American Beers: Mission Brewery IPA

This is the first of a series of mini reviews to beers we are trying while in San Diego. Basically we want to make a few friends jealous, and thought we’d share our experiences with the rest of you.

Most of these are the product of a beer run to the local BevMo – a discount liquor chain. A couple hundred dollars later, and we are supplied.

Here goes:

Mission Brewery IPA:

Why we bought it – it’s a San Diego IPA. 6.8% ABV, classic combination of Cascade and Centennial Hops, 66 IBU means it’s assertive, but not extreme.

Why we like it – it has that classic marmalade character – citrus from the hops, and enough crystal malt to add a lingering caramel sweetness. Moreish. More amber than the classic San Diego IPA. A little astringent in the finish, but in a good way.

Bonus: the label shape evokes the traditional shape of California missions. Try not to think of the mistreatment of indigenous peoples in the name of God.

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About Fritz and Maria

Fritz and Maria have been living, drinking and brewing together for over 20 years. As beer commentators and educators they strive to create a beerocracy where people exercise their palates by voting for quality in the marketplace. Their interests include the personalities, business, and culture of craft beer worldwide. As distillers for Rough Hands, they loved being at the place where magic meets science. Fritz and Maria can be found speaking at beery events, holding guided tastings, judging competitions.

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