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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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very good

1,940 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,940
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 28
Gots: 128 | 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 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
Photo of dfried
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Toffee orange in color, thin white head forms a ring. Resinous and perfumey hop aroma is quite pungent, a little citrus, and some pale malt. The hoppy taste is balanced well by the sweet pale malt. The flavor was more citrusy and fruity than the nose led on, but is still quite floral and perfumy. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming, seems more like a double IPA. Overall is was impressed by this beer, but it's not quite an elite IPA.

dfried, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Suprisingly clean hop quality of only mild intensity. Flowery and citrus with resin. Slight malty sweetness. Soft and nice.
Poured with solid 1 inch head that settled fairly slowly leaving nice lacing. Orange amber with a visible heaviness and somewhat clear.
First thing I notice on the drink is how thick and heavy this is, pushing to almost chewy. Why isn't this a double IPA (the bottle also notes "double hopped" and it's 9.2%)? I'm looking for adjectives as the hops are heavy, but I wouldn't say intense, although I'm sure the IBU's are up there. Resin quality remains in the flavor along with the flowery, citrus. Bitterness is elevated, but there is ample malt to support this. The malt is somewhat sweet (which increased in a nice way as it warmed), but also lends a nice heaviness and soft clean flavors of a pale ale. In time the bitterness gets a little bitey (astringent) periodically. Moderately long finish that is actually on the lower end of dry.
Carbonation is moderate, yet is maintians a relatively soft overall feel. Alcohol flavor and warmth, but not to excess.
Overall I am satisfied with this beer. The more I drank this the more the harshness presented. It was never over the top, but it did take away some from the pleasure. Also it didn't seem to blend particularly well.

garymuchow, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a slightly hazy light copper color with a thin white head. Big grapefruit and pine smells on the nose. The taste starts malty then gives way to the hops, piney and citrus. It seems a little more malty than hoppy, but the malt isn't that stong, so it is a bit out of wack. I like the hops but not the malt. It has a medium mouthfeel with low carbonation as it should be. A good beer but there are many other AIPAs that are better.

orsulacp, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of AndoBrew
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

*I liked it would not buy again*

app: nice clear copper color eggy white head.. looks okie dokie. nothing special.

smell: hops! nice clean floral and citrusy ones and some nice nuttyish but sweet chewy malts. after a few wafts the malts actully start to take over some of the nose. really smells yummy. I would say smell strength is medium.

taste: intresting.. first gulp, smooth, clean, refreshing.. finishes with NICE very classy booze flavor, acidic hops. not a lot of malts or sweetness in the first gulp, I am suprised by that compared to the smell. but not a big HOPS IN YOUR FACE thing either.

gulp 2.. more malts, they are just there right up front and then booze then hops citrusy in the back of the mouth like grapefruits do.

very clean balanced beer, very classy. not thick and massive sweet malts like say a stoudt's dipa. and not big Over the top hops, just agood all around IPA. got some floral notes, some citrus notes, a touch of light fruity slightly sweet malts. and clean classy booze.
grapefruit hoppiness builds a lot as you drink it kinda slows the chug train down, but its still nice.

I feel like this is more what the text book IPA malt to hop balance should be like than a lot of the big IPA's I like. as in this one features the hops more by having a more laid back soft spoken malt voice in the beer, oh its still there, and it speaks clearly everytime you gulp it, but the hops take over very quickly and teaming up with the booze they leave no trace of any thick gooey malt sweetness after each gulp, one must gulp again to re find it for that brief moment. I like this, its a nice change to be honest. But I still lean towards a stronger malt voice.

mf: this beer has a neat slick feeling in the mouth, but a light slick.. not like heavy oil.. more like silk. and it has just enough zip from the carbonation to somehow be slick and zesty. really nice.

drinkable: I was having trouble between 3.5 and 4. I went 3.5 cause the grapefruits get to big for me if I gulp to fast. I am a fast gulper I will admit, and this slows me down a little bit because of that. But dont get me wrong, its plenty drinkable.. PLENTY.

thoughts: nice nose, nice flavors, just different enough, really a good beer. I am starting to feel a touch heady from it. The booze is in the nose and the taste, but its just so clean and good that its hard to drink slowly. only con. like everything in life, I would like a little more. I would like a little more malts, a little more body and a little bit more of a fruity floral fresh hop taste. but thats just me being wishy. Cheers

AndoBrew, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure why it took me so long to review this, maybe because its very common here & easy to take for granted

Pours butterscotch/amber with a 2 fingers+ offwhite head Lacing & head retention are outstanding

S: Piney hops

T: Grapefruitty hops up front, then some piney hop attack & a little malt sweetness. Hints or caramel & brown sugat surfaces as it warms. Grapefruitty hops dominate as it warms some more. Finishes dry & uberhoppy (citric & earthy hop notes)

MF: Slightly oily with good carbonation, wish there was a little more malt depth to balance out the grapefruit hops

Drinks pretty good, but the 9% abv rules this out as a session ale, still a good one if you're jonesing for hops, just probably used the wrong hops varieties IMO

russpowell, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear orange color with a half-inch of antique white foam on top. There weren't that many bubbles rising, but still the head stuck around for at least a minute before finally falling into the beer. The beer is already leaving some lacing on the glass even before I drank it. After drinking the beer, there is a whole bunch of lacing left on the glass. It is a nice looking beer.

Aroma: Some citrus hops along with a good bit of sweet caramel malt make up the aroma. With the "Double hopped" written on the bottle, I expected hop juice which it is not. This was a somewhat pleasant surprise for me the non-hophead. Regardless, this isn't what one would expect for a IIPA, so that is how I am going to score it.

