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Mission St. India Pale Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 188
Hads: 371
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
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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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body is very clean with a thin paleness but the head mounts thickly.

The aroma is bitter and floral but gives off a sour fruit. Grapefruit and lemon, pine resin, pithy rind and caramel malts can all be found.

The flavor is more to the bitter herbal but a sour grapefruit rind exists. Deeply underneath a tea leaf malt flavor runs thick. The hops are pithy bitter but not brash and deeply resined.

The feel is slick, bitter but not too astringent.

This was a very inexpensive craft beer but had a lot of good hop bitterness and sufficient malt support.

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Photo of gshak
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of mjr5052
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mission St (budget IPA)

A: Great looking! Pours like a STONE. Very hazed body, supports a lasting, thick head, that leaves very sticky persistent clouds of lace. 4.25

S: A little tame. More malt by a hair than hop, citrus, pine, ocean cliffs, herbal. Fine. 3.5

T: Very nice - follows the smell, but more powerful and satisfying. Very juicy balance of citrus, sun-baked grasses, and biscuity malts. West coast style, almost a little watered down? I could drink this if I was on a budget. best budget IPA I have tried. 3.75

M: Nice long flavor arc, good feel, nice finish. 4

Overall: A high quality low cost IPA that I would recommend to anyone, a great starter IPA. Authentic, scores well on craft (look, balance, finish, feel!) 3.75

Agree with this reviewer: "reminds me of UNION JACK at half the price. Super fresh I could see this killing in a blind tasting."

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Photo of Spikester
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is the best part of this brew. About two plus fingers of cream white head leaves a strong pattern of lace.
Smell is also excellent for this pour. Strong aroma of bread like malts floral grapefruit hops with a kiss of pleasant yeast.
Taste is floral fruity and bitter piney hops. Bready malt support helps soothe the hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin but normal for an IPA.
Overall an easy drinking AIPA. Not as bold as many but very close to style IMO.

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Photo of Treath
4.94/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my first time trying an IPA.
Poured from a bottle into a glass mug.

A- Nice filtered amber color, slightly ruby. Two and a half finger head that fizzles to a light froth. Small bubbles streaming up. Leaves good amount of lacing.

S- Piney and floral hops. Very pleasant to the nose. It reminds me of a pine forest mixed with marijuana.

T- True to the smell. Grassy, floral, piney hops. Has a sweetness to it. Some malts. Very little bitterness. I really enjoy this flavor. Hoppy and bready aftertaste.

M- Good amount of carbonation. Medium light mouthfeel.

O- Overall, this is a very tasty beer. I really enjoyed it. I didn't know that I'd even like this beer.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper with a slightly off white head that has excellent retention
Smell is hops, stringent hops, pine nuts, around a tart fruity odder.
Tangy and tart citrus taste that includes grapefruit
Medium body,
True to its IPA style. Hops dominate, with malts finishing a distant second. A solid IPA.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle no date into guinness pint glass

look is a darkish amber orange with great looking head and retention. smell is dank hops, some fruity esters, sweet bread malt. taste is earthy and bitter, with a fruity middle, and semi-sweet malt finish.

pleasantly surprised by this one. less sweet and it would be one of my favorite IPAs (after you take price into consideration, of course).

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Photo of DJED69
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wow. Best beer I've tried of all the Trader Joes house brands. Glass? No stinkin glass, right from the bottle after a humid, warm NJ summer day. Hmmmm, smells nice. Good fruity hops and very pleasant. First swig is a suprise. Reminds me of some of the great brews I was throwing back in California recently. Interesting to find out Firestone Walker is brewing this IPA. That's great street cred. Mouth feel is nice and carbonation is just right. Beer is very east to drink and reminds me of a west coast Harpoon IPA. More hops and a tad more malty sweetness. Finish is medium and doesn't promote any bad lingering bitterness. Overall, very pleased. I will certainly make it a regular in my fridge rotation. At $6.49 a six pack, quite a deal.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Mediumish copper depending on the light, clear, head settles to nice covering foam and sticks pretty easily to the sides of the glass, not in big sheets but just enough

S: Slightly sweet smelling, it makes the hops seem fruity, but judging by the flavor they aren't really, more of a light pine/resin aroma combined with the slight malt sweetness, a little mild for an IPA

T: Same sentiments as the aroma, good malt honey sweetness to support a moderate hop bitterness, the hops again are sticky and resiny, pretty good flavor, but the bitterness is not where I expect it and the flavor could be turned up a bit

M: Not nearly as dry as some IPA's, just a little bit to keep the palate clean, easy to drink

O: A good "kind hoppy" beer when you wants something thirst-quencing and easy to drink. Not much of an IPA though, especially when compared to the better versions of the style. I'm definitely the first to admit that I don't like all the imperial beer craze, but this tastes more like a pale ale.

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Photo of McStagger
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent copper. One and a half finger khaki head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is better than average. Carbonation is lively, with fairly large bubbles racing to the surface.

S: Fairly deep malt. Lot of fresh pulped grapefruit. Splash of cinnamon, little bit of caramel. Bit of herbal quality in the hoppiness. Nose is malt dominant.

T: Entry of cooked bread and toffee. . Juicy mid palate of grapefruit pulp transitions into grapefruit rind and citrus oil with a bit of herbal quality. Bruised mint on the finish and a touch soapy. Not exceptionally bitter, but enough to really balance things out.

M: Fairly light for an IPA. The malt weighs things down a touch, but the relatively low abv keeps things from being too heavy.

O: While not an the top tier of IPA's, this is still a no frills representation of the style. And at literally 1.13 a bottle after tax and CRV, it may be the most beer for your buck you can find anywhere.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a light orange color. Crystal clear with some visible carbonation pushing north. A two finger off-white cap. Decent retention with sheets of lacing.

