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Mission IPA - Mission Brewery

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Mission IPAMission IPA

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421 Ratings
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Stoneman78 on 11-04-2007)
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

12-07-2012 07:10:28 | More by Cody552
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New York

2/5  rDev -45.4%

12-30-2012 03:24:41 | More by JLapadura
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

06-29-2014 03:42:43 | More by JIMMER
Photo of narkotic


2.23/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Orange with a tiny head that encompasses the outer circumference of the pour

S-metal like, pine

T-very bitter, buttery, a little bit of citrus

M-creamy, bitter metal taste lingers and is a bit harsh

O-One of my least favorite IPA's so far, it just didn't do much for me. Had a strange metallic taste almost like drinking a coors light out of a can, which lingered and coated the back of my throat. This one didn't compel me to keep quaffing , almost contemplated on pouring it out after half way through. Just not a huge fan.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 05:06:25 | More by narkotic
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New Jersey

2.28/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light orange body, good clarity, topped by two plus fingers of slighty rocky off white foam. Solid lacing.

Strong aroma of citrus, heavy on orange, backed with a bit of pine.

Taste starts with some slight caramel, but follows that up with soap before a blast of bitter. Slight, heavily buried fruit in the aftertaste, but its lost among the other tastes.

Very sloppy mouthfeel. Not a very pleasant drink.

Not every IPA from SD is a gem.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 23:03:53 | More by RonfromJersey
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2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

So Mission just showed up in CO and being that its a San Diego brewery I jumped to grab a sixer. Then I said whoa, let m just try one bottle first which was a good idea because this is a sucky IPA and I suspect its old. Golden orange color, good head, looks can be deceiving. Sticky malt, alcohol, and no hops. Flavor is stale malt, alcohol, and no hops. Shame on you Mission for sending us this old beer, it won't get you a foothold in CO.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 01:00:14 | More by ArrogantB
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North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours with a huge head with big, foamy bubbles and an orange tinted off-white coloring. The beer itself is a hazy orange-copper color. The aroma is slightly sour, but also a tart citrus characteristic present. Only getting the slightest hint of hops, so this may have been an old bottle. The beer has a bold amount of grapefruit flavor that hits the mouth and tongue first, and only the slightest hint of hops in the background, which fails to balance the flavors. The beer has a creamy and smooth body, but that delivers in an awkward way with the flavors this beer has. Really disappointed that there wasn't a stronger hop representation. The finish is quick and slightly sour, with a citrusy aftertaste. Not overly pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:37:57 | More by GarthDanielson
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2.45/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light hazy orange, finger plus of white head. Nice lace.

Light grapefruit hops, a little bit of caramel. Not too much going on.

Grapefruit, good bitterness. A bit of caramel and bread in the background.

Light bodied with medium-low carbonation. Not as clean feeling as I would like.

Not horribly bad, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 05:33:33 | More by MrOH
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

07-14-2014 23:34:01 | More by MSWallack
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

02-10-2014 21:21:37 | More by Auslander
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

07-24-2014 23:46:11 | More by somalley26
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

04-30-2013 21:12:06 | More by outsider
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2.55/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an unappealing clear amber with a splash of orange. Light tan head.

Smells vaguely of pine and grapefruit-y citrus, but really very mild.

Taste is thin and unappealing. I'm sorry, but this is one of the most lackluster San Diego IPAs I can recall. Even at 3.99 a 22'er, would not revisit. Weak grainy malt base, some sickly, vegetable-y citrus hops, and really not good.

Mouthfeel could use more carbonation, and this is pretty bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 08:53:03 | More by Overlord
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2.55/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber at Olive Tree Market here in Ocean Beach for $5.49 and poured it into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light copper hue with a decent head and some decent lace as well - probably the beer's best attribute.

S: Pretty week - a ton of malt with only slight hop smell; no citrus or pine for me at all, just a ton of sweet malt and maybe a little mossy characteristic, but not like a typical Cali IPA.

T: Basically the flavor resembled the smell for me - no hop bight at all, completely dominated by sweet malts and only a hint of hop at the end, there's a bit of fruitiness in there too but it doesn't really lend any type of quality to this ale.

I'm 35 years old, born and raised in San Diego and grew up drinking Cali IPA's, and this one falls so short that it comes across as more of a pale ale (at best) rather than an IPA. If you're looking for a real Cali IPA; skip this one and stick to Ballast Point, Port, Alpine, Russian River, Lagunitas, etc. Don't get me wrong, not terrible, but not what its claiming to be and really not sure what they're even going for here (???).

M: Average medium bodied brew.

D: Forced myself to finish it. Would never buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 02:26:12 | More by DeanMoriarty
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2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

No date. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a beautiful transparent golden with a white fluffy head that sticks around and leaves very sticky lacing. Really nice looking IPA, unfortunately that's the best part. The aromas are very subtle and caramel malt seems to dominate. There are hints of orange peel and mint. The flavors don't really impress either. There's a decent spiciness to this one. I'm picking up some black pepper, lime zest, and more caramel. The centennial hops don't pop at all. I'd almost suspect this is an old IPA, but Mission is relatively new to Ohio, so I wouldn't expect them to be shipping old IPAs. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, creamy and has moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel really does make this an easy drinking beer and almost saves the boring flavors and aromas. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I'm not feeling this at all. This is a pretty underwhelming IPA, especially considering it hails from San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 00:05:38 | More by BB1313
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2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 03:54:05 | More by chugalug06
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 01:45:05 | More by RoyalT
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

04-25-2012 00:35:20 | More by kaelingirl
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

12-09-2012 06:53:32 | More by Rollzroyce21
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

10-19-2013 00:07:00 | More by RyanKappler
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

02-10-2013 22:29:29 | More by Skramer
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2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capone's this past weekend.

Pours a mild brown copper with an off white head and a good amount of lacing. Smell is pretty plain with some caramel and hints of citrus hops. Flavor profile is pretty much the same although the hops are a bit more muted. Definitely not the type of IPA I generally expect out of California. Mouthfeel is slightly sweet with much dryness or bitterness. Drinkability is average--no real defects, just not a stand out among the many great examples of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 13:12:09 | More by Thorpe429
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2.89/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 03:03:33 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 23:00:11 | More by Beaver13
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Mission IPA from Mission Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.