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Shipwrecked Double IPA | Mission Brewery

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Shipwrecked Double IPAShipwrecked Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Halcyondays on 02-17-2010

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Reviews: 226 | Ratings: 950
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was picked up at The Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA during a recent visit to Virgina.

Poured into a DFH Pint Glass

A - Beer pours a golden amber color. A small half-finger head that fades quickly. Lots of sticky lacing left after drinking.

S - A muted aroma but I'm picking up some hops and malts.

T - The aroma doesn't give a hint to how good this beer is. Lots of citrusy hop goodness with a strong malt backbone. Caramel/toffee like taste. This is very reminiscent of DFH 90 in it's lean towards the sweeter side. The hops provide a nice, bitter aftertaste but nothing that overpowers the overall balance. The ABV is well disguised for a 9.25% ABV brew.

M - A medium consistency/mouthfeel. Light carbonation.

O - This is a really good DIPA. It's very easy drinking and was a pleasant surprise. I had never heard of it before and pick up the bottle since I love DIPA's. Recommended.

Cheers!

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Photo of sergio1va
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came across a bottle of this double IPA.
Pours to a bright orange color with a small foam head.
Smell of citrus fruity notes are not that strong.
Taste is definitely of a double IPA. Notes of concentrated grapefruit come across the initial feel for this beer.
Being a well crafted beer it doesn't leave an over bittering feel on the pallate. Can definitely drink several bottles of this beer.

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Photo of thomda11
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

The beer pours a nice amber color with a decent-sized head. There is a good amount of lacing. The aroma is predominantly pine, resin, and pine with a touch of malt. The taste follows the nose, with the resinous pine at the forefront. There is a good malt balance and hop bitterness. Overall, a solid brew from a solid brewery.

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Photo of bound4er
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Medium amber appearance with a white two finger head that laces like mad.

S. Fruity (fruitcake-like smell), grainy and piney nose. A bit of alcohol pokes through too.

T. Initial attack of fruit and citrus followed with some pine. Finishes dry and with good lingering bitterness.

M. Oily, slick, medium body mouthfeel.

O. Not a top-tier DIPA but an enjoyable one nonetheless. Drinkability is pretty high, earning it a recommendation.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with some cloudiness and an off white head. Good looking beer.

Smells- Citrus and hops.

Taste-Big hops bitterness with some citrus towards the back end

MF-Pretty heavy bodied with some nice carbonation.

Overall- A pretty good IPA. Great summer beer.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a snifter.
Appearance - orange, if not an amber hue; mild cream head that leaves adequate lacing.
Smell - some citrus fruit, but more pine. Agree with another reviewer that this comes off more as a barley wine nose vs a DIPA.
Taste - hop forward, strong malt presence, warming alcohol; what you expect from the style.
Feel - medium body, not as easy to drink as many other West Coast DIPA's.
Overall - pretty average for the style to me, and well below average for the region.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice clear orangey copper color. This has a fluffy 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind a sheet of sticky lace.

S - The nose has some nice grapefruit hop aromas in the forefront and some caramel malt in the background. There are also some citrus and pine aromas.

T - The taste has a nice caramel and toffee base, with nice fruit flavors and a pretty big hop presence. There is some grapefruit and pine from the hops. There is a nice bitterness, but it isn't too much of a pallet wrecker. There is some alcohol presence as well. The finish leaves a bit of lingering hop flavor and bitterness, as well as some fruitiness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a bit of an oily feel to it. There is some nice hop bitterness here, and some sweetness tucked in the background. There is also a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

O - This has good drinkability. It has nice flavor and it leaves me wanting more. Overall, I thought this was a really nice DIPA. The flavor is really nice, and it has a nice amount of bitter hop flavor, but it doesn't really seem to stick to the palate all that much. This is definitely worth trying out.

