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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: 242
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:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 01-07-2004)
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Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

Clear gold with a tight, creamy head. Hoppy aromas of citrus juice and lemon zest along with a toasty base. Crisp, balanced flavor...floral, citrusy, and lightly sweet. Fresh and zesty with a subtle maltiness. Smooth, even creamy, medium body. SNPA-esque overall. A fine session beer, especially for the price...

09-20-2009 21:51:22 | More by wedge
Photo of samyoung


3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

Great beer to snag from your local Trader Joe's grocery store. I have seen other BAs quoting the price at $5.99/six-pack. I wish. Here in the Big Apple it will cost $6.99/six-pack. Oh well - its still eons cheaper than comparable six-packs in the NYC region.

A - Golden with amber hues.
S - Nice grapefruit and hops scent. Was almost convinced I was about to drink an IPA.
T - Clean and hoppy with hints of citrus.
M - Sticky and sweet at first, evaporates quickly.
D - Smooth and easy-drinking.

This is the kind of beer that I wish that I always had on hand. Its a classic American Pale Ale. Cheers to Steinhaus!

02-24-2011 05:44:47 | More by samyoung
Photo of magictacosinus


3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle has no freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a light amber color with a small ring at the top.

Smell: Floral and soapy with lime hues, similar to the same scent as Mission St. IPA yet not as intense.

Taste: Much more flavorful than expected! This beer essentially tastes like a honey-drenched biscuit, with light caramel and toffee tones. There are enough hops present in this brew that make it so that it doesn't taste too malty as it warms up, which can generally be a problem for me with pale ales.

Mouthfeel: I love the thickness that this beer has, despite its relatively high water content. The nice balance of hops and malts are what ensure that this beer maintains its flavor. The hops are not excessive on the tongue, yet are a major factor in determining its biscuit-y taste. The beer is surprisingly warming.

Overall: What a nice beer! It's very tasty for any casual setting. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a humble yet flavorful beer that can be enjoyed on any occasion.

07-11-2011 05:47:48 | More by magictacosinus
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

Been meaning to review this beer for some time.

Available at Trader Joe's for a great price and a good beer for the price.

A: Pours a very pale/golden. Crystal clear with a small white head.

S: A mild hoppiness to it, with a little crystal malt coming out. Nothing to robust.

T: A good all around APA. A decent balance of hoppiness.

M: Thin and crisp. Not an amazing beer, but very refreshing.

I'm an IPA guy so of course it will seem tame to me, but for the style it's quite good. Something to keep a six pack in the fridge of for hot days or working on the car. Refreshing but tasty enough.

08-07-2006 17:34:15 | More by Callenak
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours from the bottle with a golden color and a small white head. Aromas are a nice pale, slightly toasty maltiness with a bright citric, piney Cascade hop wafting out of the glass.

First sip brings a pale, slightly biscuity malt flavor which flows into a sturdy citric, herbal Cascade hop punch. Finishes with a good touch of bitterness. A good, clean pale ale overall that's hopped well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good stable carbonation. Medium bodied and easy to drink. A solid offering that would make a good everyday brew to have sitting in the fridge. Thanks to Callenak for the bottle.

08-03-2006 03:13:02 | More by orbitalr0x
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

Tried this one while making my rounds at Trader Joes. I have to say this is a good solid pale ale. Good flavor, good amount of hops. Very balanced beer. And definitely a drinkable beer. For the price, you can't go wrong with this one. Nothing flashy, but a good beer.

03-09-2011 17:26:36 | More by richkrull
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

Fairly pale golden color, brilliant clarity. Pours a good sized white head with some retention.

Aroma dominated by west coast hop notes: piney primarily.

Minimal malt flavor - almost all hops from the first taste. Turns comfortably bitter at midmouth, and has a lingering hop bitterness.

Light to medium body, medium-to-high carbonation. Light and fizzy on the tongue. Carbonation accentuates the hop bitterness, and could be reduced.

A nice little hop bomb in a low alcohol setting. Really quite a nice, drinkable hoppy ale. Seems a bit steep for a Trader Joes offering (~$7/ six pack), particularly for a 4.6% beer, but definitely worth a look.

05-10-2009 22:00:19 | More by mpyle
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

served in pint glass. Label reports ABV = 4.7%

Pours clear and golden with a rather sparse head. Head has some retention but leaves almost no lacing.

S - somewhat weak but very pleasant mix of citrus, hops and sweet malt.

T - Clean and fresh. Like the smell, this beer has a very nice flavor but I do wish it was stronger. Nice malt/hops balance; perhaps too balanced for a pale ale. Good finish with a light amount of lingering bitterness.

D - easy and inviting.

M - a bit thin but nicely soft and smooth; medium carbonation.

01-03-2011 23:55:38 | More by chinchill
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3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Figured I'd give this guy a try, seeing that he completed my Trader Joe's mixed sixer. He pours a clear pale straw topped by a relatively transitory finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange zest, coriander, light pine, and some rich caramel. The taste increases the pine's share a smidge, but leaves the rest of the nasal elements untouched. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a rather nice pale ale made even nicer by the approachable price tag.

12-15-2010 22:36:47 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a off-white head that thinned out leaving a few trails of lacing behind.

S - tropical fruit aroma.

