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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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very good

786 Reviews
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Reviews: 786
Hads: 2,096
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 20.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 229 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 tjthresh
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light copper orange with a sticky cream colored lasting head. Good clarity. Big resiny "C" hop aroma with some malt character to back it up. Ouch. Not the flavor I was expecting. Not nearly big enough for style. Everything is blanced well, but I say it needs to be picked up a notch. It does roll over the tounge with a good sensation. Sticky, pleasantly astringent. If this came from a brewpub, it would be very nice. From a production brewery trying a special line, I expect more.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a tulip it goes, and it is pretty. A nice inch of head crowns a dark orange body. No lacing.

The nose of this is awesome! It is very piney, with a citrus underone. A considerable pale malt profile is there as well.

The taste is great, if this is truly an IPA. The hops provide that resiny character that IIPAs have, but you can't ever find in an IPA. This is the hoppiest IPA I have ever tasted.

I would consider this to be a IIPA because of the massive hops. Granted, this is the maltiest IIPA I have ever come across as well. The 9.2%ABV adds to the case for a IIPA classification.

The mouthfeel is medium in body, with an extended finish of malt and hops. The drinkability is hampered only by the fact that there is too much malt in this beer. No offense to anyone, but if the malt profile was reduced, this beer would remind me of Dreadnaught in all categories.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

471 IPA is a shiny copper color with a large, off-white head. Carbonation and retention are very good. The aroma is full of fresh piney hop smells. Very resinous. A sip starts with awesome piney hop flavors on top of a sweet, complex malt body. The bitterness is ample, but never anywhere near overwhelming. In my opinion all of the flavors here are dead on, the hops are very fresh and have an excellent flavor, while the malt body is almost perfect for an IPA. Plus the layers of flavor lend a great complexity. This is easily one of my favorites of the handfull IPAs I've sampled. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Morris729
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange rust color with a creamy head that leaves webs of lace on the sides of the glass as it slowly dissipates. The nose contains a good deal of malt sweetness, though the expected piney and floral hops are certainly present as well along with an underlying citrus fruitiness that continues to grow stronger as the beer warms. As for the taste, there’s no question that the hops are the key players here. There is a bit of sweet orange and citrus fruitiness along with a good deal of fresh pine and cedar up front followed by raw hop oils and tannins that leave a strong bitterness on the back of the tongue in a lasting sticky aftertaste that remains until the next sip. Very nice. Now, why did I buy only one of these while at the store yesterday!?

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Photo of macpapi
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 22 oz. bomber. My first Breckenridge of any kind. This beer porued a nice amber color with a sizeable white head that quickly dissolves. There is no real visible carbonation/bubble action throughout the glass. Nothing terribly special to behold, but this deceives the drinker about what is to come. Held up to the nose, this beer is fantastic. Hops to the extreme. It is bold and fresh. Almost impossible to remove the glass from my nostrils. Grapefruit and a nice floral, piney aroma help complete a memorable and well balanced smell. 471 tastes sharp, and hopped up. The initial quaff is followed by a distinct citrus bitterness. It reminds me a bit of grapefruit without any sugar. Bold and tasty to me, but could easily offend anyone who prizes smoothness over sharpness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable in the aftertaste. In the mouth the main sensations are fullness and bitterness. Just how I like it. This beer's flavor holds throughout, both during and after its presence on the tongue. Overall one 22 oz. is enough, and perhaps best enjoyed splitting with a friend. Packed with flavor and a high alcohol content, definitely a good sipper. Just relax, take your time and enjoy the D.I.P.A. goodness of the 471. I know I will again.

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Photo of DarthMalt
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Must be that "Rocky Mountain Spring Water."

Head forms sticky and laces nicely, even after flattening. Chill haze is pretty foggy (this is a plus in my book). Not much on the hop-sap aroma as one might expect for a doppel-IPA but there is significant dry-hopped nose for any beer snorter worth their weight. Taste just SLICES down the center (like a possessed Twizzler) with a wicked and exquisitely balanced double helix of hop and malt flavor—both vying for “extreme”-ness. Mid-taste gets completely bypassed as hops slam-dunk the uvula on their way down the pipe.

BLAM! Big. Beers...RULE!!!

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This gem emerges in a splendorous orange kuller. Nicely filtered to a pristine clarity with fat bubbles that are precision tuned to move so seductively. A large head of dusty white foam expands into the conical widening and is then quelled into a perfect surface topping. Rolling hills of honey comb lacing appear in the wake of this event. Very much an eye catcher.