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Photo of beerbully
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can

L-Dark copper, thick creamy head, thick lacing

S-Sweet malts, citrus / fruity hops

T-Malty, caramel, fruity citrus piney hops.............more malt presence than hops.........slight bitterness in the finish

M-Medium bodied.......low carbonation

O-more malt forward than I would prefer in a DIPA

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, found in the fridge in charlotte

appearance: served in a shaker pint, dark orange-amber body, 3/4" creamy beige head and light retention

smell: grapefruit, bready malt, sweet sugars

taste: ruby red grapefruit, tropical fruit, sweet doughy bread, caramel, pineapple. Juicy hop resin - nice ipa

mouthfeel: medium body, oily

overall: pretty solid

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Photo of gthornton
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I was getting a little excite as I poured this. First of all I have read that the head on this is not aggressive. Not in my case. I started off with a 3 inch head, however that did die down to one inches within 45 seconds or so. Second, I am impressed by the mid-mahogany body. Deep amber... yada yada... "other ways in which you could say 'mid-mahogany.'" Lacing is moderate to high.

Aroma: The malt and hops are playing off each other greatly already. I am looking forward to tasting this. There is a lot of orange citrus, but it is so ballanced, that I am second guessing whether it comes from the hops or the malt. So without making <a href="http://www.whitelabs.com/">Chris White</a> too upset here, the aroma is coming from the balance between the malt forwardness and hop forwardness here.... but I guess that is the point here, so well done. OK... caramel, subtle grapefruit, orange peel, and lemongrass.

Taste: A lot of bitterness, as to be expected (this style upsets me sometimes, yet I still love it). There is a lot of fresh cut lawn/gassiness to the taste here, and it of course dominates. It seems like the whole taste begins and ends with some level of that grassiness. It is bitter up front, and then lingers into a mild tone later on, but that is pretty much all I am getting here. A little boozie at the end, but this took a while to stand out.

Mouthfeel: Remarkebly light, and easy on the tongue (aside from the bitterness, but that is what you signed up for when you tried this beer).

Drinkability: I don't think that Double IPAs are meant to be drinkable, that said, I find this a pleasant drink, and with the right meal, I would love this on a summer day.... (why all the summer days? I don't know, I'm from San Diego, hence it is practically all I know). Overal I would give this a good "drinkability" rating which is <em>my</em> main concern with beer... that is the point right? To drink it?

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Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Syracuse NY for 2$

Appearance – Slightly hazy copper colour with an averagge size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and oranges mixed with a strawberry/apricot like sweetness. I can pick up on the booze and the beer ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with some dry hop bitterness.

Overall – An above average DIPA. Not up to snuff with the amazing DIPA's that can be found in California, but still decent enough to warrant trying at least once.

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Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a slight haze and a big frothy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly, leaving excellent creamy lacing coating the sides of the glass.

Smell of grapefruit, sweet oranges, citrus hops, mango, piney hops, herbs, flowers, caramel, sweet malt or grains, brown sugar, spices and some faint alcohol; this is a citrus fiesta that is quite strong and spicy, almost spells like dry hops are floating in the glass.

Tastes like it smells with a blast of citrus hops up front, including grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, mango, pineapple, piney hops, herbs, grass, floral hops, coriander, pepper, caramel, sweet malt, lightly roasted grains, brown sugar, allspice and other spices, and some alcohol throughout; the sweet oily citrus hops keep the ABV in check, and while this is hop dominant it does not seem unbalanced and was actually pretty drinkable considering the mild heat and spices.

Mouthfeel is heavy, chewy and thick, with a slick feel on the tongue, a medium to heavy body, light carbonation, and a sweet bitter aftertaste that lingered with fruity citrus flavors.

Low drinkability, as this is a sipper, but I’d certainly drink it again factoring in the strength of this beer and how well the sweetness covered the alcohol. A real nice DIPA that may be a tad bit too sweet, but hopheads will love the complexity and high ABV kick. Another fine product out of San Diego.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Deep copper color, nearly clear. A big burst of carbonation with a good size white head directly after the pour, but both quickly subside.

