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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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116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 211
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 18.8%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tapman on 06-15-2010

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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.

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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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a brown color with a two-finger, tan head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled malty and nutty with a mild citrus presence.

T - It tasted nutty and of some roasted caramel malts. It had a mild hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice brown ale. It is certainly a nice value at $1.99 for a bomber.

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

Pecan brown with a healthy infusion of rust orange and borders of bright tangerine. Three fingers of khaki colored foam crested the rim of the glass before settling back and looking good. Lace holds up its end of the bargain as well.

The aroma fits the style guidelines. It smells like this offering will be cocoa-like and nutty with a helping hand from hops, just as it should be. More intensity would be nice. To be fair though, the foam hasn't yet completely melted.

Mission St. Brown Ale is a tweener where the taste score is concerned. It looks like the lower one will be chosen since there isn't as much malt or as much flavor as there could be. Not bad at all, but the best versions have nothing to worry about.

Specifics include lightly toasted brown bread, a sprinkling of cocoa powder, baked nuts and a small amount of tea leaf bitterness. Each mouthful is a search for the knockout punch that never comes. Granted, we're talking 5.7% American brown ale... but still.

The mouthfeel is reflective of the slight malt shortage as well. Very little creaminess is appreciated (even after warming) and the bubbles are both fine and dandy. Neither a standout nor a disappointment.

Mission St. Brown Ale is of the same general level of quality as Mission St. Blonde Ale. Both are brewed by Firestone Walker, which means that their potentials have been maximized to the greatest extent possible. More ingredients would require a higher price... which is always a good trade-off as far as this BA is concerned.

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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.

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

22 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, brown body with some amber-hinted edges and layered with a light tan head.

Smell: Malty mélange of well toasted loaf bread, ground nuts, chocolate powder, caramelized sugars, and a splash of mild coffee. Notably fruity throughout.

Taste: Sweet malts, moderately nutty, toasty and with a solid taste of cocoa powder and lighter touch of burnt sugars. Steadfast fruitiness. Restrained hop character, though it yields some hints of herbs and citrus. Modest bitterness. Smidgen of roastiness. Drying, nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A good, malty, yet well-balanced brown at a good, sensible price. Paired as a nice contrast to the black bean and pumpkin soup I made this evening.

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

Found this at Trader Joes in Portland, ME, never saw it before so I figured I'd give it a try.

Pours a nice sized fizzy head of about 1.5 fingers that fades at a medium pace, light lacing, over crystal clear mahogany rosy brown color.

Nose brings plenty of brownish malts, lightly toasty, some medium crystal malts, light brown sugar, hint of molasses, little caramel, and some light grassy and slightly herbal hops.

Taste starts slightly sweet, with more toasty malts, some medium crystal malts, light caramel, brown sugar, a slight bit watery and thin on the total malt bill, a very slight fruit-ish flavor, little nutty, light grassy and earthy hops, touch of spicy hops I think, and a light roast. Finishes a bit sticky, semi sweet still, crisp and light though.

Mouth is a bit on the lighter side, thinner malt profile, decent carbonation.

Overall decent, nothing special, sessionable, some nice malt flavors but overall a bit thin on the malt bill overall, but I guess when you want all those medium and darker malts but low gravity it's tough to get a decent body. A decent hop addition as well.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A large mouthful of suds and some roast malt. Looks nice in the Duvel tulip, a reddish brown. Fairly sharp in flavor, not exactly rich, and the malt is restrained. A little sweetness on the lips and some pleasant dark caramel and dark barley. A modest bitterness after you sip for a while. Faintest hint of toffee and licorice.

Hey, it's a Brown, reduce expectations, but it's not the common flabby ruddy dishwater. Also quite drinkable, clean flavors, does the job.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fluid oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Dark brown colour.

Sm: Nutty hops and caramel. An aroma of moderate strength.

T: Nuts and caramel. Simplistic. Some roast is present, but not in serious quantities. A bit milky. Simply built and rather imbalanced.

Mf: A bit coarse and wet. Somewhat complementary of the style.

Dr: Pretty drinkable, but a certain malty character after the midpoint limits the quality. The ABV is pretty average, and the price is a bit steep for the quality.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I appreciate tenderbanson69 for sharing this bomber with me -enjoyed chilled in a pint glass.

A deep bronze shade with translucent clarity and thin cap of tan with tight bead and good retention with stringy lace on the glass. The smell has a malty nutty roasted scent with slight bready tinge and light yeast fruitiness.The feel is nicely balanced with toasted texture and moderate carbonation with medium full body and tinge of yeast with slight spice of hops and gentle tanginess with semi-dry finish and balanced malt and hops throughout.

The taste has a dry toast flavor with mild bitterness and subtle breadiness from the yeast with mild dried fruit and hints of herbal hops. As the beer warms slightly you get more of a coffee taste with subtle acidity and more roast which never gets to forward even into the finish which has a light woody essence. Overall I enjoyed this more than I expected as it is very malt forward, yet still has plenty of balance from the hops which I like. The yeast is a nice anchor to the flavor of the slight roastiness and it is very pleasant to drink -I recommend it for the price.

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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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great start to the head; the color is a true, clear brown. Leaves good lace and the head goes down slowly. A superior look.

Dark brown malt aroma with a balancing hop smell.