The nose delivers sensory translation images of pine tops and a barn full of freshly chopped grass and grains. Some horses are in the background. Nice and provoking to the mind. Superb herbal character. Orange essence is perceptable within the bouquet. This is really something to sniff and admire visually in a repetitive fashion. Ooh, ahh. Ohh, ahh. Then, take a taste.

The taste is well promoted by the other characters. It has a fabulous light caramel undertone that the impeccably titrated hop effect is set adrift on top of. Very nice. If this had a little more thickness in the body it would feel like a double IPA. This is more like a balanced "IPA and a half." 1.5 IPA? Sure, why not. All I can say is this is it if there ever was one. A very harmonious array of flayva.

The mouthfeel is the "half" part of 1.5 IPA. Great malt presence, but at certain stitches in time it feels as though it could use a bit more mass. By and large, fine proportion for a 1.5. It wants to be an even number, but it works so well where it is. So surprisingly refreshing. Nice burps of hop gas too!

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Photo of Xadoor
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a nice frothy head with good retention. Colour in the glass was a nice copper orange hue. The higher alcohol can be detected immediately with the first taste, almost a little too strong. Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth finish. Strong hop flavours but without an overpowering bitterness. A very good beer, but I typically wouldn't want to drink more then one during a session.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a three finger thick, frothy pale tan head that leaves a lacing as I drink my way through this beer. The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a brilliant copper red hue when held up to the light otherwise it is an orangish amber color. The aroma is thick and sticky with hops, which hit my nose as soon as I start to pour this beer. Notes of pine are at first evident, but then I get notes of bergamot, grapefruit, tangerine, and a herbal note which underlies it all.

The taste is hoppy from the get go; the hops are prickly and biting as the beer slides across my tongue. There are lots of herbal piney notes with a finish that is full of citrus fruit notes. The beer is slightly sticky on the palate with a malty sweetness that accentuates the ample hopping. The finish has a bitterness that lingers though is not all that bracing and there is a note of tangerine peels that lingers as well. Flavors of herbal pine are abbundant in this beer as well as a full suite of citrus fruits. This beer is pretty darn nice right now, I have not had a really hoppy beer for a while and this definitely hits the spot.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. On-Tap on Blake Street, at the source. Dark goldeny amber with a nice head of off-white foam. Lacing is good, and retention not bad. Aromas are hoppy with a nice piney/citrusy edge to it. Some malts are in the aroma profile as well. The taste is hoppy up front, but not over the top. The middle is malty and the finish is hoppy yet again. Dry too. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is decent. A good strong IPA, but not too complex in the hopping...

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent copper color. Nice two-fingered head with good retention / lacing.

Smell: Some citrus, pine, and a nice pungent hop nose.

Medium body with low carbonation feels creamy on the palate. Taste has elements of honey, lemon rind-mild citrus. Finishes with an alcohol laden sugary sweetness. Sweet malts put in a noble effort against the hop bitterness. This brew has a consistent flavor throughout the drink. Not too bad, but a little too flat for me. Could be more dynamic in it's characteristics. Worth a try but there are plenty other IPA's that are a lot more refreshing than this offering.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. brown bottle.

Chill hazed glowing peach in color with an egg shell tinted froth, tight and clingy. The beer cleared in tranparency as it warmed.

Big time grapefruit and citrus smells come out and slap my nostrils, along with some evergreen, maple syrup like malts, and alcohol.

Medium body with moderate carbonation and a wicked alcohol bite in the back. Hops again right up front, citric and dominating. A faint caramel malt sweetness, then huge booze.

I'm noticing a trend with some DIPA's; huge unbalanced booziness! That said, this beer did have a nice citrus taste that's enjoyable.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: Little blurb about how happy they are to make this beer, but no useful information like a date, abv, ingredients, serving suggestion etc. etc.

Aroma: Hoppy as all get out. A bit grassy, but overall a nice citric pine hop aroma with notes of a big sugary base.

Appearance: Clear copper/amber glass with a big two finger head at the pour that dropped to a solid cover of multi-sized off white bubbles leaving behind impressive lace.

Flavor: Firm hop bitter taste but well supported by a malt base. Seems like a blend of hops, less citric in the taste, more noble and floral tastes. The alcohol gives a rough edge to the total taste and an almost perfume flavor that is a bit detracting. Overall the IBUs don’t strike me as extreme, but this is well within IPA territory. There is also a spice note in the end, almost a dried orange peel. Elusive

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, very low carbonation, almost flat, somewhat creamy texture and a clean short finish.

