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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 Mebuzzard
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
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 beerbrains
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer arrived at the table a wonderful amber color with a thin stream of bubbles rising up the middle. The pint is topped off by a creamy off-white head that dissipates into a thin layer that leaves lace in the glass. It gives off a nice citrusy aroma hinting at the hoppiness to follow.

It does not disappoint. A full, fresh hops flavor almost piney followed by a crisp dry finish, almost a bite but not bitter, It left me wanting more. Almost no alcohol taste for such a high ABV. This could be a dangerous beer as I could easily drink several of these in a sitting.

I paired the double hopped IPA with a pizza topped with spicy sausage and it complimented the food very well.

The best IPA I’ve had in a long time.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs that I've had. Great appearance. Nice head and lacing that stay a long time. Nice smell. Hoppy and malty (caramel).

Taste is a balance of hoppiness and caramel malt sweetness. Not overly bitter, and not overly sweet.

Moutfeel is decent. Fairly crisp and clings decently.

This beer is one easy drinking beer. I could make an easy session out of this one. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of horshack7
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This one is a hazy copper with some brightness to it and some brassy hues around the edges. On top is a head about one finger thick.

Aroma: In the front are grapefruit notes as well as piney bits. A bready maltiness touches of peach and tropical fruits. Way in the back is a wisp of biscuits.

Taste: Grapefruit, piney, it has a little bit of a malty backbone. Crisp mouthfeel, peaches are towards the end.

Notes: There is quite the malty backbone in this one but it still has a great hop bite. Cheers.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a Nonic.
A - A clear amber w/ a full 3 finger cream colored head that leaves copious amounts of sticky lace.

S - Wonderful scents of hops emanate from the fluffy head of this Imperial IPA! Whoah! Lord, like piney, grapefruity waves of hops waft out of the glass.

M - Resinous and sweet with oily hop smoothness coating the insides of my mouth. A sugary undercurrent of caramel malt with an ever so faint boozy finish.

T- A boatload of hop taste - sweet lord in heaven. Huge herbal blending of hops in the smooth green fresh flavor. There is a restrained bitterness that allows the flavor of the hops to come out and become the focus instead of the acid. The ale gets the deserving amount of malt to carry out the balancing act and make this such a pleasure to taste. There is a fruitiness from the ale yeast, but if you love hops don't dare pass this gem up. The goodness of nature contained in this double or Imperial IPA. Slowly a bite of hop acidity comes trailing with a warmth of booze in the potent finish. I love the finesse of taste here - the caramel malt blend with cascade and centennial hop.

D - A real refreshing ale for having 9.2% under its belt. I found this to be a delightfully drinkable beer. Way tasty!

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Photo of Crosling
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft at the Falling Rock in Denver.


A fairly subtle nose of deep creamy caramel malt and sharp pungent hop notes.

Malty as hell, especially for a DIPA, the malts are creamy, biscuit-like with caramel and butter in the backround. The hops are simcoe and possibly centennial, maybe a few more. I enjoyed the variety. Notes of nectarnes, pine, white plums, lemon and pineapple as well.

I am stunned that 471 is a Breckenridge beer. Since when can they brew? I hope they bottle this!

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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 HoosBrews
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a bullet keg for home. Appearance was a little darker than I expected; more of a dark copper than your typically hazy orange DIPA. Lots of hops in the nose. Smell loads of pine, citrus, and floral hops. Taste is really smooth for a DIPA, very well balanced malt and hops. With almost no alcohol burn, this is a dangerous DIPA. Extremely drinkable, this one is an exceptional DIPA on draft.

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Photo of 2Stout4u
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this is what you expect when you order up a Dipa!! I'm surprised most of the other reviews said this was so drinkable. Don't get me wrong I loved it but this is one you sip not flip. I guess some would say it's an over the top hop bomb, but isn't that what you want when you order up a double. I reccomend highly you find on tap and belly up for one hell of a ride.

