Missile IPA - Champion Brewing Company

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Missile IPAMissile IPA

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Champion Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: seanchai on 08-11-2013

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Photo of ordybill
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a strong hoppy aroma with a great citrus addition
Appearance- This is a murky golden color beer with a small white head.
Taste- Great hop flavor with a well balanced citrus follow through.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- A really good beer, this is the first beer I have had from Champion Brewing and I look forward to trying their other brands.

Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Yes, that can reached me by way of woodychandler, a spectacular trader. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, and citrus. Taste is hops, citrus, a bit of pine, a mild bitterness highly drinkable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of smakawhat
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned June 12th 2014.

Deep bronze orange, and hints of peach colors, with a good amount of clarity. Nice slow rising carbonation, bubbles are quite thin to match. Head is light and slightly khaki colored with moderate retention, and a small three finger very soapy head that slowly settles, with no lacing.

Very closed bouquet, but there are some aromas here. Malt seems to hit first with a bit of toasty bread and sweet cinnamon. A little doughy a bit too. Hop angle seems very indistinct and hard to detect. A bit of dank quality peaks out, and there's a sense of burnt grain on this.

Palate isn't really bringing the goods. A bit of a watery base to it. Malt and hop action comes off dry, but also with a very light and extremely chalky aftertaste. Parching. Hints of malt sweetness are completely lost on this adding no more to the flavor.

For an IPA this fresh this is extremely lacking in the hop department for starters. Unfortunately the other qualities of malt presence and the watery body really don't help either. Not horrible but this is a bit of a dud.

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, a thin film of bubbles in between, and bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of oranges from the hops, but isn't nearly as citrusy as the smell. There are also hints of underlying caramel malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has a good balance between the malts and hops. It has some nice flavors of citrus but isn't that bitter.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of MisSigsFan
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark golden color with white head from a can. Smells citrusy and a little malty. A very malt forward IPA in taste. Some citrusy and piney hops. Grapefruit. Smooth bitterness. Not bad at all.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Super quick review. Too one-dimensional to me. I'd like to see more malt characteristics & really any semblance of balance would be nice.

Photo of beerdedking
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice classic American IPA. Typical flavors of citrus (leaning toward tangerine and grapefruit) and pine needles. Resinous with moderate bitterness. Nothing mind blowing, but quite acceptable for any hophead...

Photo of krbrevard
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Less than 10 days in the can so says the date.

a - A nice golden amber, falls right in line w/ most american ipas. Cannot see my fingers through the glass but very nice single finger head.
s - Somewhat floral & citrusey, & a very interesting malt scent. some bread notes, pineyness.
t - piney hoppiness in the front with a surprising malty finish complemented with more hop bitterness in the back. nice attempt on balance.
m - smooth. not too carbonated but the grains are really making it pleasant.
o - A very good intro to Champion Brewing Company.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden honey in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint bright yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of willowy thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange and citrus/grapefruit pith hops over the top of light aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus hops - both orange and grapefruit pith. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Upfront this one is slightly crisp with some hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Better than I expected when I saw the initial score for this beer but I believe in all likelihood I got a really fresh can. The hops flavors were present and the beer was enjoyable though nothing out of this world. Worth grabbing if you can get it fresh.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

My recent forays to NorVA and WASDC have enabled me to stop in at Total Wine & More stores in those areas, which is where this CAN came from in furtherance of The CANQuest ™. Ironically, Champion B.C. now seems to have distro in my home area.

From the CAN: “Ameri[CAN] India Pale Ale”; “An Ameri[CAN] India Pale Ale, with firm bitterness and intense citrusy hop aromas. Made with 2-row pale ale malt and dry-hopped with Simcoe, Cascade, Summit, and more for the full experience of an Ameri[CAN] IPA.”

Missile incoming! I Crack!ed it open and ducked for cover as we had been trained to do. It was moving very quickly and managed to dump part of its payload as it passed over. I watched a pseudo-cascade take place with the fallout resulting in two-plus fingers of dense tawny head that seemed determined to hang around. I deployed the water washdown team to try and CANtain whatever this Missile had dumped into my glass. Color was a slightly-hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose smelled heavily of pine resin with underlying citrus rind. Suddenly, unCANtrollably, my mouth began to drool. They had used chemical warfare in the warhead of this Missile! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely Ameri[CAN] hops in all of their red, white, blue and green glory! Mintiness cooled things down, then citrus rind made it bitter, than the caramel malts kicked in and I think I even got a bit of onion. Whew! If an earlier beer reminded me of how I got hooked on hops, this demonstrated how I maintain my habit at this point. Finish was dry, but not entirely bitter. I could drink a couple/few of these at a time, but that would be plenty. Now, get that Missile the heck offa my deck! I got drinking to do!

