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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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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795
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2,153
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3.88
pDev:
20.62%
 
 
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Reviews: 795 | Ratings: 2,153
Photo of dizknee24
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A normal dark amber apperance

S Hoppy not much else here

T nothing out of the ordinary. allot of hops was apparant. maybe a bit resiny.

M left my mouth cottonmouthy

D average IPA. Not much added not much gained. to make a "small batch" didnt added anything to make this IPA stand out at all IMO

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Photo of fightingwords
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz pint style glass.

A--Poured a butterscotch/burnt-orange/apricot hue with a super filtered appearance. Big ole two fingers of frothy off white head. Settled to a thing layer that hung around and had good lacing even as the beer warmed. Nice.

S--From the bottle I got nothing but hops, all pine and grapefruit. From the glass I could make out the "boozy" alcohol smell, but mostly just spicy, earthy pine and citrus odors. As the beer warmed the malts gave a grainy scent, but otherwise were not very present in my glass.

T--Lots of good spicy hops with a dry piney taste. There was a grapefruit sweetness that was being overpowered and never really came out. The malts began to mellow the beer out as it warmed, but the flavor was never as complex as I expected it to be. Not that this is a problem as this was a highly enjoyable beer.

M--This I thought, was the beers best characteristic. Good medium body that finshed quick and dry. I wouldnt say it finished clean, but it did leave a good after-taste/feel. Seemed like it thinned out a bit at the end, but not enough to pass judgment or call it weak.

D--For a rather potent 9.2ABV I could go for a few of these.

O--A really simple IPA that wants to be a DIPA. It has the hops if you are into that, but it lacks the complexity to be a truly great beer. Everynow and again, I need a beer that doesn't challenge your pallate, and this will be a beer I will revisit.

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Photo of brewale4me
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy poor with a white head.
Smell apricot with peach and citrus. First impression peach citrus (hops fade quick )with a back ground of sweet malt.
Mouth feel was medium.
Overall impression very good beer. I will get it again.

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Photo of BillBabbitt
4.81/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A lovely copper. crystal clear pour with a rich tan head. Very smooth mouth feel without a heavy alcohol presence in spite of the 9.2% ABV. A rich, hoppy taste and finish that is well balanced with a hint of sweetness. One of my absolute favorites.

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Photo of RayVB
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting DIPA, not overly hopped hint of floral and citrus. For a 9.2% not to heavy on alcohol taste. Overall a good but not great DIPA, would definitely only have 1 at a sitting.

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Photo of Lexx
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Sam's in Highland Park, IL.
Pours and orangey honey hue with an enormous, eggshell colored, soapy, rocky head. HUGE lace that sticks forever, literally, hours after the beer is gone.
The scent is very much of hops, peach, plum, apricot, and a little bit of grape.
The taste is quite malty at the start with some peach, strawberry, flowers and apricot in the middle, and then a hop overload. It's slightly unbalanced, but still enjoyable.

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

Wow.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a red amber color and a nice 1 finger head, with some excellent lacing that stays throughout the session. Aroma is light, a little floral, but not too heavy, which is a little bit of a bummer.

Flavor is extremely hoppy, yet not bitter. This has a sweetness, very similar to grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Feels effervescent, but not too light. Also, this isn't too bubbly, nor is it too flat. I could see myself drinking a ton of these, as the alcohol isn't harsh.

I want more!

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Photo of beancounter
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

No head, few slow bubbles, almost no lacing as I drink it.

Bittering hops with no complexity, flimsy malt backbone.

Mouth feel is thin and watery.

Yes it's drinkable, in the same way water is drinkable.

This beer is does not meet my expectation for a Double/Imperial IPA, or as a "small batch", big beer. I am very underwhelmed.

I've had better examples of this style for the same price or less.

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very slightly hazy, yellow amber, with a dense, meringue head and delicate lacing.

Aroma: Clean, piney hops, with sweet, bright citrus and peach.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Immediately noticeable alcohol flavor on the tongue, with grainy wheat, biscuity malts, and grassy, spicy hops present as well. The hop character is very green, pure, and fresh, but is on the verge of overwhelming in the finish, as it seems amplified slightly by the flavor of alcohol. Some sugary, zesty citrus rind comes through, but this is a boozy hop show to be sure.

Final Word: A take it or leave it IPA, unless you are a true hop lover. While the higher ABV came through a bit too much in the flavor profile, that was really my only complaint with this beer, and my neutral opinion of it is due to the fact that it didn’t present anything unique or out of the ordinary for the style. The hop flavor was exceptionally pure and fresh on the tongue, but didn’t have quite enough malt character throughout to keep the piney bitterness in check. Hop lovers will adore this beer, due to the aforementioned freshness and purity, which really is the strength of this brew, but other drinkers will likely find it a bit unbalanced and strong, seeking more well rounded IPAs instead. I’ll never tell you not to order this one, but I’ll most likely always recommend another.

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Photo of andreasmwatt
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy, copper in color

Smell - Went big with hops. Pine and Strong citrus aroma.

