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Mission St. Pale Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Mission St. Pale AleMission St. Pale Ale

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228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
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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Photo of Halcyondays


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
Photo of gc4hokies


4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue with a slight hint of red. Very clear with nice foamy white head that laces the glass all the way down.

For the aroma, I'm getting brown sugar, bisquit, slightly grassy. Nice

Taste sweet at first. same brown sugar notes. Finishes with a nice slight bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light.

This is a good session beer and represents the style nicely. A lot of the aromas and flavors are the same ones found in the IPA, just understated.

I think that this beer is being reviewed at a lower score by some because it is so light and low in abv. If you don't compare this to something 6+ abv, like some in this category?, you realize that this is a very nicely done, light, pale ale.

Very good for the style and a great bargain at Trader Joe's.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 01:49:57 | More by gc4hokies
Photo of litheum94


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/15/10. Reviewed 2/6/11.

Clear, golden body. Active, slightly off-white head that bubbles up to a one-finger head. Settles out to a patchy cover.

Peachy hops. Very floral. Honey sweetness. Tones of brown sugar. Malt forward, with biscuit and caramel aromas.

Faintly citrusy hops at first. Crisp mouthfeel. Strong malt base of honey covered biscuits and caramel. Leads into a dry, hoppy finish. Citrus and pine. Restrained bitterness.

A fairly cheap, easy drinking and refreshing pale ale. Can't complain about any of that.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 23:20:22 | More by litheum94
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Into a pint glass:

A: glowing yellow body, slightly amber at the edges, light foamy head

S: slight flowery, lemon, grapefruit, pine, light grass in the background

T: roasted caramel up front, yet fades as the beer warms, previously mentioned flavors show up as the beer warms

M: light, pretty sessionable, dry bitter aftertaste and finish

O: best thing about this is the price, other than that, just an average American Pale Ale

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 19:42:16 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of AwYeh


3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into shaker pint.

A: Clear golden-amber with two fingers of frothy white head; quickly subsides but nice looking while it lasts.

S: Good balance, a lot of citrus hops, particularly pineapple, are upfront. Biscuity malts come through shortly thereafter, unfortunately they're a bit mustier than would be totally pleasant, and there's something in there that's a bit similar to spilled beer at a football stadium. Still, not a bad smell all around. Less intensive sniffs, later into a beer drinking session, would probably have this around a 4.0.

T: Hops are the first thing I pick up here, a lot of pine unlike the aroma, though some citrus is still bouncing around. Hops overpower most of the sweetness that I was expecting from the malts, so instead they're limited to contributing more of the biscuity flavor from the smell. I'm surprised that this one is as bitter as it is (in an enjoyable way) for being just 4.6% ABV, though I'd be cheating if I bumped its score up just for having a strong flavor at that level.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy and frothy on the way down. This beer goes quite a bit beyond its ABV range, and is sticky enough to keep the flavor around for a while.

O: Average pale ale, though there's certainly nothing wrong with it. For the price point, it's still heavy on the flavor (though in my opinion the Mission St. IPA is several degrees better). Pick it up if you're at Trader Joe's and are a fan of APAs; it's easily worth the cost of admission.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 07:58:35 | More by AwYeh
Photo of mactrail


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
Photo of HopHead84


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


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
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 07:01:17 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of AleWatcher


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Biscuit and pale malt and some mild hops present a balanced, yet subdued, aroma. The flavor adds a little bitterness on top, with a floral and almost-but-not-quite grassy note.
The flavor has more sweetness than the nose had me expecting, but it works in a sugar-cookie sort of way.

The body needs a bit more carbonation, and I tend to prefer a more prickly dry hopped feel, but as this is a pale ale, this is decent enough. I will not turn one of these down if offered, but I won't buy it myself. This is tasty enough to be enjoyed, but it just doesn't do it for me in what is almost certainly my favorite (and most consumed) style.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:24:34 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of RHCP313


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Bottled on date: 7/18/11

A: Pours a bright, golden amber, allowing a thick eggshell white head to form and slowly recede. Thick, webby rings of lace stick to the sides of the glass as the head dies down.

S: Bold and spicy citrus notes meet the nose, supported by strong grapefruit and lemon notes with a round malt backbone. Smells very fresh, with a bit of pine.

T: Piney hops and sweet malt up front. Some astringency going on that carries a slight profile of wood furniture cleaner. Odd, but not terribly off putting. Taste is clean, but not very longstanding making it highly drinkable.

M: Light to medium bodied mouthfeel, great amount of carbonation and quite quenching. Great for sessioning.

