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: 541
Photo of steadydose
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden amber beer. Good head with pour, nice sticky lacing, good clarity nice.

S: Herbal grassy hops, bottle states cascade & centennial hops are used generously. Nose is balanced well & sweet malt smells good.

T: Well balanced between malt and hops. Hops kick up in the finish. Great taste, more balanced take on an I.P.A.

M: Soft mouthfeel, lighter carbonation. Would like a little more carbonation.

D:Good I.P.A. from a newer brewery. Solid balanced I.P.A. from San Diego. I wouldn't mind some more, but with all the other I.P.A. choices in the area it may be a while till I pick this one up again.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Naven. Pours a clear orange with a thick, foamy off-white head. Aroma of bitter piney hops and caramel malt. Flavor is quite bitter and piney with a touch of underlying malt. Hmm, this is a bit too bitter for me and certainly wearing on the palate. Not as well balanced between the hops and malt as I'd like.

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Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - Thank Jon for knocking this one off my want list!

Poured a medium and clear orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, pine, some citrus, and spicy. Tastes of citrus, pine, lighter floralness compared to the aromas, and some caramel.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle. Easily managed head rises above a clean copper body. Head is Ivory white and has sticky lace spider webbed along the glass. An appetizing look to this brew.

Smell is sweet with some floral hop aroma. This is fairly spiced and somewhat sharp. A good load of hops but far from overpowering. I'd put this somewhere in the middle for the hop heads looking for the next killer. Carbonation slashes through the hop sap mouthfeel. A nice touch.

Notes: I will reach for this beer again and I'm now curious about their other offerings. This is a solid IPA and with a tweak on the mouthfeel coating this could still get better.

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Photo of pwoods
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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 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 bcm119
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with a minimal head. Soft, ripe fruit with some candied citrus notes in the aroma. Juicy ripe citrus up front, opening up into plush fruity malt. Ester-heavy malt profile with tasty ripe nectarine and plum flavors. Hops are well integrated and provide just enough grapefruity bitterness to prevent the malt from being too cloying. Has some mid-palate tropical fruit. Finishes semi-dry, with soft citrus and a slightly unpleasant grainy/husky aftertaste. This is the kind of beer you can leave out overnight to drown fruit flies in. Not a bad IPA but not my favorite.

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

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours dark copper with perfect clarity and a half inch head of white. The froth dissapated quickly to reveal a whisp bubbles on the surface and a few dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with garlicky, skunky hops, toasted malt, and pine dew.
Plenty of juicy malt and toasted overtones gives a nod to the brits.

Medium bodied with a sticky, tacky mouthfeel. On the chewy side in the end.

Earthy, grassy hops start the palate along with a solid malt base. Plenty of drying bitterness steps forward along with green garlic and toasted overtones.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, skunky and garlicky resins, and a tinge of warmth.

Tasty brew with british overtones in the malt bill. The hopping is decent, but not up to the level typical from SD nowadays. The nose could use a more pungent, floral blast, and the palate could use a bigger whallop as well.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into nonic.

A - Pours a golden copper color with a white head.

S - Not a whole lot of nose. Slight hops and bitterness, but not much else.

T - Lots of hoppy bitterness with some earthy notes.

M - Light bodied, smooth and refreshing.

D - A decent IPA, but not near my favs.

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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 Cresant
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date. The golden/brown/amber body was a bit dull with a moderate, off-white head.

Smell was piney. Organic matter. Whole wheat bread crust and whiffs of wet puppy. A little dusty.

Taste was well balanced - faint hard candy sweetness with a mild bitterness. I would have pegged this as an APA rather than an IPA as the label states. Very drinkable but nothing special.

Mouthfeel was smooth with mild carbonation and medium body.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this one to fill out part of a mail order from San Diego. I can't believe this actually rode in the same box as Sculpin--not worthy! It's a light orange color with a weak head. Smells mildly of citrus and some malt. Taste is very mild, a bit a of citrus, grapefruit mainly, with some malt in there, on the sweet side but with a bitter finish. Overall, the weakness of the hop flavor makes this not very impressive. No defects, just not much positive I can say about it. A weak IPA, hard to believe it's from San Diego. Carbonation is fine and it's drinkable, but it's more like a pale ale.

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

Poured a deep yellow with ornage and a medium white head. Nose is hops, citrus, floral and some malts. Taste is a little bit of citrus and floral notes with dry hop bitterness. Its pretty chewy too. Mouthfeel on this is good, pretty tame and I thought the Centennial hops was the majority in the flavor overshadowing the Cascade.

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Photo of Overlord
2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an unappealing clear amber with a splash of orange. Light tan head.

Smells vaguely of pine and grapefruit-y citrus, but really very mild.

Taste is thin and unappealing. I'm sorry, but this is one of the most lackluster San Diego IPAs I can recall. Even at 3.99 a 22'er, would not revisit. Weak grainy malt base, some sickly, vegetable-y citrus hops, and really not good.

Mouthfeel could use more carbonation, and this is pretty bad.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.77/5  rDev -24.7%
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 Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a head thin and white. Deeply amber colored clear beer. I would call this one copper colored.

