Mission IPA - Mission Brewery

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Mission IPAMission IPA

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Mission Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Stoneman78 on 11-04-2007

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Ratings: 500 | Reviews: 166
Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A simple and refreshing West coast IPA. Not boring but nothing out of the ordinary other than it's a great tasting beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a huge head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is pine forest, orange and lemon. Nice.
The taste is moderately bitter. Solid.
The texture is crisp.
It's a nice, balanced IPA.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm drinking a 32 oz can. Popping the can releases a big whiff of resiny hops but then it settles down to rich malt and white bread aromas. Pours hazy gold under a 2” white foam cap with a very light gold tint and very fine, uniform bubbles. It quickly settles down to a thick lacy foam. It attacks the palate with big melon to tropical fruit and then finishes with a long lasting drying, slightly astringent bitterness that is pretty close to grapefruit rind and lingers on, slowly mellowing out with traces of sweet berry. It has a very creamy texture with a very fine bead.

Photo of SBrouse90
4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good IPA. Living in New England, I don't get often enough.

Photo of jtnord
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer but apparently I have to "justify" my rating.

Photo of hophugger
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours cloudy orange with a decent head and excellent lacing that lingers for a long time !!. Aroma is mild with both pine and citrus coming forward. Taste is average with the hops biting at the tongue and a hint of citrus rind. Carbonation is good and end taste is bitter. The end bitterness is almost too much, even bringing out a slight metallic taste. Overall, decent IPA, my first brew from Mission.........

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

A: Orangey gold body with a chewy white head and chunky lacing.
S: Orange marmalade and fudge.
T: Nice and bitter. Orange marmalade with some elderflower is the hop profile. Alleluia, it has malt character, one which is kind of syrupy and slightly biscuity. When it all comes together on the tongue there's a nice bite. It's slightly sweet and rightly so. Despite the bitterness it's not astringient. Towards the end there's tea leaves.
O: American IPAs are a homogeneous bunch. Some are great and some are shit. This was great, but not as good as Sculpin. I imagine fresh it's probably fantastic.

Photo of kingmaxwell
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a tasty IPA from Mission Brewery. The aroma is citrus hops when cracked open and the smell is sustained when poured into the glass.

The flavor of the beer is lightly hop tainted smooth beer. It has a balanced taste with no punishing heavy alcohol or malt taste that seems to hurt some other IPAs. Smooth, drinkable, friendly and a great after-taste.

I poured it from a 22 to a pint glass for reasoned appreciation. Frothy head and a sustained lemon hop flavor. An excellent pairing with spicy vegetarian food.

Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- hazy apricot.

Aroma- sweet nectarine, like a fruity butterscotch.

Taste- Starts buttery and smooth, orange and nectarine notes, finishing mild with a lingering balanced tartness.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted December 2012.

Photo of BeerWizard
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack for about $10. Bottle has a respectably cool label, and lists ABV at 6.8%, and I do like my IPA's right around 7% so I'm good with that. Also says it won the bronze at the '07 GABF - almost 7 years ago now but I guess that's still somewhat relevant. Lists cascade and centennial as the hops, and also promises balance from light malt. Let's see.

Poured into a Chimay goblet, golden, honey-colored, clarified, average effervescence, slightly off white head that reduces to a fine sheet of bubbles and a collar around the rim of the glass fairly quickly (but these Chimay glasses are short so I didn't go for a huge pour).

Nose is dry, obviously hoppy, some light fruit underneath, a few candy/berry-like notes, but not presenting itself as a big, juicy, tropical IPA.

First sip: nice, almost delicate citrus profile, and it's good. Second sip and I notice more citrus but some of the malt the label advertised as well, and it is somewhat balanced, though I'd say leans more towards hops. Citrus definitely deepens as you go further in, with orange and tangerine. Carbonation is light-medium, medium mouthfeel with a little airiness to it, and bitter finish. Light booze throughout, and there is also some floral character.

Overall I like this. I've had IPA's that were just big and malty and hoppy, and I don't think Mission achieved this, but it is definitely a good IPA. Probably not going into my rotation, but this is solid and makes me want to try some of their other offerings.

Photo of rawfish
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz bomber. Pours a shade above amber, good clarity with a thin white film of head. Retention isn't really there and the few flecks of lacing on the glass have very little staying power.

Big malt profile of bready grain, caramel sweetness and honey crackers. Hops follow up with citrus and pine, fruity notes follow. Tangerine and orange citrus, very sweet, pine is balancing and there is a whiff of apricots/soft stone fruit. Alcohol is dampered, full profile on the nose, just rather boring.

