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Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mschofield on 08-09-2004

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

>>>Edit added 02.18.06<<<
Got a half-case of this from a local distributor. This time not nearly as hoppy and well-developed as the below review. Perhaps I need to age the bottles for a few months. We'll try that.
>>>End Edit<<<

I'm somewhat partial to IPAs, so I try to be very objective in my reviews of the style. That said, I am going to have to rate this one quite highly.

Grabbed a bottle of this at the Central Market in Fort Worth. (I love Central Market...) Pours a deep coppery red with a bold white head that dissipates after a few minutes but leaves a tenacious lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very hoppy and floral, with the herbal and grapefruit notes expected of a good IPA. Taste is nice and hoppy, though it just is not bitter enough. I don't _quite_ want to say it's not hoppy enough ... okay, it's not hoppy enough ... but it IS pleasantly hoppy. It's almost as if they tried to tone down the bitterness part of the hoppiness, if that makes sense. Anyway, ripe grapefruit, herbal hints, perhaps a bit of clove. Very nice. Mouthfeel was nice and carbonated, like an IPA should be, IMHO. Phenols coat the tongue nicely. This ale is extraordinarily drinkable - so drinkable that I wish I'd gotten more. There is no hint of the 9.2% ABV. The best offering I've had from Breckenridge, of any style.

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Photo of BRLockwood
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this in Dallas at the Central Market.

Appearance: It pours a slightly cloudy amber color with good carbonation. It has a medium to mild head.

Smell: Mildly sweet but herbal. Not over the top but a decent smell overall.

Taste: The first taste was nice. You can taste the malts with a hop aftertaste. It needs to be a little more on the hops if it's going to be a Double IPA. I might call this an India Pale Ale not a double IPA.

Mouthfeel: As far as double hopped I would call it mild. Now the carbonation seems to be a little too flat. Needs some work.

Drinkability: Drinkable - good but not great. Let's hope the next batch is a little more hoppier!

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Photo of Optimat0r
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow a very different beer. an interesting lighter color, it really stands out. extremely hoppy, rediculously hoppy. tasted really earthy, like plants. if hops are your thing you will love this. overall not bad, a bit too hoppy for me personally but still a quality drink. its noticably strong though, it packs a punch, cant have more than one or two due to high alcohol and extreme hoppiness.

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Photo of xtacyturbo
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint glass. Pours out a beautiful copper color with a foamy white head, which slowly settles to a fluffy ring around the glass. Sticky lacing coated the glass from start to finish.

Aroma is citrusy with a twang of hops, and a slight hint of pine. Citrus and hop smells dominate.

Taste is similar to the smell. A light malt sweetness at the beginning, but quickly changing to a very hoppy character, paired well with the citrus noted above. Finished off with a very smoothly delivered smack of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is delightful- medium bodied and creamy. Incredibly smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

A very drinkable brew- the smoothness, flavor, and mouthfeel make the bottle very easy to empty. The taste is a bit biased toward the hoppy side, and I can't say this one is my #1 top pick- but it's a good selection and I'd definitely pick it up again. My IPA options have been lacking lately, and this has been one of the best I've had recently. Wish I'd bought two.

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

Drank this after a Moylan's Hopsickel so it took a few sips to gage it after that all out hop attack Hopsickel is,poured a clear copper with some deep orange tint a tight one finger white head settles into a nice creaminess atop.Very floral aromas with some citrus and pine and a touch of caramel letting you know there is some malt in there,a big IPA with big hoppy tones the familiar flavors of pine and grapefruit but there is a bigger sweetness to this big IPA brown sugar flavors really show thru even more so as it warms.A nice IPA has all the hop flavors just sweeter than alot of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - coppery pour, creamy head with a solid coat of lace on the glass.

Aroma - citrusy and piny, thick and fruitful. Smells great.

Taste - just how it smells. Sweet, citrusy, with a mid-palate of concentrated piny hops further intensified by alcohol. Turns bitter on the swallow, grapefruit and dry. Some slight sweetness returns at the finish.

