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471 Small Batch IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

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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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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, three-finger, head. Recedes slowly leaving significant chunky lace. Cloudy, orange-amber color.

Superior floral hop nose.

Lots of grapefruit hop bitterness. It dominates the swallow and makes the aftertaste last a very long time. Less pronounced is the lighter crystal malts giving the brew some complexity. There's an oiliness to the mouthfeel, but it isn't really rich. The carbonation is lower than most. Interestingly, I don't detect any alcohol.

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Photo of Schracky
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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).

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

Finally made it to MA, can't wait to try my first one.

Pours a large creamy fizzy 1.5 head that fades at a medium pace with light lacing, crystal clear nectar orange color.

Nose brings some fresh hops, some pine, citrus, light tangerine and touch of tropical fruits, light musty hop resin, a bit of a sweet malt base.

Taste has a rich malty base, toasted almost creamy malts, then some bitterness but not much at first, light musty hop resin, light pine and citrus, very light tropical fruits, juicy hops, bit of booze. As it finishes it dries and gets pretty bitter, lingering bettering hops and resins, light sticky feel, and a weird almost herbal mineral bitterness hidden in the back.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb, bit of warming booze.

Drink is ok at best the hops start to get fairly bitter, despite a drier finish a bit of sticky feel, touch off booze, and that weird mineral herbal hop flavor.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a rich copper with a nice creamy tan head that leaves a syrupy lacing around the rim of a tulip glass. A little cloudy with subtle carbonation.

S- Grapefruit, and orange zest! Lots of tangy hops aroma follow. Just a touch of sweet bready malt surrounded by citrus and piney hops. Lovin' It!!!

T- An explosion of flavor! Fresh squeezed grapefruit... tons of it! The bitter hops and the sweet malt really balance each other out! This is fantastic! I'm picking up so many flavors as it warms up!

M- The balance of bitter/sweet/and citrus is unreal! Like great toasted whole grain bread with orange marmalade... The tongue doesn't get overwhelmed by any one thing... perfect balance!

D- You don't even notice the alcohol... This would go great with sooo many foods! Sweet and sour chicken w/ pork fried rice... BBQ'd citrus shrimp and polenta... or a nice crisp salad with grilled chicken, grapefruit, and feta... easily drinkable... I gotta get more of this for sure!

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Photo of shand
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

This beer pours a very hazy straw colour with a fingers worth of head that retains and laces nicely. Smell? By god, it's hoppy! Hops, hops, hops, a bit of earthiness and citrus. Taste? Surprisingly smooth! This is a hoppy brew for sure, but without the sharpness. These are just smooth hops with some grapefruit and some very smooth malts. Smooth is the key term here. It's also quite bitter, but this is a double IPA, what were you expecting? The bitter aftertaste becomes even more apparent as it warms. Alcohol? Don't taste it at all! The mouthfeel is full and satisfying, and this is way too drinkable for a 9+% brew.

A great double IPA from Breckenridge, just an enjoyable brew that hits all the right bases.

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Photo of breweryaprntc13
2.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pomegranate orange, with a dark amber hue. dense/solid one finger dirty white head, leaves average lacing.

Earthy, citrus and grass hops, slight malt notes.

Earthy bitterness leads, citrus hops noticeable as well, very weak caramel malts give little balance.

Medium bodies, average carbonation.

Not a very impressive IPA, drinkable for a hop head, but nothing to search for.

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Photo of mdunman
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Medium hazy dark amber with a good bit of head that lingered for a while.

S: So many hops, it's fantastic.

T: Again the hops here are fantastic, with a bit of spices on the sides and surprisingly the finish wasn't very dry at all, it was just very smooth.

M: Medium body, lots of carbonation and a smooth feel.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I would love to find some more of this and keep it stocked all the time.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a tumbler. Breckenridge 471 gives a very cloudy brown/gold body with nice off white and creamy looking head. Decent lacing as well.

Bouqeut though is pretty ordinary, with just a standard hop smell kind of muted. Not much else to say here nothing else really going on.

The taste is the same primarily of hops with alchohol feel and bitterness. Sugar finish of grapefruit and mild citrus only on the aftertaste, they really didn't seem to mask the alcohol taste on this very well and it almost gives off a pine sourness.