O: I had read that this was a contract brew of Firestone Walker for Trader Joes. I'm not sure where the lines are blurred with network contract brewing, but either way, this is a really good example of affordable craft options at a store brand level. At $6.99 per 6-pack, this is a really solid offering. Not terribly exciting, but a solid, quaffable option to have available. I'll definitely be purchasing this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:35:33 | More by RHCP313
Photo of secondtooth


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

Cloudy golden, with nice foamy carbonation, and good lace, too.

Nose is mostly malty, with a hint of floral hops.

Taste is lightly hopped. I get a little citrus in there, but the malts mute this effect greatly. In truth, I expected a little more hoppiness.

Overall, a satisfying and drinkable, if unremarkable, pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 17:18:01 | More by secondtooth
Photo of 1Adam12


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 23:41:42 | More by 1Adam12
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trader Joe’s just opened up in Mt. Pleasant, so we headed over yesterday - and of course I stopped by the beer aisle...

A: (12oz bottle to shaker pint) Pours a pretty light gold, with one finger of cotton white head; some strands, specks and dots of lace get left on the glass, as the cap maintains some smallish retention.

S: Wow! Pretty impressive for a Pale Ale... Nice and hoppy - smells like Fuggles... grassy / earthy with some citrus in there, too. Some light, toasted caramel malt behind the hops.

T: Grassy, light zesty hops; light bready, toasted malt balances things; nothing crazy, but hey, for $6.99/sixer... not too shabby.

M: Medium bodied; moderated carbonation; smooth and easy drinkin’.

O: For the money, I’d be hard-pressed to find a beer that outcompetes this one... seriously. A sessionable pale ale, that beats many others in taste, aroma and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 21:32:22 | More by jpro
Photo of elNopalero


4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It’s pretty much an open secret that this is contract brewed by Firestone Walker out in Paso Robles. Contract brews get a bad rap, not entirely undeserved. But this bad boy won gold, beating out FW’s own Pale 31. So with an open mind and a few extra bucks in my pocket (it’s about $6 for a sixer at most TJ stores) let’s begin.

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. It pours heady, about two fingers worth of billowing foam that slowly dies down as it settles out. The beer is a clear, golden-straw color. Mild carbonation. It smells wonderful, very floral. This carries over to the taste—hop forward, with a nice, clear finish and a wonderful balance. Just a great hop profile overall. One of my go-to beers when I’m able to get it, and for good reason.

Some day I’m going to hold a blind tasting and compare this to Firestone Walker’s Pale 31 to see if I can tell the difference. The TJ Mission Street pale is a solid pale ale, one fully capable of holding its own against “better,” and better-known pale ales. The fact that it’s essentially the store brand, and priced accordingly, makes it all the sweeter. But throw it in a 22 oz bottle, make it a regional offering with a limited release, and see what happens!

Update: When it’s good it’s really good. Had some more during a recent visit to California. Sure wish they’d refrigerate it. For the price it can’t be beat. The fresher the better!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 19:45:19 | More by elNopalero
Photo of jdense


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

Beer #2 at CBI Beer Tasting, procured at Trader Joe's Mission Viejo, poured for participants 8.13.11.

Body is a bit lighter than deep gold, multiple streams of effervescence visible under one finger semi-rocky white head, medium-fast dissipation with minimal lacing. Grassy hops and bready malts dominate the nose, some citrus notes as it warmed. Taste mirrors the nose, with good citrus presence to offset the relative lack of body. Mouthfeel well on the light side of medium, good carbonation. A bit light for my taste, but a good 'intro' beer for craft beer newbies, and an outstanding value at $5.99 a six pack. The fact that it won Gold at GABF in this very competitive category adds to allure, not sure it's that good, but the natives were happy.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 02:20:56 | More by jdense
Photo of avaldivia


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color. Little head. Medium lacing.

S: Citrus. Lemon peel. Orange.

T: Much the same as the smell, but with a strong honey sweetness at the end.

M: Very crisp. Light. Very carbonated.

O: Decent Pale Ale, but the price makes it awesome. Just kidding. Good regardless of the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 03:46:23 | More by avaldivia
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a off-white head that thinned out leaving a few trails of lacing behind.

S - tropical fruit aroma.

T - tart tropical fruit taste with light bittering finishing things off.

F - medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

O - I'd drink this regularly if there weren't so many other good beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 19:28:48 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was honey golden, maybe with a little orange in there. It almost looked like urine from a dehydrated person. About an inch of head, that stayed around for 2-3 minutes. About ¼-inch stayed throughout. The film, however, was heavy and stayed on the glass after every sip.

Smell was refreshing with hints of orange, citrus, tangerine and honey.

Tasted a bit bitter at first with some honey and lemon in there? Not that hoppy.

Good aftertaste with mild carbonation. It went down smooth the whole way.