Floral and earthy notes with some light caramel and undercooked biscuits. A touch of pine needles pokes through, but the hop aroma is pretty subdued.

On the palate, soft caramel slides in with some floral and earthy hops. Undercooked, doughy biscuits through the middle. The finish is a blend of pine, earth, and flowers.

On the lighter side of medium. Clean and straightforward.

A pretty average IPA in all aspects.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good beer, great value. One of Trader Joe’s private label beers, this IPA was produced by local favorite Firestone Walker under the alias Steinhaus Brewing. It’s a solid brew, with all of the hoppiness you expect. It’s no Pliny, but it wasn’t meant to be.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving lines of lacing.

Caramel malt, toasted bread, dank hops, tart citrus, and resin form the aroma. Fairly catty, with notes of onion as it warms.

Sweet caramel malt dominates the flavor throughout. There's a dank hop character throughout, but it's overwhelmed by sweetness. Muted grapefruit and floral hops carry into a slightly bitter finish. Dank hops are also present.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and an astringent finish.

Sweeter than I hoped. Hop character is overwhelmed somewhat. Though there's at least some slightly interesting flavoring hop presence.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with lots of giant particles and a two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes and left a nice film. Okay lacing.

S: Caramel malt with pine and citrus hops.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and solid bitterness. Pine and citrus hops. Sort of flat flavor with a touch of alcohol.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Not a bad IPA. There were a bit too many particles for my taste, and the taste was kind of flat to me.

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Photo of JamesTurkey
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to try this TJ's brand after I received some good reviews from trusted sources -- sounds like I should have grabbed some of the APA as well -- next time.

Bottled 5/25/12 -- not bad. Steinhaus Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA. Funny, I seem to recall another small, well-received brewery in Paso Robles...

A -- Clear, deep gold to near amber with a good, light tan head that settles to a very appetizingly creamy cap.

S -- Mellow, but prominent piny hops with some good biscuit malt in the balance.

T -- Beautiful balance of spicy, bitter hops and mellow caramel malts at first taste. Resiny, piny hops linger into the finish and aftertaste in an assertive, but not overpowering manner. There's some light lemony citrus between.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium to heavy body and a dry finish from hops, alcohol, or both.

O -- Those who know me at BA know that I think there's a glut of IPA on the shelves these days, but I have to say that this is one nice beer. The balance of the caramel malts and bold hops, without being extreme, is very appealing -- and at $7 a six-pack, well worth a try.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1363rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

At my father in laws

App- Very dark orange. Nice 2 finger head. No cling. Good density. Little falling color.

Smell- A bit of small orange with a touch of bitter. Little bit of malts. With a sweet backing note.

Taste- Nice little IPA. FW changed this to be a bit more earthy with a touch of hop bite. Nice and layered. Bit of a biscuit flavor.

Mouth- Light medium/medium body. Crisp and clean with some hops and damp earthy.

Drink- Tasty little beer and cant beat the price point either.

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Photo of mjryan
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed by Firestone Walker for Trader Joes. Smells wonderful, full on orange juice, grapefruit zest nose, with sweet malt scents holding it all together. Orange marmalade flavour; sweet and pithy. Balancing bitter in the finish. Carbonation is slightly muted and my only real knock on this beer, but considering its relatively inexpensive price point and the fact that I've never bought an off bottle (which is surprising since TJs merchandised their beer warm), it's a small quibble. A fine, hoppy beer. Well made, affordable and consistently good.

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Photo of busterwhite
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden/amber color with a 1 finger head and left some decent lacing on the glass.

Smells sweet with a little grassy, herbal tone.

Earthy and herbal upfront followed by a fairly sweet malt taste and a slightly bitter finish. Flowery (rose?) aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall a decent beer at a good price point.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
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- !

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Trader Joe's. $6.99 for a 6-pack. Poured into pint glass. Another fun fact: this beer is brewed by Firestone Walker.

A: Clear orange color with a fizzy one-finger white head. Recedes into white crown. Lacing is pretty good.

S: Has a really fresh flowery and fruity hop smell. There's a nice undertone of fairly heavy malt, as well.

T: Again, the taste is very flowery and fruity. It's not bitter at all, but it's not a sugar bomb. This is honestly quite a good taste for an IPA. The caramel malt sufficiently balances the nice flow of hop flavors. Ends with a bit of a nutty grain flavor. Again...not bitter. You get all of the hop flavors with minimal bitterness. The taste profile makes this beer a prime candidate for introducing BMC drinkers to IPAs.

M: Wet. Medium. A bit creamy and prickly. Pretty standard IPA.

O: To be really honest, this beer has a very similar hop profile to Hopslam. There's a nice fruity hop presence along with some of the depth of other hop characteristics. Obviously it's less powerful and has less alcohol, but the profile is comparable.

For about $1 each, this one cannot be beat. If you slap a RR, Founders, or some other high-profile brewery's label on it, you'd be paying at LEAST double. This can easily stand up against the big hitters in the IPA category....just look past the TJ label (this would a be a silent killer in a blind taste test.) There's no reason not to buy this when looking for a drinkable, flavorful IPA.

A nice bonus: since Trader Joe's is the main carrier of this beer (at least as far as I've seen,) you're pretty much guaranteed a fresh product. TJ's is amazing at rotating stock and is not subject to the typical bullshit-ery that some beer stores pull....

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this up for me at Trader Joe's.

Appearance- copper color, nice size head, good head retention, nice lacing

Smell- grassy hops, very nice

Taste- hops, well balanced, not that bitter at all

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was really good. Loved the aroma of fresh hops

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Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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