471 Small Batch IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

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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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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears a clear orange copper color with a one inch off-white head that dissipates into a skim and

Aroma is of sweet caramel, citrusy hops, and tropical fruits. Something about it reminds me of 90 Minute.

Taste starts with some sweet caramel malts that stay in the background throughout then the citrusy hops come out quickly and blast the tongue with a sharp, yet smooth bitterness. Some fruity and nutty notes as well. A bit of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat thick, with a good level of carbontion. Smooth.

This is a pretty solid DIPA. Not my favorite but it's worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge brillient white foamy head, sticks around for a while too. Great lacing. Perfect clear orange color with some reds and lots of yellows.

Whoa! Is this Breckenridge??? Huge hop note full of pine and resin. Mango, red apple, and bready malt. No sugary-ness or Burn. Slight funk as it warms

Very creamy and well carbonated. Immediate bitterness falls short and drawn out bitterness tastes too much like rubber. A slight miss on MF. Taste is rather bland and lacking sticky hops like other leading IPAs. Pretty thin too. Not much hop balance here...

The flavors and mouthfeel are a total mess, but the looks and scent are right on point. One of the better BB brews. Recommended if it's up against a BMC, otherwise there's better balanced IPAs.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Breckenridge, but wasn't sure what to expect.

Pours out a nice orange/yellow that's pretty clear with a nice 2 finger white head.

The aroma is floral with notes of citrus and hops.

The taste is also very fruity, with mango, grapefruit and orange notes along with hints of floral qualities. The malt had a presence, but was mainly in the background. It had a nice bitter and crisp after taste.

Definitely one of my new favorite IPAs around. Very hoppy and delicious.

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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.

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2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/23/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours an amber golden clear colored body, with a slightly fizzy, white color medium-sized head, but is diminishing. Has a very hoppy aroma, acidic and some bitterness. Very hoppy taste, an almost acidic flavor. A dry bitter aftertaste.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden-orange body wtih a very small white head that reduces to a white ring. I would have preferred a bigger, puffier head for this IPA.

S- Citrus, resinous, sweet and hoppy. Inviting.

T- Starts with some tart grapefruit notes, ends with a fruity, winey, hoppy aftertaste. Leaves some bitterness on the tongue which is faint and enjoyable.

M- Medium-high carbonation, little to no sign of booze, which is impressive considering the high ABV.

Overall, I enjoyed this brew. I nicely crafted IPA with some good complexity.

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4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a coppery orange with a white, slightly tan, head. Not bad looking but not really any lace or much of a tantalizing large head. Aromas are pleasing. A darkly coniferous aroma dominates and provides a nice blanket for various caramel soaked tropical and orangy smells. The flavors have a similar hoppy pungency. Tasty and...what the 9.2%. I didn't expect that but I definitely have no complaints there. Its super drinkable based on that alone. Body is lightly medium and barely holds up the variety of flavors. Satisfying and this is probably double your average IPA...in IPA-ness.

If you're in the mood for these kinds of hops then you'll probably enjoy this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown-amber, topped with a one finger off-white head, left webs of lacing.
Nice sweet orange juice and pale malt aroma, a touch of crystal.
Orange juice taste, floral, caramel, and pale malt.
Medium-full bodied, kind of a juice mouthfeel. Great session beer drinkability to me.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really impressive brew from Breckenridge, as good as I've sampled of their wares. This poured a thin but durable head, one finger of white froth, atop a hearty copper body. The smell is hopped and trailing some modest fruit aroma, both of which continue into the taste unsurprisingly. A solid brew. The beer finishes well with moderate carbonation with a very smooth texture, making a second 471 enviable and easily consumable.

Well done, this is easily worth the grab.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 4/14/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light orange/solid coppery color and it starts with a one finger off-white head that fades very quickly nothing but a thin ring around the surface and an uneven skim across the surface; body is just a little cloudy and there is moderately strong carbonation bubbling up throughout; a nice web and curtain of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass as it fades down.

Smell: Nice smell, but not quite as nice as it was on tap... Plentitude of hops that are bitter, but hold a bit of a citric acidity and sweetness as well, so it's a fine balance there; a slightly sweet syrupy maltiness lies beneath the hops and there is also a whiff of alcohol to it.

Taste: Really matches to the nose to a "T" -- great hop flavors up front and that are definitely citric, and come across like orange and lemon peel; a malty background lies beneath that provides a touch of sweeter balance; definite presence of alcohol in there, but it's fairly well blended for being just over 9%.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and it's a little syrupy, but the carbonation is strong enough to break it up and it comes across as strong and prickly; a thin and semi-dry stickiness covers the palate, and finishes cottony dry; gums are left tingly and the belly is left warm from the carbonation and ABV.

Overall: A very enjoyable DIPA and worth picking up. Could definitely be a go-to when the mood strikes when it's on the shelves. Great flavors, nose is good (better on tap, but this is typically the case with this style), and the mouth is where it should be -- not too light, but not overly heavy and thick. Good stuff.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. On the back - "On occasion, an ale will get enough attention that we'll put a batch in these bomber bottles. ... Oh lordy, this is fun." Glad to see them bottling something new.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with a decent sized head. Head fades quickly, but leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrusy hops. Just a hint of malt sweetness in there as well.

Taste: Hops, hops, and more hops. Not much malt comes through here, but the hops certainly do. Not overly complex - just straight on hop power. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side.

Overall impression: Well, in my last draft review I complained that Breckenridge should bottle it. For once, someone listened! If this was just a bit thicker it would be a great double IPA. As it is, it's still an enjoyable offering, and one of the best things to come out of Breck.

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471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,314 ratings.
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