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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: 252
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of mwagner1018
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden light honey copper color, inconsistent slow rising carbonation jumping off the bottom of glass, small very light cap of white head on beer, less than 1/2 finger at pour, little to no lacing down glass except sitting at lip of beer location.

S- Light buttery ester, light yeast, mild citrus with moderate banana and pineapple.

T- Light carbonation, medium bitterness finishes clean, moderate malt sweetness up front but finishes dry, low grassy essence, slightly watery, mild hop bitterness that presents as lime to me.

M- Slight butter texture, smooth on tongue. Clean finish, not very complex, light earthy grassy finish, mild bitterness.

D- Crisp, refreshing, not too exciting, but does fit the APA profile. Low ABV allows for close to a session beer experience. Doesn't keep my attention too long, but is a decent option that represents a moderate APA at a very affordable price.

mwagner1018, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decently carbonated head, tan color, over a clear copper body. Nose is hoppy, with lots of citrus and hints of pine. Surprisingly dark malt notes of caramel and toast as well.

Pretty highly carbonated, this one starts dry and a little metallic. The prominent flavors are hop-driven: grapefruit, lemon, with hints of menthol and pine resin. Somewhat sweet, with malt notes of caramel providing some backbone. Bitterness is short of bracing, but it does into the finish; this, however, is too dry to get the lingering hop juices to really penetrate the palate.

Pretty solid effort here, with the ease of drinkability balanced nicely by the hop-forward flavor.

BretSikkink, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of bgildea
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky yellowish amber with little to no head that faded quickly.

S: Smells very good, sweet start that lasts for a while.

T: Enjoyable beer, nice balance of sweet and hops. Starts with a strong sweet taste and finishs with a faint hint of hops. Tastier than I expected.

M: Chewyer than expected, with a hearty feel for an American Pale Ale

D: Definitly drinkable, the sweetness though makes me hesitant to have too many.

Overall: Good beer, nice sweet taste with a hint of hops. Good balance and smell, but the sweetness makes me only want to have one or two. If you like hoppier beers, than this might not be your ball of wax.

bgildea, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of droomyster
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.

droomyster, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of GrandeDrip
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Don't have a 16oz glass on hand, so I had to do two pours into a 10oz glass. Can't make a fair judgment on the head, then, but color is a deep straw; yellow with the tiniest beginnings of orange in this light.

Smell hit me hard while I was pouring. Very hoppy - I loved it. Good ol' floral, citrus, and pine, laid on a base of maple sweetness. Aroma lets you know right off that this is going to be a clean, refreshing, hoppy pale.

To be honest my palate may have been off because I had an Anchor Steam right before this, but the taste was a good follow-up to the aroma. The best way I can describe it is that everything I said about smell applies here, although notably I got nothing for the aftertaste. I was expecting something, some lingering bitterness perhaps, but it really went down clean and left nothing. This could be interpreted as a "watery" aftertaste, but I'll call it clean and light. This is really why I'm giving them a 5 for drinkability. Because of the up-front hop character but complete lack of astringency or lingering bitterness, I have to say that I don't think you can balance a brew better than this.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Again this = drinkability, but at the expense of complexity and character.

I will be buying this beer again.

GrandeDrip, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Nas2099
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

6-pack costs $5.99 from Trader Joe's.

This beer is more mellow than most of the American Pale Ale that I usually drink, but still has enough hop flavors to satisfy my quench. This is a very drinkable beer that I would enjoy on a hot Arizona summer day.

Overall a good American Pale Ale for the price.

Nas2099, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of matjack85
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.

matjack85, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of tjd112
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the only Trader Joe's in NJ that sells beer (in Westfield)

A - Very clear yellow color with very good retention but inadequate lacing
S - Very flowery and pine like, more in the vein of an IPA
T - Very flowery and pine like, with hints of sour fruit
M - Somewhat coarse
D - Good beer for the value

I dunno if other TJs do this, but the beer at this Trader Joes was exposed to light and not chilled.

tjd112, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of vacax
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trader Joe's, $5.99 for six 12 oz. bottles. Thanks to vurt for recommending this one.

Pours clear golden with a one finger white head. Good retention and fair lace. Smells lightly of grapefruit, flowers, honeysuckle. Tastes of light pine with a sweet floral and orange twist. Medium bodied with a lovely smooth carbonation. An exceptionally sessionable ale. Not an intense beer by any means, but plenty of very nice flavors and smells. Unbeatable in price.

Supremely underrated.

vacax, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of porterwoobie
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: light gold color, clear, slime head, minimal head with very slim lacing

S: balanced, moderate smell of maltiness and citrus hops

T: citrus/orange like characters in the flavor. finishes slightly bitter and dry. hop flavor doesn't last too long and the bitterness dissipates quickly.

MF: medium bodied and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: decent beer. easy drinking. i would get it again.

porterwoobie, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

wedge, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of PatronWizard
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another birthday sixer oh hell yeah.

Pours a beautiful shade of translucent copper. Small busy dishy white head. Slightly recoverable upon command.

Smell is a nice grapefruit hops. Malt comes across as fress oranges. Very soothing.

Taste is good but a little watered down. At least that's the impression that I get. Grapefruit and tea leaves.

Medium light body. Easy drinker. Can and will crush this six pack happily.

Overall: above average

PatronWizard, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear liquid with a single finger head; very light spotty lace. Dirty gold color

Light pale malt aroma with a decent dollop of hop nose. Well-balanced and pretty straight forward smell.

