Shipwrecked Double IPA | Mission Brewery

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Shipwrecked Double IPAShipwrecked Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States
missionbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
970
Reviews:
230
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.39%
 
 
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25
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159
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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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 BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With the delicate teeter that distinguishes dry and hoppy IPA versus the uptick in strength that would cause a 'drinking' beer to become a 'sipping' one, this is the line that Shipwrecked tries to straddle.

Starting with the common hazy honey-amber appearance, a frothy white head emerges to cap the beer with long-standing retention and intermittent lace. Handsome enough, the ale sells the Imperial appearance well but without becoming any kind of a standout.

Its powerful aromatics are a blend of high hops, balancing sweetness and a spicy tinge of alcohol. Its citrus focus is undeniable as notes of grapefruit come to mind. But then come waves of grass, caramel, liqueur, and pine.

To taste, its the caramel, honey and barley flavor create a bready type of sweetness that buffers the palate against the hop and alcohol onslaught to come. Its smooth balance is part creamy caramel and part citrus as the taste of ripe grapefruit, orange juices and tangy tropical flavor weaves into an even-keel middle palate. But thereafter, the sweetness dissolves and its bitterness grows- turning to citrus pith, then to grass and then arriving at pine sap-type of bitterness. Fleeting sweetness allows also for a rise of alcohol spice that pricks against the tongue like vodka.

Despite its balanced and succulent taste, the beer's body is lush with caramel and creaminess. But as its body slowly relaxes, it is shy in offering up the dryish tone that the style deserves. Bold from start to finish, the ale only finishes malty-dry and lingers into a separated boozy warmth.

Still, Mission's Shipwrecked is a formidable Imperial IPA that has a sweetish tone and prefers a less-than-dry finish. If you're looking to get into hops but have found standard American IPA's too lopsided, then this might be your segway beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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 SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of largadeer
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a tulip. Amber, almost reddish. The head is lasting and sticky, leaving plenty of lacing.

Lot of grapefruit on the nose. Smells sweet, too. Pretty solid hop character, and the malt isn't overbearing; more candied fruit than straight-up caramel. There's a slight orange quality to the hop bill, hints of pine, but it's largely grapefruit.

The palate has a nice candied grapefruit character, a little sugar cookie sweetness, a bit of caramel and pine. Alcohol is fairly noticeable, but not too harsh for a near-10% beer. I like the citrusy hop character, but there's a little too much sweetness and alcohol for this to compete with the top-tier of San Diego DIPAs. The finish is pleasantly bitter, neither abrasive nor astringent.

Enjoyable stuff, probably worth the $6, but I can't see myself revisiting it any time soon.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.12/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from JohnCoctsin. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear light amber color with a single-finger white head that leaves some nice spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries plenty of bready malt and some light caramel. Hops? Nope. The flavor is bread and some very light caramel and sweetness. Bread crust is the most apt description. Hops? Nope. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Bitterness? Nope. Three strikes.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a slight hazed beep amber/bronze with a nice one finger sticky crown atop,big doughy,sweetish malt aromas,the hops take a backseat to the big malt,almost barleywine in style to me.Hefty sweetness on the palate,caramel and biscuit malt with some alcohol zip to lend more sweetness,the hops are subdued to me providing a little citric shot.Another sweet bomb of a DIPA,I would say this is even sweeter than most I have had.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mission's Shipwrecked Double IPA pours a surprisingly hazy, almost cloudy, deep-amber orange body beneath a frothy head of off-white. (Perhaps I simply didn't allow the bottle to sit undisturbed for long enough). The head retention is quite good, and it leaves excellent lacing about the glass.

The aroma is soft and smooth, offering up sweetish golden-caramel malt tones threaded through with resinous, gently citrusy (some Simcoe? Amarillo?), piney, and grassy hop notes.

In the mouth it's medium-full and decidedly dextrinous, delivering a creamy-smooth pass across the palate with just a gentle caress from the median carbonation level.

The flavor is as the aroma suggests it will be, but with a backing of solid hop bitterness to keep it in balance. It starts with an almost doughy sweet malt that glistens with drizzled golden caramel; adds to that a delicate bit of yeasty fruitiness; and then dives straight into a hay bail of grassy, leafy, citrusy and floral hop flavors featuring orange, apricot, papaya and a bit of rose. The bitterness rises late mid-palate, and the alcohol adds a flash of peppery spiciness. In the finish the malt sweetness and bitterness slowly fade and rise respectively, eventually balancing amidst lingering notes of malt and hop flavor.

I appreciate that Mission has avoided going for a big juicy hop bomb loaded with all of the raspy edges that citrusy hops can deliver. And they've also stayed away from the pine cone hand grenade! There's a bit of citrus and pine to it, but I find more apricot, papaya, and Fruit Loops than I do pineapple and grapefruit, and I think that gives them a little bit of uniqueness amidst the crowd. And it certainly lends to drinkability. It's a big beer, no doubt, but it doesn't really show beyond the malt and mouthfeel. The alcohol is well cloaked for the most part, and the maltiness balances it superbly. Well rounded. Well hopped. Worth seeking out!

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

Pours a lighter fizzy 1/2 finger head that sticks around a bit at least, nice layered lacing, over mostly clear nectar orange with a slight reddish hue.

Nose has some bittering hops, plenty of malts, sweet malts with some caramel and bready toasty reddish malts. The hops bring some candied like aromas, with light candy orange and earthy syrupy almost hop extract like, and hints of candied tangerine and clementine.

Taste comes sweet, quite sweet actually, lots of malts that just bombard the taste with sweetness and even some syrupy flavors, a bit of a maple like flavor as well that comes with the reddish malts, caramel, toffee, and nougat. Sweetness tries to balance the booze but doesn't quite go far enough, or in thsi case I think too far that the booze comes out the other end... uhhh didn't mean it that way... but the booze still comes out with a warmth and little tingle. The hops are mostly bittering, fairly bitter but not enough to balance the malty sweetness, light candied tangerine and slight clementine like citrus, earthy hops, but not much of any of the flavors, mostly just bittering that even somehow gets a bit astringent. The finish is still fairly syrupy and sweet, it tries to dry but just can't, with a big astringent bitter bite that doesn't want to go away, even with the sweet malty mess, just a bit of booze on the finish as well.

Mouth is heavier bodied, some warming and tingle booze, decent carb, bit syrupy.

Overall not very good, a mess of a beer, way too overboard on the malts, sweetness, and booze, but still somehow finds a way to get too bitter and astringent, and the hops don't add much except the bitterness. Quite undrinkable.

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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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ The Toronado (San Diego, CA) on 3/22/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin covering of bright-white creamy head. There's a moderate richness to the retention and lacing. Decent little look here. The aroma has some hops going on with it, with some floral notes, pine, and some light pine. However this very sweet overall in the nose, with a muddled mix of sticky fruit and malts. Very sweet here...

The taste is the same, with a LOT of deep sweetness to it from tropical fruits and bready caramel character. The hops only really come out in the back, with pine, spice, and a bit of an off-putting earthy grittiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice firm mouth-filling creaminess to the carbonation. To it's credit, this really isn't showing much alcohol and the feel here is probably the best part of the beer.

Just way too much sweetness here for a DIPA, with more hops needed at the forefront of the profile. I've had a couple of different beers now from Mission and this wasn't one of the better ones.

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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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Shipwrecked Double IPA from Mission Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 970 ratings.
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