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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.

Added by mschofield on 08-09-2004

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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%
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 -6.9%
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%
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 -1.8%
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 -21.9%
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 -3.6%
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 +14.8%
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%
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 -9.4%
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 -16.3%
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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Photo of unknownlamer
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle did not have any bottling or best by date, served in a tulip glass.

Poured a thick hazy deep orange without any head. Smells of bitter piney hops much like a 90 Minute IPA. The body was incredibly thick and syrupy as expected. The flavor starts out sweet and quickly becomes bitter, but not quite as bitter as I'd expected it to be. Pine definitely dominates here, but a musty herbacious character is detectable after a while.

Drinkable and not really bad.

It seems like an OK clone of 90 Minute IPA. Since I live much closer to DFH than Breckenridge and actual 90 Minute IPA (or for that batter Two Hearted Ale) is much cheaper I see no reason to seek it out.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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 -11.2%
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 -5.9%
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 -6.1%
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 -1%
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%
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 +4.6%
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 +3.3%
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 -2%
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%
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 +5.1%
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 +7.7%
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%
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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471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,318 ratings
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