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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: 260
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
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 Mosstrooper
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden color with a medium white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind spotty lace and a lot of foam floating on top of the beer.

Smell: Biscuity aromas dominate, with a healthy smell of floral hops.

Taste: Begins buttery and sweet with slight herbal and floral flavors, finishing with well-rounded herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a refreshing, slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A solid pale ale, though nothing too special. Very sessionable, and possibly a good starting point for beginners. Bonus points to this one for being dirt cheap.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.3/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass 7/24/10

Cloudy, dirty golden color with amber highlights. One finger dissipates to a small, but decent layer of foam, leaving a few splotches of lace. Consistently thin retention, but wanting for lace.

Malts abound! Aromas of caramel, bread dough & biscuit. I'd imagine some crystal malts, too. Musty old yeast notes. Overtones of ripe, nearly tart fruitiness. Possibly this is what passes for hops? Pretty much dull.

This doesn't taste particularly good, but it isn't offensive. One-dimensional bitterness is astringent with a metallic bent. Seems like there are vague ghosts of decent hop flavor, but they're resigned to the graveyard. Thankfully the malts cut down on the astringency. Similar to the nose, is a collage of caramel, toasty bread & biscuit.

Medium body & lower carbonation; pretty average in those respects. Mostly clean finish; subtle malts & a faint bitter twinge.

Drinkability is so-so. Definitely the best of the Trader Joe's beers I've had so far. Doesn't seem the freshest, though. Maybe it's an old bottle.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Medium orange brew. Cloudy with a nice one finger cap that shows really nice retention.

S - Citrus and pine. Standard "Northwest" hop profile.

T - Mandarin orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada in a way.

M - Crisp, relatively highly carbonated, and refreshing.

D - Good beer for a great price. This is almost like a SN clone in my opinion, and if the sixer is two bucks less I'd be temped to pick this over that classic pale ale.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Got 3 fingers of soapy head and a dark golden color. Smells strongly of lemon and floral hops. Definitely a citrusy flavor, and a bit of nice lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel was creamy and a bit soapy. Good deal at 5.99 a sixer. I do believe this to be the same beer as Firestone Walker Pale 31.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear medium yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, bready malts and orange citrus. The flavor is orange hops and bready malts. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of industrialswill
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice "beer yellow" color to it.
Yes indeed, some foam was created during the pour.
The smell reveals that a good old fashioned beer is sitting in my glass waiting to be consumed.
There is something about the flavor that I'm not totally in love with. Overall, the balance of hops and malt is very nice, but I'm picking up a slight amount of spice flavor.
Every other aspect about this beer is good, if not very good. I'll gladly drink the rest of the six pack.

Photo of kdawg105
4.65/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a really good pale ale. It pours to a somewhat amber color with a thin lace that sticks to the glass. The smell is of hops and some floral notes. The taste is pretty good except it was kinda lighter than I expected it to be. The mouthfeel is nice it is smooth and goes down clean which makes for a very nice drinkability.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright yellow with a bubble bath white head. Excellent retention splatters lace everywhere. Aroma if full of hot hop action: I get citrus with some bubble gum, and tropical fruit with a soft pine undertone.

Mouthfeel contains soft resiny hops which buoy an otherwise light and clean body. I'd bet there some pils at work in there somewhere. Bubble gum and sharp pine hop flavor. Champagne dry swallow which could be better

Nothing outstanding but just a simple and all around solid west coast pale. After a few lackluster brews from Trader Joe's I'm really impressed with this one. Probably the best $5.99 six pack I've bought.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mission St. Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.