Shipwrecked Double IPA - Mission Brewery

Not Rated.
Shipwrecked Double IPAShipwrecked Double IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

215 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 215
Hads: 913
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 20
Gots: 123 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 02-17-2010

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 215 | Hads: 913
Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Two fingers of tight head. The colour is a brilliant ruddy amber, clear with some bubbles. Very pretty.

S: Fruity hops. Pine resin. Straightforward, but powerful.

T: Not bad! Somewhat of a hop bomb -- very bitter (75 IBU) and initially astringent. However, there is nice balance provided by the malt base and the heavily fruity topnotes. The maintaste is long and full, with an enduring, grapefruity aftertaste.

M: Substantial. A bit of chewy malt. Not as much carbonation as you'd think.

O: I like DIPAs quite a bit, and this is no exception. Very nice beer. Recommended to hop lovers. At times, noticeably strong. Don't let it warm up. (708 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at San Diego Brewing Company on March 16, 2012. Color was hazy caramel. About one finger of head. Light film on lacing on the top. Even amount of cobweb film on the sides.

Got a deep whiff of citrus hops, probably lemon. Fairly balanced but nothing too special overall.

Not too much citrus in the taste, but very bitter. Can really taste the alcohol. Kind of smooth. Lots of different things going on in the taste.

Medium body. Slight texture. Average carbonation,. Bitter, but smooth finish.

Just an OK double IPA. It had its moments but I wouldn’t go out of my way to have another one. (631 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, from a beer of the month mixed six pack from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, into a snifter. Pours a nice amber with a medium size head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves very nice lacing down the glass. Smells of floral and citrus with slight malty notes. Tastes of sweet citrus and a little bit of alcohol syrup, but not offensively, and has enough bite. Is a medium body, carbonation is right, and goes down smooth. Overall, a very good DIPA. (489 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a globe glass, pouring a light amber with half an inch of slightly off white foam. Bright golden in the light just a hint of haze.

Pleasant hop aroma of muddled grapefruit, pine and some peppery spice. Bit of caramel malt in the background and a touch of alcohol is notable on a deep inhale. Hop spice expands with warming to better cloak said alcohol however. And while never grabbing you by the throat with an onslaught of hops, it does entice throughout.

Flavor is moderately sweet with a touch of caramel and a citric flavor leaning more towards orange and tangerine than the nose suggests. Carbonation is medium allowing for a full and creamy feel that still isn't too sweet. Bitterness is a bit subdued however as the malt profile masks the ABV better on the taste than the smell.

Overall a good IPA to have with a meal and with a good lingering finish. (890 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In a sea of big, ugly DIPAs, this once seems suave and debonaire. Sensationally aromatic hop flavors with a large malty taste. Not overly bitter, however, for all the hoppy fireworks. Fills the mouth nicely. So full of malt, but very spicy. Some bitter orange flavor, but not the grapefruit pith. Alcohol provides some heat, but on the whole it is very well balanced.

One of the better big IPAs I've had. I think Mission has a more drinkable approach to their use of hops, which I like. On tap at Mitch's Seafood, San Diego. (525 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an amazing aroma of extra hops and barley. Ther aroma i sweet and sugary. The problem is that the beer is murky and not very appealing. It poured with an excess of foam and way too much carbonation. The good news is that despite its disturbing look, it is quite tasty and hearthy. You know the hops immediately and the sugary grains are ever present. It will leave a grassy aftertaste, but with double IPAs thats to be expected. Worth trying if you are into Double IPA, if youre not a fan of Pales, definitely steer clear! (536 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a deep bright tarnished copper body with a microbubble swirl of carbonation. There is a beige creamy head that pushes over the glass and holds its ground.

S- The spicy green hops come through during the pour with a slight lime citrus quality to them.

T- The green tangerine hops flavor has a brassy taste to it with a woody green hops finish. There is a sweet malt flavor underneath the hops.

M- The full fizz texture gives a creamy character with a full mouthfeel and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The full juicy hops are bright and original without much bitterness although the brassy character was a bit off. (660 characters)

Photo of legalpete19340
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber color with some vibrance and solid one finger of off white head. The head fell but kept some foam around. Some lace.

S: Lots of citrus with grapefruit leading the way. Taking some time with this beer reveals some pine and herbal aromas along with multi-grain cracker.

