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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

471 IPA471 IPA

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very good

1,675 Ratings
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Ratings: 1675
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%

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:
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(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of Fatehunter


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass. Hazy, orange to amber color with half a finger of head.
Strong pine smell with some lemon on the edges.
Really good flavor with great balance. Big hops and malt all-around with the pine and grapefruit balancing out the honey sweetness.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. A bit on the thick side of the texture. Works well.
I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 22:32:13 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of schoolboy


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember trying this a while back and not being impressed, but then the other day at a tasting of mostly Breckenridge brews, I liked it a lot. So I have been sipping this one and I remember the good and the bad. The bad are unfounded. It is a little syrupy at times but otherwise it is a great balance of huge bitterness and malt.

The appearance is great - color, clarity, a bit of head. Just right. The smell is a fresh one. The taste is big an bitter, but not at all dark. More floral, but really nothing but bitter. Nice. I may seek this out on my trip to Colorado in December.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 22:51:17 | More by schoolboy
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

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

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber, definitely a notch cloudy, tiny bubbles on the body and maybe a 1/4" white head to go with it.

Smell: Light floral scent, and fresh hoppy feel. Not bad at all.

Taste: Bitter but lightly sweet, I give it this definitely doesn't taste like the 9+ percent abv level that it is. Lightly malty and as far as taste, very easy to drink.

Mouth: Feels medium but comes off slightly heavy which should be good to most. Feels almost if not identical to tap considering carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good beer but not in my top 5 when it comes to the best Double/Imperial IPAs. I really like it and definitely has a lot to show for it. The overall beer is complex but doesn't need a little tweaking., doesn't mean it's bad just you know there's room for improvement. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 03:24:23 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of kylehay2004


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: no head to speak of on a relatively clear amber/orange body.

S: molasses, tart/candied citrus, pine resin and malts verging into barleywine realm of aroma.

T: from the aroma I expected more booze. The caramel malts, resin and molasses form a base which reminds you of a barleywine but less tart and sharp. The hops provide earthy and citrus notes with mild bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. this one coats the palate quite a bit.

Overall: I like DIPAs and I like barleywines so this one isnt bad its just kind of stuck between the two style. The flavors suggest a high ABV without being too boozy though. I want more from the hops to like this one more.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 02:49:53 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of nickfl


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden color colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A pungent aroma of one and sweaty hops with a little bit of caramel in the background.

T - Sweet caramel malt up front with a little bit of spicy hop character. Some pine and grapefruit in the middle with a peppery finish of burnt toffe, pine, and red apple.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, the aroma is better than the flavor, with a nice pine and grapefruit scent that is never quite matched by the flabby taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 02:49:09 | More by nickfl
Photo of circus_cat


2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark for an IPA--bold burnt orange body with some haze. Soapy off white head which is leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

S: It doesn't really have the aroma I expect from an IPA. The biggest component I get is a green apple aroma--maybe they use hops I'm not used to? Or maybe mine's expired? I see no freshness date. Truly, it doesn't smell bad--just not IPAish. On a second smell, I do get a little more citrus with some pine background, which makes me happy. Strangely I also get banana. Intrigued, not necessarily in a good way.

T: Much more IPA-ish. Sadly, not too strong on the hops though. I'm beginning to think I have an old bottle. I'm glad I just got one and not a six pack! However, I'm not sure if it's actually old so I'm going to go ahead with the review and assume it's not! (Put a freshness date on your beers, breweries....a lot of reviewers don't review beers that are marked as expired). Sour apple up front, caramel through the middle with a grainy, wheaty beer-tasting finish. Hmm.

M: It's actually kind of refreshing, which is weird because it's an almost 10% ABV beer! Mine has a wet, refreshing finish without lingering hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 19:53:12 | More by circus_cat
Photo of jman42

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a bottle poured into a goblet on 9/14/2012

A = Nice orangish color, slightly cloudy. Nice head with medium retention. Good lacing.

S = HOPS...love the smell. Reminds me of freshly crushed hops from the garden. Definitely a good balance with the malts too. Did I say I love the smell?

T = Nice IPA taste. Not as bitter as the Sierra Nevada 2x IPA I reviewed recently. Not sure I'd have any indication that it was 9.2% ABV if I didn't read it on the bottle (might be a good one to give to a friend while I drink something lighter - just to mess with him).

