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 Beaver13
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
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 rringler
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
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 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 brewdlyhooked13
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - yellow gold on the pour, a thin sticky manila head with lace like glue.

Aroma - grainy, very little hop presence.

Taste - grains open up reminding me of malt liquor, but low on sweetness. The hops aren't really citrusy, their bitter side is notable but lacking in depth and character. The malts continue to have presence with some husky flavor after the swallow. For what it's worth, the beer has good balance but that may be due to lack of hop oomph. A touch of citrus will emerge if you let this warm up a bit, but it's hit or miss.

Mouthfeel - crisp with a medium body, pretty much right where I like 'em.

Overall - I finished the sixer over a two week period, but liked it less as I went along. It's okay for a session beer but both the malt and hop sides come across a little lighter than I hoped.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.64/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very dense white foamy head. Brew stands flat looking and orange.

Orange and pine dominate. Peel of lemon also kicks in. Ginger?

Wet cardboard flavors.. Liquid orange rind. Strange spice of hops and malt. Not well blended. Rough, not complete, high carbonation, strange sweetness.

This brew cannot be recommended, even at $2/12oz... It's the first off brew i've had from Mission; keep mixin', boys.

FYI - No date on the bottle

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Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mission are brand new to Florida - so at least the product will be fresh. Mission IPA pours out a slightly hazy orange with a smaller head for the style. The aroma is delicately hoppy, with a pine kick. The taste offers a flavorful piney and slighty minty hop kick balanced out by a nice kick of malt. Some hop resin sticks around for a nice finish. The mouthfeel is lighter and gently carbonated, and the drinkability is fantastic.

You know what? Mission IPA is the kind of IPA that really does it for me. It's kind of similar to 21st Amendment's Brew Free or Die! in that it they both strike a great balance, and each have a hint of mint to the flavor profile. Not the best IPA in the world by any means, but a tasty, easy-drinker that I'll be seeing a lot of.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper/gold in color, with amoderate head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Nice whiff of piney, citrussy hops
Taste-Big hop flavors of Cascade and Centennial, balanced nicely with a dose of toasted malt. Citrus-rind bitterness and juiciness flow through to the finish. Snappy and tasty. A good match for spicy fare.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.32/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

So Mission just showed up in CO and being that its a San Diego brewery I jumped to grab a sixer. Then I said whoa, let m just try one bottle first which was a good idea because this is a sucky IPA and I suspect its old. Golden orange color, good head, looks can be deceiving. Sticky malt, alcohol, and no hops. Flavor is stale malt, alcohol, and no hops. Shame on you Mission for sending us this old beer, it won't get you a foothold in CO.

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Photo of BB1313
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

No date. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a beautiful transparent golden with a white fluffy head that sticks around and leaves very sticky lacing. Really nice looking IPA, unfortunately that's the best part. The aromas are very subtle and caramel malt seems to dominate. There are hints of orange peel and mint. The flavors don't really impress either. There's a decent spiciness to this one. I'm picking up some black pepper, lime zest, and more caramel. The centennial hops don't pop at all. I'd almost suspect this is an old IPA, but Mission is relatively new to Ohio, so I wouldn't expect them to be shipping old IPAs. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, creamy and has moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel really does make this an easy drinking beer and almost saves the boring flavors and aromas. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I'm not feeling this at all. This is a pretty underwhelming IPA, especially considering it hails from San Diego.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a good AIPA that is perhaps a bit easier drinking than most others.

It is a bit flat looking. It has a dark yellow ipa look. The aroma is intriguing. It has a certain uniqueness, but it is too subtle.

Taste-wise, it is not a powerhouse, but it has great character. It is a light, balanced taste that is not at all hoppy. The aftertaste is slightly boozy.

I will probably not see Mission brews very often and I would not seek them out, but they were pleasant.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review is from written notes.

Growler fill from Casanova, Hudson, WI

The nose and taste were both pine-resin forward, with light citric notes in the taste. Malt was clean, caramel-biscuit and light enough to be unobtrusive. Medium-light body with good carbonation. Uncomplex IPA, drinks clean and is refreshing. Overall an unassuming and nice sessionable IPA that finishes clean.

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Photo of Brad007
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful golden blonde color with a huge head into my glass. I love the brightness here. More IPAs should be this pale.

Pine hops with a touch of citrus. Seems balanced enough. A touch of baked bread lies underneath as well.

Wow. The taste is full of piney hops with that touch of citrus as mentioned. Not grapefruit. Bitterness is spread around the palate so you only really get it at the edges. Buttery bread covers the spread.

Mouthfeel is balanced too. Clean and full of pronounced pine hops. I love how it all melds together at the very back of the throat.

Not your typical west coast IPA here. Plenty of balance all around.

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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 drpimento
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA! Served with a nice thick, creamy, foamy, cream-colored head that settled to a creamy (ouch - what's a synonym for creamy?) cover and lots of fine, sheeting lace. Color is a clear amber with loads of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is an aromatic blend of hop and caramel malt with a hint of fruit. Flavor's like nose, has limited sweetness, perfect balance between bitter, carbonic tang in front, with that sweet just to compliment. Body and carbonation perfect. Finish is a little long and pleasant, very drinkable, and only the suggestion of alcohol. I want more!

