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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Reviews: 173 | Ratings: 540
Photo of regspeir
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade with Snojerk321. 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip/ Pours an orange-amber with a large sudsy head which settles to a coating with islands of froth as it warms. The acing is nice, coating the glass throughout. Nose was orange, mango, pine, caramel malt and some hints of alcohol. Taste starts with a sharp hop bite, resins, some pine followed by a liberal dose of sweet caramel malt. The aftertaste was a dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a little slick. Unlike other reviewers I found medium to heavier carbonation. All-in-all, not a bad offering but not close to my favorite west coast IPA's.

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Photo of Deuane
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Irish212 for bringing home a fresh bottle of this San Diego IPA.

A-Dark orange copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-A nice initial hit of "typical" west coast hops with a pleasant combination of mango, papaya, grapefruit and kiwi. Unfortunately a rather strong sweet caramel malt base takes over and overpowers the hoppy goodness.

T-Almost a complete 180 from the aroma with the sweet caramel rather prevalent up front becoming washed over by the tropical fruit bowl hop bill. For a "west coast" IPA this one is way too malt forward for me.

M-Medium-light bodied fairly crisp with decent lingering hop bitterness....but I wish it was more!

D-Not bad, but not good either....thank goodness for the pleasant initial aroma or this one would be a malty failure IMO. A west coast IPA I can do without.

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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 sholland119
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Tap House.

A-Clear golden copper with a thin white head and good lacing.

S-Lots of biscuity malt, a light citric hop bite. A bit underwhelming.

T-Deep amount of slightly roasted malt in front, with some nice peach sweetness and grapefruit hops and a bitter citrus finish.

M-Medium bodied with a nice lingering bitterness.

D-Nice but not exceptional in any way.


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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 9 May 2010. Thanks again to K for bringing these back.

Served in an Avery shaker pint. Large thick parchment colored head. Lightly carbonated. Clear coppery amber color. Resin, pineapple and basil in the aroma. Sweet and sticky upfront. Lots of resin and citrus. Not overly bitter but a nice juicy hop bite throughout. Maybe a touch of soapiness. Good bittersweet finish and aftertaste. Medium body. Ethanol somewhat noticeable.

Fortunately miles better than their hefe...

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Photo of UnDeadly
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A bit dark for a single IPA. A deep russet color. Great foam though, nice big bubbles.

Smell - Light and floral, with a syrupy sweet finish. I'm thinking this is going to be a bit in line with the traditional IPA formula.

Taste - Bitter, mildly citric front, that dissipates quickly. Follows with a more potent malty backbone that I think dominates the beer just a bit too much. One final note of bitterness at the end, and then done.

Mouth Feel - On the heavy side for an IPA, but again, this puppy seems to fall more in line with the UK style. Great carbonation. Frankly, the feel of this beer is probably its best aspect.

Drinkability - Downing a bomber of this guy is no problem, especially given the relatively mild 6.8% ABV. However, I doubt I would be inclined to have much more than that.

Not the worst IPA I have ever had, but very unadventurous. The malt backbone is a touch too overwhelming, and I find the hop notes understated, even by UK IPA standards. Still, the price is not too bad and for a beer that is widely available in San Diego, I could do worse.


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Photo of jjh19
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: My bottle of Mission IPA poured with a decent head, nice and fluffy. The color was a mid-range orangish-gold.

Smell: I got some piney notes in the nose.

Taste: This is an interesting IPA. First I got some quick hops and then they get balanced on the tongue with some nice lingering malts, right on the sides. I really liked the taste experience here.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a pretty strong IPA example, one of the better ones I've had. I'd totally recommend this to a friend looking for a balanced IPA.

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Photo of Beerocrat69
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked the label on the bottle. Kudos to the graphic designer. This beer poured with a deep golden color and had an eggshell colored head that had big soapy bubbles. There was a slight veil, which is no big deal. The aroma was nice - LOTS of pine, but with some hints of sulfur. Tasted great to me. The balance between bitter and malty was good. Not too dry and not too sweet. Overall, a solid beer.

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Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright and clear dark orange color with a nice big white head.

Aromas are herbal, with a resiny pine like character, and some sweet citrus notes as well.

Taste is also herbal and quite hoppy. There are some pine, resin, hard sweet candies, and a nice background of creamy caramel malt sweetness. Crisp and snappy finish.

Mouthfeel is good, thick feeling, with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. This is a nice hoppy yet balanced IPA. I'd happily drink another.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark honey, fairly clear, nice off white pillow of a head. Reduces to disk soon, lots of cling lace.

S - Loads of fresh hops.

T - Nice malt, sweet center. Backed up by inviting hop bittering at the end that makes you want another sip.

M - Medium body, nice coating and balance. Good carb.

D - Not too high an ABV, not to overpowering. I could session.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours translucent dark gold with a touch of amber hue, ample sized white head laces nicely. Nose has an abundance of citrus, especially tangerine and maybe some apricot-grapefruit. On the palate there's a candied malt sweetness that mingles nicely with the hoppy-citrusy flavors. Finishes well with some herbal hop flavors.

