471 Small Batch IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

very good
812 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 812 | Ratings: 2,298
Photo of HamdenHector
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: strong pine and herbal notes; the combo smells somewhat medicinal;

T: follows the nose with some pineapple added in; same result - somewhat medicinal; pineapple becomes more prevalent at the end and that helps; finish is moderately bitter and long lasting;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: I'm not a fan of a medicinal note - even if it's intentional, which I think this is;

 524 characters

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks omgshesaboy for this one!

Poured into a pint glass a lightly hazy straw gold - I'm not sure what happened but I had almost zero head.

Nose is dominated by hop bitterness and is sweetly bready.

A sip is somewhat sweet and very malty. Hop presence is citric but surprisingly the malt dominates for me. Finishes with a crisp bitter orangey smack.

Very drinkable for the abv but feels too one-dimensional given the hopping profile it's touted to have. Definitely a DIPA, not upset I tried it, but not one I'd look for again.

 532 characters

Photo of kohoutek
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden orange pour, thin white head, minimal lace, large weak bubbles, clear as a bell (overly filtered IMO).

The smell is very nice. Wonderful herbal hoppiness pours from the glass. Citrus, apricots, lemon, Riesling grapes, fresh apples, honey, vanilla . . .

The flavor could be very nice, but the overly bitter aspects and the boozy solvent qualities get in the way. I taste citrus, peaches, honeyed malt. The bitter/booze just overpowers.

The mouthfeel is too thin and edgy. Too much spritz. It is filtered so there is no bread. Bitter booze.

Too big and bitter to be sustainably refreshing, even for the style:)

 627 characters

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

471 Double hopped IPA... Dipa. 9.2% alcohol.

A- Pours a glowing orange fluid (especially in sunlight) with a small half inch head that falls to barely there froth on top leaving nice spider web lacing.

S- I smell a heavy boozey essence upfront with mild grapefruit and citrus hints. Light malty scents as well.

T-M- Taste is very straight forward... alcohol esters, rich malts and slightly hopped up. I'm not going to lie had to sit back and figure out what i was tasting. In one sentence a alcohol sweet malty beverage with decent hop presence. Mouthfeel is rough and unbalanced with little to no carbonation to get the heavy alcohol flavor over the buds. Thick malty backbone.

D- I could drink this beer at the right price.
I cant remember what it was but well worth it for what it is. Strong and ok flavor.

Note: Drink at 55-60F for the best flavor.

 857 characters

Photo of slackerlack
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks orange/brown with a good finger head on top.
S - Smells fruity and hoppy
T - Right away the bitterness of the hops hit you, then followed by a real fruity flavor, then the bitterness backs off.
D - I could not take big gulps of this due to the immediate bitterness that hits you.

It reminded me of Fruit Stripe Gum.

 326 characters

Photo of chicagoish
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange / light bronze, and clear. Small thin head that leaves a soapy residue as you drink.

S- Very Faint fruit smell. And also a faint peppery hopiness.

T- I expected more of a bite. It does have some bitterness but not an overt bite. Slight hints of alcohol but at 9.2% ABV it's very smooth. I was expecting more taste from this beer, and it's rather bland.

M- Smooth with little carbonation.

D- Decent. This goes down well and you could have quite a few, but I expect with the ABV you don't want to be driving.

 521 characters

Photo of Nibbley
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy orange/yellow with little head that fades to a couple bubbles down the side of the glass.
Has a big boozey smell along with pink grapefruit, and orange rind.
Tastes alot like it smells,big booze and grapefruit with a nice biscuty malt note.
Alcohol and orange rind in the finish.
Nowhere near the top of the style, but I can still drink more than one.

 371 characters

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breckenridge : 471 IPA

An IPA of sizable strength and fair price. Pours a light golden color with chill haze but otherwise good clarity. Sticky bubbly lace is left behind. Aroma of citrus-y floral hops and mild biscuity/bready malt notes as well.

