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Mission IPA - Mission Brewery

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Mission IPAMission IPA

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434 Ratings
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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

A: A dull sunset orange with a good clarity showcases a light effervesce of rapidly rising micro-bubbles. The head is has a marshmellow appearance, light sandy-biege in color, with a steady holding 2 finger initial height. The lacing is thick and lustrious, leaving a ton of lacing with a near full covering on the way down.

S: Lots of flowery cascade hops can be had on the open. Fresh toasty grains and pine leach out along with some grapefruit pulp. The strength diminishes somewhat after a minute or two but remains respectable.

T: Toasty dry munich grains come to surface first backed by an ample support of flowery cascade hop flowers that leaves a pleasant and light spicy citrus bitterness. Dry pine, a bit of grassiness is soon overcome by some grapefruit grind and a flowery bitterness that provided enough juice to be both respectable and appreciable per style without being overbearing and taking away from the malt balance. Nice spicy citric flowery bite is short lived on the swallow but leaves you looking forward to the next sip.

M: Medium bodied, toasty warm quality with sneaks of alcohol coming through. Fresh pine leaves a pleasant coating on the tongue while a light factor of carbonation provides a slight tingle.

D: Drinkability is certainly a strong point here, well balanced with enough grain support and hop bitterness makes this a very good experience going down without being obnoxious hop wise. Alcohol is a bit high at 6.8% but doesn't hinder in moderate multiples making good for a few.

10-28-2010 23:02:58 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of DeanMoriarty


2.55/5  rDev -30.1%

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.

10-21-2010 02:26:12 | More by DeanMoriarty
Photo of BARFLYB


3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

On tap at Earth

Mission IPA has a hazy golden glow with hints of musty yellow. A nice head up top with a tight white look, not much sticking. Smell is sweet and after having mission's DIPA, I kinda saw this coming. A almost candy scent with caramel plus pine and some tropics. Reminds me of a east coast IPA with a fair backing of malt. Hops are there but under the sweet malt giving off grapefruit, pine, etc. Feel is semi thick for the style but remains less than medium with a semi sticky feel, semi bitter. Not my favorite IPA, I kinda had a hard time finishing my glass, tasty and forgettable in the same right.

10-14-2010 04:02:40 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Seanibus


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours slightly hazy orange. Aroma is malty and bitter. The flavor is sharp and bitter, lemony and a little herby, maybe some rosemary and clover. The mouthfeel is surprisingly buttery. But the real story is the bitterness. This is a decent beer but a real IBU bomb.

10-14-2010 00:30:46 | More by Seanibus
Photo of Thorpe429


2.83/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

09-27-2010 13:12:09 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.31/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

09-16-2010 23:13:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.28/5  rDev -37.5%

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.

09-16-2010 23:03:53 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

09-04-2010 19:27:15 | More by oberon
Photo of tempest


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

09-01-2010 05:11:57 | More by tempest
Photo of drabmuh


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

Beer is amber and hazy and forms a thin head of small and medium white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is moderate and piny with minimal citrus hops, smells good but could be bigger in the nose.

Beer is moderately bitter, kind of thick in the palate and moderately sweet. Its got a nice body but I'm not sure I'd want to take it home from the bar. I prefer my IPAs a little thinner with more bitterness or "life experience" behind them. Overall its a decent west coast ipa but i've had better, drinkable though.

08-28-2010 00:13:41 | More by drabmuh
Photo of kbutler1


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber orange color. Good head with nice lacing. Aroma is somewhat missing here, not too strong of a smell. Slight pine and citrus in the nose. Taste is good, a solid balance between hops and malt. A solid everyday ipa but nothing too extreme one way or another.

08-20-2010 13:30:45 | More by kbutler1
Photo of regspeir


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Got this as an extra in a trade with Snojerk321. 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip/ Pours an orange-amber with a large sudsy head which settles to a coating with islands of froth as it warms. The acing is nice, coating the glass throughout. Nose was orange, mango, pine, caramel malt and some hints of alcohol. Taste starts with a sharp hop bite, resins, some pine followed by a liberal dose of sweet caramel malt. The aftertaste was a dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a little slick. Unlike other reviewers I found medium to heavier carbonation. All-in-all, not a bad offering but not close to my favorite west coast IPA's.

07-28-2010 18:07:23 | More by regspeir
Photo of Deuane


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Thanks to Irish212 for bringing home a fresh bottle of this San Diego IPA.

A-Dark orange copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-A nice initial hit of "typical" west coast hops with a pleasant combination of mango, papaya, grapefruit and kiwi. Unfortunately a rather strong sweet caramel malt base takes over and overpowers the hoppy goodness.

T-Almost a complete 180 from the aroma with the sweet caramel rather prevalent up front becoming washed over by the tropical fruit bowl hop bill. For a "west coast" IPA this one is way too malt forward for me.

M-Medium-light bodied fairly crisp with decent lingering hop bitterness....but I wish it was more!

D-Not bad, but not good either....thank goodness for the pleasant initial aroma or this one would be a malty failure IMO. A west coast IPA I can do without.

07-13-2010 23:10:22 | More by Deuane
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

07-09-2010 06:29:37 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of sholland119


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

On tap at City Tap House.

A-Clear golden copper with a thin white head and good lacing.

S-Lots of biscuity malt, a light citric hop bite. A bit underwhelming.