Balanced, bready malt with honey crackers and some stale grainy bits. Hops really rock a strong tangerine and sweet citrus note to start. There it begins to devolve into pine and herbal flavors and bitterness. Aftertaste is flat orange citrus and earthy/muddy bitterness that the alcohol only serves to strengthen. West coast hop IPA that comes off as muddled.

Typical of Mission brews that I've had to this point it has a substantial body, definitely above average for the style. Lacking in carbonation to adequately lift the hop flavors to make them pop. Malt is sticky and muddy bitterness provides some drying that gets brightened with alcohol.

A really clunky IPA, drink cold for best results. Mission puts in a nice west coast hop profile that has its bright citrus and stone fruit moment. Then gets swallowed up in the malt, low carbonation and earthy bitterness, when warmer this beer was very difficult to put down.

Photo of jra173
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had this on tap at the brewery. nice golden/light amber color with a yellowish tint on the head. this was a good IPA and i was certainly not disappointed. This has a nice hop aroma and bitterness but not over the edge and a nice malt backbone to back it up. I also had the zythos and would recommend trying both...my preference was the zythos.

Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is a thickly clouded dark yellow-orange color. The head, tinted yellow, is almost one finger tall and shows some substance. Retention is good, and stick is quite good as well, some patchy lacing left nicely.
It might be a little strong on the malts, but it has a solid hops presence overall. Toffee and caramel sweetness balance the mostly resinous hops, some orange in there as well. There's a doughy biscuit note in the malts, too, and a bit of musk.
The falvor carries over pretty much the same. It's pretty good, but could use a more hop-forward approach as well as depth.
The body is medium and there's a firm crispness. It's also pretty smooth. The one thing that detracts is that there's a bit of slickness to it.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed light orange brown color. Just under one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average and just a few wisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Citrusy hops - orange, mango, and papaya. A touch of sugary hops as well. Light caramel maltiness and some bready yeastiness. Smells good, but doesn't stand out among the myriad others.

3.5 T: Moderate bitterness. Citrusy hop flavor with the fruits mentioned above. Bready yeastiness and a mild caramel sweetness.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, but a little bity. Light creaminess and a bit chewy from the yeast.

3.25 D: Again, solid all around, but it loses some zeal from the style being ubiquitous.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is gold, nice effervescence, head is 1/4 inch thick dissipating to a ring, light lacing.

Smell is hop dominated with very solid hop bitterness, more resinous, piney. Malt is present in the background, clean, light toast or biscuit.

Taste is pretty clean, again hop bitter dominated, mostly resinous, some grapefruit; malt flavors are pretty clean, not too sweet, nice toast noted but very clean flavors.

Mouthfeel is on the stronger side for ipa, very bitter, but worthwhile because the hop flavors are enjoyable, not too sweet or cloying.

Overall, a very solid ipa, clean flavors, somewhat subdued malt presence with a heavy dose of resinous/piney hops.

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. San Diego breweries showing up on Alberta store shelves unfortunately eat into my plans for visiting that fair city in the near future. I'd say 'stop it!'. But don't, seriously.

This beer pours a glassy, medium-dark golden yellow hue, with two fingers of restrained puffy, bubbly, kind of anemic dirty white head, which leaves a semi-complete vista of dripping paint lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of bready, lightly crackery pale malt, a bit of watered-down caramel, orange and grapefruit citrus zest, a slight meaty fruitiness, a hint of aged lemon, some wet pine needles, and a further musty floral essence. The taste is again quite understated - no big hoppy how-do-ya-do, no blast of citrus or pine, just a subdued version of the same. The fruitiness is muddled and again kind of meaty, which retards its expected elan, with the malt equally bereft of big caramel/toffee notes, content in its pale, grainy maltiness. No evidence of the near 7 points of ABV, so, well, good.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, just a mild prickliness here and there, the body a supple medium weight, and actually decently smooth, the hops not that sort of boy. It finishes off-dry, the middling citrus hops and caramel-aspirant malt in a duel of the increasingly dull.

I hate to sound off so ill on this particular brewery, but this IPA leaves my skirt secure in its draping limpness. It's not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it could use a hefty dose of crispness, sass, and fruity bitterness. Without that, this unfortunately seems to be a gateway IPA, from a surely Champagne room purveyor.

Photo of KYGunner
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden coloring yields a bubbly yet thick head that collared quickly.

Light grain and hints of grapefruit touch the nose. Lemon is hidden deep inside the toastiness of malt and light pine.

This started off very malt and grain intensive with a pine aftertaste. As I drank further into the bottle I began to discover some grapefruit and citrus. As I went even deeper an earthy hop flavor revealed itself. Unfortunately, I never had a taste and went "Wow". Perhaps a bit boring, but it's relatively drinkable and vaguely interesting. (If that makes sense)

Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden with a foamy ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving modest lacing.

