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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2014 - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2014Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2014

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BA SCORE
83
good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheMarkE on 01-31-2014)
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Reviews by TheMarkE:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, almost like a cola. Quickly disappearing head, decent lacing.

Smell: Muted toffee, caramel, and booze.

Taste: Toffee, caramel, dark fruits, and booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, moderately bitter finish.

The Verdict: Not bad. They're calling it an "Imperial Brown Ale." Not as complex as last year's batch and too sweet, but still a good buy at $3 from Trader Joe's.

TheMarkE, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mctizzz, Feb 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

InfernoBoss, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a snifter. I believe this beer has now had 2 months to age since its arrival at my Trader Joe's.

Starts with a dark brown body with slow, steady carbonation visible. The head is two fingers thick and frothy, persists well, and eventually settles into a thick layer of lace over the body.

Aromas of sweet dark malt and molasses and brown sugar are prominent on the nose, as are some fruity esthers that remind me of a Dubbel. I want to say there's some chocolate lurking underneath as well. I detect some booze, but it's not overbearing.

Lots of rich maltiness in this beer, with some date, fig and plum flavors. There's even a candy like flavor I'd associate with a Belgian, which all make me wonder if this beer is in fact a Belgian-style beer. It tastes very much like one. With continued sips, chocolatey flavors begin to emerge, as do a hint of hops.

While the label suggests this beer is an Imperial Brown Ale, I find that much about it is truly Belgian and thus falls in the category of some Belgian beer. It's highly effervescent, creamy and sweet from the heavy malt profile, and the hops are hardly evident in taste or feel. I do get some dry bitterness at the finish, but my mind was intent on attributing this to the heat.

I could use a little least booziness, but otherwise I'm very happy with this beer. It's tasty, diverse in flavors and sensations, and above all, CHEAP. I'll buy a couple more to age.

ONovoMexicano, Apr 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Sammy, Aug 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

tdm168, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of tgo
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First, this offering is quite a departure from years past, which have been somewhat similar in nature. I would call this more of a Imperial Red Bitter than an Imperial Brown ale. That said all of the years in my experience have improved after 6+ months of cellar time and I suspect this years offering will improve as well! It is good fresh... slightly hoppy and yeasty on the nose. Quite a hop presense and bitterness on first sip settling down to a more balanced malt sweetness with hoppy aftertaste. The bitterness is always in the background in a good way. I am a fan of english bitters so this is right up my alley. It is a sipper for sure not because of the abv but because it does have a robust complexity that really needs to be savored to be fully enjoyed. The flavors really come out as it warms up. I am really looking forward to trying these in 6 months and 1 year!

tgo, Feb 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

jdkitchi, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

spark3148857, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

metter98, Jun 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

alwaysplayin, Feb 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

MidwestBA, May 10, 2014
Photo of Chiefy770
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a snifter. No freshness date. 2014 edition.

Presentation: Pitch dark brown body. Has a minor amber glow when held up to light. A fairly short light tan head forms and collapses quickly. Decent amount of lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet dark fruits (pears and plums). Toasted grains. Caramel.

Taste: Roasted malts up front. Caramel. The hops are sweet and tangy, nearing a bit metallic when the alcohol kicks in.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Not quite a full body but certainly is best enjoyed as a slow sipper.

Overall: The bottle calls this brew an "Imperial Brown Ale". Whatever you call it, it is not the worst. It does not compete well with the big dawgs of the strong ales but it is hard to ask for a better brew for such an affordable price.

Chiefy770, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

hbchrisg, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

crob3888, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

gshak, Feb 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

bleeps, Feb 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

KevMo84, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

drewone, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

UnknownKoger, Feb 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

brandoman63, Mar 22, 2014
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3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber purchased at Trader Joes in SE Portland

A> Mission Street's 2014 Anniversary Ale pours out dark with a small head that has decent retention. Held to the light this beer illuminates a beautiful ruby red and has a bit of a haze. Pretty good looking beer.

S> Really muted aroma, what little that does come across to my nose is sweet malt with butterscotch and a hint of cocoa.

T> A lot of flavor here, but it's a bit jumbled. The malt plays the starring role in this brew, and it comes across as sweet and toasty with the strong butterscotch flavor and hits of cocoa and coffee. The hops hit at the front, mostly grassy/earthy flavors, that help balance the sweetness of the malt. The toastiness of the malts shines through on the finish which also helps balance the sweetness of this brew.

M> A little thin and overcarbonated, given this is an "Imperial Brown Ale" I expected a little more heft.

O> Mission Street's 2014 Anniversary Ale is not a great beer, but it's alright at it's price ($2.99/bomber). This reminds me of a slightly inferior version of AVBC's Winter Solstice Ale.

alexrichman, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2014 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.