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Mission IPA - Mission Brewery

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Mission IPAMission IPA

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448 Ratings
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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 7
Gots: 27 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

jmccraney, Apr 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

DrFunkenstein, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber color with tiny suspended particles and a decent white head and great lacing. The aroma has mild nutty pine-malt, very pleasant. Flavor wise I get a more grassy hop with caramel lemon-wheat. It’s medium bodied with fine carbonation and a fairly heavy feel for what is generally an easy drinking IPA. The flavor is not my favorite but is okay. A little too leafy maybe. But really not bad at all.

Durge, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

dgeebs07, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of VonZipper
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

VonZipper, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of TechTriumph
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 03/17/12:
Code on bottom of bottle: 15/22/304/11/0548/S; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch off-white creamy and fairly fluffy head with pretty good retention; Light amber and caramel colored with a slight haze within the glass; Good showing of speckled lacing left behind

S - Nice balance of malts and hops here; For the hops, there's lots of grapefruit, some apricot, and just a bit of floral and spice; As for the malts, there's sweet caramel, biscuity, and toasty notes present

T - Good balance of malts and hops here as well, but both have enough presence to hold their own; Lots of sweet, sugary grapefruit with a bit of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit, and just a faint wave of bitterness; Plenty of toasty, biscuity, and caramel malts step forward that mesh really well with the hops; Aftertaste is very pleasant that still shows the malt/hop balance

M - Good amount of carbonation; Medium bodied; Leaves the mouth a little sticky and pretty dry

O - This southern California IPA showcases a much more balanced flavor than many of its west coast counterparts. However, I think this brew packs enough hops that, while balanced by the malts, still satisfy my craving for hoppy flavor. Not only is there a great balance, but the hops and malts really play off each other well to make the sum greater than the parts. I don't normally see Mission offerings in my area, so I wouldn't mind grabbing a few more of these before they disappear for good.

TechTriumph, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

loupap, Mar 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

rhino54, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear Shaker pint glass. No obvious freshness date.

A: Clear orange-amber with frothy nearly white 1-2 finger head with good retention and copious lacing.

S: A very fruity aroma with citrus and lemongrass hoppiness meeting a light caramel pale malt grain.

T: The flavor is full of orange and lemon citrus, floral texture, and pale maltiness with a soft caramel note. It is fairly crisp and clean flavored, but lacks some depth. The bitterness is moderate.

M: The mouthfeel is medium with a clean feel without much coating quality. Carbonation is reasonably high for the style.

O: Not a bad beer but not really up to the top tier or two.

argock, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Shilt, Mar 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

halo913, Mar 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

mrelizabeth, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

deapokid, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

beerman999999, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1111th Review on BA
Draft to Goblet

@Anthology San Diego

App- A very lemon juice/orange juice blend with a good 1-1/2 finger head that fell quickly without any cling or lace.

Smell- Much more caramel than I was thinking. A moderate amount of pine/hop resin come up and are balanced by kind of a soft citrus nose. Wasnt the most in your face but seemed off.

Taste- Again, not the best not the worst IPA. Right down the middle with some good flavors and layers of citrus and pine. A little malt came through on the end with some bitter notes.

Mouth- A soft think medium with a medium carbonation. A bit creamy citrus remained.

Drink- A solid low cost offering in San Diego. Was free for a work party so can't complain. Wont buy another one though.

FosterJM, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Mugs, Bklyn.

Poured a sparkling copper hue with a wispy white cap.

The smell featured a moderate piney hop with a supporting soft maltiness.

The taste was pretty well balanced with a slant toward the drier and herbal side. Good residual bitterness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty user friendly IPA.

plaid75, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702 Tucson; August 2011
Arrives from the tap with a pale, quarter-finger thick, pale off-white colored head. The beer is a nice gold hue that shows a lightly hazed, bright gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pine and Meyer lemon zest during my first quick inspection. The beer has a definite citrus character to it, but doesn’t seem to have as much of floral / tropical fruit aroma as many an American IPA has.

The beer tastes of bright citrus, pine like herbal notes and a solid bitterness up front; this last also lingers around into the long finish. The malt only plays a supporting role here, it barely is noticeable as a dry, cracker like malt character; this beer is very dry with only just a touch of malt sweetness that lightly accentuates the citrus zest character. The citrus notes remind me of Meyer lemon zest and tart grapefruit zest; there really isn’t much of the juicy fruit character that I really like in an American IPA though.

My guess is that if this had a touch more residual malt sweetness (not even enough to be really noticeable), it would accentuate an expressive tropical fruit character that is in the hops; as it is this really seems to not be quite as vibrant as it could be, though it is certainly an aggressively hoppy beer. This is still a very nice, aggressively hopped IPA. I could see this hitting the perfect spot when I am in the mood for a not too fruit focused, very dry IPA. The dryness really makes this an exceedingly quaffable beer though.

Gueuzedude, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Edgewater, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Independant, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of WMEugene
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an orangey amber color with a thin head and above-average lacing.

S - Piney hops, some citrus. Light caramel and biscuity notes.

T - The pine resin and citrus flavors such as pineapple and grapefruit stand out, a little sweet caramel balances out the slight bitterness from the hops.

M - A little thinner than medium bodied, ok carbonation. Somewhat dry in the finish with a crispness that prevents this from being smooth and all that drinkable.

O - I found Mission's IPA to be an enjoyable example of a standard west coast IPA. It has noticeable hops flavors and is pretty assertive.

WMEugene, Feb 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

cycoduck, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bomber purchased at the brewery.

App: Clear golden brew with a big fluffy white head, lots of sticky lace. Nice looking pour.

Smell: Citrusy, pineapple aroma, pine notes, biscuity malt.

Taste: Initially strong fruity hoppiness, typical west coast citrus and pineapple bomb, but the flavors oddly fade away awfully quickly. Lacks depth and an appropriate level of bitterness. Booze is there just underneath everything and is a little too apparent. Malt has a toasty character and is fairly subdued in the manner of a typical west coast IPA. Strange how I thought this would be very good but the flavor just kind of dries up and disappears.

Mf: Medium bodied, good carbonation, drinks pretty clean and crisp, without much of an aftertaste. Not a lot of lingering bitterness, fairly dry overall.

Overall: Solid IPA but not top notch or even particularly artful. This comes from the land of artful IPAs so this one kinda falls short. I haven’t been all that impressed with this brewery to this point but I feel like they do other things better than IPAs and DIPAs. I know it’s San Diego but maybe they’d be better served concentrating on the other stuff, like the pretty decent German style beers they make, rather than competing with the local hop masters.

tobelerone, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of beerborn
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

beerborn, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of pvsob
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

pvsob, Jan 28, 2012
Mission IPA from Mission Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.