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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Photo of GBB
3.23/5  rDev -17%
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 -42.2%
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 +12.6%
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 -13.9%
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 -4.9%
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%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.3%
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 -21.1%
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 -7.7%
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 -6.2%
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 -3.3%
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 -6.9%
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 -3.6%
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasting notes from 12/21/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Cloudy, dark orange colour with a tinge of amber and a small amount of bubbly white head.

S - Bitter hops up front with some earthy and citrus notes. A sweet caramel malt backbone exists as well, but it is definitely the secondary profile in the nose.

M - Medium body, oily, sticky. Light carbonation.

T - Piney, bitter hops with hints of citrus. A big, sweet toffee/caramel malt backbone. The finish is very sweet.

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Photo of keith712
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Appearance: Slightly hazy, dull copper, poured aggressively nets a big frothy head that dissipates fast to a solid 1/8" after 1-2 minutes. This beer is big on the yeast it seems, I can see the particulate suspension that stays and doesn't sink.

Nose: Sweet...apricot? Surprising to me, I expected more sharpness. Not much pine or citrus to me. Definitely malty/sweet. Somewhat subdued aromas for a big IPA.

Taste: Initially I get the big semi sweet malts, but the hops comes on strong after a few seconds to remind you this is a big IPA. It never assaults the palate though, and finishes fairly smooth. Definitely an imperial style IPA due to the additional malt-iness.

Mouthfeel: Rich, medium bodied, some slight stickiness. The "cheeky-ness" of a good IPA is there though. Not bad at all.

Drinkability: I seriously would not have known this was a 9.2% ABV brew. The alcohol is well hidden and never felt "hot" as I drank it. While not a fast drinking beer, I could easily get through two of these bombers over the course of 1-2 hours, but you will feel the effects of the alcohol, so not a session beer unless you like to just get blitzed.

Overall - Nice double IPA, easy to drink, and worthy of the imperial moniker. Will definitely drink again with a friend. Call it...an 8.5

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Photo of jmich24
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy dark orange color. One finger off white head. Sticky lacing.
S: Sweet citrus, orange, grapefruit, and some tropical fruits.
T: Mild sweet citrus to start than gets bitter in the middle and end. Nice citrus and fairly heavy malt backbone. Lingering bitterness. Touch oif booze.
M: Creamy mouthfeel, a little under carbed for me.
D: @ 9.2% ABV and the touch of booziness hurts the drinkability a bit, but I will gladly have one more 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: ?

A: Golden brown color with a slight white head.

S: Bready and earthy, with a subtle fruit note.

T: Bready, earthy, grassy, a bit smooth with mild fruit undertones. Damn tasty, and surprisingly not too strong or alcoholic tasting.

M: Medium bodied, some carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of macawm
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice color on the pour but the head is lacking with small to medium bubbles that fade down quickly. Minimal lacing in a chilled pint glass but the simple, clean nose makes up for lack luster appearance. But, I'm more interested in the taste rather than the look.

The mouthfeel on this one is really great, smooth with a touch of creaminess. The citrus is not there as I normally like in a strong IPA but again this is made up for with the high IBUs and hoppiness on the back end.

In the end it leaves a bit to be desired but I would drink it regularly if there weren't cheaper, better alternatives.

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Photo of PBoegel
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber, no bottle dating but the case just arrived at my beverage store and was plucked out of the case before stocking, poured into a Brooklyn tulip snifter.

Appearance is nice, golden bright yellow, excellent clarity, snow white head with some good signs of lacing.

Aromas for style are muted. Faint citrusy hops, touches of herb and Thai basil. Sugar cookies, honey malt, some perfume like rose alcohol. No off esters or fusel character which is a plus for big beers, but the subdued hop character was disappointing.

Taste was pretty much all malt. Biscuit and honey malt, raw sugar, lemon meringue, touch of maple sap. Bitterness is not substantial enough for style, finishes semi-sweet in that regard. Alcohol is actually more muted in the flavor than that nose which is again a plus. Still the utter lack of hop punch is just disappointing.

Full bodied and semi sweet finish, not dry enough for what the style brings best.

Drinkable, but off the style so not a keeper.

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Photo of cwalker
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint Glass.
Burnt Orange color, Low Carbonation with little head
smells hoppy although subtle
Smooth with bitter after taste, drinks easier with every drink.
Very drinkable for a DIPA, but I prefer their Deadlift which has more of a grapefruit flavor.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

U no it...another lovely big hop bomb, often overlooked, not fully appreciated!! Here's the deal for me...in Denver you can get a growler re-fill for around $12-14, and this is a double IPA with nice balance. Is it a Pliney...no! Is it a Green Flash, Hercules...no. It's a nicely balanced Breckenridge double IPA that holds up nicely pint after pint, which is why I regularly fill mine. A fine, wholesome big hop profile with depth...hummm..yummm. Ayieee!!!

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Photo of hosehead83
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed coppery/orange, with a short head of white foam.
Aroma-Fruity, subtle hop note.
Taste-Tangerine/orange fruitiness, malt sweetness, underlying but not overly harsh hop bitterness. Decently balanced and pretty drinkable with the alcohol well hidden. Overall, a decent, and affordable DIPA.

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Photo of stephens101
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with a one-finger tan head that disintegrates fairly quickly, leaving some thick fingers of lace behind. Sweet and malty to the nose with some earthiness and ripened fruitiness at the back. Has a big malty, creamy middle which is wrapped tightly with some striking citrusy and piny hop bitterness. A bit of coriander and orange peel is noticed in the very back. Mouth-feel is medium. Alcohol heat hits quickly, and fades just as fast, leaving nothing but a near perfect mix of sweet and bitter to linger on the palate. Double IPA's are a dime a dozen these days, but this one is a keeper.

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Photo of Riv3r
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Breckenridge beer has a nice reddish-golden color.
Aroma has strong cedar and grassy overtones.
Thin head.
Minimal carbonation.
Crisp, clean taste.
Bitter, hoppy without complex undertones.
This beer would accompany spicy foods well.
Lingering bitter aftertaste.

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471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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