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471 IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

471 IPA471 IPA

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very good

1,679 Ratings
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Ratings: 1679
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%

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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Photo of noel2977


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber
A - copper/amber - cloudy, but w/o sediment. Moderate lacing
S - Sweet/malty. A nice tropical fruit aroma - a hint pineapple husk/rind
T - Malts that give way quickly to the pine hops. Then hints of tropical fruit and some grapefruit blends in, before some lingering maltiness on the finish. I like the way the flavors work with each other. Well integrated, it should be interesting to see how this tastes as it warms up.
F - Mouthcoating - thick... aligning with the taste profile. Minimal carbonation.
D - High ABV, but the booze hides well.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 01:47:20 | More by noel2977
Photo of DownDaHatch


4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Simply stated, I love this beer. From beginning to end it drinks remarkably smooth. It has great color, carbonation, and taste. I cannot drink enough of this stuff on the patio in the evening here in the midwest summer. What makes this a nice drinking (90 min-like) IPA is the wonderfull character and not the typically overly bitter 90 minute IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 18:22:22 | More by DownDaHatch
Photo of tgdigital


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brickskeller in DC

A- good looking beer, pours amber with a nice creamy head
S- loads of hops which is to be expected from a DIPA, nice floral characteristics, with a hint of citrius
T- Fantastic hoppy taste, not overly bitter at all, smooth and balanced for a DIPA
M- creamy and smooth
D- I would be hard pressed to guess this beer was 9.2% Very easy to get yourself into trouble quickly with this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 19:16:28 | More by tgdigital
Photo of 2Stout4u


4.43/5  rDev +13%
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
Photo of Brysky


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S- bottle poured into a pint

A- not much head and dissolves fast, full orange color

S- has a nice smell with a back layer of caramel, at the front end is a orange/hops

T- starts out nice with the hops and citrus but taste doesn't stay long

M- doesn't feel like a 9.2 in the mouth, goes down well

Overall it was decent, nothing to special but still very nice. with it being 9.2% it goes down very smooth, if you like Breckenridge then try it or if you are a IPA fan, if not then don't bother.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 16:31:13 | More by Brysky
Photo of revolution


3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw-colored brew with a foamy head that quickly dissipates.

A nice hoppy aroma. Smell citrus fruit as well.

Bitterness is the taste, along with the citrus fruit--grapefruit...lemon?

A fairly light body, nice carbonation, but the weight of the bitterness and citrus seems a bit much for some reason.

A fairly good IPA, but maybe not enough depth and overall balance to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 04:03:47 | More by revolution
Photo of TheSignPost


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy, but not overly so. You can taste the fact that there is a significant amount of alcohol in there.

Pretty orange-y coloring, not as dark as one would expect for a typical IPA. Surprising in its strength, vs. its looks.

A good beer, but not one that I'd choose for everyday.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 03:43:59 | More by TheSignPost
Photo of BlankFrank


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice orange/amber color with a decent amount of foam on the head. I did not experience very much lacing, only a little.

S: Bright citrus hops smell. You can certainly tell you're in for plenty of hops, but it doesn't overwhelm.

T: Clean grapefruit hoppiness. There's enough malt to balance the beer, but the alcohol does come out a bit more than most (it's 9.2%, after all). Enough is going on to make you take another sip.

M: Sparkles enough for an IPA, but not as much as others. This really hits the back of the tongue with a crisp finish.

D: Despite the high abv and the generous amount of hops, it's balanced enough that drinkability isn't hindered.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

02-25-2008 04:14:20 | More by BlankFrank
Photo of btuthill


3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with small head from a dark brown bomber. Nice lacing most of the way down. Lighter color than both smell and taste would indicate - looks more like a pils than a dipa. smell is also thin, with light generic citrus notes. taste is good if unexceptional. the taste is quite nice, but i'm having trouble picking anything out. the 9.2% is hidden well in this very drinkable dipa.

a rather unexceptional brew, unfortunately. i had a bottle last week and was blown away, so i wonder if this second bottle is a dud. i may edit the review later if this bottle was an aberration.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

04-04-2008 02:12:06 | More by btuthill
Photo of DoctorB2B


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For a 9.2% Imp. IPA, I would have expected a bit more hop explosion on the tongue. Perhaps this one was one the shelf for a bit ... who knows, either way I still really enjoyed it. The malt offered a ton of sweet backbone to the mellowed IPA.

I would get it again, but I would assure the date was closer to the bottling (ie, I'll drink it at the brewery next time).

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

02-14-2011 18:43:47 | More by DoctorB2B
Photo of hogrider


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer while visiting my favorite watering hole. The beer is redish in appearance forming a half inch head when poured in a pint glass; the nose is complex, traces of hops, cinnanmon and caramel hits your nose; the taste is also multifaceted, leading is the taste of hops followed by notes of caramel and a bitter aftertaste which does not offend the palate. I will pair this beer with a sharp cheese or Italian Capicolla...and remember to support your local brewery. Drink Beer!

