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Mission IPA - Mission Brewery

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Mission IPAMission IPA

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459 Ratings
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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | 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 MrOH
2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

MrOH, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of PerHops
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid IPA. I feel like the smell is really similar to two hearted ale, but the taste is a little less fruity, a little more malt balanced. I actually really like this beer. Yet another example ( and it pains me to say it) of why san diego might just be the best beer city in CA.

PerHops, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of kflorence
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber, copper in color with a good amount of frothy head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam and leaves tons of lacing around the glass. Carbonation levels look good.

S: Smells of grapefruit and citrus with a sweet, bubble gum malt backbone. Maybe some tropical fruits, banana and pineapple. Very interesting aroma for an American IPA, not much pine, almost a candy like quality. Very enticing.

T: Taste follows the aroma pretty well with lots of grapefruit, citrus, fruits and sweet malts up front. Even a bit of candy in there. Quite juicy. The flavor turns bitter towards the backend, but not overly so. Finishes dry with a lovely citrus hop presence.

M: Fairly thin bodied for an IPA, this clocks in on the lighter side of a medium bodied brew. The carbonation level is great with a nice, crisp feel on the tongue and there is a good amount of chewiness. Very drinkable.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this brew as I've never seen it before and wasn't sure what to expect. As a West coast IPA, it packs enough hops to please, but has a definite malt presence and isn't overwhelmingly hopped, which I enjoyed. I also liked the sweet malt, tropical fruits and candy aspect of the brew which I found quite unique for the style. As always, I loved the predominantly grapefruit and citrus quality of the hops (as opposed to pine) which made this one quite enjoyable and very tasty. I look forward to trying out more of this breweries selection as they have more than piqued my interest. Cheers!

kflorence, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

jmarsh123, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler at the Hulmeville Inn

A- looks like a blonde ale. Very soft golden color, but dense enough body to be recognized as an IPA. Doesn't leave any head.

A- soft floral notes... kinda like tropical fruit juice, some pine notes. No cat piss, thank God.

T- more tropical notes. Think:banana-pineapple juice. Citrus hops blend well with a sweet malt. Not terribly sappy, just sweet enough. Some satisfying pine and even forest floor. Lots of bitterness.

The flavor is there, and It's a juicy IPA. It doesn't go beyond that. Actually, the bitterness becomes overbearing, probably because the flavor hops aren't singular enough in their direction.

M- Excellent. Just enough malt to support the hops, finishes suitably dry.

O- very good beer. It's hard to top a fresh IPA on draught. Still, the flavor failed this one a bit.
I could happily makes this my go-to-beer. But as something that's such a palate-killer, I'd always leave wanting more.

MONKandTUCK, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good amber color brew with a slightly hazy appearance. Nicely carbonated. When poured the beer produces a thick mousse like head, off white and lingering a long while ending with nice lacing on the glass.

It has a very hoppy aroma leaning towards spicy. Malts provide an excellent sweet or caramel backbone.

Taste is very hoppy and strong, more then the 66 ibu's listed on the website.
Hops are in abundance here but flavor seems to take a back seat on this one. Malts are sweet and pleasent and provide a nice balance to the bold hops.

It looks and feels like a medium body beer but there also is a thick and smoth aspect too.

A good beer. For me it has the taste and feel of an DIPA which is good because I can't really handle true DIPA's due to the ABV'S so this is a good one for me.

micromaniac129, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 that Mission has to offer and I'm glad it is finally available to me in stores close by - Sweet!


antlerwrestler19, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color in the Pilsener glass. Decent lacing. Pleasant mouthfeel. Lots of rich and mellow malt. Crisp and touch of grapefruit. Hops are full, lots of resin, and very flavorful. Long aftertaste with fruity flavors. Bitterness is just on the pleasant side.

Quite drinkable but not exceptional IPA. Actually that's good, since it makes a pleasant quaff without overblown hops. Good with food. Glad to see it in a restaurant with only a few and unadventurous taps.

09/11/12 update - Enjoyed this at Mitch's Seafood in San Diego. A totally friendly and big malt sort of IPA. Very spicy and on the acidic side. Piney and pineappley. On the whole, a big and highly drinkable IPA. I would raise my "overall" score to 4.5.

mactrail, May 24, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mission IPA

Pours a light copper in color, 1 inch of foam and a nice sheet of lacing on the glass. Looks the part of a really good IPA. Floral and piney in the nose. In the flavor, nice pine and grapefruit hops, light caramel malt sweetness but mostly bitter, piney and earthy. A solid rendition of an American IPA, straightforward, and nothing wrong about it.