In the flavor, a fairly easy drinking and mellow profile. Upfront, mild grapefruit, sticky hop resins, and solid bitterness. The malt body has a sugary/honeyed character, and some clean alcoholic esters are there as well. Pretty well balanced, though in the finish 471 leans on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth. Overall, a pretty solid effort from Breckenridge.

 641 characters

Photo of natelocc787
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping for something great from this one and was let down. Way to dry and bubbly in the mouthfeel department and even though you get hit with a good blast from the hops the beer isn't balanced well. Has an unwelcome off flavor in the background and the taste and feel was more like a regular IPA. Another letdown from Breckenridge which in my opinion is so far in my experience a mediocre craft brewery. This is a decent high abv IPA but lack many characteristics I have come to favor and expect from Imperial IPA's.

 522 characters

Photo of evilkalla
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: Pale, clear copper. About an eighth of an inch of head which dissipated fairly quickly. A fair amount of carbonation but nothing overwhelming.

S: Smell is somewhat subdued. Floral and piney hints with a taste of pale malt.

T: Nothing leaps out at you in this one. Several layers of hop bitterness and flavor but it sticks to the background in this one. Some bitter orange peel in there somewhere. Somewhat boozy tasting. I'm not really that impressed with this one.

M: Fairly average mouthfeel. A little slippery from the booze, and a fair level of bite from the bubbles.

O: Pretty average I would say -not the worst double IPA, but there are a lot of other double IPAs out that are better.

 733 characters

Photo of Intimidtor
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at local beer store, $15.00 for a six pack. Curious what the 417 stands for. Pretty potent DIPA here. A= Poured a darker golden coor with about a fingerwidth of head. S=Pretty good here, not as good as some other IPA like Great Divide-Hercules of Dog Fish Head-90 Minute. T=It was good but not great taste. About an average flavor with potent bitterness without anything to even it out. Little to no sweetness and alcohol tatse is present. M=Decent as far as not to dry buy strong lingering finish. D=Could maybe drink 2 but Im impatient and would have to search for something better. Priced way to high for this flavor.

 630 characters

Photo of gabedivision
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured to a pint glass from a 12oz bottle... No bottling date!!!!

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a 1 finger head decent sticky slimy film around the glass. Malt, with faint citrus, lemon some peach, brown sugar, molasses. The taste opens up a little more with a grapefruit/ pineapple crisp bitter feel, alot more citrus fruit notes come out. Big lemon bitter on the finish with a smooth sugary malt backbone. Big on feel and body, this is a big sugary sweet beer, bitter and bold. Overall this is a malt bomb of a DIPA, and the fact that i have no idea if this is fresh or not is pissing me off. Probably will not revisit until they put a bottling or best by date.

 665 characters

Photo of bwd110
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Breckenridge Brew Pub in downtown Denver.

A: Pours a hazy orange copper. Soapy white head that leaves gobs of lace throughout down the sides of the glass.

S: Light hop aroma, some citrus and pine. More prominent is a sweet malt hue. Smells good, but this is not a DIPA aroma.

T: Definitely not the hop barrage as advertised. This is more of a hoppy APA than a DIPA. As in the nose, their is a lightish citrus hop profile, backed up by a big sweet malt wave, which finishes with what can be best describes as a hop kiss goodbye. Well balanced, but lacks a satisfying bitter finish.

M: Some hop slickness, but fairly light in body overall.

D: Easy drinking, abv is very well masked.

 695 characters

Photo of jbphoto88
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, looks like a cloudy amber orange color. Kind of like an orange life saver candy dissolved in some apple juice. There is a fine white head that dissipates rapidly leaving some nice webbing on the glass.

Smells of hops, citrus fruits, some pine and sweet malts.

The first taste is poor. It has a little wet cardboard taste but it fades fast and is replaced by some stale but nice citrus hops. There is something not quite right with this ipa, but it recovers and becomes somewhat pleasing. The after taste is somewhat dry and a little warm but still nice.

An above average ipa but not in the big leagues yet.

