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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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351 Ratings
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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
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 acurtis
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mission St IPA 12oz bottle from Naven. Poured into River Horse Shaker. Nice clear amber with small white head that sticks nicely to the glass. Very nice aroma of hops, peaches & apricot. Tastes smooth, very much like it smells. Slightly bitter. Lingering finish. Very nice brew.

acurtis, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my New Belgium Globe glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that has some staying power. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, very pretty ruby-red, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a mix of floral, fruity and herbal hop components; the herbal and pine notes seem to just about have the edge over the other notes, but each is quite noticeable and plays a significant role. Specific notes of orange flowers, big lychee aromatics, spruce, pine needles, tangelo, honey-suckle and herbal pepper notes (that are not quite green pepper like, but sort of something like that). When sticking your nose deep into the glass the herbaceous notes really become much more noticeable with touches of menthol as well as some dank "hemp"-like notes.

Served on the cool side of chilled the beer tastes crisp and bitter, but does finish with a caramelized malt sweetness. The bitter hop notes are accentuated by herbaceous hop notes that manage to be quite clean; flavors of pine play a big role, but there are some supporting notes of hemp oil and perhaps a hint of menthol and some pepper in the finish. The fruit flavors play a bit more subdued role here, but are still quite noticeable with notes of lychee, tangelo zest, ruby-red grapefruit, floral peach and really just a bright, expressive fruit character that is quite nice. This beer is very quaffable, it is nice and light, dangerously drinkable for the alcohol, and is something I could drink all night.

This is an incredibly solid IPA, considering that this is just about the cheapest IPA on the market this beer is frigging fantastic. I wish the bottles of this had a bottle date on them, if they did I would be purchasing a lot more of this. Once again I am thoroughly impressed by these "Mission Street" brews.

Gueuzedude, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of gopens44
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - when poured, the head rose up to say hello with a foamy vanilla colored handshake, only to return to it's seat atop the clear coppery red liquid.

S - Obviously the hops are present but there is also a presence of an Earl Grey tea type of smell (what is that, bergamot?)

T - ditto with the smell. More hoppy than Earl Grey with a malty finish.

M - Not bad. Smooth, medium carbonation and very little left after the swallow.

D - Ehh, probably. The price makes it attractive for a session IPA, but if I am specifically looking for a strong bitter taste, I would likely hit up something different.

gopens44, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of IntriqKen
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would say I am disappointed but to be fair, I can't. For the price this is an excellent IPA.
If I were to try to clone this I would use extracts (HME) exclusively then add something to the boil or dry hop with cascade.

It's crystal clear copper in the glass with a decent off white head that melts slowly and leaves a nice, albeit weak, mapping.

The aroma on the pour is fresh grapefruit hops but smelling the glass it weakens to something a little stale or...ummm...hop extract with only a hint of the sweet amber malts.

Taste is a little thin with amber malt and mellow grapefruit hops that finishes with more of the same...hops never really take over and the mouthfeel is just slightly cloying rather than drying.

Again, for the price, this is a wonderful intro to a West Coast IPA but still seems a little 'canned' or synthetic. I've nothing against extract brews, but this one just tastes like it.

IntriqKen, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of katan
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear light golden brown color. Head formation is strong, but then breaks down quickly to a film. Bubbling is light.

S - A very floral, citrus, orange like nose. Very pungent, sour, grapefruit in nature. Malts are not noticeable.

T - Starts off lightly malty, but then is immediately hit with some grapefruit, floral hopping. A very light grassy edge is present. Some malty note appears in the mid-stream, a little out of order. Toffee, caramel. Finishes a bit bitter, a hair of sour grapefruit left on the tongue.

M - Moderate beer body - thin at times. Carbonation is light, but noticeable. Finishes mostly clean.

D - Easy drinking IPA. The grapefruit sour notes do begin the wear the palette after a while.

A worth IPA - probably not one I would go out of my way for.

katan, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of a10t2
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown 12 oz bottle. $6 a six-pack at Trader Joe's; can't beat that with a stick.

A: Brilliant clear golden-orange; no yeast. Plenty of effervescent carbonation supports good head retention and truly exceptional lacing.

S: Fairly generic fruity hop aroma that actually tends away from the citrus somewhat. The vaguest hint of alcohol behind it with no malt to speak of.

T: A big, bright citrusy hop flavor leads off, followed by the bitterness in the middle of the palate and finally a faintly syrupy malt note that lingers to balance the finish.

M: On the high side of the carbonation spectrum, but not unreasonable. Light and crisp, nothing to slow things down.

D: Very good. This, to me, is what an AIPA should be - a hop delivery vehicle, but balanced, without making an effort to overwhelm the drinker.

a10t2, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of IPAisBliss
4.6/5  rDev +25%
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.

