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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,771 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,771
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 66 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-09-2004)
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 02:05:03 | More by tempest
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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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a light crystal clear copper color with a cream and soapy off-white head. The carbonation is a few gentle bubbles that glide to the surface. The head last for a good spell.

S- Even during the pour the aroma of green and citrus hops is strong. There are some faint grassy and pineapple notes in the hops aswell. No smell of malt or alcohol.

T- This beer has a big juicy grapefruit hops with some deep bitter hop flavors to follow. There is a slight alcohol flavor that enhances the bitter hops in the finish. No real flavor of malt noted.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some slipperiness in the texture. There is no astringency or alcohol warmth that stands out.

D- This beer has big fruity hops balanced by big green bitter hops. The malt is hidden and only the alcohol is left to enhance the flavor. Many American IPAs have lots of aroma and taste hops, which this one does, but not many have this noticeable of a bitter finish. It is a good solid beer but a little one-dimensional. Its good I really like that dimension, hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 18:13:02 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-15-2013 02:05:16 | More by oriolesfan4
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-22-2013 04:26:26 | More by XmnwildX12
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Zorro

California

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 05:03:40 | More by Zorro
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.01/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:35:45 | More by jdhilt
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-07-2013 19:17:33 | More by orangesol
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 21:05:49 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleJ

California

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 07:08:00 | More by DoubleJ
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 20:45:24 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks to jhammerly for this one.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, some malts, piney, citrusy, and some caramel. The taste is on the hop side, a little undertone of malts, nice dose of citrus/pines. Nice little bitter finish. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first Breckenridge brew, and it is tasty. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 00:14:49 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

22oz bottle obtained via SS09 from vasdef42. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into aan imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" eggshell head above the clear orangey amber brew. Head falls gradually, with excellent, slow-falling lace. Aroma is fruity citrus. Taste is sweet to start, citrus fruitiness in the middle, and closes with ample bitterness. Mouthfeel is extra smooth, and drinkability is excellent for the style. Not overboard on the bitter, good representation of the DIPA style.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 23:34:34 | More by ppoitras
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.95/5  rDev +1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 03:46:59 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

06-27-2013 23:42:27 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 16:38:30 | More by Stinkypuss
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 06:27:50 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-18-2013 00:52:28 | More by BillRoth
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 04:24:37 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a light copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose (the beer is very cold tonight), just some light cistrus, light pine and a light underlying earthiness. The flavor profile is a bit more impressive, with the beer showing a fairly long, bitter finish. This DIPA is on the dry side, and is almost light, except the alcohol clues you in that it's anything but. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, fairly bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though the alcohol is certainly there and noticeasble. However, the beer is not the least bit hot, heavy or tiring on the palate, and so as DIPA's go, drinkability is pretty good.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but this was nevertheless a pretty solid DIPA from Breckenridge.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 21:51:14 | More by John_M
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 04:21:36 | More by superspak
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plaid75

New York

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

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full piney hop, white pepper and caramel.

The taste was upfront peppery with a resinous pine atop a medium bodied malt with a soft, round sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and user friendly spicy hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 03:03:55 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rustic-orange with a good clarity reveals a steady paced effervesce rising in uniform like beads of water on a string. A foamy head is ivory in color and porous in content, 2 fingers high with a good stay of execution. The lacing is generous with a spongy and meaty coating with very few windows of clarity.

S: The nose is toasted grains dominating over the hops thus far. Pine with light semi-sweetened grapefruit. A bit light in strength with not much show of hops here garnishes just average regards especially for a 2x ipa.

T: The label claims double hopped, and from the very first sip it would be hard to disagree. Dry flowery pine and grapefruit hops are bitter in show overtaking the toasted grain base unlike the nose. Upfront there is a quick flash of cinnamon sweetened toasted grain, that is quickly covered up by some sticky hop resin. The finish is dry and flowery, reminisce of its double dry hopped nature with pine and grapefruit coming on strong and sticking around a bit thereafter.

M: dry, bitter with a toasted feel. A lacing of dry flowery hops parch the tongue nicely enough upon the swallow.

O: Overall a toasted, tasty, and well hopped ipa that has a nice balance making for a very good drinking experience. Very good overall, solid, and would drink on a regular basis. sixtal worthy.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 15:41:43 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Lexx picked this one up in Chitown. From a silk screened bomber.

Pours a slightly hazed golden copper, huge thick white head forms, nice lacing, great retention. Smell is caramel, perfumy, lots of floral, citrus, some strawberry, slightly grassy, quite nice. Taste is very fruity, grapefruit, caramel, some vanilla, bready, clean bitterness in the finish, good balance. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some warmth going down. Pretty solid DIPA, nothing crazy hoppy but nicely balanced, thanks Alexa!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 23:17:02 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

01-30-2014 01:37:46 | More by mdaschaf
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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