T: Hops come on strong and hold all the way through with grapefruit, pineapple and citrus. There is a lot of herbal spiciness. In the mid swig I get the sensation of malt with toasted multi grain bread and roasted grain but then its back to all about the hops. The end comes with a bitter bite that smacks of pine and herbal flavors.

M: Just right for the beer: medium with a slight bit of chew and syrupy.

O: I feel like this beer is better than my rating but thats just how it came out. Its a big juicy hop bomb that delivers on what you want out of a DIPA. (853 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; August 2011
The beer arrives with a half-finger thick, quite pale tan colored head. The beer is a dark copper / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, full copper hue when held up to the light. The nose has a pungent, clean, bright tropical fruitiness to it that reminds me of lychee, juicy fruit gum, perfectly ripe tangelo zest and very floral apricot as well as just a bright sort of tropical fruitiness (kumquat perhaps). After my nose gets used to the dominant hop character I am able to notice a supporting malt character that contributes subtle aromas of whole grain crackers and perhaps a hint of biscuit. Also a touch of pine and more herbal hop notes are noticeable just underneath the fruit hop notes.

This has a touch of fullness to the body as well as a malt character that also provides a supporting role for the dominant hop flavors; overall though it is quite drinkable like anything called an IPA should be. Again a huge tropical fruit character is found here in the flavor with lots of lychee and ripe kumquat zest coming through in the first sip. There is a firm, slightly herbaceous bitterness that lingers in the finish. The bitterness is actually noticeable from the beginning and adds a bit of a bite throughout, there is also a light herbaceous astringency to the hop character (it isn’t nearly so prevelant as the smooth hop fruitiness) that also contributes some sharpness and bit to help counterbalance the ϋber-fruit quality that defines this beer. The fruitiness can almost have a Christmas like spiciness to it at times (likely more orange zest than anything, but I can’t help but think of cinnamon for some reason).

This is a nice Double IPA, it is quite clean (meaning it doesn’t really have a rough, dank herbal quality to it), which, for me can be quite enjoyable and even ideal, depending on what I am in the mood for. (1,899 characters)

Photo of sergio1va
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of SeanChiro
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1st time had in bottle from Case purchased at a distributor in Franklin, PA. Don't know how it was stored or freshness because it was three from the bottom in a stack of 10 of random cases in the shop. Shop was cold, on a hot August day so probably not heat stricken.

2nd time - On draft at Brewhouse in San Diego, CA. Brother in Law knows the owner so got a pour fresh from fermentor without carb. Review is from 1st tasting.

A: Good orange color typical of an IPA. Carbonation gave a good 1/2 inch head the whole time, poured into a brandy snifter.

S: Rich in CA citrus-y hoppiness. Grapefruit front, with a slight lemon/pine finish. Sweetness comes off the nose probably from the malt bill.

T: Just like a DIPA should taste like. Great sweet on the front of the tongue with a prominent hop bite at the back. Grapefruit piney linger on the tongue.

M: Malty, but seemed to leave quickly. No sugary residue feeling with a swish around the mouth. Not dry either.

O: Upon initial tasting, thought I would like to see what it would taste like fresh, and upon second tasting, definitely would like to keep it fresh. It was a great find in PA and mostly got for novelty purposes because my Brother in Law didn't know what I was bringing back to the cabin. Glad he was able to surprise me with the second taste. Would get it again in CA if I couldn't find any other "Wants" on tap. (1,382 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at Hamilton's in San Diego.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a half finger white head that immediately disappears. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with very muted hop character.  Subtle grass, pine and floral hops with a touch of citrus and lots of alcohol.

Medium bodied with a strong bitter hop presence up front that's quickly countered by tropical fruit and alcohol.  Again, the hops are muted by light fruit and sweet booze.  Hints of apricot,  pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel but it's kind of weak. (557 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery.

App: Dark gold color. Good head, retention and lace are both strong.

Smell: Sweet, bitter, citrusy. Booze pops out on the back end. Smells decent but it’s a warning this one will be too heavy on the malt and fusel alcohol.

Taste: Pretty much par for the course west coast style DIPA, with a lot of citrusy hoppiness, grapefruit, orange and pineapple flavors as well as piney notes, but sweeter and maltier than I would prefer and the booze is way too noticeable and in your face for me. Boozy sugar cookie taste mixed with big, bitter hops that don’t quite pack enough of a flavor punch. In other words, everything’s in there but it just doesn’t combine all that well.