M = Nice creamy mouthfeel. Didn't even have to take another taste just to check. No lingering bitterness either.

O = Me likey. Hate paying $10 for a 4-pack, but you (usually) get what you pay for. Will come back to this one again!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 22:31:44 | More by jman42
Photo of gtermi


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice clear amber body with a thin white head that quickly fades and leaves a tad bit of lace on the glass.

S: This is for sure a nice smelling beer, but doesnt scream hops that much at all. There is a tiny bit of spicy hops on the nose, but mostly it smells like a biscuit. It does smell nice, just not as much for a DIPA.

T: The flavor is very nice and covers up the 9.2% alcohol fantastically. The hops are spicy and earthy, like the smell, and the beer lingers in my mouth for a long time and the flavors change as they linger.

M: Beer goes down very smooth with a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat. It leaves an oily hop coating in my mouth.

O: This is a pretty solid beer. There is nothing too spectacular about this beer, but its one that is always easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 04:36:37 | More by gtermi
Photo of MagicJeff


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden copper. Nice lacing on the glass afterwards. Decent white head.

Smell: For a DIPA that advertises cascades hops on the bottle, I was expecting more citrus in the scent. Not necessarily a let down, just surprised. Rich malt is what I first sense--butterscotch and toffee followed by slight orange and subdued grapefruit.

Taste: Slight lemon/orange rind and grapefruit. I won't say the malt over shadows the hops, but it is certainly prevalent. Creamy and rich caramel and toffee; as I drink more and it warms, I get more grapefruit and resin.

Mouthfeel: I'd say medium bodied almost to full bodied. Leaves your mouth with a wet sticky sweet fruity taste. Very weird sensation.

Overall: Very drinkable for a 9.2% abv. Would love to have this one on tap to see if I can spot any more subtleties. Pretty complex and good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 00:07:16 | More by MagicJeff
Photo of flagmantho


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a ton of haze to the body. Head poured a very thin finger of frothy ivory foam and didn't stick around too long.

Smell: a very fruity, citrusy, Cascadey hop aroma. The underlying malt is also quite sweet, so the overall effect is OK but a bit too sweet for my taste.

Taste: the flavor has a little more bite to it than the aroma, which works well. Again, the emphasis is on citrus but there is also a bit of a piney character to balance it out. The alcohol and bitterness also help to balance the strong sweetness of the aroma. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation but a pretty smooth and creamy mouthfeel nonetheless. I like it.

Overall: this is a pretty good double IPA. I'd like a more balanced aroma and a bit more carbonation for improved head and even more creaminess, but overall I like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:24:37 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Brad007


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber gold with a thin head into my glass. Good colors for the style. Looks very crisp.

Subdued grapefruit notes followed by a touch of buttery malt. It's not in-your-face, which is a good thing.

Wow, lots of citrus here. I like. Grassy, chewy and an overall delight. It might not be that fresh, hence the subdued flavors/aromas. Still quite enjoyable.

Lingering chewiness from the malt pleases my palate greatly.

Worth a try if you're a fan of the style. It's certainly one of the better examples I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 00:53:28 | More by Brad007
Photo of DCon


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

Bought a 12 Fl Oz bottle of this from Fong's Pizza in Des Moines, IA for $6. Poured from the Orange/White "Stamp" labeled bottle into a 16oz Pint Glass. Had no freshness date to be found on the bottle.

Aroma- Sweetness, tangerine, and huge hops are three characteristics that come out strong in this nose.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies fairly quick. Has a hazy orange body and leaves good suds behind.

Flavor- Strong hops and complexed bitter tastes are both present. Fruit adds a ton of complexity to this as well. High bitterness and everything a 2x IPA should be.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, High Carbonation, Sweet, and very strong with hops.

Overall Impression- 4's all across the board on this one. I recommend this one as a great Double IPA for its complexity, strength, and fruit included. Haven't seen this one in the MO market because of the "Small Batch" program? Enjoy if you can!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 04:23:17 | More by DCon
Photo of BeerDocT


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Beautiful, opaque, deep golden color with no noticeable head. Lots of little carbonation bubbles everywhere.

-Smell 3.5: Wow, lots of really nice hops up front; noticeable citrus bouquet something like grapefruit. Also a deep barley scent.

