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.

Added by mschofield on 08-09-2004

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Matt at the Copper Mine Pub thanks!

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a 1 finger white crown that displays some retention and lace.

Smell: Very malt forward despite the Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Fuggles combo going on here. The simcoe dominates the delicate mixture. Hint of alcohol also makes an appearance.

Taste: Slightly buttery and grainy malt profile, simcoe forward muted hop mixture, and a moderate but noticeable dose of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Feels chewy and slick up front but a touch thin on the way down? Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A decent brew that I wouldn't purchase but I wouldn't turn down a free pour of it either.

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

A somewhat hazy copper-colored beer with a nice enough head. Retention and lacing are both good. Appealing but not super strong aroma is definitely hoppy, with the standard grapefruit and pine profile of a west coast IPA, but the malt is present in the nose as well. Smells a bit sweet, and it is. A very balanced DIPA that’s not a hop bomb at all; the sweetness and malt are right up front. This will be a disappointment to those who favor a more aggressive hoppiness in the style. Takes the maltiness typical of the DIPA and brings it to the fore a bit more than is usual these days. The hop flavors, which are mostly of the citrus and pine variety, aren’t overshadowed but are pretty much level with the malt.

Carbonation is on the high side and the finish is rather short without a lot of lingering bitterness. A DIPA that’s very middle of the road. Drinkable. Hides the alcohol very well. Worth a shot.

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Photo of HagiO
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. Love the coppery look and had a nice pillowy white head. Great nose, alot of grapefruit. Surprisingly malty considering the aroma.High in alcohol but doesn't really drink like it is.Really good representation of the style, first beer from Breckenridge won't be the last.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a generous half-inch white head even though I poured the entire thing down the side of the glass. Obviously a sign of a lot of carbonation. Retains very nicely dropping to an 1/8 inch. Medium amber color.

S- Fragrant, dank hops emanate with a wafty pineapple citrus overtone. Slightly metallic but still has that bounce that's indicative of a full flavor.

T- Nice hop kick in the beginning leading to an abrupt metallic taste that flows into...oh wow. I can't put my finger on the vegetable sensed in the aftertaste but it's there. Either broccoli or green pepper. That said, there's a bit of spicy heat that's erupting in the flavor but isn't immediately apparent. A lot going on here. The bitterness almost plays as an afterthought to the other characteristics of the beer. It's actually quite interesting how the heat of the capsaicin plays off the heat of the alcohol and the sting of the hops. The trio of sharp flavors meld together in an uncanny unison. Remarkable.

M- Quite a lot of carbonation as expected. The consistency is slick leaving a layer of salival residue on the tongue. It's pretty fun to drink this beer.

O- After having two unexciting beers by this brewery (Agave Wheat and Lucky U IPA), this is a pleasant surprise. A great, firm IPA with a lot of character.

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Photo of MsRif
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Blake St. Breckenridge.

Poured a hazy golden copper color with a sizeable head. Lacing was considerable. Had an aroma of earthy funk and citrus. Definitely hoppy. Tasted full of earthy/citrus-y hops. I did not get much malt flavor from it. Well balanced and clean...very drinkable for a 2xIPA.

Light brew that goes down smooth with light carbonation. I actually enjoyed this one which is rare for me when drinking a 2xIPA. I would try it again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of DIPAs, and when I initially poured this, I had big expectations. It had a nice head and lacing with a light caramel/copper color. However, the nose was initially masked by the alcohol. The malts, citrus, and pine notes did eventually come through with repeated sniffing though. It had a pretty nice mouthfeel, but the taste was only average to me. I think the kicker was a lingering bitterness that I haven't really encountered with other DIPAs. I would really like to give this another go on tap.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my notes:

Pours clear, foamy, with a big citrusy bouquet. I get some pine notes, some resin on the finish. Lots of effervescence from the draught, wondering if it’s overcarbonated? Surprisingly light for a DIPA, but definitely a strong one at 9.2%.

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Photo of shanblur
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Illegible bottle markings. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Murky copper color with a decent white head which leaves extensive lacing.

S - A nice citrus style hops aroma with some malt and earthiness as well.

T - A nice full hops flavor some citrus and earthy hops. Nice hops profile. Some minor malt flavors.

M - Very nice here. Smooth with a gentle carbonation.

A very nice beer. Seems hard to get. Will probably never get to try again but am glad I got to try once. Definitely recommend.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a hazy light orange color with a large white head which has decent retention and leaves a pacing. The smells are of citrus and pine hops with a little alcohol smells. The feel is medium. The taste is mostly of hops with caramel malts. Overall not a bad iipa.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours an amber color with an off-white head with good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and a nice dose of fresh hops. Looking forward to trying this beer.

T- The taste is Has some sweetness from the malt but the palate is clearly dominated by the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a pretty tasty IPA that is worth a try. Recommended!

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Photo of One2Remeber
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer from Breckenridge so I have open expectations with an open mind. Poured into a snifter.

A: Light orangish-amber, crystal clear body with tinted white head that came out with explosive carbonation when pouring. Head is very sticky, as it calms down a filmy ring resides on the edges. Looks very inviting:)

S: Fruity notes off the bat are balanced by undertones of a thick caramel sweetness. A definite west coast aroma typical for double IPAs (reminds me of something from Lagunitas).

T: Thick, sticky syrupy caramel taste stands as the backbone as there seems to be a couple hop transitions. Starts off light fruity then finishes with a nice blend of citrus and pine notes. I feel a majority of the flavor is on the back end. High alcohol is hidden extremely well.