Mouthfeel - heavy, very smooth and coating. Perfect for the style.

Drinkability - potent but tasty. Delicious beer, a high abv, but a special treat now and then.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer was poured from the bomber into pub glasses.

Appearance: The beer poured a amber to honey orange coloration. The head towered above the beer white to honey colored. The lacing was left behind on the glass in thin stripes.

Smell: The beer smells of tons of hops and hop oil with hop oil.

Taste: The beer taste was as the smell tons and tons of hops and hop oil. Unfortunately the malt profile was not strong enough to create a supreme beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a very oily mouthfeel. The beer is meduim bodied.

Drinkability: If the malt profile was better this would be an easier beer to drink. This is not a bad beer for the money. However I think I will spend a few ducats more and get a better beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 471 IPA pours from the bomber a wonderful deep orange with a touch of red and a nice creamy, bubbly head that's almost khaki in color. Looks nice in the glass for sure. Aromas of deep rich piney resinous hops alongside a hefty sweet caramel, doughy maltiness. Brash, herbal hops are raw and quite nice. Candy like.

First sip brings a sweet caramelly, doughy maltiness. This is accentuated by a blast of bitter, piney, herbal hops. Raw, green, earthy and wonderfully resinous. There's a nice balance at play here. A tasty hop forward IPA that is tasty. Finishes with a nice bitterness on the way down.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy aspect and mellow carbonation. Goes down really easily...the bomber will disappear quickly. This one really doesn't seem like it's 9.2%. A winner from Breckenridge. Worth a shot by all means.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a honey brown with a nice soft white head. Smelled of cotton candy and caramel with a smoky sweet dryness. Tasted of big molasses and caramel malts that are superbly blended with some very mild earthy and fruity hops. Finishes dry with a touch of chocolate. Mouth feel was medium with a creamy carbonation.

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Photo of unclederby
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bell's pint glass a dark orange/golden copper, with a nice fluffy head that eventually recedes to just a whisp of foam. Smell is hoppy, mostly pine but with a bit of citrus too. There's also a bit of malty sweetness underneath that massive hop dose. Very nice bouquet.
Taste seconds that massive dose of hops, lots of earthy, piney bitterness and grapefruit with only the slightest hint of malty sweetness up front. Pretty much bitter from start to finish...
A bit thin on the mouthfeel, and i would like a bit more chewiness. Nicely carbonated.
This beer is good but nothing amazing. I'd drink it again if my choices in the 2IPA style were limited, or if someone else was picking up the tab.
Just not enough of a malty backbone to keep it interesting.... a little one dimensional.

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Photo of Zorro
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber colored ale with not much of a head.

Smell is lots and lots of West Coast style hops. Sweet malt that is almost obliterated by citrus and pine scents from the hops. Only one fruit scent manages to reach my nose, pineapples.

Taste is mildly sweet and woody in the first sip, super smooth for a strong AIPA. Tasty wood and bitterness accentuated by citrus hop flavor. VERY strong hops here but it avoids getting harsh and stays in the strong and fresh territory. The Alcohol level isn't really in the taste here. The alcohol level does carry the smell of the hops to the taste buds in an extra layer of hop flavor beyond the bitterness and citrus. The extra flavor is of alfalfa, something every Texas farm boy knows.

Mouthfeel is very good.

A very drinkable brew for the strength of this beer, this is really in Double IPA territory on the basis of its hops and alcohol content. This is like a civilized Stone Ruination ale. I highly recommend this beer for anyone.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass

Appearance: Pours a standard copper and brass hue.Nice two finger head,average staying power.Average laceing.

Aroma: A strange herbacious and vegetable odor.Hops are appearant as are apricots and peaches.

Taste: The togue is ravaged by spicey and herbal hop notes. A hint of floral accents. Needs more malt to balance the flavor, very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Slick,oily,thinner than expected.Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer is a good one timer but lacks the complexity and balanced juiceyness that a double IPA should possess.I can say that this beer is a bit cloying for my taste. I would drink again if your buying.

