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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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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
Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

beerthulhu, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

DeanMoriarty, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BARFLYB, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Seanibus, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.28/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

RonfromJersey, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

tempest, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

drabmuh, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

kbutler1, Aug 20, 2010
Mission IPA from Mission Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.