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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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BA SCORE
83
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339 Ratings
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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 6
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 GDBEERMAN
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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 -4.3%
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%
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 -4.3%
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 +13.8%
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 -11.1%
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 -13.8%
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 -16%
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 26, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +10.6%
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 +1.6%
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 +8.4%
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 -6.5%
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
Photo of les1721
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearence is a beautiful auburn with a nice tan head that doesn't last to long but leaves a lacey remnent on the glass. Smell is of citrus piney and earthy hops. A lttle sweetness from the malt. Taste a little sweetness of apples and caramel, finishes with a nice citrus, piney and earthy hop flavor. Not very bitter for an IPA and very thin and clean for this style. Mouthfeel about medium to light and drinkability higher than most IPAs. Overall a very good tasting beer, but a little more like a hearty pale ale than an IPA.

les1721, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of droomyster
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with a big tan head that leaves a wide lacing all over the glass. Aromas are big on the grapefruit and evergreen resin. If grapefruit is not your aroma then this is not the beer for you. The taste is sweeter than the nose would suggest, with a good amount of caramel sweetness ultimately failing to support the citrusy hops. I drank it down with a bowl of pistachios and did not enjoy it.

droomyster, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of MadeInOregon
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Saw this at Trader Joe's many a time for a mere $5.99 per 6-pack and finally decided to give it a try. Definitely a good idea...

There is almost no yeast in the bottle at all, unlike most IPA's. Not bad, just different. By just looking at it in the bottle it looks extremely filtered. Certainly the lightest, thinnest IPA I've seen.

Once poured into a pint glass, Mission St. India Pale Ale has a very nice and dense, pillowy white head which does subside almost completely but leaves nice lacing. The body is golden, amber in color and looks very crisp and light. It could pass for a lager or even a Kolsch. It is totally clear; there is absolutely no sediment that I can see. Very attractive.

The smell is of fresh sweet, grass, straw, and hops. Very nice and pleasant.

The taste is great. Finally a drinkable IPA! It is fairly thin and mild for an IPA, but still very smooth. It is very sweet but still has the requisite hoppy bitterness. There is a nice touch of grassy-ness also.

This is definitely not an "extreme" beer, like everyone seems to want to make their IPA's to be--especially those cats up in the NW! If that is what you're after then this beer will disappoint you. However, it is a very drinkable and enjoyable IPA. It could pass for a straight pale ale by some people's standards, but I think it is still hoppy enough to lay claim to "IPA" title.

Don't sleep on this one.

MadeInOregon, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of CRichardsMN
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Nice clear orange amber with a decent creamy head that leaves a nice ring of lace at the top of the glass and fades it's way down the glass.

Smell:
Full of citrusy hops and a bit of sweet caramel and malt.

Taste:
Has a nice hit of citrusy hops and fairly bitter tail end. Sweet malty and nutty notes also present. Nothing huge and overpowering like a die hard hop-head would crave but you get the point.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Smooth on the tongue and finishes dry.

Drinkability:
Not usually a fan of IPAs but this one is fairly mild. Good casual brew to swig at.

Comment:
Nothing like free brews from the neighbors! Got a whole variety in one of those "you like these *different* brews" type mixed six packs. Well, yes I do, Thanks!

CRichardsMN, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of popery
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good IPA for a great price. This IPA isn't going to be taking home any awards. There are clearly better IPAs coming out of the same brewery, even. However, I can't think of a better IPA that retails at a buck per bottle. It's strong and bitter with good hop notes, and what more can I really ask? If you're looking to save a few dollars but still want your hop fix, Mission St. IPA satisfies. I can see many more of these bottles in my future.

popery, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Freshness date 08/20/09 on bottleneck. Single purchased at Trader Joe's (Short Pump, VA) for $1.17.

A: Light rust with 2+-finger head with decent retention and good lacing.

S: Aroma is pale ale-y with some mild pine and floral hops and crystal malt sweetness. With warming, a little more of the citrus hops and malt sweetness comes through a little better.

T: Flavor is not cohesive and pales in comparison to Mission St. Pale Ale, which I had back-to-back with this. Minor pale malt sweetness is cut with pine and citrus hops with an aspirin and soapy finish.

M: Very dry with aspirin/metallic aftertaste and body too light for the style. Mild coating quality.

D: The price is low, but so is the aroma and flavor of this brew. All the good reviews make me wonder about handling, light, and temperature in getting it from CA to VA.

argock, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BigBry for sending one bottle for me to taste! Cheers!

The color is copper and the beer is slightly veiled. Nice looking head initially, however it disappear quite fast. Foam sticks quite well to the glass. Very intense hops aroma. Floral and piny hops. The taste is even more intense, Piny hops with some citrus. Very intense in the mouth and the taste sticks quite long in the mouth. Mellow in the mouth and not so dry in the mouth.

A good IPA. Thanks BigBry!

ZorPrime, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of samyoung
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent deal at Trader Joes.
Nice pour. Ruby, amber color with about a 1/2 inch head. Smell is classic IPA with citrus and pine. Has a good, full-bodied mouth-feel. Tastes like it smells with a unexpectedly bitter after-taste. One or two of these at a time is all could handle as a result of the bitterness. Overall a great beer for the $.

samyoung, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of matjack85
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this single 12oz brown bottle at Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.17. No freshness date on the bottle.

The beer poured a cloudy pale orange color and made a 1 finger white head that lasted a little over a minute. It also left lots of nice lacing.

Big citrus hop nose - mostly grapefruit.

Nice grapefruit and orange peel citrus hop bitterness with a hefty dose of malty sweetness to keep it balanced. Nice flavor.

Light bodied mouthfeel with moderate to medium carbonation. A bitter grapefruit aftertaste lingers for awhile, but it is not unpleasant.

Never noticed any of the 6.1% abv. It was very easy and enjoyable to drink, especially for the price.

matjack85, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed while pressing the most recent batch of grapes.

A-Pristine amber brew. Orange-tan head, 2 cm off the pour, receded kind of quickly but remains as an attractive layer with some sparse lacing.

S-Thick with resiny, piney hops. Biscuty toffee is apparent underneath.

T-A big bang of resiny, piny hops takes the lead in this flavor, accompanied by a nearly lip-smacking bitterness. This hoppiness is very much so the main character of this beer, with the malt essentially absent.

M-Medium-bodied beer, thick with hoppiness. Medium-high carbonation, as is evident from numberous bubbles rising within the glass, though it seemed to be just a bit too much.

D-Nice brew, though not quite as balanced as I'd like.

One bottle of a mixed-sixer I received from my parents for my 26th birthday.

CHSLBrew, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of JTahoe
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber with thin off white head.

S - Bright and floral with decent hoppy nose.

T - Fresh floral taste with some nice layers. Citrusy, particularly a nice light lemon flavor and some yeastiness coming through. Decently balanced, a touch sweet, with a light malt and grain flavors coming through.

M - Fairly smooth up front for an IPA with nice effervescence and a decent bite on the finish.

D - Wait... how much did I pay for this??? Very good; I could drink this all night. This is a pretty decent IPA, and really quite amazing for the price.

JTahoe, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of tjd112
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Trader Joe's in Westfield, NJ; the only TJs in the state that has a liquor license

A - White head, sporadic lacing, pours a very clear orange colour
S - Flowers are the only thing to come out at first
T - Flowers, along with a fruity undertone, hopped enough for IPA standards, but not too far hopped
M - Flowery taste still in my mouth
D - A very good intro IPA, ate with vegetarian corn dogs

tjd112, Nov 07, 2009
Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.