Bready malt, pine, and citrus zest form the initial aroma. Somewhat reminiscent of furniture polish. Hints of caramel and resin add complexity.

Underpinnings of lemon, grapefruit, and lime are overpowered by deeply toasted, bready malt, finishing slightly resiny and decidedly bitter. Fairly earthy overall.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and slightly astringent graininess.

Citrusy, malty, and bitter, but the flavoring hops lack complexity. A little overly bitter for my liking.

Photo of Beaver13
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, dank, oniony hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a a big piney, resiny hop finish. There's a little onion but not as much as expected from the nose. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA. It has good bitterness but a bit of onion.

Photo of rringler
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very clear dark straw color, with about a 1/4 to 1/2 finger of white, medium sized bubbles. The head dissipates quickly into a fine film that covers about three quarters of the surface. It leaves very little lacing on my chilled glass.

S: Lots of grapefruit sour and bready malts. This is smells quite big.

T: Does not taste nearly as big as it smells. It does have a (mild) grapefruit start, and a bready middle, followed by a mild+/moderate hop finish, but the taste is no where near as intense as the smell. No boozy taste at all, which I wouldn't expect from a 6.8% abv.

M: Medium-/Medium body, a little quicker and slicker, but maybe that's because I drink a lot of DIPAs. Carbonation is just shy of average, but still fits the style. Unlike most DIPAs, I could probably drink two or three fo these before my tongue cries uncle.

O: My biggest complaint with this beer is I wish it delivered on that great smell. Lots of things going for this beer, but I'd like to see the taste kicked up a few notches. Good brew, but it's only going to tease your sour/sweet/malty/bitter buds. :-)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a whole lot better than the shipwrecked imperial, regardless of ratings. this pours nice and light, like a Molson golden, with zesty rising carbonation accumulating into just a quarter inch of light white head. good lacing. the nose is lighter than expected for a beer that claims to use centennial hops. its balanced by pale but fuller flavored malt, and the hops are a little fruity, but still nice and bitter. orange and flowery, very springtime as an ipa, not super bitter, but crisp enough to be refreshing. light enough to be majorly drinkable, no creativity on the malt, its very straightforward. full enough to let the hips shine through, but thin and clean enough to drink easily. excellent carbonation. in some ways this beer is better than its ratings, its got a sturdy abv, its pleasurably drinkable, and packs hops in without being filling at all. a nice release for summer time, and coming in under 10 bucks a sixer, its something I will probably come back to again.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - yellow gold on the pour, a thin sticky manila head with lace like glue.

Aroma - grainy, very little hop presence.

Taste - grains open up reminding me of malt liquor, but low on sweetness. The hops aren't really citrusy, their bitter side is notable but lacking in depth and character. The malts continue to have presence with some husky flavor after the swallow. For what it's worth, the beer has good balance but that may be due to lack of hop oomph. A touch of citrus will emerge if you let this warm up a bit, but it's hit or miss.

Mouthfeel - crisp with a medium body, pretty much right where I like 'em.

Overall - I finished the sixer over a two week period, but liked it less as I went along. It's okay for a session beer but both the malt and hop sides come across a little lighter than I hoped.

Photo of chugalug06
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very dense white foamy head. Brew stands flat looking and orange.

Orange and pine dominate. Peel of lemon also kicks in. Ginger?

Wet cardboard flavors.. Liquid orange rind. Strange spice of hops and malt. Not well blended. Rough, not complete, high carbonation, strange sweetness.

This brew cannot be recommended, even at $2/12oz... It's the first off brew i've had from Mission; keep mixin', boys.

FYI - No date on the bottle

Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mission are brand new to Florida - so at least the product will be fresh. Mission IPA pours out a slightly hazy orange with a smaller head for the style. The aroma is delicately hoppy, with a pine kick. The taste offers a flavorful piney and slighty minty hop kick balanced out by a nice kick of malt. Some hop resin sticks around for a nice finish. The mouthfeel is lighter and gently carbonated, and the drinkability is fantastic.

You know what? Mission IPA is the kind of IPA that really does it for me. It's kind of similar to 21st Amendment's Brew Free or Die! in that it they both strike a great balance, and each have a hint of mint to the flavor profile. Not the best IPA in the world by any means, but a tasty, easy-drinker that I'll be seeing a lot of.

Photo of hosehead83
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper/gold in color, with amoderate head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Nice whiff of piney, citrussy hops
Taste-Big hop flavors of Cascade and Centennial, balanced nicely with a dose of toasted malt. Citrus-rind bitterness and juiciness flow through to the finish. Snappy and tasty. A good match for spicy fare.

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Mission IPA from Mission Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.