Mission St. India Pale Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Avantyawn
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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)!

Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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...


Photo of avaldivia
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of AwYeh
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber orange color with lots of active carbonation and a very thin, white head that stays even across the top.

S - Crisp caramel malt, pine, mild juicy fruit aroma.

T - Mimics the nose with crisp caramel malt with piney, juicy fruit bitterness over the top. No depth, layers, or complexity, just a straightforward blend that stays even across the entire sip from start to finish. The fruit bitterness has some tartness to it which adds a nice bitter twang.

M - Medium body and leaves the mouth with a light, fruity coating and mild bitter aftertaste.

O - Nothing out of the ordinary, just a solid and enjoyable IPA with some balance. I dig my IPA's with alot of hop bitterness (which this doesn't have), but the hops were used more for flavoring and aroma than anything and is well done.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

A: A bold, orange color with hints of redness. A small head appears and remains even as it warms up.

S: If there's anything I love about a good IPA, it's floral and citrus scents! The smell of this beer easily informs me that the hops used in this IPA are flavorful and spicy.

T: Contains floral and pine flavors and is far less fruitier than expected. Its initial soapy taste is quickly replaced by a delicious, sweet honey-infused flavor as it warms up. The maltiness is also well balanced.

M: For IPA bitterness standards, this is ridiculously smooth. The hops do not remain on the tongue for too long, and the yeasty flavor of the beer maintains a warming and lovely aftertaste on the throat and the palate.

O: This is a beer that contains a lot a hops with the goal of enhancing its *flavor*, and not its bitterness. Right here, this is honestly not a problem at all, as it makes it a simple yet convenient ale that can be had during the summer. When cold, it is very refreshing yet becomes more flavorful as it warms up. This, however, is usually not the type of IPA I'd take, as I prefer those with more hop intensity than this one. It's still a good IPA, and needs to be represented more often in California craft brews.

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of theJollySin
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
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 -

Photo of
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear pale copper with a persistent small white head.

Smell - pine aromas dominate with a touch of citrus and rich caramel malt.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with high carbonation.

Taste - Lots of hops flavour without much bitterness; mostly citrus and pine with a little bit of burnt sugar malt flavour, but finishes relatively dry. Very well-balanced.

This is a very good IPA. For the price, it is probably the best value beer out there.

Photo of gsmith10
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Photo of fox227
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Discovering that Firestone Walker brews a Trader Joe's six pack IPA for 5.99 makes me feel like that World of Warcraft nerd who found the leather belt. "5.99 sixer Firestone Walker IPA? AAAAHH!!! EHHH!! OOOHHHH!!!!" Sorry about that one.

A: Darkish golden color with a small head. It looks like a good IPA, nothing much more than that.

S: Very nice citrus laden, fresh hoppy smell. Makes one glad to be on the West Coast.

T: I get lots of grapefruit and lemon. The hops are nice and forward, and the malt offers little in the way of sweetness, which means that this beer won't be very popular with customers who just want cheap, easy drinking beer at Trader Joe's.

M: Medium carbonation, and a long lingering bitterness on the tongue. Moderately dry finish.

O: Overall I would say that this is a fine IPA for any day. But if I were to drink it all the time simply due to being so affordable that I was surely get tired of it. It's Firestone Walker brewed. But it's no Union Jack, for that matter.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I usually have these in the fridge as my supplemental craft to keep me going between much better brews and figure why not give a review.

A: Pours a crystal clear dark pale - caramel color. Knocking on Amber's door. A very mild half finger white head appeared and fizzled out in about 60 seconds. Very low on the lacing scale.

S: Nice citrus and floral hop aroma. A little spice and some fruity tart yeast esters.

T: Definitely malty. Rich caramel. Nice hop bitterness. More floral and spice in flavor. Finishes up a little dry.

M: Medium to light body with a nice creamy texture and noticeable amount of bitterness.

D: A really decent IPA all things considered. Very reminiscent of a Lagunitas IPA which ironically enough is about the same exact price.

Not Firestone Walker's best stuff but very hard to beat the quality per price point. A nice hoppy IPA and what I would consider a solid supplemental craft brew. I actually prefer the pale version to get more of that hop!

Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a pretty nice 1/2 inch cream colored head.

S: Nice aroma with some floral hops, candied grapefruit and a touch of caramel.

T: I had this a while back and do not remember liking it. However, this time around it's really pretty good. It's not an aggressive IPA, but it has a good balance and some nice citrus hop bitterness. It's definitely worth a look if you're in Trader Joes and looking for an IPA.

Photo of clemtig76
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Trader Joe's in Greenville, SC. A good IPA for a really good price of $6.99 a six. This IPA isn't going win any awards but is just a simple, solid IPA hoppy with a malty backbone. I have never had a better IPA that retails at a little over a buck per bottle. If you're looking to save a few dollars but still want your hop fix head to Trader Joe's and get some Mission St. IPA. I plan on picking up some everytime I am in town.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber golden color with a fingers worth of head. Retention is nice, with some good lacing left behind.

Floral, perfume-y, and hoppy nose. Plus, a slightly sweet malt back bone.

Citrus, and floral hops. Bready and slightly sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty much what you'd expect from an IPA.

I mean, talk about a bargain. It's pretty hard to beat when you want a good beer without spending a lot of money.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather happy to hear that Firestone Walker brews this highly affordable and easy to obtain IPA. Purchased at TJ's with a bottle on date of late March and poured into my battle tested Duvel tulip.

Orange with yellow highlights and quickly dissipating head and and nary much lacing or spatter.

Smells of weed, malt, and whispers of tropicality. Wish the whispers were more of a shout as there's a tiger within that wants to be unleashed, but the chains prefer to keep her a restrained though promising kitten.

Tastes dank and malty with the pussy remaining firmly in her place. Tweak up the hops and tweak down the malt and we have a go-to no brainer six pack of regularity. Just a trace of fruitiness and bitter at the end.

An easy drinker for sure which is alternatively a big compliment and a slap of condemnation for taming what could be.

Overall, with my inner rage and desire for a really, really solid regularly available IPA (damn straight I'm hard to please) this serves as a possible regular purchase and a great deal at the price point, but not what I yearn for.

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Beautiful clear, copper color with a slightly off white head and a small amount of lacing. 4.5/5

Smell - Piney and grassy hops. Accompanied by a caramel malt backbone. Small bits of citrus as well. 4.5/5

Taste- Good piney, grassy bitterness fills your mouth and throat. The caramel malt smooths it out. The bitterness stays with you until you want another sip. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Damn near perfect mothfeel. Good carbonation. 4.5/5

Overall- This is a great IPA. Especially for $5.99 per six pack. Of course, Firestone Walker rarely makes a beer that I don't like. Next time you are at Trader Joes, do yourself a favor and pick this beer up. 4.5/5

Photo of lawlerj
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a translucent copper color w/ a small head - disipates quickly, leaving a slight collar.

S - floral hops & citrus strong on the nose, with malt undertones. A very nice aroma off this brew.

T - floral hops up front followed by citrus and finished off w/ a bit of malt sweetness. Overall nicely balanced and finishes very nicely, which I very much enjoy.

M - medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - overall, this is a great beer for the cost. $1.17 / bottle at Trader Joe's. Like most of the other proprietary TJ beers I've had, the quality to cost ratio is off the charts. Outstanding for the price.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/25/11
*From notes

Date bottled: 2/21/11

A: A filtered golden amber with a two finger head and reasonably nice lacing.

S: Muted hops, though still slightly resiny. I also get more alcohol in my nostrils then I'd expect for a 6.1% ABV AIPA.

T: A bit sweet up front, though the hops kick the bitterness up a notch on the mid-palate. The finish is exceedingly grainy, with a large dose of wheat germ and barley extract hanging around for a while after each sip.

M: Not bad. The carbonation is in check and it drinks quite well.

O: If you're looking for a value AIPA, this is it. I will say though that I wish I'd found a fresher six pack, as I feel the hops have faded quite a bit. All in all though, you could do a hell of a lot worse. This should make for (dare I say) quality summer sessioning on the patio.

Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.