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 Phelps
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a shaker at Mellow Mushroom.

Golden-orange, like apple juice, with perfect clarity. One finger of very thick, frothy white foam recedes eventually, leaving a thick top layer and furry walls of lace.

Pine needles and orange pith and grass in the nose — a very bright, vibrant, green aroma. A touch of crackers makes up the only hint of malt, but the hops are fantastic.

They’re less bright and bitterer in the flavor, though. Fat bitterness grips the tongue with meaty paws. A little honey, lots of pith, floral notes like the inside of a flower. Perhaps even a bit of apricot.

High, nearly painful carbonation in a body a shade under medium light. Just a hint of silky fizz. Heavy bitterness. Flavors linger on the tongue for a while after the swallow — it’s not a clean break.

Tasty stuff, but I could use a bit more balance. This is super bitter.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle Into a duvel glass.

A: pours a beautiful hazy orange golden with a finger of nice white head that dissapates nicley into a lingering film, nice lacing as well, a damn good looking beer.

S: lots of tropical fruit here, along with a slight pine, very nice hop aroma profile. Pineapple, mango, other citrus notes. A light hint of grain in there as well, smells very well rounded.

T: yum! Much like the nose, pleanty of tropical/citrusy hop notes, along with a light touch of resinous pine towards the end, nice use if malts here as well, adding a nice light toastyness and caramel notes. very well rounded and delicious.

M: Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation, nice a drinkable. Finishes dry with a touch of lingering bitterness, very nicley done.

O: this is a great ipa, well balanced and loaded with delicious hop flavor. Really enjoyed this one, can't wait to try the DIPA.

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Photo of soulhawk
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer...I love the smooth finish...sweet yet no smack of alcohol or bitterness...well balanced for that much 9.25% alcohol...I can't really find any typical disappointments to this beer...the only criticism is that I prefer a slightly more pronounced hop in the citrus flavor...I would serve to my buddies with pride.

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Photo of Intrinsic
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems quite underrated on here. It pours a beautiful golden orange colour, with a head that sticks around and very nice lacing. Slightly cloudy. Very appetizing. The smell is OK, but nothing special. I could make out some citrus hops but that's about it. The taste brings it up a notch, however, with amazing pine and citrus hops. Very bitter, probably above 70 IBUs. Very dry finish, great mouthfeel. Overall, I love this beer. Great stuff.

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Photo of Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear gold with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit and pineapple, with some honey and mango.
T: It tasted the same as the scent, with lots of sweet tropical hops. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste with a little sweetness.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a very nice IPA. I loved the scent and taste...nearly ideal for me personally. The body was solid, and the finish was very smooth, so it was super easy to drink. Highly enjoyable brew that I would definitely recommend.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange with a thumbs width white head and nice lacing. A thick doughy aroma mixed with some citric fruit and an underlying sweetness in the finish. Taste is pretty malt forward, felt more English IPA than American. A huge pie doughiness throughout, mixed with some more sweet and juicy than tart lemon, and some caramel. Medium bodeid, crisp, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a definite fan of this one.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. About two fingers of head. Color was orange hazy caramel. Nice amount of white lacing on the top. Some bubbles in the middle, but long lasting. Wet and spongy film on the sides. Lots of it.

Smelled a sharp whiff of tangerine hops. Also got some pine. Some caramel notes in the nose as well.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose. In fact, it reminded me a bit of Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale (which I thought was a bit overrated). Still got the tangerine hops and light pine.

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

I have to say I was hoping for a bit more. Just an OK IPA.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a 16 oz American pint.

Pours a very nice, medium, ½” thick head, with an off white color.
The color is a medium dark amber, quite appealing and true to type.

The aroma hits you with medium distinct, spicy, hops, with a piney and bitter character. This is followed by medium distinct, rich, malt with a toasted character. Really a very pleasant and enjoyable nose.