Stinkypuss, May 21, 2011
Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Glowing, golden-orange body with a bit of haziness to it...the head was white and stood two fingers tall...not much retention as it fell quickly to a ring...some lacing was left

S - Tropical, citrus, fruity hops are all in the nose...there is an extra sweetness thrown in from the malt

T - The tropical notes carry themselves over into the flavor profile...they start the beer off with that added fruity sweetness and juiciness...grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon...the middle of the beer showcases the malt...sweet caramel and buttery biscuits...the malt never overthrows the juicy hops...rather it lends itself to a very pleasant, balanced finish

M - Medium bodied...refreshing...balanced between bitter hops and malt backbone...the tropical, juicy hops help add an extra sweetness

O - I did not find this as a middle of the road IPA...I tend to enjoy and IPA that showcases more hops, but this one was nicely balanced...it let the fruity hops show themselves as well as the balancing malt, but the malt never took over...I hope to make it back towards the Philly market to get more of this

thain709, May 18, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle poured into a pint glass. Apparently the new downtown location has added a 12 oz. bottling line to the operation. Pours a light amber with a touch of haze, and with a thin slightly off white cap of foam. Settles out in a couple minutes and leaves some lace throughout.

Nose is a smack of earthy and citric hops and a light caramel backdrop to balance things out. More vibrant than I recall in the past, though surely a fresh serving given the new bottle size. Still, couldn't find a date code to confirm my suspicions.

Taste of orange imbued caramel malts and with a good level of carbonation on the finish. Bitterness is moderate on the close, cloaking the malts fairly well, though still a bit sweet up front. Hop notes are a bit muddled as a result, perhaps more 'balanced' than I prefer. Decent, and looking to me more consistent than before perhaps.

HalfFull, May 17, 2011
Photo of doubleipa
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

How this beer won a GABF medal is perplexing. The beer was just OK
Appearance was a creamy head, fully diminished head and a amber, clear color.
Aroma was a light hoppiness, grass, and absolutely no citrus. Very dry texture and a light ot medium body. Initial flavor had a light sweetness, as was th efinish. Finish was quite short.

doubleipa, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of funkymuppet
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liked it - pretty amber/orange in the glass, and nice citrusy aroma - light head with good retention and I like the level of carbonation: not too much. Bitterness hits you quite quickly - not too complex - and very easy drinking. Recommended, just don't expect too much...

funkymuppet, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry pine hops with a nice orange citrus. In the taste, pine hops, yet quite mellow and an undertone of citrus. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice mix of pine and citrus, quite nice.

OWSLEY069, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem poured into a pint at fridge temp. Very little head quickly fades. Light chill haze although fairly clean. Cool orange hue.

Aroma is very orange and mango. Pleasant and hoppy.

Taste is superbly refreshing... the beautiful aroma was certainly not misleading. Flavor is fairly mellow and kind of reminds me of chamomile. Fairly earthy and certainly HIGHLY palatable.

Mouthfeel is dry, refreshing, and full-bodied. Hop bittering was balanced and artistic.

Overall this is a real solid brew! Next time I'll need to try one closer to cellar temp... Truly an everyday drinker.

TheSupremeAJ, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

GarthDanielson, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of gthornton
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber, or honey. One inch head lingers about a bit and leaves some great lacing.

Aroma: A lot of caramel, with butterscotch and toffee, and subtle bready notes. Honey/ambrosia. Hops are more in the back here (without a born on date, it is difficult to tell how fresh this is, so I might have to update after visiting the new brewery when it is open). The hops present themselves as a light grapefruit aroma.

Taste: The toffee and the caramel are the main things that I get here. The hops present themselves mostly on the bitter side of the taste, but more in the mouthfeel. I can sense a bit of straw/hay at the very end as I sip on. Translate: malt... ('duh). The hops take over as you finish. Nice hints of complexity between the malt and the hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy texture, with a nicely developing bitterness.

Drinkability: The hops don't exactly dominate outright, but become more prevalent as you drink, adding to the overal complexity and making for an interesting drink as you work towards the bottom of your glass. What I like about this beer is that it invites you to keep on sipping as you strive to pin point each flavor/aroma profile, making it a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. I should add that it isn't so complex that you feel overwhelmed. It is more an exchange between 3-4 prominent characteristics, and the way they play off one another.

gthornton, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bomber to pint glass on 3/16/11
*From notes

A: Fairly clean dark amber-red hue, with a good two finger head on a reasonable pour. Nice, thick lacing follows.

S: Fruit first for sure, nice grapefruit and orange rind up top, pears and canned peaches on the end.

T: A generous amount of piney resin and tropical citrus hit the fore, basic malt shows up on the mid, but it's faint and gets crushed at the finish by a second dose of west coast style hops.

M: Creamy and extremely well balanced for an AIPA. Quite impressive.

