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Mission IPA - Mission Brewery

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Mission IPAMission IPA

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165 Reviews
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Reviews: 165
Hads: 512
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 58 | 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: 165 | Hads: 512
Photo of BB1313
2.6/5  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. (946 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a good AIPA that is perhaps a bit easier drinking than most others.

It is a bit flat looking. It has a dark yellow ipa look. The aroma is intriguing. It has a certain uniqueness, but it is too subtle.

Taste-wise, it is not a powerhouse, but it has great character. It is a light, balanced taste that is not at all hoppy. The aftertaste is slightly boozy.

I will probably not see Mission brews very often and I would not seek them out, but they were pleasant. (470 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review is from written notes.

Growler fill from Casanova, Hudson, WI

The nose and taste were both pine-resin forward, with light citric notes in the taste. Malt was clean, caramel-biscuit and light enough to be unobtrusive. Medium-light body with good carbonation. Uncomplex IPA, drinks clean and is refreshing. Overall an unassuming and nice sessionable IPA that finishes clean. (381 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful golden blonde color with a huge head into my glass. I love the brightness here. More IPAs should be this pale.

Pine hops with a touch of citrus. Seems balanced enough. A touch of baked bread lies underneath as well.

Wow. The taste is full of piney hops with that touch of citrus as mentioned. Not grapefruit. Bitterness is spread around the palate so you only really get it at the edges. Buttery bread covers the spread.

Mouthfeel is balanced too. Clean and full of pronounced pine hops. I love how it all melds together at the very back of the throat.

Not your typical west coast IPA here. Plenty of balance all around. (643 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA! Served with a nice thick, creamy, foamy, cream-colored head that settled to a creamy (ouch - what's a synonym for creamy?) cover and lots of fine, sheeting lace. Color is a clear amber with loads of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is an aromatic blend of hop and caramel malt with a hint of fruit. Flavor's like nose, has limited sweetness, perfect balance between bitter, carbonic tang in front, with that sweet just to compliment. Body and carbonation perfect. Finish is a little long and pleasant, very drinkable, and only the suggestion of alcohol. I want more! (574 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from this brewery. The beer poured a clear medium gold and produced a eggshell white creamy head about one and a half fingers high. good lacing after dissipating.
The smell is fruity, citrus ,pineapple and some lemon.
The taste is fruity hops up front. Those pineapple and citrus flavors are balanced by a malty backbone. The finish is a nbice combination with good hopiness in the back.
Very nice medium bodied IPA, very refreshing and drinkable. (461 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste for me from this brewery. I really wanted a good, solid ipa and that's what I got. Well balanced with deep citrusy hops. Grapefruit, orange/lime. Some sweetness with some resinous. Straightforward and enjoyable. I'd get this again. People expecting a "west coast ipa might be disappointed because it isn't as blunt with hops but I'm cool with it. (358 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this beer in Totowa never having tried anything from Mission before. This poured wonderfully but was so much different than other IPA's that I've had, and it was only because it was so different that I didn't rate it higher. By itself, this was fine but those who are into the style might be a bit disappointed by the lack of punch in this.

The hue was a radiant gold with lots of head, a decent amount of lacing, and a fair amount of sediment that shone in the light as well. Not much of an aroma to this and the taste was quite balanced. A nice soapy mouthfeel could be felt here and this had a fair amount of resin to this but the bitterness wasn't really present here. Some resin and grapefruit were here and the aftertaste was just a bit earthy. This was solid in taste but just came as a surprise to me given that I expected when I bought it.

The same went for the alcohol, which couldn't be detected in the taste at all. Even though this felt more like a Pale ale, I enjoyed it and found it to be a welcome change from the norm. It's just not typical of what comes out of West coast Breweries. (1,114 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring into a snifter at cellar temp. This 12 oz bottle exhibits a bright clear copper to gold hue and a fizzy eggshell white head of 1 cm upon entering my glass. The head fades slowly to a sturdy edge layer and leaves tightly packed lattice on my glass the entire time I drink the beer.
Aroma is grapefruit rind and some pine sap. Nice hop aromas with a little grainy caramel buried in the background.
First sip reveals a silky textured beer with fine spacious yet tingly, carbonation. Leaves a slightly sticky residue on my palate after each sip.
Flavor is briefly sweet malt with caramel and maybe a brief hit of fruit actually, surprising yet nice.
This rolls to some bitter hops with pine sap and grapefruit mixing. The beer finishes very dry on the palate and leaves a slight astringency after each sip.
A nice straightforward IPA. Good mix of flavors, not a one dimensional brew, and fairly interesting throughout my sampling.
I would buy again. (953 characters)

Photo of hellhammermario
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (1,128 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New as far as I know to the Milwaukee area.

A - Hazy amber with a thin white head.

S - Very light citrus and pine notes with some biscuity malt.

T - Slightly bitter with fruity and citrus hops followed by toasted malts.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a dry bitter finish.

D - Standard West Coast IPA in my opinion. (330 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam IGA for 2$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grassiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, pine, and caramel. There is also some light grapefruit mixed with a grassiness. It ends with a malty woody/dry hop aftertaste.

