471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Ratings: 2,061
Reviews: 799
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 40
Gots: 204 | FT: 0
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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 bditty187
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, tawny-bronze in hue with a tickle of copper; I found the color typical of a DIPA. Slightly off-white head, sticky bubbles created almost two fingers of head. Sadly, the head retention was not that impressive, after a few moments all that remained was a sticky, almost soapy, cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty and not widespread. The appearance, overall, is nothing special but an average looking DIPA is still mighty fine.

The nose is not a major hop monster but all is not lost. I really like the sweet fruitiness. Aw crap, who am I fooling? The grapefruit flesh smothered in orange jelly and some caramel infused with pine and spruce is great. I get underlying alcohol heat and just a smattering of caramel malt. The malt bill seems quite ordinary which I find all too often in the style. More malt depth would have been nice because the ale-fruitiness and hoppy aromas do create a snazzy little nose. I wish the potency was louder though, I can hear everything important but I do have to strain for the subtleties. Inviting nevertheless!

The palate is well-rounded with hoppy goodness leading the way. I love the melon fruitiness mixed with grapefruit, lemon zest, spruce tips, pine, and smattering caramel coated orange candy. Sweet but boring malty notes, a kiss of alcohol arrives every now and then. It is nice. As I am sitting here drinking this with an open mind and a need to “figure it out” I am wondering what I tasted last time I had this beer. I proclaimed it “better than Hercules.” Christ, I guess I *had* been drinking. This is a very nice DIPA. Being a “nice” DIPA is not that impressive. Long, slightly alcoholic and yet sweet finish with a similar aftertaste plus there is a hint of hop bitterness as well. Overall… aw hell, I like it.

Medium in body, not too full, not too small… it is just right. Low and creamy carbonation, the mouthfeel is soothing but not sluggish. Well done.

Very drinkable and just as likeable… the high abv is well-hidden in the taste but my brain is swimming in it (maybe it is floating?). I want cheese. I want another bomber. I have purchased a few of these in Kansas City, KS (including this bottle); I will get more. I also tried this on-tap at Falling Rock. It is quite good but not earth-shattering. Maybe I am jaded. Whatever, this is a tasty drink. I say it is worth a try.

Photo of
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. Bottle describes it as a double-hopped IPA, and it did deliver. Appearance was a clear amber color, carrying a moderate head, which shrank fairly quickly. The aroma was almost all hops, particularly grapefruit. I thought I also picked up a slight scent of apples, as well. The taste had a faint sweetness and a fairly sturdy malt structure, and then came the hops, again as grapefruit. The beer was medium in body and carbonation, with a somewhat drying aspect. Alcohol warming after the first few sips. I found this a very drinkable beer (if you like hops) and would say that it reminded me of the Smuttynose Big A IPA.

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

From the brewers web site: " 471 is a small batch, limited edition ale that was created by our Brewmaster to separate the weak from the strong. 471 is a double IPA, that combines Pale, Munich, Caramel-30, Carapils and Torrified Wheat malts, with Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe and Fuggles hops. It has a big sweet mouthfeel, followed by more hoppiness . ."

I put the color a copper tinted honey with showly lace from the finger of white dense head (small sample with easy pour).

A just opened bag ripe tangerine hops call out from the aroma with all their "C"s supporting the Simcoes and some of the sweet malts adding more substance to the piney-citric nature. Tilting the Gouden Carolus glass I find little evidence of the huge abv in aroma, taste or head killing capacity. The "Vinometer" verifies stated abv with its tiny capillary scale.

A hard bite from IBUs softens with the sweet caramel from C-30 and the other adjuncts. Compliments to the brewer for relative balance and fine mouthfeel from the malts. Although the malts rule mid taste, you better like the citrus and grapefruit rind that lingers long!

Like a Bigfoot BW it may benefit from some time in the cellar. Not my favorite DIPA but definately one you should try.

Photo of KilgoreTrout27
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular pint glass.

Nice head retention after the pour, the beer was a little lighter in color than most DIPA's as it appeared more golden than copper. Smell was nice, mostly pine with a hint of citrus. The taste followed along with the smell, as there was some piney and citrus hop flavors that finished with a bit of bitterness. I thought the malt could have been more substantial though, as it was a little weak and in the background. The taste was a little one dimensional. Mouthfeel was medium and carbonated well. The alcohol was only slightly present, and the lightness of the beer allows for some drinkibility.

Overall, an interesting offering in the DIPA category. Some added malt complexity would make this beer a little better.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dull dark gold with a nicely pronounced very light beige head. Full of tight bubbles, this head will be with us run of show and is sticking to every piece of glass it gets a hold of.

