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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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88
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Ratings: 2,015
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 33
Gots: 173 | 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 treehugger02010
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Capone's in Noristown, Pa.
Appearance: Abundant but thin lacing, decent size white head with awsome retention all on top of a translucent amber body.
Smell: Light generic hop smell.
Taste: Unbelievable hop balance, all american hop taste without being overwhelming. Oddly balanced.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and thin.
Drinkability: High.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of WaveRebel51
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hops were intense, but I really liked the malty finish to this.Typical characteristics. Deep amber appearance, nice lacing on the glass. Nice, floral aroma of hops, but not overly aggressive. Hops dominate, but there is a nice balance of malts in the finish that reduces bitterness. Mmmmm. The high alcohol content is pretty well masked, but it does pack punch. Probably best to enjoy after a halftime meal during tense 4th Qtr action.

Photo of ttu94
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer! The first time I had this beer it was from big brown bomber. Pours wonderful. A nice clear amber with a huge head. It leaves lacing all down the glass (looks like my homebrew). Smell is nice and hoppy but not intrusive. Fantastic flavor. First is the hop pine flavor then enough malt body to balance it out. This beer is very well balanced especially for a double IPA. Although I like a DIPA the high ABV always gets me but not with this beer. In fact I detect no alcohol burn just smooth flavor. I liked this beer so much I went back and bought me a sixer and will take it Germany for Oktoberfest. See what those lager heads think.

Photo of david131
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A magnificent glowing orange color with just enough cloudiness to show that it means business. The head may not be big, but it is beautiful in its covering and the lacing. Looks absolutely delicious and stunning.

S- A whole bunch of grapefruit. The malt backing is great. The alcohol is evident, but everything smells so delicious together. Burns the nostrils, awesome.

T- Very tasty. Some grapefruit and is definitely really sweet. More citrus and a great malt backing. This definitely is bitter, but it is a hop heads wet dream.

M- A little drying and a tad cloying, but just the right amount of stickiness and carbonation.

D- I was blown away by this. This is going to be my standby for HopSlam. A truly underrated beer.

Photo of luvND
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

P-Nice looking 12 oz bottle

A-I did a rough pour and got 0 head

S-Avg at best, I was hoping for more

T-Nice hop up front, but fades way too fast. Not enough malt to balance this one out.

M-Way too watery for a DIPA.

D-Not bad

Notes: This might have knocked my socks off a few years ago, but this is my favorite style now, and with DIPAs like DFH 90, Dreadnaught, Ruination and Stoudts available, it just doesnt cut it as DIPA. Really lacking in the malt/body dept.

Photo of hammer09
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear amber with a thick, rocky head. Carbonation is well developed and head settles to a clumpy lacing. Smell is slightly catty, reminiscent of Pacific Northwest hops with an underlying and somewhat toasty malt character. Taste is super hoppy with a lingering, resinous bitterness. Malt flavors creep up in the beer's finish. Mouthfeel is crisp with a very dry finish. Drinkability is very good; this beer is sure to please hop lovers.

Photo of cabsandking
2.89/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy pale amber color with a three finger, dense off white head and great retention. Spicy pine resin up front and a little buttery malt malt softness in the back. Peppery, piney, and husky flavors. Fairly dry, malt sweetness of honey that clings to the palate. Thin, watery mouthfeel but manages some creaminess with a vigorous swill. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming and the finish sustaining with its dry, resinous, peppery, husk notes. Well...pretty straightforward DIPA, there are plenty of better ones out there.

Photo of BeerBob
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge IPA (Small Batch 471) pours a hazy amber from a 12 fl. Oz very dark brown glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head went to about one finger before going down to a light carpet of foam with scanty lacing.

Nose is of firm hops with a bit of floral on the side.

Palate is a deliciously sweet and well bittered barley malt.

Hear here Breckenridge… Hear here!!!

Photo of kernalklink
2.57/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This IPA poured light and frothy- clear light orange in color. Aromas were earthy malts and floral, grassy hops. Malts are big on the first sip until the hops come through- the malt flavor is there in body and thickness, but there is no underlying sweetness or unique character- very flat tasting for a double IPA. The hops were grassy and watered down- their bitterness was unrefined and flat like the malts. Light mouthfeel with abundant cabonation- the only interesting thing about this brew is the well hidden ABV.

Photo of hammered
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first selection I've had from this brewery, and I'm looking forward to sampling some of their other offerings. I had this beer on tap at a local spot that's known for their beer selection. I passed up Southampton's 10th Anniversary for this and am glad I did so.

I like hoppy beers and this fits the bill. I wasn't expecting much based on the smell of the beer; just average. But the first taste set me straight. This IPA is hoppy and has a sweet mouthfeel. It's very drinkable even with a higher ABV and the carbonation was perfect. I highly recommend this to any IPA fan.

Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a Nonic.
A - A clear amber w/ a full 3 finger cream colored head that leaves copious amounts of sticky lace.

S - Wonderful scents of hops emanate from the fluffy head of this Imperial IPA! Whoah! Lord, like piney, grapefruity waves of hops waft out of the glass.

M - Resinous and sweet with oily hop smoothness coating the insides of my mouth. A sugary undercurrent of caramel malt with an ever so faint boozy finish.

T- A boatload of hop taste - sweet lord in heaven. Huge herbal blending of hops in the smooth green fresh flavor. There is a restrained bitterness that allows the flavor of the hops to come out and become the focus instead of the acid. The ale gets the deserving amount of malt to carry out the balancing act and make this such a pleasure to taste. There is a fruitiness from the ale yeast, but if you love hops don't dare pass this gem up. The goodness of nature contained in this double or Imperial IPA. Slowly a bite of hop acidity comes trailing with a warmth of booze in the potent finish. I love the finesse of taste here - the caramel malt blend with cascade and centennial hop.

D - A real refreshing ale for having 9.2% under its belt. I found this to be a delightfully drinkable beer. Way tasty!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was so totally freaking stoked to get a bottle of this. I had been wanting to try it forever and had never gotten around to it. Along comes the BDAY BFS and I get two! Hell yeah! Popped the first one tonight and I was rediculously happy with the results...

A - Poured a very very clear, bright burnt orange amber. A nice about one inch head graced the top from the very beginning, this slowly faded to reveal just a film across the top. No significant side glass lacing on this one. Decent carbonation could be seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. Nice overall look.

A - Lots of piney citrus likes hops dominated the aroma. But the story was much more complex then that. Lots of balance was present as well. Some good earthy grains and sugar were also present and well represented. Nice balanced smell nothign really blowing you down in either direction.

T - Wonderful. For a strong Double IPA simply great. Super smooth with a delicate underlying malt layer. Lots of sweet orange peel and sugar, a hint of some grapefruit. Very nice fresh cut grass flavor as well. Alot more complex then your typical hop bomb. Very well crafted.

M - Super smooth again, Decent carbonation led to a good mouthfeel. Nothing slick or oily. Nothing watered down either. A good ole fashioned nice sipper.

D - A total sipper as mentioned, although the 9% abv by no means feels that strong, you can tell this was one that you just dont gulp down, for sure. This one went down over more then an hour and every sip was just fantastic.

Overall This was a really good brew. I really like my double IPA and this did not dissapoint. It really was a solid offering and lived upto what I thought it would. If it was available it would no doubt be a regular in my fridge!

Photo of mdm46410
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a shaker. This double IPA poured a light amber/orange color with a very faint haze and a big, beige head that quickly faded. Some good, chunky lacing was left behind. The aroma was made up of notes of grapefruit, pine, and a mild caramel malt backbone. The flavor was very grassy and wheaty, with an upfront maltiness, followed by a quick bitter finish. Not exactly the hop bomb I was expecting. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with minimal carbonation. My overvall imperssion was that this was very drinkable, but with the abundance of good IPA’s and double IPA’s available, I would pass on this one.

Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, no freshness insight presented. Pours cloudy orangey caramel amber, underneath a protracted medium tan head, that lasts and lasts, gobs of thick foam and lacing sticks around, nice looking beer. Nose is all about a supreme balancing act, soft caramel malts swirling around leafy hops. Ultra silky smooth for a DIPA, easy on the tongue and taste buds. Hops big and bold but not stinging or overpowering. Super balance and complexity in evidence. Big hops/big layers of caramel malts. Well worth being on the lookout for out and then savoring this finely crafted creation

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a rocky head that retains well and leaves shards of lace

Smell: Primarily pine with undertones of tangerine and hints of fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity character that is joined by piney/earthy hop tones, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness raises a few notches and adds an aspirin-like dimension that is unwelcome on the finish; a touch of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue mitigates that flaw, to some extent

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad DIPA at all, except for the medicinal finish

Photo of TheBierBand
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nicely into a tulip glass to form a 1" rocky off-white head over a cloudy orange liquid. The foam leaved pronounced lacing on the glass.

Smell: quite pungent.... citrusy hops prevails.

Taste: Grapefruit and slight lemon with a grapefruit rind-like hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Quite good.... nice and creamy and heavy/chewey. This is the best feature of this ale. Low (appropriate) carbonation keeps things feeling creamy and smooth. Nice coating and aftertaste.

Drinkability: A very good ADIPA... RECOMMENDED.

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%

471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,015 ratings.