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Mission Amber - Mission Brewery

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79
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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
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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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

TongoRad, Aug 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

beerman999999, Nov 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

wulfie85, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

alejandro, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

yesoh, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

philaduffia, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

klimoja, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

scottoale, Apr 29, 2009
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

pin, May 28, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/12/2011

On tap at Mission brewery.

A: The color is, well, amber. The head is half an inch of white foam. Lacing is scattered.

S: Bread, caramel, and grainy malt with notes of apricot, orange, and grapefruit. This is quite hoppy for an Amber, but I can't complain.

T: Caramel malt is lightly sweet with balancing earth and citrus hop notes. I detect orange and grapefruit. The finish is smooth and balanced. Delicious.

M: Lower medium in body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: A good hoppy amber. I'm told the beer isn't always this hoppy, but it's damn enjoyable.

HopHead84, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

BugTownPub, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

mpenske, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Sicem99, May 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

tedho21, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

BrewCaveDweller, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

ElgranSapo, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Hoptron_3000, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace but is reinforced by many bubbles rising from the bottom, light lacing, mostly clear amber orange color with bits of sediment floating.

Nose is a basic amber, light toasty reddish malts, copper, crystal malts but very little caramel, aromatic malt with a light toasty straw pilsner like malt. Hints of grassy hops.

Taste brings more hops, which aren't the dominant flavor but notable enough to mention first. Grassy and earthy hops bring a bigger bitter bite, (love alliteration) with a light orange rind taste as well. The malts still take the show initially, plenty of toasty reddish malts, light copper malts, and plenty of caramel this time with even a hint of toffee. Smooth with a light floral aromatic feel that adds nicely to it and hint of acidic bite. Finish is fairly bitter as the hops really ramp with the drier finish, with a bitter orange rind hop finish and a bit of caramel malts.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty good, much better than the blonde IMO, this brings a nice malt profile with a nice hop kick balanced well, a dry not sticky finish with a big bitter ramp up and light acidic bite that surprisingly makes my mouth water when the sip is gone.

jlindros, May 04, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear coppery amber with a beige cap that was a combination of fine and soapy bubbles. Good head retention with clumpy and streaky lacing. Malty aroma, not overly sweet though, with some toast and biscuit, grain, and faint herbal hops. Clean flavour with moderate bitterness (started out soft, but was sharper in the finish). More toast and biscuit with light caramel sweetness, slightly grassy with a hint of lemony citrus. Medium bodied with carbonation a bit higher than average, a bit dry with slight astringency. Very fresh tasting and quite drinkable. It's nice to see a someone take a (successful) stab at a less popular style.

DrJay, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-brown colour from the pour with a slight haze, and off-white head is generous and retains nicely. Nose has some toasty/biscuity aromas. On the palate there's a pleasant one-two punch of caramelly malt sweetness followed by bitterness from the hops. More of the toasty/biscuity comes through on the palate as well. Medium bodied and rather sessionable.

yemenmocha, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Offa
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very good altbier.

Reddish orange/copper, it has a smallish tan head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring.

Aroma is caramelly toasty bread crust, earthiness.

Taste is very toasty, lightly caramelly, with nice earthy-leafy hop bitterness, a bit peppery, balanced with light sweetness but just dominating.

Offa, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CrazyDavros, Apr 18, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +11.6%

Amalak, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

biboergosum, Jul 19, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear amber colored beer with a fluffy head, good retention and lacing.

Aroma is mostly toasty malty, hops have a very European taste and aroma, very much in the German Ocktoberfest mold. They’re kind of way in the background beneath the big bready malt character of this beer.

Lightly bitter, not overly hoppy and certainly not an American style amber; fits the altbier category well. Mild sweetness.

Short, dry finish. Clean drinking. Slightly creamy, very smooth, low-medium carbonation. Nice but a little bland.

tobelerone, Jan 26, 2012
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Mission Amber from Mission Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.