Mission St. Pale Ale | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Pale AleMission St. Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of kdawg105
4.65/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a really good pale ale. It pours to a somewhat amber color with a thin lace that sticks to the glass. The smell is of hops and some floral notes. The taste is pretty good except it was kinda lighter than I expected it to be. The mouthfeel is nice it is smooth and goes down clean which makes for a very nice drinkability.

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Photo of nige4958
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is great. It packs great flavour at 4.5% abv. Aroma is nice and hoppy. The body is not real heavy, it's rather light actually. But I enjoy the delicate malt flavour this beer packs. The price is ridiculous at $4.99 a six pack. It's a staple during the summer at my Drunken Duck Pub.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What is so funny about this beer is that it has taken medals at GABF as the quintessential American Pale Ale but done on a minor TJ's label out of Paso Robles, CA (brewed by Firestone Walker).

Personally, I like the Firestone Walker Pale 31 slightly more than this, but that is due to the blending with DBA and MS Pale Ale.

I won't say what has already been said on flavor- its nice, subtle, and appealing!

At $5.99 a six pack at TJ's get in there and get you some! My only complaint is that they don't do bombers. Being on the Central Coast, I am pleased to get it F-R-E-S-H....your mileage may vary.

Love it!

Grade: A/A-

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Photo of nathanm
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am also dismayed by all the people who poo-poo this beer, since it is perfect for what it is, a hoppy pale ale that is easily drinkable.

Pours a nice golden color with a little white head.
It is nicely hoppy on the nose, a good solid bitterness at the end, and goes down perfectly smoothly.

This is a great, drinkable beer, and it is relatively cheap.Definitely worth the money.

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Photo of Brunite
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Super clear golden/orange. Aggressive pour yields a nice 3 finger head that settles and leaves a nice receding lace.

S - Wow! This is a Trader Joe beer?? The aroma is amazingly good. Smells as good as many top level IPAs. Amazing grapefruit, citrus and pine. Classic "Northwest" hop profile for an American PA.

T - Just like the smell promises. Starts out with a nice assertive bitterness. Midway through; you get some nice balanced malty sweetness. The finish is slightly bitter and drying.

M - Crisp, decent carbonation, refreshing.

D - I am way surprised. I was expecting something bland and got something way different. This one smelled as good as any PA or IPA I've had. The taste was there and almost could pass for an IPA. Brewed by Firestone Walker (exclusively for TJs)....it shows. Very nice beer. At $ 1.17 a bottle..this is really going to be fighting for some space in the fridge. I have a bottle of their IPA that I have yet to try. Can't wait to see the comparison as well as doing some comparisons again some other classic PA's.

O - This is the definition of a perfect session beer...great flavor...low ABV...spot on for the style...LOW price! The only thing cheaper out there is BMC yellow fizzy. Can not understand the mixed reviews other than you get them for everything on this site. Very impressed!

On further review....I see that this beer did win the Gold medal at the 2010 GABF out of 109 other entries for APA. I see why!

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Photo of jwinship83
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into the sierra nevada hop tulip glass. no freshness dating.

A- this one pours a very clear pale golden colored body with a finger of bright white head. the head sticks around for a while, and leaves pretty complete lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- nice and hoppy. lots of citrus and pine. not too much else. im not complaining.

T- like the smell, the taste is dominated by hops. lots of citrus and pine. nice and bitter. there is some caramel malt, but its still very unbalanced.

M- light bodied. crisp clean and refreshing.

D- easy to finish and this one packs alot of flavor for something thats only 4.6% ABV. ill check this one out again. especially for the price, this beer is a winner. check it out.

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Photo of lisomiso
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is ridiculous good - my go-to - and I can't believe it costs $1 for a bottle. Smells like really nice black tea, a bit floral in a savory way, and the drinkability is off the charts. Which, I suppose, makes the price tag merciful. I'm always ready for one of these - sometimes even when there are fancier beers to be had.