M: A citrusy tang coats the entire mouth making the body feel lighter than it actually is. Extremely pungent hops but a sturdy malt backbone keeps the feel in check.

O: Not something I would go crazy over but very enjoyable. Above average for the style, the hop profile is good with a nice mix of hops but there is not a definitive taste that sets it apart from the pack.

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Photo of jsulko
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a copper color, pretty clear with a hint of cloudyness. Head is white but minimal.

Fruity citrus aroma leaning towards the grapefruit smell.

Very citrus IPA flavor with a little of the pine in the background. Finish is heavy with the citrus and a little bitterness.

Very solid DIPA. Crazy price at my local bottle shop will probably prevent me from having much again but a brew that will make me seek out others from them.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV clearly marked. Thin film of a head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Fruity aroma; citrus and grapefruits with nice notes of sweet esters and floral, piney hops. Very nice on the nose.
Taste is absolutely spot-on. The hop presence is massive, slight bitterness upfront, through which some sweetness tries to make its presence felt, only to be completely drowned by hop bitterness. Lingering bitter aftertaste is also not very overwhelming. Doesn't leave a lot of lace.
The alcohol presence is felt as it slowly warms you up.
Definitely a sipper, the nice oily mouthfeel is what I enjoy the most in a solid DIPA.
This is a must-try for every hop head. Highly recommended.

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Photo of atr2605
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a light copper, almost extremely light amber color with a great fluffy white head with excellent retention
S-Tons of hop aroma, citrus, pine, and also very sweet somewhat candied aroma
T- more of the same with lots of the citrus and pine hop flavor and then a good deal of sweet malt body to back it up. Much more balance that I would have anticipated from the aroma. Has a ton of great hop flavor but no harsh bitterness
M-medium bodied
O- This beer packs a punch with a great array of smells and tastes. Still remains very drinkable and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes IPA's. Well crafted beer

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Photo of blackcompg
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle into my 12oz beer glass, looking forward to this...

Appearance - Poured about a finger of eggshell head, color is a beautiful orange amber, with golden yellow hilites at the perimeter. Getting some very nice lacing. Zebra stripes at the end of the session.

Smell - Pineapple and citrus, a little sweet red grapefruit, very slight grass, overall lots of ripe citrus smells, and a little sweetness, like someone opened a fresh carmel in the background.

Taste - This is all about the citrus, but not overly sweet at all. I get ruby red grapefruit, ripe yellow grapefruit, some orange peel, also some of the grassy hop flavors, then some grapefruit rind in the finish. Citrus flavors start on the sweet side, becomes ripe citrus with some honey sweetness at the center, then bitters to citrus peel/zest at the end. Alcohol is very well hidden at 9.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth, pretty slick mouthfeel, medium carb provides a really nice tingle that does not overwhelm the mouthfeel or the flavors.

Overall - If you like big citrus hops with just a touch of sweetness to offset with a bitter citrus finish, then this is your DIPA. A very good DIPA, and one that I would try again. I personally prefer a little more hop complexity and a bit more malt/carmel in the middle.

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Photo of tito42
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to an imperial pint. Not sure about the date stamp.

A: Amber with pumpkin hues in color. Foamy, pumpkin-hued head with excellent retention and lacing. Unfiltered particulate and active carbonation all come together to make this a great looking beer.

S: Grassy hops, caramel-sweet malt. A bit of brown sugar. Balanced between hops and sweet.

T: Smooth caramel malts up front with a delayed grassy hops bite on the back end. The hops lingers. Just a touch of a metallic aftertaste. A bit of alcohol noticeable at the finish as well. A hint of toffee.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth, but a tad watery in the middle. A nice alcohol burn without being overpowering. 70 IBU, so it doesn't exactly rip your tongue out, but the hops is noticeable. Not a piney hops, more grassy.

O: A nice, well-rounded DIPA with equal parts hops and sweet malts. Hops within reason, not something that will make a hophead crave another. Enjoyable and relaxed for a DIPA.

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Photo of crewfan16
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle to a pint glass. i cant understand what the bottle dating says exactly, so i dont know how old it is.

a- color is right on for the style, that dark amber/tangerine color. the head is a tad thin though, but a nice off white color

s-huge malty sweetness with lots of tropical fruit, mainly pineapple and maybe mango. slight pine as well. a bit on the sweet side, but delicious

t- follows the nose well, lots of caramel tasting maltiness and hop fruitiness. pineapple and pine, but the bitterness isnt too great. finishes dry and resin-like flavors with a bit more malt to add to the backbone

m- nice body and carbonation, feel is nice, not too oily and not too dry. very nice for the style.

overall, i really enjoy this beer. a great dipa. that being said, there are equal or better options for way less money (this six-pack was 16.99). a well done beer, but wont look to drop that sort of cash on it again if given better and cheaper options.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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 someguyinohio
4.82/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, this beer is now one of my reference IPA's. I would put this up there with any of them... Dogfish 90 minute, Stone IPA, Southern Tier 2X IPA.. etc. but this beer rises above these beers and is getting into Avery's Maharaja territory.. which is lofty company, in my opinion. This is a quality made product. I don't go in for the color and lacing details. It's all about Taste, Taste, Taste. This beer has that in spades.

It has an exceptional flavor range for an IPA. Citrus notes exceptionally well counterbalanced with toffee and caramel. Upfront taste is a bit bitter, after all it is an IPA, then a subtle reveal of all the taste layers of grapefruit and caramel, with a finish of some of the toffee and alcohol beautifully blended. Carbonation and mouth-feel are perfect.

This beer is a winner! Enthusiastically recommended. But hey, I'm just some guy in Ohio.

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471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,314 ratings.
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