Edit 08-23-2009. Just had another bottle and it was quite fantastic. It appears to be a slightly inconsistent brew. My wife was drinking a bottle right next to me, hers was clear and mine was cloudy. This time around the beer was very good in the flavor department. Nicely hoppy, sweet malty and bittered. Much better this time around.

 974 characters

Photo of thedoubler55
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale copper in color, left almost no head at all, and very slight lacing around the glass.

S: Really not to much scent to this some pine with hints of grapefruit.

T:Not really impressed with this one, very strong hops up front with crazy bitterness, some hints of orange is about it.

M: Average mouthfeel, with a bit of carbonation.

O: For a double IPa it was nothing special compared to other DIPA's I have had, not to interested in trying it again.

 459 characters

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. "Small Batch" 471 Double Hopped IPA.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice hazed burnt sienna orange colored body with a nice collection of sediment floating around and some bubbles rushing topside. Three fingers of fluffy foamy khaki head that leaves nice scattered lacing behind. Looks pretty nice.

S - I'm trying to like it so far, but this aroma is really not doing it for me. Subdued grapefruit / piney hoppiness paired with some honey / caramel malt presence, but there is a pungent horseradish type aroma that is really turning me off.

T - The taste is a step up from the aroma, of course. Caramel / toffee malts, herbal tea leaf flavors, grapefruit, pine. It isn't a bad taste, but there isn't much to brag about here.

M - The feel is smooth & fluid. Mild alcohol warmth on the palate. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, an average, if slightly below average offering from Breckenridge. The effort is much appreciated, but I was let down. I don't know if it was the variety of hops used here or what, but something about this beer was just not doing it for me. I suppose it is worth trying once, but better luck next time, guys.

Breckenridge Small Batch 471 Double Hopped IPA ---3.5/5

 1,353 characters

Photo of Riv3r
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Breckenridge beer has a nice reddish-golden color.
Aroma has strong cedar and grassy overtones.
Thin head.
Minimal carbonation.
Crisp, clean taste.
Bitter, hoppy without complex undertones.
This beer would accompany spicy foods well.
Lingering bitter aftertaste.

 268 characters

Photo of kwakwhore
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber/orange pour with a creamy light tan head which leaves a nice ring of lace around the top of the glass. Lacing follows the beer down the glass as I drink more and more of it.
Malt accents with a bit of citrus in the aromas.
Serious bittering hops up front in the flavor mixed with sweet malt. Bitter finish as well. A little unbalanced for the style with something metallic lurking in the background. Not really sure, but I suspect something is not right in this bottle.
Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style, somewhat syrupy.
I don't think I'd want more than one of these. The alcohol hits pretty hard even for 9.2%.
Definitely not the best Double IPA I've had, probably more at the lower end of the spectrum. I've got a few more of these. Hopefully the next one will be better.

 791 characters

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #261
Served On: 3/01/2013
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 9.2%
Date/ Code: 03306B13

This was a 12oz bottle from a mixed sixer I made at Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick, MD.

Look: Orangeish copper color with a beige film and minimal carbonation. Lacing was also minimal with some patches here and there.

Smell: Aroma was of sour peaches and pineapple juice. Also some sweet malts detected.

Tate: The fruity sourness seemed to dominate at first, then the malts kicked in with notes of brown sugar and then a bitterness taht cleansed the palate for a fairly clean finish. The 9.2% ABV was virtually nonexistent on the palate – very impressive.

An ok beer, but not one of my favorites.

 705 characters

Photo of NEhophead
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown bottle, served in an oversized wine glass.

Pale copper in color with a fair amount of clarity. Not quite creamy, white head that recedes to the sides rather quickly leaving some small pools of bubbles. Some lasting, dimpled lacing.

Vanilla and honey sweetened peach, melon, and apricot. The alcohol component is apparent; swarming yet not exactly warming. Sharp, short-lived notes of pine and spruce.

Thin, watery tropical and citrus fruit. Beneath the sharp, somewhat oily hop presence is an obvious adjunctory base. The alcohol presence is unmasked; like rubbing alcohol, and overpowers the hops. The aftertaste offers notes of pine, but not enough to cut the alcohol flavor.

