Mission IPA | Mission Brewery

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Mission IPAMission IPA

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottles now available in NY state. Cloudy yellow with soapy white head, 3/8 of an inch retained. Some thick lace residue. Slight hop aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, though tongue numbing carbonation. Pleasant enough citrus. Average American IPA. Tongue still numb several minutes later.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red/dark amber color with a nice white head. Assertive pineapple nose with medium body and a creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of pleasant pine, pine resin and grapefruit skin. Long resin/grapefruit finish. This is actually an elegant IPA, very well balanced and quite drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear orange-gold with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink but has a better taste than smell.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a whole lot better than the shipwrecked imperial, regardless of ratings. this pours nice and light, like a Molson golden, with zesty rising carbonation accumulating into just a quarter inch of light white head. good lacing. the nose is lighter than expected for a beer that claims to use centennial hops. its balanced by pale but fuller flavored malt, and the hops are a little fruity, but still nice and bitter. orange and flowery, very springtime as an ipa, not super bitter, but crisp enough to be refreshing. light enough to be majorly drinkable, no creativity on the malt, its very straightforward. full enough to let the hips shine through, but thin and clean enough to drink easily. excellent carbonation. in some ways this beer is better than its ratings, its got a sturdy abv, its pleasurably drinkable, and packs hops in without being filling at all. a nice release for summer time, and coming in under 10 bucks a sixer, its something I will probably come back to again.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is light copper orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense creamy off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit stands out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrusy hops along with hints of caramel malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it has a good balance between the malts and the hops.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capone's this past weekend.

Pours a mild brown copper with an off white head and a good amount of lacing. Smell is pretty plain with some caramel and hints of citrus hops. Flavor profile is pretty much the same although the hops are a bit more muted. Definitely not the type of IPA I generally expect out of California. Mouthfeel is slightly sweet with much dryness or bitterness. Drinkability is average--no real defects, just not a stand out among the many great examples of the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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 NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mission IPA.
I drank a lot of these while I was in San Diego last year. It was pretty much my fall back beer. I thought of it as kind of an amped up Sierra Nevada pale ale. I can't remember the place though ~ isn't that odd? I had no idea where Mission was from at the time (it was just another Cali beer to me), but looking at a map now, I could have probably walked there from my hotel!

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange body beneath a full head of frothy off-white foam that holds remarkably well and leaves behind sheets of spotty and streaky lace.

Aroma: Not overly blown, but decidedly hoppy. Gently citrusy and softly pine-like hop notes amidst biscuity malt.

Flavor: Tightly combined flavors of biscuity malt and piney, leafy, and citrusy hops around a bold bitterness. Grassy and floral notes appear in the dry, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a dextrinous edge. Crisp carbonation gently bristles the tongue.

Drinkability: It's not a slap you in the face IPA, it's a little too malty for that. Neither is it a punch you in the face IPA... it's not quite bitter and hoppy enough. BUT, it's an IPA to be sure! That said, it's not overly bitter and it doesn't display any raspy or overly resinous hops that might put some tasters off. It offers a solid, gently sweet malt base that's part of its showcase, but they've kept it balanced. That leaves it fairly accessible to a wide audience while still offering more than enough character for seasoned tasters. Nicely done.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color in the Pilsener glass. Decent lacing. Pleasant mouthfeel. Lots of rich and mellow malt. Crisp and touch of grapefruit. Hops are full, lots of resin, and very flavorful. Long aftertaste with fruity flavors. Bitterness is just on the pleasant side.

Quite drinkable but not exceptional IPA. Actually that's good, since it makes a pleasant quaff without overblown hops. Good with food. Glad to see it in a restaurant with only a few and unadventurous taps.

09/11/12 update - Enjoyed this at Mitch's Seafood in San Diego. A totally friendly and big malt sort of IPA. Very spicy and on the acidic side. Piney and pineappley. On the whole, a big and highly drinkable IPA. I would raise my "overall" score to 4.5.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours up a clear, orange-amber body with a half inch of frothy, off-white head.

Smell: The initial waft of pale maltiness bring along hints of sweet-scented toffee. Ah, there's the hops, with notes of discard lemon peels (pith and all). Even at this early stage it seems rather, well, subdued hopwise, as I don't detect any abhorrent caustic qualities or powderized resin or distilled pine extract.

