471 Small Batch IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

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471 Small Batch IPA471 Small Batch IPA

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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 DeanMoriarty
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle of this from Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO. for $1.99 and poured it into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly golden copper hue with a small head that dissipates within a few sips, leaving a small amount of lace.

S: Sweet and grainy, earthy malts and some grassy hops in the mix too, but not as strong as I hoped/expected.

T: Similar to the smell but with more bitter hop which is nice; somewhat sweet and fruity with a nice malt flavor and no booziness which is surprising for a beer with a 9.2 % ABV.

M: Medium bodied, slightly sticky with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for a 9.2%.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes made on 10/23/10.

A: I poured the entire contents of the bomber into an obviously large snifter, which results in a one and a half finger, dark khaki head. The color is a murky golden-amber-orange. Carbonation bubbles drift slowly up the glass, and the lacing tightly packed, sticky, and, well, lacy.

S: Lots of caramel malt sweetness opens upfront with a decent dose of grassy and citrus hop aroma. There is a little grandparent mustiness infiltrating my nose, ala an English Barleywine. I also smell a lot of brown sugar.

T: This is a prime example of a Double IPA that blurs the style line with an English Barleywine. I am not positive if that is because this particular bottle is old and that the hops have worn off (no bottling date to check), or if that is just how this beer is crafted, but the sweeter caramel and brown sugar malt flavors definitely trump hop presence in this fella. The end of each sip does have a decent sweet citrus hop flavor, but the overall taste is dominated by that big, sweet malt and musty flavor.

M: This has a good medium-bodied feel with a fair pucker from the hops at the end of each sip. The carbonation provides a nice sizzle at the start of the sip.

D: This Double IPA is smooth and easy to drink, but with its similarities to a barleywine and the fact that I've had many other Double IPAs that I like better, I'd say this brew is fairly average.

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Photo of climax
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never been a fan of Breckenridge's beers, but let's see how this goes. It pours a tangerine orange with a small head, fading to a few patches of bubbles.

The nose is subtle, but there's definitely a hop load lurking in there. It is a very herbal and grassy aroma, with some grapefruit and tropical citrus sitting shotgun. Bread and bubblegum begin to ooze out as it warms.

Alcohol is evident in the taste, adding a definite warming feeling. Soapy, and minty, with a sweet candy fruit aftertaste stay atop a shy caramel backbone.

The body is light-medium, with a sticky feel. Carbonation isn't aggressive, but keeps things crisp through the finish. Overall it's pretty easy to drink....granted 9.2%. A bit more spunk could have boosted it, but it's a solid IPA.

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Photo of ianmhall
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Tootsie Pop orange, with barely any head after a medium vigorous pour... agitating the beer further produces just a slight bit of white lacing

N- Melon, bread and honey a bit floral but the malt sems to dominate

T- Hoppy, chewy maltiness, a big beer with lots of fruit and dry piney zip... a bit stemmy and tea-like... some spicy tannins provide a nice but not overpowering backbone to a malty beer, showing berry, apple and toffee notes... as i delve deeper i get a bit of cheesy funk and bubblegum chewed up in a mouthful of macadamia nuts? Incomplete transition, a bit hollow in places...

M- Medium cloying but overall pretty clean... above average

D- getting better the deeper i get into this beer although I have a feeling the by the end of number two I'd be ready for something not quite as sweet and candylike 89/100

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

12oz into shaker. from notes

A - Medium amber and clear. Fluffy, slightly off-white head that left decent lacing.

S - Citrus, dominated by orange. some sweetness

T - Strong citrus hops but not overbearing. A definitive caramel malt backbone.

M - Medium to full body for the style. Alcohol heat was noticeable but this beer is fairly well balanced. Sticky tongue.

D - Easy drinker for the first couple. Very tasty.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (imprint on the bottle...think its telling me it was bottled 7/8/10) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a clear, light to medium amber color with 2 fingers of dense cream colored foam with excellent staying power. Thick sheets of lacing left on the glass as the foam slowly fades. Beautiful streams of carbonation bubbles rise constantly throughout the glass.

S - As soon as I opened the bottle I was hit with huge tropical fruitiness, especially mangos. Tangerine and some pineapple add to the fruitiness and combine with some rich malty notes (the malt is almost wort-like in aroma...hope this doesn't mean this is way underattenuated...we'll see). Overall, I'm liking the smell a lot, but I am cautious on getting my hopes up for flavor...smells like it might be balanced well to the malty side.