S: Pinesol and grapefruity with a touch of lime. Extremely aromatic.

T: Very citrusy. Lots of grapefruit, little bit of orange and lemon peel. Some pine mixed in but its secondary. Sweet clips hit the tip of the tongue with plummy maltiness saturating the palate....bitterness doesn't really show itself until most of the other flavors have passed. Alcohol is present as the beer warms.

M: Full bodied and good carbonation

D: Surprisingly good, better than I expected. Well balanced, fruity, bitter with warming alcohol.

Photo of cproioi
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a sticky white head that gave decent lacing.

S: Pretty hoppy. Smell was mainly of an oily hops that was a mixture of both a citrus and a pine cone aroma. Not bad.

T: Pretty hoppy had a nice malty back to it that was unexpected. The hops taste was largely what the aroma was.

M: Eh nothing really to write home about.

D: Very drinkable, and here is the problem. It covers up the fact that it's a 9.2% abv. So if one is not careful it could reach up and grab you hard.

Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with a nice thick white head that laces nice and keeps a thin layer throughout the drink. visually an outstanding example of this style. Smell... Hops... this beer reeks of hops. And I mean that in the most flattering of ways. And of course the taste doesn't stray far from the smell. One of the hoppiest beers I have ever tasted. Its carbonated well. The beer is so strong and hoppy you will probably only want one bomber, and you will most likely be sipping it the whole way through. If you love hops and can find this beer I fully recommend picking it up.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A little darker than amber color with a nice bubbley head. I could smell the hops as it was served. It's a piney type of aroma, not really a citrus or floral variety of hops.
Taste was simple, yet strong. Pine/rosemarry and malt dominate the flavor. Godd balance of biscuit, malt and caramel, but the pine/rosemarry is most noticeable. A nice bite to it.
Finishes clean, very easy drinking for me.

Photo of bucko
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a bright copper/orange color with a thin, white head that quickly recedes. Lots of lace on the glass. The aroma is earthy and somewhat citrusy, dominated by the smell of the sweet, caramel and munich malt. The flavor is earthy, sweet, caramel-y... The hop bitterness is ever-present though not as prevalent as I would have liked in a double IPA, especially with the use of Chinook, Centennial and Simcoe hops. Speaking of which, with all of those great hops, where are the flavor hops? Those poor Simcoes are being wasted! :) The mouthfeel is slick and heavy, no surprise here. Drinkability? If you can finish one without a bit of a buzz, you're either an alcoholic or a bit tubby. One is enough for me. Overall, I'm a but underimpressed with this offering. I like Breckenridge, but this "small batch" might be worth passing up.

Photo of acrawf6
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light yellow amber with a nice fluffy head. great lacing.

Smell. Citris, lemons and grapefruit are dominant; so dominant i dont really smell anything else. but it's nice.

Taste. big grapefruit bitterness here. small caramel sweetness. creamy taste, mostly fro the alcohol, yet the alcoholic taste is very small. aftertaste is tart with grapefruit tastes.

Mouthfeel. creamy, yet chewy body. low carbonation gives this an extra creaminess and also a slickness i cant really explain.

Overall a very good ipa, or double ipa. the taste is quite nice, but just a touch one dimentional (but certainly not bad). Mouthfeel, i think, gives it a great uniqueness. very tasty.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light amber, dark straw color. Plumes of head form and stick around forever. Aromas are basically hop juice, Cascade and other citrusy,resinous hops. Beer is undercarbonated killing the mouthfeel. It is slightly heavy and syrupy with the hops not making too much of a bite, more for the flavor and aroma. The beer has nothing much else that makes it a stand out and the carbonation issue really is a problem.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle - The label mentions these small batches come in bombers but I happened to find a 12 oz bottle.

A - Pours a golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. A little lighter than most typical IPA's.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, earthy hops and some caramel.

T - Citrus and grapefruit hops. I am no longer getting the earthiness I found in the aroma. Caramel malt. Bitter finish lingers on the tongue along with a slight hint of alcohol.

M - Medium body with a slick resiny aftertaste.

D - The alcohol is hidden very well and I was surprised to see it was 9+%. It goes down very easily and I am guessing this one would sneak up on you.

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

from the bottle. poured a a dark honey wiyh a bigfluffy off white head that left a lot of lacing. aroma, I think I smell some hops and some more hops, and the glass is about 2 feet away from me, caramel white pine, flavor, got a big hit of hops and sweet orange juice, some alcohol, a nice bitterness. what a good beer going to get more of this. I do like a good IPA

Photo of kirok1999
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just found a bomber of this and thought I'd give it a try.

Appearance- Clear light pumpkin orange with lots of sediment floating around. Froathy white head that clings nicely.

