471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Reviews: 784
Hads: 2,069
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 41
Gots: 212 | 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 neococo
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time trying this, can hardly tell that it is 9.2%. Almost like a tripel in that regard, but only in that regard.

Otherwise, it lives up to its "double hopped" claim, I can definitely taste the hops. It's not over-bearing, though. Doesn't leave too much of an after taste, at least not more than any other IPA.
I have a 4 pack, and after the first one, I am considering going for a second.

Overall, a really solid beer. I would pick it up again. I would be interested in other small batch beers that Breckenridge comes out with after trying this. (555 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a very cloudy Orange brown color with a lot of sediment in the pour. It gives a small white head that gives way to a thin white film and very little lacing. The nose is extremely malty and rich but at the same time one note. The flavor on the other hand is much deeper and more complex than I expected. There is an abundance of malt up front (and some of it seems roasted giving a slight coffee bite to the beer). But behind that there is the bitter bite of a great double ipa. This is no west coast ipa but it still gives that pleasant bitter tingle on the tongue. There is also a slight alcohol bite that is pleasant and a great reminder of what this beer is. Id love to try another bottle of this, a little fresher next time to see if the hops take the foreground or if it meant to be malt forward. All in all a great pour from an unfamiliar brewery. (868 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an off-white, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light grapefruit hop nose, flavor is a good balance of grapefruit and sweet malt. Higher ABV is hidden. Nice ImpIPA. $3.10 for a 12oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me. (311 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Breckenridge Brewery came out a few years ago with short adverts lampooning Budweiser/Miller/Coors beer commercials. One of them involved Miller Lite's "triple hopped" beer. It is a bit of irony to see Breckinridge call their small batch 471 IPA "Double Hopped", which is not the same as triple hopped (sarcasm). There's 12 ounces, which should mean plenty of hoppy smiles around. On to the beer:

Half an inch thick and creamy is the head which rests comfortably on top. Below is an golden orange body. Creamy lacing spots around the glass. The hops smell like they've seen fresher days. Not bad as it stands, very sticky and sappy, woodsy, bitter grapefruit. I must be spoiled living in California and having so many fresh squeezed IPA's near my address

There's some life in this beer. Hoppy indeed, albeit faded. Bits of pineapple, pine, bitter grapefruit rind, and a load of resin make the flavor. There's a sugar coating which adds a much needed sweetness to the beer. The alcohol hides itself well. It's full bodied with a creaminess and a tolerable dose of bitterness. Added together, this Double IPA sits near the middle of the pack. (1,142 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Every now and then along comes a beer with a lot of praise that I may miss out on luckily enough my bottle shop saves me one to try anyway time for reality and it pours a dirty apricot hue with a nice ever present two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is very hoppy with notes of peach,apricots and tropical fruits,the mouthfeel is full bodied with minimal carbonation just as if from a hand pump and the tastes are pretty much one paced when they encounter the malts it's a combination of sweet candy malts and piney tropical hops and the finish has a slight piney bitter finish but i feel the malts really tame this one down and overall glad I've tried it but not as good as I've been told cheers. (709 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A. It has a copper color, but it's still fairly clear. Good, foamy white head and some lacing. Bubbles come up along the side.

S. It has a bit of a blueberry fruity, hoppy scent.

T/M. It's kind of a bland pale ale. It's smooth and refreshing, but it has a celery vegetable taste and grape malts that give it a generic feel. It's kind of plain, but easy to drink.

O. Nothing special, nothing bad. Just down the middle. (421 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottling date.

Appearance: Murky copper/orange with a thin film of off-white suds.

Aroma: Overripe orange and some malt presence.

Taste: Hop character is sweet citrus with a moderate bitterness, edging on juicy at times. Deep malt backbone that adds a robust element and packs a bit of heat. Finish is sweet citrus with rich barley and the aftertaste is mellow with a bit of bitter pine.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body with smooth carbonation. Good drinkability for 9.2% ABV.

Final Thoughts: Moderately impressed with this one. I was expecting an orange malt bomb, which is almost spot on, but the juicy element keeps things from getting stale. Would I drink it again? Sure. (688 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint glass

A - Nice orange gold with under two fingers of frothy white head, medium on lacing.
S - Lots of ripe tropical fruits, some grapefruit, pine dankness, sweet sugary and caramel malts.
T - There's definitely a bit of alcohol to this, but you do get those great ripe tropical notes, and the dankness comes out a little more as well.
M - Some alcohol burn, a bit sticky, but full feeling.
O - To me this is the best thing Breckenridge makes, its a really good Double IPA, lots of good tropical sweet flavors. (527 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Served a slightly hazy dark amber color with a nice white head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of grapefruit, fruity with a bit of spice and a trace of malt sweetness in the background..

