471 Small Batch IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

471 Small Batch IPA471 Small Batch IPA
2,315 Ratings
471 Small Batch IPA471 Small Batch IPA

Brewed by:
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.

Added by mschofield on 08-09-2004

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Photo of Jcohen20
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of wilmerkatie
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of timtim
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark amberish with orange highlights. off-white head that holds forever and leaves tons of lace. nose to me is grapefruit and grain overlying a golden caramel character. taste is a harmonious blend of citrus, grass, tropical fruits, pine, a touch of caramel and some semi-sweet bread. very nice. well done. medium-full body that has cleansing carbonation mid palate, yet remains creamy. piney, grapefruit ring bitterness in the finish, and an alcohol component that seems to fit in and amplify rather than offend. a classic dipa that definitely should not be looked over. finesse and balance on this one. very very very good.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 5/10/09.

A - Poured a hazy amber/orange body with healthy one-finger off-white head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and a coat of intricate, sticky lacing all around the glass.

S - Citrusy and spicy hops abound, with an apparent dry hopped aroma. Sweet pale and caramel malts balance the hop presence.

T - Warm alcohol notes mingle with dry, spicy hops and a splash of citrus tang. A hefty malt backbone comprised of caramel and toffee notes keeps the hop bitterness from becoming too overwhelming. Finishes with a dry, hoppy character and a touch of spiciness.

M - Medium bodied with an oily yet creamy texture and soft carbonation. Moderate lingering, dry bitterness on the palate with a mild alcohol warmth.

D - I found this to be a fine DIPA with a nice balanced flavor and apparent dry hopped character.

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Photo of tykechandler
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving was from a 12 oz. bottle poured into a glass mug.

A: amber color; nice head and retention thereof

S: strong pumpkin notes with tangerine and other citrus flourishes; smells like my childhood -jumping into piles of leaves in the autumn

T: moderately bitter but not overly so; pumpkin notes and pretty hoppy, but again, not extremely so; pretty smooth despite the bitterness and hops

M: sounds weird, but somehow seemed a bit watery yet think and full at the same time

D: the hoppiness of the beer does not make it any less drinkable, as it has a very smooth finish. overall, i'd say it is quite drinkable.

based on the high rating of this beer, i was a bit underwhelmed, but there's no debating that it is a quality beverage that all should enjoy.

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought I was grabbing a regular IPA, it was dark, I find out later it was a double. Hazy orangey with an initial foamy head. Orange citrus aroma and taste. Quite smooth, and decent mouthfeel. Well malted for its true style. Satisfying, with 9.2% well hidden. Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber for $2.89 at Woodman's West here in Madison.

Pours a reddish-amber with a few fingers of sticky-icky-icky head that lasts miracuously long given the 9.2%. Nose is most unique for a DIPA (which this obvious is, duh), very earthy, smoky, meaty hops (which might make sense given the BBQ in the monicker) with some high octane vapor singeing the nosehairs. Taste follows the unique nose with a very un-piney, un-citrusy, herbal, earthy hop profile, grassy, and smoky with a hearty alcoholic bite letting you know who's boss. This is all hops and booze, yet somehow it works quite nicely. A breath of fresh air in the malt/hop bomb dominated style. And an absolute steal at $2.89/bomber.

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Photo of rallison
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 finger white head that dies pretty quickly but leaves some lacing. Smells of delicious grapefruit hops.

Taste is nice. Nice, grapefruit-y hops in here. Decent level of bitterness in the end. High-ish level of caramel malt is back there as well. This I find to be good, if not a bit simple. Just a good, straightforward DIPA. The malt is more caramel-y than many West Coast versions, but it's a nice change too. As such, the hops aren't quite as noticeable as they would otherwise be.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but otherwise nice. Drinkability is good, but not great.

Overall, semi-recommended. It's fine, just not exceptional.

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Photo of antzman
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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 smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, three-finger, head. Recedes slowly leaving significant chunky lace. Cloudy, orange-amber color.

Superior floral hop nose.

