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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 malcontent
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Following a hazy, deep orange pour, the notes of citrus & pine mingle with faint spice scents emanating from the generous & long lasting head.

Wow! A strange lack of taste on the initial sip is followed by an immense rush of the hoppy, citrus I expect from IPAs. Not nearly the hoppiest IPA I've had (not even in that category), although it is still agreeably drinkable. In fact, its mid-range hops content makes for an ideal session brew.

Overall, this isn't an unforgettable beer but if given the chance to purchase it again I'd certainly have to consider. A very enjoyable ale.

NOTE: I have now followed the initial tasting with some rather spicy Indian food & must say that the pairing is ideal.

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Photo of dickroop
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bomber of this at Park Lane Liquor, Lancaster CA. A great store with *amazing* selection. So many brews to choose from, how was I to know what to get?

This ale poured a golden color with red-brown highlights. It produced a healthy head and a decent nose, citrusy with grapefruit and more.

The flavor was most rewarding, I could have stayed with this a long time. It was grapefruit with something extra, excellent hoppiness, and very nice zing to it. Wow! It's not just the alcohol that supercharges the flavor here, this is a finely tuned product.

Mouthfeel was light to medium, a little stickiness from the malts that supported the hop bouquet very nicely. It's a crisp but substantial brew that satisfies. I really love the high-octane, citrusy IPAs that come out of Colorado. I will buy again the next chance I get, and savor this stuff. Don't pass up a chance to sample this fine ale.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy dark color, with a small, persistent white head, fine scattered patchy lacing. The head is very thin, but retains well.

Aroma: Hops are quite mild, but pronounced, with a pleasant botanical character, and abundant sweet malt notes.

Taste: Rich sweet malt notes, followed by a solid hop presence. Mild pine tar hops dominate throughout, but are fairly subdued in character. Sweet malt notes carry throughout the taste. The high alcohol content is extremely well concealed. The hop notes linger on well past the end of the taste, with a slight medicinal character.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very soft and full, quite excellent.

Drinkability/notes: A very well made American IPA, which does not succumb to the extreme, as do a fair number of examples of the style.

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Photo of kohoutek
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden orange pour, thin white head, minimal lace, large weak bubbles, clear as a bell (overly filtered IMO).

The smell is very nice. Wonderful herbal hoppiness pours from the glass. Citrus, apricots, lemon, Riesling grapes, fresh apples, honey, vanilla . . .

The flavor could be very nice, but the overly bitter aspects and the boozy solvent qualities get in the way. I taste citrus, peaches, honeyed malt. The bitter/booze just overpowers.

The mouthfeel is too thin and edgy. Too much spritz. It is filtered so there is no bread. Bitter booze.

Too big and bitter to be sustainably refreshing, even for the style:)

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange colored brew with a creamy white colored head that lingers for ever. Smell is a bit floral and of citrus. Initial taste is a malty sweetness followed by bitterness from the hops and a hint of grapefruit. Nice mouthfeel and pretty refreshing on a warm summer day. Pretty solid brew and a good value.

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Photo of ampzilla
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really appreciated the look of this beer. It was a great shade orange that gave way to gold at the edges. It reminded me of autumn in New England. A large fluffy head eventually gave way to a thin creamy layer that hung around till the glass was empty. Even its painted label (orange and white) was quite pleasing.

The aroma did not blow me away. It was a bit understated for me. But what I did find was a nice blend of citrus and grassy hops.

The first sip was, no surprise, quite creamy. Though there was not nearly as much carbonation as I expected, and it was a little on the thin side. There were some hops coating the tongue, and when held on the palate there was a slight tingle.

All that aside, this beer tastes really good. Each sip began with a hint of honey-like sweetness. This was quickly followed by floral then grapefruit hops.

As this was probably my one and only bomber of this ever, I wsould have to speculate on its drinkability...but I'd guess that to be rather high. I would surely have this again, if possible. Though I don’t think it will haunt me (you know who you are…).

