Mission St. India Pale Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. India Pale AleMission St. India Pale Ale

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368 Ratings
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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: aforbes10 on 12-28-2008

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Reviews by CRichardsMN:
Photo of CRichardsMN
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Nice clear orange amber with a decent creamy head that leaves a nice ring of lace at the top of the glass and fades it's way down the glass.

Smell:
Full of citrusy hops and a bit of sweet caramel and malt.

Taste:
Has a nice hit of citrusy hops and fairly bitter tail end. Sweet malty and nutty notes also present. Nothing huge and overpowering like a die hard hop-head would crave but you get the point.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Smooth on the tongue and finishes dry.

Drinkability:
Not usually a fan of IPAs but this one is fairly mild. Good casual brew to swig at.

Comment:
Nothing like free brews from the neighbors! Got a whole variety in one of those "you like these *different* brews" type mixed six packs. Well, yes I do, Thanks!

More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangutan orange with bright pumpkin edges and almost three fingers of sandstone colored cream. The head hangs around in impressive fashion and does a pretty good job decorating the glass with small scraps of sticky suds.

The aroma is American hop citrus fruity. It smells pale malt dominant with a small assist from caramel. More power would have been good, but this is shaping up to be a fine version of the style if the flavor follows suit.

Mission St. India Pale Ale is tasty beer at a price that can't be beat. $1 singles at Trader Joe's translates to... can't find calculator... uses fingers... $6 sixers. Generous ingredients is always good in beer that doesn't require a bank loan to enjoy.

There's a little too much caramel-toasted malt running interference on the hop love, but that's more personal preference than a flaw per se. Hard to say on the hop bill. At least one of them starts with the letter 'C' and adds a moderate amount of white grapefruit juiciness. Balance is the watchword here.

Like the ABV, the mouthfeel is roughly midway between APA and IPA. Thankfully, it falls close enought to the latter to earn the higher score. Excellent hang-on and faultless bubbles definitely help the cause.

In terms of overall quality and drinkability, Mission St. India Pale Ale is right in line with the rest of the Mission St. brews from TJs. In other words, it's solid beer at a rock-solid price. Sometimes that's enough.

Photo of mikechance
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this six pack at Trader Joe's for $5.99 (it's produced by Firestone Walker)

A ---- A light straw color, almost pilsner like

S ---- Very nice, lots of hops, a little grapefruit

T --- A very nice IPA taste, fruit, hops and slight malts

M --- light bodied and a little carbination but not too bad.

O --- This is a very nice IPA. It's not Pliney or other big West Coast IPAs but for the cost it'a very nice. I will go back to this again and again.

Photo of JamesTurkey
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack from Trader Joes for 6 bucks (+ tax and CRV).

A: Pours deep amber with a two finger head that dissolves within a minute and leaves some lacing.

S: Piney with some bread/malt tones to it.

T: Nice balance with the malt and hops. Hops are mostly piney, with a splash of bitter orange at the end.

M: It might just be because I didn't let it get cold enough, but this beer was fairly thick on the palate with a slight buzz from the carbonation, which was not bad at all.

At about a buck a bottle, this is a good beer that can hold its own against other more expensive IPAs. Not a great beer, but definitely a great value.

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle date 3/2011 (a production date, I think) - $1.17 at Trader Joe's.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangish-amber body with a frothy, yellow-white head.

The aroma is mainly citrus hops, rather fruity, with a nice malt backbone.

Taste: Sweet for style, but with a decent hop presence. Still, plenty of pale ales out there, let alone IPAs, with more hop presence.

Mouthfeel: nearly medium-bodied. Well-chosen, medium carbonation.

O - Mission Street India Pale Ale is tasty beer that can be recommended on several counts: low cost; low IBU and high malt component for style; high drinkability.

Photo of richkrull
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just another solid beer from Trader Joes. I have to say I'm really surprised that their house brands are so good.

This is a good IPA. Very balanced - this beer won't overpower you. But a good amount of hops with the bitter finish you'd expect. For the price, you can't go wrong.

Photo of acurtis
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mission St IPA 12oz bottle from Naven. Poured into River Horse Shaker. Nice clear amber with small white head that sticks nicely to the glass. Very nice aroma of hops, peaches & apricot. Tastes smooth, very much like it smells. Slightly bitter. Lingering finish. Very nice brew.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would say I am disappointed but to be fair, I can't. For the price this is an excellent IPA.
If I were to try to clone this I would use extracts (HME) exclusively then add something to the boil or dry hop with cascade.

It's crystal clear copper in the glass with a decent off white head that melts slowly and leaves a nice, albeit weak, mapping.

The aroma on the pour is fresh grapefruit hops but smelling the glass it weakens to something a little stale or...ummm...hop extract with only a hint of the sweet amber malts.

Taste is a little thin with amber malt and mellow grapefruit hops that finishes with more of the same...hops never really take over and the mouthfeel is just slightly cloying rather than drying.

Again, for the price, this is a wonderful intro to a West Coast IPA but still seems a little 'canned' or synthetic. I've nothing against extract brews, but this one just tastes like it.

Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nutty amber hue, clear, with a very nice tight head on top. Its a good two fingers high and leaves some slick lace behind as it fades. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and flowery. Nutty caramel malts topped with refreshing orange, lemon, pineapple, and floral notes. Maybe a little green apple too. Taste is mostly well rounded. Fresh array of hop flavors, good bitterness, and enough malt to hold up the hoppiness. Smooth texture with fairly mellow carbonation and medium body. Overall I enjoy this beer. Could certainly make a great session beer. Just hoppy enough to keep it exciting while enjoying a few in a row.

Certainly worth the $7.49/six pack I spent a t TJ's.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This honey-bronze brew struggled to put up even a small collar of foam even after an aggressive pour. As I noticed the lack of head while pouring, I distanced my beer holding hand from the glass to the extent of about ten inches... disappointingly, there was still no head to be seen. The color of the brew is a nice shade of caramel-orange though. Swirling brings up a bit more head than my ridiculously vigorous pour, and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S - Canned mandarin orange, mixed fruit cup (a fifth-grade lunch box favorite), and mango/papaya tropical notes. Not quite as hoppy as others of its ilk... this is more fruit than nose-hair curling hop.

T - The flavor is less mandarin orange and more straight up "regular" old orange.... bitter, like an under-ripe orange that needs a few more days in the fruit basket to sweeten up a bit. For an IPA, these flavors are relatively mild... but still prett tasty.

M - Fruity and slick at first, then more gritty and dry at the finish. Not super palate-wicking dry, but dry enough to really make ya want another sip. Nice lingering taste of tropical fruit and green grass.

D - Kinda "meh" if ya ask me. Nice pleasant tropical summer fruits that suit the high temps here in central Illinois well, but really lacking in what I'm lookin' for in an IPA.... HOPS! Give me my hops dammmit! Not a bad beer, and if I recall the price was ridiculously reasonable at Trader Joe's, so totally worth the $. I'm kind "for-genst" it.

Photo of haddon
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this ipa at Trader Joe's from a pick six. poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- poured a golden brown with a finger head. good lacing that lasted all the way down the glass

S- not much going on here with a hint of orange all I was picking up

T- taste matched the smell with orange peel and a malty, caramelized flavor as well. nice taste.

M- light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation for an ipa

D- I enjoyed the beer and will probably pick up another six pack to keep around. really hard to beat at $6.99 a sixer. this could easily be my house ipa during the warm months.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, wine glass, bottled 6/29/11.

The looks deliver on classic American IPA; yellow to copper hues with a creamy light beige head on top. The foam fades down to be a little sparse on top but sticks immensely well to the glass.

Bitter yellow grapefruit sticks to the classic theme while the rest of the hops go a little tropical, guava, lemon. The malt is salty whole wheat cracker.

This is a balanced IPA. Grapefruit bitterness keeps nutty caramel malts in check and there are some more interesting pineapple, fruit cocktail hops. That this beer is such a steal has to be kept in mind; it's close to busting into a hop extravaganza, but then it wouldn't cost $5.99 a six pack at Trader Joe's.

Mouthfeel is the weak point here. It lacks any real body and it's hard for the good level of bitterness to cope with that. Carbonation is soft and creamy.

While this is a really good deal, beers such as Torpedo and Union Jack are worth the $2-5 more per pack. However, it's all relative. This would be a good gateway IPA because of it's balance.

Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive, clean amber, with a major head of rich froth. Thick and fine, if sloppy, lace.

Nice pine and citrus hops aroma.

Taste is nicely pine-bitter. A solid IPA with flavor and body. Overall, a well-done IPA and perfect for sessioning.

As well, a superb value (Trader Joe's at $1 a bottle).

Photo of hreb
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle pours a pleasing orange amber into my pint glass. Aroma is immediate and rich but hoppy, reminiscent of a 90 minute IPA (though surely this can't be *that* good).

First sip reveals a surprisingly light mouthfeel. Crisp, citrusy IPA flavors. Not one-dimensional like many low grade IPAs: this is a TWO note beer. :)

Label reads 6.1% alc/vol. Taste betrays no extra burn.

Drinkable, refreshing, and reasonably priced. But not a fantastic find.

Photo of ElGordo
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a golden-amber color, topped by a small, thin ring of bright white head. Aroma of sweet, biscuity malt that is somewhat overshadowed by a strong hop profile redolent of grapefruit.
Palate is a flourish of sweet biscuit malt up front that quickly recedes into a noisy hoppy bitterness. Notes of grapefruit, grass, and a hint of sourness are present. The finish is a lingering bitterness from the hops, but not particularly pleasant.
Body is full and slightly creamy, with just a touch of stickiness. This beer goes down fairly easy, but the hop profile is not particularly well-crafted. The bitterness is strong but noisy - it looks like they have a bit more refining to do with the recipe. Still, for less than five bucks for a 6-pack, it's not a bad deal.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Thin, white head with no lacing. Dark amber in color.

S: A bit weak for an IPA, but malt bill is shown.