IPAisBliss, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of pmcadamis
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This honey-bronze brew struggled to put up even a small collar of foam even after an aggressive pour. As I noticed the lack of head while pouring, I distanced my beer holding hand from the glass to the extent of about ten inches... disappointingly, there was still no head to be seen. The color of the brew is a nice shade of caramel-orange though. Swirling brings up a bit more head than my ridiculously vigorous pour, and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S - Canned mandarin orange, mixed fruit cup (a fifth-grade lunch box favorite), and mango/papaya tropical notes. Not quite as hoppy as others of its ilk... this is more fruit than nose-hair curling hop.

T - The flavor is less mandarin orange and more straight up "regular" old orange.... bitter, like an under-ripe orange that needs a few more days in the fruit basket to sweeten up a bit. For an IPA, these flavors are relatively mild... but still prett tasty.

M - Fruity and slick at first, then more gritty and dry at the finish. Not super palate-wicking dry, but dry enough to really make ya want another sip. Nice lingering taste of tropical fruit and green grass.

D - Kinda "meh" if ya ask me. Nice pleasant tropical summer fruits that suit the high temps here in central Illinois well, but really lacking in what I'm lookin' for in an IPA.... HOPS! Give me my hops dammmit! Not a bad beer, and if I recall the price was ridiculously reasonable at Trader Joe's, so totally worth the $. I'm kind "for-genst" it.

pmcadamis, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of PSROCKS
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

PSROCKS, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of tronester
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with an off white head. Smells slightly of spicy hops. Taste is toasted malt up front, with a grassy hop middle, and a tart, slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. I would drink this again, but I've had better ipa's.

tronester, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of hreb
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle pours a pleasing orange amber into my pint glass. Aroma is immediate and rich but hoppy, reminiscent of a 90 minute IPA (though surely this can't be *that* good).

First sip reveals a surprisingly light mouthfeel. Crisp, citrusy IPA flavors. Not one-dimensional like many low grade IPAs: this is a TWO note beer. :)

Label reads 6.1% alc/vol. Taste betrays no extra burn.

Drinkable, refreshing, and reasonably priced. But not a fantastic find.

hreb, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of mwagner1018
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice copper color, about 1 finger of head, settles down slowly, leaves a nice lacing on the glass and a light cap on the beer.

S- Light hops on the initial nose, mild grassy aroma, but disappears quickly, disappointing smell to be honest.

T- Nice crisp bitterness up front, enough malt on the backbone, not quite as much grapefruit citrus bitterness as I would like. There is a mild acidic almost metalic lingering finish, not sure what the off taste is, but no very appealing.

M- High on carbonation, lots of bubbles rising up. Texture is medium, slightly thin on the finish.

D- Pretty drinkable, too light in my opinion for an IPA, fits more into the Pale Ale category. Not a great beer, and not one I would reach for in the future, there are so many great options out there, it's just not worth it to spend less money on this one when you are getting a much poorer quality product.

mwagner1018, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Thin, white head with no lacing. Dark amber in color.

S: A bit weak for an IPA, but malt bill is shown.

T: A heavy malt profile, with a slight hop finish. The beer is very much like APA.

M: Silk feel, which has a short lingering taste. dry on the finish.

D: Crisp with a creamy finish. Not as easy going as other IPAs but holds up to the bigger malt body.

GDBEERMAN, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of industrialswill
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's got a deep amber color with a faint smell of hops.
Compared with other $6 IPAs, this one is OK, but nothing special. It is definitely a quality beer, but the bar has been raised to a pretty high level by other comparably priced IPAs.
I think this beer deserves a rating of "good".

industrialswill, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of BigIrishman
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up for $6 a sixpack at Trader Joe's

Appearance: Pours hazy amber with nice white fluffy head.

Smell: There's a little bit of everything in here, some citrus notes (mainly grapefruit/orange) along with hints of resinous pine and even a touch of some other fruit, maybe mango.

Taste: Same nice flavor profile that washes with a nice little bitter kick, also some malty sweetness prevalent toward the finish the finish is clean.

Mouthfeel: A little bit sticky but fairly clean to the tongue, body is light to medium.

Drinkability: IMO, for the price there really isn't anything better out there. This brew is very drinkable, has tons of flavor, and goes great with any food that's hugely flavorful (which trader joe's has a ton of). Pick this and stay away from that kennebunkport IPA that has no flavor at all.

BigIrishman, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dull, dark copper color with hardly any head. Just some off-white film.

Smell: Very mild aroma. I can get a hint of some malts and spice, and a bit of apricot and orange.

Taste: Pretty malty body up front, with fruits (orange, lemon, apricot) coming in along with some hop spicyness, and a bit of pine at the finish. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall a fairly mild taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. A bit higher ABV than I expected, but hardly high.

Really affordable IPA at around $6 for a 6-pack. Not bad, but not that great either. Actually pretty decent if you want a real mild IPA. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get this, but every time I'm in Trader Joe's, one of their different cheap & decent 6-packs usually calls to me...

mithrascruor, May 24, 2010
Photo of felipe2toes
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an amber/orange with nice off-white head. Head recedes to some nice edging and lacing.

Smells of piney hops, grapefruit, even some pineapple.