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - great looking IPA, burnt orange color, big off-white head with some magnificient lacing, good head retention

s - piney hoppiness with a more pronounced sweet maltiness than I'm used to with IPAs

t - piney bitterness up front with a caramelly sweetness in the middle, the finish is mostly citric bitterness, lots of dimensions here

m - fairly light-bodied with ample carbonation, the finish is dry but not overly so

d - very drinkable, the taste and smell kept me interested throughout the whole bomber, the abv may make you keep the intake in moderation however

I was very pleasantly surprised with this brew. Great beer, especially for $4/bomber. Definitely distinct in it's aroma and taste from other IPAs I've had.

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Photo of cokes
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honey golden with a tight graying skin.
The nose is first of cauliflower paste and candied pineapple, secondly its dank bud and rusted iron.
Taste is a hodgepodge of whitebread and gummifruits, venturing into caramel and melon. Vegetal notes, as the pastiness ensues. Ends with a trim wildflower bitterness containing dashes of Jamaician Red Hair.
Medium+ bodied with some tackiness.
Not wholly impressive, even as a budget bomber.

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Photo of hanco005
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a pint glass….twice.

A—pale orange, slightly hazed, with a 1 inch cream colored foamy head that lasts for 10 minutes or so, lacing appears in layers as I drink.

S—floral, pine and citrus hop aroma combines well and dominates this one…I can only smell hops at this point

T—hops are plentiful and provide a great taste, pine, citrus and floral again and again. As it warms, a bit of the alcohol comes out…some buttery notes come out too as it warms. Finishes dry

M—dry and a bit raw, light bodied, good carbonation

D—I like this one, although not as much as it warmed. Better cold in my opinion.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 471.

A - Deep hazy pumpkin orange. Frothy white head, and massive amounts of lacing.

S - Light citrus peel and hops.

T - Taste upfront has a nice sweet malt/floral taste. That taste soon fades to a citrus rind/hop bitterness. Citrus rind bitter seems to last and last. Coats the tounge and the rest of the mouth and leaves you wanting more. Vivacious and inviting, ABV is well disguised. Finishes oily and crisp.

What a treat to have enjoyed poolside. This is one damn good DIPA. Pick one up now!

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Photo of rabsten
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge Double Hopped IPA Batch 417

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear, bright amber coloration with a medium, clumpy head. Some sticky lacing. This brew just screams “IPA!!!”

Mmmm, Resinous hops, very balsam-like. Sweet citrus comes in later (dead-on grapefruit). Nice.

Pine-y taste. Very resinous. Akin to some of the hoppier, piney-er, and somewhat harsher DIPAs like Oskar Blue’s Gordon, or WV Brewing’s Ned’s Pale. As it warms up, the Maltiness asserts itself like a whisky, which I always appreciate in an IPA.

Good mouthfeel. Solid, but unremarkable.

High drinkability. Seduces you into popping open another shortly after finishing the first.

Bottom ine: no gold medals await this beer but, to paraphrase the farmer in "Babe, "it'll do, beer. It'll do."

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a pleasant suprise!
I'd been glossing over this brew at the beer store because I wanted to try some other breweries first, and didn't think much of a $4 bomber. But, hey!, this is a nice IPA. Golden body, a little hazy, topped by a fantastic head. The smell is Centenial hops if I had to guess. Nice and fruity/spicy but with a nice malt base to offset. And the taste is nicely balanced, too. Not overpoweringly bittered, but a nice balance. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. Give it a go!

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Photo of shivtim
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Came in a pint glass with a nice white head and a beautiful deep copper/gold color. Excellent lacing, too. The nose is citrusy hops, with a pronounced very sweet lemon/orange smell, and maybe a hint of sour grapefruit. Very nice. The taste is smooth hops up front, mild sugary lemon in the middle, and lingering hops with a bit malt. Amazingly, the alcohol is hidden very well; I couldn't even detect it. Mouthfeel is great, with just the right amount of carbonation and a fine balance between creaminess and dryness. Ends up being dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot color with a huge frothy one and a half finger white head. The lace left on the glass is unbelievable.
S: Citrus fruit nose with a good earthy malt backbone. A little grassy after a huge sniff.
T/M: An unexpected big metallic tast eup front made me winch a bit. That aside, you can tell this beer has a good grapefruity hop profile mixed with bready malts. As the beer warms the metallic taste becomes subdued and good pine notes emerge. Above average in the bitterness category with citrus notes that linger for a good amount of time. Smooth mouthfeel--This beer coats the mouth as it goes down, almost creamy.
D: This is a good offering from Colorado, though I wish it had more legs to it. Starts out really good, but leaves you wondering what could have been. I'm glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of sopor
2.19/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle (whose packagin still refers to itself as a Bomber...) drank on 6/4/06.

