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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353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: aforbes10 on 12-28-2008)
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Reviews by kgs:
Photo of kgs
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this for $5.99 at Trader Joe's in Atlanta and thought it was worth a risk.

This is a real value -- an IPA you could serve at a party with no hesitation and yet not feel bad if someone took a couple of sips and wandered away, leaving the bottle on the coffee-table. It's not stupendous, but it's appealing in a straightforward manner, with lots of caramel on the palate and plenty of hops in the nose and on the tongue (hello, I'm an IPA!). It has just enough hops that it would work well with party food, such as cheeses and barbecued wings, without freaking out your cousin Fred who wants to know what all the craft-beer fuss is about.

You aren't going to sit down with this beer and meditate on the history of brewing or wax poetic about its mouthfeel, but so what. It's exponentially better than comparably-priced flavorless beers and could be a good gateway IPA for friends or relatives who have balked at the price of craft beer.

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
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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 lionnusmb
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JamesTurkey
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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 LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 alesaram
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
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
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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 AndyH
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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 tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.