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from this brewery. The beer poured a clear medium gold and produced a eggshell white creamy head about one and a half fingers high. good lacing after dissipating.
The smell is fruity, citrus ,pineapple and some lemon.
The taste is fruity hops up front. Those pineapple and citrus flavors are balanced by a malty backbone. The finish is a nbice combination with good hopiness in the back.
Very nice medium bodied IPA, very refreshing and drinkable.

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

First taste for me from this brewery. I really wanted a good, solid ipa and that's what I got. Well balanced with deep citrusy hops. Grapefruit, orange/lime. Some sweetness with some resinous. Straightforward and enjoyable. I'd get this again. People expecting a "west coast ipa might be disappointed because it isn't as blunt with hops but I'm cool with it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this beer in Totowa never having tried anything from Mission before. This poured wonderfully but was so much different than other IPA's that I've had, and it was only because it was so different that I didn't rate it higher. By itself, this was fine but those who are into the style might be a bit disappointed by the lack of punch in this.

The hue was a radiant gold with lots of head, a decent amount of lacing, and a fair amount of sediment that shone in the light as well. Not much of an aroma to this and the taste was quite balanced. A nice soapy mouthfeel could be felt here and this had a fair amount of resin to this but the bitterness wasn't really present here. Some resin and grapefruit were here and the aftertaste was just a bit earthy. This was solid in taste but just came as a surprise to me given that I expected when I bought it.

The same went for the alcohol, which couldn't be detected in the taste at all. Even though this felt more like a Pale ale, I enjoyed it and found it to be a welcome change from the norm. It's just not typical of what comes out of West coast Breweries.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring into a snifter at cellar temp. This 12 oz bottle exhibits a bright clear copper to gold hue and a fizzy eggshell white head of 1 cm upon entering my glass. The head fades slowly to a sturdy edge layer and leaves tightly packed lattice on my glass the entire time I drink the beer.
Aroma is grapefruit rind and some pine sap. Nice hop aromas with a little grainy caramel buried in the background.
First sip reveals a silky textured beer with fine spacious yet tingly, carbonation. Leaves a slightly sticky residue on my palate after each sip.
Flavor is briefly sweet malt with caramel and maybe a brief hit of fruit actually, surprising yet nice.
This rolls to some bitter hops with pine sap and grapefruit mixing. The beer finishes very dry on the palate and leaves a slight astringency after each sip.
A nice straightforward IPA. Good mix of flavors, not a one dimensional brew, and fairly interesting throughout my sampling.
I would buy again.

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Photo of hellhammermario
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Mother Earth tulip glass.

Bought this beer on a whim from our local wine shop, and I wasn't looking for anything to heavy. Here you have it, a west coast IPA that doesn't live up to its genre. When poured into the glass, it gives off a nice honey amber color with an off-white three finger head that goes away quickly, but leaves a decent amount of lacing.

The aroma was undoubtedly the best part of this beer. You get a lot of fruit when put to the nose, including orange zest, pears, pineapple, some biscuit malt aromas, and fresh cut grass. It seems very inviting, but the taste just doesn't live up to it. You get a kick of bitterness up front, and you think it immediately disappears... but it lingers around in the back of your tongue for a while. You can definitely taste the citrus hops, a little bit of pine, and some biscuit malts.

All in all, this beer doesn't compare to any of the other west coast IPA's I've had, and honestly is a pretty bland IPA. It entices you with its fruit aromas and goes down smoothly (although pretty carbonated), but leaves you wanting to drink something else in the end.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New as far as I know to the Milwaukee area.

A - Hazy amber with a thin white head.

S - Very light citrus and pine notes with some biscuity malt.

T - Slightly bitter with fruity and citrus hops followed by toasted malts.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a dry bitter finish.

D - Standard West Coast IPA in my opinion.

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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 spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam IGA for 2$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grassiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, pine, and caramel. There is also some light grapefruit mixed with a grassiness. It ends with a malty woody/dry hop aftertaste.

Overall - Not what I was expecting from a west coast IPA.. it's more east coast. Not a whole lot of fruity/citrus notes.. Not a bad beer by any means, I just prefer the fruitier IPA's.

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Photo of narkotic
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Orange with a tiny head that encompasses the outer circumference of the pour

S-metal like, pine

T-very bitter, buttery, a little bit of citrus

M-creamy, bitter metal taste lingers and is a bit harsh

O-One of my least favorite IPA's so far, it just didn't do much for me. Had a strange metallic taste almost like drinking a coors light out of a can, which lingered and coated the back of my throat. This one didn't compel me to keep quaffing , almost contemplated on pouring it out after half way through. Just not a huge fan.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-orange with a thick cream colored head

S-spicy, hoppy, and herbal. It's a decent scent and a strong scent.

T-comes in with a very faint taste of herbal hops. Some citrus. It's actually a very decent taste, it's just way too faint. 

M-good medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is a pretty decent beer. It's very easy drinking, though im not sure id want several in a night. I'd say there's probably always a better ipa to get, though this is absolutely worth the try!

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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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Mission IPA from Mission Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 541 ratings.
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