-Cheers2Beers-

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Photo of DogFood11
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peach / copper in color. off white head that produces stringy lacing. Carbonation supports this appearance wonderfully as the head has endless stamina. Very Inviting.

Fairly mellow hop aroma, some grain.

Grassy taste followed by a pretty significant hop twinge but overall mellow on the hops. Malts are more significant in the mouthfeel than the taste. Alcohol warming is solid.

I enjoyed this beer. Creamy wet mouthfeel was unique for this style and I found it to be a good match at least for the taste profile they were going for.

Not sure how this is an IPA as it seems more suited to a double but whatever thats not my job, although categorizing beers would be a great job.

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Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a cloudy apricot body with a small offwhite to ecru head of mostly large bubbles. Head quickly falls into a cap and collar, and some patchy lace is left behind.

Aroma is very hoppy in the American West Coast style, with pine cone and grapefruit rind. Just a hint of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is light medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and some sticky oiliness.

Tastes pretty good, but one dimensional, overall, with a bitter hops dominance. Pine and grapefruit rind, but not excessively bitter. Caramel malt is noticed, but is very subdued. ABV of 9.2% is very well concealed. Malt profile is lacking, leaving this one a hop monstronsity, like many other American IPA's. Finishes dry and bitter, with a pine resin aftertaste.

Well crafted, and pleasantly drinkable. Lacking in imagination and excitement. At 9% abv, this should have more hops or malts to offer the serious drinker.A Stone Arrogant Bastard , or IPA, is a better choice for your dollar.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely put-together beer, straddles the line between an APA and a double IPA. Poured a murkey apricot that gave advance notice of the concentrated flavors. Bold hopping, a touch of grapefruit bitterness, but not citric in nature. A touch sweet but not sticky. Very dense, but not overwhelming and surprisingly drinkable. The alcohol stays submerged throughout. Nicely done.

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

Wow! I reviewed this beer out of a bottle (have had it several times that way) and found it kind of sickly sweet. It had some of the characteristics of a 90 that I find too much. But on draft... very, very different. So very hoppy! I've not always found IBUs to be a useful measurement, but this beer should definitely rank up there as one of the hoppiest. Very piney. That was really the only note of the hops: lots of pine. Let me say, I had a pint of Stone IPA next to this one, and it tasted like water in comparison.
Very different on draft.

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Photo of benito
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of head and lacing. Nice frothiness. Clear and golden to the pour. The bouquet isn't overwhelmed by floral hoppiness or much of anything.

This was very malty for an imperial IPA: a good hop burst at the beginning with some lingering flavor, but it was restrained for the most part by carmel overtones and creaminess. There was a good citrus flavor and a hint of cinnamon. A good body and full flavor throughout the swig.

Very drinkable. Overall: Worth a try but don't search far and wide.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle. Pour is absolutely a thing of beauty. Golden orange with a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles swirling in the glass. A creamy white head forms on top. The smell is great too. A citrusy, floral, sweet smell promising a lot of hops. Hops flavor is distinctive. Very bitter but with a sweet edge to it. Not grapefruits exactly but the front edge of that flavor. Taste doesn't exactly match aroma and appearance but is unique and not just another IPA. I only mark drinkability down because the bitterness would make it hard to drink lots of it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very solid and very sturdy, this Double IPA drinks much like a standard IPA.

A rusty copper hue carries a moderate dry-hop haze and supports a good head formation, retention, and light lacing.

Citrus rinds/piths create a sharp and ultimately bitter taste, maybe even an eventual grassy astringency. The hop character definately displays the bitterness of a 70+ IBU beer, but is accompanied with a harshness and piney/resiny flavor that gets away from the brewer a bit.

Big caramel malts hinge on toffee flavor, but non lingering on the palate or affecting the body in a negative way- Medium early, fading fast, the beer leaves a resiny bitterness as a final impression.