T: A heavy malt profile, with a slight hop finish. The beer is very much like APA.

M: Silk feel, which has a short lingering taste. dry on the finish.

D: Crisp with a creamy finish. Not as easy going as other IPAs but holds up to the bigger malt body.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Beer is a light orange amber with a 1 finger creamy white head with moderate retention. Lacing is potty with some stringiness. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Nose is heavy on the citrus and cane sugar. Some tree sap and papaya floats around in the background also. Aromatic and enticing.

Opens citrus and papaya hop bite. Tree sap, dried leaves, and cane sugar towards the middle makes this one remind me a bit of a mild. More citrus fruit at the end with some robust mango notes at the finish and a sticky, hop aftertaste. A lot of fruit notes going on here. Tasty.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Lively in the mouth. Goes down crisp and refreshing with an accented finish and a slightly sticky but muted aftertaste. Very quenching and easy to drink.

In a craft beer environment flooded with IPAs, its really hard to stand out. This Mission Street offering is definitely a solid attempt at the style and stands above a lot of others in the market today. Worth trying.

Photo of dbossman
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orangish-brown hue with a steady one-inch head; lacing is okay but better on the bottom half of the glass

S: A surprisingly nice citrus and fruity hop aroma with a touch of pine and herbs all on top of a semi-sweet malty grain quality

T: Hops take charge up front and the malts try to balance; in the end this is a balanced yet not spectacular IPA: lemon, tea leaves, and pine dance with bready, toasty malts

F: Medium body with pleasant oily stickiness

O: This is a good beer; a bit of a surprise actually; hoppy yet not overpoweringly so and for the price this will be one I return to

Photo of PSROCKS
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I Got this at Trader Joes for a very good price of $5.99. It has a very smooth taste, not as Bitter as something like a Stone IPA. (Apples and Oranges)

I like this Mission St IPA alot and also like Stone IPA. I think of Stone as a more premium IPA but Mission for $5.99 Vs $9.99 makes Mission tastes even better.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

See my review of FW Union Jack: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2210/38180/?ba=BuckeyeOne.

Since this is essentially the same beer as FW Union Jack (combined with Pale 31), the reviews would be similar.

The differences are that this is just a bit more sweet.

Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange color with a nice off-white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma has some nice citrsy hops upfront, followed by caramel, baked bread and some alcohol. The taste also has piney and citrusy hops upfront, followed by some caramel, biscuit, and some fruity esters. Mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is very good. Overall a very solid IPA at a great price, it's certainly better when fresh as well so check the bottled on date.

Photo of MiScusi
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 2/13/09, so about a month old.

A- Really clear orange. Nice fluffy white head that dissipates fairly fast, good lacing.

S- Not a whole lot comes through in the aroma. Some faint citrusy hops and caramel malt.

T- A nice maltiness to it. Some juicy hops in there, though fairly subdued. This tastes like a good pale ale, though nowhere near the quality of the standard palate wrecking IPA's we know and love. Finishes with a toasty maltiness. The bitterness is really clean, and pretty mild. It's really a less bitter Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

M- Nice body for an IPA, light still, carbonated well.

D- Good beer when not in the mood for something too abrasive. But it'll be pretty dull if you're expecting a huge flavored IPA.

Photo of lawlerj
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a translucent copper color w/ a small head - disipates quickly, leaving a slight collar.

S - floral hops & citrus strong on the nose, with malt undertones. A very nice aroma off this brew.

T - floral hops up front followed by citrus and finished off w/ a bit of malt sweetness. Overall nicely balanced and finishes very nicely, which I very much enjoy.

M - medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - overall, this is a great beer for the cost. $1.17 / bottle at Trader Joe's. Like most of the other proprietary TJ beers I've had, the quality to cost ratio is off the charts. Outstanding for the price.

Photo of mjr5052
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Color and clarity are good, solid head retention.

Aroma is a bit lacking. Classic IPA scents, with a lot less bang.

Taste is pretty good. 6.1% abv but you would think 5% if you didn't read the label. No complaints though, the kind of IPA you can have a few of and not overload your palate. Light, but and actually a bit more malty than hoppy.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, somewhat standard.

Overall this is a very drinkable IPA and a hell of a value. It says right on the label "Mission Street resides at the crossroads of quality and value", and I couldn't have put it better. You lose a bit of the hop punch that more expensive IPAs provide but it may be worth the reduced price.

Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden orange with a thin head. Offers little retention and some random lacing.

Smell is citrusy sweet. Hops and sweet malts intermingle and are a bit confusing. Surely just the combination is unfamiliar. Well agitated the beer is rather hoppy, yet this profile plays second fiddle overall.

Taste is similar to the nose and slightly sweet. A viscous mouthfeel tells me that the malts and the hop oils are working together. Lots of orange citrus, and the hops are subdued and buried beneath, or perhaps contibuting to the buttery malts. In the end the hops are ruined by the 'simple sugar' sweetness of the beer, which, it seems, is partly an illusion from the cascade hop presence.

Tastes like Union Jack 'Lite', yet better.

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Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.