Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

Not Rated.
471 IPA471 IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

786 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 786
Hads: 2,096
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 20.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 228 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (60) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 786 | Hads: 2,096
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.

 1,479 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a clouded golden orange body with minimal chunks of lacing in the bottom of the tulip glass I poured into. Bright off white head forms thick above the body with fine coated lacing that looks like a fogged window.

Earthy mix of herbal mint and citrus hop blends going on, a bit of pine comes through in the nose as well. Bready yeast edges come through with sugar coated grapefruit peels. Very cookie dough finish, barleywine sensations are coming over my schnauze.

Flavor has a rolling mix of citrus and spruce tip pine like notes, or a sugary blast of malts blending through. Much like a lighter shade of a barleywine, expressive hops but bitterness is muted quite a bit here. The rolling sugar coated grapefruit effects dominates in the finish without much hop bitterness, this is weird.

Mouthfeel an airy carbonation light to medium body with residual yeast and hop bitterness lying on the palate, it's hard to hate or communicate what you disagree with the this mouthfeel but overall I can't really say I'm enjoying this DIPA.

I love the style but the drinkability overall for this style is off the mark not one that I will aggressively pursue but worth a shot especially compared to other offerings from Breckenridge.

 1,237 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear amber-orange with a head of typical size and durability.

Smell - Strong resiny and funky hop aroma with some hints of sweet fruits too.

Taste - HOPPY from start to finish, with mainly piney, earthy and grapefruit flavoring. There is some subtle malt too, and the beer is not as extremely bitter as the hop profile might suggest. The high ABV is partly hidden. Has a very long lasting, hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body; Excellent carbonation.

Overall - This DIPA should be sought out by hop heads. It packs a huge hop flavor hit with a partly tamed hop bitterness.
{update - drinking an undated but clearly older bottle in Jan. 2013, the aged version is considerably tamer - more soft IPA than aggressive DIPA}

 743 characters

Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, three-finger, head. Recedes slowly leaving significant chunky lace. Cloudy, orange-amber color.

Superior floral hop nose.

Lots of grapefruit hop bitterness. It dominates the swallow and makes the aftertaste last a very long time. Less pronounced is the lighter crystal malts giving the brew some complexity. There's an oiliness to the mouthfeel, but it isn't really rich. The carbonation is lower than most. Interestingly, I don't detect any alcohol.

 459 characters

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

Clear appearance, cast in a honey-glazed amber-y hue, with prodigioius puffy, lacey foam above. Nice lookin'.

Aroma is soft, piney, citric, pleasant, but muted. Candyish tones overtake bitterness. Appealing.

Brisk blash of bitter on the palate, then caramel flavor rolls in, toffee, like a brief battle between hops and malt, this candyish sweetness muffling the bitterness. Interesting. Fruit bobs up again, but instantly enfolded by sweet caramel. An interesting combo, one I don't encounter in an IPA very often...but one that doesn't quite hold my in sway with it's charms for very long.

Full mouthfeel, lot going on in the texture, medium to full bodied, tasty, complex finish, hangs long on the palate...but, alas, the flavor doesn't quite cut it all the way, for me. Still good, just not what I look for in an IPA. An accomplished ale, nonetheless.

( P.S: I had no idea the alcohol was so high when I first sampled it...kudos for keeping it hidden, but I have a feeling it'll kick in as I finish the bomber!)

 1,028 characters

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

Poured into a snifter. Beer is dark amber and hazy, forms a broken thin head of small white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is not as hop forward as I would expect, mostly malt but I do detect a slight pine aroma

Odd flavor at first, almost like a wet dog. Finishes dry. Mostly sweet. My first impression on the taste were pretty bad, I need to try again. OK, that was better, forward sweetness, some bitterness in the back, still finishes a little dry but not too bad. Bitterness builds and lingers. There is some hop flavor in the midpalate and the carbonation in the mouth helps. Its OK.

 613 characters

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Color is a slight pinkish orange copper. Has a slight off white head with good retention and lace splattered about the glass.

The aroma is of carmel malts and thick-like earthy hops. The taste is extremely hoppy. A lot of the earthy hops are present along with some grapefruit citrus.

Mouthfeel is very bitter, seems well carbonated, and ends with a very dry aftertaste. Hides its alcohol well.