This is ok but I would certainly drink something else instead of it.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber with 2.5 finger head, good retention, leaves a thick coat of bubbles on the surface of the beer after the head subsides

Hop and citrus peel overwhelmingly, lemon also hiding in the aroma as well as a faint trace of the malt

Super bitter full of hop flavor, again some lemon flavor and sweet malts flavor on the finish. Hard to distinguish at first due to the immediate bitterness.

Smooth dispute the high alcohol and manages to keep a crisp light mouthfeel. Very pleasant to sip. I find it to be quite drinkable

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Photo of tchenery
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice glowing orange and hazy body with a bright white one finger consistent head.

Smells hoppy as anything. It is first pine, followed quickly by passionfruit. I feel like I have hops right in front of me.

Taste is more of the smell. It's sooo fruit hopped. On the tongue it's more of a grapefruit flavor at first and then a rich pale malt backbone kicking in. Excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel is very coating. It leaves you tingling from the carbonation and the hoppiness.

Drinkable for an IPA, especially one with this level of humulus alpha acids.

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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.

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Photo of jds1469
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I had been eyeballing this for a few weeks now and decided to go ahead and pick this one up. After it was all said and done, I'm glad I picked it up. Because I know not to buy it again now.

A - pours a thick orange color with a good amount of head. Very cloudy and looks like a very flavorful beer.

S - Pleasant smelling, very light. You can definitely pick out the hops here.

T - BITTER! This took me by surprise. I might be able to drink this beer if it wasn't for the unpleasant after taste about 5 seconds after the swallow.

M - Thin and oily. Not much else to say.

D - Thought my sink was gonna spit this back up.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle American Double Imperial IPA. Poured a dark golden haze color with a good foamy head - very attractive yummy appearance. Smell consisted of sweet and citrusy hops. Tasted a smooth big hop characteristic flavor, but only to realize this beer is kinda solvent. Mouthability consisted of a nice full body and ongoing carbonation that left layers of laces after each drink. Freshness at its finest! Drinkability left a very dangerous impression especially for a DIPA as this beer is not as bitter as most purist DIPA beers. This was my #1 DIPA at one time until I had the 3f Dreadnaught among others over the years, but the 471 IPA remains to be one of my favorites in this particular category as I am a fan of smooth malty characteristic mouthness. Two thumbs up.

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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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the brewery location at 471 Kalamath in Denver. Poured a dark golden color, with a rocky little white head. Aromas of freshly plucked pine needles and freshly peeled citrus. Light to medium bodied, with flavors of citrusy hops, caramel and bready malts. Not a great beer, but works well with the great BBQ.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange golden color into an oversize wine glass with a thin suddsy head. There's a nice lacing throughout.

S: Nose moderately carries a hop dominating sweet aroma of peach nectar citrus and bright malt.

M/T: Opens up with a bitter burst of juicy citrus hops that nicely envelopes the palate with a balancing malt feel that smoothly drives into a mouthcoating dry bitter tangerine rind noted finish.

D: This is a solid and quite drinkable DIPA that masks its abv nicely. I will revisit...

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Photo of happygnome
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a hazy orange color with about an inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a trace of lace around the edge of the glass and top of the beer. There are plenty of bubbles that continue to rise to the top

s: caramel malt aroma dominated by piny and citrusy hop aroma. It is surprising to me that the alcohol is not as present in the nose as I was suspecting. Not extrodinary but solid

t: Nice piny hop bitterness greets you on the tip of your tongue, followed by hints of caramel malts and then back to piny hop bitterness

m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a good beer I really enjoyed it

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a light copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose (the beer is very cold tonight), just some light cistrus, light pine and a light underlying earthiness. The flavor profile is a bit more impressive, with the beer showing a fairly long, bitter finish. This DIPA is on the dry side, and is almost light, except the alcohol clues you in that it's anything but. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, fairly bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though the alcohol is certainly there and noticeasble. However, the beer is not the least bit hot, heavy or tiring on the palate, and so as DIPA's go, drinkability is pretty good.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but this was nevertheless a pretty solid DIPA from Breckenridge.

