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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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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 01-07-2004

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color. Not much head, and doesn't last long. Smells very earthy. Lots of grass, smells of hops, orange and other citrus notes. Taste is hoppy, earthy, and I taste orange followed by some lemon zest. Mouthfeel is not as crisp as I would want for a PA, but still nice. Quite a bit of bite on the tongue and the finish lingers for quite awhile. Overall....tasty. For 6.99 a 6 pack this is more than worth the price.

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

A - Pours a pale amber body with a 2-finger sticky white head that retains very well and leaves great lacing.

S - Pale malts and citrus hops balanced quite well. Lemon zest and grapefruit scents.

T&M - I was pleasantly surprised at first sip. A nice hop-forward bite of citrus followed by smooth pale malts. Sweetness chases it down. The sweetness was a nice touch at first became a bit cloying by the end of the beer. Average carbonation and a medium body create a nice mouthfeel typical of a pale ale.

D - I really liked this at first but the sweetness really got to me. I would have preferred less citrusy sweetness and a bit more biscuity malt to balance things out.

Photo of zp6167a
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this 355 ml bottle on November 11th 2005.

Poured a pale amber/cider colour with reasonable off-white head, maybe a slight touch of haze (?).

Smelled very good, nice fresh hoppy floral smell.

Tasted good, though not as hoppy as I would have expected. It had a nice bitter tang to it and a dry finish.
Mouthfeel good.
I could see myself having a couple of these. Unfortunately, I only have the one!

Photo of Bockrules
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing appearance. Yellowish amber with a light foamy head. The smell is of flowers, lemons and grapefruit. Hints of pine and grass. The ale taste of lightly roasted caramel. It bitters then finishes sweet. The mouthfeel is light to medium, but totally appropriate for the style as i don't mind a lighter pale ale. I am impressed. This is a decent pale ale that you can get for 5.99 a 6 pack or a 1.00 a beer at Trader Joe's. Also, I believe it is made by Firestone Walker.

Photo of eberkman
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of GinDC
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MDM
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DSkilling
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DiscGolfRobot
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Dubbercody
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh, beer from Trader Joe's. Lightly citrus, easy drinking, not too much going on. Heavier than I expected for a Pale Ale. Tasty, another pretty decent beer available at TJ's. Not a whole lot of qualities, but an easy drinker that'll do for under a dollar a beer. Not my favorite, but pretty good for pretty cheap...beats nasty crap from marco-pushers anyday.

Photo of Gator_Nation
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of tjd112
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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 thedifferencemaker
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of RootedFool
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half an inch head tall on the pour, sudsy, bone white. Body's a bright gold, lots of bubbles. Nose: sweet upfront, deepens after a few more sniffs into hop citrus rind and cut grass notes. Taste: bready (unbuttered biscuit), followed by a lemon zesty twist of hops, but a small twist. The bitterness feels very narrow here, more crisp and one-dimensional than its brethren in the style (Sierra Nevada comes to mind); this is even more mellow than some English pales I've tried. Aftertaste is almost flat, dry. Mouthfeel's a tad thin. Not a beer I would try again considering all of the other American pale ales available that are superior.

Photo of pjwilson
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: light orange color. a bit lighter than medium for a pale ale. nice head. sticks for a bit
smell: it's got a bold little kick.
taste: quite good. factoring in the 5 dollar a sixer price it may be the best pale at that price. this is a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone. There is a slightly different malt base and hop presense but very similar. you can also taste water which is a little strange....like they added water at the end or something.
Mouthfeel: is a little watery.
drinkability: nice afternoon slow drinker. i've had better drinkability.

notes: the best of the myster trader joe's beers...

Photo of BoilerUpNavy
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of gregu2
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of rodney45
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark yellow and with a quickly fleeing paper white head that leaves little to no lacing.

S: Blown away. Centennial or cascade hop dominant. Crazy nice aroma that just hits the nose with a vibrant blend of citrus, graprfruit, melon, cantaloupe and beautiful hop blend.

T: First notes are only of the hop profile which consist of grapefruit, lemon and orange. I can definitively taste cascade hop in this beer from my home brewing experience. Malt character is there primarily for balance, but it lends itself in very toasty and doughy ways, once this beer warms up. After taste is dry and the beer seems a little bit diluted.

M: Light to medium body, with decent carbonation, and only slightly bitter.

O: Good example for the style, I'd call it a little bit under malted, and less bitter than the aroma would have lead on, but... i'd say this is a very accurate demonstration of the style, even if a little bit watered down. Sessionable and absolutely affordable for a buck a 12 oz.

I'd pair this with grilled pork roast or maybe venison chops.

Photo of josiahschlender
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of henrysunset
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

seriously pale, pale ale with huge white head. The head doesn't last but it does leave nice lacing.

Smell is great, like a light IPA even. Nice hoppy smell is a bit bitter but mostly floral, a bit of sweet malty smells too.

taste is good but a little off. It is exceptionally thin in taste as it was in color. There is some nice floral hoppy tastes, but it is mostly just bitter and dry. Not bad at all, but not very flavorful.

Entirely drinkable, but not in the slightest bit exceptional.

Photo of ReDave
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full white head that dwindles down. Very light golden color. Malty aroma with a hint of fruit (?). Light lace that is not sticky, and slips on down the glass. This is a great beer for after a long afternoon in the hot sun brush cutting. Very little hop action [ could be my hop head talking] Nice for summer brew

Photo of StrangerTides
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JJOVa
4/5  rDev +12%

Mission St. Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.