Mission IPA | Mission Brewery

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Mission IPAMission IPA
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Mission IPAMission IPA

Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Stoneman78 on 11-04-2007

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Ratings: 547 |  Reviews: 173
Reviews by Intrinsic:
Photo of Intrinsic
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems quite underrated on here. It pours a beautiful golden orange colour, with a head that sticks around and very nice lacing. Slightly cloudy. Very appetizing. The smell is OK, but nothing special. I could make out some citrus hops but that's about it. The taste brings it up a notch, however, with amazing pine and citrus hops. Very bitter, probably above 70 IBUs. Very dry finish, great mouthfeel. Overall, I love this beer. Great stuff.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new brewery to show up here in the triad,its a pretty exiting time here in the triad of NC.Poured into a imperial nonic a clear copper color with a tight formed one finger white head that held pretty well.Aromas are big cascade hops,very citric and leafy over top of caramel sweetness.Flavors are very earthy and dry,not much fruitiness from the hops,a big caramel/biscuit malt base holds thru the finish.Its a pretty good IPA,I would like more citrus and/or leafiness on the palate though.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a thin-looking brownnish-orange in color, somewhat unattractive I must say, with a head that came up decently but showed poor retention.

Smell - There are some good west coast hops up front but the malt base is completely unsatisfactory. I'm getting sone rough grain in the nose that ruins the nice hop bouquet.

Taste - The awful grain comes out more at the taste making this a huge disappointment.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit thin for me but I enjoyed the crisp bittering.

Drinkability - The stiff hop bitters are the only thing that kept me from pouring this down the sink. This is a clumsy, off-balance, and rather cheap effort at a style that should have been a home run for this brewery.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Beaver13
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, dank, oniony hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a a big piney, resiny hop finish. There's a little onion but not as much as expected from the nose. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA. It has good bitterness but a bit of onion.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.

Pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops. The flavor is more of the same with nice resiny flavor as well as some orange citrus notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. My first beer from Mission, I look forward to trying more of their products.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Brien's. Pours clear orange-gold with a frothy white head and medium lacing. Fresh, clean hop aroma. Mostly grapefruit and orange with an earthy resin. Sticky hops in the taste mixed with a light biscuit finish. Strong hop tastes without being a wannabe IIPA. One of the best.

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Photo of Jackalope1977
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Milkysunshine
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of virinow
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of juicebox
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Pklimas
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of STLGriff
1/5  rDev -72.7%

Photo of rringler
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very clear dark straw color, with about a 1/4 to 1/2 finger of white, medium sized bubbles. The head dissipates quickly into a fine film that covers about three quarters of the surface. It leaves very little lacing on my chilled glass.

S: Lots of grapefruit sour and bready malts. This is smells quite big.

T: Does not taste nearly as big as it smells. It does have a (mild) grapefruit start, and a bready middle, followed by a mild+/moderate hop finish, but the taste is no where near as intense as the smell. No boozy taste at all, which I wouldn't expect from a 6.8% abv.

M: Medium-/Medium body, a little quicker and slicker, but maybe that's because I drink a lot of DIPAs. Carbonation is just shy of average, but still fits the style. Unlike most DIPAs, I could probably drink two or three fo these before my tongue cries uncle.

O: My biggest complaint with this beer is I wish it delivered on that great smell. Lots of things going for this beer, but I'd like to see the taste kicked up a few notches. Good brew, but it's only going to tease your sour/sweet/malty/bitter buds. :-)

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank this stuff a couple of times, below average for SD County, above average for the rest of the world.

Amber and orange appearance, faintest whiff of bitter and hops.

Caramel and bitterness, not a big hop profile or flavor, nothing really stands out here. I mean, talk about the standard. Its good, not great, good not bad. Seemed a little heavier in the abv than the taste. Just more malt forward than others, which I guess is one way this doesn't come off as typical for the region.

Price is average I guess, I think you can score these around $5 a 22.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper orange hue with a bright slightly off white head forms thick nice cloudy chunky lacing. Aroma has a nice biscuity malt tone, some faint hops citrus and slightly floral but to be honest it's not popping like a fresh hop nose. No dates found on the bottle, I'm wondering if this is brand new in the Pittsburgh market was this bottle sent from Southeastern PA? We have had problems from Philly area distributors sending some lesser than fresh examples. D's said they just got this in and the beer isn't popping with hops. There's a slight lemony bitterness mild biscuit breadiness but nowhere near the level of hops I'm expecting from a San Diego IPA, seems stale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is moderate and it's slightly oily on the palate. Drinkability overall isn't what I was expecting from a new West Coast IPA in the Burgh, go find a fresh example and send me one and let me find out why brand new bottles from D's aren't tasting so fresh, I do know Hoodie the beer guy.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of dblipajunkie
2.14/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pwoods
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rmseven4 for this nice extra.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Fire-y orange copper, semi opaque. Medium head forms nearly pearl white and holds for a little bit before dieing to a moderate skim and producing decent lacing.

S: Decent citrus and pine from the Casc/Cent but there definitely smells like there is a English hop in there as well. Grassy, even a field/pollen floral side to the hops. The malts almost seem to overbalance a bit for an IPA. Light grain and biscuit with a touch of sweetness.

T/M: More of the big Casc/Cent hops going on but there's still that touch of Euro hop in the backdrop, and is quickly rushed away by the aggressive American hopping. Bitterness is at a decent level for an IPA but is quickly flushed by the above average sweetness from the biscuit and cereal grain malts. A touch of spiciness in the back that's making me think rye, but I don't think that's the case. Body is medium with suitable carbonation.

D: Decently easy to drink, goes down easy enough. ABV is manageable.

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Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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