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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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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14%
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: 198 | Reviews: 114
Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.89/5  rDev -17.4%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of amidabha
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured with a minimal amount of head that quickly dissipated with barely any lacing retention. it has a light amber brown appearance that is clean and refreshing. the smell is pretty sweet with a good amount of crystal malt.

the taste matches the smell for the most part and it feels slightly sticky on the tongue. overall this is a bit bland and the flavors and smells don't seem to linger long enough for my taste.

but...at $2.29 a bomber i can see myself drinking a few more dozen of these before autumn is over. thanks trader joes

Photo of marchnlv
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of jondeelee
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a bomber of Mission St. Brown Ale from Trader Joe's a few weeks back for, if I remember correctly, around $3.50. At that price, and with a 5.7% ABV, I figured I couldn't go terribly wrong. On opening the bottle, I was unsurprised to find a rather light aroma, but still detected good hints of yeasty brown breads and toasted grains, as well as subtle coffee and chocolate notes.

On the tongue, the beer has an immediate and nice cream-and-light-coffee taste, accompanied by hints of freshly-baked wheat bread, and subtle flavorings of milk chocolate and toasted nuts. The flavors are quite light, and tend to pass away quickly, leaving little aftertaste. Still, the ones that are present are, for the short time they last, well-balanced and delicious. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, while it is true that you get what you pay for with a bomber of this price, I think that the casual beer drinker will find this an excellent value; it's certainly a far better option than a Bud Light.

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Trader Joes/ $1.99 for a 22 oz bottle. Served in standard pint glass

Opaque brownish/black. Clear?

Highly drinkable, smooth but flavorful. Nice toasted malt aroma and flavor. Not hoppy or bold or particularly interesting, but given high score since this is a very fine brown ale.

Tasted good both cold and at about 60F.

Photo of richkrull
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Trader Joes.

Poured a very dark brownish color with very little head. Smells very much of caramel malt. Tastes like caramel as well with a bitter finish. Very smooth beer with a light body. Good tasting although nothing too special. This is a very drinkable beer especially for the price.

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear maroon body with a solid finger of dense beige steamed cream forms a nice cap which paints the sides with sticky folds of lacing. Superior retention.

Roasted nuts, pale malt, and dusty clothing aromas. Perhaps a low level of diacetyl in the nose as well.

Light roast malt, cheap scalded black coffee, and faintly tart on the palate. Mild hops contribute subtle flavor and bitterness. Nutty (pecans?), leathery finish. A little chocolate malt comes through as it warms.

Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and mild astringency.

A satisfying beer brewed in the style of a Northern English Brown; a great value and a superior alternative to the usual suspects in this category (e.g. Newcastle). I would rate this somewhat lower as an American Brown, but I think that is a mis-categorization.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev 0%

3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle to pint glass.

A: A deep amber/ brown in color. Off white head with low retention. Thin nose thought the beer. Reddish hue in the light. Light lacing on the glass.

S: Light on the aroma. Slight coffee hints. Malt presents is shown, roasted malts.

T: Bold start, with a subtle hint of spice. Ending with a smooth and roasted taste. Malts really come through. Not an over powering taste. But does have a nice caramel finish. Light carbonation.

M: Dry, brown typical taste. Nothing special in regards to lingering taste or mouthfeel.

D: Good price. Nice and easy drinking brown. Not too heavy, but not too overly light. A good balance. Flavors all a little light, with this more calls are needed back to the glass.

Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of barongearmu
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with red hues. Thin tan head. No lacing.

Aroma of malty toasty sugars. Nothin else really.

Taste is ok. Solid brown. Slightly sweet with a resinous bite in the finish. It's tasty.

Mouthfeel is good. Good carb.

Overall there is not much to be said about this beer. It's a pretty good brown but nothin special. I would have it again if someone brought one over but I don't know if I would buy it when there are so many awesome beers avaliableto me.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has a nice caramel and molasses sweetness upfront, along with some minerals, a floral hoppiness, tobacco, burnt bread, dark fruits and a little alcohol. The flavor has some burnt bread upfront, along with caramel and molasses, dark fruits, minerals, floral hops, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is excellent. A tasty and drinkable brown ale, another winner from Mission St.

Photo of Gidyup
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of HalfFull
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass, this beer pours a clear reddish amber in color with a thin off white cap. Cap offers light retention and thins to a light ring. Rather light in color on the pour.

Nose of roasted or even charred malts with a bit of raw ground nuts. Hop character is subdued. Opens to offer a bit of sweet caramel and a somewhat expanding sweet earthy hop aroma. Light overall but pleasant.

Touch of caramel sweetness up front surrenders quickly to a dry and nutty finish. Somewhat thin in body initially but becomes fuller with a bit of warming yet remains light. Offers a bit of smoked character throughout and a touch of cocoa spice on the finish.

Easy drinking brown that seems a bit too low in carbonation as for my bottle, yielding short retention and a thin body. Will try again as others note better carbonation.

Photo of BigIrishman
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber (seriously amber if held to the light) with a tan-ish big fluffy head that leaves a bit of soapy lace around the glass.

Smell: Caramel and slight hints of toffee/fruity chocolate and maybe even hints of oats. The vanilla flavors and a slightly pecan flavoring start coming through as it warms.

Taste: Starts with a big bunch of caramel. Ass your tongue cuts underneath there is definitely a pecan pie flavor going on (the caramel-toffee-nutty flavor). The flavor stays strong throughout unlike many thin brown ales and the brew finishes sweet and nutty.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slick with a medium body.

Drinkability: I'm definitely into this one, it's a great easy drinker and matches perfect with a burger or some other grilled meat. The price is pretty decent, I just wished they'd have this in a 6 pack. Quality (not mind blowing) brown.

Photo of negroobserver
2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Filtered. Clear dark brown liquid with a cream colored head of about 1 and 1/2 inches. Color is deep dark brown color with orange and red tones in direct sunlight.

S: Roasted malts. Light caramel sweetness. Light hint of alcohol. No sign of hops.

Roasted malts. Light presence of hops.
Mild Bitter Finish.
Light aftertaste of Coffee/Chocolate.

M: A little watery. Good Carbonation.

D: It's not the most enjoyable beer, but it's not terrible either. I could have another, but I'm not very big on brown ales.


Photo of scootny
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bomber of quality craft brew for three bucks and "TJ's", wow! Great looking head and retention. A very clear light cola brown with a almond shell colored head. Lots of lace all the way down. Smell is roasted malt and a nice English style fruitiness. A caramel sweet bready core. A toasted nut component as well. Hops bring the American part of the quotient with a combination of florals and earth that balance and bitter the brew nicely. There is a touch of coffee bitterness as well. Taste follows suit with a mild malt sweetness and toasted grains and nuts. Some light cocoa and coffee with a tea leaf bitterness leaves a nice dryness in the finish. A light lingering kiss of hop oiliness and cocoa and bread. Feel is light and crisp with mild effervescence Not quite as full as I would like but not bad at all. Quenching with a nice satisfying touch. A nice beer with very good value

Photo of jamex
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 at Trader Joe's. Poured into a Weizen glass. Apparently brewed by Firestone Walker.

Looks good; pours a nice mahogany with a decent, lasting head. Smells interesting with malt, hops, toffee and leather.

A very drinkable brown; nice carbonation. Not over-the-top but enough to make it substantial enough for a pleasant quaff.

I wish the label was more pro - looks cheap.

Photo of dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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Mission St. Brown Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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