This beer really grew on me after the initial eight ounces. I would order it for sure at a bar and wouldn’t hesitate buying another six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 08:30:22 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of TheHoppiest


2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must admit to having difficulty setting aside my bias on this one. See, I purchased it from Trader Joe's, and I understand that this is a house brand of their's, kind of like "Two-Buck-Chuck" is a wine house brand. Since I can't square the idea of good beer with Trader Joe's, please keep that in mind as you read this review.

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a honey-yellow, with a 1/2" head that reduces to a thin skim in short order. Minimal lacing as the beer is swirled.

Smell is thin to non-existent; mild malt and honey are present, and not much else.

Has a grassy taste, with a mild floral undertone that carries it to a slightly bitter finish. There's a hint of caramel malt that rounds out the middle.

Light to medium bodied, there's a bit of a funk taste in the front-to-mid tongue area that just kills the feel for me.

Well, I'd love to give this a great coda, such as, "Mission Street proved me wrong, and showed me I shouldn't pre-judge a beer just because of its provenance, it was totally awesome!" Unfortunately, it lived up to exactly what I thought it would be; a mild, uninteresting pale ale aimed at the liberal Trader Joe shopping masses. Don't bother unless you're idea of a good wine is Two-Buck-Chuck. Then, you'll love this.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:51:55 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of magictacosinus


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle has no freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a light amber color with a small ring at the top.

Smell: Floral and soapy with lime hues, similar to the same scent as Mission St. IPA yet not as intense.

Taste: Much more flavorful than expected! This beer essentially tastes like a honey-drenched biscuit, with light caramel and toffee tones. There are enough hops present in this brew that make it so that it doesn't taste too malty as it warms up, which can generally be a problem for me with pale ales.

Mouthfeel: I love the thickness that this beer has, despite its relatively high water content. The nice balance of hops and malts are what ensure that this beer maintains its flavor. The hops are not excessive on the tongue, yet are a major factor in determining its biscuit-y taste. The beer is surprisingly warming.

Overall: What a nice beer! It's very tasty for any casual setting. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a humble yet flavorful beer that can be enjoyed on any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 05:47:48 | More by magictacosinus
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear yellow amber with a smallish head that hangs around. Okay lacing.

Smell - Lots of citrus and floral West Coast hops with a nice caramel background.

Mouthfeel - a bit thin with moderate to low carbonation.

Taste - Not nearly as intense as the smell. Nice sweet caramel malts, a little bitterness, but overall a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 21:09:19 | More by
Photo of JJBlanche


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

A: Clear golden to amber with ample carbonation and a one finger head that recedes to about a quarter finger and sticks around. Decent lacing.

S: The dominate scent here is citrus hops...I'm thinking either Cascade or Amarillo. Probably the former. Some caramel in the background. Very nice.

T: Comperable to Sierra Nevada. Some bitterness up front that fades into grain. A solid representation of the APA style.

M: Good for the style.

O: A really nice beer at Budweiser prices. This was the last six pack on the shelf, and now I know why. A sessionable brew with some complexity for those on a budget. Methinks I'll be buying this again (and again). Nice job Steinhaus (or should I say Firestone Walker ;)

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 07:09:52 | More by JJBlanche
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Yes it is cheap but the reality is it is a first rate pale ale that has the big hops you crave but balanced to the T. I could drink this all the time but sadly TJs in not in BC. I am not impressed by TJs beer selection in general but will stop in just to pick up this and the IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 16:29:20 | More by canucklehead
Photo of lisomiso


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

This beer is ridiculous good - my go-to - and I can't believe it costs $1 for a bottle. Smells like really nice black tea, a bit floral in a savory way, and the drinkability is off the charts. Which, I suppose, makes the price tag merciful. I'm always ready for one of these - sometimes even when there are fancier beers to be had.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 07:08:00 | More by lisomiso
Photo of bosox941827

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into Ayinger oversized 0.5L glass; like others picked this up at Trader Joe's for $1.00/bottle (got a bunch of their "house" beers to try).
A - Pours a crystal clear light orange, with a bit of a head that foams up off the pour and then fades to thin lacing
S - Pretty substantial candy-hop nose; sugary grapefruit is how I'd characterize it
T - Quite sweet on the first taste, mixing with that grapefruit-y hoppiness that you get on the nose. It is not too prominent however and is quickly washed away, though the finish is dry. Sweetness carries throughout and is really more pronounced than any hop flavor I can discern.
M - A bit on the thin side, but smooth with fairly low carbonation.
There's something just a bit "off" with this one; not a bad PA, but not really assertive enough for me and almost a bit watery. Would try it again, but am glad I didn't pick up a full sixer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 23:21:18 | More by bosox941827
Mission St. Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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