Mission IPA
Mission Brewery

Mission IPAMission IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,495
Ranked #39,970
3.69 | pDev: 12.74%
Mission Brewery
California, United States
Mission IPAMission IPA
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle:

Pours golden yellow with a fluffy lasting head. Spotted rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus (grapefruit and orange) with pine.

The taste is of light citrus, some pine. Caramelized bread balances it out in the middle. Bitterness, along with spicy black pepper, shows in the finish.

It is light-bodied (as intended, according to the description on the label). A bit too light for the style, allowing the alcohol to show. But, it holds together well enough.

A fairly standard IPA, but a decent/good one. It does show the IPA bitterness.

Oct 20, 2019
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FireMedk from California

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

San Diego Mission brewery made IPA had the hops, citrus and pine I expected. Light golden color with very little carbonation. Strong malt aftertaste but smooth, with a bitter taste that lingers. Good refreshing IPA.

Oct 11, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mixture of light orange and amber colors, 1/2" white head. Aroma was cascade hops.

Caramel, crystal malt, high bitterness. The 90s ipa playbook. Lacking hop flavor beyond grapefruit bitterness. Alcohol not really covered up given the deep malt bill.

I don't know how these guys survive in San Diego. Their stuff is pretty average, which is all fine and dandy anywhere else, but in SD? This is way below average stuff.

Jun 03, 2016
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Day 3 of my Cali road trip/west coast ipa binge. Post Mt. Manuel hike beer at Maiden.

Rusty brown color with minimal head and no retention. Smells like grapefruit and pine with a little honey sweet malt. Tastes like it smells. Big, searing bitter is the most notable characteristic.

Mar 15, 2016
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NateDyk47 from Michigan

3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L- pretty light, not much head
S- hint of orange
T- bitter, slight citrus flavor
F- lightly carbonated, easy drinking

Overall- nothing social, but not bad

Dec 12, 2015
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SSS from Canada (QC)

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy yellow orange colour with an off white head
S-A floral aroma with fruit notes and honey
M-light to medium body with moderate carbonation
T-Bitterness lingers on the palate and hits you up front. A malt backbone is at the front with a subtle honey flavour
O-A decent IPA, but missing on a few marks

Nov 15, 2015
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a gentle bronzed yellow to orange color with a finger's worth of foamy white head. Dissipates at a nice pace and leaves some messy somewhat stringy lacing.
The smell had some citrus and pine running over a cool sweet caramel malt, seems like it's pretty well blended.
The taste took those blends to be mainly sweet but the bitterness is trying not to take a backseat.
The mouthfeel has about a light to medium sort of body with a nice crisp sessionability about it. Carbonation seems to even run fairly light allowing the IBU's to show up a bit more in the harshness feel.
Overall, my first Mission beer, hopefully, it won't be my last, I'd have this again.

Nov 06, 2015
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Jsteez from Utah

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good summer drinking IPA. Mellow pine and grapefruit; slight sweet malt undertones. Some good sticky lace and a 2 finger head; orange and murky. Cheers!

Sep 24, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a nice foamy head. Aroma of dry citrusy hops notes with light piney notes is refreshing. Taste is a nice mix between some refreshing piney notes with some light citrus and dry caramel notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed IPA that doesn’t necessarily steer form the beaten track.

Sep 02, 2015
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LennyOvies from Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L- Clear yellow body and a nice creamy white head.
S- Fresh hops aroma, pine and some tangerine.
T- Starts fresh, only malts. Then hops jump out.
F- Smooth, slightly buttery.
O- Easy drink IPA, lacks strength for the style

Aug 04, 2015
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car2052 from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Hazy orange color, with a non-existent head.
S: Slight pine, heavy orange and grapefruit, grape, and some light bread.
T: Heavy bitterness up front, with a bit of a sour note. Light notes of grapefruit juice at middle of taste. Bitterness stays throughout.
M: Light side of medium.
O: Not my favorite flavors from an IPA.

Jun 07, 2015
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a huge head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is pine forest, orange and lemon. Nice.
The taste is moderately bitter. Solid.
The texture is crisp.
It's a nice, balanced IPA.

Apr 20, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm drinking a 32 oz can. Popping the can releases a big whiff of resiny hops but then it settles down to rich malt and white bread aromas. Pours hazy gold under a 2” white foam cap with a very light gold tint and very fine, uniform bubbles. It quickly settles down to a thick lacy foam. It attacks the palate with big melon to tropical fruit and then finishes with a long lasting drying, slightly astringent bitterness that is pretty close to grapefruit rind and lingers on, slowly mellowing out with traces of sweet berry. It has a very creamy texture with a very fine bead.