O: Mission's IPA is a good quality bottle of beer. I wish I had better access to this, as I'm a huge fan of the left coast style IPA's, and this is a really nice rendition.

Would I seek this out? Ehh, I wouldn't go far out of your way, but I'd happily drop a few bucks on this if I see it again.

Rhettroactive, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into normal pint glass. No bottle date present.

A: New amber color. Off white head that fades quickly. Some lacing on the glass. Nice carbonation.

S: I got some floral hops from the nose, but nothing overpowering like other West Coast IPAs, that I have tried.

T: Mild Cascade hop flavor comes through. Good malt base. Some medicinal notes, in the middle? Crisp finish that I like from IPAs.

M: Small - Medium bodied. Not too chewy. Nothing mouth coating.

D: Very drinkable. I finished the bomber with ease. Definitely a sessionable brew. 6.8% ABV that could have been mistaken for something a lot less.

Overall, good not great. I enjoyed and drank with ease. I would definitely enjoy again if the opp presented itself.

inlimbo77, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1/4" head that lingers a bit.

Smell: light floral and citrus tones are all you can detect but is pleasant.

Taste: bready profile with caramel, pears, lemon zest, some grapefruits, and a moderate bitterness. Some earthy tones arrive late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a hint of dryness late. Short lived aftertaste.

Drinkability: very quaffable IPA and several can be consumed in a session.

Gavage, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mission IPA.
I drank a lot of these while I was in San Diego last year. It was pretty much my fall back beer. I thought of it as kind of an amped up Sierra Nevada pale ale. I can't remember the place though ~ isn't that odd? I had no idea where Mission was from at the time (it was just another Cali beer to me), but looking at a map now, I could have probably walked there from my hotel!

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange body beneath a full head of frothy off-white foam that holds remarkably well and leaves behind sheets of spotty and streaky lace.

Aroma: Not overly blown, but decidedly hoppy. Gently citrusy and softly pine-like hop notes amidst biscuity malt.

Flavor: Tightly combined flavors of biscuity malt and piney, leafy, and citrusy hops around a bold bitterness. Grassy and floral notes appear in the dry, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a dextrinous edge. Crisp carbonation gently bristles the tongue.

Drinkability: It's not a slap you in the face IPA, it's a little too malty for that. Neither is it a punch you in the face IPA... it's not quite bitter and hoppy enough. BUT, it's an IPA to be sure! That said, it's not overly bitter and it doesn't display any raspy or overly resinous hops that might put some tasters off. It offers a solid, gently sweet malt base that's part of its showcase, but they've kept it balanced. That leaves it fairly accessible to a wide audience while still offering more than enough character for seasoned tasters. Nicely done.

NeroFiddled, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a clear copper with gold hues with a thinner head fades out with some streaky spotty lacing.

More fruit forward nose with apricot and pair along some lighter hoppy flair and a bit of malt.

A decent smack of citrusy hops up front with an assortment of fruits. Grapefruit, pear, apricot all combine with a touch of malty sweetness. Some bready notes. Finishes hoppy, dry, and a little sweet.

Medium body, somewhat higher carbonation, a bit chewy and sticky. Drinks decently although the hop profile felt a little muted at points.

xnicknj, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of fatmcq
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

fatmcq, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aromas are of tropical fruits, citrus and pine along with a slight caramel malt. Not as fragrant as I expected or hoped.

The taste is of subtle citrus with some tropical fruit and some pine hit the palate first along with a layer of a sweet pale and caramel malt.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with creamy moderate carbonation and no trace whatsoever of the 6.8% ABV. Overall this is a very easy to drink brew with the mild aroma and flavors. Not the best American IPA I have ever had by a long shot but definitely not bad in the slighest. Worth a try.

claspada, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a vibrant, clear copper color with a huge three fingered head that takes several minutes to subside. Carbonation is barely present. As the foam dies down, it sticks to the sides of the glass like cotton candy.

A - Smell isn't as strong as I might have anticipated. Floral, vinous, mild citrus, and a underpowering but present caramel malt.

T - Tangy caramel with some pine and citrus on top and has a fairly good balance as well. A little vinous and leafy, mildly earthy, and the taste is consistent throughout, nothing overpowers the other. Finishes semi-dry with mild orange metallic tang coating the mouth afterwards. 6.8% isn't overly huge ABV, but very nice and in this beer's favor, there's no alcohol presence whatsoever.

M - A little thin, light side of medium body, a little watery on the finish.

D - Decent.

Pretty mild for West Coast standards, which is a surprise. It's not a strike against this particular beer because the West Coast has established a Maverick reputation when it comes to hop usage. This is definitely not a bomb like several of it's counterparts. As a big fan of IPA's, I'd like to see this one grow some more balls.

jzeilinger, Nov 19, 2010
Mission IPA from Mission Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.