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I don’t particularly like writing strict beer reviews, the type I’ve tried to write a few times in the past. Beer is so subjective and different people have different tastes that a strict objective review doesn’t make much sense to me. With that said I still plan on blogging about beer, I might even still refer to it as a review, but it won’t be too structured, and of course is just my opinion.

Mission Brewery in it’s current incarnation has been around since 2007, a relative newcomer in the San Diego craft beer scene, I haven’t had a chance to drink too many of their beers. I was excited when I first heard of them a couple years ago because the Mission Brewery building off of Washington St. and Kettner Blvd. always intrigued me, although Mission Brewery isn’t located in that building (but there are now some others brewing in that building). Mission Brewery is now occupying part of the old Wonderbread Factory downtown near Petco Park. Regardless of location, I think the name helps them out as many people in San Diego know the building.

I picked up a 22 oz bottle of Mission Brewery IPA at Pacific Liquor on El Cajon Blvd in North Park for the reasonable price of $5.49. Mission IPA won the Bronze medal in the IPA category at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival. It comes in at 6.8% ABV and 66 IBU. Using Cascade and Centennial hops it has a nice floral and citrus hop aroma and flavor. It’s not a hop bomb, well balanced with enough malts to make it easily drinkable. While I prefer my IPAs more “piney” than “citrusy” and “floral” this isn’t a bad beer at all. IPAs are probably one of the most competitive styles of beer around and Mission IPA holds its own.

My biggest complaint about it is that the bottle isn’t date stamped. I have no idea how old this beer is and when it was bottled. Fresh beer is almost always better than older beer (except when talking higher ABV beers meant for cellaring), and hoppy IPAs are one of the beers meant to be drank as fresh as possible.