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Mission Amber - Mission Brewery

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Mission AmberMission Amber

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 04-29-2009)
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Reviews by kflorence:
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3.13/5  rDev -9%

A: Poured an amber in color with hints of cherry. A small amount of head sits atop which dissipates to a few scattered patches of cream. Not much lacing. Carbonation seems average. Has a very nice color too it, but looks a bit weak.

S: Nutty, malt aroma with some hints of fruit and an underlying hop presence... flowers and soap.

T: Roasted nuts, maybe a bit of toast, some fruit: apple, pear, cherry, dates... A bittering quality towards the finish which is very crisp and dry. Lingering flavors of roast and bitter hops. Not quite what I expected. I thought this was an amber ale, but on here it says "Altbier" which hints at the fruitiness I found in this one. Reminds me more of an ESB than an amber.

M: Pretty light bodied, really, with average carbonation and not much substance. A bit thin, but not watery, and it really bubbles on the tongue (quite reminiscent of mineral water). I could use a bit more body, but it does make it quite drinkable.

O: Not quite what I expected. Not necessarily a bad thing, but this came off as an ESB, which I am too fond of. That said, it's got something to offer and is quite drinkable, but I think I'd pass on this one in the future.

09-08-2011 03:56:48 | More by kflorence
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured into a imperial pint glass a clear deep amber/bronze with a thinner but well defined white head.Aromas os sweet dough with some light toastiness,a faint earthy hoppiness compliments the sweet element pretty well.The palate is pretty straight forward with lightly sweet doughiness standing out,not mush hop presence but there is a decent drying in the finish.A no frills malt tilted alt,pretty true to style just not anything spectacular.

11-01-2010 22:15:24 | More by oberon
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West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +7%

Glowing amber when held toward the light, a bit darker than the average amber, labeled as a Dusseldorf style altbier. Forms a light beige head, thicket with fine speckled lacing across the sides of my glass. Aroma has a pleasant fruitiness/grapes/roasted malts with spicy earthy/herbal hops going on as well. Toasted Vienna malts stand out and really bring to mind a good Vienna style lager. Tastes leaves a bit to be desired, a bit of harsh grain husks, dry finish, not enough malts shine through, with a bit of nutty earthiness making things pretty bitter and almost off putting. So far, I can deal with it but it's way to hopped up, earthy dirty hop profile muddles the whole malt experience in this beer. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh with hop oils/bitterness on the palate lingering, not as crisp as I would like. Carbonation is solid medium bodied alt style bier from SoCal. Good stuff, enjoyable brew I'm liking more as it warms up take your time with this one.

06-13-2012 22:46:40 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

05-29-2013 21:38:32 | More by SPRichard
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

07-01-2013 04:59:17 | More by ste5venla
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

07-04-2012 16:07:15 | More by InfernoBoss
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Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%

22oz bottle. Kind of weird to see a straight-up Yankee amber ale classified in such an old-world style. Time will tell, specifically in the next 30 minutes or so.

This beer pours a mostly clear, bright red brickish hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, lazily puffy pale beige head, which leaves a nice array of Futurama alien language script lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of sweet bready, fairly pastry-like caramel malt, a subtle roasted biscuity addendum, a bit of apple and pear skin fruitiness, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more rather sweet caramel malt, tempered somewhat by further biscuit and dry cracker notes, ethereal savoury spice, very mild citrusy, leafy hops, a slight oily nuttiness, and a bland under-steeped black tea character.

The carbonation is present, but not to any real degree, the body an adequate medium weight, and equananimous in its smoothness. It finishes just on the sweet side, the biscuity malt wilting somewhat, while the inherent fruit, softly metallic stoniness, and leafy, earthy hops hold steady enough for a pretty snapshot of the basic requirements for the style.

An agreeable enough amber ale, of the decidedly American bent. The issue here, I propose, is the lack of actual German heritage, or at least a strict adherence to such. Altbiers have a sort of crisp, unassuming nature to them - this approaches that, but doesn't really follow through. Good, but not the 'goodest' - to mangle a now stale Colbert Nation trope.

07-19-2013 04:21:30 | More by biboergosum
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

03-04-2012 21:35:08 | More by mrelizabeth
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-04-2012 04:54:23 | More by fiedler84
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

06-14-2014 06:59:20 | More by DoktorEd
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3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a finger of frothy white colored head that has a bit of an off-look to it. Pretty good retention here, staying rich and leaving a latticework of creamy lace behind that hangs in some thick swathes. The aroma is mostly floral and citric, with a touch of herbal quality about it up front. Underneath is some light notes of smoky roast, bread, and caramel sweetness.

