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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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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aforbes10 on 12-28-2008)
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Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden, clear, nice layer of cream colored head, decent retentiOn

S: hops are present and piney, resinous character, honey

T: taste starts out with a nice amount of bitterness, pine needles, honey comb, graham cracker, malt backbone

Mf: medium body, high carbonation

O: nice ipa, reminiscent of sierra Nevada pale ale, lots of flavor

homebrew311, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev +8.4%

leprakhan, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is hoppy, not strong or complex but OK. It pours a clear orange amber with a fairly thick ivory head. Flavor is somewhat hoppy, rather malty, with a hint of fruit, not really that much like an IPA. Texture is smooth, firm-bodied and just a little fizzy. As far as IPAs go, this one is no great shakes, but still palatable.

Cyberkedi, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +8.4%

twelveinches, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of smallz0307
4/5  rDev +8.4%

smallz0307, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a 6-pk purchased for $5.99 at –you guessed it – Trader Joe’s on Spokane’s South Hill. No freshness date on the bottle, which identifies the brewer as the “Steinhaus Brewing Co.” I believe it was actually contract brewed by Firestone Walker.

Poured a very clear dark amber color, with an off-white head that didn’t hang around to long but left a decent amount of lace on the sides of my glass.

Grapefruity in the nose, along with some pine notes. There’s also a somewhat substantial malt backbone.

The taste starts off with a citrusy hop blast, backed up by some pine-sappy notes. The finish, while containing some malt backbone, ends with a pleasant dryness.

Medium bodied, with a slightly resinous mouthfeel.

All in all, not bad for a budget IPA. It’s not something I would drive out of my way for, but if I want some IPAs in my fridge and don’t want to spend a lot of money, it’s nice knowing this is out there for me to pick up.

woemad, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of beerme411
4/5  rDev +8.4%

beerme411, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude.

A: Pours a clean, translucent copper color with a creamy two-finger off-white head that fades away rather quickly.

S: Strong floral and citric hops with a bit of bready malt in the background.

T: Floral and citric hops all the way through from start to finish on this one. Not much in the way of balance, so it's a bit too aggressive, but there's some good hop flavor to this.

M: Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and a slight bit of dryness on the finish.

D: This beer is abrasively hoppy, but for the price (so long as you have access to Trader Joe's), it's not half bad.

schlimenhaumer, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of mikechance
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

mikechance, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm on a budget so I figured for a $1.00 a beer I'll pick up a Trader Joe's 4pk. sampler and decide if I like any of their bargain beers.

Appearance: The beer has a watery somewhat bland rust red appearance. There is a decent head for a few minutes. Then it vanishes.

Smell:The smell is malt sugars and some alpha acids. Hints of apricot and pear.

Taste: Some toasty malts and caramelized sugars. The hops are fairly generic, lacking distinct flavors. Doesn't finish very well. I get a rush of sugar. The bittering hops are fairly distant.

Mouthfeel: Light. Fairly watery for an IPA and on the malty side. Too sugary.

Overall: I was hoping for a decent affordable interpretation of an IPA but instead I'm let-down by a fairly bland sugar bomb. This is too light and lacking in flavor to satisfy my need for lupulin and english style malts. I would rather purchase the Mission St. Pale instead.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
2.15/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Orange, clear, and lively. Lots of bubbles streaming up through this one. White sticky frothy head leaves behind decent lace and has decent retention.
Toasted pale and caramel malt notes on the nose with some grapefruit hop notes onthe back end.
The taste is just a bit too much sweet caramel malt. The toasty biscuit malt underneath seems to clash with the sweetness. The hops are nice, but not enough to overcome the malt battle up front. A strong bitterness hints towards an unwelcome alcohol warmth/booziness.
The body is pretty hefty feeling, with a slight oily residue.
Overall, this is not wowing me at all.

Even at $6 per sixpack, I will pass on this one.

AleWatcher, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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).

secondtooth, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of codfeast
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle to pint.

A: Amber, big rocky off white head, stuck around. lots of lacing.

S: Citrus, pine, malt, floral hints.

T: Malty sweetness, followed by the piney, citrus hops. Not overly hoppy. Has a bit of a funny aftertaste a little bit sweet.

M: Nice carbination, oliy hops in the mouth. not as dry as I would like in my IPA finish.

O: It's fine, at $5.99 for six you get what you pay for. Aftertaste is a little off putting. Not quite as bitter as I would like, but will certainly drink all six and not complain.

codfeast, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of jpro
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Testing the waters of Trader Joe’s with another single 12oz...