T - Well, there definitely is a strong malt backbone which is rich and full with caramel and maltose flavors dominating. Happily this only serves to form a strong base and there is still room for the hops to put on a show. Lots of pineapple and some mango fruitiness with an assertive bitterness. Has to be a high IBU value here, but this is tempered by the malt presence. A hit of alcohol on the inhale and remains a subtle but noticeable presence on the swallow. Perhaps a bit less malt would be desirable...however, to be fair this has a few months of age on it so maybe they faded a bit.

M - Medium-full bodied with a big malt base. Alcohol is noticeable but not to the point of creating any heat. Hop bitterness lingers past the swallow. Carbonation is mid level, maybe tending towards the high side...gives a strong tingle throughout the mouth.

D - There is a lot going on here in this beer. Big hop and malt presence that battle it out with the malt taking the win by a little bit. Alcohol is on the high side and somewhat noticeable. A pretty interesting DIPA that is a bit out of the norm, but mostly works. Glad to try this and wouldn't mind having another, but I don't need to go out of my way to try this again either.

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Photo of noel2977
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber
A - copper/amber - cloudy, but w/o sediment. Moderate lacing
S - Sweet/malty. A nice tropical fruit aroma - a hint pineapple husk/rind
T - Malts that give way quickly to the pine hops. Then hints of tropical fruit and some grapefruit blends in, before some lingering maltiness on the finish. I like the way the flavors work with each other. Well integrated, it should be interesting to see how this tastes as it warms up.
F - Mouthcoating - thick... aligning with the taste profile. Minimal carbonation.
D - High ABV, but the booze hides well.

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

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a hazy copper orange color, has a thin white head.
Smells like sweet malt and lots of grapefruit and pine.
Tastes thick and malty, there is lemon, grapefruit, pine resin and a hint of alcohol.
Medium-heavy body, smooth, creamy and leaves the mouth nice and dry.
This is a great double IPA, it's very tasty.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small bubbly head that fades to a ring pretty quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Not much head at all and there are actually a lot of big bubbles which is kinda weird.

S: The nose is tons of grapefruit and tropical fruits with a hint of the malt in the background. This smells wonderful.

T: Full on grapefruit with hints of pineapple along with other tropical fruits and a grapefruit bitterness on the finish. One of the first beers I've had that tastes like they dumped grapefruit right into the fermenter. The malt sweetness and other flavors balance out the bitterness quite well.

M: The feel is pretty thick and creamy with an oily characteristic.

D: Drinks great for a 9% beer and the alcohol is not even noticeable until you're about halfway through the glass. I would drink this again but I can only have 1 or 2 in a sitting.

Glad I gave this one a try. Decent Imperial IPA for a good price.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge 471 on tap at Barley's Smokehouse, Columbus, Ohio, served on a snifter.

Appearance: A beautiful dark-but-see-through amber color. Gorgeous foamy head, easily the best head I've seen on a DIPA.

Smell: Citrus peel, some hops and malts. Caramel sweetness.

Taste: More subdued than expected for a powerful DIPA like this. Hop taste is low on the lips. A touch of honey.

Mouthfeel: light carbonation, medium body, nice coating of the tongue. Somewhat disappointing... I've had it before and it tasted and felt stronger/boozier. Served too cold, though. Improves when warm.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, but it also is one of those beers that sneaks up on you and kicks your butt without knowing.

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Photo of katan
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep orange hue, slightly opaque - not hazy but certainly solid. Head formation is frothy, pearly white, breaks down to a film.

S - Floral, fruity nose. Grapefruit and other more pungent notes. Very hoppy. Some alcohol comes through.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, orange and fruit notes. Gets very hoppy mid-stream, showing lots of floral smooth hopping. Some grassy edge comes in late, almost earthy. Very complex. Can be boozy.

M - Very strong body, thick and creamy. Carbonation builds the body, but doesn't sting the palette.

D - Scary drinkable. Flavors are so easy to drink, but the alcohol will slow you down. Not filling.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright pine hops with underlying herbal notes. Backing everything up are mild amounts of pale hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are quickly overtaken by large amounts of pine hop flavors. Midway through the sip the pine flavors recede just a bit, making room for mild amounts of herbal and earthy flavors. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was one of the first beers I had when really getting into craft beer and it still remains a very solid beer. Not quite up to par with the real big boys but it can easily hold it's own. Worth a shot.

