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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: 210
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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: 116 | Hads: 210
Photo of ruckus232
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Brown ale from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The ale pours a clear brown color, produced a tan head, nice retention and nice lacing left behind. The aroma consists of toasted malt, nuts, chocolate and coffee. The taste of the ale is medium in body, features a base of sweet malt, nuts, and chocolate. Light finish of earthy hops and a slight dry finish. Prost!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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 BeerKangaroo
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown colored body with a tan fluffy head that settles in fairly quickly, leaves a good amount of lacing

S: malty bringing in a very light coffee, and a dark barley

T: roasty kind of coffee with a bit of earthy nuttiness

M: medium, fairly sessionable, nutty aftertaste and sticky finish

O: good for the style and good for me

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Photo of Tschnab
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark reddish brown color with a tan fluffy head that settles in at about 1 and a half fingers.

S- a malty aroma that is accompanied by very light coffee, dark barley, bitter chocolate, biscuits.

t- at first this a kind of thin, watery, and that makes you think it will taste bland. But than some roasty coffee, earthy nuttiness, and semi-sweet chocolate actually makes this a great tasting beer. More body would add a richness that would send this beer over the top.

o- for the price this beer is ridiculously good. I paid $2 for the bomber. As I said, the watery and thin mouthfeel holds it back, still it provides bang for the buck.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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 scootny
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a brown coffee color with a slight reddish haze. An almost 2" head of tan foam comes after the pour with some good lacing.

S - Some leather and tobacco with some very small hints of dark fruits or maybe even dates. Also a good nutty malty aroma.

T - Good malt character but very light in body. Almost as if its watered down. Some bitterness in there as well but not much else.

M - Again its a bit bitter and light on the body. Nothing too exciting.

O - Decent. I don't really have much else to say.

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Photo of AwYeh
2.07/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle poured into tulip, bottled 8/25/11.

A: Pours a dark but clear chocolate brown and ever so slightly red color, with a finger of fine, light tan head. Some retention and lacing. Resembles soda, maybe root beer. More discouragingly, moves like soda too.

S: Sweet and heavy malty smell, pretty standard brown ale stuff. Some chocolate and caramel, a decent dose of nuttiness, and a faint mustiness (which unfortunately drops this to just below average).

T: Muted flavors compared to the much more potent aroma. The nuttiness is all that really stands out, alongside roasted caramel malts and a light acidity that I can't trace to anything in particular (reminiscent of coffee but without any coffee flavors). That acidity lingers on the finish, with just a hint of bitterness, and I can't say that I'm enjoying it– I'm ending up drinking the beer faster just to try to get that taste out of my mouth.

M: One of the more watery beers I've had in recent memory, with the only texture seeming to come from the beer's moderate carbonation, and that's only if I make an effort to swish it around in my mouth or not until it's headed down my throat. It does make for easy quick drinking, but that's hardly a strong point here.

O: "Not impressed," as the 2.0 rating suggests, is exactly how I ended up feeling about this beer. The Mission St. line has been good to me so far for decent, reasonably priced beers, but I'll be skipping over this one in the future. The low price tag is something it has going for it; if you like what you see in other reviews, maybe the $2 price tag won't be so hard to swallow.

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Photo of amidabha
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark brown in color with a red bottom half. 1/2 inch tan head and no retention

Smell: Notes of chocolate and coffee but very muted

Taste: Very roasty upfront with a nice chocolate backbone but the flavors disappear really quickly

Mouthfeel: Is a bit thinner than medium and medium carbonation

Overall: For a brown ale it's a pretty good beer. Wish the flavors hung around a bit longer but besides that worth a try

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Trader Joe's. I have to admit, I am a fan of the place. This is another example of TJ's helping make affordable luxury food. This a English Brown (with a definate US take), and a good one at that. The look is, well brown with a froathy head and good lacing. The smell is caramel, then fading to something almost like hay smelling. The taste is great more caramel, coco, peanut and bitter grassy hops with a sweetness. Very clean, with no butter (I like buttery beers) Great example of the style at a fantastic price. Bravo TJ's and to the brewer!