Photo of 57md
3.87/5  rDev +6%

Cloudy light copper. Hoppy nose and a flavor profile that nicely blends citrus notes and mild hops.

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just avg in the field of great ipas

Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An ok IPA but nothing noteworthy. Pours a crystal clear light copper color. Small to medium sized white head with average retention and some bands of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mild citrus hops..The more floral Simcoe hops probably provide most of the aroma.

Taste is ok. There is some bitterness there balanced by bready malts. Mouthfeel is a bit weak and watery, Somewhat crisp and bitter, but definitely lacking.

Good thirst quencher but nothing special.

Photo of B33randen
4.49/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Champion's flagship beer. Have not had a chance to try it in a can, but this beer is a lot better than most people are making it out to be. Up there with Virginia's best IPAs (not that Virginia houses the best). Expect to see this making it around - especially considering how quickly this microbrewery is growing.

Photo of uvachief
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Solid and smooth American IPA. Pours a huge head. This is out of a can. Cloudy golden orange color. Head lingers. Smells of hops and citrus. Smooth and slightly or minimally creamy with flavors of hops and citrus. Hides the bitterness well. Orange peel maybe? Little lemon. Clean finish with a little kick back of bitterness. But still a good solid effort. Well done.

Photo of pDubs
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I just got a single in a DIY 6 pack. It could have been the beer was old or maybe heated or something. It just tasted funky to me.

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Very, very bitter and with a weird (not unpleasant) aroma that resembles soap. A very unusual combination that makes this a very unique IPA. Best enjoyed with some food.

Photo of Zraly
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium gold with a two finger head. A bit of pine and citrus peel in the nose.

Malt is slightly sweet with a subtle buttered toast note. Medium-boded. Carbonation is nice. Finish is assertive and a bit astringent. Dry. A bit rough around the edges and has an element that is a bit "unclean" to my palate. It's decent but not necessarily a "go to" IPA for me. The market is saturated with IPAs -- and many good ones at that -- it might be hard to convince me to buy another six pack of this. But if offered or dealing with a limited selection, I could definitely deal with this for an evening.

Probably not bad with some crackers, mustard and sharp cheddar cheese.

Photo of seanchai
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very solid IPA, especially for Virginia. More bitter than floral in the taste, it still goes down very smoothly. I would say it's similar to Stone IPA in how it's constructed. This is their flagship beer. They just released a Habanero version of this beer that I am anxious to try.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

A good chunk of pine in your mouth. Kind of a bready yeasty thing going on too. But the dominant feature is pine. More robust and somewhat more east coast in its execution; but still nice.

Photo of HotBeerJosh
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very awesome (although not accurate) artwork on the front.

Taste is light, with some hops, but I also get a taste of something candy like.

Color is beautiful.

I think this will appeal to even the casual beer drinker. My wife enjoyed it!

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good piney notes, but a bit thin in mouthfeel.

Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. Canned on 5/20/14

A - Pours a nice crystal clear light copper hue with a one finger creamy white head that fades to leave a very thin blanket. No real side lacing at all.

S - Aromas of malty sweetness, maybe some light herbal earthy hops, faint caramel and floral notes. Nothing really jumpy.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. The malty sweetness isnt quite as assertive, and there is a faint faint bitter finish. The hops are more floral than herbal now, light earthiness. Alcohol hidden well.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, though still someone feels a bit on the watery side. Alcohol still hidden.

O - Overall, this isnt a bad IPA, especially from the state of origin. Still though, would like say a different hop profile than what this one has going for it. That being said, it is quite drinkable.

Photo of clayrock81
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a red brown body with good head and lace patches on top of a citric hopped aroma with minor caramel sweetness. Beer isn't bad and isn't that hard to drink but it's mostly hops, no real sweetness or balance, the hops don't give off much flavor other than some earthy, citric flavors that just leave you drinking a dry hoppy beer (thankfully not nuking your tastebuds). Nothing spectacular but by no means a train wreck, either.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

my first beer from these guys and i really agree with the ratings (yes it does happen sometimes). i think is one is better than average, but pretty straight forward. lots of malt balance to this thing, but a ton of bitterness too. caramel malts flesh it out a bit, and add maybe a little more fermentable sugar than i need in a can of ipa. this is right on the threshold of being too much alcohol for me. i mean, you cant taste it or smell it or anything more than normal, but after two, a third one of these is a commitment to a buzz. hops are boldly added, but i end up with a lot more bitterness than other hop character. its not a poor effort, but there is enough beer out there that does exactly this, and so its nothing special for me. i like the carbonation though, really lively. im curious to try some of their other stuff though, it looks like they have a large portfolio.

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Missile IPA from Champion Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.