Shipwrecked Double IPA - Mission Brewery

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Shipwrecked Double IPAShipwrecked Double IPA

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83
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Reviews: 215
Hads: 913
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 20
Gots: 123 | FT: 2
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Halcyondays on 02-17-2010

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Reviews: 215 | Hads: 913
Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Mission beer. Might as well be one of my favorite styles.

Pretty much your quintessential Double IPA in looks, with a long-lasting, creamy dirty-white head; thick foam sticking to the sides of the glass with the slightest tilt; reddish-copper sunset color; lots of bubbles racing up to meet the undying head.

Ooh...the aroma promises my kind of DIPA: citrusy, candy-like sweetness, generous toffee-like malt backup, pine resin. Pretty full-on "big hoppy beer" type nose, and I'm hoping it impresses the taste buds as much as it does the nostrils...

Lots of impressions on the tongue, that's for sure. Sweet cherries; grapefruit/orange zest; leafy green bitterness; fruit-flavored pipe tobacco; peach; papaya; strongly-steeped herbal tea; pineapple. Bitterness pervades just a smidgen over all else, which is nice, but keeps it a very slow-sipping "whoa, take it easy" kind of beer. Overall fruity sweet, hoppy (of course) and with a little more malt backup than others of this style.

Round and full in the mouth, a creaminess tries to dominate but is held in check by a bubbly carbonated tickle. A bit sticky too, which helps keep that bitter "west coast-type" hoppiness going a long time...

I should have never looked at the overall score here (as of this writing, just a "B") because I've been agonizing about it, like, "what's not to like?" "Do I not know my beer?" "This is great a Double IPA, WTF?" "Are you all nuts?" But whatever, to each their own. Lemme turn that "WTF?" into "FTW!" (1,507 characters)

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 bamadog
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4-pack of this while on a recent trip to Pittsburgh. Review is from notes taken on 6/8/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a solid coppery color with some lighter, yellowish/gold highlights around the bottom of the glass; starts with a fair head of 1 and 1/2 fingers, that is of an off-white hue; head has decent retention, and becomes rocky and pockmarked as it slowly dwindles to a complete, but uneven, skim; body is pretty clear and shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling up throughout; a few patches of oily and sticky lacing linger on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Lots of interesting and bitter hoppiness that is of grapefruit and pine and a touch of citric fruit rind; actually a fairly strong malty presence in the nose provides a touch of balance, but it's still hop driven as it should be.

Taste: Lots of those bitter hops right up front, and their flavors match those that were mentioned above in the smell; there is a malt backbone, but it is definitely overshadowed by those big hops; strong warming presence of alcohol towards the back, and the bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium/light in terms of weight, and the carbonation is smooth and provides just a good touch of prickliness in combination with the near 10% ABV; a thick, moist sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth; gums and belly are left tingly from the carbonation, slight acidity and ABV.

Overall: I feel that this beer's average rating of a B (at the time of this review) seems a bit low. I think it is closer to a B+/A- overall, and definitely worth picking up. I feel it is a fine example of the style and definitely has that California flair to it with the big and spicy hoppiness. (1,767 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 flannelman808
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First batch of this stuff, had from the tap!

A: Copper amber in color topped with a bone white head... nice carbonation, lots of bubbles.

S: Interesting combo of herbal notes and stone fruit, notably Apricot. Some pine comes through as well. Caramel notes as well as some orange peel follow the pack.

T: wow great stuff! Apricot shines through! In place of what usually is a citrus peel quality is a stone fruit quality. Love it. Still tons of bitterness to keep things lively. The high ABV is hidden quite well.

M: carbonic tang levels

D: pretty damn high given the abv (575 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Monument Wines and Spirits a few days ago.

Appearance- coppery golden color, thin head

Smell- floral, citrus, and piney hops

Taste- pretty well balanced, citrus hops, bitter in the middle and finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. I would love to go get some more. (324 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 GRG1313
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am convinced that previous reviewers drank this one just to damn cold. I was a bit put off originally when I first tasted this one when it was cold. It has promise but I wasn't too impressed. Then, it warmed up as I neglected it to eat my BBQ chicken and then went back to it. Candidly, it was really good once it was pretty much room temperature. So, this review is based on a "room temperature" drinking!

