Mission IPA - Mission Brewery

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Mission IPAMission IPA

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 54 | 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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Reviews by scottoale:
Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber with a very cool looking label and no freshness/bottling codes or dates. It pours a coppery-orange with good carbonation and clarity. Achieved a two-finger lofty beige head that retains well, with a mildly aggressive pour. Curtains of sticky lace.

Mildly sweet malt laced with citrus, a little pine and some earthiness standout in the nose. Just a trace of alcohol as it warms as well.

The taste is sweet and fruity citrus at first, then turning a bit piney and very earthy with a bittery finish. A herbal hop kind of bitter finish. Well balanced with suited carbonation. A fine tasting ale.

Medium body with a moderate dose of alcohol, I think it's quite sessionable at 6.8% ABV. Another nice IPA for the hot Summer months ahead...look for it locally.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new brewery to show up here in the triad,its a pretty exiting time here in the triad of NC.Poured into a imperial nonic a clear copper color with a tight formed one finger white head that held pretty well.Aromas are big cascade hops,very citric and leafy over top of caramel sweetness.Flavors are very earthy and dry,not much fruitiness from the hops,a big caramel/biscuit malt base holds thru the finish.Its a pretty good IPA,I would like more citrus and/or leafiness on the palate though.

Photo of RoyalT
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a thin-looking brownnish-orange in color, somewhat unattractive I must say, with a head that came up decently but showed poor retention.

Smell - There are some good west coast hops up front but the malt base is completely unsatisfactory. I'm getting sone rough grain in the nose that ruins the nice hop bouquet.

Taste - The awful grain comes out more at the taste making this a huge disappointment.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit thin for me but I enjoyed the crisp bittering.

Drinkability - The stiff hop bitters are the only thing that kept me from pouring this down the sink. This is a clumsy, off-balance, and rather cheap effort at a style that should have been a home run for this brewery.

Photo of Beaver13
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.

Pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops. The flavor is more of the same with nice resiny flavor as well as some orange citrus notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. My first beer from Mission, I look forward to trying more of their products.

Photo of magictrokini
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Brien's. Pours clear orange-gold with a frothy white head and medium lacing. Fresh, clean hop aroma. Mostly grapefruit and orange with an earthy resin. Sticky hops in the taste mixed with a light biscuit finish. Strong hop tastes without being a wannabe IIPA. One of the best.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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 rringler
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank this stuff a couple of times, below average for SD County, above average for the rest of the world.

Amber and orange appearance, faintest whiff of bitter and hops.

Caramel and bitterness, not a big hop profile or flavor, nothing really stands out here. I mean, talk about the standard. Its good, not great, good not bad. Seemed a little heavier in the abv than the taste. Just more malt forward than others, which I guess is one way this doesn't come off as typical for the region.

Price is average I guess, I think you can score these around $5 a 22.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper orange hue with a bright slightly off white head forms thick nice cloudy chunky lacing. Aroma has a nice biscuity malt tone, some faint hops citrus and slightly floral but to be honest it's not popping like a fresh hop nose. No dates found on the bottle, I'm wondering if this is brand new in the Pittsburgh market was this bottle sent from Southeastern PA? We have had problems from Philly area distributors sending some lesser than fresh examples. D's said they just got this in and the beer isn't popping with hops. There's a slight lemony bitterness mild biscuit breadiness but nowhere near the level of hops I'm expecting from a San Diego IPA, seems stale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is moderate and it's slightly oily on the palate. Drinkability overall isn't what I was expecting from a new West Coast IPA in the Burgh, go find a fresh example and send me one and let me find out why brand new bottles from D's aren't tasting so fresh, I do know Hoodie the beer guy.

Photo of pwoods
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rmseven4 for this nice extra.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Fire-y orange copper, semi opaque. Medium head forms nearly pearl white and holds for a little bit before dieing to a moderate skim and producing decent lacing.

S: Decent citrus and pine from the Casc/Cent but there definitely smells like there is a English hop in there as well. Grassy, even a field/pollen floral side to the hops. The malts almost seem to overbalance a bit for an IPA. Light grain and biscuit with a touch of sweetness.

T/M: More of the big Casc/Cent hops going on but there's still that touch of Euro hop in the backdrop, and is quickly rushed away by the aggressive American hopping. Bitterness is at a decent level for an IPA but is quickly flushed by the above average sweetness from the biscuit and cereal grain malts. A touch of spiciness in the back that's making me think rye, but I don't think that's the case. Body is medium with suitable carbonation.

D: Decently easy to drink, goes down easy enough. ABV is manageable.

Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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 biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottles now available in NY state. Cloudy yellow with soapy white head, 3/8 of an inch retained. Some thick lace residue. Slight hop aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, though tongue numbing carbonation. Pleasant enough citrus. Average American IPA. Tongue still numb several minutes later.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hoyt for sharing this one.

