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

Pours a deep amber/orange color with a very nice off white fluffy head when poured aggressively.
The smell is fantastic a great floral bouquet with lots of citrus, pine, a wee bit of grassy scent.
Taste is also fantastic. I am a hop-head and this has a great bite to it without being overly bitter, but also slightly sweet.
mouth feel is smooth not a lot of carbination.
Drink ability is very good and I will come back to this again.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden color. OK sized rocky white head that leaves nice lacing but it dissapears pretty quickly. Smell is a wild mix of hops smells (pine, citrus, grassy, resinous). Also a strong caramel malt note comes across. Taste follows suit, with the hops flavors mixing and just when they seam like they will be overpowering, the malt comes to the front with a blast of sweetness. Heavy and a little syrupy on the mouthfeel. This one is good, but it just dosn't quite close the deal for me and move in to the great category. Certainly worth a try and a very interesting IPA to say the least.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jhammerly for this one.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, some malts, piney, citrusy, and some caramel. The taste is on the hop side, a little undertone of malts, nice dose of citrus/pines. Nice little bitter finish. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first Breckenridge brew, and it is tasty. Recommended.

Photo of tekpneu
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden straw color, nice head with slight retention, minimal lacing, poured into a snifter.
Smell has plenty of hops and a bit of citrus.
Very nice hop flavor with citrus tones .
Slighty thick and very smooth. Also a bit of sweetness.
Very drinkable
Would definatly drink again.

Photo of revolution
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw-colored brew with a foamy head that quickly dissipates.

A nice hoppy aroma. Smell citrus fruit as well.

Bitterness is the taste, along with the citrus fruit--grapefruit...lemon?

A fairly light body, nice carbonation, but the weight of the bitterness and citrus seems a bit much for some reason.

A fairly good IPA, but maybe not enough depth and overall balance to it.

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

This double IPA pours a very cloudy orange gold with a frothy pearl head that recedes to a nice slightly rocky cap. Some nice lace is left behind.

The aroma is of course hops, but also plenty of grapefruit and lemon. Nice prominent citrus tones. Very juicy and appetizing.

Sweeter than many Double IPAs. Another noticeable difference between this selection and other of this style is that the hops are more evident in the beginning but do not seem to linger. The sweet and tangy citrus fruit shine through most of the finish. There is a dull bitterness that remains on the palate but not necessarily all hops. A hint of pine work well with the citrus.

Well carbonated. The light carbonation heightens the flavors of the citrus. Smooth yet light and refreshing. I would like to have had some more hops, especially in a double IPA. I would have a hard time identifying this brew as a double IPA. A pleasant and tasty beer but when comparing it to others of the style, it is certainly lacking those characteristic big bold mouthwatering hops. Good but, it could be better.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Extremely high levels of floral citric hops and high malt sweetness. Strong and pungently good.

Medium straw/gold/orange. Mostly clear. Low head and poor retention.

Very sweet malty smooth slightly thick attack which wanes into a floral hop bouquet with fruity undertones. Medium-high hop flavor is perfume-like, crisp, and clear. Malt is medium to medium-high and is a surprisingly thick and smooth composition of clean slightly toasty malt. Light fruitiness round out the palate. Slight resinous pine character. Finishes lightly dry, mostly clean.

Mouthfeel is crazy smooth and thick. Medium-high carbonation and alcohol thickness.

Damn find IPA: thick and crazy and most importantly very tasty. The best that Breckenridge has to offer!

Photo of beeragent
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I think my review wont be as accurate as it should be. This beer sat in my car a little to long, IMO, in the Texas heat. While people have claimed that the heat shouldnt have affected it, I beg to differ. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a snifter. The beer pours a medium orange, forming no head or lacing, and barely any carbonation (I think this is what the heat did to it.) The aroma is intensely strong hops, in a very good way. The taste is strong hops, citrus, and maybe a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and clean. A highly drinkable double IPA. Overall, aside from the fact that the appearance was weak, this was a good beer. It didnt have the harsh swallow that alot of hoppy beers have. The flavor was good and full. I enjoyed it. I will have to try it again though without it sitting out in the heat.

Photo of tgbljb
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber-orange color with scant white head.
Smell is loaded with hops, piney, grassy and citrusy.
Taste also prsents a stong hop character with the citrus dominating. Very hoppy without being too bitter.
Left a strong dry taste in the mouth.
Too easy to drink at 9.2%

Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lexx picked this one up in Chitown. From a silk screened bomber.

Pours a slightly hazed golden copper, huge thick white head forms, nice lacing, great retention. Smell is caramel, perfumy, lots of floral, citrus, some strawberry, slightly grassy, quite nice. Taste is very fruity, grapefruit, caramel, some vanilla, bready, clean bitterness in the finish, good balance. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some warmth going down. Pretty solid DIPA, nothing crazy hoppy but nicely balanced, thanks Alexa!

Photo of Flyer
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The best beer I ever found at an airport bar (not that that's a big hurdle). (The airport was Denver, of course.) A beautiful orange-gold color, with a nice, creamy head. Aroma of banana peppers and grapefruit. When you drink it, the hoppiness comes in surprisingly late -- the initial impression is a solid maltiness. But then the nice, fresh-tasting grapefruity hops come washing in, and it finishes with more of the grapefruit and banana pepper. Not a great IPA by any means, but above average, and it made my flgiht delay well worth it.

Photo of tastybeer
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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.

Photo of wedge
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Toddv29424
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.94/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Lexx
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of demcorhip
2.49/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

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.

Photo of enfield249
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of drseamus
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of smcreator
4.82/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Photo of jtslay
4.77/5  rDev +22%
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.

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