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Mission St. Pale Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Pale AleMission St. Pale Ale

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 01-07-2004)
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

06-10-2014 03:08:16 | More by dipso123
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-14-2013 22:46:11 | More by ericj551
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

04-03-2014 23:02:24 | More by thedifferencemaker
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-19-2014 09:01:03 | More by zestar
Photo of ejh06752

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9%

06-30-2013 18:02:14 | More by ejh06752
Photo of scottwurst


3.25/5  rDev -9%

10-08-2013 22:23:53 | More by scottwurst
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle sent from California. From Trader Joe's, I think.
Mission Street Pale is an incredibly clear golden ale with a very small vanishing white head. The aroma is of light grain and ample hops. It's fruity and piny. It is soft and light on the tongue. The flavor is similar to the aroma and very simple: hops, probably cascade, and some light grain. It's a refreshing session ale.
(rated Mar 30, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 04:59:53 | More by yesyouam
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mission St. Pale Ale has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, noticeable tiny white specs suspended throughout, and some small amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of pale malt, mild citrus, and maybe a kiss of the hops. Taste is the same, with minimal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty light, and Mission St. Pale Ale finishes mostly dry and easy drinking.


Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 13:39:58 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of RootedFool


3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half an inch head tall on the pour, sudsy, bone white. Body's a bright gold, lots of bubbles. Nose: sweet upfront, deepens after a few more sniffs into hop citrus rind and cut grass notes. Taste: bready (unbuttered biscuit), followed by a lemon zesty twist of hops, but a small twist. The bitterness feels very narrow here, more crisp and one-dimensional than its brethren in the style (Sierra Nevada comes to mind); this is even more mellow than some English pales I've tried. Aftertaste is almost flat, dry. Mouthfeel's a tad thin. Not a beer I would try again considering all of the other American pale ales available that are superior.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 01:40:43 | More by RootedFool
Photo of ThePortlander

New York

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

It poured a pale golden yellow, with about 1-2 fingers of white frothy head that died down, but stuck on the edges. OK retention I suppose.

The smell didn't reveal much: a bit of bready malt, light hops, and very faint citrus come through. Perhaps a slight oily pine as well. Not bad.

The taste amplifies what can be detected in the smell in a pleasant way. There could certainly be more hops, but there's enough to balance out the malt. The finish isn't spectacular, but very average. One thing that would greatly benefit this pale is is more citrus flavor-it's there, but it's much too light. The body is medium-light.

Overall, it's not too bad. It's very smooth and easy-going. At the very least I'll finish the six-pack with no trouble. But, there are better beers for around $5.99 a six-pack. I think I'll stick with their IPA from now on.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 19:03:19 | More by ThePortlander
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3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange gold with a small white head that settles into a collar and leaves a small amount of lacing behind. Full of aromas: a sharp orange juice hop and citrus-like acidity, with strong malty notes as well. Taste-wise, there's a ton of grapefruit up front, so much so that I never quite recover from the citrus elements enough to enjoy the sweeter malt flavors. It's not bad but is very imbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 04:31:24 | More by droomyster
Photo of GregBlatz


3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

6'er from Trader Joe's for $5.99. I heard that this is brewed by Firestone Walker, a brewery I have heard a lot about lately but they don't distribute in OH. Also bought the IPA and haven't tried it yet. Firestone Walker has a great reputation and the price is cheap for craft beer. Hope I like them.

A - This is a very light golden colored beer. More straw than golden. Extremely clear beer. Head is thin and wispy.

S - Mild aroma. Some floral hop aroma is noticeable. Fruity esters.

T - Nice mild pale ale. Not sure if my sample was real fresh because it has that stale hop taste. Nice mild malt backbone.

M - Thin and strongly carbonated.

D - Very drinkable. This could be a session beer if you were in the mood.

Overall it is a nice simple beer. Nothing really stands out. It does have a nice hop aroma and flavor. It is an easy to drink beer that you could go back to. Should be good on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 22:31:52 | More by GregBlatz
Photo of MiScusi


3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottled from Trader Joe's with a bottled on date of 1/14/09. So about 2 months old.

A- very pale golden, crystal clear. Foamy bright white head, doesn't stick around too long, leaves good lacing.

