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471 IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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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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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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Photo of Vancer
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, finally a decent Breckenridge brew. And I don’t believe this is one off – just got a bottle released a month ago. Good brew too. Crisp & floral, tart & dry – very nice. A medium bodied, yet still bold offering. I would have no problem grabbing another bomber of this bad boy.

Reasonable price of $4 for the 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fine head that is lasting and a orangeamber clear beer. Nose is lots of hops that have dry green carracter. Nicely mixed in a nice maltnose that shows also good caramel. Overal fresh and spicy nose.
Taste is enjoyable sweet caramellic malts and that in a strong hoptaste. Rich and full taste. Bitterness not overdone though and build in perfectly to make it a harmonic brew altogether. Mouthfeel is also good and in balance with low carbonisation. Alltogether a feast to drink and please bring me more!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Arriving as a gift in a 22 oz. brown bomber, the beer poured out pale golden amber with a generous three finger foamy head. Aroma was typical of an American IPA with pine, grapefruit, and grass notes imparted by the hops, and malt sweetness I was not anticipating. Tasted like it smelled, and I’d have been surprised if it didn’t. The taste exhibited a harmonious interplay between the grapefruit citric notes and the snappy spicy bitterness of the hop varieties. Sweetness of the malt was there in a sufficient strength the keep the hops from getting too out of hand. Mouthfeel was somewhat gritty and sticky for an IPA, and the aftertaste supplied a lingering dry bitterness. Alcohol seemed a bit too present and warming for an IPA, until I looked up the strength. And I was surprised to see a 9.2% up there. At that strength it is at the upper end of the DIPA scale, and for that style this is quite a subtle alcohol presence. This was, much easier to drink than most DIPAs. Didn’t quite match the ease of gulping down of a regular American IPA, but it came too close to be a very dangerous beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the glass every so slightly hazy pale golden amber with an off-white frothy head that fell very, very slowly and laced the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was citrusy and fruity with a malty caramel character and a very strong citrusy grapefruit hop aroma.

The flavor was malty and surprisingly light with a light citrusy grapefruit flavor that was very well balanced with the malty caramel flavors. The balance was just slightly toward bittering, but was so well done that no presence of the alcohol content was notable. The flavor was fruity with an almost pineapple flavor.

The finish was dry with a lasting citrusy impression and light maltiness. The body was medium full and well done. The drinkability of this beer was almost amazing. If this beer truly was 9%+ it never let it shine through and did not have the flavors of that big a beer. No indication of if on the label, if it truly is that big, then the alcohol was not present at all.

22 ounce silk screened bottle. $7 at OUAV in Richmond, VA.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light copper orange with a sticky cream colored lasting head. Good clarity. Big resiny "C" hop aroma with some malt character to back it up. Ouch. Not the flavor I was expecting. Not nearly big enough for style. Everything is blanced well, but I say it needs to be picked up a notch. It does roll over the tounge with a good sensation. Sticky, pleasantly astringent. If this came from a brewpub, it would be very nice. From a production brewery trying a special line, I expect more.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a tulip it goes, and it is pretty. A nice inch of head crowns a dark orange body. No lacing.

The nose of this is awesome! It is very piney, with a citrus underone. A considerable pale malt profile is there as well.

The taste is great, if this is truly an IPA. The hops provide that resiny character that IIPAs have, but you can't ever find in an IPA. This is the hoppiest IPA I have ever tasted.

I would consider this to be a IIPA because of the massive hops. Granted, this is the maltiest IIPA I have ever come across as well. The 9.2%ABV adds to the case for a IIPA classification.

The mouthfeel is medium in body, with an extended finish of malt and hops. The drinkability is hampered only by the fact that there is too much malt in this beer. No offense to anyone, but if the malt profile was reduced, this beer would remind me of Dreadnaught in all categories.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

471 IPA is a shiny copper color with a large, off-white head. Carbonation and retention are very good. The aroma is full of fresh piney hop smells. Very resinous. A sip starts with awesome piney hop flavors on top of a sweet, complex malt body. The bitterness is ample, but never anywhere near overwhelming. In my opinion all of the flavors here are dead on, the hops are very fresh and have an excellent flavor, while the malt body is almost perfect for an IPA. Plus the layers of flavor lend a great complexity. This is easily one of my favorites of the handfull IPAs I've sampled. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Morris729
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange rust color with a creamy head that leaves webs of lace on the sides of the glass as it slowly dissipates. The nose contains a good deal of malt sweetness, though the expected piney and floral hops are certainly present as well along with an underlying citrus fruitiness that continues to grow stronger as the beer warms. As for the taste, there’s no question that the hops are the key players here. There is a bit of sweet orange and citrus fruitiness along with a good deal of fresh pine and cedar up front followed by raw hop oils and tannins that leave a strong bitterness on the back of the tongue in a lasting sticky aftertaste that remains until the next sip. Very nice. Now, why did I buy only one of these while at the store yesterday!?

