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Mission St. Pale Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Mission St. Pale AleMission St. Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and herbal and citrus zest hops. A bit of onion and vegetables as the beer warms. Taste is of citrus zest up front with a malt backbone. A very mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pale ale but not something I would probably get again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 04:38:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:30:33 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For the conscious-minded consumer, this pick up of Mission St. Pale Ale at the local Trader Joe's delivers pleasant pale ale balances of hops to malt at a slightly lower cost than other retailers.

Pouring with a burnish golden honey color, the beer carries the haze that's classic of unfiltered and well hopped ales. The beer's carbonation releases a frothy head of whitish sheets. Solid lacing as random islands of lace adorn the glass- its appearance is what's asked of a pale ale.

Earth, malt and fruit swirl in the nose and captures a blend of American and British style pale ales. Firmly malted with notes of caramel, biscuit, and grain; the beer balances with hop notes of citrus pith, moist soil, and grassy/piney aromas. Added aromas of over ripened apples, pears, and apricots give a glimpse into the estery profile.

Flavors follow with a bready-sweet taste of barley malt with spicy snap of raw grain, maybe even rye. The forward taste of caramel and honey is short lived as the hops rise at mid palate to balance. Dried oranges, pithy grapefruit, fresh cut grass, mild pine, wood, and earthen ginger root provide a counterpart in flavor before turning slightly resinous bitter to finish. ...all reinforcing the notion of English pale ales as much as American varieties.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer sheds its early creaminess in favor of a dry lemon-mint finish that reminds me of sassafras. This dryness exposes elements of grassy, astringent, and wood-oriented bite that accompanies the hop bitterness with a touch of unsettlement.

All in all, the Mission St. pale ale satisfies the taste for pale ale, but does little to charm the palate with finesse, brightness, freshness, or premiere quality.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 03:04:55 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.17 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a dark yellow body with noted clarity and a thinnish, white head.

Smell: Simply scented. A whiff of pale malted barley which easily slides into a juicy, fruity citrus hop aroma.

Taste: A start of particularly pale malts, lightly biscuity, and sensibly sweetened with a thin drizzle of golden syrup. Fruity, lightly floral hop character akin to lemon and orange citrus peelings with an almost imperceptible tartness off in the distant background. Medium bitterness. Lightly resinous. Slightly bitter, dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: While not outstanding, it is pretty decent, well-balanced, and refreshing. Yeah, you could find other pale ales out there that would beat it in the taste department, but probably not when it comes to price.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 19:43:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 22:36:47 | More by TMoney2591
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up Sante Fe's Trader Joe's

Pours an effervescent gold with 2+ fingers of fluffy white head. Pretty good head retention & some lacing

S: Nice piney citrussy hops up front. Lemony hops & a hint of malt are there as this warms

T: Grapefruitty & piney hops with some breadyness up front. Breadyness takes over as this warms, but enough citrus & pine hops show as well. Finishes fruitty, lemony, a little dry & crisp

MF: Medium bodied with pretty good carbonation, brings out the hops

Super drinkable to be sure, a nice one to session on. This would be an easy if not super complicated summer beer to do so with

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 04:32:24 | More by russpowell
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 00:04:29 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 01:08:15 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour produces a two-finger thick, light tan crown of froth that floats on top of a brilliantly clear, rich copper colored brew. A hop focused mix of pine and citrus greets my nostrils upon the first whiff of the aroma. Typical grapefruit notes and candied orange peel but also a lemon zest note and a touch of apricot preserves make up the citrus component. The pine note, while noticeable, does not play as big a role as the citrus-hop notes do. The malt plays a supporting aromatic role adding a hint of caramel, some biscuit notes and a touch of dusty, crushed malt aromatics in the finish.