Crisp, bitter, entry on the palate of distinct hops, with some light pine and even more distinct resin character, bitter and delicious. Followed by medium distinct, rich, resin tasting hops, West Coast in character. Followed by medium distinct, rich, refined, typical West Coast toasty malt. Ale yeast and a spicy character finish off the flavor. The body is medium, balanced with nice medium carbonation and very lightly sweet aftertaste. Quite tasty.

Medium long finish of bitter hops and toasty malt, some hop oils linger with the malt holding its own

A very good and very enjoyable IPA. While it could be said there is nothing exceptional here it is a very solid, tasty, and very drinkable IPA.
A session or “house ale” for sure.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-05-05 in Columbia, PA

A - The pour from the top of the bottle was mostly clear golden-orange with a 1.5-finger white head and moderate ringed lacing. There was sediment on the bottom, which when poured, clouded the remaining beer in my glass.

S - Not much aroma although the little bit of hop floral, honysuckle and lemon is pleasant.

T - Pale malt, orange citrus, leafy and gooey hops, mild orange tart. Aftertaste is an orange creamsicle surpased by a good amount of lingering hop bitterness. Dries nicely.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Pretty crisp and a touch prickly.

O - Pretty tasty. Too bad the smell is weak. I dig it though and would have it again.

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

A golden amber color with tiny suspended particles and a decent white head and great lacing. The aroma has mild nutty pine-malt, very pleasant. Flavor wise I get a more grassy hop with caramel lemon-wheat. It’s medium bodied with fine carbonation and a fairly heavy feel for what is generally an easy drinking IPA. The flavor is not my favorite but is okay. A little too leafy maybe. But really not bad at all.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 03/17/12:
Code on bottom of bottle: 15/22/304/11/0548/S; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch off-white creamy and fairly fluffy head with pretty good retention; Light amber and caramel colored with a slight haze within the glass; Good showing of speckled lacing left behind

S - Nice balance of malts and hops here; For the hops, there's lots of grapefruit, some apricot, and just a bit of floral and spice; As for the malts, there's sweet caramel, biscuity, and toasty notes present

T - Good balance of malts and hops here as well, but both have enough presence to hold their own; Lots of sweet, sugary grapefruit with a bit of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit, and just a faint wave of bitterness; Plenty of toasty, biscuity, and caramel malts step forward that mesh really well with the hops; Aftertaste is very pleasant that still shows the malt/hop balance

M - Good amount of carbonation; Medium bodied; Leaves the mouth a little sticky and pretty dry

O - This southern California IPA showcases a much more balanced flavor than many of its west coast counterparts. However, I think this brew packs enough hops that, while balanced by the malts, still satisfy my craving for hoppy flavor. Not only is there a great balance, but the hops and malts really play off each other well to make the sum greater than the parts. I don't normally see Mission offerings in my area, so I wouldn't mind grabbing a few more of these before they disappear for good.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear Shaker pint glass. No obvious freshness date.

A: Clear orange-amber with frothy nearly white 1-2 finger head with good retention and copious lacing.

S: A very fruity aroma with citrus and lemongrass hoppiness meeting a light caramel pale malt grain.

T: The flavor is full of orange and lemon citrus, floral texture, and pale maltiness with a soft caramel note. It is fairly crisp and clean flavored, but lacks some depth. The bitterness is moderate.

M: The mouthfeel is medium with a clean feel without much coating quality. Carbonation is reasonably high for the style.

O: Not a bad beer but not really up to the top tier or two.

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

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@Anthology San Diego

App- A very lemon juice/orange juice blend with a good 1-1/2 finger head that fell quickly without any cling or lace.

Smell- Much more caramel than I was thinking. A moderate amount of pine/hop resin come up and are balanced by kind of a soft citrus nose. Wasnt the most in your face but seemed off.

Taste- Again, not the best not the worst IPA. Right down the middle with some good flavors and layers of citrus and pine. A little malt came through on the end with some bitter notes.

Mouth- A soft think medium with a medium carbonation. A bit creamy citrus remained.

Drink- A solid low cost offering in San Diego. Was free for a work party so can't complain. Wont buy another one though.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Mugs, Bklyn.

