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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: 252
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 01-07-2004)
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Photo of AwYeh
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

AwYeh, Nov 02, 2011
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.

mactrail, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

HopHead84, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.75/5  rDev +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.

AleWatcher, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of RHCP313
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

RHCP313, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

secondtooth, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

1Adam12, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

jpro, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
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!

elNopalero, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

jdense, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3.43/5  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.

avaldivia, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.98/5  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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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.
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.

BucannonXC5, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

TheHoppiest, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of magictacosinus
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

magictacosinus, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of JJBlanche
4/5  rDev +12%
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 ;)

JJBlanche, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

canucklehead, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of lisomiso
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

lisomiso, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of bosox941827
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

bosox941827, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one while making my rounds at Trader Joes. I have to say this is a good solid pale ale. Good flavor, good amount of hops. Very balanced beer. And definitely a drinkable beer. For the price, you can't go wrong with this one. Nothing flashy, but a good beer.

richkrull, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear straw color hue with a pure white 1in thick head. Bubbling intensely. Considerable lacing to the glass.

S: Nice and sweet with strong aroma of ripe cirtusy fruit like tangerines

T: Slightly sweet with considerable hop bitterness present for a pale ale. Bursts of citrus-tangerine flavors dominant with a great earthy/floral undertone. Nice hints of light caramel. Finishes clean, crisp and dry.

M: Very light clean and crisp. Super dry and nicely carbonated.

D: Incredible. So light and refreshingly hoppy. Finishes so clean and crisp I could drink these all day long. Superbly balanced.

What a deal at $5.99 a 6-pack sold under the Pseudo-brewery for Trader Joes dubbed Stanislaus Brewco. There is only one brewery coming out of Paso Robles that can produce something this good. My hats off to Firestone. This is my go to session brew at like 4.5% ABV it is so nice and refreshingly hoppy. No wonder it won Gold Medal at the 2010 GABF.

Nugganooch, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of treehugginslug
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fine, don't really care about this category

S - Smell was average, not like Sierra Nevada, but average.

T - Taste was average, good malted barley.

M - Good amount of carbonation.

D - It was good.

Would I buy it again? Maybe, if I needed to bring something to a party.
Would I drink it at a party? Sure
Would I recommend it? Probably not
Did my wife like it? "Not a big fan of that, something in the aftertaste was gross."

Overall: Not a great beer, but for the price, it was good. Would definitely bring it to a party, but would probably drink Sierra Nevada if I ever wanted a Pale Ale.

treehugginslug, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of samyoung
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great beer to snag from your local Trader Joe's grocery store. I have seen other BAs quoting the price at $5.99/six-pack. I wish. Here in the Big Apple it will cost $6.99/six-pack. Oh well - its still eons cheaper than comparable six-packs in the NYC region.

A - Golden with amber hues.
S - Nice grapefruit and hops scent. Was almost convinced I was about to drink an IPA.
T - Clean and hoppy with hints of citrus.
M - Sticky and sweet at first, evaporates quickly.
D - Smooth and easy-drinking.

This is the kind of beer that I wish that I always had on hand. Its a classic American Pale Ale. Cheers to Steinhaus!

samyoung, Feb 24, 2011
Mission St. Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.