471 Small Batch IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.82/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a bottle poured into a goblet on 9/14/2012

A = Nice orangish color, slightly cloudy. Nice head with medium retention. Good lacing.

S = HOPS...love the smell. Reminds me of freshly crushed hops from the garden. Definitely a good balance with the malts too. Did I say I love the smell?

T = Nice IPA taste. Not as bitter as the Sierra Nevada 2x IPA I reviewed recently. Not sure I'd have any indication that it was 9.2% ABV if I didn't read it on the bottle (might be a good one to give to a friend while I drink something lighter - just to mess with him).

M = Nice creamy mouthfeel. Didn't even have to take another taste just to check. No lingering bitterness either.

O = Me likey. Hate paying $10 for a 4-pack, but you (usually) get what you pay for. Will come back to this one again!

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Photo of gtermi
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice clear amber body with a thin white head that quickly fades and leaves a tad bit of lace on the glass.

S: This is for sure a nice smelling beer, but doesnt scream hops that much at all. There is a tiny bit of spicy hops on the nose, but mostly it smells like a biscuit. It does smell nice, just not as much for a DIPA.

T: The flavor is very nice and covers up the 9.2% alcohol fantastically. The hops are spicy and earthy, like the smell, and the beer lingers in my mouth for a long time and the flavors change as they linger.

M: Beer goes down very smooth with a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat. It leaves an oily hop coating in my mouth.

O: This is a pretty solid beer. There is nothing too spectacular about this beer, but its one that is always easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MagicJeff
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden copper. Nice lacing on the glass afterwards. Decent white head.

Smell: For a DIPA that advertises cascades hops on the bottle, I was expecting more citrus in the scent. Not necessarily a let down, just surprised. Rich malt is what I first sense--butterscotch and toffee followed by slight orange and subdued grapefruit.

Taste: Slight lemon/orange rind and grapefruit. I won't say the malt over shadows the hops, but it is certainly prevalent. Creamy and rich caramel and toffee; as I drink more and it warms, I get more grapefruit and resin.

Mouthfeel: I'd say medium bodied almost to full bodied. Leaves your mouth with a wet sticky sweet fruity taste. Very weird sensation.

Overall: Very drinkable for a 9.2% abv. Would love to have this one on tap to see if I can spot any more subtleties. Pretty complex and good example of the style.

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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a ton of haze to the body. Head poured a very thin finger of frothy ivory foam and didn't stick around too long.

Smell: a very fruity, citrusy, Cascadey hop aroma. The underlying malt is also quite sweet, so the overall effect is OK but a bit too sweet for my taste.

Taste: the flavor has a little more bite to it than the aroma, which works well. Again, the emphasis is on citrus but there is also a bit of a piney character to balance it out. The alcohol and bitterness also help to balance the strong sweetness of the aroma. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation but a pretty smooth and creamy mouthfeel nonetheless. I like it.

Overall: this is a pretty good double IPA. I'd like a more balanced aroma and a bit more carbonation for improved head and even more creaminess, but overall I like it.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber gold with a thin head into my glass. Good colors for the style. Looks very crisp.

Subdued grapefruit notes followed by a touch of buttery malt. It's not in-your-face, which is a good thing.

Wow, lots of citrus here. I like. Grassy, chewy and an overall delight. It might not be that fresh, hence the subdued flavors/aromas. Still quite enjoyable.

Lingering chewiness from the malt pleases my palate greatly.

Worth a try if you're a fan of the style. It's certainly one of the better examples I've had in a while.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of DCon
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 Fl Oz bottle of this from Fong's Pizza in Des Moines, IA for $6. Poured from the Orange/White "Stamp" labeled bottle into a 16oz Pint Glass. Had no freshness date to be found on the bottle.

Aroma- Sweetness, tangerine, and huge hops are three characteristics that come out strong in this nose.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies fairly quick. Has a hazy orange body and leaves good suds behind.

Flavor- Strong hops and complexed bitter tastes are both present. Fruit adds a ton of complexity to this as well. High bitterness and everything a 2x IPA should be.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, High Carbonation, Sweet, and very strong with hops.

Overall Impression- 4's all across the board on this one. I recommend this one as a great Double IPA for its complexity, strength, and fruit included. Haven't seen this one in the MO market because of the "Small Batch" program? Enjoy if you can!

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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Beautiful, opaque, deep golden color with no noticeable head. Lots of little carbonation bubbles everywhere.

-Smell 3.5: Wow, lots of really nice hops up front; noticeable citrus bouquet something like grapefruit. Also a deep barley scent.

-Taste 4.0: Front is tangy, citrusy and lightly sweet. Middle is all barley with even more deep hoppy flavor and a mild saltiness. Finish has a slightly honey taste with delicious upfront hops. Aftertaste is hoppy and earthy. Absolutely no hint of the 9.2% ABV this baby packs. Excellent.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Excellent level of carbonation in this beer. Very drinkable and refreshing and excellent for hiding the heaviness present in this brew.

-Overall 4.0: Very good to excellent IPA. Flavors are balanced and hopiness is nuanced and never overpowering. If you hate IPAs, you should try this one. It may make you change your mind.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a beautiful thick, gorgeous orange in color with some interesting floaties and a nice, full white head.

Smell – The hops here are huge orange rind with a little fruity sweetness and a stiff malt toasted aroma. The sugary orange aroma is very attractive and makes the nose IMO.

Taste – That orange sweetness finds its way to the taste making this a delicious DIPA that won’t offend the novice drinker. True there is some bitterness to this one but it is balanced and quite flavorful.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full with a strong bitterness that is happily offset by a terrific orange sweetness. The carbs are light and the mouthfeel is smooth.

Drinkability – Way too quaffable for a 9.2% ale.

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471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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