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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

471 IPA471 IPA

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BA SCORE
88
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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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 00:43:10 | More by Slatetank
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Landers

Texas

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

A: Pours a nice amber almost orange color with a good inch and a half head.

S: Sweet hop aroma with a hint of citrus, orange from what I could tell.

T: Good hoppy kick with a bit of orange midway through the swallow finishing with another bitter hop kick.

M: Bit of a hop bite, very smooth for what is considered a double IPA.

D: A little stronger than a typical IPA, as it is a double. I had this following a Stone Ruination. Comparable IMO, but a little more on on the sweet citrus side than the Ruination.

Definitely one I'd reach for again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2010 17:27:33 | More by Landers
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foofight11

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This happens to be one of my favorites. It pours a wonderful peach-like color and is very cloudy; not transparent at all. I poured a cool 22 Ounce bomber into a 12oz snifter. Not much of a head; almost a whole pinky finger. However, the lacing on this beer is a stunning art.

The nose on this a wonderful aromatic of floral hops with a slight hint of malty sweetness, almost reminiscent of caramel. Not over-the-top hop smells, which can be wonderful, but the smell already dictates the great balance within the beer.

Now to the taste. Again, the smell already dictated a wonderful balance of malt and hops. The most interesting aspect is how the malt sweetness can hit your tongue first while the hop bitterness, which is not overpowering, finishes. There is a tart fruit floating around in the taste but I can not name it yet.

This drinks very smoothly and provides a nice warming all the way down. The alcohol can sneak up on you; but that is never a problem.

While I think by all the characteristics I could certainly have a few of these in one session. However, if I want to keep my wits, one is nice; but letting my guard down with this beer is never out of the realm of possibilities!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 02:21:33 | More by foofight11
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horshack7

Massachusetts

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

Appearance: This one is a hazy copper with some brightness to it and some brassy hues around the edges. On top is a head about one finger thick.

Aroma: In the front are grapefruit notes as well as piney bits. A bready maltiness touches of peach and tropical fruits. Way in the back is a wisp of biscuits.

Taste: Grapefruit, piney, it has a little bit of a malty backbone. Crisp mouthfeel, peaches are towards the end.

Notes: There is quite the malty backbone in this one but it still has a great hop bite. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 02:39:19 | More by horshack7
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2006 17:06:41 | More by Mebuzzard
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drseamus

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at one of the Breckenridge Brewpubs. It pours a nice amber color and I could smell the grapefruit aroma as soon as it got close. The flavor is just like the aroma with a bunch of grapefruit and a good malt backbone. It is surprisingly balanced for being double hopped. The body is nice and full and this beer has great drinkability. I was surprised when I went to rate this beer at the level of alcohol. When I was drinking it I would have guessed around 6%...quite a bit less than the 9.2% that it clocks in at.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2007 00:12:39 | More by drseamus
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StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at First Street Draught House in Winston-Salem.

Appearance: Deep reddish-copper color. Surprisingly clear. I did not see the pour, but it came to me with a half-finger of white head. The head dissipated fairly quickly, but a ring of it remained around the edge of the glass. Decent lacing.

Smell: Grassy, piney, and woodsy notes from the various hops. The hops are complimented by strong citrus notes, especially grapefruit.

Taste: Wow. An immediate bite of hops, which lingers throughout the entire sip. As the first bite fades, grapefruit notes come through. Minimal malt flavors, which is what I like in an IPA. The alcohol is hidden at first, but it warms on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Smooth in the mouth, but a little thin, given all the strong flavors in the beer. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: This is an outstanding DIPA, and one that I'm surprised doesn't get talked about more. There are barely any malt flavors present, allowing the hops and citrus flavors to shine through. The bitterness of the hops remained strong throughout the beer. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 15:30:46 | More by StarlightSeraph
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Oak colored...minimal head...

S-Very impressive....Has to be some simcoe in here...nice bright juicy citrus (tangerines, and oranges)...that's followed by a spicier, earthy aroma, then final some alcohol aroma....very unique and impressive...

T-Juicy citrus at the top (also add in some papaya, and mango to the mix on the taste), also has some caramel notes, and bready notes...comes off a little sweet from all the fruit and malt notes but finishes with a splash of alcohol and some underlying spicy hop notes...

M-Big IPA...firm, full body....some booziness but it seems to complement rather than override the flavor...

D-Quality beer...different and exciting to me....relatively complex and immensely enjoyable...