A - orange with a big, frothy, white head that has good retention

S - faint bread, big citrusy hop aroma

T - citrus, pine, mildly bitter; not much of a malt presence

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nice IPA, but a bit simplistic. The hops take the forefront with little malt for balance. The hops are delicious however. I did enjoy this, but I wanted something a little more. It's worth a try nonetheless.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem poured into a pint at fridge temp. Very little head quickly fades. Light chill haze although fairly clean. Cool orange hue.

Aroma is very orange and mango. Pleasant and hoppy.

Taste is superbly refreshing... the beautiful aroma was certainly not misleading. Flavor is fairly mellow and kind of reminds me of chamomile. Fairly earthy and certainly HIGHLY palatable.

Mouthfeel is dry, refreshing, and full-bodied. Hop bittering was balanced and artistic.

Overall this is a real solid brew! Next time I'll need to try one closer to cellar temp... Truly an everyday drinker.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mission IPA.
I drank a lot of these while I was in San Diego last year. It was pretty much my fall back beer. I thought of it as kind of an amped up Sierra Nevada pale ale. I can't remember the place though ~ isn't that odd? I had no idea where Mission was from at the time (it was just another Cali beer to me), but looking at a map now, I could have probably walked there from my hotel!

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange body beneath a full head of frothy off-white foam that holds remarkably well and leaves behind sheets of spotty and streaky lace.

Aroma: Not overly blown, but decidedly hoppy. Gently citrusy and softly pine-like hop notes amidst biscuity malt.

Flavor: Tightly combined flavors of biscuity malt and piney, leafy, and citrusy hops around a bold bitterness. Grassy and floral notes appear in the dry, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a dextrinous edge. Crisp carbonation gently bristles the tongue.

Drinkability: It's not a slap you in the face IPA, it's a little too malty for that. Neither is it a punch you in the face IPA... it's not quite bitter and hoppy enough. BUT, it's an IPA to be sure! That said, it's not overly bitter and it doesn't display any raspy or overly resinous hops that might put some tasters off. It offers a solid, gently sweet malt base that's part of its showcase, but they've kept it balanced. That leaves it fairly accessible to a wide audience while still offering more than enough character for seasoned tasters. Nicely done.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mission IPA poured a copper golden color with an orange hue to it. One finger of white head that dicipated quickly with a little amount of lacing. I detect a mellow fruitiness of the hops - pretty sweet smelling overall. The taste brings about a sweet first impression from the almost citrusy hops and finishes a little bitter - but perfect. Also tasting a nice subtle bit of malts that balance it out well - not too overwhelming and definitely get the sense that it's a well made IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth up front with a moderate feeling of the carbonation towards the end and also left my mouth moist. Overall this is a solid IPA.

Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber while in Mammoth. Overall, this IPA is a bit on the thick and sweet side, with an initial wildflower honey note and aroma. The hops are a bit peppery, but mostly grapefruit-dominant. Though they're a bit simple, they're tasty enough and leave a thick, rounded bitter finish. The extra carbonation indicates this beer probably isn't the freshest, but it's not in bad shape.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Hopdaemon39
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the old toad in Rochester. Pours a golden color with a hint of orange. Not very much head, weak retention and no lacing. Beautiful color, however.

Has a great citrusy smell of hops.

Tastes very much the same- citrusy hops with a mellow malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good- light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is a very enjoyable IPA.

Photo of MiScusi
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass to the brim with no head at O'Brien's. The color is a beautiful rich clear orange with a lot of bubbles.

The smell is VERY volatile with tons of citrus and a little pine. The taste is pretty citrusy too but I thought I could pick up a bit of piny hops. Lot of orange citrus comes through and is the dominant taste to me. The bitterness is one of the highest I've had for such a citrusy beer, which I usually find to be lower on the bitter side. This beer was packed with both aroma and flavor, I liked the flavor though there was just something about itthat kept me from loving it. I would definitely order it again though.

Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle poured into a pint glass. Apparently the new downtown location has added a 12 oz. bottling line to the operation. Pours a light amber with a touch of haze, and with a thin slightly off white cap of foam. Settles out in a couple minutes and leaves some lace throughout.

Nose is a smack of earthy and citric hops and a light caramel backdrop to balance things out. More vibrant than I recall in the past, though surely a fresh serving given the new bottle size. Still, couldn't find a date code to confirm my suspicions.

Taste of orange imbued caramel malts and with a good level of carbonation on the finish. Bitterness is moderate on the close, cloaking the malts fairly well, though still a bit sweet up front. Hop notes are a bit muddled as a result, perhaps more 'balanced' than I prefer. Decent, and looking to me more consistent than before perhaps.

Photo of hophugger
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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 jtnord
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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.

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Mission IPA from Mission Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.