Taste: The flavor has a good citrus hop introduction with some defined malt to carry it across the palate. There is a bit of a floral hop character to this beer also, but the malt is really big. I get a good bit of sweetness in the later part of the profile, and this character is only challenged by the bittering hops that seem to set in almost stealthy like. You don't really notice that there is a bitter thing going on until late in the finish where it sneaks up and coats the throat at the last minute. The finish is only somewhat hop balanced because there is a whole bunch of malt in this one.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. It isn't too hoppy which is a good thing for me, but the hophead would likely be disappointed. It is so strong with the malt and alcohol that this one walks the fine line between a Barley Wine and an IIPA. If I were trying this beer with a blindfold on, I would probably put it in the American Barley Wine category. Regardless this is a good beer that is pretty well balanced and I would drink it again.

SkeeterHawk, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of beerceller99
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber- yellow color with a nice looking off white head.
Good smell of perfumy and floral hops.
Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel.
Taste starts with a nice malty sweetness which quickly succumbs to a medium hop and alcohol bitterness to finish.
Probably the best beer I've tried from Breckenridge.

beerceller99, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty, dark honey gold red with a head that's amazing for a beer with such a high alcohol content.

Smells like sticky icky grapefruit hops and a killer caramel malt. Wonderfully intense and perfectly balanced, even if it doesn't cause any poetic descriptions.

Tastes like a hop jackhammer. It's job is to jackhammer through hops and it is also made of hops and so they call it a hops jackhammer. It's got lots of hops, is what I'm trying to say. Mostly grapefruit, a little more citrus, and ending on dry hops.

Huge, huge hops. I like those. But there's no balance and they're not too horribly complex.

Still way more drinkable than it has any right to be.

mynie, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this undated 12 oz. brown bottle into an IPA glass. Served around 50F. Small head faded to nothing. Body was copper colored with a chill haze.

Smell was interesting. Floral and alcohol. Sugary. Piney. Aroma became sweeter and the alcohol odor increased as it warmed further.

Taste was pretty intense with hops, not bitterness exactly but a kind of oily harshness. Mineral flavor (?). Sweetness was more than I expected or wanted. Caramel, syrupy. The high alcohol content was well hidden. The two major elements (malts & hops) just didn't work well together.

Medium to full bodied. moderate carbonation present. Smoothness increased as it warmed. Mouthfeel was probably the best thing about this beer. This is not a beverage I will look for in the future.

Cresant, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a creamy off white head, which it retains quite well. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit) hop aroma. Taste is citrusy hop flavor, malty sweetness, and lots of bitterness. Medium to full bodied, average carbonation. I'm surprised the alcohol doesn't stand out more with this high of an ABV. This is a solid IPA, its not the best but its pretty good.

Dizzy, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of BigRedN
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on trip to Ft Worth. From notes.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass (two pours) from a 22 oz bomber. The beer is dark gold in color, slightly hazy, with a nice 1/2 inch head. Head lingerd, leaves some good lacing.

Smell: Mostly hops, no...it's all hops. Citrousy, piney aromas, kinda like a house cleaner.

Taste: Thankfully, not like house cleaner. It is one dimensional towards hops, which I expect for the style. I like my IPA (or double IPA, see below) to be nice and hoppy, which this is.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body. Good carbonation keeps this lively.

Drinkability: A good beer, inexpensive and easy drinking. The alcohol is well hid. The only comment/complaint I had is I thought I was buying a double IPA, as the bottle seems to indicate by the labeling, but here it is listed as an IPA. My scores therefore, are for an IPA. As a double IPA this would not rate quite as high for me.

BigRedN, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of Mdog
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold, decent head retention.

Smell: Somewhat weak citrus smell.

Taste: Starts with some sweet breadiness, then stays sweet while picking up some orange and grapefruit flavors from the hops.

Mouthfeel: If this was classified a DIPA it would be a little thin, but as an IPA it is very good.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again, only $3.99 a 22oz for a good hop infusion.

This beer was better than I expected, especially since the reviews are so mixed. It might be that it is much better than the mediocre semi-homebrew beers I've been drinking lately. I think I'd still recommend it even without that caveat.

Mdog, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of maybrick
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this brew recently in Houston, TX on draught. It was offered as a Double IPA and I was looking forward to a nice treat. I was somewhat disappointed. The color and carbonation when delivered was accepatable. There was barley any nose detectable. The glass felt a little too cold so I decided to allow it to warm for around 7 to 8 minutes as I recall. After giving it a gentle swirl, there was not too much going on with the nose. This was my first bad feeling. After taking a pull, and genlty rolling it back and forth in my mouth, my impression was a lot of citrusy hop and just slightly out of balance with respect to the malt.

A very detectable alcohol burn was noted upon the swallow. Apparently this is around a 9% ABV brew. I then compared it with a bottle of Hopevil pulled from the refrigerator case. Hopdevil is what I mostly measure other IPA's against. (It's because it's so available in southeastern, pa and that's where I live) I founf the bottled Hopdevil to be a superior IPA to this one.

maybrick, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of sloejams
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sampler, then pint at Breckenridge BBQ & Brew Pub, Denver

Boom! Hops all up in my face. This was no regularly IPA, this was definitely a double, despite how it was explained by our waitress. I liiiike. The hop character is very citrus - TONS of grapefruit and some pine. It's thick with a slight carameliness that makes it remarkably creamy. The bite is very bitter. This is not a beer to mix with food, but I didn't mind it's palate crushing.

Of note: I purchased a 6 pack of this to bring back West with me - the draft version was much better and far less grapefruity.

sloejams, Sep 13, 2006
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,940 ratings.