Taste: Pale malts with a streak of toffee candy sweetness. The Centennial and Cascade hops deliver a citrusy taste of sugar-sprinkled lemon peel along with lesser floral and fruity flavors, but with only a medium bitterness, seemingly a bit short of the purported 66 IBUs mark. Even this settles into a dull, easy-going bitterness which loiters around until the dry, slightly citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A tad oily on the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Mission IPA is a good beer, though, perhaps for an India Pale Ale that's a bit too balanced and well-mannered, as it lands on the lower, maltier end of the IPA spectrum, particularly for a West Coast rendering. However, skimming the reviews afterward, it seems it's either too malt or too harshly bitter, so if Mission can just run down the middle there, maybe we'd all be happier.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polished kumquat with banana peel borders and a big juicy orange ball indicating the rising sun behind the glass. The crown is somewhere between ivory and ecru, with a wonderful texture and the beginnings of some pretty attractive looking lace. A good start.

The nose is better than average, but the malt is as prominent as the hops, which is rarely a good thing in an IPA. Cascade and Centennial give off their usual citrusiness, along with that musky funkiness (reminiscent of ganja) that often indicates hops that have some age on them. Time to see what the buds have to say.

The bomber is pretty fresh, so age shouldn't be a factor. That's important because Mission IPA isn't as hoppy as it could be. It drinks like the IBU count is 46 rather than 66. There's a little too much toasted maltiness for my liking, and sweetness easily matches bitterness throughout most of the mouthful. This isn't bad beer, it just doesn't bring it like it should.

Sticking with mostly pale malt and throttling back on the barley is the first change I'd make. MIPA tastes like a slightly lower ABV DIPA. Of course, jacking up the hop load is never a bad idea either. Although the C-hops don't deliver their usual grapefruit juicy high notes, there is a fair amount of mid-range lupulin flavor to be had. Steely caramel and an oaky woodiness are in play as well. Yeah, I know the beer wasn't barrel-aged.

The mouthfeel is medium-full for the style and is somewhat slick. Again, think sugary DIPA. Laid back carbonation is usually right up my alley, but this one could use more bubbles to provide volume and lift.

Despite the fact that 'San Diego County' is displayed proudly on the label, Mission IPA is a wilting flower compared to most Southern California IPAs. Less malt and more hops should fix it right up. Unless the brewery is willing to make those changes, I'd say stick with the tried-and-true versions from that region of the country.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra recently and decided to open it up with dinner last night. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/24/2009.

The pour was nice, very typical for the style with a rich amber color and a nice bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass to reinforce the inch of white head that capped the top of the glass. Nice aroma of oranges and light pine notes melded well with hints of a biscuit like malt that came in as it warmed and balanaced it out very nicely. First sip came with a biting hint of pine that puckered the lips for a second but mellowed into a semi sugary citrus like flavor. Crisp with a nice medium body and good carbonation. Smooth middle palate has a nice balance to it before the finish dries out and leaves you looking for another taste.

Overall pretty darn solid IPA. Not the best in the world, but pretty darn good.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A 22 oz. bottle poured into my Piraat tulip glass. The beer is clear, copper color with a small white head that leaves very nice lacing.

S: The aroma is fairly fruity and sweet. The hops have a tropical fruit smell, such as mango and pineapple. There is also a substantial malt component.

T: The taste is similar to the nose. The fruitiness from the hops are the initial flavor. Following that is a very, very sweet, almost sugar like. Thankfully, the finish is very bitter and piney.

M: The feel is a bit slick, and the carbonation could be a bit more abundant.

D: The drinkability is quite high, which is not surprising for a 6.5-7% IPA. The candy sweetness takes away from my enjoyment of the beer, but the intensely bitter finish helps out.

One suggestion to Mission is to date these IPA bottles. I have no idea if this is a fresh bottle or if it's been sitting around for months.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.54/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gadzooks! Where did this beer come from? Was it a gift/extra in a trade? Did I buy it locally? Did my cousin bring it for me? I am losing my mind. Please accept my apologies if it came from you.

From the bottle: "Fraught with hops complex, vigorous and virile. Endowed with a subtle malt character for a sturdy and balanced ale. Our Award-Winning interpretation of the popular style reflects both the history of the IPA and the distinctive and relatively modern American version. Cascade and Centennial hops are employed generously and the result is an earthy ale that is most drinkable."

