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471 IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mschofield on 08-09-2004

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Reviews: 793 | Ratings: 2,142
Photo of JAFoley
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Copper orange body with three fingers of off white head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Malty and spicy, cinnamon and clove.

T - Lots of sweet sugary malts, caramel and spices. Hops are subtle and crisp. Alcohol is well masked by thick flavors.

M - Medium/full body with moderate carbonation. Very thick and syrupy.

O - A really great beer. Not your typical hop forward citrus IPA but one that focuses more on malts and sugar. Definitely a 4 pack to come back to. The ABV is nice too!

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Photo of Dajaydee
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer smells wonderful. Nice amber color, with a decent tan head. Hoppy taste, with high alcohol content. An unbelievable smooth finish, with a slight accent of caramel that really surprised me. I will definitely be purchasing some of this, as the one I received from a friend is definitely not enough! Great beer!

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Photo of BillBabbitt
4.81/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A lovely copper. crystal clear pour with a rich tan head. Very smooth mouth feel without a heavy alcohol presence in spite of the 9.2% ABV. A rich, hoppy taste and finish that is well balanced with a hint of sweetness. One of my absolute favorites.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz.

Pours a hazy orange blossom honey golden, yellowish white head retains as a film.

Smells of rich honey, piney hops, a hint of citrus, and some dry biscuity malts.

Tastes of rich honey and maple with piney hop flavors and bitterness. Malt is biscuity and dry with some tart grassiness.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This IPA has a very nice mouthfeel and aroma, but the taste is a bit harsh. It's enjoyable but there are number of other IPAs I'd rather have.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/1/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, peach, citrus rind, floral, grass, caramel, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop notes with moderate malt sweetness; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, peach, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, citrus rind, caramel, bread, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, peach, pineapple, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop flavors with moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a crisp and moderately slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Brenden
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is thick, a heavily opaque medium-dark orange. It forms a creamy pillow of yellow-tinted head on top that sustains itself very well for the long term and drops thick and heavy spotting down the glass.
The aroma's good and it has some heft, just not DIPA heft. It's lacking a bit of strength, but it's not much, and it develops some as it warms. It's clear that hops are the foremost concern, and what I get on the nose is pretty much what the tongue tells me with more detail and clarity.
What my tongue tells me is that this beer is deliciously hoppy. Lots of resinous pine and juicy pineapple are even through the entire session. Grapefruit pith and zest make up part of that aspect, but it's tamed by the balance from malts, caramel and toffee, and the juicy pineapple. A touch of biscuit comes out later with more orange zest and some gentle spiciness while pine stays strong.
Crisp, smooth, and well carbonated, the medium body strays toward heavier territory but keeps it bright and clean.

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Photo of kilo_005
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft
A: not much head, nice lacing though. Dark amber in color
S: maybe I'm a bit congested or something but I don't get much on the aroma.
T: very good. This is an interesting beer because the initial taste is boozy with raisin flavored like a Belgian double or something but then you get that hit of citrusy hops which finish with an intense and excellent bitterness. Good.
M: nice. Light and then bitter finish is very pleasant
O: this is a solid beer...interesting because of the booziness while still maintains hoppy character

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Photo of rdilauro
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The pour was a nice typical high IBU orange hue. The head lasted but only a few seconds.
But there was no question about hops here. Lots of different hops all coming out at once.
Once I got past the aroma, my first sip verified what my nose was saying. It was a nice dry bitterness, grapefruit, pine tar and citrus spices. But then, what else? that was it, there wasnt anything else. I wanted some malt to balance the bitterness, but with this beer, I just got bitterness without any roundness .

Even though this was a mid range IBU (70), the taste presented itself as being higher, but without a lot of the typical high IBU styles.

So, I walked away from this one with mixed emotions.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Night before I sampled this for the first time, I had tried Sixpoint Resin and Hi-Res DIPAs. While I'm starting to lose my appreciation for the DIPA, this one does it very well. Similar piney citrusy stuff like in Resin/Hi-Res, but calmed down a bit and more balanced. I'd try it again, since I like heavy alcohol content, but lately, I'm toning down my hop intake and sticking with IPAs and PAs.

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Photo of neococo
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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Photo of lochef81
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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Photo of ADZA
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Amalak
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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

O. Nothing special, nothing bad. Just down the middle.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottling date.

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

Aroma: Overripe orange and some malt presence.

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

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

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

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Photo of Omnium
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint glass

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

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Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

O: Enjoyable beer. good sipper to relax with.

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Photo of brurevu
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Fuller bodied, but with some carbonation.

Decent version. Solid in flavor and structure.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of quaybr
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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

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

Another american double that is unbalanced. Pass this one up.

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Photo of JeffBrenner
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of discharmingly
1.52/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

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

Coloring was nice; lighter orange with a decent head.

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

Taste was some combo of that.

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

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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.