Mission Plunder IPA

Mission Brewery - Plunder IPA

Brewed by: Mission Brewery

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: IPA
  • Variation: American, West Coast
  • Seasonal: No
  • ABV: 7%
  • IBU: 88

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

In times of battle, few rules apply. Plunder is no exception, hopped with nine treasured varieties, this IPA has a refreshing bite with aromas of citrus and pine. With a lighter body and bright hop profile, this San Diego brewed IPA leaves no question that it is a treasure worth seizing.

Hops: 9 hops total, including Falconer’s Flight and Simcoe in pelletized, whole cone, and CO2 extract form.

Malts: N/A

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First Impressions

Artwork: Stacks of gold coins surround a skull wearing an eyepatch bearing the Mission Brewery cross symbol.

Color: Extremely clear, deep orange to bronze or copper.

Aroma: Stacks of gold coins surround a skull wearing an eyepatch bearing the Mission Brewery cross symbol.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle

Served in: Specialty IPA Glass

If you read our recent write-up on Mission Brewery, you would know there’s lots of exciting changes going on in the brewhouse, as well as their brand new multi-level event space called The Cellar and The Loft. One thing we didn’t mention was the forthcoming release of their new flavor bomb, Plunder IPA – “A bounty of 9 bold hops.”

Not only did this ale pour a vibrant bronze or copper color, but it was practically see through. It was metallic looking, and shimmered like coins in the sun. This must have been how Mission arrived at the name, since it shined like a pirate’s plunder of doubloons.

As we sniffed this beer, we could tell we were in for a treat, and started to get an idea of the amazing blend of new age hops that were used to brew it. Plunder’s nose was all fruit, with fresh pleasing tropical notes like papaya and pineapple, over grapefruit.

With its light consistency, dryness, and effervescence, Plunder was a total West Coast style IPA. Hyperactive champagne-like bubble trails sparkled and maintained a thick, fluffy bone white covering of froth. This beer had excellent retention, with plenty of lacing that sheeted the glass.

Plunder IPA was intricate, with three phases of flavor. Up front, it was slightly malty with moderate piney hop bitterness to get started. From there it got more complex and tropical with some peach and mango, followed by intense hop citrus in the finish. A lasting juicy grapefruit bitterness was left behind on the palate.

Where Plunder really succeeded was allowing its delicate fruit flavors to shine through before its bitter citrus stinger. At 88 IBUs, you couldn’t say it wasn’t a bitter beer, it just managed to keep the bitterness well hidden by adding some exotic tropical flavors into the mix.

Mission Brewery’s delicious new ale hits shelves this week in 22oz bombers and kegs. Look for 6 pack bottles by summertime.

Final Score: 4/5

4 Stars

Plunder IPA was Mission Brewery’s most hop forward and flavorful India Pale Ale to date. They are very proud of this new release, and rightfully so.

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