Mf: Not too bad, very full with medium to low carbonation and a creamy, sticky chewiness. Maybe a bit overly full in combination with the assertive maltiness; feels like a bit of a chore to drink.

Overall: I thought this one was a little clumsy. The bartender poured and watched me to see how blown away I was and all I could manage was a weak smile. Just heavy handed on the booze and a bit of a mess. With so many truly exceptional IPAs and DIPAs in the immediate vicinity you better be great to stand out and this one just doesn’t. Not to say this is a terrible beer by any stretch, it’s just average at best in a land of knockout examples of the style. (1,366 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber into short stemmed tulip. no bottled on date noted.

A: a pretty clear, orange hue. head is off white and not as retentive as i would have hoped. some polka dote lacing left behind.

S: freshly squeezed orange juice. fresh baked bread. lots of fresh, bright flavors. good balance between the two. do i dare say this smells like an east coast DIPA? i dare.

T: now this is a war. tons of citrus focused american hops battles with a HUGE malty presence. a little too malty. a bit sticky. finish has some booze in it. and some more malt. sweetness is the note that lingers with me here.

M: low/moderate amount of carbonation on a very full body.

D: great nose, but the palate is a little bit raw and too much on the malty side for me. haven't had any brews from these guys yet, but i hope the next offering displays a little more balance. (848 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brilliant golden hue, topped with a fluffy white head. For whatever reason, I poured this into a Delerium Tremens snifter, so the nucleation point is giving it a pretty look.

S + T: I don't get a whole lot of aromatics from the nose. There are some mild citrus scents and a touch of woodiness, but it's really quite tame. The flavour is somewhat mellow, as well--and most certainly for a double IPA. The malts seem a little dominant, and there's a sweetness that is not balanced with the hops. The flavour is not BAD, but somewhat unbalanced and modest. It could shoot more towards an 'American translation on the English IPA without becoming an American IPA,' but I suppose that just wouldn't make any sense. :)

M + D: The body is a little slick; perhaps it is more oily. The carbonation is modest, and has a nice little bite, but given the sweetness of the beer, it's a little 'sticky' and almost candied. I didn't mind it, but I'd probably set my sights on another in the store. (988 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange gold with a big off white head that leaves tons of lacing. A beautiful beer, and the best part of the beer.

Smells like an orange, citrus and juicy, some malt is in the mix also.

Taste follows the nose, tangerine, orange, pine hops, with a bit of bready malt. A pithy finish on the end rounds out the nice flavors.

The feel is almost viscous, but stays on the thinner side, and easy for me to drink. Carbonation is done well.

I have had this a few times and really enjoyed it every time I drank it. A wonder to look at, and the nice hops and malt balance make this one I will have again.

DOA (625 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer with a white head with a yellow tint to it. This is the color of beer I call IPA Orange.

Smell is hoppy mostly pine and menthol. Woody smells mostly cedar wood and tea.

Starts out sweet and hoppy. Hop flavor is mostly cedar. Moderate bitterness. Still too sweet.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, too sweet. (328 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper pour, decent white head to it with above average retention. Aroma was just bitter and alcohol, not much in the way of hop aromatics.

Pretty bitter and heavy malt bill. So uh, where did the flavor hops go? Bittering hops, sure. But maybe they could have done some dry or flavor hopping additions? Or better ones? Plenty of caramel, but if you're looking for a big mouthfeel of hops, citrus, pine etc. . . you're going to have to keep looking.

Haven't been all that impressed with Mission, they seem like so many johnny come lately's with their simple minded ipa's that are all bitterness and not much else. (615 characters)

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into snifter glass a nice hazy light orange ,with weak head, that dissipates fast. Adequate lacing.

A very malty and fruity nose, emphasis seems to be more malty than hoppy. Sweet toffee-like malts, some fruits and just enough faint hops swim into the nose. Very different aroma for a supposed Double/Imperial IPA.

Fairly thick body of sweet toffee malts, fruits and different kind of hops than normally used for any American-style IPA. Average carbonation level. More on the malty and sweet side, not nearly hoppy enough for a regular American IPA, much less a Double/Imperial. It's a good, pleasant taste indeed, but it's very disappointing as a DIPA.