Smell is malty for the style. Sharp hop aroma strongly herbal with pine and eucalyptus dominating. Little bit of citrus but it is almost hidden by the eucalyptus and pine in a knife fight.

Starts out malty and earthy tasting with a citrus, mushroom, toffee and wood flavor. Strong with a complex flavor but not harsh at all. Hoppy and earthy ale with an almost hidden earthy edge.

Good mouthfeel.

Tasty and earthy IPA that I will be most certainly be buying more of this.

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Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber with a very cool looking label and no freshness/bottling codes or dates. It pours a coppery-orange with good carbonation and clarity. Achieved a two-finger lofty beige head that retains well, with a mildly aggressive pour. Curtains of sticky lace.

Mildly sweet malt laced with citrus, a little pine and some earthiness standout in the nose. Just a trace of alcohol as it warms as well.

The taste is sweet and fruity citrus at first, then turning a bit piney and very earthy with a bittery finish. A herbal hop kind of bitter finish. Well balanced with suited carbonation. A fine tasting ale.

Medium body with a moderate dose of alcohol, I think it's quite sessionable at 6.8% ABV. Another nice IPA for the hot Summer months ahead...look for it locally.

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Photo of tpd975
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft Downtown Johnny Browns SD

A: Pours an amberish orange hue with a nice off white head. Okay retention and some nice.

S: Nice balanced aroma with hints of toasted malt and citrus.

T: Flavor is mostly hops with a nice balance of floral, citrus, and pine. There is something about this one that is just off a bit. I can't put my finger on it though.... some strange metal tinge maybe?

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Due to the strange flavor I would say not so much. Worst of the brews I sampled at Downtown Johnny Browns.

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

Mission Brewery has been around for a while now I believe. I've seen it mentioned before on BA and the San Diego Brewer's Guild, and even dropped by their old UTC location in La Jolla one night a few months ago only to realize that they had moved. Label says they're located in Chula Vista now. But this is the first time I've seen 22 oz bottles of it available at the store, so I decided to try it.

Appearance is good, pours a nice burnt orange with appropriate amount of head and lacing. The smell is piny, mild citrus, and inky "C" hops, reminiscent of Hopslam, followed by a pleasing malty sweetness. Taste is a good balance of malt and hops, with some decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, the carbonation is dialed in well. This is a very drinkable and solid beer, and I think it's also proof that my definition of sessionable beers has now gone up to beers in the 6.5-7% range.

There were other styles available in 22oz, this IPA, the Hefe, and a couple of other styles I wasn't wild about. This was a decent, non-complex, very drinkable IPA that I ultimately enjoyed, so I'll probably be giving the other styles a shot now as well.

As an aside, just thought I'd mention that the label design is awesome. The symbol for the brewery is the classic crusader/Knights Templar style red cross with equidistant arms (also emblazoned on the cap, very cool), and the label is designed with cool fonts and is even shaped with California mission-style architecture in mind. Label design certainly doesn't make a beer, but just thought I would say that this is a great design choice on their part.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
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 vurt
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at The Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA. Enjoyed in a Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival glass which I brought with me (hey, that's how The Stuffed Sandwich works).

Perfectly clear and bright. Color is gold with a little orange thrown in. Off-white head leaves generous amounts of spotty lacing on the glass.

A fragrant blast of citrus (particularly orange and grapefruit peels) and sticky pine. Underneath that lies barley bread and some caramel. I also get some fresh red apple skin as the beer warms.

Delicious orange marmalade flavors, citric and tart and slightly sweet. Enough malty caramel flavor to keep this beer from being entirely one-dimensional. Excellent bitterness which lasts and lasts.

Medium-bodied and mouth-filling. The bitterness and carbonation do an great job of scrubbing the palate to get it ready for the next sip.

A solid, well-made, uncomplicated, non-extreme West Coast IPA. Gratifyingly aromatic and bitter. Thoroughly drinkable.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass to the brim with no head at O'Brien's. The color is a beautiful rich clear orange with a lot of bubbles.

The smell is VERY volatile with tons of citrus and a little pine. The taste is pretty citrusy too but I thought I could pick up a bit of piny hops. Lot of orange citrus comes through and is the dominant taste to me. The bitterness is one of the highest I've had for such a citrusy beer, which I usually find to be lower on the bitter side. This beer was packed with both aroma and flavor, I liked the flavor though there was just something about itthat kept me from loving it. I would definitely order it again though.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer won a bronze medal in the American IPA category at the 2007 GABF
A- Pours a murky amber/orange hue, head is small, white, and creamy that is mostly sustaining, fair lacing on the glass
S- Nose is of pine-forward hops (citrus/lemon), and subtle roasted malts
T- Iniital taste is big, bold pine hops, some floral and herbal tones, very subtle malts, finish is dry and bitter with a slight alcohol warming
M- Medium-bodied IPA, oily texture coats the tongue, good carbonation
D- Delicious and smooth IPA with bold hop presence, I would guess this is around 7-8%abv, but I could drink this all night long.

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