Lots of grapefruit hop bitterness. It dominates the swallow and makes the aftertaste last a very long time. Less pronounced is the lighter crystal malts giving the brew some complexity. There's an oiliness to the mouthfeel, but it isn't really rich. The carbonation is lower than most. Interestingly, I don't detect any alcohol.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330th review on BA
bottle to tulip
12 oz

App- Vibrant hazy orange with a 1/2 finger head. No retention on this one.

Smell- Smells just like fresh squeezed juice. A nice twinge of sweet and hoppy. I really smelled this for quite some time.

Taste- This is pretty down the middle for tasting like citrus/hops and malty sweet. The flavor is a little buttery for me but the high ABV made up for it.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level with that buttery after taste.

Drink- Overall a nice DIPA in a small bottle. Glad this one wasnt a 22 oz. I think the aftertaste would have become too much.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one in a glass stein.

Appearance- The head is dense and fizzy, bone white in color. It got to about a finger in width and has very good retention. The body is a transparent copper-orange. There are a bunch of carbonation columns heading to the lid.

Smell- Very sweet tropical fruits are in the glass. There is some passion fruit and pineapple. A resiny scent also mingles underneath. Maybe even a little biscuit malt sweetening this up.

Taste- Big wallop of bitterness hits the palate immediately. It overloads the palate for a second, making anything else seem muted. After the bitterness begins to back off, there is a soft hint of the tropical fruitiness from the nose.

Just a slight grapefruit flavor. What really sticks out is the slightly earthy and resin hops. They have a way of just covering the palate and creating a very long finish.

This drink would be perfect with bigger tropical fruit flavors so apparent on the nose.

Mouth feel- It is not nearly as creamy as some better DIPA's are. It is also a little watery, which is not complimentary either.

Overall- This DIPA has real potential. If Breckenridge finds a way to extend and enhance the fruitiness on the palate, this one could be really special. Up the creaminess of the feel and I would be going back to this one on a regular basis.

As it stands, it is a decent DIPA.

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Photo of crewfan16
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle to a pint glass. i cant understand what the bottle dating says exactly, so i dont know how old it is.

a- color is right on for the style, that dark amber/tangerine color. the head is a tad thin though, but a nice off white color

s-huge malty sweetness with lots of tropical fruit, mainly pineapple and maybe mango. slight pine as well. a bit on the sweet side, but delicious

t- follows the nose well, lots of caramel tasting maltiness and hop fruitiness. pineapple and pine, but the bitterness isnt too great. finishes dry and resin-like flavors with a bit more malt to add to the backbone

m- nice body and carbonation, feel is nice, not too oily and not too dry. very nice for the style.

overall, i really enjoy this beer. a great dipa. that being said, there are equal or better options for way less money (this six-pack was 16.99). a well done beer, but wont look to drop that sort of cash on it again if given better and cheaper options.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a regular old pint glass late at night. I was dissapointed with 'lucky U' so hopefully this bodes better.

Hiss, A faint noise came from the cap pop, out came a orange, light yellow, plus gold trimmings DIPA with rising bubbles. A bright white head of about an inch rose up and stuck around leaving some marks down the glass.

Smells inducing with at least two of the big 3c's represented. Tropic fruit and citrus with grapefruit and slight mango. A nice bready malty base comes out in time. Under that A bit of metal (as in 'lucky U') but it's masked quite well by the hops.

Quite a step up and better than I was expecting, Breckenridge really delivered the hops with this one. Grapefruit, mango slices and more tropic flavor. Also under that some pine reminding me of a troegs brew. Malty on the end creating a almost perfect balance. Small bisquit and bread vibe under a nice piney bitter DIPA.

The body is at a good spot although I could of used an extra boost. Medium bodied and well carbed. There is some of that metal taste when I'm at about halfway through marking it's spot on my palete. While very hoppy the hop oils did not really coat my tounge in the slightest. This has a very dry finish with some bitterness.