Clear golden-amber brew with a moderate off-white head.

Very estery malty sweet nose, almost champagne-like, and definitely containing too much acetylhyde!

Starts out champagne like on the tongue at first, with a hint of sweet malt. Hops are green, like chewin' on hop pellets, a little greasy and resinous with lots of resinous aftertaste.

This tastes incomplete, like unfinished beer not done with the last steps of fermentation and conditioning. Full of acetylhyde and champagne-like esthers. I don't believe this to have been infected, as I've tasted unfinished and infected beer. This was definitely like the former.

Typical pale body.

I'll try this again, a long time from now. Perhaps it will be done fermenting by then...

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Photo of bditty187
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, tawny-bronze in hue with a tickle of copper; I found the color typical of a DIPA. Slightly off-white head, sticky bubbles created almost two fingers of head. Sadly, the head retention was not that impressive, after a few moments all that remained was a sticky, almost soapy, cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty and not widespread. The appearance, overall, is nothing special but an average looking DIPA is still mighty fine.

The nose is not a major hop monster but all is not lost. I really like the sweet fruitiness. Aw crap, who am I fooling? The grapefruit flesh smothered in orange jelly and some caramel infused with pine and spruce is great. I get underlying alcohol heat and just a smattering of caramel malt. The malt bill seems quite ordinary which I find all too often in the style. More malt depth would have been nice because the ale-fruitiness and hoppy aromas do create a snazzy little nose. I wish the potency was louder though, I can hear everything important but I do have to strain for the subtleties. Inviting nevertheless!

The palate is well-rounded with hoppy goodness leading the way. I love the melon fruitiness mixed with grapefruit, lemon zest, spruce tips, pine, and smattering caramel coated orange candy. Sweet but boring malty notes, a kiss of alcohol arrives every now and then. It is nice. As I am sitting here drinking this with an open mind and a need to “figure it out” I am wondering what I tasted last time I had this beer. I proclaimed it “better than Hercules.” Christ, I guess I *had* been drinking. This is a very nice DIPA. Being a “nice” DIPA is not that impressive. Long, slightly alcoholic and yet sweet finish with a similar aftertaste plus there is a hint of hop bitterness as well. Overall… aw hell, I like it.

Medium in body, not too full, not too small… it is just right. Low and creamy carbonation, the mouthfeel is soothing but not sluggish. Well done.

Very drinkable and just as likeable… the high abv is well-hidden in the taste but my brain is swimming in it (maybe it is floating?). I want cheese. I want another bomber. I have purchased a few of these in Kansas City, KS (including this bottle); I will get more. I also tried this on-tap at Falling Rock. It is quite good but not earth-shattering. Maybe I am jaded. Whatever, this is a tasty drink. I say it is worth a try.

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Photo of
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. Bottle describes it as a double-hopped IPA, and it did deliver. Appearance was a clear amber color, carrying a moderate head, which shrank fairly quickly. The aroma was almost all hops, particularly grapefruit. I thought I also picked up a slight scent of apples, as well. The taste had a faint sweetness and a fairly sturdy malt structure, and then came the hops, again as grapefruit. The beer was medium in body and carbonation, with a somewhat drying aspect. Alcohol warming after the first few sips. I found this a very drinkable beer (if you like hops) and would say that it reminded me of the Smuttynose Big A IPA.

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

From the brewers web site: " 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 . ."

I put the color a copper tinted honey with showly lace from the finger of white dense head (small sample with easy pour).

A just opened bag ripe tangerine hops call out from the aroma with all their "C"s supporting the Simcoes and some of the sweet malts adding more substance to the piney-citric nature. Tilting the Gouden Carolus glass I find little evidence of the huge abv in aroma, taste or head killing capacity. The "Vinometer" verifies stated abv with its tiny capillary scale.

A hard bite from IBUs softens with the sweet caramel from C-30 and the other adjuncts. Compliments to the brewer for relative balance and fine mouthfeel from the malts. Although the malts rule mid taste, you better like the citrus and grapefruit rind that lingers long!