Overall Impression: Not a bad beer, but the alcohol just isn’t well hidden and the hops seem a bit grassy. It’s scratching the IPA itch I had, but I’m only moderately enjoying finishing the bomber, it’s actually becoming a bit of a chore.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated, painted bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Bright copper/orange with a small off white head that leaves decent lace.

The nose is mostly piney hops and grapefruit, with some malt sweetness underneath and a whiff of alcohol. If this had more malt I would call it a barley wine.

The malt is more assertive when tasted, but the hops come in and clean house. The hop notes are strong bitterness, almost oil like the way they carry on through the aftertaste. Quick note of peppery alcohol that is almost unnoticed in the end. This is a hop head's dream, if you like chinook and centennial hops this one's for you.

The mouthfeel is full, almost oily, but it works really well. This is, after all, a BIG beer. I love BWs and DIPAs, and since I really like this brew I would drink this until the abv got on top of me.

I'm wowed! Last week I was really dissapointed by a mixed 12 pack from this brewery. After work this evening I stopped at Eagle's Market in Ypsilanti and one of the staff really recomended this one despite our mutual dislike of some of the other Brecky brews. I hope they put this into regular production as it is a really good example of the style, and its more affordable than most DIPAs.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy light amber with a thick frothy white head (good retention and lacing). Aroma is crisp hops, lots of pungent citrus with plenty of grassiness but not a lot of sweetness.

Taste is definitely skewed strongly to the hops side. Bitter and strong, all the flavors are there: orangey citrus, pine resin, grapefruit rind and freshly mowed grass. Alcohol elements are present but not oppressive. If it weren't for a very light, toasty malt base and the flavor of alcohol, it might pass for hop tea.

Mouthfeel is light and thin with a nice acrid sting on the lips and gums. Clean taste, not heavy on the malts like a lot of other double IPAs. (I'm not even sure I would classify this as "Imperial," just a really strong IPA, perhaps a new style altogether.) For a devout maltman like myself, this could convert.

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours a brilliant copper with massive white head with long retention. Smell is hops and pretty much only hops. Huge pine notes dominate but if you look hard enough there are bready hints too. Taste is grapefruit and pine along with some subtle malt and wheat.

Beer facts from the Breckenridge Website:

Beer Style: Double IPA
Yeast: British Ale Yeast
Malts: Pale, Munich, Caramel-30, Carapils, Torrified Wehat
Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Fuggles
Bitterness Units: 70
Alcohol By Volume: 9.2%

This is a pretty solid brew at a decent price for DIPA (I paid $3.99 I think)

Oddly the Breckenridge website says this is available exclusively at their pubs.

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3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear orange/amber with a 1" off-white head. The head fell to a cap and left some great lacing.

The nose was juicy citrus and pine. A little orange peel.

There was some tanginess like a pineapple flavor. Plenty of bitterness. Alcohol was very prominent.

The Small Batch 471 was a little thin and bland. Low carbonation. I was unfortunately not very impressed with this IPA. I really am surprised, I thought I was going to like it much more.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Cool, bottle graphics; nice and simple.

Appearance: This beer was crystal clear and pure copper colored. The off-white head rose up easily to two fingers and diminished very slowly. It became dense and lightly fluffy, clinging tenaciously to the side of the glass as it settled. A thin layer of bubbles remained for the entire time and left a lot of lace behind in its wake.

Smell: Raw, juicy hops, plain and simple. Right after the pour and for some time after, that's all there was. Just hops. Eventually, some craker-like malt and bread came through in the background. Overall, what I expect a DIPA to smell like.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth, and coating. Nice.

Taste: Damn, the hops jumped right up and slapped me upside the head. Huge hop flavor kicked in right from the start. There was definitely a bitterness that accompanied it, but the raw hops flavor was much stronger. It was mainly citrus-like in character, but it also had a menthol and herbal quality on the finish. There was a distinct sourness to the hops as well. Sweet malt was barely detectable in the background and really didn't come through until the aftertaste. There was also some light alcohol in the aftertaste.

I don't care for most Breckenridge beers. Even the Oatmeal Stout that I used to love has fallen out of favor with me over the last couple of years. But this stuff was good. Not overly complex or balanced, but those are two qualities that don't matter that much to me in a double IPA. I'll have to agree with the statement on the side of the bottle: "Oh lordy, this is fun."

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Photo of blitz134
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this in Virginia of all places along with a slathering of other Breckenridge Brewery beers.

22oz bomber which said double hopped...thats all I needed...

Popped the top and a nice citrus aroma came hissing out. Pour came with a thick, tall white head which reduced to a thick, rocky coating with loads of lace. Perfectly clear orange, light caramel body.