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

Wow, nice cascading head. Forms a two finger light orange-tan head over a cloudy apricot colored liquid. Smells pine-sol citrusy tangerine and oranges. Really fresh and inticing in a way that words just could never describe. The frothy head of foam just hangs around. Tastes bitter and citrusy. Tangerine, lemon, and nectarine. After much thought and searching they also have a piney character and also a pink cotton candy flavor. Just as delicious hop profile with a nice hop bitter to counter. Also a potent rough co-humulone grassy to keep things honest. Malt flavor is quite minimal, a chalky munich malt and maybe some caramel from crystal malt. Fruity esters may be present, but they're either buried beneath or blended into the hop flavors. Now that the beer has warmed, I get a gentle alcohol sting in the nose and alcohol burn late in the taste. The aftertaste is quite floral hoppy with a strong tangerine taste. Md-thick mouthfeel and mildy carbonated. The hops in this beer are unlike any other IPA I've ever had. The flavor is sharp clean and fresh.

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Photo of Snow81
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber to orange haze

Head: Frost tan head

Smell: Bitter hops with an earthiness and sweet maltyness

Taste: Tangy bitter dark citric. Malts seem overly sweet. A small amount of spice with a little flavor of heat on the back

Weight: Light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation

Finish: Bitter hops all over my palate and cheeks with a nice stickiness on the lips

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Photo of foofight11
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This happens to be one of my favorites. It pours a wonderful peach-like color and is very cloudy; not transparent at all. I poured a cool 22 Ounce bomber into a 12oz snifter. Not much of a head; almost a whole pinky finger. However, the lacing on this beer is a stunning art.

The nose on this a wonderful aromatic of floral hops with a slight hint of malty sweetness, almost reminiscent of caramel. Not over-the-top hop smells, which can be wonderful, but the smell already dictates the great balance within the beer.

Now to the taste. Again, the smell already dictated a wonderful balance of malt and hops. The most interesting aspect is how the malt sweetness can hit your tongue first while the hop bitterness, which is not overpowering, finishes. There is a tart fruit floating around in the taste but I can not name it yet.

This drinks very smoothly and provides a nice warming all the way down. The alcohol can sneak up on you; but that is never a problem.

While I think by all the characteristics I could certainly have a few of these in one session. However, if I want to keep my wits, one is nice; but letting my guard down with this beer is never out of the realm of possibilities!

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at First Street Draught House in Winston-Salem.

Appearance: Deep reddish-copper color. Surprisingly clear. I did not see the pour, but it came to me with a half-finger of white head. The head dissipated fairly quickly, but a ring of it remained around the edge of the glass. Decent lacing.

Smell: Grassy, piney, and woodsy notes from the various hops. The hops are complimented by strong citrus notes, especially grapefruit.

Taste: Wow. An immediate bite of hops, which lingers throughout the entire sip. As the first bite fades, grapefruit notes come through. Minimal malt flavors, which is what I like in an IPA. The alcohol is hidden at first, but it warms on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Smooth in the mouth, but a little thin, given all the strong flavors in the beer. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: This is an outstanding DIPA, and one that I'm surprised doesn't get talked about more. There are barely any malt flavors present, allowing the hops and citrus flavors to shine through. The bitterness of the hops remained strong throughout the beer. Great beer.

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Photo of atr2605
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a light copper, almost extremely light amber color with a great fluffy white head with excellent retention
S-Tons of hop aroma, citrus, pine, and also very sweet somewhat candied aroma
T- more of the same with lots of the citrus and pine hop flavor and then a good deal of sweet malt body to back it up. Much more balance that I would have anticipated from the aroma. Has a ton of great hop flavor but no harsh bitterness
M-medium bodied
O- This beer packs a punch with a great array of smells and tastes. Still remains very drinkable and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes IPA's. Well crafted beer

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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Oak colored...minimal head...

S-Very impressive....Has to be some simcoe in here...nice bright juicy citrus (tangerines, and oranges)...that's followed by a spicier, earthy aroma, then final some alcohol aroma....very unique and impressive...

T-Juicy citrus at the top (also add in some papaya, and mango to the mix on the taste), also has some caramel notes, and bready notes...comes off a little sweet from all the fruit and malt notes but finishes with a splash of alcohol and some underlying spicy hop notes...

M-Big IPA...firm, full body....some booziness but it seems to complement rather than override the flavor...

