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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Ratings: 368 | Reviews: 190
Photo of DJED69
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of McStagger
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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 steveh
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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

1363rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12oz

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.

Photo of mjryan
4.16/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of busterwhite
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of TriggerFingers
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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- !

Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of TTAmod
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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....

Photo of kylehay2004
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Low C-

Photo of Murrhey
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a taster glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger white head. Light and crap retention. Some lacing. Palest of gold color, clear as heck.

S- Floral hops and some honey notes. Sweetness but some distinct bitterness. Lacking a lot of complexity.

T- Light and hoppy, with distinct sweetness. Surprised.

M- Very thin feel, only respite is the chunkier carbonation. But watery and too thin for my liking.

O- Wonderful deal for the price (so I'm told by Kojevergas), and a surprise from what I thought was going to be a junk beer. Nice. Give it a try.

Photo of elNopalero
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an understated brew that I find is a good value for its price.

It pours a toasted golden straw in color with a nice topping of foam.

There’s a pleasing, though muted, hop aroma. More on the citrus side with some cut grass.

Hops on the palate are piney and grassy, with some bitterness, but the flavor drops rapidly. It’s not bad but it doesn’t wow like their pale ale.

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

A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, appears a light amber color with an off-white head with decent retention.

S: Very nice, hoppy nose. Pine, citrus and fruit make the smell very appealing.

T: Starts off quite well, with caramel and light tropical fruitiness, then come the hops with pine and grapefruit flavors which are very nice until the finish, which is a bit watery.

M: Pretty light bodied with a nice, moderate carbonation. But that watery finish hurts the beer in this department.

O: For 7 bucks for a six pack, this is a very decent IPA. Great value again at Trader Joe's. Cheers!

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear light copper with a two finger off white head that dissipates quickly. Not too much lacing left behind.

S - Piney hops, citrus fruits, sweet caramel, and floral hops

T - Good amount of caramel and citrus fruits up front. Hops are not as strong as I would like but definitely still present. Ends with grapefruit and sweet malts.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied. Decent resin left in mouth.

O - For the price, can't go wrong. A good IPA, picked it up at Trader Joes, may get it the next time too!

Photo of omokoro
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured copper, pale amber color, with very little head. There was a very pleasant hop aroma, with sweet malts on the nose. As with most American IPAs, the dominant flavor is hops. This beer is balanced between both citrus and grassy note. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. For about a buck a bottle, this is a great value.

Photo of Dave1999
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer is an orange brown colour with almost no head and few bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

Its smells slightly fruity and grapefruit like.

The taste is hoppy and bitter, not overly complex or flavoursome. Pretty boring but not terrible.

Felt a little too carbonated and a bit watery.

Drinkable but what can you expect at $1 a bottle certainly better than most beers in that price range.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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