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Mission St. India Pale Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Mission St. India Pale AleMission St. India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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300 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%


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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ELN

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this puppy up at trader joes in their mix-n-match place. listenin to punk rock on youtube. got nothin' better to do than review some brew..

appearance: i drink from bottle
smell: ipa. i think they all smell the same. harsh, pine-coney.
taste: not harsh! there's really no ipa kick which is totally weird. the ipa taste is like 1/4 of what i'm used to.
mouthfeel: little bit heavier than a macro lager.
drinkability: well... i only have one!! not sure i'd buy again. probably not. all it has is a lighter than regular ipa flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 07:19:37 | More by ELN
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porntipsguzzardo

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's actually has good beers, I've discovered - the hefeweizen they sell is the closest I've got in the States to the excellent wheat beers of Germany. And their IPA is also commendable. It's not a standout in the category, in that it doesn't try to do anything new with the form, but it's a very good example of the citrusy, fruity kind of IPA found all over the West Coast. The smell is of flowers and oranges, the taste is bitter, hoppy, reminiscent of grapefruits, with a strong, sweet, malty undertone. The mouthfeel is sharp and bubbly, and - if one is used to this kind of beer - its drinkability is high, as it's not as in-your-face with the hops as, say, the Stone Ruination. It's strong but balanced and actually rather good, if not particularly unique. Also, cheap.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 01:08:00 | More by porntipsguzzardo
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TriggerFingers

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living on the Central Coast, this beer is something I have really fallen in love with! At $5.99 a sixer at Trader Joes, this is a great beer!

The best way to describe MS IPA is that it is a cross between Firestone Walker's Pale 31 x Union Jack. If you like each, you'll love this effort. Not as pronounces as Union Jack, but more so than Pale 31, this is one of my favorites "session" IPA's. In a world of lighter IPA's this is a star- period!

Don't let the off brand fool you! Its a show of FW Brewing excellence! Its not a big beer, but its big enough! Most hop junkies seeking an "evening off" should find the freshest bottles of this they can!

Grade: A/A- !

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 23:43:36 | More by TriggerFingers
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gshak

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've always been curious about these beers at TJ's, but skeptical since they're never refrigerated. I ventured to pick one up, since it was remarkably fresh (~3 weeks old), bottled 12/31/2013, and at $5.99/6 pack it wasn't going to break the bank - so why not!

Poured at fridge temperature from a stubby 12oz bottle into my pint glass.
A - Looks clean and slightly amber in color when held up against light. About an inch of head that receded after a minute or two, and left some lacing as it went down. Good stuff!

S - Oh yes, very piney and floral. Getting some malty caramel as well. Some lemon and grass notes detected as well. This one leans towards the citrusy side on the aromatics.

T - Follows the smell. A very good balance between the malt and the hops. I detect slight sweetness upfront but the hops kick in rightaway and from then on it drinks like a grapefruit juice. The beer finishes dry, with lasting grassy bitterness on the palate. I detect some mint in the finish as well. Just the way I like my IPAs. I imagine this would pair extremely well with some meat dishes - grilled and slightly seasoned. Very well done!

M - Medium and creamy. Impressive again!

O - This is an excellent brew, and at that price I see myself buying this over and over again. Easily compares to some well known IPAs that retail at a slightly higher price point.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 19:04:27 | More by gshak
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bastu

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 7/13/11.

Looks like a decent IPA, nice 1 finger head, but not leaving much lacing.

Wow! I'm actually getting some very nice hop aromas off this beer. Mostly citrus with a touch of floral scents.

Taste follows the nose, good hop forward flavors with a touch of malt to keep things balanced. Low to moderate bitterness and just dry enough on the finish to keep me coming back for more.

Mouthfeel is good, and a decent amount of carbonation.

I have to say that I'm really suprised with how good this beer is. If I had to compare it to another IPA, I'd say it is pretty similar to Sweetwaters take on this style. It seems like most of the hops in this brew were used late in the process, giving it a nice flavor but without much bitterness. Great for a hot summer day. I will definatly be picking up more of this the next time I find myself near a Trader Joes.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 23:03:42 | More by bastu
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kgs

California

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 23:23:07 | More by kgs
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les1721

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearence is a beautiful auburn with a nice tan head that doesn't last to long but leaves a lacey remnent on the glass. Smell is of citrus piney and earthy hops. A lttle sweetness from the malt. Taste a little sweetness of apples and caramel, finishes with a nice citrus, piney and earthy hop flavor. Not very bitter for an IPA and very thin and clean for this style. Mouthfeel about medium to light and drinkability higher than most IPAs. Overall a very good tasting beer, but a little more like a hearty pale ale than an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 05:00:13 | More by les1721
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bretseeley

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this at Trader Joe's for $5.99 per 6-pk and remembered reading on BA that it's essentially brewed by Firestone Walker so had to give it a try.

