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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: 246
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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 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
Photo of ThePortlander
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.

ThePortlander, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of bbothen
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow color with a small 1 finger bubbly head. head doesn't stay around very long. Could pass for a macro on looks.

Smell is of grain, malty sweetness, and some subdued piney hops.

Toasted grains, sweet maltiness, piney hop bitterness, touch of citrus, good amount of bitterness.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation, lingering bitterness.

Drinkability is high.

This is a good option at $5.99 a six at Trader Joes. Will be getting again when on a budget.

bbothen, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of illidurit
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Light amber color with a nice beige head. Aroma is floral hops with some citrus and bland malt. Flavor is crystal maltiness (iced tea) with a hoppiness that tastes like fruity pebbles. Way too sweet, no bitterness, thin body, high carbonation. Pass on this one.

illidurit, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of photomike
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased due to a sign declaring that this beer won some kind of award at the Great American Beer Festival. I'm skeptical.

Pours a very pale yellow with a small, pure white, quickly dissipating head. This looks disturbingly like a Corona.

Smell is actually quite nice. A lot more hops than I was expecting...almost like a toned-down version of their IPA (which is a hell of a value). A malty smell starts to take center stage as this guy warms.

Taste is where this beer really falls apart. Very mild flavor; slightly malty but with something funky is really the most prominent flavor. The review before me mentions something about this tasting like a corn or rice adjunct, and I have to agree. This really tastes like a mediocre macro. Not tasty.

Mouthfeel is ok...very clean and crisp, but perhaps overly carbonated.

Drinkability is high, assuming you like this sort of thing. Low ABV and very light...but kinda nasty.

photomike, Apr 01, 2009
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.

MiScusi, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of josiahschlender
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, a pale that actually pours a pale yellow into a pint glass. Bright white medium sized foam that fades pretty quick and leaves just a bit of lace. Less than substantial look belies the better beer within.

Very pleasing citrus hop aromas. More lemon than any beer that I can remember. Maybe a bit of lightly toasted grains, but it's mostly hops on the nose, and a good quantity of it.

Lemon drop hop flavors, as well. Some malty sweetness balances it out, with moderate bittering at the the end of a swig. It comes across as a light, refreshing pale that doesn't try to be a style that it's not. Body is medium, smooth and well suited for this beer.

Overall, not too shabby! One of the better six-bucks-a-sixpack brews I've had from Trader Joe's. It's taken me a while to get around to trying it, but it's a solid pale for a very reasonable price. I'll be getting it again.

josiahschlender, Mar 07, 2009
Mission St. Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.