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Mission St. Brown Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Brown AleMission St. Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tapman on 06-15-2010

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Ratings: 200 | Reviews: 115
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.48 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: 24-oz. plastic tumbler
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: April 3, 2015
Consumed: April 3, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Feb. 9, 2015 at 8:42 a.m.

Poured a very dark brown murky color with almost four fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. Lots of layered foamy lacing on the sides. Good, thick retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled nutty foam, caramel, light toffee and some candied brown sugar. I think the plastic tumbler is hurting the nose here. (Smell - 3.38)

Tasted a bit better than the nose and slightly more bitter. Got bitter nutty malts, faint roasty malts, caramel, light sugary toffee and plain old barley. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Slightly bitter, abrupt finish. Probably had this a bit too cold. (Feel - 3.50)

This was just an OK brown ale, although I must say I didn’t have it under the ideal circumstances and/or drinking glass. But for $1.99, I will certainly try it again. (Overall - 3.50)

3.48 | 79 | B-

Photo of billyweather
4.29/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So pleased this is back in stock at Trader Joe's. What a stupendous deal at two bucks. My go to brown ale. The Anniversary blend version is even better. My eyes will stay peeled for that.

Photo of Geoffq
4.49/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Trader Joe's just got this back in stock Missed it a good ale good price a nighttime beer

Photo of RJLarse
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

I bought a bomber of Mission Street Brown Ale in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a garnet red color, clear with a creamy beige head.

Smell is sweet as candy, caramel and toffee.

Taste is very good, a sweet malt flavor with mild bitterness.

A creamy smooth mouthfeel.

Over all a very good brown ale.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Medium to dark brown - quite dark but nearly clear. One finger's worth of tan head atop medium visible carbonation.

S: Sweet toasted malts, brown malts, mild resinous hops, a bit nutty, and a touch of chocolate.

T: Toasted malts with a hint of chocolate character. Mild resin hop flavor and a moderate hop bitterness at the swallow.

M: Medium to light-bodied, low alcohol presence, and medium carbonation sensation.

O: A solid, drinkable brown ale - but nothing memorable, nor anything I'd seek out.

Photo of Dsimenson
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz champaign flute. It has a lovely 2-3 cm tan head which settles down to nice lacing. The color is a lovely medium brown that shows some ruby color when held up to intense light. The aroma is rich and beautiful--malt, ripe fruit, and some hops. The first sip was amazing and blew me away--the flavor is a rich, complex blend of nutty maltiness, balanced hops, a bit of mocha, and some figs. Drinking this at room temperature (68 degrees in the winter) really opens up the rich aroma and flavor. The aftertaste is a delightful mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium thick and creamy. Overall this is an outstanding brown ale--I was really pleased and surprised by it.

Photo of Emnmarko
2.67/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A- looks like a black coffee during a red sunset. A nice creamy tan head.

S- Cocoa, brown sugar, coffee, mild roasted malts. A little bitterness behind that. Although a bit airy.

T- Starts with a modest malty roasted chocolate mocha, has a minor hop addition but it doesn't revive this beer much. The flavor in this one starts week and finishes flat on its face.

M- Way too watery for a brown ale. Not enjoyable.

O- Well that was unfortunate. Not too many good things to say about this one.

Photo of Spikester
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown with some ruby highlights. Tall light tan head that lasts and puts rings of lace as the head drops.
Smell is rich malts with a hint of mocha.
Taste is roasted malts a bit of mocha and some earthy bitterness from the hops.
Mouthfeel feels thin at first then feels closer to medium bodied. Carbonation is just enough. Finish is a bit sweet initially with a longer lasting medium dry bitter finish.
Overall a good example of the style. Perhaps a bit big for the style which I enjoyed.

Photo of jimmah120
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, only a month old

Look is a dark cola color, mocha head, no sediment. Smell is dry leaves, English hops. Taste has hazelnut and subtle roast, finishing with a touch of hops. Feel is medium, slightly sticky, some cloying sweetness.

Good brown for the price.

Photo of itsiilegal
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6/26. Served in Pint glass.

A: Quite Red appearance with a little brown copper. Head retention is nice, forms creamy 1/2 inch thick head if poured properly. The head dissipates to leave a mm of head and very thin lacing. On par head retention for style, but slightly larger bubbles, probably "larger" carbonation too.

