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 HardTarget
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: Little blurb about how happy they are to make this beer, but no useful information like a date, abv, ingredients, serving suggestion etc. etc.

Aroma: Hoppy as all get out. A bit grassy, but overall a nice citric pine hop aroma with notes of a big sugary base.

Appearance: Clear copper/amber glass with a big two finger head at the pour that dropped to a solid cover of multi-sized off white bubbles leaving behind impressive lace.

Flavor: Firm hop bitter taste but well supported by a malt base. Seems like a blend of hops, less citric in the taste, more noble and floral tastes. The alcohol gives a rough edge to the total taste and an almost perfume flavor that is a bit detracting. Overall the IBUs don’t strike me as extreme, but this is well within IPA territory. There is also a spice note in the end, almost a dried orange peel. Elusive

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, very low carbonation, almost flat, somewhat creamy texture and a clean short finish.

Overall Impression: Not a bad beer, but the alcohol just isn’t well hidden and the hops seem a bit grassy. It’s scratching the IPA itch I had, but I’m only moderately enjoying finishing the bomber, it’s actually becoming a bit of a chore.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated, painted bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Bright copper/orange with a small off white head that leaves decent lace.

The nose is mostly piney hops and grapefruit, with some malt sweetness underneath and a whiff of alcohol. If this had more malt I would call it a barley wine.

The malt is more assertive when tasted, but the hops come in and clean house. The hop notes are strong bitterness, almost oil like the way they carry on through the aftertaste. Quick note of peppery alcohol that is almost unnoticed in the end. This is a hop head's dream, if you like chinook and centennial hops this one's for you.

The mouthfeel is full, almost oily, but it works really well. This is, after all, a BIG beer. I love BWs and DIPAs, and since I really like this brew I would drink this until the abv got on top of me.

I'm wowed! Last week I was really dissapointed by a mixed 12 pack from this brewery. After work this evening I stopped at Eagle's Market in Ypsilanti and one of the staff really recomended this one despite our mutual dislike of some of the other Brecky brews. I hope they put this into regular production as it is a really good example of the style, and its more affordable than most DIPAs.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy light amber with a thick frothy white head (good retention and lacing). Aroma is crisp hops, lots of pungent citrus with plenty of grassiness but not a lot of sweetness.

Taste is definitely skewed strongly to the hops side. Bitter and strong, all the flavors are there: orangey citrus, pine resin, grapefruit rind and freshly mowed grass. Alcohol elements are present but not oppressive. If it weren't for a very light, toasty malt base and the flavor of alcohol, it might pass for hop tea.

Mouthfeel is light and thin with a nice acrid sting on the lips and gums. Clean taste, not heavy on the malts like a lot of other double IPAs. (I'm not even sure I would classify this as "Imperial," just a really strong IPA, perhaps a new style altogether.) For a devout maltman like myself, this could convert.

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours a brilliant copper with massive white head with long retention. Smell is hops and pretty much only hops. Huge pine notes dominate but if you look hard enough there are bready hints too. Taste is grapefruit and pine along with some subtle malt and wheat.

Beer facts from the Breckenridge Website:

Beer Style: Double IPA
Yeast: British Ale Yeast
Malts: Pale, Munich, Caramel-30, Carapils, Torrified Wehat
Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Fuggles
Bitterness Units: 70
Alcohol By Volume: 9.2%

This is a pretty solid brew at a decent price for DIPA (I paid $3.99 I think)

Oddly the Breckenridge website says this is available exclusively at their pubs.

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3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear orange/amber with a 1" off-white head. The head fell to a cap and left some great lacing.

The nose was juicy citrus and pine. A little orange peel.

There was some tanginess like a pineapple flavor. Plenty of bitterness. Alcohol was very prominent.

The Small Batch 471 was a little thin and bland. Low carbonation. I was unfortunately not very impressed with this IPA. I really am surprised, I thought I was going to like it much more.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Cool, bottle graphics; nice and simple.

