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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of udubdawg
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber share between two hopheads

Pours a peachy sort of light orange, with a large off-white head that is both very creamy and retains well - a thin cap never disappears from this beer. Spotty lacing all over most of the glass.

Nose is an impressive display of pine and grapefruit. Not a lot else to say here - there is probably a lot of malt here, as it is noticeable despite all the hops, but it is still way subdued by comparison.

Pretty sweet up front, but the finish is a big kick of bitterness that overwhelms anything else. It's pretty balanced for the style, and quite citrusy up front, but after the first couple sips my palate was preparing itself for the finish and neglected to taste much complexity up front. I hold some in my mouth to try to taste more and instead I end up with a hot mouth - lots of alcohol burn I hadn't noticed earlier. I'd call this a bit numbing to the palate, ala with Ruination, but without the excellent flavor profile.

Carbonation is on the low side of medium. Body would be pleasing, if I wasn't distracted from the bitter numbing effect. I find it impossible to not compare this to a local anaesthetic. (I'll have to keep this in mind for a painkiller later!)

Nothing is BAD about this beer...I've just had better. If I didn't have help I'd have no trouble finishing the bomber, but I doubt I'd want to continue. I've got another bottle - maybe I'll see if it shields me from the super spicy chili I made.

udubdawg, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of tykechandler
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving was from a 12 oz. bottle poured into a glass mug.

A: amber color; nice head and retention thereof

S: strong pumpkin notes with tangerine and other citrus flourishes; smells like my childhood -jumping into piles of leaves in the autumn

T: moderately bitter but not overly so; pumpkin notes and pretty hoppy, but again, not extremely so; pretty smooth despite the bitterness and hops

M: sounds weird, but somehow seemed a bit watery yet think and full at the same time

D: the hoppiness of the beer does not make it any less drinkable, as it has a very smooth finish. overall, i'd say it is quite drinkable.

based on the high rating of this beer, i was a bit underwhelmed, but there's no debating that it is a quality beverage that all should enjoy.

tykechandler, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of crayphish
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bomber poured a hazy copper orange. Thin head left a thick and chunky lace down my glass. Smell has hops and piney citrus, could be more intense. Taste starts a bit malty and finishes with a dry hoppy tang. Very clean dry finish, and the alcohol is hidden extremely well. I found this to be an extremely drinkable DIPA. I will be making the trek for more bombers soon.

crayphish, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of gonzo138
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

recently became available again in Az, was glad to have it

A-poured a clear pale golden color with a white head that both retains well and laced nicely

S- smelled awesome, very piney citrusy hop aroma just jumped out of the glass at me

T- just a little bit sweet at first, then piney and very citrusy hop bitterness

M- medium body with good carbonation

D- a really good IPA, should be classified as a double at 9.2% ABV, enjoyed this one alot, thinkin about gettin my growler filled of this stuff

gonzo138, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought I was grabbing a regular IPA, it was dark, I find out later it was a double. Hazy orangey with an initial foamy head. Orange citrus aroma and taste. Quite smooth, and decent mouthfeel. Well malted for its true style. Satisfying, with 9.2% well hidden. Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

Sammy, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of ultimatebeersnob
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-pack purchased for $13. 12oz bottle decanted into a wide rim style glass.

Poured a clean golden color with some hint of amber. Half inch head laced the glass from top to bottom.

Smells good--like an IPA should!

Taste is very good! Nice and hoppy with a dry citrusy finish. It's what I would expect out of a double IPA. Alcohol (taste-wise) goes virtually unnoticed. Ranks as a must try!

ultimatebeersnob, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint, 6 oz. bottle a beautiful copper-gold. Creamy tan head which quickly faded and left some noticeable lacing.

Strong aroma of floral and grassy hops.

A great combination of strong hops and malt. Very dry with some tartness.

Low on the carbonation and with a nice smoothness.

This is a terrific IPA. It definitely packs some punch which I really like. A must try.

Monkeyknife, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of Torchiest
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

Poured very light amber, seems remarkably clear, very little to no head.

There is some hoppiness in the nose, but there's this odd, hard to place aroma as well. Quite unique, and unlike any other IPA I can recall.

The flavor follows up on the smell directly. Malty in the front, maltier than I'm used to from an IPA, then it transitions to this distinct, yet hard to place flavor, almost meaty, somewhat dank like green plant material, and then swirls into a hoppy, bitter finish.

Relatively thin, somewhat sticky though, with a lingering clinginess.

Not bad, but that strange taste is somewhat off-putting. I wouldn't call it bad, and it's definitely drinkable, but a bit strange. I hope to be able to better characterize the unique taste eventually.

Torchiest, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice clear orange and light amber with little suds but nice small lacing.
Smell is a nice apricot/grapefruit aroma. The yeast is sharp to the nose but the hops aren't as pungent as with other IPA's.
Taste is a dirty mellow that finally gets to the sharp blackness of the hops. Mad Hatter has this one beat.
Mouthfeel is pleasant and the aftertaste is very nice.
This is pretty good for a 9.2%er. Dogfish Head 90 minute is the way to go if you want a high gravity IPA. This one is worth the try though!

peabody, Mar 02, 2007
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
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,963 ratings.