Tastes better than I expected. A little bitter grapefruit, and some grassy/piney hops. Not very much in the way of citrus (other than the grapefruit), but still nice.

Good mouthfeel, and definitely very drinkable. For only 5.99 a sixer, will have to work this into the rotation.

felipe2toes, May 23, 2010
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber beer with an average head. Citrus hops, with a touch of pine, dominates the nose. A touch of grainy malt is there as well. Medium palate on this brew. Caramel sweetness up front moves into some hoppiness toward the end. Not a bad brew but not a particularly imaginative one.

BeardedBoffin, May 07, 2010
Photo of brewdoc75
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint

A: Orange to gold in color. Nice, solid white head at first, dies quickly. Moderate carbonation.

S: Sweet orange and a hint of tangerine. Candy like sweetness. Not a lot of aroma in this one.

T: Sweetness at first, then some citrus notes with orange and tangerine character. Maybe just a hint of grapefruit bitterness. Finishes with a faint graininess and some caramel. Not terribly complex. Pretty straight forward in the taste department.

M: Light to medium bodied. Fairly crisp. Finishes slightly sticky in the throat from the hops. Not abrasive though.

D: A pretty average IPA. Nothing bad about it, but nothing really stellar. It was a pretty good deal at $6.99 a sixer, but for a few dollars more you could have a world class IPA. I'll pass on getting this again, but it may be worth a try for those who aren't ready for a big IPA.

brewdoc75, May 05, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another of Trade Joes house beers. Poured into 16oz glass. Poured a clean, clear golden amber color with about a half-inch of off white head that didn't have much retention, but OK lacing.

The aroma was a pleasant blend of floral and pine hops, with a trace of malt. The flavor was pretty much the same, pine and floral hops with a nice malt foundation, decently balanced.

The body was typical for the style. Drinkability was above average, you drink these all day without killing your tastebuds. Overall, a decent beer. This may not be the best, or sexiest, or trendiest beer out there, but if you're going to a cook out or tailgating this is a solid beer to take with you. This beer is also an excellent value, at $6 a sixer you'll be hard pressed to find a better beer for the price.

beertunes, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to hate on this beer as it offers a nicely packaged IPA for about $6USD at Traders Joes. Pours a clean looking dark gold with a nice hoppy nose. The beer is very drinable with enough hops to satisfy most IPA lovers. Smooth finish with pleasant mouthfeel. If this was made by a little brewery it would get better ratings but it is a contract brew for Traders Joes so some people pass it off as commercial. I see it as great value for a very good IPA

canucklehead, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of nelnutter
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into SA pint glass.

A: Pours a golden copper color, completely clear, and a strong 2-finger foamy head and left ample lacing.

S: Mostly citrus/grapefruit hops, with a touch of pine, and some sweet caramel malt.

T: Pleasant hop taste, but surprisingly more earthy/piney vs. the citrus/grapefruit that the smell was leaning toward. Very nice mix though, and the sweet caramel maltiness balances it out quite nicely. Naturally, it's on the more bitter side, but not too much, even for those who aren't into IPA's.

M: Medium bodied, though somewhat thin. Only slightly carbonated.

D: Very nice IPA. Nothing too overpowering here, just a nice brew, and at $6/6-pack at Trader Joe's in MA, it's definitely one I won't hesitate to buy more of!

nelnutter, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and cooper in color. Not a lot of head, was worried at first it may be flat but it was ok. Decent lacing with what little head there is and good retention too. Smell was pleasant. Very nice mix of caramel malt and piney hops with some pineapple citrus to it. Taste was good but not as good as the smell. Some malt, slightly dry, with a sweet, citrusy hop kick to it. Definitely a west coast IPA. Mouthfeel was slightly oily and smooth, not too full. Overall a good beer and easy drinker. Not the best IPA every but I would revisit this one.

bunnyhustle, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange color with a nice off-white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma has some nice citrsy hops upfront, followed by caramel, baked bread and some alcohol. The taste also has piney and citrusy hops upfront, followed by some caramel, biscuit, and some fruity esters. Mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is very good. Overall a very solid IPA at a great price, it's certainly better when fresh as well so check the bottled on date.

silver0rlead, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper brown color, tan head of about two inches. Retention and lacing are decent. Nose includes lots of citric hopping but also a significant amount of pine - a slightly larger version of the Pale Ale. Malty sweetness in the form of caramel, and some rich biscuity flavor as well.

Tastes lean a little more towards the pine than the bright shininess of the pale ale. Fairly resinous, with a coating, bitter mouthfeel and finish. Less carbonation as well, which lets the sweetness through. Not a "dry" ale. The hops are piney and herbal, with citric notes up top, and some earthiness down below. Body is medium, leaning to the light side, and the drinkability is much higher when cool. As it warms, the range of hop flavors do emerge, but result in a more bitter experience.

Interesting take on the IPA. Not quite an English take, as it is still quite bitter, but the hops are darker and more full-bodied, while the mouthfeel remains light. Overall, it's not a bad sipper, but the recipe could use an identity.

BretSikkink, Mar 10, 2010
Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.