My pour created a finger of tawny head with rather low retention that created some nice lacing as it fell. Color was a hazy, murky orangish-yellow. The nose hit me with an explosion of minty, piney hops and my salivary glands kicked into high gear. I am a Hops Junkie and I readily cop to it. I am no longer under the Hops Thrall as I once was, but I need to maintenance drink the occasional IPA to fend off withdrawal symptoms, lest I shake like a dog passing a bone. The mouthfeel was full, approaching creamy and while I did not achieve an outright bone, I have to cop to a chubby. This was what I was craving - minty, piney hops just running wild across my tongue, leaving nothing in their wake, not unlike the Scrubbing Bubbles I used in my shower the other day. The horror of yet another Minhas beer began to fade into memory and I was no longer jonesin'. Cue The Forgotten Rebels and their Top 40 Deprogramming hit (sort of) "Surfin' On Hops-oin". Man, Sid & Nancy got nothin' on this hip cat. They know how to make a score worthwhile out there in Cali. The finish finished me. My tongue lolled and my eyes rolled back in their sockets. If that is not your idea of a good AIPA, then I feel sorry for you, amigo mio.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
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 tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hoyt for sharing this one.

A - orange with a big, frothy, white head that has good retention

S - faint bread, big citrusy hop aroma

T - citrus, pine, mildly bitter; not much of a malt presence

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nice IPA, but a bit simplistic. The hops take the forefront with little malt for balance. The hops are delicious however. I did enjoy this, but I wanted something a little more. It's worth a try nonetheless.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mission IPA poured a copper golden color with an orange hue to it. One finger of white head that dicipated quickly with a little amount of lacing. I detect a mellow fruitiness of the hops - pretty sweet smelling overall. The taste brings about a sweet first impression from the almost citrusy hops and finishes a little bitter - but perfect. Also tasting a nice subtle bit of malts that balance it out well - not too overwhelming and definitely get the sense that it's a well made IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth up front with a moderate feeling of the carbonation towards the end and also left my mouth moist. Overall this is a solid IPA.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.48/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours with a huge head with big, foamy bubbles and an orange tinted off-white coloring. The beer itself is a hazy orange-copper color. The aroma is slightly sour, but also a tart citrus characteristic present. Only getting the slightest hint of hops, so this may have been an old bottle. The beer has a bold amount of grapefruit flavor that hits the mouth and tongue first, and only the slightest hint of hops in the background, which fails to balance the flavors. The beer has a creamy and smooth body, but that delivers in an awkward way with the flavors this beer has. Really disappointed that there wasn't a stronger hop representation. The finish is quick and slightly sour, with a citrusy aftertaste. Not overly pleasant.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05/19/09- Purchased at Mollie Stones in Burlingame, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Light amber colored pour with a 3/4 inch head and light lace markings of slight lines and spotting.

Smell- Nice aroma of fresh citrus hops, a bit of pine and a bit of sugar. Also a toasted malty aroma.

Taste- Damn well rounded. Loaded with cascade hops and very fruity with a orange-like flavor. Also a bit sugary sweet and a hint of pine sap. Toasted malt provides a real good base.

Mouthfeel- Good medium carbonation level. Fairly long lasting hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very happy with this brew. Great example of the style. Would purchase again in a minute.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is amber and hazy and forms a thin head of small and medium white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is moderate and piny with minimal citrus hops, smells good but could be bigger in the nose.

Beer is moderately bitter, kind of thick in the palate and moderately sweet. Its got a nice body but I'm not sure I'd want to take it home from the bar. I prefer my IPAs a little thinner with more bitterness or "life experience" behind them. Overall its a decent west coast ipa but i've had better, drinkable though.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1/4" head that lingers a bit.

Smell: light floral and citrus tones are all you can detect but is pleasant.

Taste: bready profile with caramel, pears, lemon zest, some grapefruits, and a moderate bitterness. Some earthy tones arrive late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a hint of dryness late. Short lived aftertaste.

Drinkability: very quaffable IPA and several can be consumed in a session.

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Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber while in Mammoth. Overall, this IPA is a bit on the thick and sweet side, with an initial wildflower honey note and aroma. The hops are a bit peppery, but mostly grapefruit-dominant. Though they're a bit simple, they're tasty enough and leave a thick, rounded bitter finish. The extra carbonation indicates this beer probably isn't the freshest, but it's not in bad shape.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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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