Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 Copper.
A fairly subtle nose of deep creamy caramel malt and sharp pungent hop notes.
Malty as hell, especially for a DIPA, the malts are creamy, biscuit-like with caramel and butter in the backround. The hops are simcoe and possibly centennial, maybe a few more. I enjoyed the variety. Notes of nectarnes, pine, white plums, lemon and pineapple as well.
I am stunned that 471 is a Breckenridge beer. Since when can they brew? I hope they bottle this! Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 Tap, Falling Rock in Denver: Dark amber with a rust glow. Weighty, rewarding mouthfeel without any cloying side effects. Big and rich malts with notes of freshly baked bread, toast and sweet caramel. Big hop flavors really melded well with the malts. In fact, I found the beer to be nicely well rounded overall. Hop aromas were nice also, but more subdued and on a more even par with the malts. Alcohol was noticeable, but it was soft and not sharp at all, and only enhanced the beer’s character. Easily, the finest Breckenridge beer I’ve ever had. I really hope they decide to bottle this one. Rerate: YEAH! They bottled it! Clear and bright amber with a frothy, lasting head. Great mouthfeel -- not too heavy, not too light. Big, resiny hops, filled with tree sap and a citrusy bitterness. Fruity alcohol. Can’t really say exactly why, but I really like this stuff.