Mission St. India Pale Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
Pours a clear pale amber with a foamy 2 inch off-white head that settles to a small cap. Thick chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and citrus zest and floral hop aromas. Taste is of caramel malt, grapefruit, and citrus zest. A medium bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but nothing too memorable. It's cheap enough though for $1 a bottle at Trader Joe's.
01-26-2012 02:19:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
05-03-2011 11:19:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
10-16-2010 22:49:01 | More by acurtis
3.4/5 rDev -7.9%
picked up a single of all the traders beers last week an decided to open this one up today. served cold and in a pint glass for lunch.
decent look with a medium amber and a decent head of white capping the top which hung around for a little while. aroma is light, muted citrus hops, touches of bready and sweet malts, touches of buttery notes and a decent rounded profile. medium feel with a light carbonation that led to a small but decent dry finish.
overall a decent ipa, nothing to buy again, but nothing terrible either.
01-08-2011 18:53:27 | More by mikesgroove
3.83/5 rDev +3.8%
two finger frothy head on a slightly hazy golden amber body. Nice lacing. Aroma is excellent with lots of hops, pine, citrus and herbal notes. Flavor is less hoppy than I expected from the aroma. Most present in the finish as pine. Up front there is a mild citrus note which isnt very sweet. medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall the aroma is about as good as it can get.
03-30-2012 00:33:19 | More by kylehay2004
3.95/5 rDev +7%
12 ounce bottle - $1.17 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a nearly clear, caramel-amber body with a frothy, lively, off-white head. Scattered flecks of lacing on the descent.
Smell: Smells earthy, piney, and grassy, initially, but then softer floral and fruity inclusions are felt, followed with hints of caramel and toasted barley grains.
Taste: A sweet touch of light caramel glazed lovingly over toasted grains. Touch of early apricot fruitiness. Presents a pleasing mix of hop-forward flavors: lightly floral, lightly grassy, hints of pine needles as well as zested citrus fruits. Moderately bitter. Touches of lemon, pepper, and dehydrated herbs on the drying, clean finish.
Mouthfeel: This one comes just shy of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Simply put, it's a good beer at a great value.
11-29-2010 20:48:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, khaki colored head of foam. It left thing trails of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of pine and tropical fruits with some burnt toast in the background.
T - It had a nice burnt toast maltiness with some spicy hops, pine and grapefruit.
M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
D - This is a nice IPA but a great value at $5.99 a six pack.
02-13-2011 18:35:19 | More by zeff80
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
Really a nice aroma of flowery hops. Very fragrant. Amber color in the chalice, clear, and nicely topped with a sudsy foam. Some toasty malt, a touch of fruit like an English Pale Ale, and a pleasant biscuit finish. Foams up nicely with every pour.
Bitterness is more what you might expect to encounter in a American Pale Ale, which is not a bad thing according to me. Flavor is nothing notable, but it is so thoroughly drinkable I find it endearing, especially as a bargain brew with real flavor. And the aroma greets you with every sip, down to the last. Aftertaste continues some of the malty flavors and the well-behaved hops provide the balance.
From the 12 oz bottle on the singles shelf at Trader Joe's.
04-23-2012 06:52:30 | More by mactrail
4.4/5 rDev +19.2%
A solid pour into my New Belgium Globe glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that has some staying power. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, very pretty ruby-red, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a mix of floral, fruity and herbal hop components; the herbal and pine notes seem to just about have the edge over the other notes, but each is quite noticeable and plays a significant role. Specific notes of orange flowers, big lychee aromatics, spruce, pine needles, tangelo, honey-suckle and herbal pepper notes (that are not quite green pepper like, but sort of something like that). When sticking your nose deep into the glass the herbaceous notes really become much more noticeable with touches of menthol as well as some dank "hemp"-like notes.
Served on the cool side of chilled the beer tastes crisp and bitter, but does finish with a caramelized malt sweetness. The bitter hop notes are accentuated by herbaceous hop notes that manage to be quite clean; flavors of pine play a big role, but there are some supporting notes of hemp oil and perhaps a hint of menthol and some pepper in the finish. The fruit flavors play a bit more subdued role here, but are still quite noticeable with notes of lychee, tangelo zest, ruby-red grapefruit, floral peach and really just a bright, expressive fruit character that is quite nice. This beer is very quaffable, it is nice and light, dangerously drinkable for the alcohol, and is something I could drink all night.
This is an incredibly solid IPA, considering that this is just about the cheapest IPA on the market this beer is frigging fantastic. I wish the bottles of this had a bottle date on them, if they did I would be purchasing a lot more of this. Once again I am thoroughly impressed by these "Mission Street" brews.
10-06-2010 14:18:55 | More by Gueuzedude
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
Light haze to a solidy amber-colored beer. Nice rocky head that recedes slowly. Chunky but spotty lace
I smell fresh cream first. There is some light, floral hop in the background. Kinda underwhelming.
Whoa, here's a fine tasting beer--not at all like the smell. Starts off with rich, if slightly sweet, malty flavor. There's an element of alcohol oiliness in the background. As an IPA, one expects the hop to kick and this one doesn't disappoint. It lasts through the swallow and lingers a longtime. The body is of whole milk with a dash of spritz. A very easy-to-drink IPA.
08-22-2009 01:24:00 | More by smcolw
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe,
A: Pours a clear light amber with a medium white head. Very good lace as the style should have.
S: Impressive, lots of candied orange and apricot. Citrus heavy, hint of mango. Very pungent and enjoyable.