Somewhat dry up front, but it picks up a caramelized malt sweetness as it moves through the middle to the finish. A bit of a zippy carbonation offsets a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The beer has a solid, biting bitterness to it that lingers on in the finish. The bitterness is not clean, but instead has clinging menthol notes and a touch of pine-like astringency coupled to it. Hop citrus flavors of grapefruit are accentuated by the subtle malt sweetness; mainly though the beer is a bit too dry to really fully express the citrus notes in the flavor. Bitter, herbal hop notes play the dominant role in the flavor, but there is a significant, if supporting malt character here as well. Towards the finish flavors of pale malt, toasty crystal malts, caramelized soda crackers and even a touch of toasted bread notes are all noticeable at times.

A tasty Pale Ale that is quite light and easy drinking. I could wish for a touch more citrus-hop focus in the flavor, but that would mean more of a malt presence and I really do like how easy drinking this is.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 22:24:07 | More by Gueuzedude
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 00:45:31 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours gold with a medium full white head, good retention, spotty lace.

S: As with the IPA, very vibrant. Citrus with a hint of mango.

T: Some bready malt with a nice hop backbone. Grapefruit, some melon rind. Piney in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, light aftertaste for the style.

O: Quite similar to SNPA, a good budget pale ale 6er choice.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 06:22:55 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a decent head. Highlight is the intensely fragrant hoppy nose that carries through in the taste. Scent of flowers and a whiff of pine. Enough carbonation but less creamy than some. Great flavors for a lower-alcohol style. Kind of a crisp Pilsener style. Not much malt but it does have a touch tangy sweetness that is very appealing.

For an interesting comparison, taste this with Stone Pale Ale. While a lighter version, the Mission St. has a robust flavor that I personally like better than the perfumey and more bitter Stone.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 04:30:16 | More by mactrail
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light gold color with a small white head. Nose has a nice hop floral aroma, sweet malt, citrus crisp and fresh, the start is sweet, lightly malted, top is rather thin. An average Pale Ale, could have a bit more malt, to balance out the hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 02:07:45 | More by barleywinefiend
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kojevergas

Texas

2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Heard the rumors this was a Firestone Walker brewed ale and the price was right. I'm not a big fan of Firestone Walker, but I do quite like their unfiltered DBA and the price was indeed right, so I picked this one up. My expectations are high. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Trader Joe's and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 4.6% ABV confirmed. Bottled 08/29/12.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with pretzels.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of nice cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention - though the ABV is rather low. Lacing is okay. Colour is a clear translucent pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not all that vibrant. Meh. Pretty standard appearance for the style.

Sm: Surprisingly hoppy. Fresh evocative floral hops are notable. It does flirt with soapiness, though. Clean malts. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, clean malts, and barley. A hint of soap. Some crispness there. It's a bit stale, actually. The aroma was fresh but the flavour is not. Simple, even a bit bland. Not real well balanced. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Too dry, actually. A bit too thick for the lack of flavour as well. Weird coarsenesst that never quite feels right. A touch overcarbonated.

Dr: Pedestrian. Priced alright. I won't get it again. If you're buying cheap from Trader Joe's, go with the Stockyard Oatmeal Stout. This stuff is just plain mediocre. But what did I expect? After all, it is Firestone Walker. It's drinkable but rather mundane indeed.

D+

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 05:50:12 | More by kojevergas
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Zorro

California

2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow gold brew, ho hum.

Smell is about evenly divided between hops and malt smells.

Taste is mostly lemony hops with a grain after taste. Lots of hops flavor but it isn't thick enough to get bitter. Taste is "HOPS SELTZER WATER." It's better than Budweiser, but not great. There is also a raw carrot flavor to this brew, strange.

Mouthfeel is decidedly thin.