Another solid American double I. In comparison to most other double IPA's out there, this one comes in at the middle of the road, but that's good. This one is more citrusy and fruity than most and has the hop levels on par to many great IPA's. The hop flavors are estery, floral, spicy, and a bit harsh (this beer always takes on a 'green' flavor of being too young).

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A large fuzzy head erupts from a vigorous pour. It leaves a lace that slowly fades. The body is a very deep murky orange amber that is hard to see through.

Nose is electric with huge flowering hopes that are almost juicy.

Enters the mouth rich and silky smooth. The hopey bitter is long and even.

Well balanced IPA that hop heads will love. Finshes long an mellows to a hue. The overall juicy feel of the beer is very much like nectar. Very good.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed, burnt orange. A short dollop of dense white head. Great lacing and head retention. Rather mild aroma, just a meek whiff of juicy citrus hops. Sweet malt, kind of like white toast. Sweet, toasty malt up front carries a lot of sugar, apple, pear and peach esters blend with a softer citrus hop flavor reminding me of clementine oranges. Moderate bitterness in the finish, the hops coming through mostly as a citrusy juiciness. Some pine and floral notes, but not a terrifically complex hop profile. That's really fine by me, because the sweet clementine orange juice feel it brings to the beer is really unique. I can't say I've had any beer quite like this. A big, hop infused fruity finish. Balanced more like a big pale ale, with the malt maintaining a sweetened hold throughout. Smooth and silky mouthfeel, with plenty of weight in the body. Carbonation is easy going, allowing the flavor some time to sink in. The alcohol is entirely hidden, the only hints lie in the heavy body and surprising amount of sweetness. I still have my doubts about 9%. If so, I'd better slow down with this pint, it's going way too fast.
A great beer, and quite affordable, especially for the quality. I think I paid $2.99. Nice packaging, as well. I wish I'd bought another.

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Photo of antzman
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. This pours a light copper with a medium white head that clings to the glass. Sweet hoppy aroma. Excellent flavor that has quite a bit of hops in the finish. Very nice mouthfeel. This is a good Imperial IPA (As if there is a bad Imperial IPA!). The only knock on this beer that I saw was the fact that they advertised monster hops, but I have had hoppier brews.

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Photo of rowew
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. On the back - "On occasion, an ale will get enough attention that we'll put a batch in these bomber bottles. ... Oh lordy, this is fun." Glad to see them bottling something new.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with a decent sized head. Head fades quickly, but leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrusy hops. Just a hint of malt sweetness in there as well.

Taste: Hops, hops, and more hops. Not much malt comes through here, but the hops certainly do. Not overly complex - just straight on hop power. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side.

Overall impression: Well, in my last draft review I complained that Breckenridge should bottle it. For once, someone listened! If this was just a bit thicker it would be a great double IPA. As it is, it's still an enjoyable offering, and one of the best things to come out of Breck.

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Photo of granger10
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with orange in there as well. Large creamy tan head looks really nice. Not much lacing. Aroma is citrusy for the most part with some caramel and wheat in there and a bready note. It's mostly citrus though. Taste shows lots of balance with neither the malts being sweet or the hops being hoppy. Just down the middle kind of flavors. Fruity flavors begin then more piney. Yeasty notes smooth it out and add body. Finish is more citrus with a bit of a rich caramel character. Body is on the thick side yet this beer goes down nice and easy. I can't believe the abv is so high. Definitely an easy drinker. Good beer in all but nothing special about it imo.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Head is nice, big, yellowy-cream, bubbly, fizzly. Thick doily lacing. Color is mostly clear copper. Nose shows ink, flowers, pepper, cheese, beef stew. Pepper, fruit, tobacco hops in front... butter caramel fruit in the middle. More flowers, tobacco and fruit in the alcohol finish. Huge hops. Very bitter aftertaste. It's pretty good. Interesting dark, spicy, fruity, hoppy. The alcohol is a touch harsh.

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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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