T: Flavour is a bit of a letdown from the nose. Still solid, lots of melon rind and grapefruit, some greeness in there too. Light malt, hint of booze. But a flavour that really grows on me as I drink it.
M: Medium-bodied, resiny aftertaste. Pretty smooth, strong.
O: An interesting beer to discuss. Not my favourite hop profile, but it is big and full flavoured. Reminds me a lot of Union Jack at almost half the price. If you like that beer, you'll like this IPA. Super fresh I could see this killing in a blind tasting.
12-15-2011 06:29:23 | More by Halcyondays
2.6/5 rDev -29.5%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Port Brewing sampler glass in me friend's gaff in low altitude Orange, California. Acquired at Trader Joe's in San Diego. Expectations are low.
Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.
A: Pours a garbage head of a half finger thickness and ten second retention. Laughably awful for the relatively low ABV considering the style. Colour is a clear copper. No visible yeast particles.
Sm: Piney, hops - floral as much as bitter, and hints of resin over top clean malts. A mild strength aroma. Pleasant.
T: Pleasantly floral and piney, with some emergent hop bitterness. A clean malt foundation. Nicely balanced and built in spite of the untamed hop bitterness. Pleasant and enjoyable. Boring and simple. Not complex or subtle.
Mf: Smooth and wet. It's too thin. Adequately carbonated. I'd prefer it more crisp. No cream is present, but the style doesn't call for it.
Dr: Drinkable but boring and dull. I wouldn't get it again, but for 50 cents at Trader Joe's, I'm glad I bought it. Excellent for the price. The mouthfeel is awful and thin but the taste is pleasant for what it is.
03-16-2012 02:53:19 | More by kojevergas
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
09/30/09- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Mateo, CA.
Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.
Appearance- Deeper amber in color pour. Full 3/4 to one inch head with some decent staying power. Some light lace streaks and rings reamin after consumption.
Smell- Very sweet malt and hop aroma. Pine needles and some grapefruit rind come into play with a nice sweet scent...smells a touch sugary as well with falls in line with the sweetness.
Taste- This one is fairly well balanced, in fact I'd say it's more on the malty side. Nice deeper toasted caramel malt base with the pine led hops coming in second.
Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a minor bitter aftertaste.
Drinkability- Liked this one better than I thought I would. May not buy it again with other around I like better, but it was actualy quite nice.
10-03-2009 01:36:44 | More by GClarkage
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's for a dollar. Currently the closest we'll get to Firestone Walker around here.
Clear, light copper color with a thin off white head that whose lacing slides down the glass with the level of the beer. Best part of the beer, citrusy fruit aroma with a strong malt presence. One of the better tasting TJ beers, and definitely the best IPA I've had from their labels. Slightly thin body but sharp carbonation and hop bite in the finish compensate. Very nice balance of caramel malt body with strong citrus and pine hop taste. While not an exceptional in anyway, a very nice "standby" beer. Once you consider the price, availability and who makes it, you can pretend to enjoy it even more.
07-26-2009 18:41:23 | More by yourefragile
3.74/5 rDev +1.4%
A: Pours a crystal clear bronze-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of earthy, pine, and herbal hops over the top of a light to moderate aroma of sweet caramel malts.
T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet rich caramel malts with the slightest hint of light fruit sweetness as well. That is followed by moderate flavors of hops - lead by herbal then followed by pine and earthy. Light amounts of bitterness which fades relatively quickly.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.
O: Solid beer at a very reasonable price - easy to drink and enjoyable. Definitely worth grabbing, especially considering the price.
08-08-2014 00:10:08 | More by dbrauneis
3.4/5 rDev -7.9%
Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured an upfront sweet grainy malt with a secondary dull citrus hop.
The taste was dominated by sweet malts with a strange ligering sugary element. Some decent orangy hops.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style.
Overall a decent IPA for its price bracket.
08-07-2009 01:14:36 | More by plaid75
3.35/5 rDev -9.2%
Clear orange with a short, lasting cap of beige foam. Clumpy, streaky lacing. Pine and grapefruit pith aroma, citrusy and a bit powdery with some caramel maltiness. Moderate bitterness with balanced caramel sweetness and grapefruit/pine hoppiness. Nice flavour profile, but it did seem a little thin - maybe more of a texture thing. The body was quite light, carbonation a little on the low side, fairly dry. Overall though, pretty solid and quite drinkable.
08-24-2011 21:47:21 | More by DrJay
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
06-30-2011 02:14:15 | More by chinchill
3.1/5 rDev -16%
Another of Trade Joes house beers. Poured into 16oz glass. Poured a clean, clear golden amber color with about a half-inch of off white head that didn't have much retention, but OK lacing.
The aroma was a pleasant blend of floral and pine hops, with a trace of malt. The flavor was pretty much the same, pine and floral hops with a nice malt foundation, decently balanced.
The body was typical for the style. Drinkability was above average, you drink these all day without killing your tastebuds. Overall, a decent beer. This may not be the best, or sexiest, or trendiest beer out there, but if you're going to a cook out or tailgating this is a solid beer to take with you. This beer is also an excellent value, at $6 a sixer you'll be hard pressed to find a better beer for the price.
04-26-2010 23:29:45 | More by beertunes
3.54/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours a dark golden hue with a huge head into my glass. I'm hoping this will edge out their pale ale.
Light and crisp with a HUGE dollop of citrus. It reminds me of other beers with a similar profile.
Very tasty with grapefruit and sweet, bready malt.
Finishes clean with that great citrus hop bite.
Much better choice here.
05-23-2014 00:16:49 | More by Brad007
Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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