471 IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

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Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mschofield on 08-09-2004

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3.88
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Photo of Digimaika2
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Dark hazelnut amber with a relatively thin yet creamy head and streaky lacing.

(3.75) S: Caramel, citrus zest, nutty spices, damp pine, and floral aromas. Full and rich.

(3.75) T: Similar to aroma with caramel and floral qualities upfront, which transitions to citrus pith and spices. Heavily hopped with resulting heavy bitterness and dryness.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Resin and grainy texture with ample amount of slickness.

(3.75) D: This is a good double IPA that is rich, earthy, and floral. The ABV is also well hidden.

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Photo of quaybr
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A dark golden-amber with a very thin head on top (sat at the bar a while before being served, perhaps?).

Smells a bit overly-hopped (floral, citrus) relative to the minor malt notes.

Taste follows aroma: too hoppy. The lacking malt results in a flimsy backbone and a very bitter beer, bordering unenjoyable.

Too small of a body to carry the hops. Despite the thin head, decently carbonated.

Another american double that is unbalanced. Pass this one up.

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Photo of JeffBrenner
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a pint bottle. Pours an amber/gold with decent carbonation and head. Nice lacing. Smells of citrus and pine. Not thick and goes down pretty clean. Average light penetration. Tastes like an IPA should, hoppy with notes of pine, citrus and maybe something more grassy. Hoppy, but not so much for a "double hopped" IPA. Overall, a good IPA. Would definitely drink again, but I can't say this one in any way tops or distinguishes itself from the bulk of IPAs.

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Photo of discharmingly
1.52/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Maybe it was just a bad bottle that I had, but this was really not drinkable. I washed and thoroughly rinsed the pint glass before putting this in.

Coloring was nice; lighter orange with a decent head.

First waft of smell made me push it away. Smelled faintly of garlic and sour milk.

Taste was some combo of that.

Maybe just a bad bottle judging by everyone elses review, but really not pleasant.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. There is a lot of precipitate in the beer. Strong piney, citrus aroma with hints of caramel. Great malt to hop transition. Bready, piney, some caramel at the end. Smooth aftertaste. Slightly astringent at the end. Hides the alcohol content very well. Good beer. Couldn't drink multiples but great for sipping and slowly enjoying.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid hop aromas and flavors.

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Photo of t420o
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Breckinridge Small Batch 471 DIPA

A- pour yields a 2 finger tan head that leaves a small cap. Decent lacing. Beer is a light copper color with a ton of floaties. 3.5

S- nice juicy citrus with orange and grapefruit being the predominant smells. Malts are in good balance. 3.5

T- citrus, light pine, caramel malt, overly bitter without the flavor,light alcohol. Good. 3.5

M- nice medium body and medium carbonation level. Smooth. 3.5

O- a good DIPA but alcohol isn't hidden all that well and bitter without the amount of juiciness or pineyness that should accompany it. 3

B-

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
Appearance - amber, some champagne bubbles, noticeable sediment; little to no head and lacing.
Smell - reminds me of a poor man's Great Divide Hercules DIPA with the Carmel and malty tones playing with the hops.
Taste - follows the nose, but the bitterness of hops fights off the biscuity malt that is more noticeable in the smell. Some alcohol burn.
Feel - bitter, but well balanced!
Overall - my favorite from Breckenridge thus far!

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter; cloudy dark orange/amber with a thin filmy head that fades into nothing but a rim. Smell is big juicy citrus fruits, I'm getting grapefruit and mandarin oranges. There is also some alcohol in the nose. Taste is just like the smell, but in reverse order; alcohol bathes the tongue in heat before thick, sweet malt takes over followed by the sweet fruit. Finish is very bitter hops destroying everything until just a lingering bitterness and malt stickiness remain.

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Photo of dar482
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours in an amber/copper color.

The aroma has grapefruit and gentle malt sweet aroma.

The flavor follows with a grapefruit bitterness, but the highlight is the caramel malt. It gives the beer a honey sweetness. The sweetness in the beer really shines in this beer and cleans up the bitterness. It also hides the alcohol in this beer and gives it a nice finish.