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

01-03-2012 00:46:13 | More by hogrider
Photo of Frosthazard


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a large mug.

A - very amber colored, decent creamy thick brown head.

S - fruity and malty

T - not as fruity as it smelled, very good complex flavor of malty biscuits and hops, a note of alcohol.

M - a little less bitter and more smooth than I like, but not bad, it may be due to the 9.2 ABV.

D - pretty decent and a unique tasting IPA, although I couldn't drink too many

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

04-08-2009 18:21:05 | More by Frosthazard
Photo of Brewmiser


2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this @ the Breckenridge on Blake st.

Appearance - a nice Amber color
Smell - a sweet hoppy smell
Taste - it was hoppy & a bit bitter but the sweetness was too much for me.
Mouthfeel - Light
Drinkability - I love IPAs but found it too sweet to drink too many

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-02-2010 15:06:13 | More by Brewmiser
Photo of slackerlack


3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks orange/brown with a good finger head on top.
S - Smells fruity and hoppy
T - Right away the bitterness of the hops hit you, then followed by a real fruity flavor, then the bitterness backs off.
D - I could not take big gulps of this due to the immediate bitterness that hits you.

It reminded me of Fruit Stripe Gum.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

01-11-2011 07:12:43 | More by slackerlack
Photo of RollTide7

New Jersey

3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

my buddy brought this up this weekend as its his favorite iipa, personally I think the other brews we drank over the weekend only highlighted the issues of this beer. we had much better ipas in his time up here (PtE, sucks, lagunitas ipa, devils backbone ipa). for me not enough of the hops comes through and it is entirely too malty. as others have indicated balance and flavors are off and i wouldn't buy it myself. I will likely only drink this again when I visit him. it is very smooth for such a high ABV beer, I just don't think it is a great iipa.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

02-18-2013 20:31:52 | More by RollTide7
Photo of Broman


3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a tiny head that immediately disappears, above a pale burnt orange color body. Moderate to little lacing remains as the beer is drank.

Smell- Of a standard ipa that one would expect. Mostly a hoppy smell with some mild citrus undertones.

Taste- More than what was expected from the smell. A full hop flavor takes over the mouth and slowly dissipates into a lingering mild hop aftertaste, a slight sweet bite is notable on the aftertaste. Not overly aggressive but a definite full flavor hop taste. I like the flavor a lot personally, due to the simpleness of it, it does not try to overpower or be more then it needs to be. It is simply an ipa.

Mouthfeel- Slight sting on the palette. Medium to light body. Overall nothing overly exciting, but equally not offensive.

Overall- Simple ipa. Too many I come across seem to be more than they need to. This is an example of enjoyable basic ipa. I would suggest for a first time ipa sampler.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

04-16-2013 04:39:55 | More by Broman
Photo of GBB


3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What is the number for? Pours a light golden amber color with medium head and limited lace retention. Although it lasts throughout the tasting.

The nose is more along the lines of an east coast IPA. Some hop notes with a more malt backing and blend. Noticeable caramel notes with a light toast. Almost English in a way except for the hops. Citrus and pine notes mostly with some esters and fruity notes.

The taste is similar. The hops back off relative to the nose. The malt is a bit dry but still has a caramel and toasty flavor. The yeast comes out more which is a bit off setting. Some light butyric notes and fruity tropical esters. I would like more hops for an IPA but some citrus and pine that linger into the finish.

The body is light to moderate. Nice velvet undertones for a 9% beer. Overall a limited hop IPA beer but very easy to drink, which could be trouble.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

01-17-2011 20:16:44 | More by GBB
Photo of antzman


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. This pours a light copper with a medium white head that clings to the glass. Sweet hoppy aroma. Excellent flavor that has quite a bit of hops in the finish. Very nice mouthfeel. This is a good Imperial IPA (As if there is a bad Imperial IPA!). The only knock on this beer that I saw was the fact that they advertised monster hops, but I have had hoppier brews.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-01-2005 01:31:59 | More by antzman
Photo of mnjeff


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle to a pint glass via an aggressive pour.
A: A bright copper color with an inch of head is poured initially, which fades to virtually no head. Though the head has all but dissipated it leaves a medium cling along the glass. You can clearly see this DIPA is unfiltered, and this contributes to a better looking beer.
S: I can smell a note of citrus (orange I believe) and a big whiff of alcohol. Not an incredibly abundant hop profile in the nose.
T: A lot of sweet fruit flavors on the tongue, off the bat I'm getting a bitter grapefruit flavor that dominates. A light hop bitterness in the background hides 95% of the alcohol in this brew.
M: Mouthfeel is medium, which to style impresses the heck out of me. Again, I feel that because this brew is unfiltered this lends an extra depth of viscosity to this beer.
D: This has to be one of the most drinkable DIPA's I have ever experienced.
If you have not sampled this beer, grab a six pack and share with your fellow BA's. A great brew to style, well worth a try (or 6).

