored mid fours draught.

mcallister, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a slightly hazed amber tone, with large puffy foam.
Aroma is mellow pine trees and citrus with candy caramel underpinning.
Flavor has a sharp resiny bitter to start then a wash of sweet caramel and some fruitiness, well balanced flavors.
Mouthfeel is full and chewy and very palate coating. solidly balanced between sweet and bitter and somewhat complimentary play between the sweet and hop notes.
Drinkability was very high, solid level of alcohol but not ever present on the palate, a few pints of this would leave you feeling pretty good.

CRJMellor, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of GreenWBush
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%

Dusty copper. Fantastic clinging lace tapestries on the chalice. The nicely designed, minimalistic graphic artwork is also quite nice.

Nose is harsh. Prickly, near-metallic hop intensity. Does seem to be double-hopped, but where's the malt? Somewhat interesting coniferous thing happening here that reminds me of DFH at its harshest.

Taste reminds me of chewing on pressed flowers. Somewhat marine-like qualities. I wish there was some malt I could point out here, but no. Hoppy Orange-Juice that gets acrid.

Malt sweetness might only be detected on the tongue in this beer in its slight slickness. Finishes dry, watery, and bitter. Not addictive in the slighest like a good IIPA should be.

One bomber of this elixir is more than enough. I had hope for Breckenridge's Small Batch series, but this didn't even seem that much better in quality than any of the 12oz offerings i've tried.

And at $6 a bomber I don't think i'll be giving their 'double-brown' a shot, either.

GreenWBush, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%

A bit cloudier than regular IPAs. big head, reddish color. orangy hop smell. Whoa, i dont like the taste too much. way too sour. a lot of alcohol evident too which should not be the case with a regular IPA in my opinion. some nice hops on the finish but overall not too great.

aforbes10, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Clear appearance, cast in a honey-glazed amber-y hue, with prodigioius puffy, lacey foam above. Nice lookin'.

Aroma is soft, piney, citric, pleasant, but muted. Candyish tones overtake bitterness. Appealing.

Brisk blash of bitter on the palate, then caramel flavor rolls in, toffee, like a brief battle between hops and malt, this candyish sweetness muffling the bitterness. Interesting. Fruit bobs up again, but instantly enfolded by sweet caramel. An interesting combo, one I don't encounter in an IPA very often...but one that doesn't quite hold my in sway with it's charms for very long.

Full mouthfeel, lot going on in the texture, medium to full bodied, tasty, complex finish, hangs long on the palate...but, alas, the flavor doesn't quite cut it all the way, for me. Still good, just not what I look for in an IPA. An accomplished ale, nonetheless.

( P.S: I had no idea the alcohol was so high when I first sampled it...kudos for keeping it hidden, but I have a feeling it'll kick in as I finish the bomber!)

feloniousmonk, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Crystal clear body of pale honey amber. Small capping of whitish smooth foam. Keeps a good skim the whole glass through and the lacing is placed well across the glass in broken inky strings.

Aroma is fairly grassy edged with an herbal hay notion. Nice little twist of orange/lemon citrus on top and a notch of pine. Trace faint malt detected as it warms.

Taste is decent with an overall clean profile. Semi hoppy texture abounds upfront with herbal grassyness, a sweet underbelly, and pale pine. Middles out rounded with the malt creeping in more then earlier points. Ends cleaner with slightly bitter grassy hops twisted together with a citric lemony orange pulp tint. Leaves a partial dryness as it cinders into tthe finish with a lemony warmth of hop oil.

Feel is medium bodied and textured with a hoppy leafyness in front, rounds off in the middle, gets clean, then drys out with a slight bitterness. Smooth and balanced. Seemingly more akin to a good Pale Ale then an IPA, but holds its own well enough for a hoppy enjoyment. Perhaps not as complex as others I've had, but is decent enough.

tavernjef, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

The beer pours the deep amber of good apple juice, with a head that is a wonder to behold. Thick and rich, it slowly collapses leaving more lacing behind than most beer have head!
However, the apple-juice look tends to translate into other areas. It smells sweet mixed with citrusy PNW hops with a strong floral note. Almost like a fruit juice . . .
And the taste really brings that idea home. The sweet caramel malts mix with the hops and the unmistakable presence of acetaldehyde to create a beer that tastes a lot like apple juice. Sweet, with just a slight tang to it. It is good and the character that the hops impart is unmistakable, but the finished product is apple juice.

