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Mission Amber - Mission Brewery

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Mission AmberMission Amber

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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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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

AlexM, Aug 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

TongoRad, Aug 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

InfernoBoss, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -13%

ejimhof, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of MikeDre
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

MikeDre, May 26, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/21/12
*From notes

A: Rustic amber-orange in color. It looks just like a Marzen. A generous pour yields an off-white two finger head. Clean and filtered. Solid lacing and collar follow.

S: Lots of golden, maybe slightly toasted grains. Earthy. I get a really peanut-like quality to it.

T: Also very nutty. It's got an almond-peanut-cashew thing going on. It's also pretty plain jane and drinks (as it looks) a lot like an Marzen. A bit green on the finish. No real hops, which coming from a downtown San Diego brewery, is disappointing.

M: Feels like a decent session brew. The carbonation is a bit light, and the body a tad thin. It ain't bad, but it's not overly memorable either.

O: Not a whole lot going on with this Amber. Not nearly as expressive as I'd like, though if I was looking to crush a sixer, I guess this would do. Not bad, just not all that great.

Rhettroactive, May 22, 2012
Photo of Irrationalist
3/5  rDev -13%

Irrationalist, May 11, 2012
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
Photo of Sicem99
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Sicem99, May 02, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

SocalKicks, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of xnapshot
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

xnapshot, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of vr6corrado
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

vr6corrado, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of loupap
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

loupap, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of jscottku21
3/5  rDev -13%

jscottku21, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of mrelizabeth
3/5  rDev -13%

mrelizabeth, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

mactrail, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of fiedler84
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

fiedler84, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev +15.9%

tedho21, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
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
Photo of rawfish
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

rawfish, Jan 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Viciousknishs
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Viciousknishs, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of funkel81
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

funkel81, Jan 12, 2012
Mission Amber from Mission Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.