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471 IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

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471 IPA471 IPA

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

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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Reviews: 798 | Ratings: 2,166
Photo of HagiO
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. Love the coppery look and had a nice pillowy white head. Great nose, alot of grapefruit. Surprisingly malty considering the aroma.High in alcohol but doesn't really drink like it is.Really good representation of the style, first beer from Breckenridge won't be the last.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great brew. The barrel aging softens the hops and evens out the flavor. The booze is subtle but adds a great level of complexity. I would almost bet this was an aged quad. Love this brew!

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Photo of Dajaydee
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer smells wonderful. Nice amber color, with a decent tan head. Hoppy taste, with high alcohol content. An unbelievable smooth finish, with a slight accent of caramel that really surprised me. I will definitely be purchasing some of this, as the one I received from a friend is definitely not enough! Great beer!

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Photo of gimmehead
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
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 DownDaHatch
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Simply stated, I love this beer. From beginning to end it drinks remarkably smooth. It has great color, carbonation, and taste. I cannot drink enough of this stuff on the patio in the evening here in the midwest summer. What makes this a nice drinking (90 min-like) IPA is the wonderfull character and not the typically overly bitter 90 minute IPA's.

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

On tap at Canal Street Pub

This beer has a lot of charactor and strength. It is not for the wimpy beer lovers. If you are a double IPA person, you might find this enjoyable.

This beer has a great hoppy aroma reminding me of California. It starts out with a good malty charactor with the hops present from beginning to end. The mouth feel is creamy and smooth with low carbination. The taste is awesome. Good hop blend with several different hops making an appearance. The beer is drinkable for a big hoppy beer. Very tasty!

Its not a beer that I would sit down and drink a gallon of in one sitting but mixes well with a variety of different beers.

Try it, you may really enjoy it!

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Photo of jayrod20
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great beer. Not particularly my flavor because I am not an IPA fan but I am always first one to step up to something I haven't tried and this did not disappoint. It was incredibly smooth and rich in taste with the hoppiness for even the most amateur beer drinker to enjoy.

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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 jokelahoma
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle at Old Chicago in Olathe, KS, poured into a shaker.

Poured a hazy bright new penny copper, with surprisingly little head.

Smells oddly catty, yet good. Hops dominate the nose, as is to be expected, but there is a fruity underpining, almost a white grape aroma, promising a bold, bright and acidic bite to go with the somewhat feral hoppiness.

First taste is both expected and surprising. Expected in that it's bitter, prickly, acidic, bracing, and full of flavor. Surprising in that it's sweeter than expected, and really quite smooth. The cattiness of the hops is barely perceptable, replaced with a more vegetal flavor that hits up front, right along with the substantial bitterness. It doesn't take long for the malt this beer is built upon to catch up, though, filling your mouth with a hearty sweetness that is remarkable for its cleanliness. This isn't an overly fruity beer, nor too sweet. It's also not an amateurish hop bomb far too many people seem to think an imperial IPA is supposed to be. Hell, if you want that, drink a Bud while munching hop pellets from your local homebrew store. This is made in the way an IIPA should be. It is, to be honest, one of the most balanced imperial IPAs I've had. Very, very well made, with no hint of its 9.2% abv coming out anywhere. Wow!

The mouthfeel is thinner than most imperial IPAs, but is still enough to satisfy.

This isn't the nost beautiful beer to look at in the glass, with its haze and wimpy head. But it more than makes up for it in the taste department. Easily among the best IIPAs I've ever had. Seek it out.

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Photo of tommy78
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Good amount of head after being poured out of the bottle. The beer had an intense orange color to the appearance.

S - Citrus aroma with some malts mixed in.

T - Holy Cow! At first sip, one can't really taste the flavor. However, the taste exploded once it hit the back. The citrus translated well in the taste. Also detected some deep malts in the beer mixed in with some actual alcohol.

M - Very smooth. Reminded me of a good scotch.

D - Great beer to enjoy. Would not turn this one down at a pub or bar.

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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!


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

A- A magnificent glowing orange color with just enough cloudiness to show that it means business. The head may not be big, but it is beautiful in its covering and the lacing. Looks absolutely delicious and stunning.

S- A whole bunch of grapefruit. The malt backing is great. The alcohol is evident, but everything smells so delicious together. Burns the nostrils, awesome.

T- Very tasty. Some grapefruit and is definitely really sweet. More citrus and a great malt backing. This definitely is bitter, but it is a hop heads wet dream.

M- A little drying and a tad cloying, but just the right amount of stickiness and carbonation.

D- I was blown away by this. This is going to be my standby for HopSlam. A truly underrated beer.

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

Had this on Tap at 13north Grill in Phoenix. Beer selection consisted of bud-light, miller, dos equies, etc.. and something named 471 which none of the waiters knew anything about

Easily the best beer I've had from Breckenridge, a big bold IPA. Reminds me of a homebrew IPA with massive hop bill.
I love the cloudy look, tells me someone put some love in the beer.
The smell is right on, fresh hops, not old or crisp, but fresh, a floral character to the hop smell
The mouthfeel and taste are fantastic, a big malty sweet hoppy meal, nothing light or re-freshing here. This beer is a meal in itself.

