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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mschofield on 08-09-2004

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure why it took me so long to review this, maybe because its very common here & easy to take for granted

Pours butterscotch/amber with a 2 fingers+ offwhite head Lacing & head retention are outstanding

S: Piney hops

T: Grapefruitty hops up front, then some piney hop attack & a little malt sweetness. Hints or caramel & brown sugat surfaces as it warms. Grapefruitty hops dominate as it warms some more. Finishes dry & uberhoppy (citric & earthy hop notes)

MF: Slightly oily with good carbonation, wish there was a little more malt depth to balance out the grapefruit hops

Drinks pretty good, but the 9% abv rules this out as a session ale, still a good one if you're jonesing for hops, just probably used the wrong hops varieties IMO

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to Crabbicuss for this bottle!

Was never able to pull the trigger on this one, but getting one in a trade made it much easier. It pours a very lightly hazy light-amber-straw topped by a finger of cream white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, light caramel, white bread, very light honey, and a touch of pine. The taste leans more toward the caramel and honey, but finishes with some prominent orange peel, grapefruit peel, pine, and cantaloupe. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally dry finish. Overall, a nice DIPA, with an enjoyable balance between the malts and the hops. The only thing holding it back is a lack of something...special (if that makes sense). It's all pretty good, but nothing stands out about it, even the goodness. Definitely worth a drink, though.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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 WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a clouded golden orange body with minimal chunks of lacing in the bottom of the tulip glass I poured into. Bright off white head forms thick above the body with fine coated lacing that looks like a fogged window.

Earthy mix of herbal mint and citrus hop blends going on, a bit of pine comes through in the nose as well. Bready yeast edges come through with sugar coated grapefruit peels. Very cookie dough finish, barleywine sensations are coming over my schnauze.

Flavor has a rolling mix of citrus and spruce tip pine like notes, or a sugary blast of malts blending through. Much like a lighter shade of a barleywine, expressive hops but bitterness is muted quite a bit here. The rolling sugar coated grapefruit effects dominates in the finish without much hop bitterness, this is weird.

Mouthfeel an airy carbonation light to medium body with residual yeast and hop bitterness lying on the palate, it's hard to hate or communicate what you disagree with the this mouthfeel but overall I can't really say I'm enjoying this DIPA.

I love the style but the drinkability overall for this style is off the mark not one that I will aggressively pursue but worth a shot especially compared to other offerings from Breckenridge.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and with no head. That still freaks me out man. No head? Nose is strong hops. Piney syrupy hops. Pretty pungent, but not real overwhelming or overdone. Odd flavor profile here. I get that typical mass hopped thing going on, but I also get some apple flavors going on. Really odd carbonation thing going on. This just doesn't seem right or balanced to me. This seems like it has champagne attributes, but I don't think it is intentional. Overall I have to say this was not as good as I hoped it would be. Weird balance, or lack thereof just makes this an almost jumbled mess of potential. A miss in my book.

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

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is orange to amber colored with a thick head. Great retention and ample lacing complete an outstanding appearance. The aroma offers a balance of hops and caramel malts. The flavor offers a subtle touch of earthy flavor to go along with a somewhat hop forward beer. Malt is in there as well, but plays a secondary role. A bit sweet, with alcohol hidden fairly well considering the 9.2% abv. Overall, a decent brew. Worth a try.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My pour created a rocky finger of ecru head with decent retention, which created some nice lacing as it dissipated. Color was a slightly hazy deep-amber with copper highlights. Nose was piney and very pungent at that. Mouthfeel was fairly full, almost creamy on the tongue with a most welcome astringent hop bite in the mouth. I have been subjecting myself to a LOT of AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers of late and this was a refreshing change. Finish was dry and quite hoppy. I have really come to miss IPAs during this part of the CANQuest and this was one reason why. More please, sir.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear appearance, cast in a honey-glazed amber-y hue, with prodigioius puffy, lacey foam above. Nice lookin'.

Aroma is soft, piney, citric, pleasant, but muted. Candyish tones overtake bitterness. Appealing.

Brisk blash of bitter on the palate, then caramel flavor rolls in, toffee, like a brief battle between hops and malt, this candyish sweetness muffling the bitterness. Interesting. Fruit bobs up again, but instantly enfolded by sweet caramel. An interesting combo, one I don't encounter in an IPA very often...but one that doesn't quite hold my in sway with it's charms for very long.

Full mouthfeel, lot going on in the texture, medium to full bodied, tasty, complex finish, hangs long on the palate...but, alas, the flavor doesn't quite cut it all the way, for me. Still good, just not what I look for in an IPA. An accomplished ale, nonetheless.

( P.S: I had no idea the alcohol was so high when I first sampled it...kudos for keeping it hidden, but I have a feeling it'll kick in as I finish the bomber!)

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright golden orange with a little, soft, white cap of white head that fades to a thin lacing quickly

S - big, bready barley malt with faint birthday cake sweetness

T - big, bready body with a faint caramel sweetness; hop character gives citrusy, pineapple notes and a spicy, bitter finish; a heavy alcohol presence in the finish

M - medium to full bodied, big alcohol warmth, good carbonation

This is a decent DIPA. It's malt character is very forward and it has a nicely balanced hop character. The caramel sweetness to me is a bit sticky and at times too sweet though the barley malts lends great breadiness. The alcohol is prevalent and potent in both flavor and mouthfeel. Overall, a good DIPA but a bit sticky and boozy. It's worth a try.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a tumbler. Breckenridge 471 gives a very cloudy brown/gold body with nice off white and creamy looking head. Decent lacing as well.