Taste - At 9.2% mid to mid strong alcohol taste. still good, but definately can tell this is a 9% beer.

Mouthfeel - Not as good as other IPA's in it's class. Not enough solid carbonation.

Drinkability - Definately drinkable. Takes some time to judge after drinking.

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Photo of Nibbley
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of DownDaHatch
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Simply stated, I love this beer. From beginning to end it drinks remarkably smooth. It has great color, carbonation, and taste. I cannot drink enough of this stuff on the patio in the evening here in the midwest summer. What makes this a nice drinking (90 min-like) IPA is the wonderfull character and not the typically overly bitter 90 minute IPA's.

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Photo of Intimidtor
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of memory
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a sixtel of this on the good word of the Exton bev boys. They were right, it's very good.
-appearance,lacing out of control. Golden orange.
-smell,mixture of simcoe,cascade fruitiness.
-taste,tingles the tongue with hop bitterness.
It tells you it's an ale of substance.
-mouthfeel,for a DIPA the most drinkable for me since Weyerbacher Simcoe. This is really a nice brew.
-drinkability, no problems unless driving.

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Photo of Spcoly
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass, small head, pretty clear golden color

A: Clean golden almost no carbonation present

S: not as strong as most IPAs but the usual hops / fruit are predominant

T: Holy Hopps...! from beginning to end....soem grapefruit and bitterness

M: Smooth...not too filling or carbonated....very easy to drink

A well done IPA with a kick...you dont really taste the 9.2ABV but can definintely feel it....!

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Photo of mikeywtc
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first review!

Poured into a pint glass.

I've tried this beer up a few times and finally decided it was a good one to post a review on. I love hops just as much as the next HopHead and this one definitely had a great fresh floral and fruity taste to it. At $12 for a four pack it was a little on the pricier side but it's also not a four pack I'd put down in one sitting. Looking forward to trying some more beers from Breckenridge as the 471 didn't let me down!

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Photo of breweryaprntc13
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pomegranate orange, with a dark amber hue. dense/solid one finger dirty white head, leaves average lacing.

Earthy, citrus and grass hops, slight malt notes.

Earthy bitterness leads, citrus hops noticeable as well, very weak caramel malts give little balance.

Medium bodies, average carbonation.

Not a very impressive IPA, drinkable for a hop head, but nothing to search for.

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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 bonesTdog
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great brew. The barrel aging softens the hops and evens out the flavor. The booze is subtle but adds a great level of complexity. I would almost bet this was an aged quad. Love this brew!

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Photo of OtisinAZ
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange color with little to no head.

Smell of pine and fruit very upfront with a citrus note hidden in there somewhere.

Taste was a bit alcoholic with a nice blend of bitter hops and a nice malt bill. I immediately thought of Dogfish 90 minute.

Good beer I would love to drink again.

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Photo of JeffBrenner
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a pint bottle. Pours an amber/gold with decent carbonation and head. Nice lacing. Smells of citrus and pine. Not thick and goes down pretty clean. Average light penetration. Tastes like an IPA should, hoppy with notes of pine, citrus and maybe something more grassy. Hoppy, but not so much for a "double hopped" IPA. Overall, a good IPA. Would definitely drink again, but I can't say this one in any way tops or distinguishes itself from the bulk of IPAs.

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Photo of turnerk3
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours surprisingly more of a deep straw color. Definitely much more in the yellow range making appear like a good pale ale rather than a DIPA. However, the 1/2 inch white head sits perfectly on this brew, and it nicely reminds you of its presence by clinging to the glass.

S: The hoppy aroma comes through perfectly, but I feel that the malts are slightly lack luster. I'm very pleased to say there is a uniqueness to its essence that is provided by the different hops used to make it. The fuggle hops provide a nice twist to the odor.

T: Due to the different types of hops used, the taste also has a very distinct taste. Again, the malts could have a bit more influence to lighten the bitterness of the hops. An excellent mixture of earthy and citrusy flavor that is a delicious surprise considering the style.

M: A nice layer of well carbonated stickiness amply coats the palate. The stickiness causes the bitterness to lie briefly too long, but still very nicely put together.

O: It's a unique design to the style, so if it's available go ahead and give it a try.

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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 centbeerfest
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Minimal white frothy head. Burnt orange in color. Opaque with a multitude of tiny bubbles that look to be suspended in the beer. Very unusual.

Very complex tasting profile. Begins with a creamy mild hop taste that does not begin to reveal the high ABV of this beer. Builds quickly into the double IPA beer that is advertised with a wicked good back of mouth attack. Piney/citrus finish. Unique development of flavors while staying true to its IPA class.

On the take home scale I would say this lives up to the relative high price and ould be an excellent beer to share with someone who likes IPAs.

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Photo of BeerRefugee
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber with a moderate white head that dissipates quickly. Lots of floral and piney hops in aroma. Flavor is similarly strong, with the addition of some sweet citrus, caramel malt and soy sauce. A nice, aggressive IPA. Hoppiness isn’t as strong as in some IIPAs, but a solid entry.

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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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