S- Grainy smell with a touch of dried leaves.

T- very light touch of grassiness, with an aftertaste that makes me wonder if this was brewed with an adjunct such as corn or rice.

M- Very light, watery on the mid to back half.

D- kinda resembles a lightly hopped corona or something. It's not bad, I think it's really lacking in the body and any sort of maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 21:05:35 | More by MiScusi
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North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into Ayinger oversized 0.5L glass; like others picked this up at Trader Joe's for $1.00/bottle (got a bunch of their "house" beers to try).
A - Pours a crystal clear light orange, with a bit of a head that foams up off the pour and then fades to thin lacing
S - Pretty substantial candy-hop nose; sugary grapefruit is how I'd characterize it
T - Quite sweet on the first taste, mixing with that grapefruit-y hoppiness that you get on the nose. It is not too prominent however and is quickly washed away, though the finish is dry. Sweetness carries throughout and is really more pronounced than any hop flavor I can discern.
M - A bit on the thin side, but smooth with fairly low carbonation.
There's something just a bit "off" with this one; not a bad PA, but not really assertive enough for me and almost a bit watery. Would try it again, but am glad I didn't pick up a full sixer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 23:21:18 | More by bosox941827
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3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, it was golden yellow in color with a medium amout of foam and no lace. The smell of hops and a piney aroma filled the nose with a hint of malts. The taste was of a citrus/pine flavor with a hoppy bitterness that was not over powering. This was not an outstanding ale, but not a below average beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 22:10:23 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of scottfrie


3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Review finally entered from notebook. Beer consumed/reviewed years ago:
On-tap at Pete’s Restaurant and Brewhouse under the name “Pete’s Midtown Pale”. FW partnered with Pete’s to serve the beers they made under their “Steinhaus” name, which is the name of the brewery they give for the contract brews they provide to Trader Joe’s.

Served with lunch in a damn iced pint glass.
A: The color is clear and deep golden beneath a finger of oily bright white head that faded to a thin collar leaving decent lace.
S: Light bready notes of crackery malt with a hint of citrus and earthy hops.
T: Follows the nose with crackery malt dominating. I get some caramel in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of herbal and leafy hops. Light bitterness with a touch of lemon zest. It’s also a bit old tasting (whether it is or not).
M: Medium-light body, low carbonation but tingly, with a drying finish and slick mouthfeel.
O: Not the greatest pale but it’s pretty straight forward and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2014 04:04:30 | More by scottfrie
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3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a moderate off-white head. On the nose, lots of fresh citrus (mostly oranges) and some floral hops. On the palate, fairly light bodied, thin and a little watery, with a little citrus, although this one rings somewhat hollow. Good, but instantly forgetable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 01:40:13 | More by emmasdad
Photo of AwYeh


3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into shaker pint.

A: Clear golden-amber with two fingers of frothy white head; quickly subsides but nice looking while it lasts.

S: Good balance, a lot of citrus hops, particularly pineapple, are upfront. Biscuity malts come through shortly thereafter, unfortunately they're a bit mustier than would be totally pleasant, and there's something in there that's a bit similar to spilled beer at a football stadium. Still, not a bad smell all around. Less intensive sniffs, later into a beer drinking session, would probably have this around a 4.0.

T: Hops are the first thing I pick up here, a lot of pine unlike the aroma, though some citrus is still bouncing around. Hops overpower most of the sweetness that I was expecting from the malts, so instead they're limited to contributing more of the biscuity flavor from the smell. I'm surprised that this one is as bitter as it is (in an enjoyable way) for being just 4.6% ABV, though I'd be cheating if I bumped its score up just for having a strong flavor at that level.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy and frothy on the way down. This beer goes quite a bit beyond its ABV range, and is sticky enough to keep the flavor around for a while.

O: Average pale ale, though there's certainly nothing wrong with it. For the price point, it's still heavy on the flavor (though in my opinion the Mission St. IPA is several degrees better). Pick it up if you're at Trader Joe's and are a fan of APAs; it's easily worth the cost of admission.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 07:58:35 | More by AwYeh
Photo of Brad007


3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Found at Trader Joe's.