T: Taste of grapefruit, mild malt sweetness, some fruit and bit of nut. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, well balanced with a flavorful character.

O: Enjoyable beer. good sipper to relax with. (411 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a golden amber with a substantial white creamy head. The aroma held tropical fruits and those dank hops I love. The initial taste hit with a solid hop bitterness with piney and dank hops and some tropical fruit for good measure. It had a very nice hop profile that was bitter and flavorful with the dank hoppiness that always pulls me in. The Small Batch IPA had a slightly sweet finish but left a nice lingering bitterness. The 471 was a really well crafted beer and a taste profile I liked a lot. (514 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was lucky enough to have my neighbor stop by and share a few of these in my garage while watching the Tigers. Thanks Tom.

A - A cloudy copper / brown pour with nice head and retention. Light and spotty lacing come through after each drink out of a snifter glass.
S - Citrus, resinous, dank hops, some sweet malts.

T - Big citrus hop flavors, followed by some sweet malt balance and then more of a bitter dank hop finish. Clean and very easy to drink for a DIPA.

O - this is an 'ok' american DIPA, but I would say worth a try. Very easy to drink, but nothing really breaks the mold on this one. Their are so many other options in this category that I will probably never come back. (688 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick amber with a skim head. No lace, some bubbles rising.

Some citric hops and toasted malt, and a little fruit. Decent aroma, but not outstanding.

Fruity hoppiness and toasted bread intermingle with some herbal notes, a little burnt sugar, some alcohol at the end with the bitterness.

Fuller bodied, but with some carbonation.

Decent version. Solid in flavor and structure. (386 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Dark hazelnut amber with a relatively thin yet creamy head and streaky lacing.

(3.75) S: Caramel, citrus zest, nutty spices, damp pine, and floral aromas. Full and rich.

(3.75) T: Similar to aroma with caramel and floral qualities upfront, which transitions to citrus pith and spices. Heavily hopped with resulting heavy bitterness and dryness.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Resin and grainy texture with ample amount of slickness.

(3.75) D: This is a good double IPA that is rich, earthy, and floral. The ABV is also well hidden. (566 characters)

Photo of quaybr
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A dark golden-amber with a very thin head on top (sat at the bar a while before being served, perhaps?).

Smells a bit overly-hopped (floral, citrus) relative to the minor malt notes.

Taste follows aroma: too hoppy. The lacking malt results in a flimsy backbone and a very bitter beer, bordering unenjoyable.

Too small of a body to carry the hops. Despite the thin head, decently carbonated.

Another american double that is unbalanced. Pass this one up. (456 characters)

Photo of JeffBrenner
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a pint bottle. Pours an amber/gold with decent carbonation and head. Nice lacing. Smells of citrus and pine. Not thick and goes down pretty clean. Average light penetration. Tastes like an IPA should, hoppy with notes of pine, citrus and maybe something more grassy. Hoppy, but not so much for a "double hopped" IPA. Overall, a good IPA. Would definitely drink again, but I can't say this one in any way tops or distinguishes itself from the bulk of IPAs. (485 characters)

Photo of discharmingly
1.52/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Maybe it was just a bad bottle that I had, but this was really not drinkable. I washed and thoroughly rinsed the pint glass before putting this in.

Coloring was nice; lighter orange with a decent head.

First waft of smell made me push it away. Smelled faintly of garlic and sour milk.

Taste was some combo of that.

