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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:
No notes at this time.

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

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

09-25-2009 22:26:40 | More by porterwoobie
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 PatronWizard


3.5/5  rDev -2%

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

08-23-2009 22:26:43 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of smcolw


3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

08-22-2009 00:45:31 | More by smcolw
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

08-11-2009 02:14:46 | More by plaid75
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

08-01-2009 01:41:50 | More by yourefragile
Photo of eberkman


3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

07-13-2009 02:15:38 | More by eberkman
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

07-09-2009 05:49:45 | More by Bockrules
Photo of scruffwhor


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

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

06-27-2009 18:41:08 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of zeff80


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

06-17-2009 01:08:15 | More by zeff80
Photo of JamesP123


4.38/5  rDev +22.7%

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!

06-16-2009 21:19:08 | More by JamesP123
Photo of jwinship83


4.47/5  rDev +25.2%

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.

06-13-2009 17:53:16 | More by jwinship83
Photo of Spikester


4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

05-28-2009 05:43:58 | More by Spikester
Photo of mpyle


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
Photo of blackie


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

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

04-30-2009 03:22:05 | More by blackie
Photo of ThePortlander

New York

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

04-28-2009 19:03:19 | More by ThePortlander
Photo of bbothen


3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

04-12-2009 22:06:09 | More by bbothen
Photo of illidurit


2.75/5  rDev -23%

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.

04-07-2009 06:40:29 | More by illidurit
Photo of photomike


2.98/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

04-01-2009 22:30:53 | More by photomike
Photo of MiScusi


3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

03-10-2009 21:05:35 | More by MiScusi
Photo of josiahschlender


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

03-07-2009 06:44:42 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of rhinos00


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours an absolutely clear, straw yellow. Fingers width of white head formed and dissipated quickly.

S- Smell of grains and malt throughout. This aroma was partly masked by a light scent of piney hops. Also detected a slight hint of fruit.

T- Pretty much the aroma to a "T." Had a nice subtle hops presence that really went well with the other ingredients.

M- Light and well carbonated. Not much else to say here.

D- This is a great session brew. Just enough taste to make it interesting and is very easy to put down.

Overall, a great refreshing beer with decent taste.

03-06-2009 22:23:06 | More by rhinos00
Photo of Overlord


3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

Pour a urine-esque golden yellow. Uh oh. I don't expect to see this color on anything but the worst macrolagers. Big white foam head turns into a thin slimy crust.

Smells ... actually pretty decent. Some light pine on the nose. In fact, this smells more piney than the IPA I just had.

Taste is basically pine and a slight grainy breadiness. You know what? Not half bad. 5.99 a sixer, too. May be a good one to throw into the party mix. Not enough carbonation, and thin mouthfeel, but not nearly as bad as the awful appearance led me to believe.

02-13-2009 07:03:28 | More by Overlord
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9%

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)

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


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a crystal clear yellow with light carbonation and a poor head. Lacing on the glass but no retention at all. Truth be told it looks like piss. Grainy smell with alcohol behind it. Not much aroma or balance.
A crisp taste of mostly body hops and a sharp finishing hop. Fairly hollow and watery but smooth (surprise). Low carbonation and a quickly fading flavor don't do much for it in the enjoyment aspect of it but it could easily be a session beer. There are plenty others I would choose first but I wouldn't object to this one.

12-15-2008 08:22:03 | More by Irie
Mission St. Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.