Loaded with citrus hops and not afraid to let you know before you even taste it. A strong grapefruit citrus with a good dose of tangerine added to boot. Some grassy, sweet malts round it out. A bit of alcohol in the nose.

Rather simple tasting and straightforward but hits the right spots. I was expecting more citrus hop flavor from the aroma. Fairly strong bitterness levels which come forth with a strong pine flavor and citrus flavors. I find this a a bit lacking with malts though and comes across a little harsh without the sweetness they usually provide although the hop combination could add/cause this. Not as smooth drinking as some other DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is good. Not as full as it could be but decent. Drinkability is good as well. The slight harshness of the hops not being balanced well with an equal part of malt flavors might make it hard to swig these back.

Overall a good IPA with an awesome aroma. Could be better balanced, pick one up if you see it around and like hops...

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Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber/copper color with a nice off white head that falls to clumps of ringed foam, some decent lace left behind.

Aroma is grassy hops mixed with some pine sap variety. Light caramel malt hidding a touch of pear is underneath the hops.

Taste is hops like the aroma grassey, piney hints of pear riding a light caramel stream. Flavor is good, a decent Double IPA, finish is a lingering pine with hints of pear showing up again in the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is about medium, not lots of malt but enough to give the hops a decent enough ride.

Drinkability is good a better I2PA then I expected after sampling other Breckenridge stuff. There are better examples then this but it is worth a try and a little diffrent then the normal variety.

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Photo of mentor
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, nice cascading head. Forms a two finger light orange-tan head over a cloudy apricot colored liquid. Smells pine-sol citrusy tangerine and oranges. Really fresh and inticing in a way that words just could never describe. The frothy head of foam just hangs around. Tastes bitter and citrusy. Tangerine, lemon, and nectarine. After much thought and searching they also have a piney character and also a pink cotton candy flavor. Just as delicious hop profile with a nice hop bitter to counter. Also a potent rough co-humulone grassy to keep things honest. Malt flavor is quite minimal, a chalky munich malt and maybe some caramel from crystal malt. Fruity esters may be present, but they're either buried beneath or blended into the hop flavors. Now that the beer has warmed, I get a gentle alcohol sting in the nose and alcohol burn late in the taste. The aftertaste is quite floral hoppy with a strong tangerine taste. Md-thick mouthfeel and mildy carbonated. The hops in this beer are unlike any other IPA I've ever had. The flavor is sharp clean and fresh.

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Photo of carln26
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured from a bomber a deep clear copper color topped with a thick, dense off-white head. The head became fluffy, and left a light lace on the side of the glass. The aroma has nice, light hop floral character with a bit of grapefruit rind and a touch of pine. There is a mild sweetness to the aroma in the form of caramel malt on the finish. The taste has a pleasant sweetness up front, a bit of caramel, maybe some fig followed by citrus, here more orange than grapefruit. The taste was finished with a mild bitterness and a bit more of the hop flower. Nice hop character throughout the flavor. The mouth feel is relatively light and slick. Very drinkable. Nice double IPA with a great drinakbility.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dark copper color with a thick and foamy off-white head. Thick lacing too. Aroma of hops and pine. Medium-bodied with a dry character. Lots of piney hops and citrus with a good malt backbone. The finish is nicely hopped and citrusy with a lingering sweetness. Pretty good, actually.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear amber color, small white head of foam. The smell is lovely! Herbal, peppery, resinous, earthy. A gamut of beautiful hop aromas, with a solid malt underpinning. First taste is full of all the flavors in the aroma, lots of wonderful flowery hop flavor, accompanied by a fairly high bitterness but by no means overwhelming. There's a pleasant sweet, bready malt backbone that balances things perfectly. Finish is fruity and dry, and maybe a touch smoky. Medium bodied with a smooth, crisp texture.

Easily the best beer I've had from Breckenridge, a brewery that previously I thought made ordinary, boring beers. There are bigger and bitterer double IPAs, but only a few are tastier. This is a top shelf effort!

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Photo of meathookjones
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall of white foamy head over a fairly clear orange body. Some rings of lace and decent head retention. Big citric and floral hop nose. There is a light underlying sweetness as well. A bit of a hop juicy aroma as I have noticed in wet hopped beers was pleasant. Big kick of bitter citric hoppiness over a caramel malt base. Light earthiness as well. Finishes out on a sweet bitter citric note. Medium body and smooth going down. Good drinkability as well. Solid all around DIPA in my opinion. Plenty of hops with enough malt for those who might like balance in their DIPA’s. I would pick this up again.

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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.