Like a Bigfoot BW it may benefit from some time in the cellar. Not my favorite DIPA but definately one you should try.

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Photo of KilgoreTrout27
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular pint glass.

Nice head retention after the pour, the beer was a little lighter in color than most DIPA's as it appeared more golden than copper. Smell was nice, mostly pine with a hint of citrus. The taste followed along with the smell, as there was some piney and citrus hop flavors that finished with a bit of bitterness. I thought the malt could have been more substantial though, as it was a little weak and in the background. The taste was a little one dimensional. Mouthfeel was medium and carbonated well. The alcohol was only slightly present, and the lightness of the beer allows for some drinkibility.

Overall, an interesting offering in the DIPA category. Some added malt complexity would make this beer a little better.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dull dark gold with a nicely pronounced very light beige head. Full of tight bubbles, this head will be with us run of show and is sticking to every piece of glass it gets a hold of.

S: Pinesol and grapefruity with a touch of lime. Extremely aromatic.

T: Very citrusy. Lots of grapefruit, little bit of orange and lemon peel. Some pine mixed in but its secondary. Sweet clips hit the tip of the tongue with plummy maltiness saturating the palate....bitterness doesn't really show itself until most of the other flavors have passed. Alcohol is present as the beer warms.

M: Full bodied and good carbonation

D: Surprisingly good, better than I expected. Well balanced, fruity, bitter with warming alcohol.

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Photo of cproioi
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a sticky white head that gave decent lacing.

S: Pretty hoppy. Smell was mainly of an oily hops that was a mixture of both a citrus and a pine cone aroma. Not bad.

T: Pretty hoppy had a nice malty back to it that was unexpected. The hops taste was largely what the aroma was.

M: Eh nothing really to write home about.

D: Very drinkable, and here is the problem. It covers up the fact that it's a 9.2% abv. So if one is not careful it could reach up and grab you hard.

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with a nice thick white head that laces nice and keeps a thin layer throughout the drink. visually an outstanding example of this style. Smell... Hops... this beer reeks of hops. And I mean that in the most flattering of ways. And of course the taste doesn't stray far from the smell. One of the hoppiest beers I have ever tasted. Its carbonated well. The beer is so strong and hoppy you will probably only want one bomber, and you will most likely be sipping it the whole way through. If you love hops and can find this beer I fully recommend picking it up.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A little darker than amber color with a nice bubbley head. I could smell the hops as it was served. It's a piney type of aroma, not really a citrus or floral variety of hops.
Taste was simple, yet strong. Pine/rosemarry and malt dominate the flavor. Godd balance of biscuit, malt and caramel, but the pine/rosemarry is most noticeable. A nice bite to it.
Finishes clean, very easy drinking for me.

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Photo of bucko
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a bright copper/orange color with a thin, white head that quickly recedes. Lots of lace on the glass. The aroma is earthy and somewhat citrusy, dominated by the smell of the sweet, caramel and munich malt. The flavor is earthy, sweet, caramel-y... The hop bitterness is ever-present though not as prevalent as I would have liked in a double IPA, especially with the use of Chinook, Centennial and Simcoe hops. Speaking of which, with all of those great hops, where are the flavor hops? Those poor Simcoes are being wasted! :) The mouthfeel is slick and heavy, no surprise here. Drinkability? If you can finish one without a bit of a buzz, you're either an alcoholic or a bit tubby. One is enough for me. Overall, I'm a but underimpressed with this offering. I like Breckenridge, but this "small batch" might be worth passing up.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light yellow amber with a nice fluffy head. great lacing.

Smell. Citris, lemons and grapefruit are dominant; so dominant i dont really smell anything else. but it's nice.

Taste. big grapefruit bitterness here. small caramel sweetness. creamy taste, mostly fro the alcohol, yet the alcoholic taste is very small. aftertaste is tart with grapefruit tastes.

Mouthfeel. creamy, yet chewy body. low carbonation gives this an extra creaminess and also a slickness i cant really explain.

Overall a very good ipa, or double ipa. the taste is quite nice, but just a touch one dimentional (but certainly not bad). Mouthfeel, i think, gives it a great uniqueness. very tasty.

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471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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