Smell- Fruity, hop esters, and malt sweetness. Definitely some floral hop notes, citrus lingering behind.

Taste- Sweet up front, nice bitterness followed by a malt sweetness to back it up. Nicely crafted and well balanced. Has quite a long astringent aftertaste,

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and, again, astringent.

Drinkability- Not sure if I'd want more than one of these in a night. A good quality beer, well built, but not outstanding.

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

Picked this up at Kenny Rd. Market in Columbus last weekend.

This beer looks incredible in a pint glass. Huge white head that resembles merangue. Creamy as can be, honestly this head could be mistaken for vanilla pudding. Right below the head is a clear pumpkin orange, typical of the IPA style, damn this is looking incredible.

Honeysuckle and sweet juicy citrus in the aromas. Incredibly sweet. A little grapefruit juice rounds it out. Top notch smells coming from this one.

Very bitter up front, and sweet malt finish that lets you know that this one isn't ALL hops. White grapes, grapefruit, and other citrus notes that blend together nicely. Pretty good stuff. I'm not a huge fan of malty IPA's and this one is really balanced nicely. The bottle says its a double IPA, but the hops don't dominate it in any way. A little way through the glass the hops kind of stand out more in the aftertaste but still its very balanced.

The carbonation balances this one out nicely, and its not too oily either.

The 9.2% in this one isn't noticable in the least bit. If it weren't so bitter I could drink a couple bombers of it. Probably not easy drinking for someone new to the world of good beer but I dont find it too hard to drink.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber for $2.89 at Woodman's West here in Madison.

Pours a reddish-amber with a few fingers of sticky-icky-icky head that lasts miracuously long given the 9.2%. Nose is most unique for a DIPA (which this obvious is, duh), very earthy, smoky, meaty hops (which might make sense given the BBQ in the monicker) with some high octane vapor singeing the nosehairs. Taste follows the unique nose with a very un-piney, un-citrusy, herbal, earthy hop profile, grassy, and smoky with a hearty alcoholic bite letting you know who's boss. This is all hops and booze, yet somehow it works quite nicely. A breath of fresh air in the malt/hop bomb dominated style. And an absolute steal at $2.89/bomber.

Photo of mjd83goblue
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber for $3.99

A: Pours clear orangish, 1" head, leaves a nice lacing on the glass as I drink.

S: Smells strongly like citrusy hops, very strong at first, balances out a bit as it settles in the glass

T: Not as blantantly hoppy as the smell suggests. Hops at first followed by grapefruit and sweet malt. Almost too sweet. Finishes a little bitter and warm from the alcohol.

M: Thick, but not as syrupy like the heavy IPAs get.

D: Wouldn't have guessed 9.2% without seeing it. Not bad, but still a tad sweet to drink too much of it

Overall, a good beer, but I've had more impressive IPA/DIPAs. At 9.2%, surprised its not categorized as a DIPA.

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

Pristine tangerine with only a few slowly rising bubbles to disturb the flawless clarity of the beer. The surface of the pale ecru crown contains thousands of delicate bubbles that topped the glass edge on the pour like ice cream heaped above the cone. As it melts, the upper third of the glass is almost completely covered with lace that resembles spray-on snow.

Given the hops in use (Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe and Fuggles), the nose is pretty much as expected: caramel-coated grapefruit and orange zest, along with an understated spruciness. I don't appreciate any of the tropical aromas that Simcoe can impart and the Fuggles are completely buried under the boldness of the American hops.

Like the nose, the flavor is enjoyable without being outstanding. 471 IPA is well-malted with more than a trace (but less than a raging river) of melted caramel. As a consequence, the hops have been given the opening and the opportunity to shine. I just wish that they had Carped the Diem with a little more gusto.

Again, grapefruit, orange and evergreen are the principal flavors. Malty sweetness is easily able to match hoppy bitterness, keeping the beer from being a full-blown tongue torturer. Unfortunately, the alcohol is a little too raw and fusel-like for me; resulting in a beer that reminds me in some ways of a young barleywine.

The taste score is only as high as it is because of my love for Big Beer in general and DIPAs in particular. If you aren't thrilled with either, knock off a half-point. The body is medium-full and is firmer than it is lush or creamy. Or, it could be that the ill-mannered alcohol is giving me the impression of a harder-edged mouthfeel. The carbonation is barely noticed, but effective.

Breckenridge 471 is a 'merely good' DIPA that looks better on paper than it ends up being in execution. My advice to the brewers would be to knock a few percentage points off the ABV and to add an additional few handfuls of hops. Bottom line: I won't be sorry to see an empty bottle like I am with the majority of DIPAs that I drink.

