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471 Small Batch IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

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3.92/5
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2,317 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
471 is a small batch, limited edition ale that was created by our Brewmaster to separate the weak from the strong. 471 is a double IPA, that combines Pale, Munich, Caramel-30, Carapils and Torrified Wheat malts, with Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe and Fuggles hops. It has a big sweet mouthfeel, followed by more hoppiness than you've ever had at one time. Enjoy.

Added by mschofield on 08-09-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,057
Reviews:
816
Ratings:
2,317
pDev:
12.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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53
Gots:
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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought I was grabbing a regular IPA, it was dark, I find out later it was a double. Hazy orangey with an initial foamy head. Orange citrus aroma and taste. Quite smooth, and decent mouthfeel. Well malted for its true style. Satisfying, with 9.2% well hidden. Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: no head to speak of on a relatively clear amber/orange body.

S: molasses, tart/candied citrus, pine resin and malts verging into barleywine realm of aroma.

T: from the aroma I expected more booze. The caramel malts, resin and molasses form a base which reminds you of a barleywine but less tart and sharp. The hops provide earthy and citrus notes with mild bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. this one coats the palate quite a bit.

Overall: I like DIPAs and I like barleywines so this one isnt bad its just kind of stuck between the two style. The flavors suggest a high ABV without being too boozy though. I want more from the hops to like this one more.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid hop aromas and flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a really solid double ipa. poured into a chilled pint at the breck taproom downtown denver. yellowish golden amber color with a bright white head. smell big bold hops and taste is true. resin heavy hops in the palate and a bittersweet finish that is memorable. mouthfeel is perfect for this beer, the lighter side of medium with a certain "i want another" vibe. at over 9 percent though, you'd better have a sober driver. if not for the oatmeal stout, this would be breckenridge's best offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as an orange golden color. The head was fluffy and white. The lacing was really nice on the glass too. The smell was full of big hop aromas and some malts in the back end. The taste of th beer had a citrusy pine flavor upfront and faded into a slight earthy flavor. The mouthfeel was very nice on this one. Overall it's a solid IPA. Well worth looking into.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light orange amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation along with lots of particles floating in suspension. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down and left delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with notes of pine resin hops and hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but has a good balance—the citrusy hops dominate and contribute a medium amount of bitterness but this kept in check with the underlying malts, which contribute hints of malty sweetness to the initial taste along with notes of caramel. The finish is mostly bitter.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the bitterness isn’t overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very solid and very sturdy, this Double IPA drinks much like a standard IPA.

A rusty copper hue carries a moderate dry-hop haze and supports a good head formation, retention, and light lacing.

Citrus rinds/piths create a sharp and ultimately bitter taste, maybe even an eventual grassy astringency. The hop character definately displays the bitterness of a 70+ IBU beer, but is accompanied with a harshness and piney/resiny flavor that gets away from the brewer a bit.

Big caramel malts hinge on toffee flavor, but non lingering on the palate or affecting the body in a negative way- Medium early, fading fast, the beer leaves a resiny bitterness as a final impression.

Another solid American double I. In comparison to most other double IPA's out there, this one comes in at the middle of the road, but that's good. This one is more citrusy and fruity than most and has the hop levels on par to many great IPA's. The hop flavors are estery, floral, spicy, and a bit harsh (this beer always takes on a 'green' flavor of being too young).

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 12oz bottle of this in Austin, Texas, and it survived its trip home with me, despite the retarded airline restrictions concerning carry-on liquids. This stuff may be dangerous, but not in a way that the over-compensating FAA decision-makers would ever imagine.

Into an American (natch) pint glass, this beer pours a hazy apricot amber colour, with two fingers of gorgeously perfect puffy, bubbly off-white head, which moves as a single entity as the glass is tilted, and slowly dissipates, leaving some stellar honeycombed lace all around.

The smell is big grapefruit, blood orange, and lemon citrus hops, a decent pine resin astringency, and bready caramel malt; bang on for a DIPA. The taste is a big dose up front of fragrant hops, a blend of multitudinous citrus and florals, which carry on through the middle, and are only tempered slightly by the arrival of a heady caramel/toffee malt presence. It's like the hops wash right over the malt, though this is hardly a bad thing. The hop flavours are quite nice, albeit very prominent.

The carbonation is on the low side, the body a decent medium weight, for being so hop heavy and malt light, and equally smooth. There is a perceptible warming, but very small for that north of 9% ABV.

Overall, quite easy to drink for the style, and thus dangerous to session (would that I had the opportunity to even try) and ever so tasty to this recently avowed hophead. Given Alberta's newly industrious import activity, I wouldn't be surprised to see this here in the near future.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

9.2% ABV confirmed. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Odell 90 shilling pilsner glass in my friend's gaff in Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and very good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical appearance for the style.

Sm: Floral hops - in too high a density to be appealing. Lacks subtlety, to say the least. Candied caramel notes are heavy. A fairly strong aroma.

T: Candied caramel, a metallic note, and terrible wretched floral hopping - as badly executed as I've ever encountered. No alcohol comes through. Too sweet. This is quite bad; one of the poorest executed IPAs I've had in a long time. Absurdly imbalanced. Not at all tasty. Few redeeming characteristics; maybe the hint of pale malt in the foundation. Too bitter on the climax.

Mf: Smooth and wet; definitely too smooth. Artificial with a metallic twang. Doesn't suit the style well at all. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick.

Dr: Hard to drink; the taste is just so off-putting. One of the worst brews I've had from Breckenridge ever. This is a strong Avoid. Vote with your dollar and leave this on the shelf. The off flavours alone are enough to ruin it. ABV is well hidden. I don't think I'll finish this; this is going to my friend - if he'll have it.

D-

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Review from notes taken in Summer 2012:

Served on-draught at Breckenridge Brewpub in Denver, CO; cost was $3 USD.

APPEARANCE: Half a finger worth of head. Beige in colour. Has fair creaminess and thickness, but it's not a robust consistency for an imperial IPA head. Above average head retention.

Body colour is a clear copper. No yeast/lees are visible within.

AROMA: Fresh floral hop aromatics. Clean pale malts. A bit of caramel. I don't detect any overt alcohol or yeasty notes.

Pretty light in terms of aromatic intensity.

TASTE: Floral hop flavours, some hop bitterness in the late second act, caramel, creamy flavour, pale malts. It's not horribly complex or subtle in its execution, but it's pleasant in spite of being underwhelming.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet. Has nice thickness but is overcarbonated.

OVERALL: A drinkable but underwhelming brew, drinking more like an IPA than an imperial IPA. It does hide its ABV well to its credit. A pretty decent example of the style that has a hop profile I'd consider above average. I definitely prefer this beer on-draught.

High C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a rocky head that retains well and leaves shards of lace

Smell: Primarily pine with undertones of tangerine and hints of fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity character that is joined by piney/earthy hop tones, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness raises a few notches and adds an aspirin-like dimension that is unwelcome on the finish; a touch of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue mitigates that flaw, to some extent

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad DIPA at all, except for the medicinal finish

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. Left spotty lacing.

S - It smelled of grass, straw and some malt.

T - Bitter hop bite upon the first sip. Nice grassy/hoppy quality. Strong malt presence, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. It was the first bomber-style brew I've had from Breck, and it's the best I've had from them so far.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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