A: Somewhat disappointing. Faint hazelnuts and brown sugar. Not much of a cream smell (which I would have liked)

T: Very mellow Brown Ale. Very pleasant roastiness upfront. Opens up a bit to give you some nuttiness and very faint caramel. Bitterness is mild, which is appreciated. Leaves nice nutty after taste with a barely detectable metallic taste.

O: Feels like a West Coast (Firestone Walked made) interpretation of an English-Style Brown. Another percent and a half of ABV would have helped the lack of body and sweetness of this beer. Very impressive 22oz brew for $1.99 @ Trader Joe's. Would buy again, but not my favorite style of beer. Misson Street line of beers offers great taste at great price.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish brown in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose; hints of caramel also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste very much follows the smell and also has subtle hints of roasted malts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems a little too light for the style and could use a little malts to make it medium-bodied on the mouthfeel.

Photo of FairyFunBoy
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Clean dark reddish brown
S- Sweet chocolate malt, roasted grain.
T- Standard brown. Too light tasting for a brown. I do pick up on the chocolate undertones and roasted grains, unfortunately just not enough. Needs more complexity in the malts and perhaps a larger more pronounced addition in the hops.
M- Light malt, too "liquid" with not enough texture
O- Run of the mill, average brown ale. I would buy again for the price, but it wont knock your socks off.

Photo of Minkybut
4.27/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was the color of coca-cola and poured a colored big bubble head. The beer smelled like nougat. It had a rich wonderful taste that was a little sweet but not too bad. It was like a liquid candybar. I will buy again.

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.89/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured at room temp in hotel glass (bought at Trader Joe's)

A: not lively carbonation; thin head, dissipating quickly;
S: caramel, toasted malt--quite pleasant and inviting
T: slightly watery version of a standard brown ale; nutty approach to classic toasted malt; hops give it a grapefruit rind quality

Overall, not bad, esp. as a table beer, but not outstanding

Photo of Kendo
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe I paid just $2.29 for the bomber at Trader Joe's in Colonie. Consumed on 8/29/12.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is mahogany-chestnut in color with a 1-finger tannish/khaki head with solid staying power. A little bit of lace clings to the glass.

S: Good nose for an American Brown Ale - some nuttiness and plenty of sweet malt. Touch of toasty cereal grains as well.

T: Good, but not very good. Loses points here for being a bit thin, watery and weak. Brown Ale-type flavors are there, however: a bit of caramel malt, toasted bread and some far-off nuttiness (think hazelnut). It's just that nothing is strong enough to stand up and make a difference or impress. It's good, but given the appearance and nose, I was hoping for better.

M: As noted above, the mouthfeel is a bit thin and weak. Carbonation is modest but there - that portion of the feel is sufficient. But the overall heft and depth is lacking. Call is light in heft.

O: For the price, this is solid stuff. But it's leaving me wanting SN Tumbler or another, better, more full-flavored, malty Brown Ale. Buy this for someone you know who thinks Newcastle is great; it's light like the Brown Dog, but without that cloyingly corn-syrupy sweetness and with a better nose. In other words, kind of like an American Brown Ale with training wheels.

Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hated 22oz bottle poured into 10oz nonic. Poured a clean, clear medium brown color with an inch and a half of tan head that had good retention and no lacing.

The aroma was the typical sweet malty scent with just a hint of biscuit and no significant hopping. The flavors were basically the same with perhaps just a bit of roast floating around towards the back.

The body was just a bit thinner than typical for the style, but not annoyingly so. Drinkability was nice and easy, the beer disappeared quickly. Overall, an OK example, and as per usual with TJs house bbers a decent value. Worth a quick pick up.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not surprisingly, brown in color with a khaki head. Starts off with a mild toast on the aroma, maybe a bit of roast as well. Plenty of sweet toffee and a mild caramel note. The flavor has a subtle hoppiness which is nice and works well with the toasted and caramel flavors of the beer. Mildly roasty with a hint of coffee and chocolate.