I knew immediately from the smell that this was going to be pretty good. Doesn't smell at all like an IPA you'd buy at TJ's. The nice color and head agree. Not a tongue-slapping hop bomb by any means, but a fine IPA in my opinion. I imagine people probably score this beer a grade lower solely because they're biased by the label, but don't fall into that trap. Even for major IPA fans, this is a great, drinkable offering that I will definitely buy much more of. In short, don't judge this book by it's cover.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 00:31:16 | More by bretseeley
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CAcreeks

California

4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I believe this is the only IPA currently under $1 a bottle (12 oz) and it is better than many selling for twice or 3x the price. Complex floral aromas with slightly dark malt. Aftertaste is on the light side, which separates it from the best IPAs (Green Flash, Pliny, Stone). The aroma makes it superior to any IPA made north of the Spanish Mission line. (I have no idea why north coast IPAs are so un-IPA-like.)

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 08:05:33 | More by CAcreeks
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Tarmac

California

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, but not superb either. The smell is probably better than the taste. The smell teases you with the potential of a ballsy IPA, but the taste is more sweet, malty, thick, instead of that crisp bitter hop action. Still, for $5.99 at Trader Joe's this is a good bargain and nice to mix up with Sierra Nevada, which I just did. I'm feeling it.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 07:38:29 | More by Tarmac
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theJollySin

California

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A nice amber color. Almost red, deeply orange. Little to no head. Bubbling that starts off strong and then fizzles out pretty fast.

S - A very light smell. I didn't noticed it until I looked for it. A light, fruity scent with only a prickle of hops; which is strange for an IPA.

T - Not so hoppy for an IPA. There is a slightly skunky flavor, but perhaps that is a personal bias against IPAs. I'm not sure. The fruity flavor is almost sour, but again that may be normal for a beer.

M - Thin enough to be refreshing. It foams lightly on the tongue.

O -

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:08:50 | More by theJollySin
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JamesTurkey

California

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 04:19:14 | More by JamesTurkey
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sklinger990

California

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Not much head, but nice delicate lacing on the class and floating on top. Bright bronze in color.

S- I think this is the best part. My girl (not really a beer drinker) said that it smelled like strawberrys. I can see that a little, but I get more of a bright citrus/pine thing going on, with a hint of sweetness... very nice.

T- Slight sweetness with mostly a citus hoppy flavor. But what I really like about it is that it doesn't kick you in the face with bitterness. There is enough to support the flavor and give it a back bone, but it doesn't cling to your tounge or blast all of the other flavors away.

M- Light and a little dry. Its nice compared to other sticky feeling IPAs.

D- I could put down quite a few of these easily. This is the second time I have bought this beer and it wont be the last.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 06:29:48 | More by sklinger990
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FVTraina

New York

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Trader Joe's on Long Island, NY. Appreciated that they let you mix and match six-packs.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Orange straw color. Almost no head, tiny bit of lacing. Occasional bubble or two floated up.

S: Smells like a package of pellet-ized Northern Brewer Hops, with a citrusy tinge.

T: Quick peak taste of hops quickly subsiding to a malt flavor.

M: For very little head retention, and little lace at all, surprised to feel tiny bubbles. Quickly going to a dry mouth feel.

O: Overall, a good IPA, and for the price of $1, a good value. Interested to know the contract brewer for Trader Joes.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 03:39:34 | More by FVTraina
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IPAisBliss

California

4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great American IPA! Thanks to Trader Joe's for offering this for $5.99 a six pack.
A great blend of hops makes this a very "Drinkable" IPA.
It's not overly heavy and is great on a Hot Summer Day!
Hint's of Floral Notes with some cinnamon spice with a very clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 22:52:34 | More by IPAisBliss
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gsmith10

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark amber, with a 3-finger head that fads to one. Significant bubbling is visible even minutes after pouring.

Smell - Strong piney hop smell. Carmel melt smell is minimal compared to the hops.

Taste: Middle of the road bitterness, primarily just the hops flavor; well balanced. In character with the American IPA style.

Mouthfeel: Neither light nor heavy, coarse feel from the carbonation notable especially at the beginning of a sip.

Overall: A solid IPA. Refreshing, not super bitter but still pretty hoppy for the single IPA style. A good deal - available at California Trader Joes regularly.

Serving: From the bottle (no date), into a non-descript pint glass

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 04:01:40 | More by gsmith10
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PSROCKS

California

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 22:49:37 | More by PSROCKS
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mjr5052

California

3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:25:28 | More by mjr5052
Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.