Tastey. Strange, but tastey. Not sure I'd buy it again, though. Especially at nearly 10% ABV! Whew! If I knew I was lookin' at an alco-bomb, I wouldn't have picked it up.

shbobdb, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of jamesdergen
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%

Appearance: Pours a pale golden honey with a huge foamy white head that sticks around and leaves some great lacing on the pint glass.

Smell: I could smell this brew as soon as I cracked open the bottle. Big flowery, herbal hop aroma. Some malty/nutty notes in the background.

Taste: Huge hop attack right away, very herbal/grassy. Backing that is enough nutty maltiness to keep it relatively balanced. The alcohol comes in big-time at the end, but it works, I like it that way. Caramelly/sugary aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Super-smooth and perfectly carbonated. Not too heavy.

Drinkability: For a near-10% brew, this one sure goes down easy. Great mouthfeel and pleasant aftertaste.

This one comes from Cellar's in Roseville. Thanks for the tip, Christian! I will definitely be buying this one again!

jamesdergen, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of maxwere
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Watch out ladies, 471 double IPA will put hair on your chest. This is the best of the Breckenridge and one of the best domestic IPAs available. Super hoppy (almost as much as Dogfish 90 min). Will cleans the palet of almost anything. You could eat dog doo and drink this and you'd never know it!

maxwere, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a light crystal clear copper color with a cream and soapy off-white head. The carbonation is a few gentle bubbles that glide to the surface. The head last for a good spell.

S- Even during the pour the aroma of green and citrus hops is strong. There are some faint grassy and pineapple notes in the hops aswell. No smell of malt or alcohol.

T- This beer has a big juicy grapefruit hops with some deep bitter hop flavors to follow. There is a slight alcohol flavor that enhances the bitter hops in the finish. No real flavor of malt noted.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some slipperiness in the texture. There is no astringency or alcohol warmth that stands out.

D- This beer has big fruity hops balanced by big green bitter hops. The malt is hidden and only the alcohol is left to enhance the flavor. Many American IPAs have lots of aroma and taste hops, which this one does, but not many have this noticeable of a bitter finish. It is a good solid beer but a little one-dimensional. Its good I really like that dimension, hops.

rhoadsrage, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of kosmoraios
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

>>>Edit added 02.18.06<<<
Got a half-case of this from a local distributor. This time not nearly as hoppy and well-developed as the below review. Perhaps I need to age the bottles for a few months. We'll try that.
>>>End Edit<<<

I'm somewhat partial to IPAs, so I try to be very objective in my reviews of the style. That said, I am going to have to rate this one quite highly.

Grabbed a bottle of this at the Central Market in Fort Worth. (I love Central Market...) Pours a deep coppery red with a bold white head that dissipates after a few minutes but leaves a tenacious lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very hoppy and floral, with the herbal and grapefruit notes expected of a good IPA. Taste is nice and hoppy, though it just is not bitter enough. I don't _quite_ want to say it's not hoppy enough ... okay, it's not hoppy enough ... but it IS pleasantly hoppy. It's almost as if they tried to tone down the bitterness part of the hoppiness, if that makes sense. Anyway, ripe grapefruit, herbal hints, perhaps a bit of clove. Very nice. Mouthfeel was nice and carbonated, like an IPA should be, IMHO. Phenols coat the tongue nicely. This ale is extraordinarily drinkable - so drinkable that I wish I'd gotten more. There is no hint of the 9.2% ABV. The best offering I've had from Breckenridge, of any style.

kosmoraios, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of BRLockwood
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

Found this in Dallas at the Central Market.

Appearance: It pours a slightly cloudy amber color with good carbonation. It has a medium to mild head.

Smell: Mildly sweet but herbal. Not over the top but a decent smell overall.

Taste: The first taste was nice. You can taste the malts with a hop aftertaste. It needs to be a little more on the hops if it's going to be a Double IPA. I might call this an India Pale Ale not a double IPA.

Mouthfeel: As far as double hopped I would call it mild. Now the carbonation seems to be a little too flat. Needs some work.