Dark orange amber with a thick firm white head; lovely.

Nose is all fresh pineapple and apricot. Hints of the alcohol in the nose from the "sweet" character of alcohol. (Right..in beer, like wine, sometimes what one thinks is a sweet fruit nose is really just the smell of assertive alcohol). Yep, you can get some alcohol in the nose but it's not "too much" or offensive.

Mouth is thick and creamy with tons of character and appeal. You want more. Flavors are rich, bold and leaves you wanting to keep drinking - something pretty good for a 9.25 abv brew. Ok, you do get the alcohol in the mouth, but, so what? It still is a beer that tastes very good.

Flavors start with fresh sweet fruity malt character and work themselves through whiskey and coffee and bitter carmel to bitter grapefruit oil. Complex and full of character and quality that really shows once this one warms up to just colder than the room.

Finish of bitter grapefruit is long and just plain good. (1,384 characters)

Photo of kennyo
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to doggnate
pours a nice new copper penny color with a 1" soapy white head, on the second pour from the 22 oz bottle, as the bottle warmed up, the entire glass was head until it settled out.

nice hoppy aroma with some caramel malt in the nose also.
Nice tasting beer, malt, hops, fruitiness,
nice coating of hops on the tongue
i like this beer, very drinkable, if blind folded i would of never guessed it was a 9+% beer (428 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, two plus finger head of dense foam with a top layer of larger bubbles, eggshell white to slightly tanner, above average retention with many thin, wispy streaks of lacing. Deep orange rust color with more of a reddish inflection than brown or yellow, brighter, lighter orange at the glass bottom. The nose is dominated by ultra-sweet tangerine, pink grapefruit, lime citrus, fresh and juicy, piles on with honey, molasses and caramel tones, wet pine sap, the apricot, peach, pineapple fruit scents generous as well, hints at a bitter herbaceousness underneath but this component all but fully submerged in the sweetness, likewise the florality too delicate to spread widely. Full-bodied, more of a balanced presentation in the mouth as the hops can truly work on a tongue and fully bring a dry peppery, grassy bite into the mix. Before it does so, however, lots of space granted to the honey, molasses. caramel and chocolate and the ever-bodacious pink grapefruit, tangelo, lime citrus juice. The pine has more snap to it, the florality still too timid. The carbonation is credible but largely ineffective against the gluey mouth feel. A thicker, sweeter style of DIPA. (1,173 characters)

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Burnt orange, with loads of floating sediment and little head.

S - Fruits (orange peel), floral, pine. This should be hoppy and good

T - Honey malts with a burst of sweetness. A long warm spicy finish. Hints of butterscotch.

M - Light backbone with some burn

Straightforward DIPA which allows the flavors to shine thru. Well crafted (342 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed apricot in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Big, juicy, piney hops
Taste-Brimming with juicy, piney hops, mango,ruby red grapefruit. Tasty and quite drinkable for the strength. A solid imperial IPA. (292 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a solo cup.

A: Really nice! Pours a slightly hazy deep copper/orange with a 1/2" off-white head that recedes slowly. Lacing is killer.

S: Marmalade-like citrus notes. Very resinous. Some graham-cracker maltiness. Not bad, but smells like so many other DIPAs.

T: Brutally bitter up front, followed through the mid-palate with grapefruit & pine. A bit a caramelly malt. Figs. Slightly medicinal working into the finish, which is also burly & hop-bitter. Booze is present but not cloying. I actually like the balance here, clearly big-boy bitterness was the goal & it was well-achieved.

M: Mostly typical DIPA stuff, only with a bit more carb than usual. Heavy, slick & oily but tempered a bit by the bubbles. I prefer it to some the more syrupy DIPAs, I really think the feel matches the flavor profile.

O: I'm impressed. I love that the focus here was 'bitter' & not 'complex'. It's less sweet & more aggressive than many others out there in this style. Everyone needs a good punch in the mouth now & again. (1,048 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 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 Brad007
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with gold/amber accents and a two-finger head that quickly fades down to lacing.