T - tart tropical fruit taste with light bittering finishing things off.

F - medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

O - I'd drink this regularly if there weren't so many other good beers out there.

07-31-2011 19:28:48 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +12%

04-06-2014 20:08:08 | More by LXIXME
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4/5  rDev +12%

12-08-2011 05:42:39 | More by leprakhan
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +12%

again a few more of these and thankfully i am done, cold day, snowed in, lots of ehh beer from mixed six packs and away we go. served in a pint glass on 1.11.11.

probably the best i had from trader joes hands down, this one just started out nice with a good solid deep amber color and a good mix of head that cratered out perfectly and left behind nice lacing in its wake. deep citrus hops, notes of sweetness with orange, tangerine, hints of sweet malts and a really nice blend of flavors. flavor follows through very nicely with a really great mixture of deep hops that really come through quite nicely. biting at first but mellows with a buttery and complex mid palate that leaves a wonderful aftertaste of rich bitter hops and smooth sweet buttery malts really hits the spot and leaves a nice dry finish in its wake.

overall a great pale that borders on a nice ipa. i would buy this one again for certain.

01-13-2011 02:30:33 | More by mikesgroove
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4/5  rDev +12%

03-20-2014 07:12:00 | More by Sweffin
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4/5  rDev +12%

A: Pours a crystal clear straw color hue with a pure white 1in thick head. Bubbling intensely. Considerable lacing to the glass.

S: Nice and sweet with strong aroma of ripe cirtusy fruit like tangerines

T: Slightly sweet with considerable hop bitterness present for a pale ale. Bursts of citrus-tangerine flavors dominant with a great earthy/floral undertone. Nice hints of light caramel. Finishes clean, crisp and dry.

M: Very light clean and crisp. Super dry and nicely carbonated.

D: Incredible. So light and refreshingly hoppy. Finishes so clean and crisp I could drink these all day long. Superbly balanced.

What a deal at $5.99 a 6-pack sold under the Pseudo-brewery for Trader Joes dubbed Stanislaus Brewco. There is only one brewery coming out of Paso Robles that can produce something this good. My hats off to Firestone. This is my go to session brew at like 4.5% ABV it is so nice and refreshingly hoppy. No wonder it won Gold Medal at the 2010 GABF.

02-28-2011 21:56:53 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of flexabull


4/5  rDev +12%

Pours a light and bright gold color with a decent head.

Aromas are hoppy. A bit of pine and resin smells.

Taste is malty and creamy up front. It feels a bit light in the mouth, but the finish is sharp, bitter, and with pine flavors from the hops. This is a fairly sublte, but still a nice tasting American Pale.

Mouthfeel is average. Not bad, but just a bit to light and lean.

This is a session worthy Pale. Very drinkable.

04-18-2007 04:21:08 | More by flexabull
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12%

10-25-2012 23:51:52 | More by Falcone
Photo of JJOVa


4/5  rDev +12%

05-23-2012 13:31:18 | More by JJOVa
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4/5  rDev +12%

03-19-2013 13:22:44 | More by grahamboudreaux
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4/5  rDev +12%

12-27-2011 06:28:51 | More by mhaugo
Photo of steveh


4/5  rDev +12%

Another beer from Trader Joe's *secret* Steinhaus Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA.

I've heard good things about this beer, as I had about the IPA. 4.6 makes for a great session beer too. Bottled on 7/5/12.

A -- Clear, bright golden color with a frothy white head that holds up well.

S -- Big piny, herbal character up front. Mild fruit esters behind the piny hops.

T -- Herbal character mixed with citrus fruitiness and finishing with light graininess and mild biscuit malt sweetness. Some vague vegetal sourness in the finish, but not distracting -- fades with warming. Aftertaste of spicy hops and pleasing bitterness.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a medium light body.

O -- This reminds me of the sort of Pale Ale you would get at brew-pubs back in the early 90s. Not overbearing, allowing for more hops than the usual beer, but not assaulting your palate, with a light, graininess to counteract the hop character and bitterness. Worth a try for $7 a six pack.

10-08-2012 21:11:33 | More by steveh
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4/5  rDev +12%

A: Clear golden to amber with ample carbonation and a one finger head that recedes to about a quarter finger and sticks around. Decent lacing.

S: The dominate scent here is citrus hops...I'm thinking either Cascade or Amarillo. Probably the former. Some caramel in the background. Very nice.

T: Comperable to Sierra Nevada. Some bitterness up front that fades into grain. A solid representation of the APA style.

M: Good for the style.

O: A really nice beer at Budweiser prices. This was the last six pack on the shelf, and now I know why. A sessionable brew with some complexity for those on a budget. Methinks I'll be buying this again (and again). Nice job Steinhaus (or should I say Firestone Walker ;)

06-18-2011 07:09:52 | More by JJBlanche
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12%

Yes it is cheap but the reality is it is a first rate pale ale that has the big hops you crave but balanced to the T. I could drink this all the time but sadly TJs in not in BC. I am not impressed by TJs beer selection in general but will stop in just to pick up this and the IPA.

06-08-2011 16:29:20 | More by canucklehead
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4/5  rDev +12%

10-23-2012 21:49:44 | More by fox227
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12%

12-13-2011 03:16:48 | More by jak
Mission St. Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.