Mar 16, 2015
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hophugger from Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours cloudy orange with a decent head and excellent lacing that lingers for a long time !!. Aroma is mild with both pine and citrus coming forward. Taste is average with the hops biting at the tongue and a hint of citrus rind. Carbonation is good and end taste is bitter. The end bitterness is almost too much, even bringing out a slight metallic taste. Overall, decent IPA, my first brew from Mission.........

Sep 25, 2014
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Hoppsbabo from England

4/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Orangey gold body with a chewy white head and chunky lacing.
S: Orange marmalade and fudge.
T: Nice and bitter. Orange marmalade with some elderflower is the hop profile. Alleluia, it has malt character, one which is kind of syrupy and slightly biscuity. When it all comes together on the tongue there's a nice bite. It's slightly sweet and rightly so. Despite the bitterness it's not astringient. Towards the end there's tea leaves.
O: American IPAs are a homogeneous bunch. Some are great and some are shit. This was great, but not as good as Sculpin. I imagine fresh it's probably fantastic.

Aug 18, 2014
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kingmaxwell from California

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a tasty IPA from Mission Brewery. The aroma is citrus hops when cracked open and the smell is sustained when poured into the glass.

The flavor of the beer is lightly hop tainted smooth beer. It has a balanced taste with no punishing heavy alcohol or malt taste that seems to hurt some other IPAs. Smooth, drinkable, friendly and a great after-taste.

I poured it from a 22 to a pint glass for reasoned appreciation. Frothy head and a sustained lemon hop flavor. An excellent pairing with spicy vegetarian food.

Jul 02, 2014
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utfiero from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- hazy apricot.

Aroma- sweet nectarine, like a fruity butterscotch.

Taste- Starts buttery and smooth, orange and nectarine notes, finishing mild with a lingering balanced tartness.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted December 2012.

Jun 29, 2014
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BeerWizard from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack for about $10. Bottle has a respectably cool label, and lists ABV at 6.8%, and I do like my IPA's right around 7% so I'm good with that. Also says it won the bronze at the '07 GABF - almost 7 years ago now but I guess that's still somewhat relevant. Lists cascade and centennial as the hops, and also promises balance from light malt. Let's see.

Poured into a Chimay goblet, golden, honey-colored, clarified, average effervescence, slightly off white head that reduces to a fine sheet of bubbles and a collar around the rim of the glass fairly quickly (but these Chimay glasses are short so I didn't go for a huge pour).

Nose is dry, obviously hoppy, some light fruit underneath, a few candy/berry-like notes, but not presenting itself as a big, juicy, tropical IPA.

First sip: nice, almost delicate citrus profile, and it's good. Second sip and I notice more citrus but some of the malt the label advertised as well, and it is somewhat balanced, though I'd say leans more towards hops. Citrus definitely deepens as you go further in, with orange and tangerine. Carbonation is light-medium, medium mouthfeel with a little airiness to it, and bitter finish. Light booze throughout, and there is also some floral character.

Overall I like this. I've had IPA's that were just big and malty and hoppy, and I don't think Mission achieved this, but it is definitely a good IPA. Probably not going into my rotation, but this is solid and makes me want to try some of their other offerings.

Mar 04, 2014
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rawfish from California

3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz bomber. Pours a shade above amber, good clarity with a thin white film of head. Retention isn't really there and the few flecks of lacing on the glass have very little staying power.

Big malt profile of bready grain, caramel sweetness and honey crackers. Hops follow up with citrus and pine, fruity notes follow. Tangerine and orange citrus, very sweet, pine is balancing and there is a whiff of apricots/soft stone fruit. Alcohol is dampered, full profile on the nose, just rather boring.

Balanced, bready malt with honey crackers and some stale grainy bits. Hops really rock a strong tangerine and sweet citrus note to start. There it begins to devolve into pine and herbal flavors and bitterness. Aftertaste is flat orange citrus and earthy/muddy bitterness that the alcohol only serves to strengthen. West coast hop IPA that comes off as muddled.

Typical of Mission brews that I've had to this point it has a substantial body, definitely above average for the style. Lacking in carbonation to adequately lift the hop flavors to make them pop. Malt is sticky and muddy bitterness provides some drying that gets brightened with alcohol.