Citrusy hops upfront with only a touch of buttery malt underneath. Hop-dominant, just as I like them.

A slow-acting shot of bitterness drenches the tongue with a strong touch of grapefruit. Tangy. Spicy.

Alcohol warmth leaves a satisfying warmness in the belly with hops on the breath. Whew. Better hops than garlic.

Good slow-burnin' DIPA for fans of the West Coast style. (480 characters)

Photo of Ghenna
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint class. Golden with a tinge of red, minimal white head.

Smells of... fruit loops. For reals. Not kidding. Malty smell in the background, but it is definitely fruit loops. As it warms up I'd describe it as almost sherbet smell.

Taste: Really well balanced beer. Nice mild sweet up front and slowly works it's way to bitter as it lingers on the palate. The bitter is a little off putting to me as it gets kind of grapefruity (not a fan of the fruit). Alcohol is not at all noticeable.

MF- not chewy or thin, a nice texture.

I really wasn't too sure what I was getting into with this, but it was the first offering from mission that I had seen so I snagged it. Though I'm not usually a fan of IPAs, DIPAs really show a lot of variation, and that is definitely the case with this beer. I'd give this beer an awesome score across the board on the simple fact that it has a Toucan Sam fruit loops flavor, but the lingering bitterness really ruins a supremely interesting beer. (1,000 characters)

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

On-tap 4/11/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel followed by a strong hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while. (730 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 Durge
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is clear bright copper with a sizeable cream colored head and excellent lacing. The aroma brings sweet maple pine, almost evergreen with a nutty grain backbone. The flavor offers a fairly intense brandy-malt with nice herbal-pine hops and Baby Ruth nuttiness. This has a kind of medicinal, root beer quality. This is barley-wine territory. Slightly cloying with a medium-heavy body that presents an oily, somewhat resinous yet frisky feel. This is a quality hop brew and easily recommended! (500 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good and pungent double with aroma as its strongest point. Lots of hoppiness with a bold malt backbone. Not overly bitter but lots of hops, it's a pretty tasty one. LOVE the giant can! (189 characters)

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

On at Mad Mex during happy hora, so it didn't kill my pocket book. Drinks nice, just super malty for a DIPA. Definitely not your typical West Coast DIPA. Which actually worked for this beer, usually I like the West Coast DIPA to take the enamel off of my teeth with hops but in this case. I'm alright with a deep orange russet body pouring with a thick beige head, fine even layer lacing. Nose is full of citrus/floral notes very nice expressive finishing hops here. Starts out agressive with citrus/floral notes but as the malts surround the hops the flavor fades into a well balanced high alcohol IPA. Drank pretty effortlessly, was I expecting more hop bitterness and flavor of course, but I wasn't disappointed by it. Mouthfeel is full to medium bodied with a nice flowing carbonation going strong. Overall experience less hops than expected from a West Coast DIPA but it didn't harm the overall enjoyment level this beer had to offer. (939 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 rfgetz
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed brownish tinted amber, moderate frothy off-white head and decent sticky lacing. Scent is strong on toffee-like malts, the hop profile leans on a combination of floral, earthy and spicy notes which keep the present pine and citrus notes in check. taste again starts off with the sweet toffee like malts, the hops start out as bitter, never finding that one dominant flavor and coming out as a blend of the notes found in scent. medium bodied, god level of carbonation, not as dry as many dIPAs. A decent beer, not a hop bomb by any means and a more than aggressive malt profile, almost DFH in quality of its build. (627 characters)

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

On tap at the TDR hopfest event the other day.

The beer pours an amber copper color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is sweet and a bit spicey, but with some noticeable tobacco, earth and dry citrus. On the palate, this IPA is definitely on the sweet side, something I find a bit unusual in a West Coast IPA. However, there the beer has a considerable bitter finish, which helps to counter that sweetness to some extent. Mouthfeel is fairly light, which surprised me given the abv. The finish is long and bitter, though ultimately the flavor profile is still dominated by the sweet malt. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol well disguised and integrated into the flavor profile.

Nothing extraordinary here, but I thought this nevertheless to be a pretty solid beer. (790 characters)

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