471 Small Batch IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

471 Small Batch IPA471 Small Batch IPA
BA SCORE
75.9%
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3.92 w/ 2,315 ratings
471 Small Batch IPA471 Small Batch IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,737
Reviews:
816
Ratings:
2,315
Liked:
1,756
Avg:
3.92/5
pDev:
12.24%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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53
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363
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/1/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, peach, citrus rind, floral, grass, caramel, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop notes with moderate malt sweetness; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, peach, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, citrus rind, caramel, bread, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, peach, pineapple, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop flavors with moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a crisp and moderately slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Color is a slight pinkish orange copper. Has a slight off white head with good retention and lace splattered about the glass.

The aroma is of carmel malts and thick-like earthy hops. The taste is extremely hoppy. A lot of the earthy hops are present along with some grapefruit citrus.

Mouthfeel is very bitter, seems well carbonated, and ends with a very dry aftertaste. Hides its alcohol well.

Overall, this is a delicious double/imp. I am glad I picked it up. It is pretty easy to drink at 9.2% abv. I definitely would like to try more small batch series now!

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The rocky, yellowed-white head atop Breckenridge's 471 IPA seems to hold forever; and beneath it, a hazy golden-amber body rests gently, with occassional fine-bubbles rising steadily here and there. As you progress through the glass, solid walls of thick, creamy lace appear and then receed, eventually leaving a solid ring at the top, and a robe of glittering tiny spots beneath. Really nice! But wait, there's more, with the second pour of the bomber, the head is renewed and it leaves rings of lace towards the end of the pint! Even better!

An odd blend of hops swirls in the nose, and in my head. There's a good amount of golden, caramelish malt going on as well, and they mesh together really well, obscuring it even further. It remains clearly hoppy, but non-distinct, teetering between gently piney, juicy fruity, resinous, leafy, mildly cheesy, and citrusy (apricot, tangerine, grapefruit). Blahhbrraburbbbubbbbubbu..uhhh! I'm not sure I've ever sniffed an IPA that was so complex, yet so choked back. ME LIKEY! I get a different waft of hops almost every time I pick up the glass, and yet it's soooo far from smack you in the face hops! Very cool.

The body is medium-"headed-to-full" with a viscous edge and a very fine, median natural-carbonation. It's very lightly tingly on the tongue at first, and then gently caressing... again, nice!

The flavor is, not surprisingly, quite similar to the nose. The lightly sweet but distinctly caramelish, toffeeish, and biscuity golden malt acts as a base for the varying hop character to reveal it's chameleon-like characteristics. It often starts a bit piney, and then turns citrusy in the finish; but it can also become leafy and bitter, or resinous and piney with a long-lasting note of caramelish malt in the finish. The mineralish, underlying bitterness steps out in the finish, and it lingers dry and slate-like with a combination of softly spruce-like and dull/sweetish citrus rind. Herbal hop smears appear here and there, and it can be a touch leafy and grassy as well.

Overall, it's well-balanced and rounded with a beautiful, lightly caramelish maltiness and wide-ranging hop character. The alcohol never appears, and the bitterness isn't over-done. The word "drinkable" comes to mind, but at 9.2% it'll throw down its own speedbump for you. Very nice! Worth seeeking out!

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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear amber-orange with a head of typical size and durability.

Smell - Strong resiny and funky hop aroma with some hints of sweet fruits too.

Taste - HOPPY from start to finish, with mainly piney, earthy and grapefruit flavoring. There is some subtle malt too, and the beer is not as extremely bitter as the hop profile might suggest. The high ABV is partly hidden. Has a very long lasting, hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body; Excellent carbonation.

Overall - This DIPA should be sought out by hop heads. It packs a huge hop flavor hit with a partly tamed hop bitterness.
{update - drinking an undated but clearly older bottle in Jan. 2013, the aged version is considerably tamer - more soft IPA than aggressive DIPA}

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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally made it to MA, can't wait to try my first one.

Pours a large creamy fizzy 1.5 head that fades at a medium pace with light lacing, crystal clear nectar orange color.

Nose brings some fresh hops, some pine, citrus, light tangerine and touch of tropical fruits, light musty hop resin, a bit of a sweet malt base.

Taste has a rich malty base, toasted almost creamy malts, then some bitterness but not much at first, light musty hop resin, light pine and citrus, very light tropical fruits, juicy hops, bit of booze. As it finishes it dries and gets pretty bitter, lingering bettering hops and resins, light sticky feel, and a weird almost herbal mineral bitterness hidden in the back.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb, bit of warming booze.

Drink is ok at best the hops start to get fairly bitter, despite a drier finish a bit of sticky feel, touch off booze, and that weird mineral herbal hop flavor.

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

Drank this after a Moylan's Hopsickel so it took a few sips to gage it after that all out hop attack Hopsickel is,poured a clear copper with some deep orange tint a tight one finger white head settles into a nice creaminess atop.Very floral aromas with some citrus and pine and a touch of caramel letting you know there is some malt in there,a big IPA with big hoppy tones the familiar flavors of pine and grapefruit but there is a bigger sweetness to this big IPA brown sugar flavors really show thru even more so as it warms.A nice IPA has all the hop flavors just sweeter than alot of the style in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from DrJay courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, some citrus and caramelized malts along with a touch of alcohol.

T: The taste has a strong but pale hops bitterness that comes in first and remains dominant. There's a little bit of citrus and caramel sweetness and a decently hearty malt character that provides some balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are definitely several better 2IPA's out there.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Whole Foods in Alexandria. Served in a SAVOR glass.

Pours a clear light copper color with a nice white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries light tropical Frits plus some nice citrus runs and a touch of pine. The flavor brings fairly-heavy bitterness along with some nice American hops. A bit of malt in the background, though not toouch. Light-medium body with heavy bitterness and a solid dry finish. Really quite well done.

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Photo of nickfl
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden color colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A pungent aroma of one and sweaty hops with a little bit of caramel in the background.

T - Sweet caramel malt up front with a little bit of spicy hop character. Some pine and grapefruit in the middle with a peppery finish of burnt toffe, pine, and red apple.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, the aroma is better than the flavor, with a nice pine and grapefruit scent that is never quite matched by the flabby taste.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: ?

A: Golden brown color with a slight white head.

S: Bready and earthy, with a subtle fruit note.

T: Bready, earthy, grassy, a bit smooth with mild fruit undertones. Damn tasty, and surprisingly not too strong or alcoholic tasting.

M: Medium bodied, some carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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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3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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 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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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a honeyish golden-amber body with an enormously foamy yellowish head with some of the thickest lacing I've witnessed in ages.

Smell: Fresh orange peels provide an unmistakable oily, juicy fruitiness to make for a rather enticing aroma. Also some toffee and spruce notes.

Taste: Pleasantly sweet, biscuity malt base and a light, leafy grapefruit flavor start things off. The taste moves into a nearly unceasingly orange zestiness before finishing with a piney, bitter finish. I must say, though, the alcohol is skillfully hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with an oily, resinous texture.

Drinkability: Matchless quaffability here, folks. Its almost hard to verbally express that.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 75.9% out of 100 with 2,315 ratings
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