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Shipwrecked Double IPA - Mission Brewery

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Shipwrecked Double IPAShipwrecked Double IPA

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221 Reviews
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Reviews: 221
Hads: 931
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 27.52%
Wants: 21
Gots: 133 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
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: 221 | Hads: 931
Photo of Viciousknishs
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of JupiterJesus
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of rand
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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 asabreed
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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

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Photo of celldog
4.67/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well I must say that I am glad I tried this beer. Pricey perhaps, but it did not disappoint. I am a big fan of Widmer's Nelson Imperial and Dogfish 90 minute, and this is right there with them. This is a local San Diego brew, so I am proud to say this local brew delivered an excellent Imperial IPA with the hoppiness, pine notes, and fruit flavors I love. This beers fills your mouth with sensational flavors that linger well after the last sip- pine, fruit, wonderful hops and a smooth consistancy. I want more.

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Photo of PerHops
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S- Great name, great label.

A- looks pretty standard, very little head medium carbonation. Copper color.

S- Not too impressive. Can smell the malt more than the hops.

T- More interesting than I expected. I can't say i love it though. Very heavy malt presence. Syrupy, sweet. One flavor i can't quite put my finger on, (juniper berries??). The finish is fairly dry and bitter compared to the very sweet start.

M- typical IIPA mouthfeel.

O- Not terrible. I may revisit

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Photo of jvillefan
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured into a perfect pint glass from a 22 oz bottle, there was a yellow tinted three finger ivory head above a medium golden beer.

S: There is the pleasant aroma of hops with a subtle sweet smell. Additionally, there is a hint of citrus.

T: The taste is a little disappointing when the smell and appearance were so good. There is a strong taste of ethanol that overpowers the rest of the beer. The hops eventually come through after a couple of tastes followed by a piney citrus taste.

M: The beer has a very buttery feel to it and has a good level of viscosity and carbonation.

O: I think this beer is good but not great, if the alcohol was lower this would be a perfect beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright copper color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A nicely sharp aroma of hops, citrus and malt.

T: Tasted of citrus (a little grapefruit), a good amount of hops, and a hint of malt. Nothing particularly new or groundbreaking here, just a solid flavor.

M: This beer does need a bit of carbonation, but it does have a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is generally a likable, drinkable beer. Not spectacular, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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 DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recommended by the bartender at Eureka! Burger. A San Diego IPA that I haven't tasted yet, let's dig into it:

Poured into a small chalice, this beer looks almost grapefruit red, topped by thin and spotty lace. The nose is a mix of resiny orange and candied orange. Taste-wise, it is a little resiny with orange and "hop juice" dominating that characteristic. Despite the hop juice connnotion, the beer really isn't that bitter, and the 9.25% ABV is hidden well. Feels medium bodied, which is a little lighter than I was expecting for its size, but it goes down round enough for me.

Chalk it up as one more good DIPA to come from San Diego. But you will need to keep your eyes peeled, cuz this could easily get lost in a city where its competition is Stone Ruination, Pure Hoppiness, YuleSmith, etc.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with slight haze, and quickly dissipating tan head. Nose is surprisingly light for a double india pale ale, with overripe fruit and discarded citrus rinds, and then some pine. Dark fruits on the palate, fairly decent malt influence, and then a big does of alcohol heat onto the finish. Aftertaste is long with more overripe fruit and alcohol heat.

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Photo of Klym
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stone nonic.

This is a very pretty deep golden DIPA. The downfall, however, is the smell and taste character. Cocoa powder, wet wood, and monotone hops come through in the nose. Taste is interesting but not that great. A strong hop entrance that gives way to a buttered bread taste that transitions into very strong just burnt crust and burnt wood character and finally into an almost poison-like strong rotten-wood esque touch. Not horrible but not my cup of DIPA tea.

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Photo of atr2605
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours copper color with a very light tan head with pretty good retention
S-citrus and nutty, not a real complex nose
T-very sweet malt with citrus almost being put in the background. Seems a bit backward on the taste profile. Also lacking alot of distinction in the different flavors. Alcohol presence is very noticeable
M-Medium bodied
O-not a great example of the style. It is drinkable but I wouldn't seek it out or recommend it

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Photo of azdback
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark orange in color and a bit cloudy in appearance. Little to no carbonation. Lace isn't sticking now and I don't believe it will in the end.