Overall, this is a delicious double/imp. I am glad I picked it up. It is pretty easy to drink at 9.2% abv. I definitely would like to try more small batch series now!

 604 characters

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

 752 characters

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

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is orange to amber colored with a thick head. Great retention and ample lacing complete an outstanding appearance. The aroma offers a balance of hops and caramel malts. The flavor offers a subtle touch of earthy flavor to go along with a somewhat hop forward beer. Malt is in there as well, but plays a secondary role. A bit sweet, with alcohol hidden fairly well considering the 9.2% abv. Overall, a decent brew. Worth a try.

 466 characters

Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an earthy pale and crystal malt scent with a nice citrus hop aroma. It is bitter with a musty odor. The taste is decent. It has a tame pale and light crystal malt flavor that goes down slow and finishes musty and slightly warm. It is sweet with an earthy, bitter edge. I don't really care for the flavor that much. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is an average double IPA at best. It needs new yeast and better conditioning. Also, the malt bill could use a tuneup.

 674 characters

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

12/19/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- SIlk screened 12oz botle with no freshness info on it. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Deep golden, approaching amber color. 3/4 inch head, both frothy and creamy on the pour. Leaves a nice cream-white rim for the duration. Leaves nice patches and streaks of lacing.

Smell- One of the better DIPA noses I've had. A bit of sugary sweetness to go along with a light toasted malt and a good dose of tangerine-orange citrus noted hops. Smells like a juicy one.

Taste- Had this originally a bit higher (when I thought it was just a regualr IPA rather than a DIPA). Nice sweetness, mouth is filled with orange and lemon flavored hops with a sweeter caramel malt. Very balanced. Bready for sure.

Mouthfeel- Lightly chewy and just a tad watery in the finish. Perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability- This is a DIPA? 9.2%??? Had me fooled big time. I was looking at 7%...maybe. I guess this makes this the ultimate session DIPA. Super easy to drink, great flavors and nose. All around quality beer.

 1,080 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My pour created a rocky finger of ecru head with decent retention, which created some nice lacing as it dissipated. Color was a slightly hazy deep-amber with copper highlights. Nose was piney and very pungent at that. Mouthfeel was fairly full, almost creamy on the tongue with a most welcome astringent hop bite in the mouth. I have been subjecting myself to a LOT of AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers of late and this was a refreshing change. Finish was dry and quite hoppy. I have really come to miss IPAs during this part of the CANQuest and this was one reason why. More please, sir.

 578 characters

Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a tumbler. Breckenridge 471 gives a very cloudy brown/gold body with nice off white and creamy looking head. Decent lacing as well.

Bouqeut though is pretty ordinary, with just a standard hop smell kind of muted. Not much else to say here nothing else really going on.

The taste is the same primarily of hops with alchohol feel and bitterness. Sugar finish of grapefruit and mild citrus only on the aftertaste, they really didn't seem to mask the alcohol taste on this very well and it almost gives off a pine sourness.

This is ok but I would certainly drink something else instead of it.

 610 characters

Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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

 583 characters

Photo of BARFLYB
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a regular old pint glass late at night. I was dissapointed with 'lucky U' so hopefully this bodes better.

Hiss, A faint noise came from the cap pop, out came a orange, light yellow, plus gold trimmings DIPA with rising bubbles. A bright white head of about an inch rose up and stuck around leaving some marks down the glass.

Smells inducing with at least two of the big 3c's represented. Tropic fruit and citrus with grapefruit and slight mango. A nice bready malty base comes out in time. Under that A bit of metal (as in 'lucky U') but it's masked quite well by the hops.

Quite a step up and better than I was expecting, Breckenridge really delivered the hops with this one. Grapefruit, mango slices and more tropic flavor. Also under that some pine reminding me of a troegs brew. Malty on the end creating a almost perfect balance. Small bisquit and bread vibe under a nice piney bitter DIPA.

The body is at a good spot although I could of used an extra boost. Medium bodied and well carbed. There is some of that metal taste when I'm at about halfway through marking it's spot on my palete. While very hoppy the hop oils did not really coat my tounge in the slightest. This has a very dry finish with some bitterness.

Small batch DIPA is a great brew, Nicely hopped and almost a perfect balance without a overly malted finish. The 9.2 does not come into play at all in taste/feel but I could feel this after my 12oz's. Not very sessionable, but i'll go for two. This has just enough hops to cover up what small metal taste I get from this brewery so it hides that well. Good for a go and good enough for a 2nd purchase.

