The Shipwrecked Double IPA from Mission Brewery in San Diego, California pours out a coppery-amber in color with good clarity and is topped with a two finger, tightly knit, white head that slowly recedes to a thin film with a good sized collar. On the nose, well balanced with a good amount of malty sweetness balancing out the hops. Aromas of toffee, caramel, biscuit, pine, citrus rind and sultana. In the mouth, the opposite of the nose. Don't get me wrong, there is a huge amount of malt sweetness but the hops are dominant with potent bitterness. Flavors of pine, citrus rind, toffee, grass, a little spice and marmalade. Fuller side of medium bodied. Good carbonation. Full in the mouthfeel with a good oily texture. Sheets of lacing on the glass. The finish is long and while there is a distinct candy like sweetness it is no match for the abundance of hop bitterness.
A very big double IPA that, while it has a huge malt backbone, has a larger hop profile with a ton of alpha acids making this quite a bitter Double IPA. To me, that is a wonderful thing. The high ABV is well hidden with no noticeable booze upsetting the mix. My kind of beer. If you like a big DIPA with a heavy hand on the malts and an even heavier hand on the hops this caft brew will hit the spot for you. Highly Recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 9.25% ABV, 75 IBU