-Taste 4.0: Front is tangy, citrusy and lightly sweet. Middle is all barley with even more deep hoppy flavor and a mild saltiness. Finish has a slightly honey taste with delicious upfront hops. Aftertaste is hoppy and earthy. Absolutely no hint of the 9.2% ABV this baby packs. Excellent.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Excellent level of carbonation in this beer. Very drinkable and refreshing and excellent for hiding the heaviness present in this brew.

-Overall 4.0: Very good to excellent IPA. Flavors are balanced and hopiness is nuanced and never overpowering. If you hate IPAs, you should try this one. It may make you change your mind.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 04:11:44 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of RoyalT


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a beautiful thick, gorgeous orange in color with some interesting floaties and a nice, full white head.

Smell – The hops here are huge orange rind with a little fruity sweetness and a stiff malt toasted aroma. The sugary orange aroma is very attractive and makes the nose IMO.

Taste – That orange sweetness finds its way to the taste making this a delicious DIPA that won’t offend the novice drinker. True there is some bitterness to this one but it is balanced and quite flavorful.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full with a strong bitterness that is happily offset by a terrific orange sweetness. The carbs are light and the mouthfeel is smooth.

Drinkability – Way too quaffable for a 9.2% ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 02:32:53 | More by RoyalT
Photo of BMMillsy


3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have had this both on tap and from the bottle. The bottle was better, and this is the rate for the bottle. Pours a deep amber color with a small creamy ring of head. Nice lacing. Aroma of strong caramel malts and some heavy grapefruit and tropical notes in the background. Flavor follows, big sweetness, with some bitter grapefruit to balance that out and keep it from being a sweet light barleywine. Super slick mouthfeel, medium carbonation. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 12:04:21 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Uckotter

4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden orange with a short off-white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Pineapple, papaya, apricot, grapefruit, caramel.

Balanced between the caramel malts and hops. Upfront has an acute pineapple note. Caramel picks up mid-palate along with bready notes, orange, mango, and citrus notes. Finishes with citrus/tropical noes with light notes of pine sap.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry and sticky.

This is a very good DIPA. One of the best that I have had. This beats Dogfish Head 90 Minute. Easy drinking at 9.2%

Serving: Bottle to Sam Adams PP.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 02:48:25 | More by Uckotter
Photo of TheHopMonster

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright orange, fast rising bubbles and a whole lot of unfiltered amazingness floating about the glass. Puffy white head; looks delicious.

Aromas of alcohol, pine, earth, wet leaves, grass, and spicy malt

Very light carbonation yet thick with a pretty decent malt backbone. Hoppy upfront with a lasting bitter aftertaste. Leaves mouth feeling warm, dry, and a bit spicy.

As I let the beer warm the malt characteristics become more apparent and the hops are more vibrant. I think I would let this beer sit for a bit at room temp so that the flavors can mature. Overall an awesome double and surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 00:08:10 | More by TheHopMonster
Photo of MadScientist

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An orange tinted, medium gold with a light haze. The long lasting off-white head settles to a thin cap with a large rafts of foam and a ring around the glass. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus and pine hop aromas dominate the aroma at moderate levels with a herbaceous, mint-like dry hopped aroma. There is a light malt sweetness having a carmel note and moderately-light alcohol notes.

T: A smooth moderately-high hop bitterness and moderate hops flavors dominate the flavor with a a light malt sweetness and a carmel malt flavor supporting. The hop have a flavors of citrus and pine but the flavor is fairly light. The balance is decidedly bitter with a long linger bitterness hanging on long past the dry finish.

M: This beer has a medium body and a moderately-high level of carbonation. There is a light astringency a some alcohol warming.

O: A very smooth DIPA despite the substantial bitterness and ABV this is easy to drink. I like this and will be buy more from time to time but I generally want more hops flavor in an IPA or Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 23:50:33 | More by MadScientist
Photo of justintcoons


3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Hazy golden orange with a short off-white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Papaya, apricot, grapefruit, sugary caramel.

Very balanced between the caramel malts and hops. Upfront has some apricot and papaya characteristics. Caramel picks up mid-palate along with bready notes, orange juicy, lemon and honeydew. Finishes with grapefruit pith and light notes of pine sap.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry and sticky.