More drinkable than Budweiser. Mission St. is in San Francisco; I sure as hell can find an Anchor Steam there that blows this out of the water!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 01:54:47 | More by Zorro
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plaid75

New York

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 02:14:46 | More by plaid75
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 03:47:33 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer after the pour is a limpid golden amber color; the head is mastodonic in size, spumous in texture and the color a bright white with the lace a tight skirt upon the glass. Nice hop floral aroma, sweet malt, citrus crisp and fresh, the start is sweet, lightly malted, top is rather thin. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops dynamic in their spiciness, dry long-lasting aftertaste, an average Pale Ale, could have a bit more malt, to balance out the hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 20:02:08 | More by Gusler
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HopHead84

California

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/29/2011

Mission St. Pale Ale won gold at GABF in 2008 and 2010, and silver in 2011. I think it's time I try this beer. Snifter.

A: Burnished gold with great clarity and topped by two fingers of white sea foam. Good retention and lots of scattered lacing.

S: Floral notes blend with orange, grapefruit, and a dash of onion. The hop aroma is fresh and vibrant, which is a relief considering this is just sitting on the shelf at a grocery store. Malt is redolent of bread and is content to  linger in the background.

T: Lightly bitter up front with pine and bready malt. Citrus reminds me of orange and tangerine, with lighter grapefruit notes. The beer is dry overall, but the malt is not completely subservient. It contributes a welcome sweetness (though low) and augments the beer's drinkability. The hops are bright. The finish is dry and crisp, with lingering citrus flesh.

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and crisp.

Overall: This is one satisfied customer. I can't remember the last time I purchased a 6 pack, but this was a good idea. At $5.99 this cannot be beat. Though, I can't comment on the odds of getting a fresh product because as I said before this is just sitting at room temperature on a shelf in Trader Joe's, a store full of hippies. Nice job, Firestone Walker. This is underrated.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 01:43:42 | More by HopHead84
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium to dark golden yellow in color with some hints of orange when held up to the light and a light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness and citrus/floral hops.

T: There a light caramel malt body with some light amounts of sweetness along with a mild amount of non-lingering bitterness. There are flavors from the citrus/orange and floral hops

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy with a lightly dry finish.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable - there is a pleasant amount of flavor in this beer while still being very sessionable. Much better than I expected, considering the price (and what 2 buck Chuck tastes like)... I would pick this beer up again, especially for a outdoor summer food gathering - paired well with BBQ style pork.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 01:54:21 | More by dbrauneis
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beertunes

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer may be brewed by a different brewery now, my bottle said it was brewed in Paso Robles CA, not Monrovia. Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a lightly hazy golden straw color (much like a Pilsener, instead of a more typical "Ale" color) with about an inch of white head that had OK retention and no lacing.

The aroma had a good grainy malt scent, although a bit on the sweet side, and a solid dose of piney hops. The flavor was pretty similar, nice malts and lots of pine hops, that lingered on the back of the tongue.

The body was nice, crisp and clean, and not sticky at all. Drinkability is excellent, these guys go down smooth, clean and refreshingly easy. Overall, a pretty good beer on it's own, but when you consider the $6 a six pack price, it's a great value beer for those times you don't want think about your beer too much.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 19:47:04 | More by beertunes
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light orange in color and very clear with a nice, white, foamy head that left some terrific lacing.

Smell – This has a nice orange and pine hop aroma with a solid malt base.

Taste – Whoa! Something’s rotten in the State of Denmark. I’m no brewing guru, but something went wrong here.

The piney hops found their way into the taste, which was good. But the rest of the beer is completely absent. The malt base that I thought I smelled at the nose was completely AWOL. However, the taste wasn’t as bad as the mouthfeel . . .

Mouthfeel – As Stephan King would say in a hushed tone with a dramatic swoop of his arm: “Thinner.” This was like drinking hop-flavored water, which isn’t bad if it’s supposed to be hop-flavored water but when you’re selling it as an ale it sucks. I think if you cellared this for six months or so it would break down into pure tap water.

Drinkability – I sure liked smelling it, but I won’t ever buy another bottle to drink. What a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2004 02:26:23 | More by RoyalT
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 18:41:08 | More by scruffwhor
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blackie

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 03:22:05 | More by blackie
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 23:55:38 | More by chinchill
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Mission St. Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.