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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
good

337 Ratings
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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 184
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 Florida9
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.

Florida9, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of papat444
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.

papat444, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of wedge
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.

wedge, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
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.

GClarkage, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of slyke
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

slyke, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Light haze to a solidy amber-colored beer. Nice rocky head that recedes slowly. Chunky but spotty lace

I smell fresh cream first. There is some light, floral hop in the background. Kinda underwhelming.

Whoa, here's a fine tasting beer--not at all like the smell. Starts off with rich, if slightly sweet, malty flavor. There's an element of alcohol oiliness in the background. As an IPA, one expects the hop to kick and this one doesn't disappoint. It lasts through the swallow and lingers a longtime. The body is of whole milk with a dash of spritz. A very easy-to-drink IPA.

smcolw, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet grainy malt with a secondary dull citrus hop.

The taste was dominated by sweet malts with a strange ligering sugary element. Some decent orangy hops.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a decent IPA for its price bracket.

plaid75, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of haddon
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

got this ipa at Trader Joe's from a pick six. poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- poured a golden brown with a finger head. good lacing that lasted all the way down the glass

S- not much going on here with a hint of orange all I was picking up

T- taste matched the smell with orange peel and a malty, caramelized flavor as well. nice taste.

M- light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation for an ipa

D- I enjoyed the beer and will probably pick up another six pack to keep around. really hard to beat at $6.99 a sixer. this could easily be my house ipa during the warm months.

haddon, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's for a dollar. Currently the closest we'll get to Firestone Walker around here.

Clear, light copper color with a thin off white head that whose lacing slides down the glass with the level of the beer. Best part of the beer, citrusy fruit aroma with a strong malt presence. One of the better tasting TJ beers, and definitely the best IPA I've had from their labels. Slightly thin body but sharp carbonation and hop bite in the finish compensate. Very nice balance of caramel malt body with strong citrus and pine hop taste. While not an exceptional in anyway, a very nice "standby" beer. Once you consider the price, availability and who makes it, you can pretend to enjoy it even more.

yourefragile, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

$5.99 for a sixer at Trader Joe's, price is right, let's see if the beer is any good.

Pours a bright clear gold color with a decent off white head.

Aromas are pretty nice, hard candies, and some earthy pine like resin notes.

Taste is fairly hoppy, with a nice backdrop of creamy, and somewhat sweet malts. There is also a general hard candy, and light brew tea like flavor as well. Finish is crisp with an earthy hop like note. There is something I can't quite peg though with the flavors, isn't almost as if the hops are a little off. Maybe just a touch too floral for my liking. This is still a pretty tasty beer though.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, with a thick feel to it.

Drinkability is quite good. This is a pleasant surprise, this is a nice IPA, not overly complex, heavy, or strong, but still with good hoppy flavors and a very fair price tag.

flexabull, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Tarmac
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

Not bad, but not superb either. The smell is probably better than the taste. The smell teases you with the potential of a ballsy IPA, but the taste is more sweet, malty, thick, instead of that crisp bitter hop action. Still, for $5.99 at Trader Joe's this is a good bargain and nice to mix up with Sierra Nevada, which I just did. I'm feeling it.

Tarmac, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

Bottle at Trader Joe's - Cincy.

Poured a clear copper color with an average creamy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus, earthy hop and small malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where met and this beer is at a Trader Joes price.

tmoneyba, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of JoshuaJ
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured a clean, dark copper with a decent head. Lacing was pretty good all the way down.

Smelled like an IPA. Citrusy hops with a malt backbone. Nothing really jumps out, though.

Hops hit you up front, but it's not nearly as biting as most American IPA's. The creamy, biscuity malt come in and pretty much linger to the end. It's not as full bodied as other IPA's but it's fairly balanced. The hops and the malt are both a bit weak, like it's watered down. Mouthfeel is alright. Because it's not as biting as other IPA's, it's pretty smooth and goes down easy.

Drinkibility is good, though. It's not heavy and you could easily knock a few back before you realized it.

Notes: All in all, it's not a bad IPA at all. The price is right, and it's a beer that you could give to a buddy who's tired of drinking the same American Adjunct Lagers that take up the majority of the shelf space. A good starter beer.

