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Mission Amber - Mission Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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  rDev -12.8%

Irrationalist, May 11, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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 +16.3%

Sicem99, May 02, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

SocalKicks, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of xnapshot
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

xnapshot, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of vr6corrado
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

vr6corrado, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of loupap
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

loupap, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of jscottku21
3/5  rDev -12.8%

jscottku21, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of mrelizabeth
3/5  rDev -12.8%

mrelizabeth, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +1.7%

fiedler84, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev +16.3%

tedho21, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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 -15.7%
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
Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -12.8%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Viciousknishs
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
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 -27.3%

funkel81, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of heresy22
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

heresy22, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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
Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of kflorence
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

kflorence, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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 MrOH
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

MrOH, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

HalfFull, May 13, 2011
Mission Amber from Mission Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.