Mission St. Brown Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Brown AleMission St. Brown Ale

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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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Reviews by ely2000k:
Photo of ely2000k
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Good head. Dark amber to brown in color. Way better appearance then I expected, a good surprise. Has pretty decent head retention and some lacing, not much but enough.

S- Caramel smelling, sweet odor. Mild, nutty, and slight hoppy smell.

T- A bit creamy, which is nice, but the taste is a bit bland, and finishes somewhat watery.

M- Feels a little acidic to me for what it is, and a bit dry. Carbonation is okay. Feel like it should be a little less watery.

O- It's okay... nothing great, but not terrible either. I think it's appearance is a good surprise, and I wish it tasted as good as it looked.

More User Reviews:
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 amidabha
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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 jondeelee
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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 +11.7%
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 -7.1%
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 augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

3.23/5  rDev -8%
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 PeprSprYoFace
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +16.8%
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 HalfFull
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +13.7%
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 -19.1%
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 +3.4%
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%
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 bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, bought for $1.99 at Trader Joe's. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark brown color with some reddish tints, along with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is roasted malt, nuts, chocolate and some toffee. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, but there's also some leafy hops noticable that I don't think mesh well with the other flavors of this brew. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little sticky but thin at the same time. Moderate carbonation. Not a bad overall brew, for a $1.99 it's a pretty good deal. I think it's worth trying.

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 Erish
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this bottle into a nonic pint glass. No freshness date.

A: clear ruby-brown color, two-finger tan head falls into a decent cap with average lacing.

S: bread--like malt, a bit of earthiness, a bit of dried fruit, a bit of vanilla.

T: tastes like it smells, with a nice vanilla/woody note in the middle, and there is a tiny bit of grassy/earthy hop finish. Tasty enough, but overall a "meh."

M: medium-bodied, lightly silky texture, moderate carbonation.

D: a decent enough beer, and a good value, but not too exciting.

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 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 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 Brent
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to get terribly excited about a brown ale if it stays true to style- a workhorse sort of beer. This is quite pleasant - moderate, slightly nutty, roasted malt. Goes a little tart toward the end, but finishes clean. A hunk of brown bread, some sharp cheddar cheese and this beer would be a nice pairing.

Photo of wowbagger
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby-red to brown in hue, almost purple in the light, very inviting. Has a decent head with a little staying power but not a lot.

Deep chocolaty notes, with a fair bit of hop and some bite at the end. Honestly, it tastes more like a stout than a brown ale to me. It's a bit dry, but otherwise very satisfying.

In all fairness, I'm not much of a brown ale fan, but this one surprised me. It's richer than I'd expected, good but not the sort of beer I'd want to drink all night. It's probably the sort of thing I'd recommend to try and to enjoy with a steak, or maybe as a one-off after work at the pub.

Photo of Kromes
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear brown color with ruby edges and a thin tan colored head.

S: A nice toasted malt aroma with some herbal hop.

T: Same as the aroma, there is a nutty, toasted, caramel malt flavor with a hop kick and it finishes with sweet coffee and chocolate notes. Maybe a little too sweet. There are also some bitter, astringent off flavors.

M: I thought the feel was on the medium-heavy side. Which suited it well.

O: It's an average brown ale for me. I like the hop flavor, but it seemed a little out of place. And the sweetness is a bit high.

Photo of Misfit138
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass

A- Nice clear brown ale with soapy head

S- Caramel malt with hints of pecan and fruit

T- Similar to the smell with caramel malts with hints of nuts, and some fruit, but their is a dark chocolate bitterness at the finish

M- Medium bodied with fair carbonation

O- Decent beer, great value. $2 for a bomber at Trader Joe's. The beer has more chocolate hints than most brown ales, which does make it unique. Worth picking up once in a while if you go to TJ

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