I initially thought this was a standard lower ABV IPA because of the sweetness. I guess the malt character hides it all. Quite a good beer. Recommended for those Dogfish 90 lovers.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge 471 Small Batch Double IPA has a medium, creamy, off-white head and a brilliant, bright orange appearance, with heavy lacing and lots of streaming bubbles. The aroma is very fruity- like tangerine, to me, and sweet. Taste is the same with medium-roasted malt, white bread, sugar, pleasant, citrusy, hop bitterness, and no off flavors. One would never guess that it was 9.2% alcohol or that it was a 70 IBU ale. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick, and 471 Small Batch finishes mostly dry, sweet, easy drinking, and delicious. Overall, this is a most excellent beer, and I highly recommend it!

RJT

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a mildly hazy copper color. The head is a 2 finger offwhite shade. There's some respectable texturing and retention to be found in the latter.

S: The hops here are very earthy and floral in their tone, and also features a minty touch reminiscent of 90 Minute. All in all, though, the hop profile here doesn't particularly strike my fancy, nor does the malt backbone.

T: It's a bit maltier than I expected. I'm not sure if it's the age or whatnot - I just know the hop profile here isn't that powerful. At first, a touch of floral hops open things up, and before the boozy, sweet finish hits, I notice an enjoyable - but sadly vague and mild - midtaste of tropical fruits. Some floral hop qualities also return on the back end, which rubs me the wrong way combined with the mild booziness and strange umami tones.

M: I think this one is too heavy and sweet in texture. It's not *sweet* per se (in terms of flavor), just lacking the necessary dryness to cleanse and refresh the palate. That, and it brings out the crap aftertaste more strongly.

O: Not a great DIPA, and I don't think this one has the excuse of being an old bottle, either. Certainly nothing to drainpour, but there are too many great DIPAs out there to seek this one out again.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy pumpkin with a ruby hue. A two finger dense white head leaves some real nice lacing as it dissipates. Too hazy to see any carbonation.

S: A resinous blend of malts and hops. Not an overwhelming hop bomb with all the malt backing. Dark fermented fruits almost overpower the hop. A bit metallic.

T: Has the bitterness of an IPA which is almost unsuspecting from that aroma. Hits you with a floral bitter then lingers with more of a citrus and pine. Malts provide a bit of sweetness but arent too strong. Bit of alcohol on the backend but nothing too offensive.

M: Medium body that has a full feeling to it. Slightly low on the carbonation. Really not much burn from the 9.2 ABV. Not overly sticky for a strong IPA.

Overall it passes the test of a decent Double IPA. Lacking on the aroma is makes it up with a good hoppiness. Give it a shot if your into the style.

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Photo of BeerRefugee
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber with a moderate white head that dissipates quickly. Lots of floral and piney hops in aroma. Flavor is similarly strong, with the addition of some sweet citrus, caramel malt and soy sauce. A nice, aggressive IPA. Hoppiness isn’t as strong as in some IIPAs, but a solid entry.

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Photo of Broman
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a tiny head that immediately disappears, above a pale burnt orange color body. Moderate to little lacing remains as the beer is drank.

Smell- Of a standard ipa that one would expect. Mostly a hoppy smell with some mild citrus undertones.

Taste- More than what was expected from the smell. A full hop flavor takes over the mouth and slowly dissipates into a lingering mild hop aftertaste, a slight sweet bite is notable on the aftertaste. Not overly aggressive but a definite full flavor hop taste. I like the flavor a lot personally, due to the simpleness of it, it does not try to overpower or be more then it needs to be. It is simply an ipa.

Mouthfeel- Slight sting on the palette. Medium to light body. Overall nothing overly exciting, but equally not offensive.

Overall- Simple ipa. Too many I come across seem to be more than they need to. This is an example of enjoyable basic ipa. I would suggest for a first time ipa sampler.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a cloudy orange/brown color with a 1.5 finger head, good carbonation and good lacing which stays on the glass until the end.

The smell is strong floral and citrus hops with pine, orange, mellon and grapefruit dominating.

The taste is too dominated by hops, none of the flavors in the smell come out; the taste is all hops. Oily hops are left on the tongue after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily.

Overall this beer's taste does not live up to its appearance and smell; which is a shame because it looks and smells nice. If you are looking for a strait up hop bomb then give this a try.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, rouged amber with white film that leaves wispy trails.
Swampy overripe orange nose with some caramel underneath.
Seville marmalade and more caramel with deep citrus, resin and catty Simcoe hops.
Lemon pith finish and baby aspirin linger.
Medium to full, lots of chew, hot and sticky.

