Mission St. Pale Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Pale AleMission St. Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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269 Ratings
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 01-07-2004

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Photo of Cresant
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. Dated: 11/15/11. The body was medium gold with a light haze. The head was white with fine bubbles. Clots of foam remain on the cap.

The smell was citrus. Spices and lemon.

The taste was balanced. Spicy hops and mild pithy bitterness. Jammy marmalade and apples. Maybe a bit too much apple.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with good carbonation. Nothing worth revisiting here.

Photo of TriggerFingers
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What is so funny about this beer is that it has taken medals at GABF as the quintessential American Pale Ale but done on a minor TJ's label out of Paso Robles, CA (brewed by Firestone Walker).

Personally, I like the Firestone Walker Pale 31 slightly more than this, but that is due to the blending with DBA and MS Pale Ale.

I won't say what has already been said on flavor- its nice, subtle, and appealing!

At $5.99 a six pack at TJ's get in there and get you some! My only complaint is that they don't do bombers. Being on the Central Coast, I am pleased to get it F-R-E-S-H....your mileage may vary.

Love it!

Grade: A/A-

Photo of BostonHops
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 some 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. relatively refreshing. quaffable.

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

original review on: 10-13-2010

Photo of DocJitsu
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light golden color. White head of 3/4 of and inch. Poor head retention. Wonderful bouquet of grapefruit and candied fruit. Average mouthfeel. Nice, clean grapefruit that yields to pine and finishes with candied fruit. Overtones of lemon citrus throughout. Very nice APA. A cheap beer from Trader Joe's you say? Maybe, but Firestone Walker is responsible for this inexpensive gem.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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 GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, it poured a clear yellow color, produced a average white head with average retention. Decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma of pale malt and a decent citrus hop aroma. Medium in body, taste of pale malt, overly sweet, piney hop flavor some hints of citrus. Very average pale ale, excellent value- nothing special. Prost!

Photo of rodney45
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev +7%
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 gc4hokies
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of litheum94
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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

Photo of AwYeh
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of mactrail
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
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 HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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 AleWatcher
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of RHCP313
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.7/5  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.

Photo of jpro
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of elNopalero
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of avaldivia
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Original rating was 3.50 | 3.50 | 4.00 | 4.00 | 4.00 on July 24, 2011.
Re-rated it to 4.50 | 4.50 | 4.00 | 3.75 | 4.25 on Aug. 9, 2014

Original review is below-->
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.

New review is below-->
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Aug. 8, 2014
Consumed: Aug. 9, 2014
Misc.: Born on June 18, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy khaki-white head. A good amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Lots of foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Good-to-great retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled pleasant whiffs of floral, citrus, orange, grapefruit rind, light pine, caramel, wheat, grass, orange sherbert and nectarine.

Tasted similar to the nose, although not as flavorful. Got citrus, floral, bitter orange rind, tangerine, nectarine, caramel, grapefruit, wheat and watery grass.
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Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish.

Loved this one the second time around rating. This may be one of my go-to sipping beers.

Mission St. Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.