Colorado Brewed: Breckenridge 471 IPA

Each Wednesday in this column I post my insights about one of the thousands of beers brewed in the great state of Colorado. Feel free to shoot me an email with your suggestions of Colorado beers you’d like me to feature – Lee Williams at hoptopia@gmail.com – or leave your ideas in the comments.

With so many double and imperial IPA’s on the market, it can be difficult to easily discuss them from a style perspective. Over the years I have developed a quick and easy method of more easily categorizing the style. This has helped me tremendously when taking notes during beer tasting.

Double IPA’s seem to fall broadly into three categories based upon their dominant aroma and flavor characteristics. Characteristics that are almost exclusively due to the specific combination of hop varietals that are used to brew the beer.

The three categories are:

  • Orange – with strong bittersweet orange marmalade notes. Often with a significant caramel malt backbone.
  • Yellow – with overwhelming fresh yellow grapefruit and bright lemon characteristics.
  • Green – with overt herbal and leafy botanical notes.

Within these three broad groups, there can be, and is, many subtleties and nuances. Nothing in beer tasting, after all, is clean cut. But after tasting hundreds of double IPA’s, I’ve yet to come across many that cannot be quickly grouped and discussed as either orange, yellow or green. It’s quick, it’s simple and, for me, it works universally well.

 

Breckenridge 471 IPA is an orange double IPA. The aroma is immediate, with strong fresh orange peel, apricot jam, cumin and mild fresh cut grass notes. In the drink, flavors of thick marmalade, kumquat, pink grapefruit juice and preserved lemon compliment a robust and sugary toasted biscuit foundation. The sweeter base malts lends the beer an air of balance.

Hotter Mexican, Southwestern, Indian and Thai dishes pair brilliantly with big IPA’s of either the orange, yellow or green variety. Think chilies, curries, jalfrezies, biryanies, or pretty much anything savory, with an abundance of chilies or curry in it.

THE GEEKY STATS:

  • Brewed in Colorado by: Breckenridge, 471 Kalamath St., Denver, CO 80204
  • Released: Available year-round in 22oz bottles and on draft
  • Beer style: Double/Imperial IPA
  • ABV: 9.2%
  • IBU: 70
  • Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Fuggles
  • Grains: Pale, Munich, Caramel-30, Carapils, Torrified Wheat
  • Special ingredients: None

Look for another Colorado Brewed next Wednesday, and check out the previous installments at http://www.denveroffthewagon.com/tag/colorado-brewed.

 


About Lee Williams


Beer writer. Founder of Hoptopia. I write for various beer related publications, websites and festivals. Email - hoptopia@gmail.com