Appearance: This beer was crystal clear and pure copper colored. The off-white head rose up easily to two fingers and diminished very slowly. It became dense and lightly fluffy, clinging tenaciously to the side of the glass as it settled. A thin layer of bubbles remained for the entire time and left a lot of lace behind in its wake.

Smell: Raw, juicy hops, plain and simple. Right after the pour and for some time after, that's all there was. Just hops. Eventually, some craker-like malt and bread came through in the background. Overall, what I expect a DIPA to smell like.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth, and coating. Nice.

Taste: Damn, the hops jumped right up and slapped me upside the head. Huge hop flavor kicked in right from the start. There was definitely a bitterness that accompanied it, but the raw hops flavor was much stronger. It was mainly citrus-like in character, but it also had a menthol and herbal quality on the finish. There was a distinct sourness to the hops as well. Sweet malt was barely detectable in the background and really didn't come through until the aftertaste. There was also some light alcohol in the aftertaste.

I don't care for most Breckenridge beers. Even the Oatmeal Stout that I used to love has fallen out of favor with me over the last couple of years. But this stuff was good. Not overly complex or balanced, but those are two qualities that don't matter that much to me in a double IPA. I'll have to agree with the statement on the side of the bottle: "Oh lordy, this is fun."

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Photo of blitz134
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this in Virginia of all places along with a slathering of other Breckenridge Brewery beers.

22oz bomber which said double hopped...thats all I needed...

Popped the top and a nice citrus aroma came hissing out. Pour came with a thick, tall white head which reduced to a thick, rocky coating with loads of lace. Perfectly clear orange, light caramel body.

Loaded with citrus hops and not afraid to let you know before you even taste it. A strong grapefruit citrus with a good dose of tangerine added to boot. Some grassy, sweet malts round it out. A bit of alcohol in the nose.

Rather simple tasting and straightforward but hits the right spots. I was expecting more citrus hop flavor from the aroma. Fairly strong bitterness levels which come forth with a strong pine flavor and citrus flavors. I find this a a bit lacking with malts though and comes across a little harsh without the sweetness they usually provide although the hop combination could add/cause this. Not as smooth drinking as some other DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is good. Not as full as it could be but decent. Drinkability is good as well. The slight harshness of the hops not being balanced well with an equal part of malt flavors might make it hard to swig these back.

Overall a good IPA with an awesome aroma. Could be better balanced, pick one up if you see it around and like hops...

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Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber/copper color with a nice off white head that falls to clumps of ringed foam, some decent lace left behind.

Aroma is grassy hops mixed with some pine sap variety. Light caramel malt hidding a touch of pear is underneath the hops.

Taste is hops like the aroma grassey, piney hints of pear riding a light caramel stream. Flavor is good, a decent Double IPA, finish is a lingering pine with hints of pear showing up again in the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is about medium, not lots of malt but enough to give the hops a decent enough ride.

Drinkability is good a better I2PA then I expected after sampling other Breckenridge stuff. There are better examples then this but it is worth a try and a little diffrent then the normal variety.

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Photo of mentor
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, nice cascading head. Forms a two finger light orange-tan head over a cloudy apricot colored liquid. Smells pine-sol citrusy tangerine and oranges. Really fresh and inticing in a way that words just could never describe. The frothy head of foam just hangs around. Tastes bitter and citrusy. Tangerine, lemon, and nectarine. After much thought and searching they also have a piney character and also a pink cotton candy flavor. Just as delicious hop profile with a nice hop bitter to counter. Also a potent rough co-humulone grassy to keep things honest. Malt flavor is quite minimal, a chalky munich malt and maybe some caramel from crystal malt. Fruity esters may be present, but they're either buried beneath or blended into the hop flavors. Now that the beer has warmed, I get a gentle alcohol sting in the nose and alcohol burn late in the taste. The aftertaste is quite floral hoppy with a strong tangerine taste. Md-thick mouthfeel and mildy carbonated. The hops in this beer are unlike any other IPA I've ever had. The flavor is sharp clean and fresh.