Honestly, I wasn't expecting much of anything out of this beer, but its easily one of my favorites now.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep orange amber; head dissipated quickly; translucent

Big time hops! Super citrussy, piney, and floral--almost like smelling orange juice

Taste & Mouthfeel
Big hops all the way through; some tasty bready malt up front, but it's quickly pushed back down by the relentless hops; feels a little thin in body, but with even a gentle swish in the mouth it agitates, giving it a fuller, silkier texture; hides the high ABV very well

It's a great tasting DIPA. While I love GD's Hercules, that's such a big beer there's almost nowhere to go afterwards, whereas this feels a bit lighter while still being very satisfying. This would be a great one to enjoy on a summer night...or any night, really.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
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 WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow....this is a good beer! I can't believe I picked it up out of the Binny's singles bin!!!! The beer pours a hazy amber. The head is very thin, slightly off-white, but is lacing. The smell includes deep citrus and pine notes...subtle but good! The taste is an extremely well balanced beer...the malt, hop, and ABV dance together in great harmony!!! The hops provide a citrus pine flare to sweet malt that provide a fight against the higher ABV! The mouthfeel is solid...full bodied ale with good to mild carbontation. Overall the beer is wonderfull. Not a session beer...for it would annihalate....but absolutely worth a taste!!!!

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the Taco Mac in Smyrna, GA. The appearance is a nice orange color with a large white head. The aroma is citrus and the taste is a great hop/alcohol DIPA mix.

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Photo of estereich
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. Bought it by chance at a local "Binny's". Poured a nice dark amber. Scent was citrussy hops. Taste was wonderfully sweet with a nice grapefruit citrus that remained as the back end dried nicely. I will be drinking this again, Hell, I might even move to Denver.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 4-21-07

Pours a nice amber/orange with a good-size white head and ridiculous glass-coating lacing.

Smell is all sweet and hoppy, grassy citrus dominates.

Taste is much like the smell, very sweet with good hop flavors. Bitterness is not extreme, well-balanced with the sweetness. Finishes with a big alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is good, very DIPA, resiny and thick.

Drinkability is good, although the alcohol makes its presence known.

Overall a good beer, at a very reasonable price. Definitely a double IPA.

Score edited 9-6-08.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

U no it...another lovely big hop bomb, often overlooked, not fully appreciated!! Here's the deal for me...in Denver you can get a growler re-fill for around $12-14, and this is a double IPA with nice balance. Is it a Pliney...no! Is it a Green Flash, Hercules...no. It's a nicely balanced Breckenridge double IPA that holds up nicely pint after pint, which is why I regularly fill mine. A fine, wholesome big hop profile with depth...hummm..yummm. Ayieee!!!

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Photo of TheHopMonster
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright orange, fast rising bubbles and a whole lot of unfiltered amazingness floating about the glass. Puffy white head; looks delicious.

Aromas of alcohol, pine, earth, wet leaves, grass, and spicy malt

Very light carbonation yet thick with a pretty decent malt backbone. Hoppy upfront with a lasting bitter aftertaste. Leaves mouth feeling warm, dry, and a bit spicy.

As I let the beer warm the malt characteristics become more apparent and the hops are more vibrant. I think I would let this beer sit for a bit at room temp so that the flavors can mature. Overall an awesome double and surprisingly drinkable.

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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 jcdiflorio
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bottle served into a flaired tulip glass.

Glowing amber color with a hazy appearance and tiny particles in suspension,unfiltered. A 2" bone white, tight creamy head with very good retention leaving collars of lace down the glass.A few stringing tiny bubbles rise from the center of the glass.

Clean inviting aroma,perfumy with citrus and pine throughout. One of those aromas you just can't stop inhailing. Not much malt aromas has a strong presence of a freshly baked bread with a freshly mowed grassy aroma with a note of sweetness.

Nice tangy hop bite a first with ruby red grapefuityness throughout,nicely balanced with a pleasingly sweet malty taste. More like a single ipa, but very tasty and the alcohol is almost non-existent in the taste. Finishes with a sweet ruby red grapefruityness sweet and very pleasing.

Very creamy,very light feel for the style. Dangerously drinkable for a beer over 9 percent. Not what you would expect for a double ipa,but really enjoyable and if i had to drink a double ipa all night this would be my choice.

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Photo of Landers
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber almost orange color with a good inch and a half head.

S: Sweet hop aroma with a hint of citrus, orange from what I could tell.

T: Good hoppy kick with a bit of orange midway through the swallow finishing with another bitter hop kick.

M: Bit of a hop bite, very smooth for what is considered a double IPA.

D: A little stronger than a typical IPA, as it is a double. I had this following a Stone Ruination. Comparable IMO, but a little more on on the sweet citrus side than the Ruination.

Definitely one I'd reach for again.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz stein

Pours a straw yellow but very cloudy -- looks thick and syrupy as it pours. Yields a finger or two of head and nice strong lacing . Medium carbonation is evident. Smells piney, citrusy, and fresh.

Taste is sweet and fruity with a hefty hops body. Deep piney bitterness and a little of grapefruit bitterness balances out the fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for as thick and heavy as this beer is. Carbonation is perfect. Very drinkable. Maybe dangerously.

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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,166 ratings.
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