Photo of RedHaze
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy coppery orange, with a thin quarter inch head that fades pretty quickly to a thin spotty cap. Lacing is pretty decent considering the lack of foam.

Smell; mostly grapefruit and piney hops, with a litlle bit of caramel malts thrown in. A bit on the tame side for an IPA/DIPA, but still pretty nice.

Taste; plenty of citric and piney hops, and there's an almost grainy earthiness to the bitterness. The malty sweetness is there just enough to keep the bitterness in check. The flavor is stronger, and better, than the aroma led me to believe, but there is a bit of an alcohol burn in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and pretty darn easy to drink.

Photo of bigbubba
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear dark gold beer with a bubbly off-white head. The head did not stick around long, but did lace the glass nicely. There is a nice hoppy aroma, but it's not real strong. The taste is where the hops really appear. It starts out slightly sweet, and ends dry and bitter. There is a strange combination of hops here that gives this a unique flavor. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and thick. The drinkability is as good as a 9.2% beer can be.

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

Slightly hazed dark golden. Medium sized ivory white head. Lace left is adequate. Pungent hops on the nose. Real earthy and dirty and muddy. In a a good way. This IPA is down and dirty in a good way. Real earthy and herbal and grundy with the hops. None of that bright Citric or Piney Bullshit (nothing against that), but this has some balls to it. Nice, solid malt backing as well. Toffee and caramel come into play. Body is damn near full. Carbonation appropriate. This is a nice change of pace for an IPA and quite enjoyable.

Photo of Higravity
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just how I like my DIPA not overly bitter just packed full of hop flavor and with a swift kick in the butt from the high abv. Nice dark copper color with a tight lace head and lots of lacing in the glass. The smell was the weakest thing in this beer, but I have feeling that it is killer fresh the hops just aren't coming on as heavy as I would think. The taste is great full of pine citrus and decently balanced with big malty tones and slight sweetness. Very full and creamy body makes this a good drinker at 9% it might be lights out after a bomber and a long day of work.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited to try this one, thanks to Zorro for the bottle.

Appearance: A moderate copper color, nice sticky, slow fading head.

Smell: For a beer that says it is double hopped, it is really missing a lot in the nose, I was expecting a big hop presence, this is a little dissapointing.

Taste: Sweet but mellow carmel malts immediately, followed by a bigger than average hop finish, that is mostly citric with some pine. Doesn't blow me away, but it certainly tastes good.

Drinkability: I was initially surprised when this beer was listed as an American IPA, I was sure that it would've been Breckenridge's foray into big ballsy beers, starting with a Double IPA, but sadly it isn't. Not a bad bomber at all, I was just hoping for a little more.

Photo of TheSarge
3.14/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 1 pint 6 oz bomber.

Initially there was much activity in the pour, so I thought this was going to be overly loaded with carbonation. The head retention was typical of an IPA, but it left a quite lovely lace after several minutes. Looking through my glass into natural light, I notice this IPA is a bit hazier than others that I've tried.

Before I poured, I took a whiff into the bottle to get a preview of what it was going to smell like in my glass. I noticed this IPA smelled overwhelmingly piney due to the heavy hop presence. Nothing else really stood out.

In tasting this brew, the piney taste was most prevalent. It left a somewhat spicy aftertaste, though. This IPA is not very fruity to me at all.

This feels like a pretty dry IPA to me. Initially after I take a sip, I get cotton mouth. Shortly thereafter, my mouth waters from my taste buds being kicked from the piney sensation. As far as drinkability goes, I'm never too picky. Heck I've drank my own sock water before (I was a student at the USAF's SERE School).

This beer is okay, but I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it again, unless it's the only IPA I can find. If it's on tap in a local club or restaurant, I'd probably drink it again.


Photo of mcallister
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A richly carbonated head with tremendous lace retention. Color is a very clean copper. I am actually very turned off by the smell of this beer. Smells of rotting food? upfront with a hoppy malt aroma.

So this beer seems somewhat watery and unrefined. It does have a abundant hop structure, with the expected grapefruit and citrus flavors prevelant. But everything just seem slightly discombobulated.

Well after about 20 mins this beer seems to open up somewhat. Pulling itself together. And become much more drinkable and appreciative.

The mouthfeel is pretty much described in the previous paragraph. Meaning it's not an overly drinkable beer but after some breathing time makes great progress. One or two and move on.

I had this on draught against 90 Minute IPA with Randall the Enamel Animal at BW3 Indy a few days ago and this beer held it's own. Totally different draught and spectacular. Unfortunately I didn't take notes on that one. Would have scored mid fours draught.

471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,061 ratings.