Photo of t420o
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mission st brown ale from trader joes

A- pour produces a 1 finger tan/light mocha head that rests atop a brown (not a very dark brown) body with some ruby hues. Leaves spotty lacing behind 3.5 

S- chocolate (both dark and milk) caramel, roasted coffee, an earthiness, 3.5

T- good balance or roasted chocolate malt taste, caramel, molasses, brown sugar. Not very bold though. Slightly watered down tasting but good nonetheless 3.5

M- good cabonation. Lighter bodybthan i'd like 3.5

O- for the price of $1.99 at trader joes for a 22 oz I feel this is a steal. Better than a good amount of browns at double the price. Good drinkability and a good beer. 3.5

B

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/25/12.

Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasty and slightly roasty malt along with some toasted nut aromas. Taste is exactly the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale and for $1.99 a bomber it's a pretty great deal.

Photo of BostonHops
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a SA 'perfect pint' glass.

pours a translucent mahogany, almost cola brown while yielding a 1" creamy/frothy beige head. subpar retention and patchy lacing but otherwise a decent looking brown. mediocre nose: some toasted malt and nutty notes but overall very subtle.

taste is an improvement, albeit a small one. primarily toasty/nutty, but unlike the aroma there's more boldness of flavor. not a heck of a lot going on but it's not terrible either. mouthfeel is ok, medium-light and a little thin; average carbonation.

overall this one's a drinkable if decidedly uninspiring brown. literally a couple bucks for the bomber, so for that price it's worth picking up.

(originally reviewed: 06-23-2011)

Photo of TriggerFingers
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my wife's favorites! Its a good effort from MS (brewed through Firestone Walker in Paso Robles).

The 22oz Bombers are a great value for an American Brown at TJ's! You actually can do a lot worse at that store, so do yourself a favor and get a bomber.

Its brown, slightly hoppy, and utterly delicious! Is it the best American Brown I have ever had? NO!

But for the QPR, (sportscrazed2 said it best) you won't find better in this format-- that is the truth!

Drink fresh, drink often!

Photo of BobZ
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Medium brown in color. Builds a nice 2” head that sticks around, nice lacing.

Smell: Metallic, first and foremost (copper penny), overwhelms any other aromas beneath it, maybe some roasted malt but hard to tell.

Taste: Better than the smell, not unpleasant, but rather bland, slight chocolate flavor with a roasted malt bitterness (more than any hop bitterness) on the finish. Not a whole lot going on with this one.

Mouthfeel: Thin but relatively smooth.

Overall: Just a below average and unremarkable example of a brown ale. The smell is so off-putting that it ruins any chance of this beer rising above average.

Photo of Bockrules
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

A - Pours a transparent dark brown with orange highlights. An occasional bubbles rises here and there to the creamy, off-white, two finger head. The head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind an "H" pattern of lacing with intricate webs near the top, just a faint line down the middle, and a huge wall at the bottom.

S - A nice smell of coco, crystal malt and earthy hops.

T - A bit of bitter coco upfront. The body is rather bland with an acceptable balance of crystal malt and earthy hops. A bit of bitter chocolate flavor hangs around to keep things from becoming terribly bland. A bit of earthy hops roll in smoothly as the beer roles over the back of the tongue followed by a bitter, dark chocolate finish.

M - On the weaker side of medium bodied with a fair amount of peppy carbonation. A richer and creamier body would take this beer to the next level.

This beer follows the typical Mission St trend of being a near textbook example of the style without anything unique to make it memorable. That being said, their brown is definitively one of their better beers. Great looking, simple, highly drinkable, and relatively cheap make it tempting to kick back and relax with a bomber (or two) of this brew.

Photo of sportscrazed2
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Honestly wasn't expecting much after trying the Trader Joes Vintage Ale. For the price of the bomber it's pretty hard to complain about this beer. Taste is somewhat coffeeish with a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery and astringent. Honestly can't detect much on the nose maybe pine trees and citrus is the closest description I can come up with. Overall for $2 a bomber you aren't going to get anything better.

Photo of ruckus232
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Light brown or really dark red clear with a large amount of tan head.

Smell: Toasted malty sweet smell

Taste: Sweet malty flavor with a slight roasted bitterness. Finishes off nicely with only slight hints of both of these as the aftertaste.

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Mission St. Brown Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.