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

Acquired from Dunt in the Support Your Team BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours hazy burnt orange with a one finger of creamy, khaki colored head. Head recedes relatively quickly leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is sweet caramel malts, a touch of biscuit, major grapefruit citrus notes, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Taste starts with a caramel malt sweetness, hints of molasses, before giving way to a light grainy/biscuity-ness that keeps the middle nice and light. Finish is where the grapefruit bitterness really takes over. It is a massive dose of grapefruit citrus hop bitterness takes over and lingers. Alcohol warms the whole way down.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean body with a dry finish.

D: Goes down relatively easily, not too filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. There is quite a bit of alcohol wamring to this beer. A bomber is more than sufficient.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- A moderate pour left a late rushing, 1-finger, tan head. I thought it would be much thinner, but it built late in the pour. The head settles to a solid film and leaves great rings on the glass. The body was a rich, gold-orange that a little too deep and hazy to make out the carbonation.

S- Good balance. Sweet malt gives brown sugar and caramel and mixes well with grassy hops. It gets a little boozy after it warms slightly and becomes really sweet. I can't really place the description (maybe dark rum or butter rum).

T- More balance. Grassy and spicy/herbal hops throughout. Grainy sweetness in the middle gives way to peppery hops and an alcohol finish. Alcohol becomes greater with more warmth and gives the buttery rum characateristics.

M- Quite viscus and coating. Moderate-light carbonation. Lots of hop bite and a touch of alcohol burn.

D- Good balance between malt and hops means no hop burn-out. However, even at 9.2% abv, the alcohol could have been better hidden. The balance almost makes me think of this as a really hoppy barley wine. It's a definite sipper and a good nightcap.

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Photo of Nibbley
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy orange/yellow with little head that fades to a couple bubbles down the side of the glass.
Has a big boozey smell along with pink grapefruit, and orange rind.
Tastes alot like it smells,big booze and grapefruit with a nice biscuty malt note.
Alcohol and orange rind in the finish.
Nowhere near the top of the style, but I can still drink more than one.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a frothy off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of piny hops with some toasted malt.

Tastes of the hop rush upfront with a solid malt backbone. Hops are citrus and pine with a solid amount of bitterness. Malts are caramel toasty with a decent sweetness to balance everything out. Alcohol comes through and leaves a warming sensation.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip opaque burnt orange with a 1.5 finger kinda off white foaming head. Good retention and lacing. The scent is of a balance floral and sugary scent. The taste has a little bit of a strong carmel flavor that doesn't really ever get to the bitter flavors that I would expect for the style. It keeps leading me on that it's coming but I never do find the bitters. The mouthfeel is pretty solid for the style, not too thin. And the alcohol is hidden very nicely making this a decently drinkable IIPA, if you like searching for hops.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an overly hazy cloudy (for this style) burnt orange with a firm white head, big lace.

S: Orange and pink grapefruit, I definitely smell the booze.

T: Lots of orange, Lemonheads, big green watermelon rind there too. This is boozy, there's no getting around that, but the overall flavour is quite good, much better than I thought it'd be after smelling it.

M: Medium-bodied, quite boozy/solventy. Creamy, fairly smooth.

D: Nowhere in the upper echelon of great DIPAs is going to be, but it's not half bad. There's enough orange in this, it's almost like DIPA punch, worth a shot, one of the least expensive DIPAs out there. It's a bit of a boozy mess, but it's fun.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on a trip to IA. 12oz bottle...

A: Deep copper / honey color with a tiny white head that quickly fades to a lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: Earthy hops blended with grapefruit upfront. Sugary citrus in the middle with some woody oak on the backend. Good.

T: Sweet sugary orange blended wonderfully with bitter grapefruit. Malty with some bitter hops on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a nice carbonation feel. Good.

D: Goes down super easy despite the ABV. Very good.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Worth trying at least once if you have access. It is a decent hunt but not a top priority.

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Photo of BeerIsArTT
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Stella Artois snifter glass. (At least I think that's what it is...I may be wrong)

A: Translucent orange gold with a thin cream colored head and a half finger of lacing. Color gets darker orange toward the bottom of the glass, light barely penetrates.