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Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up Sante Fe's Trader Joe's

Pours an effervescent gold with 2+ fingers of fluffy white head. Pretty good head retention & some lacing

S: Nice piney citrussy hops up front. Lemony hops & a hint of malt are there as this warms

T: Grapefruitty & piney hops with some breadyness up front. Breadyness takes over as this warms, but enough citrus & pine hops show as well. Finishes fruitty, lemony, a little dry & crisp

MF: Medium bodied with pretty good carbonation, brings out the hops

Super drinkable to be sure, a nice one to session on. This would be an easy if not super complicated summer beer to do so with

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light golden color. White head of 3/4 of and inch. Poor head retention. Wonderful bouquet of grapefruit and candied fruit. Average mouthfeel. Nice, clean grapefruit that yields to pine and finishes with candied fruit. Overtones of lemon citrus throughout. Very nice APA. A cheap beer from Trader Joe's you say? Maybe, but Firestone Walker is responsible for this inexpensive gem.

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Photo of MattSlem
4.39/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Recently switched to a session pale ale. Bottled 8/19/15. This reminds me of Firestone Walker's Easy Jack with a bit less variety of hops and additional honey malt, fantastic. Cheap and awesome.

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Photo of JamesP123
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Raiders Logo beer mug.

A. A light amber, pretty transparent. One finger of head with a medium amount of lacing lasting through most of the session.

S. Getting some floral and piney hops on this one, not picking up much malt.

T. nice claen hop flavors coming through. A little floral with a good strong citrus/pine hop kick. Hops are heavier than the malt, but not out of balance. Tastes very, very good - clean and refreshing.

M. A bit light on the mouthfeel - but keeps with the overall vibe of freshness, crisp, clean and refreshing.

D. Super drinakable, light and low in alcohol, but full in flavor and at $6 per 6 pack, how can you go wrong! A great beer at a great price!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Mission St. Pale Ale won gold at GABF in 2008 and 2010, and silver in 2011. I think it's time I try this beer. Snifter.

A: Burnished gold with great clarity and topped by two fingers of white sea foam. Good retention and lots of scattered lacing.

S: Floral notes blend with orange, grapefruit, and a dash of onion. The hop aroma is fresh and vibrant, which is a relief considering this is just sitting on the shelf at a grocery store. Malt is redolent of bread and is content to  linger in the background.

T: Lightly bitter up front with pine and bready malt. Citrus reminds me of orange and tangerine, with lighter grapefruit notes. The beer is dry overall, but the malt is not completely subservient. It contributes a welcome sweetness (though low) and augments the beer's drinkability. The hops are bright. The finish is dry and crisp, with lingering citrus flesh.

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and crisp.

Overall: This is one satisfied customer. I can't remember the last time I purchased a 6 pack, but this was a good idea. At $5.99 this cannot be beat. Though, I can't comment on the odds of getting a fresh product because as I said before this is just sitting at room temperature on a shelf in Trader Joe's, a store full of hippies. Nice job, Firestone Walker. This is underrated.

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Photo of errantnight
4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well I've found my favorite APA.

I'm dismayed at the number of mediocre and even poor reviews of this beer... for all the call for a sessionable, hoppy beer, I can't imagine what I'd rather be drinking.

Pours a brilliant gold with very little head and little retention.

Smells... like an IPA. A hint of pale malty sweetness and a rich, floral, citric, fruity nose.

Taste is smooth and balanced, just barely crisp with moderate but firm bittering that balances an appealing and clean malty sweetness... the flavor is really in the back end and it's hop-loaded...

Drinkability is off the charts. No big hop oils or bracing bitterness to destroy the palate or leave you overwhelmed the next day, but tons of hop aroma and a delicately balanced flavor. Crisp, refreshing, perfect on a summer day or as a beer to quaff all night long... and at 4.99 / 6pack, is there a better bargain out there?

I know the reception to this beer has been mixed, and it's possible that it really only does well when exceptionally fresh, as if this were to lose much hop character it would probably be pretty flat, flavor-wise. But for anyone that has been looking for a TRULY sessionable beer (something under 5% which not only has hop presence but is hop predominate), this is your beer. And I hope that you'll lift one in that spirit!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It’s pretty much an open secret that this is contract brewed by Firestone Walker out in Paso Robles. Contract brews get a bad rap, not entirely undeserved. But this bad boy won gold, beating out FW’s own Pale 31. So with an open mind and a few extra bucks in my pocket (it’s about $6 for a sixer at most TJ stores) let’s begin.

