Mission St. Pale Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Pale AleMission St. Pale Ale

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260 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 01-07-2004)
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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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.

Photo of nickfl
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
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

Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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 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 kojevergas
2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
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+

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

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 LXIXME
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Zorro
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
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!

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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