Mission IPA | Mission Brewery

Mission IPAMission IPA
BA SCORE
52.1%
Liked This Beer
3.66 w/ 543 ratings
Mission IPAMission IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States
missionbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Stoneman78 on 11-04-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,179
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
543
Liked:
283
Avg:
3.66/5
pDev:
13.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
71
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 543 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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 GRG1313
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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 zestar
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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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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 Thorpe429
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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 paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Mission IPA from Mission Brewery
Beer rating: 52.1% out of 100 with 543 ratings
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