Poured a sparkling copper hue with a wispy white cap.

The smell featured a moderate piney hop with a supporting soft maltiness.

The taste was pretty well balanced with a slant toward the drier and herbal side. Good residual bitterness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty user friendly IPA.

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

Sampled on tap at 1702 Tucson; August 2011
Arrives from the tap with a pale, quarter-finger thick, pale off-white colored head. The beer is a nice gold hue that shows a lightly hazed, bright gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pine and Meyer lemon zest during my first quick inspection. The beer has a definite citrus character to it, but doesn’t seem to have as much of floral / tropical fruit aroma as many an American IPA has.

The beer tastes of bright citrus, pine like herbal notes and a solid bitterness up front; this last also lingers around into the long finish. The malt only plays a supporting role here, it barely is noticeable as a dry, cracker like malt character; this beer is very dry with only just a touch of malt sweetness that lightly accentuates the citrus zest character. The citrus notes remind me of Meyer lemon zest and tart grapefruit zest; there really isn’t much of the juicy fruit character that I really like in an American IPA though.

My guess is that if this had a touch more residual malt sweetness (not even enough to be really noticeable), it would accentuate an expressive tropical fruit character that is in the hops; as it is this really seems to not be quite as vibrant as it could be, though it is certainly an aggressively hoppy beer. This is still a very nice, aggressively hopped IPA. I could see this hitting the perfect spot when I am in the mood for a not too fruit focused, very dry IPA. The dryness really makes this an exceedingly quaffable beer though.

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Photo of WMEugene
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an orangey amber color with a thin head and above-average lacing.

S - Piney hops, some citrus. Light caramel and biscuity notes.

T - The pine resin and citrus flavors such as pineapple and grapefruit stand out, a little sweet caramel balances out the slight bitterness from the hops.

M - A little thinner than medium bodied, ok carbonation. Somewhat dry in the finish with a crispness that prevents this from being smooth and all that drinkable.

O - I found Mission's IPA to be an enjoyable example of a standard west coast IPA. It has noticeable hops flavors and is pretty assertive.

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

Fresh bomber purchased at the brewery.

App: Clear golden brew with a big fluffy white head, lots of sticky lace. Nice looking pour.

Smell: Citrusy, pineapple aroma, pine notes, biscuity malt.

Taste: Initially strong fruity hoppiness, typical west coast citrus and pineapple bomb, but the flavors oddly fade away awfully quickly. Lacks depth and an appropriate level of bitterness. Booze is there just underneath everything and is a little too apparent. Malt has a toasty character and is fairly subdued in the manner of a typical west coast IPA. Strange how I thought this would be very good but the flavor just kind of dries up and disappears.

Mf: Medium bodied, good carbonation, drinks pretty clean and crisp, without much of an aftertaste. Not a lot of lingering bitterness, fairly dry overall.

Overall: Solid IPA but not top notch or even particularly artful. This comes from the land of artful IPAs so this one kinda falls short. I haven’t been all that impressed with this brewery to this point but I feel like they do other things better than IPAs and DIPAs. I know it’s San Diego but maybe they’d be better served concentrating on the other stuff, like the pretty decent German style beers they make, rather than competing with the local hop masters.

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Photo of pvsob
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light gold/brass color with a one inch head that has great retention and leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

S- Light pine resin, oranges, very light caramel, and some brown sugar. Not very assertive, but well balanced.

T- Bitter pine/citrus up-front followed by a lightly toasted malt flavor that balances out the bitterness. Finish bitter and dry with some alcohol.

M- Medium feel with light carbonation.

O- I'm glad I gave this IPA a try, but there just isn't anything to it to distinguish it from the hundreds of other IPAs that are currently available. I don't see myself revisiting this one anytime soon. Cheers.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the old toad in Rochester. Pours a golden color with a hint of orange. Not very much head, weak retention and no lacing. Beautiful color, however.

Has a great citrusy smell of hops.

Tastes very much the same- citrusy hops with a mellow malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good- light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is a very enjoyable IPA.