Medium in body; slick and gaseous with a touch of grit in spots.

This Double IPA is best described as unbalanced. As a big fan of the style, Breckenridge misses the mark on a few different levels; a disappointment.

 913 characters

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Breckenridge 471 IPA is boozy, bland, and bitter.

It poured a hazy amber, with a short and short-lived tan head that left a good amount of lace. The smell was metallic-boozy and the flavor had pale hints of citrus and earthy pine, but was generally bland with a metallic finish. The feel was the highlight of this ale, thick and chewy with a stong long-lasting dry finish.

Due to a lack of flavor, 471 is forgetable and can not be included in the discussion about great double IPAs that are so common now.

 507 characters

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into my Duvel tulip.

Quickly forming and quite thick looking lemon mirengue looking head. Two fingers thick it floats gracefully above an orange and copper brown beauty of a beer. Good amount of thick, ropy lacing as should be expected.

I smell this and it reminds me of Dogfish Head's 90 Min IPA. Initally this beer is uncharacteristicly fruity but after a few more sniffs the huge malt bill that was added to balance this beer begin to show up.

Taste is smooth so far. Deep and sweet fruits, not as sharp or bitter as I was expecting. The fruit here tend to be of the softer fleshed variety. I swear I picked up a bit of bananna on my first sip. Subsequent sips reveal a rather intense maltiness. It's hard to tell where this beer is going and what it wants to be. The full body and intense chewiness say that this beer is big, the hidden alcohol content is not that hidden and seems to erase what could be some interesting interactions going on with the malt and hop character of this beer. The direction of this beer seems off. Nothing really stands out here. Nothing offends me in the taste or feel, but nothing really wows me either. The interaction between malts and hops feels lacking, neither side really stands out, they sort of smash together to form something resembling a DIPA. The coating feel of the hops is there but not the juicy taste, its all just a bit too goopy and sticky for my tastes.

I know that I have probably had a worse DIPA than this but my experience with this one has just been a huge let down. The bottle had a pretty cool design, had heard good things about this beer in the past, and it looks pretty good too, but in the end it all just turned out average. Would recommend you turn elsewhere for a DIPA, especilly if you are looking for a hop fix.

 1,806 characters

Photo of GBB
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What is the number for? Pours a light golden amber color with medium head and limited lace retention. Although it lasts throughout the tasting.

The nose is more along the lines of an east coast IPA. Some hop notes with a more malt backing and blend. Noticeable caramel notes with a light toast. Almost English in a way except for the hops. Citrus and pine notes mostly with some esters and fruity notes.

The taste is similar. The hops back off relative to the nose. The malt is a bit dry but still has a caramel and toasty flavor. The yeast comes out more which is a bit off setting. Some light butyric notes and fruity tropical esters. I would like more hops for an IPA but some citrus and pine that linger into the finish.

The body is light to moderate. Nice velvet undertones for a 9% beer. Overall a limited hop IPA beer but very easy to drink, which could be trouble.

 875 characters

Photo of RollTide7
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

my buddy brought this up this weekend as its his favorite iipa, personally I think the other brews we drank over the weekend only highlighted the issues of this beer. we had much better ipas in his time up here (PtE, sucks, lagunitas ipa, devils backbone ipa). for me not enough of the hops comes through and it is entirely too malty. as others have indicated balance and flavors are off and i wouldn't buy it myself. I will likely only drink this again when I visit him. it is very smooth for such a high ABV beer, I just don't think it is a great iipa.

 554 characters

Photo of quaybr
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A dark golden-amber with a very thin head on top (sat at the bar a while before being served, perhaps?).

Smells a bit overly-hopped (floral, citrus) relative to the minor malt notes.

Taste follows aroma: too hoppy. The lacking malt results in a flimsy backbone and a very bitter beer, bordering unenjoyable.

Too small of a body to carry the hops. Despite the thin head, decently carbonated.

Another american double that is unbalanced. Pass this one up.

 456 characters

471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,298 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.