A: Poured into a standard shaker pint... clear, light copper with a slightly off-white head; manages a thin sheet of retention but very little lace - maybe a few specks.

S: Caramel malt; orange rind; grapefruit pith; a light hint of resin.

T: A pretty standard IPA in the taste department; definitely maltier than some (most?) American IPA’s, but there are some nice hop flavors that liven things up... mostly of the grassy, citrus peel varieties; leans towards a Pale Ale, but I guess the higher abv (and slightly more bitter finish) nudges it into IPA territory; pretty sweet, though.

M: Medium-bodied; high carbonation cleanses the palate; a smooth drinkin’ IPA.

O/D: If I were to blind taste this, I’d probably guess it was an APA... second guess would be English IPA (with some American hops in the mix); despite the fact that its not the most powerful IPA, it still good stuff... especially at $6.99 per six pack!

jpro, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of bastu
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

bastu, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden orange, one inch head sticks around for life of beer

S: Tart apple cider vinegar, sweet caramel malts, some slight hop spice and light tropical fruit at the close.

T: On the malty side throughout the whole taste, but very tasty nonetheless and with enough hops to make it taste like an IPA. It has a bit of an English IPA taste, but not buttery. There is a nice slightly fruity hop finish to the beer. This is a simple yet subtly nuanced tasting beer. Quite refreshing, not outstanding, but nice.

M: Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel with gentle carbonation. Refreshing.

O: Overall, to start, this is hands down the best deal in craft beer at $6.99 a sixer. I think the batch I am reviewing is a bit old as the bottle isn't dated and they usually are. Nonetheless, I am very fond of this beer and always try to find a fresh batch when I'm at Trader Joe's. Don't be scared to try it, it's really a nice beer (brewed by Firestone Walker actually)!

Avantyawn, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

DrJay, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of tastybeer
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

tastybeer, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours really clear. Light copper with a two finger off white head that dissipates at a hasty pace. Not much lacing to be had. Looks like a cup of apple juice after the head fades away...

S - Pine, citrus fruits, sweet caramel, and floral hops...

T - Good amount of caramel and citrus fruits. Hops are a little subdued, but definitely still present. Ends with grapefruit and sweet malts. Very smooth; rides the malt wave all the way through...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty watery...

O - For the price, this is a really good brew. Definitely something that is going to be in my regular rotation from now on...


comfortablynumb1, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color. Very appealing, but virtually no head or lacing.

S: Citrus. Pine. The malts smell a bit sweet like caramel.

T: There is no bottle dating, so I don't know how fresh this is. This is not particularly hoppy, but the flavor is still very nice. Starts of with the citrus and pine and then finishes sweet with caramel.

M: Nice medium body. Carbonation is surprisingly light.

O: For the price, this is a good IPA. Money aside, this is a good IPA. In a forum, I trashed store brands and included Trader Joe's in there. A bunch of people replied saying that Mission St is good. I had not tried these so I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. This was good and considering the price, it is totally worth picking up.

avaldivia, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into shaker pint. With my recent beer budget cuts, this has been a staple in my beer diet over the last several months.

A: Pours a clear golden-amber color with a half inch or more of foamy off-white head. Quite decent looking for a supermarket brand, other than the head fading quickly it could be a challenge to tell this apart from bigger, more renowned brews.

S: Good deal of hops here– lemon citrus and grass stand out. The citrus lends a sweet tone that complements the light caramel malts nicely. Quite pleasant.

T: Hoppy and bitter on the way down, though the lingering finish is rather mild. Some floral notes show up too.

M: Very ordinary but nothing wrong with that; goes down easily, but it's hard to pinpoint any outstanding characteristic here. A bit above average overall, even if I can't say why (average smoothness, average carbonation, average dryness, etc... but with nothing bad, it all works).

O: Very easy beer to drink for an extended period of time while remaining enjoyable; the price point at $6 a sixer can't be beat either. I'm a big fan of Mission St. IPA, and will continue to buy it, even if it isn't one of my all-time favorites.

AwYeh, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

brewerburgundy, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a fluffy off-white head of foam that left a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S - pine and citrus rind hoppy aroma.

T - a good balance of hops and malt, nothing's in your face and it's better than a lot of average IPA's.

F - medium bodied with a creamy smooth feel.

O - a decent beer that I will have again considering the price.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of dbossman
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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

dbossman, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Jul 19, 2011
Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.