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471 IPA471 IPA

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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 cthulu81
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +5.7%
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 +2.1%
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 -3.4%
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%
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 +1.8%
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 -17.3%
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 +14.4%
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 +3.1%
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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Photo of ampzilla
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really appreciated the look of this beer. It was a great shade orange that gave way to gold at the edges. It reminded me of autumn in New England. A large fluffy head eventually gave way to a thin creamy layer that hung around till the glass was empty. Even its painted label (orange and white) was quite pleasing.

The aroma did not blow me away. It was a bit understated for me. But what I did find was a nice blend of citrus and grassy hops.

The first sip was, no surprise, quite creamy. Though there was not nearly as much carbonation as I expected, and it was a little on the thin side. There were some hops coating the tongue, and when held on the palate there was a slight tingle.

All that aside, this beer tastes really good. Each sip began with a hint of honey-like sweetness. This was quickly followed by floral then grapefruit hops.

As this was probably my one and only bomber of this ever, I wsould have to speculate on its drinkability...but I'd guess that to be rather high. I would surely have this again, if possible. Though I don’t think it will haunt me (you know who you are…).

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Photo of BlankFrank
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice orange/amber color with a decent amount of foam on the head. I did not experience very much lacing, only a little.

S: Bright citrus hops smell. You can certainly tell you're in for plenty of hops, but it doesn't overwhelm.

T: Clean grapefruit hoppiness. There's enough malt to balance the beer, but the alcohol does come out a bit more than most (it's 9.2%, after all). Enough is going on to make you take another sip.

M: Sparkles enough for an IPA, but not as much as others. This really hits the back of the tongue with a crisp finish.

D: Despite the high abv and the generous amount of hops, it's balanced enough that drinkability isn't hindered.

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Photo of Broman
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a tiny head that immediately disappears, above a pale burnt orange color body. Moderate to little lacing remains as the beer is drank.

Smell- Of a standard ipa that one would expect. Mostly a hoppy smell with some mild citrus undertones.

Taste- More than what was expected from the smell. A full hop flavor takes over the mouth and slowly dissipates into a lingering mild hop aftertaste, a slight sweet bite is notable on the aftertaste. Not overly aggressive but a definite full flavor hop taste. I like the flavor a lot personally, due to the simpleness of it, it does not try to overpower or be more then it needs to be. It is simply an ipa.

Mouthfeel- Slight sting on the palette. Medium to light body. Overall nothing overly exciting, but equally not offensive.

Overall- Simple ipa. Too many I come across seem to be more than they need to. This is an example of enjoyable basic ipa. I would suggest for a first time ipa sampler.

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

Had this at the Brickskeller in DC

A- good looking beer, pours amber with a nice creamy head
S- loads of hops which is to be expected from a DIPA, nice floral characteristics, with a hint of citrius
T- Fantastic hoppy taste, not overly bitter at all, smooth and balanced for a DIPA
M- creamy and smooth
D- I would be hard pressed to guess this beer was 9.2% Very easy to get yourself into trouble quickly with this one.

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Photo of mnjeff
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle to a pint glass via an aggressive pour.
A: A bright copper color with an inch of head is poured initially, which fades to virtually no head. Though the head has all but dissipated it leaves a medium cling along the glass. You can clearly see this DIPA is unfiltered, and this contributes to a better looking beer.
S: I can smell a note of citrus (orange I believe) and a big whiff of alcohol. Not an incredibly abundant hop profile in the nose.
T: A lot of sweet fruit flavors on the tongue, off the bat I'm getting a bitter grapefruit flavor that dominates. A light hop bitterness in the background hides 95% of the alcohol in this brew.
M: Mouthfeel is medium, which to style impresses the heck out of me. Again, I feel that because this brew is unfiltered this lends an extra depth of viscosity to this beer.
D: This has to be one of the most drinkable DIPA's I have ever experienced.
If you have not sampled this beer, grab a six pack and share with your fellow BA's. A great brew to style, well worth a try (or 6).

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

S- bottle poured into a pint

A- not much head and dissolves fast, full orange color

S- has a nice smell with a back layer of caramel, at the front end is a orange/hops

T- starts out nice with the hops and citrus but taste doesn't stay long

M- doesn't feel like a 9.2 in the mouth, goes down well

Overall it was decent, nothing to special but still very nice. with it being 9.2% it goes down very smooth, if you like Breckenridge then try it or if you are a IPA fan, if not then don't bother.