Maybe just a bad bottle judging by everyone elses review, but really not pleasant. (403 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. There is a lot of precipitate in the beer. Strong piney, citrus aroma with hints of caramel. Great malt to hop transition. Bready, piney, some caramel at the end. Smooth aftertaste. Slightly astringent at the end. Hides the alcohol content very well. Good beer. Couldn't drink multiples but great for sipping and slowly enjoying. (446 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid hop aromas and flavors. (609 characters)

Photo of t420o
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Breckinridge Small Batch 471 DIPA

A- pour yields a 2 finger tan head that leaves a small cap. Decent lacing. Beer is a light copper color with a ton of floaties. 3.5

S- nice juicy citrus with orange and grapefruit being the predominant smells. Malts are in good balance. 3.5

T- citrus, light pine, caramel malt, overly bitter without the flavor,light alcohol. Good. 3.5

M- nice medium body and medium carbonation level. Smooth. 3.5

O- a good DIPA but alcohol isn't hidden all that well and bitter without the amount of juiciness or pineyness that should accompany it. 3

B- (578 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
Appearance - amber, some champagne bubbles, noticeable sediment; little to no head and lacing.
Smell - reminds me of a poor man's Great Divide Hercules DIPA with the Carmel and malty tones playing with the hops.
Taste - follows the nose, but the bitterness of hops fights off the biscuity malt that is more noticeable in the smell. Some alcohol burn.
Feel - bitter, but well balanced!
Overall - my favorite from Breckenridge thus far! (472 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter; cloudy dark orange/amber with a thin filmy head that fades into nothing but a rim. Smell is big juicy citrus fruits, I'm getting grapefruit and mandarin oranges. There is also some alcohol in the nose. Taste is just like the smell, but in reverse order; alcohol bathes the tongue in heat before thick, sweet malt takes over followed by the sweet fruit. Finish is very bitter hops destroying everything until just a lingering bitterness and malt stickiness remain. (484 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours in an amber/copper color.

The aroma has grapefruit and gentle malt sweet aroma.

The flavor follows with a grapefruit bitterness, but the highlight is the caramel malt. It gives the beer a honey sweetness. The sweetness in the beer really shines in this beer and cleans up the bitterness. It also hides the alcohol in this beer and gives it a nice finish.

I initially thought this was a standard lower ABV IPA because of the sweetness. I guess the malt character hides it all. Quite a good beer. Recommended for those Dogfish 90 lovers. (544 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge 471 Small Batch Double IPA has a medium, creamy, off-white head and a brilliant, bright orange appearance, with heavy lacing and lots of streaming bubbles. The aroma is very fruity- like tangerine, to me, and sweet. Taste is the same with medium-roasted malt, white bread, sugar, pleasant, citrusy, hop bitterness, and no off flavors. One would never guess that it was 9.2% alcohol or that it was a 70 IBU ale. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick, and 471 Small Batch finishes mostly dry, sweet, easy drinking, and delicious. Overall, this is a most excellent beer, and I highly recommend it!

RJT (614 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a mildly hazy copper color. The head is a 2 finger offwhite shade. There's some respectable texturing and retention to be found in the latter.

S: The hops here are very earthy and floral in their tone, and also features a minty touch reminiscent of 90 Minute. All in all, though, the hop profile here doesn't particularly strike my fancy, nor does the malt backbone.

T: It's a bit maltier than I expected. I'm not sure if it's the age or whatnot - I just know the hop profile here isn't that powerful. At first, a touch of floral hops open things up, and before the boozy, sweet finish hits, I notice an enjoyable - but sadly vague and mild - midtaste of tropical fruits. Some floral hop qualities also return on the back end, which rubs me the wrong way combined with the mild booziness and strange umami tones.

M: I think this one is too heavy and sweet in texture. It's not *sweet* per se (in terms of flavor), just lacking the necessary dryness to cleanse and refresh the palate. That, and it brings out the crap aftertaste more strongly.

O: Not a great DIPA, and I don't think this one has the excuse of being an old bottle, either. Certainly nothing to drainpour, but there are too many great DIPAs out there to seek this one out again. (1,289 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy pumpkin with a ruby hue. A two finger dense white head leaves some real nice lacing as it dissipates. Too hazy to see any carbonation.

S: A resinous blend of malts and hops. Not an overwhelming hop bomb with all the malt backing. Dark fermented fruits almost overpower the hop. A bit metallic.

T: Has the bitterness of an IPA which is almost unsuspecting from that aroma. Hits you with a floral bitter then lingers with more of a citrus and pine. Malts provide a bit of sweetness but arent too strong. Bit of alcohol on the backend but nothing too offensive.

M: Medium body that has a full feeling to it. Slightly low on the carbonation. Really not much burn from the 9.2 ABV. Not overly sticky for a strong IPA.

Overall it passes the test of a decent Double IPA. Lacking on the aroma is makes it up with a good hoppiness. Give it a shot if your into the style. (920 characters)

471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.