Mission Shipwrecked Double IPA

Located in San Diego, the Mission Brewery is a newcomer to an already saturated craft brewing center. Opening in 2007, Mission is the result of a few die hard homebrewers who found a home in an abandoned WonderBread building. After just a few short years and several awards including a Bronze at the GABF for the Mission IPA, Mission has solidified itself as a truly great craft brewery.  Shipwrecked is a Double or Imperial IPA which is a style often attributed to have been invented in the San Diego area. Shipwrecked Double IPA is brewed with Cascade, Magnum, Centennial and CTZ hops to 9.25% ABV and 75 IBU’s. 

The pour is a hazy copperish orange with a bright slightly off white head that puffs up well before slowly settling to a frothy finger. After the initial settling of the head, the frothy layer retains well and sticks to the glass well leaving large lacing bands on the glass. After a bit of admiration of the head, the first nose is prominently boozy with a nice rind of orange and lemon zest aroma. Definite aromas of grapefruit, floral hops, pine resin and a hint of toasted malts are all slightly hidden with prominent alcohol and hop aromas. Sweet toasted caramel malts are initially tasted before soon overtaken by a shock of resinous and acidic hops. Big citric grapefruit and orange rind notes fill the finish with a smack of sticky pine resin. The finish and aftertaste is increasingly astringent and drys the palate with a big hop presence and an overbearing alcohol pungency. Despite the presence of alcohol throughout the finer notes are still present with light toasted malts, caramel sweetness and floral hops coming through in the middle. In general, this is a solid high gravity Double IPA with big hops and an intense alcohol presence which in some regards does deter me. Regardless, Shipwrecked is a good example of the San Diego style of hoppy brewing.

Grade: 88/100

Price: $7.59 (22 oz) 

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