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

A: Pours a foggy yellow and light bronze with a hint of orange in the middle

S: Slight hints of pine and of oranges that arent to strong but nice in it's subtlety.  

T: Beautiful mix of light of oranges intertwined  with a light hint of biscuit malt that lasts on the taste buds and complements the pine hop notes. Not very bitter but is enough to get the job done.

M: Gracefully soft on the tastebuds with a great balance of hops that is far from overwhelming

O: A very solid pleasantly drinking ipa that i could see enjoying a lot of without my taste buds exploding. 

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

Light amber/ deep golden color.

Aromas of light citrus and toasted grain.

Tastes like sweet malt first then some citrus and resinous hops. I'm surprised this isn't more hoppy for a West Coast, but that's just a generalized bias I suppose.

Medium body with a sweet fruity silky hop slide on the tongue and a bitter hop finish.

I'm dumb.

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

A- pours a brassy amber color with crystal clear clarity. A finger of off white head is produced from an average pour. Decent retention.

S- classic cascade and centennial aromas. Pine and a touch resin blend with a floral citrus zest. Biscuity and slightly doughy malt character provides a balanced nose.

T- very balanced IPA but with some nice hop flavor and dry malt characteristics. Leafy piney hop flavor with a touch of earth, floral and bitter citrus peel hits the palate at first. Dry biscuity malt blends in to bring some serious balance. Nice hop bitterness on the semi-dry finish.

MF- slick mouthfeel with a light medium body and medium carbonation.

D- balanced drinkable IPA. This came from San Diego!?!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Mission brewery.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a finger of white foam. Lacing is scattered.

S: Big orange and grapefruit notes blend with tangerine, apricot, and mango. Hop profile is great. Malt is light and faintly bready.

T: Moderately bitter with notes of orange flesh and tangerine. Alcohol is well hidden and malt is light. Finishes with a burst of citrus.

M: Lower medium body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: A damn fine IPA. Citrus is bright and expressive.

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Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a huge pillowy foamy 2 finger white head that faded very slowly and looked like melting snow by a river as it went down, leaving excellent creamy lacing sticking to the sides of the glass and rings as it went down.

Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, piney hops, light caramel, grains, brown sugar, spices like mint and pepper and graham cracker; the alcohol was hidden by the hops and spices, so this smells nice like a typical West Coast IPA.

Tastes like it smells with citrus hops up front, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, coriander, piney hops/pine cone, herbs, grass, floral hops, mint, caramel, malt, lightly roasted grains, brown sugar, spices like cinnamon and pepper, and some light alcohol with mild heat; the oily citrus hops and heat scream West Coast IPA, which is exactly what I was looking for in this brew. Malt backbone provides enough balance to make this drinkable, even after the light sizzle from the spices and mild heat, but not refreshing enough to be a session beer.

Mouthfeel creamy and slick with light carbonation, a medium body, a chewy feel, and a sweet bitter finish that was almost tart from the citrus flavor and yet left a grainy taste after each swallow.

Good drinkability, this is an above average IPA that I’d drink again. I wish the finish had more hop presence and less malt/cracker, but it’s still a solid beer.

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Photo of azdback
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Spaten tumbler glass. A bit hazy and bright orange color. Tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a huge three finger, bright white colored firm rocky head. Lace is super sticky and I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon.

Smell is sweet and overripe citrus. Pink grapefruit and blood orange. There are also some biscuit and earthy smells. Smell is too yeasty and not enough hop, especially from the West Coast.

Taste is initially bready and musty yeast, but some of the citrus hop comes out, but in a very overripe to almost rotting flavor. Taste is also bitter and quite sweet.

Mouth is crisp with almost spritzy carbonation. Body is delicate to medium and the finish is quick and dry.

Overall I really thought I was going to love this but didn't. I think that's because it's from San Diego and is an IPA. If I blind tasted this I would guarantee it was made in PA or NY. East Coast must and yeast made in San Diego??? Why?? Try it for the tick, at a decent price.

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