S: Resin, pine, more subdued grapefruit with a good amount of sweet bready malts and mild caramel aspects.

T: Resin and pine bitter, maybe some citrus pith hops up front. The malt sweetness comes back nicely and they both fade together after the swallow, with the hop bitterness lasting a bit longer.

M: Medium body for style, lower carbonation than most, alcohol noticeable but well-masked for this ABV.

O: Pretty unobjectionable, but pretty forgettable at the same time. It strikes me as a good exemplar of the new "average" for American DIPAs. The aroma could use some help - pretty low on the nose for a DIPA. I'm not going out to buy a 4-pack (or 6, or whatever they come in), but I wouldn't mind drinking some on tap somewhere if it's what they had.

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Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Hopus glass pours a crisp orange with a decent off white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves a few rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is a decent amount of crisp earthy citrus hops with a nice amount of sweet malts backing them up leaving a sweet finish with a nice balance of bitter hops. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with a bit of alcohol presence, but nothing too overbearing. This is a decent West Coast Double IPA, but with so many better ones out there, I don't think I'll be picking this one up again.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn inside a pint glass.

A- Dark bronze with a off white billowy head that left some stick. From the looks of it, this is unfiltered to the max, cant really see through it.

S- Very malty for a DIPA, they kind of drown out the hops but they also make a appearance. Grapefruit, slight pine, candy, sweet sugar, alcohol, kind of all over the place.

T- This is a sweet DIPA, more sweet than hoppy, but I think the mix here makes for a good beer. First up a sweet sugar blast with some alcohol followed out by some grapefruit from the hopping. Starts sweet, gets kinda hoppy, goes back to sweet. Not very floral and there is a touch of pine in the end.

M- A smooth above medium body with not much bittering appeal. The sweets win the game here. Shipwrecked is properly carbed up. Not hot but the taste of alcohol does stick around for a few.

D- I enjoyed it and would have again. A sweet DIPA from the west coast, This tastes like something made back east, maybe we are rubbing off on the left coast for once. This is not offensive and great beer, i like it.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep honey-amber with a hushed soapy top. Hop hazy and standing quite tall in that there pint glass. 3.5

Oily hop aroma with pine needle and grapefruit rind notes. Touch of floral hop, but mostly sweet dankness and honeyed caramel. 3.5

Fruity malts showing some apple-y character whilst the hop attack brings out twiggy pine and juicy grapefruit. Hint of pineapple and leafy floral hops. Not as resinous as the nose, but still pretty oily. Sweet, and not overly bitter. Excellent full flavor and combo balance. 4.0

Smooth and devious. Well-masked strength. Convincingly sessionable sitting in this pint glass. Yowsers. 4.5

Me + a Shipwrecked = one happy kiddo. 4.0

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big sweet juicy tropical fruit on this one. Lime, orange, guava, passionfruit. It just smells great!

Pours a hazy orange with a slightly off-white head that laces very nicely and doesn't dissipate too quickly.

Flavor is big on citrus fruits, tangerine and lime for the most part. Again, as I described the aroma, I'll say this is very "juicy". There is a nice breadiness to it as well, which rounds it out nicely.

Moderate carbonation and a full body, this beer packs quite a punch at just over 9% ABV. It's syrupy, but not overly thick. It drinks quite well, and makes you thirst for more.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Intriguing aroma of sweet bready and caramel malt, light stone fruits and root herbs with light piney hops. Not as hop forward as I'd expect from an IIPA, but the overall aroma is very nice. Flavor is bready malt with juicy, piney hops, grapefruit and lemon citrus and sweet light stone fruit. Finishes with a nice lingering citrus and blended hop bitterness. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. The hops do not stand out in this ale, with less fresh herbal hop presence than I'd expect, but the malt and hops are well balanced and this is quite pleasant to drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. A curiously ironic name for a brewery located so close to a naval shipyard.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of densely puffy, somewhat frothy off-white head, which leaves a decently complete band of sky forest lace around the glass as it evenly loses seaworthiness.