Bouqeut though is pretty ordinary, with just a standard hop smell kind of muted. Not much else to say here nothing else really going on.

The taste is the same primarily of hops with alchohol feel and bitterness. Sugar finish of grapefruit and mild citrus only on the aftertaste, they really didn't seem to mask the alcohol taste on this very well and it almost gives off a pine sourness.

This is ok but I would certainly drink something else instead of it.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Beer is dark amber and hazy, forms a broken thin head of small white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is not as hop forward as I would expect, mostly malt but I do detect a slight pine aroma

Odd flavor at first, almost like a wet dog. Finishes dry. Mostly sweet. My first impression on the taste were pretty bad, I need to try again. OK, that was better, forward sweetness, some bitterness in the back, still finishes a little dry but not too bad. Bitterness builds and lingers. There is some hop flavor in the midpalate and the carbonation in the mouth helps. Its OK.

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

12/19/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- SIlk screened 12oz botle with no freshness info on it. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Deep golden, approaching amber color. 3/4 inch head, both frothy and creamy on the pour. Leaves a nice cream-white rim for the duration. Leaves nice patches and streaks of lacing.

Smell- One of the better DIPA noses I've had. A bit of sugary sweetness to go along with a light toasted malt and a good dose of tangerine-orange citrus noted hops. Smells like a juicy one.

Taste- Had this originally a bit higher (when I thought it was just a regualr IPA rather than a DIPA). Nice sweetness, mouth is filled with orange and lemon flavored hops with a sweeter caramel malt. Very balanced. Bready for sure.

Mouthfeel- Lightly chewy and just a tad watery in the finish. Perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability- This is a DIPA? 9.2%??? Had me fooled big time. I was looking at 7%...maybe. I guess this makes this the ultimate session DIPA. Super easy to drink, great flavors and nose. All around quality beer.

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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 TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasting notes from 12/21/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Cloudy, dark orange colour with a tinge of amber and a small amount of bubbly white head.

S - Bitter hops up front with some earthy and citrus notes. A sweet caramel malt backbone exists as well, but it is definitely the secondary profile in the nose.

M - Medium body, oily, sticky. Light carbonation.

T - Piney, bitter hops with hints of citrus. A big, sweet toffee/caramel malt backbone. The finish is very sweet.

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd call this a nicely balanced DIPA, off the bat it reminds me of the DIPA from Capt. Lawrence. There isn't anything over the top and it's quite drinkable while maintaining a big hop flavor. The only thing it's lacking for me is a big bitter punch to the tongue.

The body is orange-amber with a short white head and lacing the aroma is a mix of biscuity malts with floral perfume and big grapefruit and tangerine. The flavor is both resinous and crisp - a nice pairing there - with more of a citrus zest flavor and a hint of grass.

This isn't the biggest DIPA, but it's got a very nice mix of hops flavors and is dangerously drinkable. Worth a try if you dig hops.

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an earthy pale and crystal malt scent with a nice citrus hop aroma. It is bitter with a musty odor. The taste is decent. It has a tame pale and light crystal malt flavor that goes down slow and finishes musty and slightly warm. It is sweet with an earthy, bitter edge. I don't really care for the flavor that much. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is an average double IPA at best. It needs new yeast and better conditioning. Also, the malt bill could use a tuneup.

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

Appearance: pours a light orange color with some yellow highlights on the glasses edge. A thick 2" head lasts a long time. Thick lacing develops.

Smell: loads of piney and citrus heavy hops. A great aroma.

Taste: malt levels are a bit thinner than anticipated, but are still sweet enough to balance the heavy pine and grapefruits here. Some fruity sweetness and mild alcohol tones are in the background.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is not too long and the flavors mellow slowly on the tongue.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff this bomber and probably another one if I had it. Nice flavorful beer here.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Breckenridge Brewery came out a few years ago with short adverts lampooning Budweiser/Miller/Coors beer commercials. One of them involved Miller Lite's "triple hopped" beer. It is a bit of irony to see Breckinridge call their small batch 471 IPA "Double Hopped", which is not the same as triple hopped (sarcasm). There's 12 ounces, which should mean plenty of hoppy smiles around. On to the beer:

Half an inch thick and creamy is the head which rests comfortably on top. Below is an golden orange body. Creamy lacing spots around the glass. The hops smell like they've seen fresher days. Not bad as it stands, very sticky and sappy, woodsy, bitter grapefruit. I must be spoiled living in California and having so many fresh squeezed IPA's near my address

There's some life in this beer. Hoppy indeed, albeit faded. Bits of pineapple, pine, bitter grapefruit rind, and a load of resin make the flavor. There's a sugar coating which adds a much needed sweetness to the beer. The alcohol hides itself well. It's full bodied with a creaminess and a tolerable dose of bitterness. Added together, this Double IPA sits near the middle of the pack.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Revisit: 22 Jun 15
On-Tap 12oz. (The Ale House)

Pours a clean/clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, with a one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, some nice malt notes. Slight citrus note. The taste is hoppy, with some malt and citrus. Medium body with a bitter/dry finish. The ABV is hidden very well. Overall a pretty tasty brew, would recommend.

Thanks to jhammerly for this one.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, some malts, piney, citrusy, and some caramel. The taste is on the hop side, a little undertone of malts, nice dose of citrus/pines. Nice little bitter finish. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first Breckenridge brew, and it is tasty. Recommended.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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