JoshuaJ, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of kgs
3.8/5  rDev +3%

Saw this for $5.99 at Trader Joe's in Atlanta and thought it was worth a risk.

This is a real value -- an IPA you could serve at a party with no hesitation and yet not feel bad if someone took a couple of sips and wandered away, leaving the bottle on the coffee-table. It's not stupendous, but it's appealing in a straightforward manner, with lots of caramel on the palate and plenty of hops in the nose and on the tongue (hello, I'm an IPA!). It has just enough hops that it would work well with party food, such as cheeses and barbecued wings, without freaking out your cousin Fred who wants to know what all the craft-beer fuss is about.

You aren't going to sit down with this beer and meditate on the history of brewing or wax poetic about its mouthfeel, but so what. It's exponentially better than comparably-priced flavorless beers and could be a good gateway IPA for friends or relatives who have balked at the price of craft beer.

kgs, May 23, 2009
Photo of vurt
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz. bottle purchased at Trader Joe's, and enjoyed in a pint tumbler.

Appearance:
An appealing deep gold with a touch of amber, bright and clear. The thin head of rich-looking off-white foam on top doesn't last long. It coats the inside of the glass when you swirl it, but it doesn't stick.

Smell:
Pretty impressive, really. Plenty of sharp citrus up front, slightly oily like a twist of tangerine peel. There's also a good gust of fresh pine in there, supported by sweet malt.

Taste:
Starts with a one-two punch of sweetness followed by a decent burst of bitter citrus flavors. The mid-palate is malty sweet and bready underneath the ongoing moderate bitterness. There's also some herbal character in there, green and mildly spicy. The beer goes dry at the finish and grapefruit bitterness lingers after the swallow.

Mouthfeel:
The body is medium and slightly sticky, with plenty of carbonation to scrub the palate clean. Just right.

Drinkability:
Overall, this is an uncomplicated, well-balanced, and decently bitter India pale ale. The malt and hop characters are both rather one-dimensional, but this is still a well-made and enjoyable brew. And a great value as well.

vurt, May 23, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%

12oz bottle courtesy of mikeyv35 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden amber with a hefty white head that remains a cap for the duration and leaves some spotty lacing.

The aroma has some sweet citrus with oranges and lemons leading the way in the nose. There is also plenty of sweet pale malts and a hint of floral pine.

The taste is a little more bland than the aroma and has a big pale malt backbone that has a sweetness that is a bit more dominant than the grassy hops I get. The fruity hops are very fleeting in the taste.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and dry and bitter in the finish, though not a big hop bitterness. It's more like a dull metallic bitterness.

This is an average IPA in my book that lacks a bit in the taste department to stand out from the crowd.

gford217, May 23, 2009
Photo of bretseeley
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

I saw this at Trader Joe's for $5.99 per 6-pk and remembered reading on BA that it's essentially brewed by Firestone Walker so had to give it a try.

I knew immediately from the smell that this was going to be pretty good. Doesn't smell at all like an IPA you'd buy at TJ's. The nice color and head agree. Not a tongue-slapping hop bomb by any means, but a fine IPA in my opinion. I imagine people probably score this beer a grade lower solely because they're biased by the label, but don't fall into that trap. Even for major IPA fans, this is a great, drinkable offering that I will definitely buy much more of. In short, don't judge this book by it's cover.

bretseeley, May 23, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%

From a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden orange with a thin head. Offers little retention and some random lacing.

Smell is citrusy sweet. Hops and sweet malts intermingle and are a bit confusing. Surely just the combination is unfamiliar. Well agitated the beer is rather hoppy, yet this profile plays second fiddle overall.

Taste is similar to the nose and slightly sweet. A viscous mouthfeel tells me that the malts and the hop oils are working together. Lots of orange citrus, and the hops are subdued and buried beneath, or perhaps contibuting to the buttery malts. In the end the hops are ruined by the 'simple sugar' sweetness of the beer, which, it seems, is partly an illusion from the cascade hop presence.

Tastes like Union Jack 'Lite', yet better.