Small batch DIPA is a great brew, Nicely hopped and almost a perfect balance without a overly malted finish. The 9.2 does not come into play at all in taste/feel but I could feel this after my 12oz's. Not very sessionable, but i'll go for two. This has just enough hops to cover up what small metal taste I get from this brewery so it hides that well. Good for a go and good enough for a 2nd purchase.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a copper/amber color with 2 fingers worth of sticky head that retains well

S: Lots of piney hops jump out along with some earthiness and floral notes. Solid malt backbone with a touch of sweetness and alcohol

T: Follows the nose with piney floral hops and some sweetness. Nicely balanced yet still fairly hop forward with a lingering bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly sticky and oily

O: A solid DIPA with plenty of hoppy goodness while remaining balanced and highly drinkable for 9.2%. Decent value for a 4-pack as well

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Photo of steve8robin
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on a trip to IA. 12oz bottle...

A: Deep copper / honey color with a tiny white head that quickly fades to a lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: Earthy hops blended with grapefruit upfront. Sugary citrus in the middle with some woody oak on the backend. Good.

T: Sweet sugary orange blended wonderfully with bitter grapefruit. Malty with some bitter hops on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a nice carbonation feel. Good.

D: Goes down super easy despite the ABV. Very good.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Worth trying at least once if you have access. It is a decent hunt but not a top priority.

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Photo of Beerds
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark rich copper, decent amount of thick off white head. Very fruity smelling (raisins or am I crazy?). Taste is almost like a syrup with little to no hop bite. First breckenridge beer and I must say pretty damn good!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my notes:

Pours clear, foamy, with a big citrusy bouquet. I get some pine notes, some resin on the finish. Lots of effervescence from the draught, wondering if it’s overcarbonated? Surprisingly light for a DIPA, but definitely a strong one at 9.2%.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 3 fingers khaki head over a cloudy body of deep orange amber, very nice web of lace

S - citrus and floral, lots of malt; very pleasant

T - nice malt flavor with a touch of caramel sweetness, citrus and floral hops, notes of grass and spice, somewhat buttery

M - smooth, thick full body; highly carbonated; pretty dry

O - On the malty side, but a very nice brew nonetheless. Delightfully thick and smooth.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Big thanks to mnjeff for the nice extra!

Pours cloudy gold with just a bit of orange, with a nice cap of off-white foam. Nice lacing.

Nose is loaded with peaches, mangoes, apricot and tropical fruit, just a bit piney. Underpinned by some nice light caramel malt notes.

Taste starts off with more of those big tropical fruit notes, mangoes and peaches, wrapping up a dense caramel richness, maybe just a bit toasty, with a burst of pungent piney bitterness right near the finish. Finish is moderately bitter, pungent, with a lingering, dense caramel malt note. Really closer to a 4.3, but I rounded up a bit.

Mouthfeel is dry, prickley, a bit syrupy, with a light but sharp carbonation.

Drinkability isn't bad. Alcohol isn't really in the forefront, taste is nice and balanced, though it is a bit syrupy.

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4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hitt4488
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a hophead and this is one of my favorites... Went to the length of actually getting a 1/6 barrel for my home kegerator. Hard to make it a session beer due to the strength but you cant knock me for trying. I also have a lot of luck with this beer for pushing on friends who are still constant with the American lagers. Not saying it is the best crossover beer, but for those who are new to hops, it is intense, but so rich and creamy they cant help but like. Also the after taste is not as harsh as other IPA's. Would put this up to any Imperial.

A- I believe to be one of the most beautiful looking beers, a copper orange color that naturally pours with the look of a Nitrogen infused beer, yet only produces about a 1.5 finger head.

S-Definitley a hop smell, but not as intense as a Hopslam or 90 min. Pick up a clean citrus as well.

T- Bold yet smooth. never an over the top aftertase like many other IPA'a. It is also very rich in flavor, decadent almost.

What a wonderful beer put out by the boys in breckenridge.

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Photo of VeloKev
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC, served from the tap.
A-Burnt orange in color, 1 finger head, clean look.

S- not much in the nose, a little floral hop, but not much. I'd just had a Dogfish Head 90min IPA, so there was a VERY noticable difference in the big aroma of the 90 to this one.

T-Surprisingly good considering the lack of nose I was getting. Nice up front hop bite, floral, a little citrus. Quite smooth, actually.

M-mildy oily from the hops, lingers for a bit, clean otherwise.

D-Highly drinkable, though I couldn't pound these-but then, pounding is for wankers. Definitely liked it.

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,315 ratings
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