Sunday, July 24, 2011

Breckenridge Small Batch 471 Double IPA

9.2% ABV

At this time of year we are knee deep in IPAs and for good reason. When the temperatures outside are 3 degrees shy of pure damnation, what other beer hits the spot like an IPA? A double IPA, that's what! I ran across the Small Batch 471 at the liquor store and hesitated a bit based on the price. I went on a spiritual journey and channeled the beer gods. They gave me the OK so I pulled the trigger and purchased the sixer.

The Small Batch 471 poured with a huge fluffy white head.  The nose erupted with citrus notes and put out the welcome mat for my palate.  Tasting the 471 gives you good balance between malt and bitter.  The malt starts out with very slight caramel and then leads into good deep grapefruit notes.  The finish is not overly bitter and is well balance like the rest of the brew.  Along the lines of imperial IPAs this is a fairly malty version.  In summary this is not the best imperial IPA out there but is a solid offering.  If you're not a huge hop head or just want to try something new, try this one on for size.

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