Mission Amber - Mission Brewery
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3.5/5 rDev +1.4%
The classic amber color. Quite hoppy at first sip, like a Pale Ale. More malty in the body, though, and plenty of carbonation. Lots of the browned biscuit taste. Bitter lemon flavor. Nose of roast malt is the best feature. Otherwise it's very plain. There is just a hint of cardboard taste. Kind of savory and salty in the aftertaste, along with the bitterness.
On tap at the brewery's Skid Row location in San Diego.
02-09-2012 05:23:37 | More by mactrail
3.78/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
01-26-2012 15:52:23 | More by tobelerone
2.9/5 rDev -15.9%
Pours a clear amber with highlights of cherry wood. A small soapy cap of off white foam forms atop that keeps just long enough to deposit some spotty lacing on the glass.
Stale bread, wild berry and a touch of caramel on the nose. Some herbaceous odd notes on the back end. Malt and hops smell equally balanced neither of which is very pleasant.
Crusty bread, heavy caramel and a touch smokey without much sweetness. Hops come in herbaceous with pine undertones, followed by a earth steady bitterness that comes in phenolic but disappears as the beer warms. Very little crispness or drying on the back end. Well balanced but comes off as an esb and not a altbier.
A bit heavier body than expected with moderate carbonation. Bitterness gives the impression of dryness though it doesn't really clear out the hops and medicinal feel.
Very average fare in my opinion comes off heavy handed in both the malts and hops, neither of which were handled very pleasantly. It was much more drinkable warm as the plastics fade. An affordable session beer if you like ESBs and medicinal hops.
01-23-2012 00:55:23 | More by rawfish
3.08/5 rDev -10.7%
A- pours a medium amber color with a finger of off white head. Ok retention.
S- malt forward aromas with notes of caramel, crusty bread and a subtle spiciness.
T- also malt driven in the flavor. Notes of caramel, toasty crusty bread and a substantial grain characterize the brew. A touch of leafy hop just for some balance on the dry crisp finish.
MF- dusty grainy mouthfeel with a light medium body and medium carbonation.
D- drinkable just not that exciting.
01-20-2012 03:08:21 | More by Viciousknishs
4/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
12-13-2011 15:12:49 | More by HopHead84
3.13/5 rDev -9.3%
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
3.9/5 rDev +13%
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.
08-22-2011 15:02:34 | More by DrJay
3.68/5 rDev +6.7%
Hazy amber with no head.
Toffeeish malt, some herbal hops
Deep, rich malt flavor for the color, with a nice bitter hop bite at the end. Well balanced.
Medium bodied, slightly sticky, low carbonation.
A pretty good everyday beer. Probably wouldn't buy it again, though.
08-11-2011 22:48:32 | More by MrOH
3.58/5 rDev +3.8%
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
2.85/5 rDev -17.4%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is super-foamy. Pours a bright, crystal clear, pinkish-toned copper coloring with an off-white head that is big bubbled and lightly packed, and finally settles into about half an inch. Slightly sweet and sour caramel malt smells on the nose. The taste has the same caramel characteristics, but also a smokey tone that blends well with the sweet flavors. Very malty, but not overly sweet. The beer is dry and crisp, and the aftertaste again has that slight smoked quality to it. Very interesting. The finish lingers a bit with the caramel flavors. Nothing really outstanding about this one, but nothing overly disappointing, either.
03-31-2011 01:58:06 | More by GarthDanielson
3.33/5 rDev -3.5%
A: Very fizzy, clumpy head, that died pretty quickly. Odd color separation & tiny particles floating around. Amber color looks a little thin.
S: Cola, steel, some light berries, caramel, maple syrup. A little earthy. The sweetness of the aroma is a bit overpowering.
T: A nice, sweet maltiness, with a minor hop kick. The taste is considerably more balanced than the smell, but I would prefer a little less sweetness. Decent, but not a standout amber.
M: Sticky and a bit grainy
D: Overall, a good attempt, but it could use some improvement. I don't think I'll be rushing to try their other beers anytime soon.
12-10-2010 01:56:51 | More by missingsense
Mission Amber from Mission Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.