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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368 Ratings
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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: aforbes10 on 12-28-2008

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Photo of JoshuaCain
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle is dated 11/18/08
pours a golden amber with a fairly meager head. moderate lacing.
aroma is a nice pine-y fresh spring breeze. very clean and crisp.
taste is nice, if not understated. a very mild flavor, with pine and grass notes up front with a little citrus on the finish, low bitterness. definitely not the tongue scorching IPA that seems so prevalent these days.
medium body with mild carbonation, easy to drink.
the price is also low, which gives it higher marks in general.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer of this at the local Trader Joe's. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear, copper body with very thin, sticky, off-white head on top. The head dissipates to a mere halo after about thirty seconds. Light lacing.

Smell: Tart orange and pine with some herbal notes. Caramel and toasted bread as well. Classic cascade hop aroma reminds me of SNPA.

Taste: Bitterness kicks in immediately, fades momentarily, and then returns in the aftertaste. Resiny herbal hops, caramel malt, and pine are most predominant, with orange zest, toasted bread, and grapefruit sprinkled throughout. Pretty standard IPA with nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Resiny with crisp carbonation. Active, dry, and medium-light in body. Finishes dry and leaves a bitter film in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is an okay IPA. I was hoping for a bit more since it's contract brewed by Firestone, but oh well. Better than the standard IPA, but not by a lot. Kinda boring. Meh.

Photo of busterwhite
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden/amber color with a 1 finger head and left some decent lacing on the glass.

Smells sweet with a little grassy, herbal tone.

Earthy and herbal upfront followed by a fairly sweet malt taste and a slightly bitter finish. Flowery (rose?) aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall a decent beer at a good price point.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of MiScusi
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 2/13/09, so about a month old.

A- Really clear orange. Nice fluffy white head that dissipates fairly fast, good lacing.

S- Not a whole lot comes through in the aroma. Some faint citrusy hops and caramel malt.

T- A nice maltiness to it. Some juicy hops in there, though fairly subdued. This tastes like a good pale ale, though nowhere near the quality of the standard palate wrecking IPA's we know and love. Finishes with a toasty maltiness. The bitterness is really clean, and pretty mild. It's really a less bitter Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

M- Nice body for an IPA, light still, carbonated well.

D- Good beer when not in the mood for something too abrasive. But it'll be pretty dull if you're expecting a huge flavored IPA.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up a single of all the traders beers last week an decided to open this one up today. served cold and in a pint glass for lunch.

decent look with a medium amber and a decent head of white capping the top which hung around for a little while. aroma is light, muted citrus hops, touches of bready and sweet malts, touches of buttery notes and a decent rounded profile. medium feel with a light carbonation that led to a small but decent dry finish.

overall a decent ipa, nothing to buy again, but nothing terrible either.

Photo of plaid75
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tronester
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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 TheMarkE
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good beer, great value. One of Trader Joe’s private label beers, this IPA was produced by local favorite Firestone Walker under the alias Steinhaus Brewing. It’s a solid brew, with all of the hoppiness you expect. It’s no Pliny, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Photo of gford217
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

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.

Photo of CRichardsMN
3.46/5  rDev -6%
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!

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude.

A: Pours a clean, translucent copper color with a creamy two-finger off-white head that fades away rather quickly.

S: Strong floral and citric hops with a bit of bready malt in the background.

T: Floral and citric hops all the way through from start to finish on this one. Not much in the way of balance, so it's a bit too aggressive, but there's some good hop flavor to this.

M: Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and a slight bit of dryness on the finish.

D: This beer is abrasively hoppy, but for the price (so long as you have access to Trader Joe's), it's not half bad.

Photo of xhcadamx
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - copper with hints of red with a small head and minimal lacing

S - Pleasant bouquet of floral and citrus hops and a small amount of pine

T - Floral and citrus hops and a balanced amount of bitterness. All the flavors of great IPA just turned down a little bit

M - thin for an IPA

D - Pretty high because it's not super chewy and the hops dont kick you in the face.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale amber with a foamy 2 inch off-white head that settles to a small cap. Thick chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and citrus zest and floral hop aromas. Taste is of caramel malt, grapefruit, and citrus zest. A medium bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but nothing too memorable. It's cheap enough though for $1 a bottle at Trader Joe's.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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...

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with lots of giant particles and a two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes and left a nice film. Okay lacing.

S: Caramel malt with pine and citrus hops.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and solid bitterness. Pine and citrus hops. Sort of flat flavor with a touch of alcohol.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Not a bad IPA. There were a bit too many particles for my taste, and the taste was kind of flat to me.

Photo of industrialswill
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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".

Photo of Nugganooch
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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 elNopalero
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an understated brew that I find is a good value for its price.

It pours a toasted golden straw in color with a nice topping of foam.

There’s a pleasing, though muted, hop aroma. More on the citrus side with some cut grass.

Hops on the palate are piney and grassy, with some bitterness, but the flavor drops rapidly. It’s not bad but it doesn’t wow like their pale ale.

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

12oz bottle from a 6-pk purchased for $5.99 at –you guessed it – Trader Joe’s on Spokane’s South Hill. No freshness date on the bottle, which identifies the brewer as the “Steinhaus Brewing Co.” I believe it was actually contract brewed by Firestone Walker.

Poured a very clear dark amber color, with an off-white head that didn’t hang around to long but left a decent amount of lace on the sides of my glass.

Grapefruity in the nose, along with some pine notes. There’s also a somewhat substantial malt backbone.

The taste starts off with a citrusy hop blast, backed up by some pine-sappy notes. The finish, while containing some malt backbone, ends with a pleasant dryness.

Medium bodied, with a slightly resinous mouthfeel.

All in all, not bad for a budget IPA. It’s not something I would drive out of my way for, but if I want some IPAs in my fridge and don’t want to spend a lot of money, it’s nice knowing this is out there for me to pick up.

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

Pours a clear copper with a half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving lines of lacing.

Caramel malt, toasted bread, dank hops, tart citrus, and resin form the aroma. Fairly catty, with notes of onion as it warms.

Sweet caramel malt dominates the flavor throughout. There's a dank hop character throughout, but it's overwhelmed by sweetness. Muted grapefruit and floral hops carry into a slightly bitter finish. Dank hops are also present.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and an astringent finish.

Sweeter than I hoped. Hop character is overwhelmed somewhat. Though there's at least some slightly interesting flavoring hop presence.

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.

Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.