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Photo of carln26
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured from a bomber a deep clear copper color topped with a thick, dense off-white head. The head became fluffy, and left a light lace on the side of the glass. The aroma has nice, light hop floral character with a bit of grapefruit rind and a touch of pine. There is a mild sweetness to the aroma in the form of caramel malt on the finish. The taste has a pleasant sweetness up front, a bit of caramel, maybe some fig followed by citrus, here more orange than grapefruit. The taste was finished with a mild bitterness and a bit more of the hop flower. Nice hop character throughout the flavor. The mouth feel is relatively light and slick. Very drinkable. Nice double IPA with a great drinakbility.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dark copper color with a thick and foamy off-white head. Thick lacing too. Aroma of hops and pine. Medium-bodied with a dry character. Lots of piney hops and citrus with a good malt backbone. The finish is nicely hopped and citrusy with a lingering sweetness. Pretty good, actually.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear amber color, small white head of foam. The smell is lovely! Herbal, peppery, resinous, earthy. A gamut of beautiful hop aromas, with a solid malt underpinning. First taste is full of all the flavors in the aroma, lots of wonderful flowery hop flavor, accompanied by a fairly high bitterness but by no means overwhelming. There's a pleasant sweet, bready malt backbone that balances things perfectly. Finish is fruity and dry, and maybe a touch smoky. Medium bodied with a smooth, crisp texture.

Easily the best beer I've had from Breckenridge, a brewery that previously I thought made ordinary, boring beers. There are bigger and bitterer double IPAs, but only a few are tastier. This is a top shelf effort!

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Photo of meathookjones
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall of white foamy head over a fairly clear orange body. Some rings of lace and decent head retention. Big citric and floral hop nose. There is a light underlying sweetness as well. A bit of a hop juicy aroma as I have noticed in wet hopped beers was pleasant. Big kick of bitter citric hoppiness over a caramel malt base. Light earthiness as well. Finishes out on a sweet bitter citric note. Medium body and smooth going down. Good drinkability as well. Solid all around DIPA in my opinion. Plenty of hops with enough malt for those who might like balance in their DIPA’s. I would pick this up again.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ooh, looks really sticky! Beauty, lightly scorched orange. Has a little froth that is nevertheless attractive. Smells fruity with pictures of pine trees, a celery stalk, and a pineapple slice.
Umm, that's a bit weird. Starts with hop oil, but a thin veneer of non-descript bitterness. It sticks to the lips. The hop never blossoms though. It's got a good mouthfeel, and the malts explode with carmel yummies on fruit smoothies. The hop portfolio is really shallow here. Waste of time and money compared to the better IIPA'S. This is probably better fresh.

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Photo of nomad
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rounded orange-copper color with some haze while leaving an even and moderate-sized head. Leaves some chunky lace down the glass. A fair looking tulip's full of brew.

Smell is surprisingly tame for a Double IPA, with floral hops surrounded by bready Munich malts and a light sense of sweet citrus fruit and caramel. Overall impression was sweet hay with almost nary a hint of typical American hop characteristics. Nicely done but withering in the face of competition (lots of more amazing smelling DIPA's out there).

Taste is delightful - the epitome of balance, drinkability, but without sacrificing intrigue. The base is a smooth maltiness shading barely to caramel and bready tones but perfectly holding up the hops. They come through with the super-citrus zings and somewhat floral aspect of Centennial and Simcoe but never without overpowering. Flavor, not a fight, is the focus of the hops on the palette. Also, for a beer of its gravity and alcoholic weight, it has only 70 IBU's, a shockingly low number that comes across. Bitter finish tries to show its Chinook raggedness but is well-tempered by the excellent malt backbone and the hints of fruity esters. Mouthfeel is very smooth and medium in girth.

Very drinkable, very balanced, and a good price in my area for a bomber size bottle.