Overall - Not what I was expecting from a west coast IPA.. it's more east coast. Not a whole lot of fruity/citrus notes.. Not a bad beer by any means, I just prefer the fruitier IPA's. (690 characters)

Photo of narkotic
2.25/5  rDev -39%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-orange with a thick cream colored head

S-spicy, hoppy, and herbal. It's a decent scent and a strong scent.

T-comes in with a very faint taste of herbal hops. Some citrus. It's actually a very decent taste, it's just way too faint. 

M-good medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is a pretty decent beer. It's very easy drinking, though im not sure id want several in a night. I'd say there's probably always a better ipa to get, though this is absolutely worth the try! (487 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear orange-gold with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink but has a better taste than smell. (497 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a shaker at Mellow Mushroom.

Golden-orange, like apple juice, with perfect clarity. One finger of very thick, frothy white foam recedes eventually, leaving a thick top layer and furry walls of lace.

Pine needles and orange pith and grass in the nose — a very bright, vibrant, green aroma. A touch of crackers makes up the only hint of malt, but the hops are fantastic.

They’re less bright and bitterer in the flavor, though. Fat bitterness grips the tongue with meaty paws. A little honey, lots of pith, floral notes like the inside of a flower. Perhaps even a bit of apricot.

High, nearly painful carbonation in a body a shade under medium light. Just a hint of silky fizz. Heavy bitterness. Flavors linger on the tongue for a while after the swallow — it’s not a clean break.

Tasty stuff, but I could use a bit more balance. This is super bitter. (872 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle Into a duvel glass.

A: pours a beautiful hazy orange golden with a finger of nice white head that dissapates nicley into a lingering film, nice lacing as well, a damn good looking beer.

S: lots of tropical fruit here, along with a slight pine, very nice hop aroma profile. Pineapple, mango, other citrus notes. A light hint of grain in there as well, smells very well rounded.

T: yum! Much like the nose, pleanty of tropical/citrusy hop notes, along with a light touch of resinous pine towards the end, nice use if malts here as well, adding a nice light toastyness and caramel notes. very well rounded and delicious.

M: Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation, nice a drinkable. Finishes dry with a touch of lingering bitterness, very nicley done.

O: this is a great ipa, well balanced and loaded with delicious hop flavor. Really enjoyed this one, can't wait to try the DIPA. (910 characters)

Photo of soulhawk
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer...I love the smooth finish...sweet yet no smack of alcohol or bitterness...well balanced for that much 9.25% alcohol...I can't really find any typical disappointments to this beer...the only criticism is that I prefer a slightly more pronounced hop in the citrus flavor...I would serve to my buddies with pride. (335 characters)

Photo of Intrinsic
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems quite underrated on here. It pours a beautiful golden orange colour, with a head that sticks around and very nice lacing. Slightly cloudy. Very appetizing. The smell is OK, but nothing special. I could make out some citrus hops but that's about it. The taste brings it up a notch, however, with amazing pine and citrus hops. Very bitter, probably above 70 IBUs. Very dry finish, great mouthfeel. Overall, I love this beer. Great stuff. (451 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear gold with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit and pineapple, with some honey and mango.
T: It tasted the same as the scent, with lots of sweet tropical hops. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste with a little sweetness.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a very nice IPA. I loved the scent and taste...nearly ideal for me personally. The body was solid, and the finish was very smooth, so it was super easy to drink. Highly enjoyable brew that I would definitely recommend. (562 characters)

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange with a thumbs width white head and nice lacing. A thick doughy aroma mixed with some citric fruit and an underlying sweetness in the finish. Taste is pretty malt forward, felt more English IPA than American. A huge pie doughiness throughout, mixed with some more sweet and juicy than tart lemon, and some caramel. Medium bodeid, crisp, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a definite fan of this one. (417 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. About two fingers of head. Color was orange hazy caramel. Nice amount of white lacing on the top. Some bubbles in the middle, but long lasting. Wet and spongy film on the sides. Lots of it.

Smelled a sharp whiff of tangerine hops. Also got some pine. Some caramel notes in the nose as well.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose. In fact, it reminded me a bit of Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale (which I thought was a bit overrated). Still got the tangerine hops and light pine.

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

I have to say I was hoping for a bit more. Just an OK IPA. (642 characters)

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a 16 oz American pint.

Pours a very nice, medium, ½” thick head, with an off white color.
The color is a medium dark amber, quite appealing and true to type.

The aroma hits you with medium distinct, spicy, hops, with a piney and bitter character. This is followed by medium distinct, rich, malt with a toasted character. Really a very pleasant and enjoyable nose.

Crisp, bitter, entry on the palate of distinct hops, with some light pine and even more distinct resin character, bitter and delicious. Followed by medium distinct, rich, resin tasting hops, West Coast in character. Followed by medium distinct, rich, refined, typical West Coast toasty malt. Ale yeast and a spicy character finish off the flavor. The body is medium, balanced with nice medium carbonation and very lightly sweet aftertaste. Quite tasty.

Medium long finish of bitter hops and toasty malt, some hop oils linger with the malt holding its own

A very good and very enjoyable IPA. While it could be said there is nothing exceptional here it is a very solid, tasty, and very drinkable IPA.
A session or “house ale” for sure.
Recommended. (1,142 characters)

Mission IPA from Mission Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.