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 05:57:10 | More by ZAP
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HoosBrews

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a bullet keg for home. Appearance was a little darker than I expected; more of a dark copper than your typically hazy orange DIPA. Lots of hops in the nose. Smell loads of pine, citrus, and floral hops. Taste is really smooth for a DIPA, very well balanced malt and hops. With almost no alcohol burn, this is a dangerous DIPA. Extremely drinkable, this one is an exceptional DIPA on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2009 22:05:36 | More by HoosBrews
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2Stout4u

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this is what you expect when you order up a Dipa!! I'm surprised most of the other reviews said this was so drinkable. Don't get me wrong I loved it but this is one you sip not flip. I guess some would say it's an over the top hop bomb, but isn't that what you want when you order up a double. I reccomend highly you find on tap and belly up for one hell of a ride.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 01:00:45 | More by 2Stout4u
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Snow81

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber to orange haze

Head: Frost tan head

Smell: Bitter hops with an earthiness and sweet maltyness

Taste: Tangy bitter dark citric. Malts seem overly sweet. A small amount of spice with a little flavor of heat on the back

Weight: Light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation

Finish: Bitter hops all over my palate and cheeks with a nice stickiness on the lips

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 13:08:42 | More by Snow81
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atr2605

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a light copper, almost extremely light amber color with a great fluffy white head with excellent retention
S-Tons of hop aroma, citrus, pine, and also very sweet somewhat candied aroma
T- more of the same with lots of the citrus and pine hop flavor and then a good deal of sweet malt body to back it up. Much more balance that I would have anticipated from the aroma. Has a ton of great hop flavor but no harsh bitterness
M-medium bodied
O- This beer packs a punch with a great array of smells and tastes. Still remains very drinkable and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes IPA's. Well crafted beer

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 01:27:58 | More by atr2605
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pibbxtrasucks

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 02:31:12 | More by pibbxtrasucks
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HoustonTX

Texas

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

Batch 471.

A - Deep hazy pumpkin orange. Frothy white head, and massive amounts of lacing.

S - Light citrus peel and hops.

T - Taste upfront has a nice sweet malt/floral taste. That taste soon fades to a citrus rind/hop bitterness. Citrus rind bitter seems to last and last. Coats the tounge and the rest of the mouth and leaves you wanting more. Vivacious and inviting, ABV is well disguised. Finishes oily and crisp.

What a treat to have enjoyed poolside. This is one damn good DIPA. Pick one up now!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 17:30:01 | More by HoustonTX
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass (up yours if you think it's not appropriate, it was the closest glass on hand). Nice dark orange color with really sticky resiny foam.

Everything about this beer was great, from the aroma to the taste to the mouthfeel. It was viscous and burning and fruity and bud-like. Really really tasty.

I skipped this beer the first couple of times I saw it at the store, but decided to try it after a friend recommended it. He was right, this was a really good DIPA, they should make it regularly.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 03:03:50 | More by TurdFurgison
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Billolick

New York

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 14:31:15 | More by Billolick
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blakesell

Ohio

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

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear orange amber with a creamy cap of cream colored foam that sticks to the sides of the glass, lingering.

Smell- Malt upfront with base malts, quickly followed by grapefruity hops. I don't remember how the bottle used to smell, but this smells very nice. A strange near peppery smell from the yeast which needs to warm up to make itself more known.

Taste- Rich and malty with an excellent hop level bringing up the rear. Maltiness shows a grand and unique balance. Fruity tones from the hops can't be beat, outside of say, Hopslam, but this one isn't big on alcohol. In perception anyway, I just checked and it's 9.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, smooth, medium full bodied, medium in carbonation, and very effervescent.

Drinkability- Breckenridge has done a fine job with this drinkable Imperial IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2008 15:47:14 | More by blakesell
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bonsreeb85

Colorado

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

A - clear copper, foam ivory head measures tall and stays for the long haul. Nice lacing too, this one looks FINE.

S - grapefruit/piney hops, some lemon in the mix too. smells resiney and dank. if this tastes like it smells we could be in for a mighty fine DIPA

T - BINGO! hop bomb with citrus/grapefruit and piney hops with a malt profile winning best supporting actress. little bit of alcohol warmth

MF - a little oily but carbonation on the higher side helps this. good sized body on this one.