S: Heavy hoppy pine aroma, light floral note. Resiny odor lingers in my nose, it smells strongly of evergreen.

T: Excellently clean but sweet flavor of evergreen & hops. A balance of dryness and sweetness that isn't normally characteristic of a Double IPA, but enjoyable nonetheless. The strong sweetness seems to be from orange zest. It lingers longer than I would like. A Double IPA shouldn't be this sweet. But the taste of hops in this beer is pretty insane. It finishes dry with heavy notes of pine and hop resin. It is an unusual taste, but I really like it.

M: Rich, buttery smooth texture. The mild dryness of hop resin is enjoyable and lingers lightly. It feels dry but creamy, and rich, smooth and crisp. It seems to satisfy my textural desires in many different ways, which pleases me greatly.

D: This Double Hopped IPA is extremely drinkable as a double IPA to introduce someone to the style. It has the ridiculous notes of hops required to be included in the style, but enough sweetness to satisfy the palate of a new double IPA drinker. The amazing pine hop flavors are met by a powerful orange zest, bringing dry and sweet together excellently. Its appearance and smell do not stand out much from other beers, but the other characteristics are satisfying and enjoyable.

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Photo of Brewmiser
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this @ the Breckenridge on Blake st.

Appearance - a nice Amber color
Smell - a sweet hoppy smell
Taste - it was hoppy & a bit bitter but the sweetness was too much for me.
Mouthfeel - Light
Drinkability - I love IPAs but found it too sweet to drink too many

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Photo of Keffa
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Hennepin tulip.

A: Pours as a nice golden copper, very little head that fades to the smallest of rings very quickly. Each sip shows some lace that disappears as quickly as it shows up. Mediocre at best.

S: Some caramel sweetness, hops are quite prominent (being an IPA, it should be this way), hops vary from piney to slightly fruity. Mostly I get a mix of the malt and mango. Not bad, but not great.

T: HOLY CRAP. Amazing flavor. Touch of caramel sweetness, nice oily resinous hop followed by a slightly fruity/floral hop that turns into a slight bitterness and then finishes with the malt coming back into the forefront with the bitterness just lingering. Malt is nice, like a loaf of bread with caramel icing on it. Yeast isn't noticeable to me. Alcohol is very slight in the finish/aftertaste.

M: Mediocre. Very slick/oily. Carbonation could be a little better. Not bad but not great.

D: Not shabby at all, especially with the ABV this one has. If I had not looked at the bottle, I wouldn't have known it was almost 10%. Not something that is poundable, if you will, but not a sipper like Three Philosophers.

I would never have guessed the ABV on this one, ever. Quite nice for what it is, and surprising. I was expecting this to be a letdown, as the last time I was suggested a beer when I couldn't make my mind up, I got very disappointed (Bombshell Blonde).


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Photo of donniecuffs
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a golden-orange hue, with a finger of off-white head; decent lacing. Very pineapple-y in the nose, with some apricot, malt, and alcohol essence. The taste confirmed what I had suspected in the nose; the flavor was so sour pineapple that it was borderline diacetal. Combine that with a thick'ish, modestly carbonated body, and it felt as if I was drinking the the residue at the bottom of a Dole pineapple can. Tough to drink, but given the fact that it did taste like a bottling issue occurred with the batch, I'd give this beer a second chance if I come across it again.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange / light bronze, and clear. Small thin head that leaves a soapy residue as you drink.

S- Very Faint fruit smell. And also a faint peppery hopiness.

T- I expected more of a bite. It does have some bitterness but not an overt bite. Slight hints of alcohol but at 9.2% ABV it's very smooth. I was expecting more taste from this beer, and it's rather bland.

M- Smooth with little carbonation.

D- Decent. This goes down well and you could have quite a few, but I expect with the ABV you don't want to be driving.

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

I bought a 6er of this new beer to Iowa. I have had a few of these prior to review.

Beer pours a dark rusty orange. Head varied some with the bottles. Ends up having a light ring of bubbles around the edge. Not the best appearance.

Nose is citrus with some vanilla at the beginning.

Taste is hops and grapefruit with a good dose of malt.

Mouthfeel is a little flat for me. Drinkability is pretty good. It packs a punch with the ABV of 9.2%

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471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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