A really clunky IPA, drink cold for best results. Mission puts in a nice west coast hop profile that has its bright citrus and stone fruit moment. Then gets swallowed up in the malt, low carbonation and earthy bitterness, when warmer this beer was very difficult to put down.

Feb 18, 2014
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jra173 from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had this on tap at the brewery. nice golden/light amber color with a yellowish tint on the head. this was a good IPA and i was certainly not disappointed. This has a nice hop aroma and bitterness but not over the edge and a nice malt backbone to back it up. I also had the zythos and would recommend trying both...my preference was the zythos.

Oct 24, 2013
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anon from California

3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Previously rated but picked up again for a proper review.

Clear copper on the poor with a two-finger faint cream and copper coloured head and some sticky lacing.

Hops are present and floral on the nose but slightly subdued by the clear-cut presence of the malt profile. The cascade hops make their presence known the instant this brew hits your taste buds. Strong pine resin bitterness up front with grapefruit and citrus rind hit hard but are knocked ajar a bit by the caramely maltiness. Very tropical and earthy but I feel this could have been balanced out a bit better.

That doesn't mean this is a bad brew by any means. A very straightforward take on the style. Nothing groundbreaking but definitely a solid IPA.

Sep 09, 2013
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Brenden from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is a thickly clouded dark yellow-orange color. The head, tinted yellow, is almost one finger tall and shows some substance. Retention is good, and stick is quite good as well, some patchy lacing left nicely.
It might be a little strong on the malts, but it has a solid hops presence overall. Toffee and caramel sweetness balance the mostly resinous hops, some orange in there as well. There's a doughy biscuit note in the malts, too, and a bit of musk.
The falvor carries over pretty much the same. It's pretty good, but could use a more hop-forward approach as well as depth.
The body is medium and there's a firm crispness. It's also pretty smooth. The one thing that detracts is that there's a bit of slickness to it.

Sep 09, 2013
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed light orange brown color. Just under one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average and just a few wisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Citrusy hops - orange, mango, and papaya. A touch of sugary hops as well. Light caramel maltiness and some bready yeastiness. Smells good, but doesn't stand out among the myriad others.

3.5 T: Moderate bitterness. Citrusy hop flavor with the fruits mentioned above. Bready yeastiness and a mild caramel sweetness.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, but a little bity. Light creaminess and a bit chewy from the yeast.

3.25 D: Again, solid all around, but it loses some zeal from the style being ubiquitous.

Sep 09, 2013
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is gold, nice effervescence, head is 1/4 inch thick dissipating to a ring, light lacing.

Smell is hop dominated with very solid hop bitterness, more resinous, piney. Malt is present in the background, clean, light toast or biscuit.

Taste is pretty clean, again hop bitter dominated, mostly resinous, some grapefruit; malt flavors are pretty clean, not too sweet, nice toast noted but very clean flavors.

Mouthfeel is on the stronger side for ipa, very bitter, but worthwhile because the hop flavors are enjoyable, not too sweet or cloying.

Overall, a very solid ipa, clean flavors, somewhat subdued malt presence with a heavy dose of resinous/piney hops.

Jul 24, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. San Diego breweries showing up on Alberta store shelves unfortunately eat into my plans for visiting that fair city in the near future. I'd say 'stop it!'. But don't, seriously.

This beer pours a glassy, medium-dark golden yellow hue, with two fingers of restrained puffy, bubbly, kind of anemic dirty white head, which leaves a semi-complete vista of dripping paint lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of bready, lightly crackery pale malt, a bit of watered-down caramel, orange and grapefruit citrus zest, a slight meaty fruitiness, a hint of aged lemon, some wet pine needles, and a further musty floral essence. The taste is again quite understated - no big hoppy how-do-ya-do, no blast of citrus or pine, just a subdued version of the same. The fruitiness is muddled and again kind of meaty, which retards its expected elan, with the malt equally bereft of big caramel/toffee notes, content in its pale, grainy maltiness. No evidence of the near 7 points of ABV, so, well, good.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, just a mild prickliness here and there, the body a supple medium weight, and actually decently smooth, the hops not that sort of boy. It finishes off-dry, the middling citrus hops and caramel-aspirant malt in a duel of the increasingly dull.

I hate to sound off so ill on this particular brewery, but this IPA leaves my skirt secure in its draping limpness. It's not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it could use a hefty dose of crispness, sass, and fruity bitterness. Without that, this unfortunately seems to be a gateway IPA, from a surely Champagne room purveyor.

Jul 23, 2013
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