The taste is overall fairly roasty in the mouth. Caramel malts come out to play, as does some fresh citrus character, giving this a tangy pop at times. Good bit of hops here as well, making sure that this finishes very dry, with just a little touch of leftover sweetness hanging on the palate. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy touch to it. Maybe a bit too smooth, as this does feel a tad light in spots.

This was decent. A bit more beef would have been welcome in the body but for the most part this was a flavorful and easy drinking Alt.

01-12-2010 16:50:14 | More by Kegatron
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3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

Standard bomber poured into a narrow pils glass. This offering shows a copper amber with good clarity. A half inch of just off white foam offers decent though a bit substandard retention initially, yet keeping a thin film and showing fair lacing.

Aroma is clean and a bit light with some grain and an understated nuttiness. Subtle earthy hops and a touch of caramel present themselves. Nothing overwhelms nor detracts in classic alt style.

Flavor is again clean and smooth, albeit with a notable hop spice character which delivers some unexpected body. Some nutty caramel notes up front segue to a subtle orange citrus character on the finish and a touch of smoke. Offers a touch of spice and a moderately lingering finish as the pour warms. Nicely done and with a well placed level of carbonation.

05-13-2011 05:12:14 | More by HalfFull
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

11-13-2013 02:35:37 | More by beerman999999
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

02-15-2014 21:21:59 | More by klimoja
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

08-25-2012 11:38:34 | More by JamFuel
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +9%

02-18-2014 02:28:17 | More by Snellgg5
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3.85/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours copper with a very small off-white head.
Rich malty aroma, lots of toasty and nutty malt. Tempting.
Similar flavours, loads of nutty malt and caramel making for a very moreish drop.
Low carbonation. Could be a little higher.
Very easy-drinking stuff.

04-18-2013 01:27:27 | More by CrazyDavros
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

04-10-2014 04:41:59 | More by VeganUndead
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

07-29-2014 01:28:21 | More by Christensen-g
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

22oz. bomber. Although label name is Amber Ale - they call it a "Dusseldorf-Style Altbier" and it weighs in at 5.0% ABV and 43 IBU's. It pours a red-copper with brilliant clarity and a two-finger white-cream head. The foam disipates down to a surface cover and leaves only flecks of lace hear and there. The carbonation looks pretty mild.

The nose is fairly sweet with notes of caramel, some toastiness and a metallic twang of sorts. Sweet yet earthy is how I'd describe it simply. Nice and lager like.

The taste starts sweet and malty and briskly fluffs in the mouth rendering some earthiness. The earthy turns toasty and winds to a pilsner crisp finish while coating the tongue with sweet caramel. An unusually nice balance with the carbonation being bigger than it looks. A very lively brew.

Medium full body with high drinkability due to the relatively low ABV. The alcohol is hidden in every aspect. Overall a solid brew in a unique style that I definetly recommend.

04-29-2009 04:20:25 | More by scottoale
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

11-24-2013 21:47:24 | More by Chugs13
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

05-26-2012 21:35:11 | More by MikeDre
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New York

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

Picked up a bomber at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa.

a - pours a deep copper color with a two-finger ivory head, low-to-moderate retention and lacing, fairly hazy

s - lots of malt with a very toasty aroma, moderate orange/tangerine citrus component, light caramel malt

t - toasted malt and bread up front, light caramel flavor, decent amount of hop bitterness on the mid-palate and finish, some orange and lemon notes mixed in with the toast, pretty dry and slightly bitter finish

m - light-bodied, medium-to-higher carbonation, fairly dry but not overly bitter finish, no alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable stuff in that it's easy on the palate and balanced, unfortunately, the flavor, while solid, just isn't very interesting

Not bad stuff overall, but nothing memorable. I'd like to try some of the brewery's other offerings.

01-14-2010 04:56:10 | More by WeisGuy
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3.93/5  rDev +14.2%

A: Pours murky copper with a very small fluffy head.
S: Sweet bread, lots of toasty and nutty malt.
T: Similar to smell, lots of nutty malt, caramel and bread. Tiny bit of chocolate. Nice firm bitterness.
M: Good carbonation.
O: Nothing to crazy here. Very easy drinking, could easily drink a few of these.

08-02-2013 09:25:21 | More by Hoptron_3000
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

05-28-2013 20:33:14 | More by pin
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Mission Amber from Mission Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.