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. It pours heady, about two fingers worth of billowing foam that slowly dies down as it settles out. The beer is a clear, golden-straw color. Mild carbonation. It smells wonderful, very floral. This carries over to the taste—hop forward, with a nice, clear finish and a wonderful balance. Just a great hop profile overall. One of my go-to beers when I’m able to get it, and for good reason.

Some day I’m going to hold a blind tasting and compare this to Firestone Walker’s Pale 31 to see if I can tell the difference. The TJ Mission Street pale is a solid pale ale, one fully capable of holding its own against “better,” and better-known pale ales. The fact that it’s essentially the store brand, and priced accordingly, makes it all the sweeter. But throw it in a 22 oz bottle, make it a regional offering with a limited release, and see what happens!

Update: When it’s good it’s really good. Had some more during a recent visit to California. Sure wish they’d refrigerate it. For the price it can’t be beat. The fresher the better!

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Photo of uberabr
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12oz into a tulip. Very clear and gold. ~2 finger head that settles to a mild foam but lasts. Leaves a wonderful coat of thin foam when tilted, showing the excellent carbonation.

S: A very nice California hop. Some grapefruit and a very pleasant outdoorsy pine. It’s a well rounded hoppyness, not overpowered by the exclusive use of one hop, you get the floral, grapefruit Cascade with a woodsy, aromatic Chinook. Very nice.

T: Crisp and bitter. A little sour and some butter-biscuit, yeast notes. The malt character is very pleasant and complements the bitterness very well.

M: Excellent. Very well carbonated, perhaps leaning toward over-carbonated, leaving bitter hop burps. I like. Dry and clean feeling on the palate; an almost surgical crispness.

D: This is a very drinkable pale ale. I’m a huge fan of Sierra Nevada and this one is an excellent contender. The aroma is compliant with a California pale ale but unique in its own right, and the taste is charming without being obnoxiously hoppy or daring. A modest and well done pale ale. Maybe I just got a good batch, but this beer far exceeds the reviews it's been getting.

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Photo of gc4hokies
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue with a slight hint of red. Very clear with nice foamy white head that laces the glass all the way down.

For the aroma, I'm getting brown sugar, bisquit, slightly grassy. Nice

Taste sweet at first. same brown sugar notes. Finishes with a nice slight bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light.

This is a good session beer and represents the style nicely. A lot of the aromas and flavors are the same ones found in the IPA, just understated.

I think that this beer is being reviewed at a lower score by some because it is so light and low in abv. If you don't compare this to something 6+ abv, like some in this category?, you realize that this is a very nicely done, light, pale ale.

Very good for the style and a great bargain at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Awesome golden copper, almost no head and zero lacing

S - Sweet floral, bit of citrus, crystal malt and sweet hops

T - Exactly what you are looking for in an easy drinking awesomely priced American Pale Ale. Floral up front, half hop half malt middle with a refreshing hop finish

M - Light, fluffy and lightly bubbly

D - This is the bud light of Pale Ales. "Drinkability".

Final thought - This beer is really nice and you can pick it up at any Local Trader Joe's. Only 5.99 a sixer. Just won the silver or gold at the GABF.

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Photo of jpro
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trader Joe’s just opened up in Mt. Pleasant, so we headed over yesterday - and of course I stopped by the beer aisle...

A: (12oz bottle to shaker pint) Pours a pretty light gold, with one finger of cotton white head; some strands, specks and dots of lace get left on the glass, as the cap maintains some smallish retention.

S: Wow! Pretty impressive for a Pale Ale... Nice and hoppy - smells like Fuggles... grassy / earthy with some citrus in there, too. Some light, toasted caramel malt behind the hops.

T: Grassy, light zesty hops; light bready, toasted malt balances things; nothing crazy, but hey, for $6.99/sixer... not too shabby.

M: Medium bodied; moderated carbonation; smooth and easy drinkin’.

