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.

Added by mschofield on 08-09-2004

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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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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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471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,324 ratings