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

07-26-2009 20:49:12 | More by mnjeff
Photo of keithricker


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is smooth and velvety in texture. Golden color with good lacing. Smell is mostly sweet and floral; pineapple.

Taste is similar to smell. This is a good example of what a "pineaplle" IPA is like.

The hop profile is very mild, light, tingling and friendly. None of the aggressive alpha acid bite or brash bitterness you get with the heavy pine or grapefruit rind varieties. Everything is mild and friendly, but make no mistake: this stuff is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Be very cautious. The texture is velvety-smooth, like an Al Green or Barry White love song. It will careess your mouth and taste buds in a tasty pinapple blanket of silk.

But once it gets to your liver, it's true colors are revealed and all hell starts breaking loose. Beware.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

03-03-2009 18:13:31 | More by keithricker
Photo of JohnPPutz


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alrighty, split a few with a buddy the other night, and here is the first review. bottle #11, poured into tulip glass. Blind BIF.

A- Copper colored pour with a nice 3 finger foamy white head. Excellent lacing. 4.

S-Floral hops, lots of citrus as well. Some orange peel and a bit of malt towards the back end. We have a very nice smelling IPA here. 4

T-This must be pretty darn fresh.As with the smell, lots of citrus hops and orange peel jump right out at you. The malt backing is very smooth and compliments the citrus hops very well. Very well done. 4.5

M-Smooth, nice medium bodied carbonation. Very smooth, easy drinking IPA. 4

O- This beer was very well done, one of the better IPA's I have had recently. Would absolutely drink this again.

And for the reveal...Breckenridge 471 IPA. I haven't had too much from Breckenridge but they have never impressed me before. I was a big fan of this however, and at 9.2% ABV this is one hell of an IPA. Thanks Kevin! (shrek806)

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

01-08-2012 22:53:48 | More by JohnPPutz
Photo of xtacyturbo

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint glass. Pours out a beautiful copper color with a foamy white head, which slowly settles to a fluffy ring around the glass. Sticky lacing coated the glass from start to finish.

Aroma is citrusy with a twang of hops, and a slight hint of pine. Citrus and hop smells dominate.

Taste is similar to the smell. A light malt sweetness at the beginning, but quickly changing to a very hoppy character, paired well with the citrus noted above. Finished off with a very smoothly delivered smack of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is delightful- medium bodied and creamy. Incredibly smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

A very drinkable brew- the smoothness, flavor, and mouthfeel make the bottle very easy to empty. The taste is a bit biased toward the hoppy side, and I can't say this one is my #1 top pick- but it's a good selection and I'd definitely pick it up again. My IPA options have been lacking lately, and this has been one of the best I've had recently. Wish I'd bought two.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

01-23-2006 03:17:17 | More by xtacyturbo
Photo of Torchiest


3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

Poured very light amber, seems remarkably clear, very little to no head.

There is some hoppiness in the nose, but there's this odd, hard to place aroma as well. Quite unique, and unlike any other IPA I can recall.

The flavor follows up on the smell directly. Malty in the front, maltier than I'm used to from an IPA, then it transitions to this distinct, yet hard to place flavor, almost meaty, somewhat dank like green plant material, and then swirls into a hoppy, bitter finish.

Relatively thin, somewhat sticky though, with a lingering clinginess.

Not bad, but that strange taste is somewhat off-putting. I wouldn't call it bad, and it's definitely drinkable, but a bit strange. I hope to be able to better characterize the unique taste eventually.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

03-09-2007 06:53:38 | More by Torchiest
Photo of ianmhall


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Tootsie Pop orange, with barely any head after a medium vigorous pour... agitating the beer further produces just a slight bit of white lacing

N- Melon, bread and honey a bit floral but the malt sems to dominate

T- Hoppy, chewy maltiness, a big beer with lots of fruit and dry piney zip... a bit stemmy and tea-like... some spicy tannins provide a nice but not overpowering backbone to a malty beer, showing berry, apple and toffee notes... as i delve deeper i get a bit of cheesy funk and bubblegum chewed up in a mouthful of macadamia nuts? Incomplete transition, a bit hollow in places...

M- Medium cloying but overall pretty clean... above average

D- getting better the deeper i get into this beer although I have a feeling the by the end of number two I'd be ready for something not quite as sweet and candylike 89/100

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-19-2010 04:15:21 | More by ianmhall
Photo of Schracky

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got very excited when I first opened the bottle and poured the beer. the smell was very nice. It had a pleasant yet not overwhelming hop aroma. Mild citrus aroma. The taste was a little bit of a let down. It did not quite have the kick that I hoped it would have. The malt character was very present, and it has an overall good flavor. I thought it would have more hop "kapow" being "double hopped". The aftertaste is pleasant. The beer was also a little under carbonated in my opinion, but it may just have been this specific bottle. Not a bad beer, but not worth the $9.00 I paid in New Hampshire for the 22 oz. bottle either.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

02-18-2011 23:06:36 | More by Schracky
471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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