Big and harsh - both hot and rough hop notes without either mouthwatering IBUs or alluring aroma. Why do people keep using Fuggles. Smooths out as it warms, but doesn't get any more complex.

I think I'm done with Breckenridge for a while.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber with reddish tints. Solidly capped with an inch of whipped ecru foam. Hazy, too.

Floral hops, black pepper, and grapefruit pith aromas. Slight pine. Dry malts with a toast. Not that much maltiness evident yet.

Holy hop bitterness. Mouth-tingling and bleach bright. This time, all about the pine. A woody character is here, along with more astringent floral notes. Peppery again, but more gum-peeling in the spiciness caused by the booze. A straight mouth-zapper.

Drinks thicker, yet curdling with exuberant carb. Too much of it. Hard to swish and not easy to swallow. Booziness is up there, too.

Somewhat one-note. Far from elegant. Still a hop dream, if you need to brush your teeth with the stuff. Don't knock it 'til you try it.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

471 IPA pours a clear golden color with a nice large creamy head. There is a strong floral, hoppy aroma, almost burns the nostrils. The taste is bold and hoppy taste. Good full flavor, but not a very dry aftertaste, but still finishes with a nice bitterness. Overall a nice bold IPA, enjoyable.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #261
Served On: 3/01/2013
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 9.2%
Date/ Code: 03306B13

This was a 12oz bottle from a mixed sixer I made at Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick, MD.

Look: Orangeish copper color with a beige film and minimal carbonation. Lacing was also minimal with some patches here and there.

Smell: Aroma was of sour peaches and pineapple juice. Also some sweet malts detected.

Tate: The fruity sourness seemed to dominate at first, then the malts kicked in with notes of brown sugar and then a bitterness taht cleansed the palate for a fairly clean finish. The 9.2% ABV was virtually nonexistent on the palate – very impressive.

An ok beer, but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of RockAZ
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I try this beer from time to time, finally got a chance to have it on draft last night. The bottles high price always put me off from it since I never liked it much. The draft was malty sweet and there was an imbalance with the hops - I just don't feel they matched flavors well. Carbonation was Ok, did not taste the 9.2%ABV, it was hiding under the metalliac tang and the musty smell I got from it. The hops chosen did not please me either, the aroma was just bitter and "basement dusty mold".

Well, won't try it again for at least a year.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a copper/amber color with 2 fingers worth of sticky head that retains well

S: Lots of piney hops jump out along with some earthiness and floral notes. Solid malt backbone with a touch of sweetness and alcohol

T: Follows the nose with piney floral hops and some sweetness. Nicely balanced yet still fairly hop forward with a lingering bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly sticky and oily

O: A solid DIPA with plenty of hoppy goodness while remaining balanced and highly drinkable for 9.2%. Decent value for a 4-pack as well

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Photo of RollTide7
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

my buddy brought this up this weekend as its his favorite iipa, personally I think the other brews we drank over the weekend only highlighted the issues of this beer. we had much better ipas in his time up here (PtE, sucks, lagunitas ipa, devils backbone ipa). for me not enough of the hops comes through and it is entirely too malty. as others have indicated balance and flavors are off and i wouldn't buy it myself. I will likely only drink this again when I visit him. it is very smooth for such a high ABV beer, I just don't think it is a great iipa.

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Photo of nukem5
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a great orange amber color, with a nice creamy tan head about one finger, some slight laceing on glass.

S: Aroma is of sweet malts and citrus hops.slight caramel notes.

T: Taste is Highly hopped citus and piney mix with a subtle malty backbone holding it all together.

M: Mouthfeel isa bit on the thinner sidebut very nice.

O: Overall a very hoppy and enjoyable beer, I know the hop craze is getting out of popularity with some folks but I still love the big hoppy beers. Very well balanced with a very enjoyable taste.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Denver.

A: Clear copper, a little haze to it. Nice foamy head that lasts a while.

S: Malt stands out over the hops. Usually I prefer my IIPAs the other way around.

T: Malt forward beer. But still a decent imperial. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all.

M: Creamy. Nice carbonation.

O: Pretty good stuff. At $3 a snifter during happy hour, I'll be back to get this again.

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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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