Great start to the initial taste; soon it has elements of adjuncts to the flavor. The finish is dry and astringent. Good hop pop at the end which brings some redemption. Neutral body; low carbonation.

smcolw, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a fair dose of cascade and centennial hops with a moderate sweetness.

The taste consisted of round malts and a rather potent hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the creamier side of the style.

Overall a pretty tasty and well priced APA. Think SN PA light.

plaid75, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from TJ poured into a nonic.

Clear bright copper colored liquid with a two finger, thick off white head that slowly reduces to a thin ring and film with little lacing. Mild aroma, grapefruit and lemon citrus first, backed up by malt and grain. Nothing too overwhelming. Medium bodied with heavy carbonation makes this very creamy and full in the mouth and pleasant. Light piney hop finish. Start is fairly dry and throughout has some malt sweetness to balance the light hops. Very nice, easy drinking pale ale at an excellent price and availability. Certainly won't be mistaken for Alpha King, but compares adequately to SN and wouldn't mind having a six pack of this or the IPA around.

yourefragile, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of eberkman
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pilsner-like pale yellow with a fairly large white head that shrank slowly and left a little lacing. Smell pretty much floral and piney hops. Tasted like it smelled. Dominated by the same hoppy notes with s somewhat citrusy-sweet malt background that was still a little overpowered by the hops. Almost an IPA. Somewhat thin mouthfeel. But quite drinkable and packing a surprising amount of flavor and heft for something below 5 pct ABV. Also pretty cheap at Trader Joes. Good value even if it's not the most memorable beer. A very poor man's SNPA.

eberkman, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of Bockrules
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a mug

A - Pours a nice clear, medium gold with a white, fluffy two finger head. Moderate streams of carbonation and decent head retention. The head stays intact all the way down the glass, leaves behind mediocre lacing.

S - Strong smell of floral hops upon opening the bottle with hints of citrus. Good smell throughout the drink. Nice and big.

T - Orange and hoppy up front followed by a body dominated by citrus and floral hops. The finish is weak and dry and is followed by a bitter floral aftertaste. This is a one-dimensional beer dominated by the floral hop taste.

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, the beer is a bit chewy on the tongue. Suits the style very well.

D - My friend picked this up for me in Chicago, knowing I love APA's. Seeing as how it's brewed in Ca, I'm guessing I could probably find it around here, but I won't bother looking. Not a bad beer by a long shot, just not as balanced or complex as other (readily accessible) APA's.

Bockrules, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My dad gave me a bottle to try.

Very pale, yet clear pilsnery yellow under a nice film of foam. Toasty and pilsnery grain aroma with a nice citric hop mixed in to the aroma quiet well. The taste has citrus hop zest upfront and mellows with some gristy malts. Overall pretty well balanced and very easy to drink. The finish is a little metallic and bitter

scruffwhor, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/gold color with a white, foamy, two-finger head. It left a little soapy residue on the glass. The color was more golden than most APAs.

S - It smelled of burnt toast malt and some citrus.

T - It tasted of a good deal of orange peel, pine and roasted malt. Nicely balanced flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fizzy mouthfeel. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a decent APA. It is very easy drinking and very sessionable.

zeff80, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of JamesP123
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Raiders Logo beer mug.

A. A light amber, pretty transparent. One finger of head with a medium amount of lacing lasting through most of the session.

S. Getting some floral and piney hops on this one, not picking up much malt.

T. nice claen hop flavors coming through. A little floral with a good strong citrus/pine hop kick. Hops are heavier than the malt, but not out of balance. Tastes very, very good - clean and refreshing.

M. A bit light on the mouthfeel - but keeps with the overall vibe of freshness, crisp, clean and refreshing.

D. Super drinakable, light and low in alcohol, but full in flavor and at $6 per 6 pack, how can you go wrong! A great beer at a great price!

JamesP123, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into the sierra nevada hop tulip glass. no freshness dating.

A- this one pours a very clear pale golden colored body with a finger of bright white head. the head sticks around for a while, and leaves pretty complete lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- nice and hoppy. lots of citrus and pine. not too much else. im not complaining.

T- like the smell, the taste is dominated by hops. lots of citrus and pine. nice and bitter. there is some caramel malt, but its still very unbalanced.

M- light bodied. crisp clean and refreshing.

D- easy to finish and this one packs alot of flavor for something thats only 4.6% ABV. ill check this one out again. especially for the price, this beer is a winner. check it out.

jwinship83, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light amber color. An agressive pour yielded a modest whitish head that fades quickly. On the other hand there are copious lacings. Aroma is piney hops. Taste is nice resinous piney earthy hops with a modest malt backing as it should be for a Pale. Fairly average flavors for the style possibly due to the low 4.6% abv. That makes this a very good choice for a session APA. I think I bought this at Trader Joes and they allow single bottle sales. Next time I feel a budget pinch I may just pick up a sixer or two.

Spikester, May 28, 2009
Photo of mpyle
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mpyle, May 10, 2009
Photo of blackie
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: drab yellow-golden in color with a fizzy white head

s: pleasant, fresh tropical hop aroma, some mild bready pale grain, little else, this could really be something with a little malt structure

m: carbonation just under medium, a bit rough on the tongue, light body

t: again, nice tropical-citrus hop flavor, but very little complexity beyond that, bready pale grains barely provide adequate support...a crisp finish, bitter to ipa levels, is a bit of a redeemer

d: nothing off a all, and pretty damn plain, but an easy drinker as a result and good enough for the price

single from Trader Joe's, Newport News, VA

blackie, Apr 30, 2009
Mission St. Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.