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

Sampled in a 22 oz. bomber. My first Breckenridge of any kind. This beer porued a nice amber color with a sizeable white head that quickly dissolves. There is no real visible carbonation/bubble action throughout the glass. Nothing terribly special to behold, but this deceives the drinker about what is to come. Held up to the nose, this beer is fantastic. Hops to the extreme. It is bold and fresh. Almost impossible to remove the glass from my nostrils. Grapefruit and a nice floral, piney aroma help complete a memorable and well balanced smell. 471 tastes sharp, and hopped up. The initial quaff is followed by a distinct citrus bitterness. It reminds me a bit of grapefruit without any sugar. Bold and tasty to me, but could easily offend anyone who prizes smoothness over sharpness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable in the aftertaste. In the mouth the main sensations are fullness and bitterness. Just how I like it. This beer's flavor holds throughout, both during and after its presence on the tongue. Overall one 22 oz. is enough, and perhaps best enjoyed splitting with a friend. Packed with flavor and a high alcohol content, definitely a good sipper. Just relax, take your time and enjoy the D.I.P.A. goodness of the 471. I know I will again.

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Photo of DarthMalt
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Must be that "Rocky Mountain Spring Water."

Head forms sticky and laces nicely, even after flattening. Chill haze is pretty foggy (this is a plus in my book). Not much on the hop-sap aroma as one might expect for a doppel-IPA but there is significant dry-hopped nose for any beer snorter worth their weight. Taste just SLICES down the center (like a possessed Twizzler) with a wicked and exquisitely balanced double helix of hop and malt flavor—both vying for “extreme”-ness. Mid-taste gets completely bypassed as hops slam-dunk the uvula on their way down the pipe.

BLAM! Big. Beers...RULE!!!

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This gem emerges in a splendorous orange kuller. Nicely filtered to a pristine clarity with fat bubbles that are precision tuned to move so seductively. A large head of dusty white foam expands into the conical widening and is then quelled into a perfect surface topping. Rolling hills of honey comb lacing appear in the wake of this event. Very much an eye catcher.

The nose delivers sensory translation images of pine tops and a barn full of freshly chopped grass and grains. Some horses are in the background. Nice and provoking to the mind. Superb herbal character. Orange essence is perceptable within the bouquet. This is really something to sniff and admire visually in a repetitive fashion. Ooh, ahh. Ohh, ahh. Then, take a taste.

The taste is well promoted by the other characters. It has a fabulous light caramel undertone that the impeccably titrated hop effect is set adrift on top of. Very nice. If this had a little more thickness in the body it would feel like a double IPA. This is more like a balanced "IPA and a half." 1.5 IPA? Sure, why not. All I can say is this is it if there ever was one. A very harmonious array of flayva.

The mouthfeel is the "half" part of 1.5 IPA. Great malt presence, but at certain stitches in time it feels as though it could use a bit more mass. By and large, fine proportion for a 1.5. It wants to be an even number, but it works so well where it is. So surprisingly refreshing. Nice burps of hop gas too!

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Photo of Xadoor
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a nice frothy head with good retention. Colour in the glass was a nice copper orange hue. The higher alcohol can be detected immediately with the first taste, almost a little too strong. Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth finish. Strong hop flavours but without an overpowering bitterness. A very good beer, but I typically wouldn't want to drink more then one during a session.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a three finger thick, frothy pale tan head that leaves a lacing as I drink my way through this beer. The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a brilliant copper red hue when held up to the light otherwise it is an orangish amber color. The aroma is thick and sticky with hops, which hit my nose as soon as I start to pour this beer. Notes of pine are at first evident, but then I get notes of bergamot, grapefruit, tangerine, and a herbal note which underlies it all.

The taste is hoppy from the get go; the hops are prickly and biting as the beer slides across my tongue. There are lots of herbal piney notes with a finish that is full of citrus fruit notes. The beer is slightly sticky on the palate with a malty sweetness that accentuates the ample hopping. The finish has a bitterness that lingers though is not all that bracing and there is a note of tangerine peels that lingers as well. Flavors of herbal pine are abbundant in this beer as well as a full suite of citrus fruits. This beer is pretty darn nice right now, I have not had a really hoppy beer for a while and this definitely hits the spot.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. On-Tap on Blake Street, at the source. Dark goldeny amber with a nice head of off-white foam. Lacing is good, and retention not bad. Aromas are hoppy with a nice piney/citrusy edge to it. Some malts are in the aroma profile as well. The taste is hoppy up front, but not over the top. The middle is malty and the finish is hoppy yet again. Dry too. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is decent. A good strong IPA, but not too complex in the hopping...

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent copper color. Nice two-fingered head with good retention / lacing.

Smell: Some citrus, pine, and a nice pungent hop nose.

Medium body with low carbonation feels creamy on the palate. Taste has elements of honey, lemon rind-mild citrus. Finishes with an alcohol laden sugary sweetness. Sweet malts put in a noble effort against the hop bitterness. This brew has a consistent flavor throughout the drink. Not too bad, but a little too flat for me. Could be more dynamic in it's characteristics. Worth a try but there are plenty other IPA's that are a lot more refreshing than this offering.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. brown bottle.

Chill hazed glowing peach in color with an egg shell tinted froth, tight and clingy. The beer cleared in tranparency as it warmed.

Big time grapefruit and citrus smells come out and slap my nostrils, along with some evergreen, maple syrup like malts, and alcohol.

Medium body with moderate carbonation and a wicked alcohol bite in the back. Hops again right up front, citric and dominating. A faint caramel malt sweetness, then huge booze.

I'm noticing a trend with some DIPA's; huge unbalanced booziness! That said, this beer did have a nice citrus taste that's enjoyable.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
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 +9.5%
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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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,161 ratings.
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