T-Deep amount of slightly roasted malt in front, with some nice peach sweetness and grapefruit hops and a bitter citrus finish.

M-Medium bodied with a nice lingering bitterness.

D-Nice but not exceptional in any way.


06-16-2010 14:06:40 | More by sholland119
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

22 oz. bottle tried 9 May 2010. Thanks again to K for bringing these back.

Served in an Avery shaker pint. Large thick parchment colored head. Lightly carbonated. Clear coppery amber color. Resin, pineapple and basil in the aroma. Sweet and sticky upfront. Lots of resin and citrus. Not overly bitter but a nice juicy hop bite throughout. Maybe a touch of soapiness. Good bittersweet finish and aftertaste. Medium body. Ethanol somewhat noticeable.

Fortunately miles better than their hefe...

06-04-2010 05:48:03 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of UnDeadly

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -6%

Appearance - A bit dark for a single IPA. A deep russet color. Great foam though, nice big bubbles.

Smell - Light and floral, with a syrupy sweet finish. I'm thinking this is going to be a bit in line with the traditional IPA formula.

Taste - Bitter, mildly citric front, that dissipates quickly. Follows with a more potent malty backbone that I think dominates the beer just a bit too much. One final note of bitterness at the end, and then done.

Mouth Feel - On the heavy side for an IPA, but again, this puppy seems to fall more in line with the UK style. Great carbonation. Frankly, the feel of this beer is probably its best aspect.

Drinkability - Downing a bomber of this guy is no problem, especially given the relatively mild 6.8% ABV. However, I doubt I would be inclined to have much more than that.

Not the worst IPA I have ever had, but very unadventurous. The malt backbone is a touch too overwhelming, and I find the hop notes understated, even by UK IPA standards. Still, the price is not too bad and for a beer that is widely available in San Diego, I could do worse.


05-24-2010 04:34:55 | More by UnDeadly
Photo of jjh19


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance: My bottle of Mission IPA poured with a decent head, nice and fluffy. The color was a mid-range orangish-gold.

Smell: I got some piney notes in the nose.

Taste: This is an interesting IPA. First I got some quick hops and then they get balanced on the tongue with some nice lingering malts, right on the sides. I really liked the taste experience here.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a pretty strong IPA example, one of the better ones I've had. I'd totally recommend this to a friend looking for a balanced IPA.

05-11-2010 03:41:53 | More by jjh19
Photo of Beerocrat69


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

I liked the label on the bottle. Kudos to the graphic designer. This beer poured with a deep golden color and had an eggshell colored head that had big soapy bubbles. There was a slight veil, which is no big deal. The aroma was nice - LOTS of pine, but with some hints of sulfur. Tasted great to me. The balance between bitter and malty was good. Not too dry and not too sweet. Overall, a solid beer.

05-05-2010 22:26:55 | More by Beerocrat69
Photo of flexabull


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

Pours a bright and clear dark orange color with a nice big white head.

Aromas are herbal, with a resiny pine like character, and some sweet citrus notes as well.

Taste is also herbal and quite hoppy. There are some pine, resin, hard sweet candies, and a nice background of creamy caramel malt sweetness. Crisp and snappy finish.

Mouthfeel is good, thick feeling, with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. This is a nice hoppy yet balanced IPA. I'd happily drink another.

05-01-2010 17:25:48 | More by flexabull
Photo of srandycarter


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

A - Dark honey, fairly clear, nice off white pillow of a head. Reduces to disk soon, lots of cling lace.

S - Loads of fresh hops.

T - Nice malt, sweet center. Backed up by inviting hop bittering at the end that makes you want another sip.

M - Medium body, nice coating and balance. Good carb.

D - Not too high an ABV, not to overpowering. I could session.

04-23-2010 03:52:05 | More by srandycarter
Photo of yemenmocha


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours translucent dark gold with a touch of amber hue, ample sized white head laces nicely. Nose has an abundance of citrus, especially tangerine and maybe some apricot-grapefruit. On the palate there's a candied malt sweetness that mingles nicely with the hoppy-citrusy flavors. Finishes well with some herbal hop flavors.

03-17-2010 02:49:16 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

03-11-2010 03:23:06 | More by Mora2000
Photo of snpub540


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours an orangish copper with a hint of gold at the bottom of the glass. There is an off-white head, maybe 1 finger high that doesn't last very long. Nice lacing is left on the glass all the way down.

Smell is dominated by citrus and grapefruit hops with a sweet alcohol aroma. Not very intense but it smells pretty good.

Taste is different and I can't put my finger on it. There is a sweet maltiness upfront, that is followed by a nutty taste, and then a dry resiny finish. Not a whole lot of hop flavor but the bitterness is there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost sticky. Drinkability is good as the alcohol isn't a factor.

02-17-2010 19:18:12 | More by snpub540
Photo of hophead247


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a transparent bright copper orange with a well-lacing frothy light tan head. Aroma of fresh piny resiny hops and some sweet toasty caramel malt. Body starts with good fullness and rich, sweet caramel maltiness well balanced with juicy grapefruit and spruce notes and a healthy bitterness toward a semi-dry crisp finish. On the maltier side of an IPA, but I don't mind the extra body.

02-15-2010 06:01:43 | More by hophead247
Mission IPA from Mission Brewery
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