HalfFull, May 22, 2009
Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

a: low head over a copper-amber beer

s: very nice tropical fruit hop aroma supported on a nice malt body - a thoughtful blend of pale and caramel, balanced and solid

m: medium carbonation, body on the lighter side

t: falls a little flat here in comparison to the aroma - same characters but a bit on the weak side for my preference, nice tropical hop flavor supported on a pale malt body with touch of caramel, moderate bitterness

d: no problem

blackie, May 16, 2009
Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a golden-amber color, topped by a small, thin ring of bright white head. Aroma of sweet, biscuity malt that is somewhat overshadowed by a strong hop profile redolent of grapefruit.
Palate is a flourish of sweet biscuit malt up front that quickly recedes into a noisy hoppy bitterness. Notes of grapefruit, grass, and a hint of sourness are present. The finish is a lingering bitterness from the hops, but not particularly pleasant.
Body is full and slightly creamy, with just a touch of stickiness. This beer goes down fairly easy, but the hop profile is not particularly well-crafted. The bitterness is strong but noisy - it looks like they have a bit more refining to do with the recipe. Still, for less than five bucks for a 6-pack, it's not a bad deal.

ElGordo, May 12, 2009
Photo of youngblood
3.1/5  rDev -16%

Pours a nice coppery amber. Average head that disappates quickly. Nothing exceptional here so far.
Smells actually pretty nice. Quite piney. Mostly piney, small citrus and very very minimal malt notes.
The taste is pretty one dimensional. Hops. In fact, its a bit out of balance for an IPA. The malt profile should have been kicked up, but all you get is hops and then nothing. Leaves a man a little disappointed. Very weak mouthfeel. Feels more like a light beer than an IPA. Could be very nice on a hot summer day though. Low ABV makes this very drinkable.

For $5.99 a sixer, I won't complain about this.

youngblood, May 08, 2009
Photo of ThePortlander
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a clear orange-gold with about a finger's worth of white head.

The smell was actually pretty decent. The caramel malt comes through. but there are also enough floral, grassy hops to make it interesting. Also, very slight citrus, which I always enjoy.

The smell does not mislead. This is a good, grassy IPA, with a nice malt balance. Like their APA, I would love to taste some additional citrus flavor, and maybe a thicker mouthfeel. But, this is still a good beer, especially for $5.99 a six pack. I'd say a bit better than their APA, indeed.

ThePortlander, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

12oz bottle with no visible freshness dating from a local trader joes. into a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours a clear golden to amber colored body with a finger of bright white head.

S- the nose is mostly hops. lots of citrus, and some floral. there is a small caramel malt backbone that comes through at the end.

T- the taste is alot more balanced than the smell. lots of caramel malt upfront with plenty of citrus hops at the end. loads of grapefruit. no trace of alcohol.

M- crisp, clean, and refreshing. light bodied, almost watery. no trace of alcohol.

D- easy to finish, enjoyable, cheap, and always available. this ones a keeper. ill certainly check this one out again at $1.17/bottle. a hidden gem among the rest of the trader joes label. check this out if you get the chance.

jwinship83, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of bbothen
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%

Pours a clear rust/caramel like color with a small 1 finger deep bubbly white head.

Smells of citrusy hops, sweet caramel maltiness, nice tropical hop aroma.

Sweet maltiness, toasted malt, caramel, subdued tropical & piney hoppiness in finish.

Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated, dry finish.

Anotehr $5.99 sixer I'd buy again. Not out of this world, but a serviceable IPA for when you're looking for quality on the cheap or are having a bunch of people over & have to supply the beer.

bbothen, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of BigBry
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

Picked up six at the San Jose Trader Joe's, price was right at $5.99, recommended by a helpful staffer.
I drank a couple there, and knew it was very good (good enough to send in a trade), finally getting around to a proper review.
12 oz brown bottle, label as pictured.
Clear, copper colored body with a thin, off-white head. The foam slowly dissipates to thin floating cap, thin lace.
Smells of pine with some herbal hops. Caramel and toasted malt also apparent. Lots of hoppy bitterness, pine resin, citrus, grapefruit. Enough bready malt to keep things in balance. Crisp mouthfeel, medium body, dry finish. Nice hoppy aftertaste.
Good drinkability: an all-around good, easy to drink IPA, a nice suprise.

BigBry, Apr 09, 2009
Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.