471 Small Batch IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

471 Small Batch IPA471 Small Batch IPA
2,315 Ratings
471 Small Batch IPA471 Small Batch IPA

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

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

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bright copper hue with a thin but sticky white head. Subdued aroma but it opens up more on the palate. Usual American hop suspects - Simcoe, Chinook, and Centennial listed. Pine with some orange zest and fresh thyme. Hops aren't aggressive but are vibrant and juicy. Malt lends a biscuit and light caramel flavor. A lingering sweetness softens however many IBUs are present. A solid DIPA with a nice hop oil texture. Not close to the best in the style but certainly enjoyable.

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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.


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.


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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

1 pt 6 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a semi-transparent copper color with two fingers of just off white, creamy head. Retention is solid given the high abv. Generic.

S - Sweet caramel, light citrus and pine hops notes, and a strange metallic note. Simple but seemingly balanced.

T - Heavy pale malts open to a strange metallic and orange/lemon note. Muted, dull hops on the finish. Bitterness comes through on the climax. No regard for balance whatsoever. Boozy throughout. Very poorly built. I'm missing the fresh hops notes.

M - Smooth, oily and wet.

D - The heavy alcohol, imbalance of flavors and off flavor make this one hard to drink. I'm not having it. Poor example of the style.

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471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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