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.

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Reviews: 813 | Ratings: 2,300
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.

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Photo of JohnF
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now PA allows grocery stores to sell beer! Bought this in a make your own six pack and am very pleasantly surprised. I love hops and the Caramel variety might be what makes this beer so smooth and tasty.

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Photo of memory
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Dukies222001
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good offering from BB. Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass Color was a nice medium copper with ample head. Very smooth taste more of a malty IPA. Not sure what the taste is im loving probably the caramel. Very good IPA

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Photo of Spcoly
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -10.8%
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 bonesTdog
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
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 breweryaprntc13
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
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 +14.1%
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 OtisinAZ
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
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 -3.6%
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 +7.2%
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 shopsis
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Nicely hoppy, and well-balanced. A good level of sweetness. Pours with a perfectly -proportioned head that retains well. Gotta get me some more while it's still around.

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
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%
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 -2.8%
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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Photo of cthulu81
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me begin by saying I am not a fan of the regular line-up of Breckenridge beers. They seem simple, safe and pretty unremarkable. 471 changes my mind however. A nice, rich honey color sitting lazily in the glass. Good lacing; it says I was here and left my mark proudly. The aroma is remarkably subduded for a heavy-hitting DIPA. Smells like hops, but not pungent hops. It is sort of a distant, echoed growl that warns you of the dangers should you enter this dragon's lair. Mmmm. I like the wyrm. Rich, full sweeter malt flavors with rigid hop backing. I would call it 'malt-centric' without caring if that is a real word or not. Reminds me of Stoudts DIPA in a good way. Drinkability is delightful for a nearly 10% abv. Drinking this without knowing yourself could result in awkward apologizes in the morning. That said, nice job Breckenridge.

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Photo of russellaaron69
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear orange into tulip style pint glass. Very little head with minimal to no lacing. Smelled of hops and citrus fruit (grapefruit). Taste was on par with the aroma. Hops and citrus all the way through. Full mouthfeel...a bit oily from the hops. This beer hides its alcohol very well. Never would have guess that it clocks in at 9.2%. Definitely wouldn't mind having this around on a regular basis.

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Photo of j37geogaddi
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is deep copper and cloudy with medium lacing.

Smell is of caramel malt and muted hops.

Very tasty. Definitely on the maltier side of DIPA's but satisfying still. Not sure of the age of this one, but it actally could use a little more hop bitterness, even if you can taste the citrus hops. A little hint of alcohol in the backround distracts from the flavors. Strong tasting beer.

The beer has a nice thick mouthfeel that reminds you that you are drinking a heavier beer.

Pretty drinkable for its style but again, the malty flavors could get boring after a glass or so.

Not a particularly complex tasting beer but what it lacks in that department, it makes up for in punch. Good beer-

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Photo of hoppyhobby
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured to cloudy light orange/brownish color with almost no head. Spotty lacing.

S: Faint sweet smell with floral overtones

T: A nice hoppy bite with lasting flavor.

M: Even though my pour yeilded practically no head, there is some livly carbonation in the mouth. This one has some hop bite on the sides of the tongue, but surprisingly the alcohol is subtle even though it has a high ABV.

D: A very nice IPA. A bit stronger than a typical IPA (and it is a double IPA) but not over the top. A nice one to settle down after a hard day at work. Can't drink these all night though. A great nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jds1469
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I had been eyeballing this for a few weeks now and decided to go ahead and pick this one up. After it was all said and done, I'm glad I picked it up. Because I know not to buy it again now.

A - pours a thick orange color with a good amount of head. Very cloudy and looks like a very flavorful beer.

S - Pleasant smelling, very light. You can definitely pick out the hops here.

T - BITTER! This took me by surprise. I might be able to drink this beer if it wasn't for the unpleasant after taste about 5 seconds after the swallow.

M - Thin and oily. Not much else to say.

D - Thought my sink was gonna spit this back up.

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Photo of ihscout426
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer had on tap at the brewery and have also picked up in bottle. I would encourage others to visit the brewery.

This poured a loudy cider color wiht a reasonable head and good lacing o the glass. The hops doing their job.

The smell was piney and hop dominating as it should be.

The taste a firm bitterness on the back of the tongu bur not too strong. The hops grab your attention with bitterness and then the malt comes in and shines, but the alcohol is concealed well.

A great lingering pine aftertaste that invites another sip and another glass.

Would be my first pick at the brewery, but is little pricey on the shelf here in Missouri.

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Photo of psulovesbeer
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass
copper in appearance with a minimal head and some lacing heading down the side

the sweet smell of hops hits you in the face as you stick your nose into it....cascade hops if im correct....what a great american ipa should smell like in my opinion

the taste to me was a bit malty and mis matched. after the hops in the smell i missed them in the taste...there was some bitterness but it was much more rounded out at first. it grew on me a bit as it went down but a bit roasty sometimes...a bit bitter others it worked around a bit to much

the feel of this like the taste seemed to be lost in a direction it didnt know where it was going...as with some small batch beers ive had this seems to be a bit to mixed up

i wouldnt say this is overly drinkable if you have some other decent options around...im glad i tried it and thats about it

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Photo of 2Stout4u
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this is what you expect when you order up a Dipa!! I'm surprised most of the other reviews said this was so drinkable. Don't get me wrong I loved it but this is one you sip not flip. I guess some would say it's an over the top hop bomb, but isn't that what you want when you order up a double. I reccomend highly you find on tap and belly up for one hell of a ride.

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Photo of keith712
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Appearance: Slightly hazy, dull copper, poured aggressively nets a big frothy head that dissipates fast to a solid 1/8" after 1-2 minutes. This beer is big on the yeast it seems, I can see the particulate suspension that stays and doesn't sink.

Nose: Sweet...apricot? Surprising to me, I expected more sharpness. Not much pine or citrus to me. Definitely malty/sweet. Somewhat subdued aromas for a big IPA.

Taste: Initially I get the big semi sweet malts, but the hops comes on strong after a few seconds to remind you this is a big IPA. It never assaults the palate though, and finishes fairly smooth. Definitely an imperial style IPA due to the additional malt-iness.

Mouthfeel: Rich, medium bodied, some slight stickiness. The "cheeky-ness" of a good IPA is there though. Not bad at all.

Drinkability: I seriously would not have known this was a 9.2% ABV brew. The alcohol is well hidden and never felt "hot" as I drank it. While not a fast drinking beer, I could easily get through two of these bombers over the course of 1-2 hours, but you will feel the effects of the alcohol, so not a session beer unless you like to just get blitzed.

Overall - Nice double IPA, easy to drink, and worthy of the imperial moniker. Will definitely drink again with a friend. Call it...an 8.5

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471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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