Smell is sweet and bitter citrus. Kind of sugar coated yellow grapefruit rind. A bit of alcohol is there too.

Taste is just as sweet as the nose. Candy and orange pith.

Mouth is medium with general carbonation. Alcohol burn doesn't go this far and fades in the taste.

Overall I think this is a down the middle DIPA but not something you shouldn't try if you get the chance.

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Photo of rtaps
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange in color with a small head. Had a sort retention time and leaves lacing round the glass

Smells great. Sweet and nutty.

Taste very balanced for a double ipa. Hoppy bitterness, hints of nuts and a smoky after taste. Smooth going down

Overall it's a very goo dbl ipa

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, leaving lacing covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has aromas of grapefruit hops along with notes of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness and notes of alcohol in the flavor.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat crisp and slightly sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is warming from the alcohol and the finish has a bit of dryness.
O: The high alcohol content and noticeable presence of alcohol in the taste reduces the drinkability of this beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


Thanks for this one, Gordon!

Clear orange and auburn with a thick, persistent off-white head. Lines of lacing left down the glass.

Citrus (lots of orange flesh and skin), sweet caramel and toffee, and alcohol heat combine for a strong, powerful aroma.

High bitterness, mild citrus undertones, bready and sweet (caramel) malts, and warm alcohol burn.

Medium bodied, though oily and with a hot alcohol presence throughout.

Decent and drinkable, but doesn't stand with the best of the bunch.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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 xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clouded golden orange color with a thick layer of white head. Plenty of lacing left around the glass, retains pretty well with some cloudy film.

Grapefruit hoppiness in the nose with plenty of bitterness. Bready and caramel notes with a spike of booze.

Nice bitterness up front, grapefruit hops drive the flavor. Rind and some touches of orange, decent citrus quality. Bready malt is layered beneath. Some piny bitterness towards the finish with alcohol heat.

Medium body, decent carbonation, prickly and sticky on the tongue. An alright DIPA, but nothing particularly special.

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Photo of thain709
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The pour produced a hazy, burnt orange body with some golden highlights...the head was one finger tall, white in color, and a creamy appearance...great retention which lead to awesome lacing

S - There is a bitter edge to the nose that is filled with grapefruit but there is also an equal amount of sweet and sticky caramel...balanced but should be more hoppy

T - It doesn't get much different from the nose, but I like it better on the palate...there is a strong bitterness throughout the entire beer...the citrus leans towards grapefruit, but there is also a leafy hop presence...the caramel isn't as strong as the nose suggested...it's in the background to provide a nice balance...there is a lot of oily resin in the bitter finish

M - Medium bodied...it had a good thickness to it, almost chewy...very bitter...oily

O - I was impressed with Mission's IPA so I thought their DIPA would be just as good...turns out the IPA won (in my opinion)...the nose was a little weak, but the flavors worked well and the bitterness wasn't too overpowering

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Photo of wcintula
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date noted on 12oz bottle. It's nice to see new things distributed to me.

Pours with a copper/amber body with a thin finger head, just off white, dense, sticky, lace-leavingly nice. The smell is very floral and complex, a pleasant blend of hops. Taste is a solid bitter with a nice biscuity malt, light sweetness, some spice as if imparted by tobacco. It's not a super sticky/sweet DIPA. Pretty good stuff, looking to try more from them.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-orange body with a tall, off-white head depositing scattershot lace blots on the descent.

Smell: Pale malts with some sweet-scented sugar-encrusted hints to it beneath the resinous hops scented of orange and a bit of lemon.

Taste: Sweetish, sugary elements from the cookie-hinting, pale maltiness. Flutter of apricot fruitiness, then a hearty dose of citrus followed by a bit of resinous pine. Moderate bitterness. Dry, bitter, citrus-accented finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's decent enough, but doesn't really embody a truly magical, memorable experience. I mean, I did drink it, sure, but hold a bottle in front of me a year from now and I'll probably say "who??"

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Shipwrecked Double IPA from Mission Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.