 1,646 characters

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

Appearance: pours a light orange color with some yellow highlights on the glasses edge. A thick 2" head lasts a long time. Thick lacing develops.

Smell: loads of piney and citrus heavy hops. A great aroma.

Taste: malt levels are a bit thinner than anticipated, but are still sweet enough to balance the heavy pine and grapefruits here. Some fruity sweetness and mild alcohol tones are in the background.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is not too long and the flavors mellow slowly on the tongue.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff this bomber and probably another one if I had it. Nice flavorful beer here.

 640 characters

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.

 1,122 characters

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.

 1,142 characters

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

 399 characters

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd call this a nicely balanced DIPA, off the bat it reminds me of the DIPA from Capt. Lawrence. There isn't anything over the top and it's quite drinkable while maintaining a big hop flavor. The only thing it's lacking for me is a big bitter punch to the tongue.

The body is orange-amber with a short white head and lacing the aroma is a mix of biscuity malts with floral perfume and big grapefruit and tangerine. The flavor is both resinous and crisp - a nice pairing there - with more of a citrus zest flavor and a hint of grass.

This isn't the biggest DIPA, but it's got a very nice mix of hops flavors and is dangerously drinkable. Worth a try if you dig hops.

 667 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an overly hazy cloudy (for this style) burnt orange with a firm white head, big lace.

S: Orange and pink grapefruit, I definitely smell the booze.

T: Lots of orange, Lemonheads, big green watermelon rind there too. This is boozy, there's no getting around that, but the overall flavour is quite good, much better than I thought it'd be after smelling it.

M: Medium-bodied, quite boozy/solventy. Creamy, fairly smooth.

D: Nowhere in the upper echelon of great DIPAs is going to be, but it's not half bad. There's enough orange in this, it's almost like DIPA punch, worth a shot, one of the least expensive DIPAs out there. It's a bit of a boozy mess, but it's fun.

 692 characters

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breckenridge : 471 IPA

An IPA of sizable strength and fair price. Pours a light golden color with chill haze but otherwise good clarity. Sticky bubbly lace is left behind. Aroma of citrus-y floral hops and mild biscuity/bready malt notes as well.

In the flavor, a fairly easy drinking and mellow profile. Upfront, mild grapefruit, sticky hop resins, and solid bitterness. The malt body has a sugary/honeyed character, and some clean alcoholic esters are there as well. Pretty well balanced, though in the finish 471 leans on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth. Overall, a pretty solid effort from Breckenridge.

 641 characters

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

Pours a dark golden with a thin head. No real lacing. The smell starts with light, honeyed malt; alcohol; a touch of graininess. Where are the hops? Taste is relatively mellow with rounded herbal hops flavors that turn bitter and more citrust on the finish. More honeyed malt in the background. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. Fairly drinkable, but not complex enough or enough oomph to justify the higher abv. My first from this brewery, I'll certainly try more.

 489 characters

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

Pours a hazy amber colored ale with not much of a head.

Smell is lots and lots of West Coast style hops. Sweet malt that is almost obliterated by citrus and pine scents from the hops. Only one fruit scent manages to reach my nose, pineapples.

Taste is mildly sweet and woody in the first sip, super smooth for a strong AIPA. Tasty wood and bitterness accentuated by citrus hop flavor. VERY strong hops here but it avoids getting harsh and stays in the strong and fresh territory. The Alcohol level isn't really in the taste here. The alcohol level does carry the smell of the hops to the taste buds in an extra layer of hop flavor beyond the bitterness and citrus. The extra flavor is of alfalfa, something every Texas farm boy knows.

Mouthfeel is very good.

A very drinkable brew for the strength of this beer, this is really in Double IPA territory on the basis of its hops and alcohol content. This is like a civilized Stone Ruination ale. I highly recommend this beer for anyone.

 995 characters

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent orange toned amber with a thick, foamy white head that slowly fades out. Lots of sticky streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of an Earthy, spicy, herbal with an orange and grapefruit aroma jumping out with a touch of pine.
Taste is of the same aromas, along with a sugary malt flavor that is highlighted by a dose of caramel, fruit, and light bread.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, moderately hoppy, with a semi-dryness on the swallow.

 478 characters

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