D-Quality beer...different and exciting to me....relatively complex and immensely enjoyable...

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Photo of drseamus
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at one of the Breckenridge Brewpubs. It pours a nice amber color and I could smell the grapefruit aroma as soon as it got close. The flavor is just like the aroma with a bunch of grapefruit and a good malt backbone. It is surprisingly balanced for being double hopped. The body is nice and full and this beer has great drinkability. I was surprised when I went to rate this beer at the level of alcohol. When I was drinking it I would have guessed around 6%...quite a bit less than the 9.2% that it clocks in at.

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Photo of pat61
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%

A grainy, herbal, spicy nose.
Pours a slightly chill hazed amber under a 2” off-white rocky foam cap – very lacy.
Palate: Big malt flavors joined by light fruit (orange and melon) seasoned with spicy rich hops and rich dry hopped flavors and aromas. Some lingering malt sweetness but nicely balanced by the hop bitterness and light alcohol flavors.
A rich, creamy texture supports a medium plus body and very fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of Austinkrat
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great balance of malts and hops. Like Dogfish 90 IPA. Creamy taste. This one's a sleeper in my opinion....should be rated higher. Nice job Breckenridge!

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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 bonsreeb85
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - clear copper, foam ivory head measures tall and stays for the long haul. Nice lacing too, this one looks FINE.

S - grapefruit/piney hops, some lemon in the mix too. smells resiney and dank. if this tastes like it smells we could be in for a mighty fine DIPA

T - BINGO! hop bomb with citrus/grapefruit and piney hops with a malt profile winning best supporting actress. little bit of alcohol warmth

MF - a little oily but carbonation on the higher side helps this. good sized body on this one.

D - drinks like a dream. definately a sleeper DIPA. what a pleasant surprise from a hometown hero. GO Breckenridge!

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Photo of blakesell
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear orange amber with a creamy cap of cream colored foam that sticks to the sides of the glass, lingering.

Smell- Malt upfront with base malts, quickly followed by grapefruity hops. I don't remember how the bottle used to smell, but this smells very nice. A strange near peppery smell from the yeast which needs to warm up to make itself more known.

Taste- Rich and malty with an excellent hop level bringing up the rear. Maltiness shows a grand and unique balance. Fruity tones from the hops can't be beat, outside of say, Hopslam, but this one isn't big on alcohol. In perception anyway, I just checked and it's 9.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, smooth, medium full bodied, medium in carbonation, and very effervescent.

Drinkability- Breckenridge has done a fine job with this drinkable Imperial IPA.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass (up yours if you think it's not appropriate, it was the closest glass on hand). Nice dark orange color with really sticky resiny foam.

Everything about this beer was great, from the aroma to the taste to the mouthfeel. It was viscous and burning and fruity and bud-like. Really really tasty.

I skipped this beer the first couple of times I saw it at the store, but decided to try it after a friend recommended it. He was right, this was a really good DIPA, they should make it regularly.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Extremely high levels of floral citric hops and high malt sweetness. Strong and pungently good.

Medium straw/gold/orange. Mostly clear. Low head and poor retention.

Very sweet malty smooth slightly thick attack which wanes into a floral hop bouquet with fruity undertones. Medium-high hop flavor is perfume-like, crisp, and clear. Malt is medium to medium-high and is a surprisingly thick and smooth composition of clean slightly toasty malt. Light fruitiness round out the palate. Slight resinous pine character. Finishes lightly dry, mostly clean.

Mouthfeel is crazy smooth and thick. Medium-high carbonation and alcohol thickness.

Damn find IPA: thick and crazy and most importantly very tasty. The best that Breckenridge has to offer!

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Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, no freshness insight presented. Pours cloudy orangey caramel amber, underneath a protracted medium tan head, that lasts and lasts, gobs of thick foam and lacing sticks around, nice looking beer. Nose is all about a supreme balancing act, soft caramel malts swirling around leafy hops. Ultra silky smooth for a DIPA, easy on the tongue and taste buds. Hops big and bold but not stinging or overpowering. Super balance and complexity in evidence. Big hops/big layers of caramel malts. Well worth being on the lookout for out and then savoring this finely crafted creation

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,161 ratings.
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