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Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a small head that falls quickly and doesn't leave much lacing no the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus hop as well as a bready character. The flavor has a lot of the citrus hops that is backed by a strong caramel. Very well balanced. Thick mouthfeel for an IPA. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy red copper, thin off-white and quickly receding head

Smell: bitter floral and grapefruity hops, malty sweetness, fruity esters and even a little candy sweetness

Taste: grapefruit and lemony hops, very earthy, just enough malt presence to add a little balance, lingering piney finish with a hint of alcohol

Mouthfeel: slick and oily, fairly full

Drinkability: very smooth and nicely balanced, very hoppy but the bitterness doesn't affect the overall drinkability; even better on tap

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an oranged coppery color with a small head that falls to ring the top. The nose is slightly bready, caramel, with a slightly citrusy and earthy hop. The flavor is better than the nose. A nice caramel base, thick and chewy, with a bright citrusy hop over top. The flavors meld well together. The feel is on the thick end of moderate, with a light carbonation. Overall, I find it to be very drinkable. Its smooth and tasty. No lingering hop, just a nice crisp and clean brew.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to absolutesites for surprising me w/ this one.
Limited batch from Breckenridge...states "Double Hopped" on the bottle...sounds like my kind of brew.
Pours a hazy rust orange color with a full finger and a half of off-white head...lacing is thin, but holds nicely to the side of my tulip glass.
Aroma is inviting...a nice balance of hops and malt. Not smelling overly sweet w/ just a hint of spice.
Taste is real enjoyable (even my wife approves and she is picky about her IPA's)...more of the hops showing up in the flavor w/ again, malt keeping this one from being overly hopped up.
Not detecting the alcohol in the taste at this point.
Very bitter and a bit dry in its finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than your typical IPA, but not syrupy.
I could enjoy this one all evening if given the opportunity...don't see that happening anytime soon...bummer.
One more huge "thank you" to absolutesites for the rare chance to try this keeper.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a smallish soapy white head that retains well and leaves a touch of lacing.

The aroma is a nice mix of sweet caramel malts, fruitiness, and piney, grassy hoppiness with a touch of pepper.

The flavor is sweet and fruity (apricot) caramel malts leading into a big bitter and resiny piney hop finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but definitely warms the liver. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin and watery side.

A pretty good DIPA - tends more towards IPA than DIPA I think. Not best in class, but the best Breck beer I've ever had. I usually like grapefruity notes in IPAs rather than the apricot - personal preference that docked it a little in my book. It reminded me somewhat of Great Divide's Titan IPA , but not quite as good from what I remember.

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an earthy pale and crystal malt scent with a nice citrus hop aroma. It is bitter with a musty odor. The taste is decent. It has a tame pale and light crystal malt flavor that goes down slow and finishes musty and slightly warm. It is sweet with an earthy, bitter edge. I don't really care for the flavor that much. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is an average double IPA at best. It needs new yeast and better conditioning. Also, the malt bill could use a tuneup.

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Photo of maxpower
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a clear orange amber with a nice creamy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass.Typical hoppy citrus and pine aromas, fresh pineapple, grapefruit and caramel flavors. Full bodied with a soft and thick mouthfeel, not syrupy like some of this style, finishes dry and bitter, It is hard to believe this is 9.2%. I will say this is the best I have had from this brewery thus far.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown-amber, topped with a one finger off-white head, left webs of lacing.
Nice sweet orange juice and pale malt aroma, a touch of crystal.
Orange juice taste, floral, caramel, and pale malt.
Medium-full bodied, kind of a juice mouthfeel. Great session beer drinkability to me.

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Photo of Crosling
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft at the Falling Rock in Denver.


A fairly subtle nose of deep creamy caramel malt and sharp pungent hop notes.

Malty as hell, especially for a DIPA, the malts are creamy, biscuit-like with caramel and butter in the backround. The hops are simcoe and possibly centennial, maybe a few more. I enjoyed the variety. Notes of nectarnes, pine, white plums, lemon and pineapple as well.

I am stunned that 471 is a Breckenridge beer. Since when can they brew? I hope they bottle this!

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