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Mission IPA - Mission Brewery

Mission IPAMission IPA

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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%

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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Photo of narkotic


2.23/5  rDev -39.2%
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
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.28/5  rDev -37.9%
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
Photo of ArrogantB


2.3/5  rDev -37.3%
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
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
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
Photo of MrOH


2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
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
Photo of Overlord


2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
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
Photo of DeanMoriarty


2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
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
Photo of BB1313


2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
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
Photo of chugalug06


2.61/5  rDev -28.9%
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
Photo of RoyalT


2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
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
Photo of Thorpe429


2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
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
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.89/5  rDev -21.3%
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
Photo of Beaver13


2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
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
Photo of hellhammermario

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Mother Earth tulip glass.

Bought this beer on a whim from our local wine shop, and I wasn't looking for anything to heavy. Here you have it, a west coast IPA that doesn't live up to its genre. When poured into the glass, it gives off a nice honey amber color with an off-white three finger head that goes away quickly, but leaves a decent amount of lacing.

The aroma was undoubtedly the best part of this beer. You get a lot of fruit when put to the nose, including orange zest, pears, pineapple, some biscuit malt aromas, and fresh cut grass. It seems very inviting, but the taste just doesn't live up to it. You get a kick of bitterness up front, and you think it immediately disappears... but it lingers around in the back of your tongue for a while. You can definitely taste the citrus hops, a little bit of pine, and some biscuit malts.

All in all, this beer doesn't compare to any of the other west coast IPA's I've had, and honestly is a pretty bland IPA. It entices you with its fruit aromas and goes down smoothly (although pretty carbonated), but leaves you wanting to drink something else in the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 00:12:45 | More by hellhammermario
Photo of ffejherb


3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into goblet on 11/18/09.

A - Poured a slightly hazy reddish/orange body with a healthy two-finger creamy white head that deposited thin strands of lacing around the glass.

S - Fairly assertive hop nose with a dominant floral and perfumy character as well as a hint of citrus fruit. Sweet malts and a waft of alcohol rounds out the aroma profile.

T - Initial flavor is quite sweet with tons of floral hop notes suggesting flower petals, lavender and lilac. Some perfumy notes are also apparent. Malt character is sweet with honey and caramel notes. Finishes with a moderate hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and fairly bristly carbonation. Finishes with lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty middle-of-the-road IPA overall, and certainly doesn't compete with any of the West Coast big boys. I found it to be a bit too perfumy for my personal tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 23:44:36 | More by ffejherb
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Naven. Pours a clear orange with a thick, foamy off-white head. Aroma of bitter piney hops and caramel malt. Flavor is quite bitter and piney with a touch of underlying malt. Hmm, this is a bit too bitter for me and certainly wearing on the palate. Not as well balanced between the hops and malt as I'd like.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 17:15:57 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of rawfish


3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 04:02:37 | More by rawfish
Photo of mithrascruor


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear copper-orange color. Big slightly off-white head has good retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: Nice aroma of citrus, pine, and some toasted malts. Mellow but nice.

Taste: There's a lot of toasted malts in here. And also a lot of bitter piney/grapefruit hops. Finish and aftertaste have a more earthy/citrus hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. A bit "rough" on the feel, but not so bad.

Drinkability: Could be a bit smoother. Also, the taste could be a bit more interesting.

All things considered, this is an average IPA. Nothing particularly bad, but nothing to hold my interest. Worth giving it a try, I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 01:05:41 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of Cresant


3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date. The golden/brown/amber body was a bit dull with a moderate, off-white head.

Smell was piney. Organic matter. Whole wheat bread crust and whiffs of wet puppy. A little dusty.

Taste was well balanced - faint hard candy sweetness with a mild bitterness. I would have pegged this as an APA rather than an IPA as the label states. Very drinkable but nothing special.

Mouthfeel was smooth with mild carbonation and medium body.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 18:49:26 | More by Cresant
Photo of jmarsh123


3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dark gold with a very small wispy white head.

Smells of tropical fruits maybe a little citrus and pine. The smell is pretty one dimensional.

Tastes of pine upfront with some bitterness. A little bit of malt through the middle finishing with a deep bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little light for the style. Doesn't feel like there is much here.

Overall not a great beer. SD has much better to offer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:00:38 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of pvsob


3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light gold/brass color with a one inch head that has great retention and leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

S- Light pine resin, oranges, very light caramel, and some brown sugar. Not very assertive, but well balanced.

T- Bitter pine/citrus up-front followed by a lightly toasted malt flavor that balances out the bitterness. Finish bitter and dry with some alcohol.

M- Medium feel with light carbonation.

O- I'm glad I gave this IPA a try, but there just isn't anything to it to distinguish it from the hundreds of other IPAs that are currently available. I don't see myself revisiting this one anytime soon. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:35:04 | More by pvsob
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 06:29:37 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of fatmcq


3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle
Appearance: Solid amber color, fairly clear. Nice lacing, but thin head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Slightly hoppy, with notes of pine and sour-citrus

Taste: Slightly earthy, but underpowering in any other aroma

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, and smooth.

Drinkability: Not as hoppy or sophisticated as I'd like, but an overall good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 01:11:59 | More by fatmcq
Photo of nukem5


3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bit cloudy with thin head . has a dark amber orange color.

S: Pine citrus, and loads of malts with a great balance.

T: The first is a piney/juniper blast.Next is a malty wave and a citrus blast of grapefruit.

M: Medium mouth feel with moderate carbonation level.

O: Overall a very pleasing to the palate & would definitely drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 03:38:51 | More by nukem5
Photo of azdback


3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Spaten tumbler glass. A bit hazy and bright orange color. Tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a huge three finger, bright white colored firm rocky head. Lace is super sticky and I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon.

Smell is sweet and overripe citrus. Pink grapefruit and blood orange. There are also some biscuit and earthy smells. Smell is too yeasty and not enough hop, especially from the West Coast.

Taste is initially bready and musty yeast, but some of the citrus hop comes out, but in a very overripe to almost rotting flavor. Taste is also bitter and quite sweet.

Mouth is crisp with almost spritzy carbonation. Body is delicate to medium and the finish is quick and dry.

Overall I really thought I was going to love this but didn't. I think that's because it's from San Diego and is an IPA. If I blind tasted this I would guarantee it was made in PA or NY. East Coast must and yeast made in San Diego??? Why?? Try it for the tick, at a decent price.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 06:07:23 | More by azdback
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Mission IPA from Mission Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.