Drinkability: Drinkable - good but not great. Let's hope the next batch is a little more hoppier!

BRLockwood, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of Optimat0r
4/5  rDev +2.3%

wow a very different beer. an interesting lighter color, it really stands out. extremely hoppy, rediculously hoppy. tasted really earthy, like plants. if hops are your thing you will love this. overall not bad, a bit too hoppy for me personally but still a quality drink. its noticably strong though, it packs a punch, cant have more than one or two due to high alcohol and extreme hoppiness.

Optimat0r, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of xtacyturbo
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Served in an imperial pint glass. Pours out a beautiful copper color with a foamy white head, which slowly settles to a fluffy ring around the glass. Sticky lacing coated the glass from start to finish.

Aroma is citrusy with a twang of hops, and a slight hint of pine. Citrus and hop smells dominate.

Taste is similar to the smell. A light malt sweetness at the beginning, but quickly changing to a very hoppy character, paired well with the citrus noted above. Finished off with a very smoothly delivered smack of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is delightful- medium bodied and creamy. Incredibly smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

A very drinkable brew- the smoothness, flavor, and mouthfeel make the bottle very easy to empty. The taste is a bit biased toward the hoppy side, and I can't say this one is my #1 top pick- but it's a good selection and I'd definitely pick it up again. My IPA options have been lacking lately, and this has been one of the best I've had recently. Wish I'd bought two.

xtacyturbo, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Drank this after a Moylan's Hopsickel so it took a few sips to gage it after that all out hop attack Hopsickel is,poured a clear copper with some deep orange tint a tight one finger white head settles into a nice creaminess atop.Very floral aromas with some citrus and pine and a touch of caramel letting you know there is some malt in there,a big IPA with big hoppy tones the familiar flavors of pine and grapefruit but there is a bigger sweetness to this big IPA brown sugar flavors really show thru even more so as it warms.A nice IPA has all the hop flavors just sweeter than alot of the style in my opinion.

oberon, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%

Appearance - coppery pour, creamy head with a solid coat of lace on the glass.

Aroma - citrusy and piny, thick and fruitful. Smells great.

Taste - just how it smells. Sweet, citrusy, with a mid-palate of concentrated piny hops further intensified by alcohol. Turns bitter on the swallow, grapefruit and dry. Some slight sweetness returns at the finish.

Mouthfeel - heavy, very smooth and coating. Perfect for the style.

Drinkability - potent but tasty. Delicious beer, a high abv, but a special treat now and then.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

The beer was poured from the bomber into pub glasses.

Appearance: The beer poured a amber to honey orange coloration. The head towered above the beer white to honey colored. The lacing was left behind on the glass in thin stripes.

Smell: The beer smells of tons of hops and hop oil with hop oil.

Taste: The beer taste was as the smell tons and tons of hops and hop oil. Unfortunately the malt profile was not strong enough to create a supreme beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a very oily mouthfeel. The beer is meduim bodied.

Drinkability: If the malt profile was better this would be an easier beer to drink. This is not a bad beer for the money. However I think I will spend a few ducats more and get a better beer.

nlmartin, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +2.3%

The 471 IPA pours from the bomber a wonderful deep orange with a touch of red and a nice creamy, bubbly head that's almost khaki in color. Looks nice in the glass for sure. Aromas of deep rich piney resinous hops alongside a hefty sweet caramel, doughy maltiness. Brash, herbal hops are raw and quite nice. Candy like.

First sip brings a sweet caramelly, doughy maltiness. This is accentuated by a blast of bitter, piney, herbal hops. Raw, green, earthy and wonderfully resinous. There's a nice balance at play here. A tasty hop forward IPA that is tasty. Finishes with a nice bitterness on the way down.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy aspect and mellow carbonation. Goes down really easily...the bomber will disappear quickly. This one really doesn't seem like it's 9.2%. A winner from Breckenridge. Worth a shot by all means.