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Photo of TheSignPost
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy, but not overly so. You can taste the fact that there is a significant amount of alcohol in there.

Pretty orange-y coloring, not as dark as one would expect for a typical IPA. Surprising in its strength, vs. its looks.

A good beer, but not one that I'd choose for everyday.

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Photo of revolution
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw-colored brew with a foamy head that quickly dissipates.

A nice hoppy aroma. Smell citrus fruit as well.

Bitterness is the taste, along with the citrus fruit--grapefruit...lemon?

A fairly light body, nice carbonation, but the weight of the bitterness and citrus seems a bit much for some reason.

A fairly good IPA, but maybe not enough depth and overall balance to it.

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Photo of btuthill
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with small head from a dark brown bomber. Nice lacing most of the way down. Lighter color than both smell and taste would indicate - looks more like a pils than a dipa. smell is also thin, with light generic citrus notes. taste is good if unexceptional. the taste is quite nice, but i'm having trouble picking anything out. the 9.2% is hidden well in this very drinkable dipa.

a rather unexceptional brew, unfortunately. i had a bottle last week and was blown away, so i wonder if this second bottle is a dud. i may edit the review later if this bottle was an aberration.

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Photo of JohnPPutz
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alrighty, split a few with a buddy the other night, and here is the first review. bottle #11, poured into tulip glass. Blind BIF.

A- Copper colored pour with a nice 3 finger foamy white head. Excellent lacing. 4.

S-Floral hops, lots of citrus as well. Some orange peel and a bit of malt towards the back end. We have a very nice smelling IPA here. 4

T-This must be pretty darn fresh.As with the smell, lots of citrus hops and orange peel jump right out at you. The malt backing is very smooth and compliments the citrus hops very well. Very well done. 4.5

M-Smooth, nice medium bodied carbonation. Very smooth, easy drinking IPA. 4

O- This beer was very well done, one of the better IPA's I have had recently. Would absolutely drink this again.

And for the reveal...Breckenridge 471 IPA. I haven't had too much from Breckenridge but they have never impressed me before. I was a big fan of this however, and at 9.2% ABV this is one hell of an IPA. Thanks Kevin! (shrek806)

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Photo of kilo_005
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft
A: not much head, nice lacing though. Dark amber in color
S: maybe I'm a bit congested or something but I don't get much on the aroma.
T: very good. This is an interesting beer because the initial taste is boozy with raisin flavored like a Belgian double or something but then you get that hit of citrusy hops which finish with an intense and excellent bitterness. Good.
M: nice. Light and then bitter finish is very pleasant
O: this is a solid beer...interesting because of the booziness while still maintains hoppy character

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Photo of Frosthazard
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a large mug.

A - very amber colored, decent creamy thick brown head.

S - fruity and malty

T - not as fruity as it smelled, very good complex flavor of malty biscuits and hops, a note of alcohol.

M - a little less bitter and more smooth than I like, but not bad, it may be due to the 9.2 ABV.

D - pretty decent and a unique tasting IPA, although I couldn't drink too many

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Photo of thehopsguy
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden Light..touch of amber..pour was finger and a half..

S- A very earthy aroma of hops..possibly simcoe or whole leaf "hop back" after brew.

T- Blast of bitterness with slight blend of sweetness..(US 2-row/amber?) lot of citrus hoppy flavors in front of pallet with a dry bitterness in the back and in finish.

M- Medium body..smooth.. good amount of carbonation and dryness from hops.

O- Very good..my first brew from Breckenridge..would love to try some of there year round beers..cheers

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Photo of slackerlack
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks orange/brown with a good finger head on top.
S - Smells fruity and hoppy
T - Right away the bitterness of the hops hit you, then followed by a real fruity flavor, then the bitterness backs off.
D - I could not take big gulps of this due to the immediate bitterness that hits you.

It reminded me of Fruit Stripe Gum.

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Photo of Brewmiser
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this @ the Breckenridge on Blake st.

Appearance - a nice Amber color
Smell - a sweet hoppy smell
Taste - it was hoppy & a bit bitter but the sweetness was too much for me.
Mouthfeel - Light
Drinkability - I love IPAs but found it too sweet to drink too many

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Photo of antzman
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. This pours a light copper with a medium white head that clings to the glass. Sweet hoppy aroma. Excellent flavor that has quite a bit of hops in the finish. Very nice mouthfeel. This is a good Imperial IPA (As if there is a bad Imperial IPA!). The only knock on this beer that I saw was the fact that they advertised monster hops, but I have had hoppier brews.

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471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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