krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
it must have taken years--patient, meticulous years-- for breckenridge to build it’s nearly unrivaled reputation for mediocre beers, and here recently they practically blow it with a spate of fairly decent products. what were they thinking? the first time i saw this at the beer store i didn’t buy it, making instead a rather porcine and sardonic snort when i observed who the brewer is. anyway, we can all change for the better, so i tip my glass to breckenridge. this 471 hunkers down into a glass giving off a honey-toned glow like backlighting in a tobacco barn, while it’s clean white head gear is as jaunty as a little sailor’s cap. nice aroma of fruits like the work station at a smoothie bar: it’s got orange and more orange, melon, a bit of carrot, mint, green apple... nice. very bitter and yet balanced. peachy citrus and light sweetness, very little indication of alcohol. full bodied with trenchant hops-- a lot of lingering going on here-- but unlike storefront loiterers, were glad they see fit to stay awhile.
kmarthomebrew (18) - USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber color, with below average head retention. Smelled citrus as well as pine/floral tones. Good malt balance to strong hopping so as not to be overpowering.
Tmoney99 (13590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate malty sour citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium smooth bitter flavor with a bitter finish of moderate duration. Solid brew.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazed amber, thin white fizzy head. Mellowed nose of pine, citrus, toasted caramel, peach, earth, and touches of tropical fruit. A decent hop bite on the initial few sips tend to mellow out as it warmed. More notes of pine, citrus, earth, mango and sweet malt re-appear along the way as it almost balances out. Still hop-sided, but good nonetheless. Full bodied, prickly carbonation, clean, bitter finish. Think this bottle was aged a few months. I bet fresh, this stuff was spectacular. Still worth a hophead visit though…
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle compliments of harlequinn for sharing and Indra for shipping.
Golden amber color, thin head and good lacing. Nose is piney with grapefruit and light resin. The flavor isn’t too bitter but has a thin malty body and a watery brief tail. Could use more caramel malts or body. Finishes clean enough with some lingering hop whispers until the end of the tail.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hop aroma. Smooth citrus and hop flavor. Slightly sweet without being syrupy. This was a good one, I’d like to try more.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice piney hop nose, very fragrant and floral, with a ton of grapefruit and citrus overtones, and just ah int of vanilla coming through in the end. Biscuity malt flavor with some piney hop resins in the flavor, much lighter in body than I expected, but still tasty if somewhat unbalanced in acidity and the finish just dropfs off the side of a cliff, still for what it is, this is quite delicious and I am not complaining at all. Thanks Indra!
vyvvy (5886) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange with a moderate head that has nice retention. Aroma has citrus / perfume hops with some caramel malts to balance things out. Medium to full bodied beer with soft carbonation - there is quite a bit of stickiness. Starts off with caramel malts and light citrus and pine hops. The finish is heavy pine and perfume hops, but the malt is still quite noticable. A great beer.
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear amber color with thin white head. Aroma is of citrus, mostly grapefruit, pine, earthy spices, and plenty of hops. Flavor is mostle the same. Huge citrus and hop flavore. Finishes slightly bitter but not as much as most double IPA’s. A decent double IPA.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle with a blurb on the left side of bottle, no bottled/freshness date.
Made an average appearance, poured a cloudy reddish/orange hued golden with a foamy beige head that quickly settled into a thin lacing, minimal amount of sticking, the carbonation is kind of low for a D/IPA, I would call it medium carbonation.
Had a caramel malty and a piney, grapefruity hoppy nose with a little spruciness at the edges.
A crisp, not very hop textured on the tongue, smooth lightish medium bodied mouth feel, average drinkability at best.
Caramel malty taste with a citric rind taste, some piney and spruce hoppiness as well, the bitterness is soft on the tongue for a D/IPA, a caramelized maltiness reappears and dry, sour rind finish with a strange, off putting alcohol solvent flavor lingering in palate, the alcohol warmth only really comes through at the end and it’s not that pleasant.
I wasn’t too impressed with this D/IPA from Breckenridge and I wondering at this point if I overrated it. Purchase this if only you want to try it because you like D/IPA’s, hopefully it will be on sale or priced cheap to move.