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Photo of ely2000k
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
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 SDtastentune
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium to darker Brown. Some OK head after pour. Some good ring lace but not much after that.

S - Small, and kinda wet bread like. Small amount of caramel malts.

T - Taste is much better then the smell, Rich nutty roast malts with a balanced amount of hops, not bitter, some caramel thing, some molasses and a nice balanced/medium aftertaste of that.

M - Not too dry, Starts fizzy and ends fizzy small bubble like, ok aftertaste that is balanced.

O - Overall not a bad brown, hits the brown side great but not anything too crazy. If you like browns though you will enjoy this one. Balanced and a good rich brown. Great deal for homebrewers needing 22's... a lot better then buying empty bottles! Only $2 a bomber!

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Photo of wowbagger
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
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 tito42
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 650mL bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled 7/15/2011. Firestone Walker contract brewed for Trader Joe's.

A: Clear, cola in color with ruby hues. A nice cocoa head dissipates quickly. Leaves decent lacing.

S: Very faint chocolate and roasted barley. Barely perceptible aroma.

T: Roasted barley with a touch of caramel and a pleasant hops finish.

M: Very light-bodied for a brown ale. Decently hopped finish is dry without overdoing it.

O: A value brown ale. Very good at $1.99 per 650 mL. Better than Mission St.'s hefeweizen, but there are better options at Trader Joe's (such as the Stockyard Oatmeal Stout contract brewed by Gordon Biersch).

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Photo of Conrad
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Trader Joe's in Boston. I like their selection of low price yet quality beers. It was this Canadian's first time at a TJ's, and I will return.

A - Pours a mid-deep gold color. Nice creamy head that floated on top for a few minutes, then it turned into a skim of foam. The lacing was pretty throughout.

S - My nose is not as well trained as I would like, but the aroma on this beer was solid: malt, caramel, some roasted nuts, big hops.

T - Right off the top: nice bitters with roasted malt in the background. Some roasted nuts, although I couldn't say what kind (peanut, cashew, acorns?) The finish is longer than I would have expected, and is quite fine.

M - Good. What can I say, except I like it. It is still buzzing on my palate as I write, and I am only half way through the glass.

O - In terms of drinkability, or would I have another, YES. This is a good beer, especailly for the price.

Love the bomber size.

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Photo of r3dsix
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Pours a thick head and has a really nice deep brown color with a bit of a red hue to it.

Smells intensely malty, some hints of caramel and to a lesser extent chocolate.

The initial drink is overwhelmingly malty. Over powering and too sweet for me but after another sip or two the palate adjusts and you can start to taste other flavors. A mild hop finish. The Carmel like malt is still the main flavor of the beer and its not really bad although its not really my style.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell is of lightly carmelized malt and minimal hops. The flavor is satisfying, somewhat sweet but not cloying, distinct caramel elements. Nicely balanced, full-bodied but still refreshing.

I was always a big fan of Newcastle when I was in the UK for a while, but the clear bottles tend to result in metallic skunk flavor once it arrives in the US. This is how I remember Newcastle but maybe a tad better. Very drinkable and a great deal at $1.99 for 22 oz.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of StoutishDan
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this Brown Ale at Trader Joe's. They've got a decent variety of rare cheap beers that I'm looking forward to trying.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown color. Creamy Head and held together pretty well until the last several gulps. Average amount of lacing.

S - Slightly metallic at first, though nothing repellant. Substantial scent of nuts. Sweet malts and a adolescent amount of carmel.

T - Bitter up front with some roasted malts. Roasted nuttiness. Finishes a little watery, but is over shadowed by most any other "watery" beer.

O - It's better than most brown ales I've had. It's gotten a good wrap with most reviews. There's really nothing too negative to say about this one.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep chestnut brown, shimmer of rust, 2 finger tan head, mighty fine

S: roasted malt, nuts, hint of toffee, caramel

T: sweet caramel, toffee, roasted malt, light crisp bitter finish

M: med body, semi-dry, crisp mouth

O: Nice beer to grab at Trader Joe's.
Good gateway brown ale for a newbie.
I would have this fine offering again.


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