Thin bodied is the first impression of my first sip. More hoppy than most Browns, but it is a pleasant combination. Long aftertaste of dry crystal malts. No sweetness at all.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a deep brown with one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of roasted malts, nuts, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, and some nuts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent brown ale. Nothing really jumped out about it but it was enjoyable none the less. Would try again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served Lightly Chilled (mid 50s degrees F / ~ 13°C; Sampled June 2010
A solid pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, amber tinged, full tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown color with red notes to it around the edges. When held up to the light it shows a brilliantly clear, dark cranberry color. The aroma smells of a nice mix of toasted malt, bright fruit notes and touches of caramelized malts. The fruit character produces berry like aromatics that reminds me of a mix of cranberries, currants and perhaps a hint of orange zest; these aromas seem to come from a mix of hop character and ale fermentation character, but are fairly light overall, i.e. I would not describe this as a hoppy Brown Ale. The malt plays the more dominant role here with a chewy, though dry seeming, light roast / ample toasted grain character

A firm bitterness couples with a light malt sweetness that has a full caramelized malt character as well as some browned / lightly roasted malt flavors and bitterness. The beer is quite light bodied and quaffable, though it does have some residual malt body that makes this just chewy enough. There is a touch of herbal hop character that contributes a touch of menthol and some pine, but there is actually more fruity hop character here than I was expecting, despite my noticing it in the aroma; flavors of orange zest, citrus oil, a touch of tangelo as well as some smooth lychee like hop flavors and even some peach like flavors are all noticeable. The caramelized malt character that is typical of the style, when combined with the hop notes, brings out flavors of currants and berries. There is really just enough malt sweetness here to accentuate the fruit flavors, but not so much that this beer isn't able to finish dry and drinkable. As the beer warms and my palate adjusts the malt character becomes more dominant and nicely nutty.

The malt and the hops end up being quite balanced in there contributions here. This will obviously get more malt oriented as it ages, but I like the hop character (especially the fruity notes) that this has right now; it nicely compliments the toasted malt and helps to balance the caramelized malt character. This beer is quite clean tasting with no real noticeable off flavors; I like that the malt character isn't muddled or overly harsh (which can happen in some roast influenced beers). I also like that the nose is a touch more malt focused, while the flavor is a touch more hop focused, it keeps things interesting somehow. This is definitely very enjoyable and the 22oz serving size is perfect for a nice session.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours brown with a medium white head. Solid retention, no lace.

S: Hazelnuts, sweet bready malt, light toffee.

T: Brown malt, nutty for sure. Very much to style but not much else. Bready, very light acidity.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, a tad astringent, not the cleanest flavour.

O: At $2 a bomber, I'm happy. This is not going to blow anyone away. It's an average brown ale.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has tones of molasses and cloves. It pours a clear chocolate brown with a decent light tan head. Flavor has a malty core and hints of caramel and cloves. Texture is smooth, average bodied and minimally fizzy. Not great, but give it a try.

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Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good brown ale, nutty, malty and smooth. I rather like this beer and am tempted to push my scores up even higher. This beer pours a nice ruby color with a creamy, ecru head. Transparent. The aroma is molasses, caramel, nutty malt, mild prunes, cocoa and a faint citrus hop note. The flavor is nutty and moderately sweet, quite appropriate for the style, in my opinion. The mouthfeel is quite creamy, nearing oatmeal stout territory. For my money, Firestone nailed these two new Mission St. beers. These bottles are excellent values for good, fresh hefe and good, malty brown ale.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dear whomever sent me this extra, please let me know so I can give credit where it's due!

Poured a nicely clear, dark, amber brown with a short lived off-white head that diminished quickly to a thin cap. Strands of lace here and there. A very well balanced aroma that offers a healthy dose of malt, caramel, a hint of cocoa, and cinnamon. Light and floral hops, maybe a touch of grass. The flavor is a little heavy with the "cinnamon and spice". Molasses is certainly there and actually subdues the other nuances the beer has to offer. Not sure why or how this "molasses cookie" flavor is so pronounced, but although it is enjoyable, it's taking away from what this beer has to offer. Carbonation is well done, not too fizzy and not too "cask-like". Mildly dry finish could use a body boost. But otherwise, a good sessionable beer that I would have again.

Thank you, whoever you are who sent me this!

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Photo of Reidrover
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from Trader Joes in S.Salem, $1.99 Pretty looking ale..chesnut brown with a gorgeous creamy,thick tan head. Very subdued aroma on this one..some faint cocoa,,pecan and a bit grassy hop Taste is again cocoa, chocolate milk, toasted nuts and a trouch of graassy hop in the end. Ok on the palate..nothing out of the ordinar for a brown ale. Overall slightly dissapointed..dont get me wrong its OK, but only that.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.49/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought at Trader Joes

A: Deep, rich amber color with about a 1/2 inch of cream colored head.

S: Really, there's just nothing here. Some malts, maybe. This beer smells like nothing.

T: Pretty much follows the smell. Not a lot going on. Dark malts and a bit of caramel sweetness, but other than that, nada. I will not be buying this again. If you're choosing between the brown and the hef at Trader Joes, go for the hef.

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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.

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

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear brown color with a beige head that left plenty of lacing.

S - nutty brown ale aroma.

T - kind of nutty with a light roasted malt taste.

F - light/medium bodied with a thin feel.

O - for $2 a bomber it's a bargain brown ale.

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

This might be a bargain, $1.99 for a bomber?

Pours a clear and bright dark brown color with a decent white head.

Aromas are of light cocoa, toast, spices, and mineral hops.

Taste is bready, with some toast, creamy malts, hints of cocoa, and an odd spice note. Finish is a little dull, with some hints of mineral hops.

Mouthfeel starts out full, but it fades a bit.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a decent brown ale, the price is right, but in my opinion this is really nothing special.

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Mission St. Brown Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.