Pours a mild golden hue with a frothy white head into my glass. Holds true to the style.

Hops are a cross between citrus and pine. At least to my nose. Has a note of buttery malt as well.

Clean with a good pine bite and bready finish. It could be dialed back but otherwise fits.

More on that bready finish, which is actually short-lived and bogged down by the hops.

Not bad for the style. Reasonably priced as most crafts go for over $6.99 a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2014 23:46:59 | More by Brad007
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Solid golden with ample carbonation and decent foam and lacing.

Smell: Cedar and some lemon. A hint of pine as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very watery flavor. A hint of lemon hops, just barely... This really has nothing more than the consistency of water.

Overall Drinkability: Looks and smells nice, but flavor and consistency is extremely weak.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 00:40:11 | More by tjsdomer2
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3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Found his single 12oz brown bottle at Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL for just $1.17. No freshness date on the bottle.

The beer poured a fairly clear yellow color that made a 2 finger white head that lasted several minutes. It also left some decent lacing.

There wasn't much of a smell at all - just a touch of floral and citrus hops.

The flavor wasn't that strong either. Grapefruit flavored hops dominated with a bit of malty sweetness to help tame the hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel bordered on watery thin with average carbonation.

You can't taste the alcohol at all and it goes down easy, but it's not anything I would recommend. The Mission Street IPA is a much better choice.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 03:04:52 | More by matjack85
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3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Into a pint glass:

A: glowing yellow body, slightly amber at the edges, light foamy head

S: slight flowery, lemon, grapefruit, pine, light grass in the background

T: roasted caramel up front, yet fades as the beer warms, previously mentioned flavors show up as the beer warms

M: light, pretty sessionable, dry bitter aftertaste and finish

O: best thing about this is the price, other than that, just an average American Pale Ale

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 19:42:16 | More by BeerKangaroo
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3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. glass bottle- color of hazy golden, with a white thin head - nose of fresh hops, light spruce, and slight citrus – taste of biscuit, citrus hops, and rind - body is light , and with medium to low carbonation – aftertaste of hops, and citrus rind

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 07:03:34 | More by stephendr
Photo of BEERchitect


3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For the conscious-minded consumer, this pick up of Mission St. Pale Ale at the local Trader Joe's delivers pleasant pale ale balances of hops to malt at a slightly lower cost than other retailers.

Pouring with a burnish golden honey color, the beer carries the haze that's classic of unfiltered and well hopped ales. The beer's carbonation releases a frothy head of whitish sheets. Solid lacing as random islands of lace adorn the glass- its appearance is what's asked of a pale ale.

Earth, malt and fruit swirl in the nose and captures a blend of American and British style pale ales. Firmly malted with notes of caramel, biscuit, and grain; the beer balances with hop notes of citrus pith, moist soil, and grassy/piney aromas. Added aromas of over ripened apples, pears, and apricots give a glimpse into the estery profile.

Flavors follow with a bready-sweet taste of barley malt with spicy snap of raw grain, maybe even rye. The forward taste of caramel and honey is short lived as the hops rise at mid palate to balance. Dried oranges, pithy grapefruit, fresh cut grass, mild pine, wood, and earthen ginger root provide a counterpart in flavor before turning slightly resinous bitter to finish. ...all reinforcing the notion of English pale ales as much as American varieties.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer sheds its early creaminess in favor of a dry lemon-mint finish that reminds me of sassafras. This dryness exposes elements of grassy, astringent, and wood-oriented bite that accompanies the hop bitterness with a touch of unsettlement.

All in all, the Mission St. pale ale satisfies the taste for pale ale, but does little to charm the palate with finesse, brightness, freshness, or premiere quality.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 03:04:55 | More by BEERchitect
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3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this many a times from Trader Joe's, but for some reason tonight, it came through very thin and weak.

Pours nice, decent yellow dark pale ale color, but it goes inconsistent from there. Usually, it seems like a SN Pale clone, but instead, now its thin, like SN Summerfest almost, minus the lemony citrus zest in it.

Little mouthfeel, but I guess its drinkable still, not bad, just seems watered down these days. If it gets better, I'll revise my review, because this stuff has been better traditionally.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 03:47:33 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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