orbitalr0x, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

This beer poured a honey brown with a nice soft white head. Smelled of cotton candy and caramel with a smoky sweet dryness. Tasted of big molasses and caramel malts that are superbly blended with some very mild earthy and fruity hops. Finishes dry with a touch of chocolate. Mouth feel was medium with a creamy carbonation.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of unclederby
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into my Bell's pint glass a dark orange/golden copper, with a nice fluffy head that eventually recedes to just a whisp of foam. Smell is hoppy, mostly pine but with a bit of citrus too. There's also a bit of malty sweetness underneath that massive hop dose. Very nice bouquet.
Taste seconds that massive dose of hops, lots of earthy, piney bitterness and grapefruit with only the slightest hint of malty sweetness up front. Pretty much bitter from start to finish...
A bit thin on the mouthfeel, and i would like a bit more chewiness. Nicely carbonated.
This beer is good but nothing amazing. I'd drink it again if my choices in the 2IPA style were limited, or if someone else was picking up the tab.
Just not enough of a malty backbone to keep it interesting.... a little one dimensional.

unclederby, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours a hazy amber colored ale with not much of a head.

Smell is lots and lots of West Coast style hops. Sweet malt that is almost obliterated by citrus and pine scents from the hops. Only one fruit scent manages to reach my nose, pineapples.

Taste is mildly sweet and woody in the first sip, super smooth for a strong AIPA. Tasty wood and bitterness accentuated by citrus hop flavor. VERY strong hops here but it avoids getting harsh and stays in the strong and fresh territory. The Alcohol level isn't really in the taste here. The alcohol level does carry the smell of the hops to the taste buds in an extra layer of hop flavor beyond the bitterness and citrus. The extra flavor is of alfalfa, something every Texas farm boy knows.

Mouthfeel is very good.

A very drinkable brew for the strength of this beer, this is really in Double IPA territory on the basis of its hops and alcohol content. This is like a civilized Stone Ruination ale. I highly recommend this beer for anyone.

Zorro, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of cheers2beers
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured into a snifter glass

Appearance: Pours a standard copper and brass hue.Nice two finger head,average staying power.Average laceing.

Aroma: A strange herbacious and vegetable odor.Hops are appearant as are apricots and peaches.

Taste: The togue is ravaged by spicey and herbal hop notes. A hint of floral accents. Needs more malt to balance the flavor, very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Slick,oily,thinner than expected.Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer is a good one timer but lacks the complexity and balanced juiceyness that a double IPA should possess.I can say that this beer is a bit cloying for my taste. I would drink again if your buying.


cheers2beers, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Peach / copper in color. off white head that produces stringy lacing. Carbonation supports this appearance wonderfully as the head has endless stamina. Very Inviting.

Fairly mellow hop aroma, some grain.

Grassy taste followed by a pretty significant hop twinge but overall mellow on the hops. Malts are more significant in the mouthfeel than the taste. Alcohol warming is solid.

I enjoyed this beer. Creamy wet mouthfeel was unique for this style and I found it to be a good match at least for the taste profile they were going for.

Not sure how this is an IPA as it seems more suited to a double but whatever thats not my job, although categorizing beers would be a great job.

DogFood11, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

22 oz bottle pours a cloudy apricot body with a small offwhite to ecru head of mostly large bubbles. Head quickly falls into a cap and collar, and some patchy lace is left behind.

Aroma is very hoppy in the American West Coast style, with pine cone and grapefruit rind. Just a hint of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is light medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and some sticky oiliness.

Tastes pretty good, but one dimensional, overall, with a bitter hops dominance. Pine and grapefruit rind, but not excessively bitter. Caramel malt is noticed, but is very subdued. ABV of 9.2% is very well concealed. Malt profile is lacking, leaving this one a hop monstronsity, like many other American IPA's. Finishes dry and bitter, with a pine resin aftertaste.

Well crafted, and pleasantly drinkable. Lacking in imagination and excitement. At 9% abv, this should have more hops or malts to offer the serious drinker.A Stone Arrogant Bastard , or IPA, is a better choice for your dollar.

merlin48, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +2.3%

A nicely put-together beer, straddles the line between an APA and a double IPA. Poured a murkey apricot that gave advance notice of the concentrated flavors. Bold hopping, a touch of grapefruit bitterness, but not citric in nature. A touch sweet but not sticky. Very dense, but not overwhelming and surprisingly drinkable. The alcohol stays submerged throughout. Nicely done.

Brent, Nov 04, 2005
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,875 ratings.