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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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Photo of snpub540
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish copper with a hint of gold at the bottom of the glass. There is an off-white head, maybe 1 finger high that doesn't last very long. Nice lacing is left on the glass all the way down.

Smell is dominated by citrus and grapefruit hops with a sweet alcohol aroma. Not very intense but it smells pretty good.

Taste is different and I can't put my finger on it. There is a sweet maltiness upfront, that is followed by a nutty taste, and then a dry resiny finish. Not a whole lot of hop flavor but the bitterness is there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost sticky. Drinkability is good as the alcohol isn't a factor.

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Photo of hophead247
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent bright copper orange with a well-lacing frothy light tan head. Aroma of fresh piny resiny hops and some sweet toasty caramel malt. Body starts with good fullness and rich, sweet caramel maltiness well balanced with juicy grapefruit and spruce notes and a healthy bitterness toward a semi-dry crisp finish. On the maltier side of an IPA, but I don't mind the extra body.

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Photo of Lunch
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade as generous extra from thegonzz (Thanks man!) into my 20oz. HopDevil nonic pint glass at the appropriate temperature (12/29/09).

A: Pours crystal clear bright gold with 2.5 fingers of a fluffy off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Some tropical fruit and pine along with a slight caramel malt. Not as fragrant as I expected.

T: Tropical fruit and some pine hit the palate first along with a layer of a sweet caramel malt.

M: Medium-bodied with creamy moderate carbonation and no trace whatsoever of the 6.8% abv.

D: Very easy to drink with the mild aroma and flavors.

Overall this was a decent American IPA and certainly one that I am glad that I got to try as it is not distributed anywhere around me. Thanks again Dan! Worth a Look.

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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 ffejherb
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into goblet on 11/18/09.

A - Poured a slightly hazy reddish/orange body with a healthy two-finger creamy white head that deposited thin strands of lacing around the glass.

S - Fairly assertive hop nose with a dominant floral and perfumy character as well as a hint of citrus fruit. Sweet malts and a waft of alcohol rounds out the aroma profile.

T - Initial flavor is quite sweet with tons of floral hop notes suggesting flower petals, lavender and lilac. Some perfumy notes are also apparent. Malt character is sweet with honey and caramel notes. Finishes with a moderate hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and fairly bristly carbonation. Finishes with lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty middle-of-the-road IPA overall, and certainly doesn't compete with any of the West Coast big boys. I found it to be a bit too perfumy for my personal tastes.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a generic goblet. Extra special thanks to errantnight for sending this in our recent trade.

A: Pours an extremely clear, golden hue with three fingers of creamy off white head on top. Retention was good but sadly there wasn't much lace left behind. Carbonation began pretty lively and then slowly died off.

S: Excellent west coast IPA aromas with a bunch of toasted malt thrown in for good measure. Pineapple, pine, grapefruit, toffee, tangerine, and fresh cut grass.

T: Pretty much as above. As it warms, the pine flavors take center stage. Sweet tropical fruit, caramelized brown sugar, toasted caramel, and a non-descript sweet fruitiness lurk in the background.

M: Starts off dry and bitter and quickly turns towards the sweet and fruity side during the middle. As it nears the finish, it makes a return of sorts to the drier, spicier side of things.

D: A very enjoyable AIPA, and at 6.8%, I'd consider it to be quite sessionable. Huge thanks to Derek for sending this awesome extra!

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

Pours light amber with a nice tan head and some solid lacing. Aroma is pretty juicy with sweetish citrus but there's a pretty big dose of malt too. Flavor is a slight departure from the San Diego style one would expect from a San Diego IPA. Good C hop citrus flavors with a medium resinous bitterness and a fat caramel maltiness. Can't say the balance is bad but I like em hoppier than this. Still a good and very drinkable beer.

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Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good IPA. This beer pours a fairly medium golden-amber color with a good head. The aroma is floral and citric with a healthy caramel malt tone. It's a strong hop nose even for an IPA. The flavor is fairly dry, which I really enjoy. It's not a terribly bitter beer, but there's still a lot of hop flavor. There's a strong but pleasant yeast note. Mission describes it as "earthy," and I would agree with that. The hops are all West coast and well-expressed. I'd love to try more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear copper-orange color. Big slightly off-white head has good retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: Nice aroma of citrus, pine, and some toasted malts. Mellow but nice.

Taste: There's a lot of toasted malts in here. And also a lot of bitter piney/grapefruit hops. Finish and aftertaste have a more earthy/citrus hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. A bit "rough" on the feel, but not so bad.

Drinkability: Could be a bit smoother. Also, the taste could be a bit more interesting.

All things considered, this is an average IPA. Nothing particularly bad, but nothing to hold my interest. Worth giving it a try, I suppose.

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Photo of GJ40
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at San Roque Market & Liquors.

A - Golden with good clarity and a moderate white head with decent lacing.

S - Piney hops with some toasted malt.

T - Lots of piney hop flavor with a lingering bitterness. The rich, oily flavor that took me by surprise at first but I quickly adjusted and enjoyed it.

M - Creamy with a nice low carbonation.

D - A little on the piney side for me but this is a nice beer.

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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 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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Mission IPA from Mission Brewery
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