As other reviewers on this site and others have stated, this is probably much close to a trippel or English IPA at best. Had the brewery classified and/or marketed it as one of those, it would get a lot more points from me and, no doubt, others. (909 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a deep almost reddish amber color with a finger and a half of off white head.

S- sugary candied with a touch of toffee hits the nose at first. Some spicy disjointed alcohol comes out in the middle. Some hops drown under the big malt bill. A touch of tropical fruit and grapefruit comes out but quickly gets smothered.

T- very malty brew indeed. Caramel and candied apple flavors hit the palate at first. Astringent phenolic alcohol clashes with initial malt burst. Weak hop flavor gives a hint of tropical fruit and candied orange. Finishes sweet with a doughy boozy aftertaste.

MF- sticky slick mouthfeel with a medium body and light medium carbonation. (666 characters)

Photo of JupiterJesus
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz into a Duvel tulip. Huge head that dissipated in about a minute, leaving behind a mess of semi-coarse lacing. Light spicy aroma with some tropical fruit. Thick body, very sweet, medium to high carbonation.

And here's the kicker: the flavor is all about rich sweetness, fruit and phenols. This is a tripel, no doubt about it. Sure, it has masses of hops, more of them and of the wrong type than is typical for the style, but it is definitely a Belgian Tripel + American IPA hybrid. I'm not even sure why it is called a Double IPA - maybe to get more sales? It is to the beer's detriment, as the phrase "Double IPA" is leading people to make assumptions and comparisons that are inappropriate.

When judged as a DIPA, it is so-so. It is too sweet, too fruity, too phenolic. As a tripel, it is one of the best American tripels I've had, and the addition of massive American hops really works. I like it. (921 characters)

Photo of rand
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bomber to nonic pint glass

A: Golden-tan in color, clear, the pour forms a small wispy head that dissipates quickly. Looks like a viscous brew, hardly any lacing is left behind.

S: Strong citrus and pine notes swirl about, caramelly malts in the backdrop. Ample alcohol volatiles carry the bouquet. Smells like a lot of the great West Coast DIPA's.

T: The resinous hops hit the palate first, ushering in bitter and astringent aspects to the profile. Sweet malts counter the hop onslaught; the combination tastes like orange zest and earth. The bitter and sweet notes seem to fly right past each other, the overall profile is disjointed.

M: Oily, viscous. Penetrates every crevice of your mouth. Could use a bit more carbonation to wash the sticky residue.

Not a bad beer, but in the land of hops and honey, this doesn't really stand out. I can think of 5 or 6 DIPA's that I have regular access to that are far superior. (933 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,416 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: A red-hued lighter peach color with some copper involved, and a nice frothy fairly bright white head that steadies itself fast to the top of the glass at about 1/4" for the duration.

Smell: A bright, bright aroma of hops and fruit: peaches, strawberry, tangerine, marmalade and jam. Tons of fruit all over the place, as the hops and malt seem to be making a beautiful collision here. A lot to take in, especially as it continues to warm.

Taste: Initially and powerfully sweet, but that dissipates into some nice tropical fruit flavors along with some bright citrus hops via grapefruit and lemon, and it lingers with some wet-hop type of interesting leafy funkiness. It may be too sweet for some, but I'd rather have it this way than an insanely imbalanced assault of hops to cover up the sweetness from the high ABV. Plus the flavors linger for a decent amount of time: a good sign of a strong sipper.

Mouthfeel: This is a fairly thick beer, one would think, but somehow it's not too cloying in the end, and though the initial carbonation level seems like it may make this a little syrupy, there's a nice bunch to the back-end that saves it from being that way.

Drinkability: I can dig this. Again, the sweetness may get some folks, but it's a good sipper over at least an hour in my opinion. Doesn't seem like it's as high ABV as it is to me, but then again, now that I'm done with the bottle, maybe I was wrong. Looking forward to checking out more from Mission, as I was definitely pleased with this. (1,573 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle without any sort of dating info.

Pours clear, a warm shade of darker honey amber, medium tan head, that stays and stays, leaving a thicker collar and respectable bits of lacing and sheeting. Piney hop nose. Dense, flavorful pine hop notes on the palate, with additions of lime, gin and grapefruit. Yummy stuff is all I can say...quite worthy DIPA (363 characters)

Shipwrecked Double IPA from Mission Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.