O: For the money, I’d be hard-pressed to find a beer that outcompetes this one... seriously. A sessionable pale ale, that beats many others in taste, aroma and drinkability.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Medium orange brew. Cloudy with a nice one finger cap that shows really nice retention.

S - Citrus and pine. Standard "Northwest" hop profile.

T - Mandarin orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada in a way.

M - Crisp, relatively highly carbonated, and refreshing.

D - Good beer for a great price. This is almost like a SN clone in my opinion, and if the sixer is two bucks less I'd be temped to pick this over that classic pale ale.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One finger thick white head. Average retention. Good lacing. Yellowish golden body. Many small carbonation bubbles.

Piney citrusy hops. Very faint malt background.

This is a very well balanced ale. The hops are moderate in strength. They taste of pine and citrus. There is moderate bitterness to the hops. There is also a moderate floral character to them. This beer has a bready malt body that is somewhat sweet. Medium bodied malts to match the medium level of hopping. Drinkable yet flavorful. Excellent.

Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Hop bitterness and malt sweetness both linger on the palate.

This is a good beer. $5.99 for a six pack at Trader Joe's?! This is an awesome value. This is a solid, high quality brew. Great balance. Great taste.

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Photo of ReDave
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full white head that dwindles down. Very light golden color. Malty aroma with a hint of fruit (?). Light lace that is not sticky, and slips on down the glass. This is a great beer for after a long afternoon in the hot sun brush cutting. Very little hop action [ could be my hop head talking] Nice for summer brew

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Photo of vacax
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trader Joe's, $5.99 for six 12 oz. bottles. Thanks to vurt for recommending this one.

Pours clear golden with a one finger white head. Good retention and fair lace. Smells lightly of grapefruit, flowers, honeysuckle. Tastes of light pine with a sweet floral and orange twist. Medium bodied with a lovely smooth carbonation. An exceptionally sessionable ale. Not an intense beer by any means, but plenty of very nice flavors and smells. Unbeatable in price.

Supremely underrated.

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Photo of FreshYeti
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Don't have a 16oz glass on hand, so I had to do two pours into a 10oz glass. Can't make a fair judgment on the head, then, but color is a deep straw; yellow with the tiniest beginnings of orange in this light.

Smell hit me hard while I was pouring. Very hoppy - I loved it. Good ol' floral, citrus, and pine, laid on a base of maple sweetness. Aroma lets you know right off that this is going to be a clean, refreshing, hoppy pale.

To be honest my palate may have been off because I had an Anchor Steam right before this, but the taste was a good follow-up to the aroma. The best way I can describe it is that everything I said about smell applies here, although notably I got nothing for the aftertaste. I was expecting something, some lingering bitterness perhaps, but it really went down clean and left nothing. This could be interpreted as a "watery" aftertaste, but I'll call it clean and light. This is really why I'm giving them a 5 for drinkability. Because of the up-front hop character but complete lack of astringency or lingering bitterness, I have to say that I don't think you can balance a brew better than this.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Again this = drinkability, but at the expense of complexity and character.

I will be buying this beer again.

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Photo of JayQue
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I continue to be impressed with Trader Joe beers!! The Mission St IPA was very good and so is this Pale Ale. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Small head, less than average retention and spotty lacing.

Good strong aroma of piney hops..plenty strong enough for a Pale Ale. Tastes good as well!!! Strong piney hops and a little balancing bready malt. Mouthfeel is crisp and light. This is not an IPA...plenty robust for a Pale Ale.

Drinkability is very good!!! Had no idea that this was only 4.60 abv until I started this review. This is a good "poundable" beer for sessions or as a lawnmower beer.

If this was a restaurant selection for dinner, I would have no problem with it. Good beer, cheap price.

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Photo of isaac
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to rogue pint glass.

A- Thin, paper white head that shrinks to medium sized bubbles and film-like lacing. Pale, golden, clear body.

S - Nice, refreshing, piney hops.

T - Again, very refreshing, predominantly hops bitterness with notes of citrus and pine and a slight bready, malt finish

M - A bit thin, but again, this lends to the thirst-quenching nature of this beer.

D - Quite high, a very enjoyable beer.

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