I have to confess: Flying Dog Raging Bitch really knocked my teeth out. After trying it, I did not want to go near an IPA. But, like everything else in life, we can’t let one bitch ruin it for everyone else, right? So, this weekend, I decided to give IPA’s another chance. Not only that, but I went for the first Double IPA label I saw: Mission Brewery’s Shipwrecked.
This was definitely out of my beer comfort zone since, up until 4 months ago, I stuck to only blonde beers and an occasional “Dos Equis.” It was wild. But now…it was Friday night – post Pay Day – I was feeling daring at the grocery store, so instead of the usual Red Box-wine-sushi, I opted for two IPA’s, Friday’s Mozzarella Sticks and a trashy drama from Hulu.
The second choice, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, I had already tried but I wanted to see how it compared or if I could even tell at all (I almost never can.) And the beer battle began:
Shipwrecked was actually better than I expected. It didn’t have that crazy bitter aftertaste like Raging Bitch did. It kind of sneaks up on you like tequila though because I didn’t feel anything right away, so I downed the 2nd beer right after. Well, let’s just say I got real Hop Stoopid and Shipwrecked that night but it’s nice to know I can love IPA’s again.