While browsing my local beer library, this 32 oz black oil drum caught my eye immediately. The can of Shipwrecked Double IPA by Mission Brewery looks like it should house some turbo-charged, sugary energy drink. It’s hard not to talk like a pirate when you’re drinking this. You’re probably reading this review in a pirate voice right now…and if you weren’t before, you definitely are now.
This double IPA pours a murky amber that is semi-translucent. The head billows out of the glass and is very slow to dissipate. I was kind of expecting a more abrasive aroma given the black skull flag, but it’s surprisingly floral and lightly sweet… like a field of daisies…pirate daisies…
The flavor is unusually spicy and finishes with a lingering herbal bitterness. It’s not quite what I envision when I think about a double IPA, but I also don’t imagine a 32 oz energy drink can either. The body is relatively light for the style and has a decent level of carbonation that balances out the spice. There isn’t an overwhelming amount of flavor, which allows the alcohol to take center stage.
I enjoy pirate themed drinks just as much as the next guy, but that’s about all this DIPA has going for it. It’s different than any other double IPA I’ve ever had but not necessarily in a good way. While not quite a buried treasure, this brew will surely shiver your timbers (or something along those lines).
- Appearance: Murky amber
- Aroma: Floral, light malty sweetness
- Flavor: Spicy, herbal bitterness
- Mouthfeel: Medium
- ABV: 9.25%
- Size/Price: 32 oz. / $10 – $11
- Score: 80