This is a pretty good DIPA but can easily get lost among other, finer crafted DIPAs. Definitely stands above average. Easy drinking at 9.2% and is nothing too offensive.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 18:25:38 | More by justintcoons
Photo of BrewLoverNH

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

I found this beer all the label promised.

It gave a lovely hop aroma with a nice crisp white head over a slightly cloudy dark amber base.

The first flavor as you'd expect from this style is hops...a very pleasant bitterness on the back of the tongue. But it was not an all-out assault and it was very well balance by a malty sweetness in the front and a warm alcoholy mouth feel throughout.

I found this DIPA to be a very drinkable brew, not simply an expression of what a heavy-handed brewer can do.

I'll have another, please.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 12:07:59 | More by BrewLoverNH
Photo of turnerk3

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours surprisingly more of a deep straw color. Definitely much more in the yellow range making appear like a good pale ale rather than a DIPA. However, the 1/2 inch white head sits perfectly on this brew, and it nicely reminds you of its presence by clinging to the glass.

S: The hoppy aroma comes through perfectly, but I feel that the malts are slightly lack luster. I'm very pleased to say there is a uniqueness to its essence that is provided by the different hops used to make it. The fuggle hops provide a nice twist to the odor.

T: Due to the different types of hops used, the taste also has a very distinct taste. Again, the malts could have a bit more influence to lighten the bitterness of the hops. An excellent mixture of earthy and citrusy flavor that is a delicious surprise considering the style.

M: A nice layer of well carbonated stickiness amply coats the palate. The stickiness causes the bitterness to lie briefly too long, but still very nicely put together.

O: It's a unique design to the style, so if it's available go ahead and give it a try.

Serving type: growler

07-09-2012 23:43:06 | More by turnerk3
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently from Totowa and hadn't had any of the Breckenridge offerings in a while. I liked the idea of a small batch beer and the lack of a label made this stand out a bit more. While this was hard to distinguish from other DIPA's that I've had before, this was a solid offering that lived up to the style and was quite pleasing to drink.

This had a nice almond pour to it with a decent head and a small amount of lacing to boot as well. The aroma could have been stronger since this was so hoppy but the taste was up-front and long lasting. Lots of pine, grapefruit, and sweet sugar in the taste with a slightly oily mouthfeel to boot. The carbonation wasn't that high but the aftertaste was a bit metallic and had just the right amount of "burn" in it. This almost felt dry-hopped but it wasn't quite that strong and everything worked very smoothly together.

That also included the alcohol - which couldn't be tasted but was easily felt by the time I finished off the beer. Someone who's crazy about this style might not find that this measures up to similar examples from California but this is still worth giving a try and enjoying. Anyone who's never had a DIPA before would be well-versed to start here.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 21:10:37 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for 3.65$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy light beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also a some grapefruit, apricot, and lots of pineapple. It ends with a sweet tropical fruit aftertaste with a medium amount of hoppy bitterness.

Overall - This beer is just a few small changes away from being fantastic. There is something a little too artificial in the taste, but it's still a very good DIPA. Well worth trying once at least.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 17:28:21 | More by spinrsx
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

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

Bottled served in a nonical pint glass

A - Clear honey amber with one finger fluffy white head with good retention and good lacing

S - malt, caramel, pine, grass

T - A malt forward sweet start, climaxing with grassy and pine notes with a bit of citrus hops and a nice moderately bitter finish and decent etoh flavor.

M - Medium body, moderately carbonated, chewy.

O - Really solid DIPA, pretty sweet, I could drink this most anytime.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 09:13:30 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

A - bright golden orange with a little, soft, white cap of white head that fades to a thin lacing quickly

S - big, bready barley malt with faint birthday cake sweetness

T - big, bready body with a faint caramel sweetness; hop character gives citrusy, pineapple notes and a spicy, bitter finish; a heavy alcohol presence in the finish

M - medium to full bodied, big alcohol warmth, good carbonation

This is a decent DIPA. It's malt character is very forward and it has a nicely balanced hop character. The caramel sweetness to me is a bit sticky and at times too sweet though the barley malts lends great breadiness. The alcohol is prevalent and potent in both flavor and mouthfeel. Overall, a good DIPA but a bit sticky and boozy. It's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 17:45:35 | More by tdm168
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.