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Photo of grover37
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bought from Vintage Estates for $2.79. This used to be one of my favorite DIPAs so I thought I would give it an objective review.

Appearance (4): Clear, dark orange color with yellowish gold around the edges. A finger and a half of light cream colored head settles to a mostly covering layer of small and medium bubbles. There is some lacing but in random, sparing swaths around the glass.

Aroma (2): Surprisingly not that hoppy. Mostly just solvent and sweet, sweet caramel malt. There is a subtle, fresh pine scent but it is in the background.

Taste (3): More hoppy than the scent suggests. Apricots and plums on up front. A more bright, fruity taste in the middle but not quite citrusy. An unpleasant, sweet booziness in the finish. The caramel malt lingers where I'd like to taste the pine flavor from the nose. The bitterness is apparent in the finish and tempers the sweetness a bit (not enough though), but is not apparent throughout. After a few quick sips, the pine flavor starts to come out, sticking to my mouth with a resinous after taste just before the sweetness takes over (and then again when it subsides). The hop flavors are nice but underwhelming throughout, but it is overwhelmed by the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Medium to full bodied from the high residual sweetness and medium carbonation. It drinks pretty smoothly despite the somewhat cloying sweetness.

Drinkability (4): I've drank several of these at a time, but only because I don't see it around or it was the best beer available. I don't think I'd drink more than one or two of these, but only because it's a little too sweet for my tastes currently and there are better DIPAs out there. It goes down easy for 9.2% even though it's somewhat apparent to a discerning palate (or nose more accurately).

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Photo of goldbot
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pinkish-copper hued with ample off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Hazy, mostly still with only a bit of lacing left on the glass. Enticing planty citrus aroma with a mix of resinous pine thrown in as well. Little or no malt detectable. Bitter hop flavor, but without much character to go with it. Hints of citrus and a bit more floral plant flavor. Slight caramel malt flavor. Medium body, bitter but pleasant mouthfeel. A good beer, nicely hoppy, but with 9.2% ABV, wheres all the malt flavor and body?

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Photo of csiewert
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with a little bit of foamy white head. The aroma is strong with floral hops and malted barley. The taste is heavy with hoppy bitterness which overwhelms everything else. The mouthfeel is a little harsh for my liking... Little overcarbonated. Lingering bitter taste also detracts from the experience.

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Photo of BB1313
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a little darker than I like for my DIPAs to be, but it's all good. Nice white head w/ sticky lacing. Smells very musky with lots of pine and citrus; orange and grapefruit. Tastes very sharp; bittersweet; lots of pine and citrus once again. I will say 471 is definitely on the maltier side. Finishes nice, makes you want to come back for more. This is a complex DIPA which gets better the more you sip. Drinkability is good, but feels heavy. Alcohol is slightly masked. Great DIPA! IT'S DIFFERENT!!

This is definitely my favorite offering from Breckenridge. I've always been very impressed w/ 471. Unique beer, recommended!

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Photo of gopens44
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale copper or dark yellow. Can't tell, but it's one of those. Not much head, but thin lacing where the head once was.

S - Earthy hop scents. Musky and pine forward.

T - Obviously bitter with pine ,and once again, earthy and musky tastes as well. Backtaste is a little grainy like mulled corn.

M - Medium carbonation and a touch heavy, but not too heavy. Slight aftertaste that is gently bitter, but not palate wrecking.

For me, this is a hit or miss. I can think of several other DIPA's I'd grab before this, but this one wasn't poorly crafted by any means. Just lacked identity IMO. Plenty of bitter without a unique calling card.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH Pint Glass. Clear, Golden color, with very little head; really more lace from the get-go than anything. Lace retention was pretty good.

Smells like citrus up front with some lingering pine scents. All aromas are subtle- they don't hit you in a huge way. Taste of bitter hop up front, with notes of grapefruit on the finish. Like the smell, the taste is not bold IPA, but rather more on the solid medium side. Bitter through the taste spectrum.

Medium body, smooth with a light fizz. This is a good base-line IPA, but would not be my first choice given a selections of popular India Pale Ales. It is one that, for an IPA afficiando, would be fine if everything else on the list was lager.

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471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,318 ratings
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