It smells of bitter grapefruit flesh, orange cream, lemon pudding, nutty caramel malt, a hint of toffee, pine resin, and a musty herbaceous character that borders on that particular skunky leaf so popular with the kids. You know - hops? The taste is more fruity tartness up front, a sort of pleasantly muddled grapefruit, orange, melon, and lemon-lime, over a somewhat complex nutty, beady caramel maltiness, a mild indistinct spiciness, and a subtle booze edginess.

The carbonation is active, in a neighbourhood watch sort of way, the body medium-heavy in weight, and generally quite smooth, just a wee pique from those imperious hop and booze scoundrels. It finishes on the sweet side, kind of unexpectedly, as the malt holds its position, and the fruity hops shed a portion of their bitterness.

A tasty enough DIPA, the alcohol better integrated than I had been led to believe, but still duly present, like you would expect it to be, right along with the hop and malt overdoses. Not all that hop forward, but that's just when comparing it to its SoCal brethren, and isn't that bad of a thing overall. Indeed worthy of a try, for all we humulus maximus meatheads out there.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 946 mL can. Pours a big three fingers of head on a fairly clear dark straw colored body.
The aroma is pine forest, lemon and tropical fruits. Very nice.
The taste starts with bold pine bitterness, but moves to a mildly sweet pineapple flavor. It finishes with moderate lemon bitterness. Great profile and balance.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
Complex flavor and drinkability make this a winner.

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Photo of habaceeba
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received the 32 oz. can of this stuff as a gift from a friend who apparently knows my palate incredibly well. If I wrote a review after finishing it, the typed words would still be illegible. This is a very nice DIPA.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very strong and boozy with caramel flavored dominating the malt profile and a sharp clean back-end bitterness countering it. Not your typical West Coast hop profile; lots of citrus to be sure but there was also tropical fruit flavors as well as some herbal tea-like qualities as well. A very potent DIPA that I recommend to all fans of the style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initially I thought this was a so-so dipa, it was much better as this warmed, on tap at The Blue Tusk. Sweeter initially before bitterness builds up. Drying finish. Very fresh. Great thick lace, that slid from the generous retained head. A fun drinking experience.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes taken on a hazy trip to Phoenix in October
A - significantly hazy brown-0range, solid head with decent retention and random lacing
S - herbal and pine resin aroms up front with some caramel and orange peel background
T - pineapple and orange zest with equally strong pine resin hops, significant caramel malt backbone, light boozy sweetness
M - medium body with light carbonation, sticky throught he middle with ABV heat creeping up on the finish along with significant bitterness
O - a soid DIPA with in your face hoppiness, a little spicy on the alcohol but to be expected at over 9%

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Photo of Brenden
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A deep orange so thick that it can't be seen through, and sporting a bit of ruddiness in its depth, this beer grows a very light brown head up to about one finger. While the foam it leaves is fairly thin, it does have good retention overall and leaves a good amount of leggy lacing in its wake.
This aroma leans heavily citrus, with orange and grapefruit and perhaps some orange and or lemon rind as well. There's a certain earthy quality to it as well. Malts are ample, giving a note of crust, and it also gets quite yeasty as it warms.
The taste is likewise citrus-forward at first, but the malts come out a bit for very good balance. It gets a raw pithiness into the finish with a bit of leaf as well. Warming up, the yeast character really comes out, and there's almost an herbal quality to the earthiness that unfolds on the back of the tongue. Some resin sits lightly underneath in every sip.
A medium body offers good support but straddles a line, seeming to pass back and forth between feeling a little thin and a bit fuller. It's lightly carbonated, just enough to keep a smooth flow and a light crispness consistently.

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Shipwrecked Double IPA from Mission Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.