D - drinks like a dream. definately a sleeper DIPA. what a pleasant surprise from a hometown hero. GO Breckenridge!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:58:19 | More by bonsreeb85
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jculler82

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Semi-hazy light gold. Looks like an IIPA should.

Smell is a nearly even mix of the rind of an orange and sweet grapefruit, with the orange leading the way by a margin, and a background hint of pine resin.

Tastes like an IIPA should, like an american IPA with the slightest hint of alcohol. But if you weren't digging for the alcohol you wouldn't find it. Packed full of flavor, but not so much that palet fatigue is a problem. For that reason the taste rating was up for me, this beer won't wear you out like some can.

Mouthfeel is spot on medium.

Drinkability is good, too good, you could drink a few of these, and at 9.2% you could make a session of this beer, but you might be sorry. As I mentioned before, it won't wear your palet out like some beers of this style can.

Overall, a fantastic IIPA that isn't over the top like some others can be. That probably hurts its rating with some, but the drinkability is better than most beers of this style. That said, it still tastes like your standard IIPA. Which isn't bad, but it doesn't set itself apart in any way.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 16:08:23 | More by jculler82
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

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

12oz bottle American Double Imperial IPA. Poured a dark golden haze color with a good foamy head - very attractive yummy appearance. Smell consisted of sweet and citrusy hops. Tasted a smooth big hop characteristic flavor, but only to realize this beer is kinda solvent. Mouthability consisted of a nice full body and ongoing carbonation that left layers of laces after each drink. Freshness at its finest! Drinkability left a very dangerous impression especially for a DIPA as this beer is not as bitter as most purist DIPA beers. This was my #1 DIPA at one time until I had the 3f Dreadnaught among others over the years, but the 471 IPA remains to be one of my favorites in this particular category as I am a fan of smooth malty characteristic mouthness. Two thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 00:59:32 | More by CuriousMonk
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KingPuuChuu

Arizona

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

Wow.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a red amber color and a nice 1 finger head, with some excellent lacing that stays throughout the session. Aroma is light, a little floral, but not too heavy, which is a little bit of a bummer.

Flavor is extremely hoppy, yet not bitter. This has a sweetness, very similar to grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Feels effervescent, but not too light. Also, this isn't too bubbly, nor is it too flat. I could see myself drinking a ton of these, as the alcohol isn't harsh.

I want more!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:13:37 | More by KingPuuChuu
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shanblur

Indiana

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

Illegible bottle markings. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Murky copper color with a decent white head which leaves extensive lacing.

S - A nice citrus style hops aroma with some malt and earthiness as well.

T - A nice full hops flavor some citrus and earthy hops. Nice hops profile. Some minor malt flavors.

M - Very nice here. Smooth with a gentle carbonation.

A very nice beer. Seems hard to get. Will probably never get to try again but am glad I got to try once. Definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 19:43:34 | More by shanblur
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 22:20:40 | More by Gagnonsux
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rabsten

West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge Double Hopped IPA Batch 417

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear, bright amber coloration with a medium, clumpy head. Some sticky lacing. This brew just screams “IPA!!!”

Mmmm, Resinous hops, very balsam-like. Sweet citrus comes in later (dead-on grapefruit). Nice.

Pine-y taste. Very resinous. Akin to some of the hoppier, piney-er, and somewhat harsher DIPAs like Oskar Blue’s Gordon, or WV Brewing’s Ned’s Pale. As it warms up, the Maltiness asserts itself like a whisky, which I always appreciate in an IPA.

Good mouthfeel. Solid, but unremarkable.

High drinkability. Seduces you into popping open another shortly after finishing the first.

Bottom ine: no gold medals await this beer but, to paraphrase the farmer in "Babe, "it'll do, beer. It'll do."

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 23:43:04 | More by rabsten
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enfield249

Michigan

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

A - Golden copper, if that makes sense. About 1 fingers worth of head.

S - A really nice smell. I'm smelling impaired, but this one really stood out.

T - Wow. This is a wow beer for taste. Citrus, clean fresh. IF that was one word, that is the word I would use.

M - Hard to describe. Just right for the style. Not overly sticky, not to aqueous(do I listen to CBR?). Very good

D - If I bought more then the two bottles I did, I would be fearful of drinking it all in one fell swoop. Very, Very drinkable.

Overall- Really good beer. I can't give this enough props. I can't give it a five because there are no fives (right?). But it's close.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 21:10:22 | More by enfield249
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.