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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: 245
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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 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.

TMoney2591, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe's. Pours a golden color with a thin, quickly fading head. Lively carbonation and not much lacing. Light aroma of citrus hops with biscuit malt notes. Body is too light to my liking. Earthy hops and grapefruit dominate the flavor, there are slight malty notes as well. Finish is long, bitter and dry. I will try their IPA also. I suspect this is watered down version of IPA.

mikeg67, Dec 08, 2010
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.

MrIncognito, Dec 07, 2010
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.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a moderate off-white head. On the nose, lots of fresh citrus (mostly oranges) and some floral hops. On the palate, fairly light bodied, thin and a little watery, with a little citrus, although this one rings somewhat hollow. Good, but instantly forgetable.

emmasdad, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of jadpsu
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear with a tinge of light amber with a thin white head that has decent retention. Pretty average.
Aroma has floral hoppiness and a sharp piney citrus combination.
Mostly dry, no sweetness but not really bitter.
Not the biggest Pale Ale fan and this one kind of fits that mold. For me it's ok not something to rave about.

jadpsu, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of JayQue
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I continue to be impressed with Trader Joe beers!! The Mission St IPA was very good and so is this Pale Ale. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Small head, less than average retention and spotty lacing.

Good strong aroma of piney hops..plenty strong enough for a Pale Ale. Tastes good as well!!! Strong piney hops and a little balancing bready malt. Mouthfeel is crisp and light. This is not an IPA...plenty robust for a Pale Ale.

Drinkability is very good!!! Had no idea that this was only 4.60 abv until I started this review. This is a good "poundable" beer for sessions or as a lawnmower beer.

If this was a restaurant selection for dinner, I would have no problem with it. Good beer, cheap price.

JayQue, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of david18
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new Trader Joes opened up in my neighborhood on 72nd Street on Broadway on Manhattan's upper west side. I had heard a lot of good things about their beers. They seem to have a number of brands: The basic "made in mexico" brand. The Mission Street, which is a collaboration with Firestone Walker. And the "german" series, which I also got bunch of.

I had heard a lot about this beer so I guess I expected more from it and was a little underwhelmed. Not great carbonation, light in color, a little short on the bitterness. I'll have it again but I don't love it.

david18, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly cloudy, bright golden-yellow tone with a solid finger of a foamy off-white head... fair to poor retention; no real lacing to speak of.

the first thing i get from the aroma is a floral hoppiness, followed by bready malts and the faint suggestion of pine.

taste mostly follows the nose with a bready malt/floral hop profile which carries through to a slightly bitter finish... pretty nice balance, if nothing too mind-blowing. refreshing. quaffable.

lighter-bodied mouthfeel with style appropriate carbonation; pretty drinkable, something easily sessioned.

perrymarcus, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of gopens44
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pretty basic. Had about half an inch of head at pour, but it ran off like a scared puppy. Straw colored and clear enough to watch T.V. Through (actually can identify Kramer throughit).

S - Not much more than faint hops and a trace floral scent.

T - I am pleasantly surprised by this little number. I wasn't expecting much, but what I got was a pretty basic pale ale with all the makings of a good all around anytime drinker. Not so hoppy as to throw off your taste, decent citrusy balance with a touch of biscuity fun time. There is a tinny element there someplace, but it's not enough to taint the experience too much.

M - Not anything too special. Some medium to high carbonation with a smooth finish. Biscuity aftertaste.

D - this thing was cheap and good enough to fill a cooler for a day full of drinking I'd say.

gopens44, Oct 01, 2010
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.

Mosstrooper, Sep 19, 2010
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.

Ryan011235, Jul 27, 2010
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.

pmcadamis, Jul 22, 2010
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.

WestValleyIPA, Jun 15, 2010
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.

Mora2000, Jun 14, 2010
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.

industrialswill, Jun 08, 2010
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.

kdawg105, May 25, 2010
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.

donkeyrunner, Apr 11, 2010
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.

mwagner1018, Mar 29, 2010
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.

BretSikkink, Mar 10, 2010
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.

bgildea, Feb 22, 2010
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.

droomyster, Feb 13, 2010
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.

GrandeDrip, Feb 02, 2010
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.

Nas2099, Jan 16, 2010
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 31, 2009
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