Mission St. India Pale Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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3.1/5 rDev -16%
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.
04-26-2010 23:29:45 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +8.4%
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
04-16-2010 00:25:08 | More by canucklehead
4.08/5 rDev +10.6%
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!
04-10-2010 22:29:39 | More by nelnutter
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
04-07-2010 02:45:44 | More by bunnyhustle
4/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
03-30-2010 02:23:26 | More by silver0rlead
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
03-10-2010 03:20:29 | More by BretSikkink
3.8/5 rDev +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.
02-26-2010 05:00:13 | More by les1721
2.9/5 rDev -21.4%
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.
02-18-2010 04:41:02 | More by droomyster
4.45/5 rDev +20.6%
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.
01-29-2010 06:25:58 | More by MadeInOregon
3.48/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
Full of citrusy hops and a bit of sweet caramel and malt.
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.
Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Smooth on the tongue and finishes dry.
Not usually a fan of IPAs but this one is fairly mild. Good casual brew to swig at.
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!
01-15-2010 23:15:02 | More by CRichardsMN
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
01-15-2010 05:08:01 | More by popery
3.2/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
12-30-2009 03:03:06 | More by argock
3.95/5 rDev +7%
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!
12-29-2009 16:23:25 | More by ZorPrime
3.8/5 rDev +3%
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 $.
12-23-2009 00:10:11 | More by samyoung
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
12-02-2009 20:39:33 | More by matjack85
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
11-16-2009 21:39:40 | More by CHSLBrew
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
11-08-2009 01:59:34 | More by JTahoe
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
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
11-07-2009 20:16:28 | More by tjd112
4.13/5 rDev +11.9%
Trader Joe's actually has good beers, I've discovered - the hefeweizen they sell is the closest I've got in the States to the excellent wheat beers of Germany. And their IPA is also commendable. It's not a standout in the category, in that it doesn't try to do anything new with the form, but it's a very good example of the citrusy, fruity kind of IPA found all over the West Coast. The smell is of flowers and oranges, the taste is bitter, hoppy, reminiscent of grapefruits, with a strong, sweet, malty undertone. The mouthfeel is sharp and bubbly, and - if one is used to this kind of beer - its drinkability is high, as it's not as in-your-face with the hops as, say, the Stone Ruination. It's strong but balanced and actually rather good, if not particularly unique. Also, cheap.
11-05-2009 01:08:00 | More by porntipsguzzardo
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
I'd say that this is a fairly average IPA overall, but also that there's nothing too offensive about it, so it's pretty enjoyable. Pours a nice orange color with decent white head and retention. Smells of hops, some nice pine notes, with a bit of caramel maltiness in the background. Not too strong, though. Taste is good, although not too robust--pine and grapefruit notes are nicely balanced by caramel/bready malts. Mouthfeel is nice, medium body with some stickiness to it. And this one drinks well--easy drinking IPA here. Not over the top on any flavor, this one is about balance and it is nicely done.
10-23-2009 02:50:06 | More by LordAdmNelson
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
A: Medium amber in color. Clear. Pours with a about a 1/2 inch of white head. Decent retention, but no lacing.
S: Spicy (black pepper) and light citrus hops. Minimal malts.
T: Good bit of caramel malt. Spicy hops. Light, but lingering finish. Mildly sweet.
M: Medium body. Carbonation is on the higher side, but not so high as to be detrimental. Light bitterness.
D: A very good IPA for the price. Nice hop presence, quite flavorful, and nicely balanced. A good session beer or everyday drinker.
10-20-2009 02:40:24 | More by Florida9
3.95/5 rDev +7%
Had this with my lunch, a turkey fajita sandwich; processed meat though :(
Has a bottling date of 09/15/09.
Appearance: Pours an orange body looking a little like honey with a thick eggshell head that clings quite well to the glass.
Smell: Fresh hops not overly strong with some grapefruit.
Taste: More hops with a solid malt background. More on the sweet side than bitter. Citrus fruit tastes quite fresh with melon & mango mixing in with grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and incredibly well balanced. Gobs of stickiness that's not overdone at all. Mid to high carbonation.
Drinkability: I wish i had a sixer instead of just one as this is quite tasty.
Overall: A solid offering that doesn't go over the top but delivers a classic IPA just like the label says. One to get fresh and worth seeking out IMHO.
10-17-2009 18:01:56 | More by papat444
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
Pours a clear amber with a nice creamy-thick head that retains very well. Sugary grapefruit and pine aromas meld with sticky caramel. What's this now? Deliciously hoppy flavor you say? Yes. Piney sweet with some citrus and tea. Simple, balanced, and flavorful...not over the top. And it's like $7 for a six-pack. Medium bodied with a restrained bitterness.
A flavorful bargain. While other TJ's beers haven't really been memorable enough to bother returning to, this is one that should be in my fridge fairly often.
10-14-2009 00:51:49 | More by wedge
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
09/30/09- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Mateo, CA.
Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.
Appearance- Deeper amber in color pour. Full 3/4 to one inch head with some decent staying power. Some light lace streaks and rings reamin after consumption.
Smell- Very sweet malt and hop aroma. Pine needles and some grapefruit rind come into play with a nice sweet scent...smells a touch sugary as well with falls in line with the sweetness.
Taste- This one is fairly well balanced, in fact I'd say it's more on the malty side. Nice deeper toasted caramel malt base with the pine led hops coming in second.
Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a minor bitter aftertaste.
Drinkability- Liked this one better than I thought I would. May not buy it again with other around I like better, but it was actualy quite nice.
10-03-2009 01:36:44 | More by GClarkage
3.8/5 rDev +3%
Mission St. IPA pours a pleasing copper color with an inch of slightly off-white head. Nice lacing.
The smell is dominated by resin/pine smell of assertive hops. Some malt is present as well.
The taste is also dominated by assertive hops with a bent toward the conifer. Some malt is there - particularly in the center of the taste, but hops are the star of the show.
Mouthfeel is a little thin with just a hint of aftertaste.
Drinkability is pretty good for this one and it is worth the price. Give it a try
09-20-2009 20:33:29 | More by slyke
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