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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 01-07-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DSkilling
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #2 at CBI Beer Tasting, procured at Trader Joe's Mission Viejo, poured for participants 8.13.11.

Body is a bit lighter than deep gold, multiple streams of effervescence visible under one finger semi-rocky white head, medium-fast dissipation with minimal lacing. Grassy hops and bready malts dominate the nose, some citrus notes as it warmed. Taste mirrors the nose, with good citrus presence to offset the relative lack of body. Mouthfeel well on the light side of medium, good carbonation. A bit light for my taste, but a good 'intro' beer for craft beer newbies, and an outstanding value at $5.99 a six pack. The fact that it won Gold at GABF in this very competitive category adds to allure, not sure it's that good, but the natives were happy.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another birthday sixer oh hell yeah.

Pours a beautiful shade of translucent copper. Small busy dishy white head. Slightly recoverable upon command.

Smell is a nice grapefruit hops. Malt comes across as fress oranges. Very soothing.

Taste is good but a little watered down. At least that's the impression that I get. Grapefruit and tea leaves.

Medium light body. Easy drinker. Can and will crush this six pack happily.

Overall: above average

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Photo of MDM
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jadpsu
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear with a tinge of light amber with a thin white head that has decent retention. Pretty average.
Aroma has floral hoppiness and a sharp piney citrus combination.
Mostly dry, no sweetness but not really bitter.
Not the biggest Pale Ale fan and this one kind of fits that mold. For me it's ok not something to rave about.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold, with a quickly disappearing head of foam and moderate lacing.

Smell: Citrus and malt.

Taste: Malt and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry with a slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Almost more of a hoppy pils. Coincidentally, this is produced by Firestone Walker (even though it’s billed as Steinhaus Brewing), who also makes Pivo Hoppy Pilsner. Don’t confuse the two. Still, this is a decent beer at a decent price. Thier IPA is really starting to grow on me.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: light orange color. a bit lighter than medium for a pale ale. nice head. sticks for a bit
smell: it's got a bold little kick.
taste: quite good. factoring in the 5 dollar a sixer price it may be the best pale at that price. this is a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone. There is a slightly different malt base and hop presense but very similar. you can also taste water which is a little strange....like they added water at the end or something.
Mouthfeel: is a little watery.
drinkability: nice afternoon slow drinker. i've had better drinkability.

notes: the best of the myster trader joe's beers...

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Photo of Guppy314
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An initial citrus and hops crispness has a Summer-time refreshingness. But with a bitter end. This is a "house brand" at Trader Joe's and its actual brewing is done by "contract brewers". This is better documented here: refrigerators.reviewed.com/features/what-happened-to-trader-joes-best-beer-bargain

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden light honey copper color, inconsistent slow rising carbonation jumping off the bottom of glass, small very light cap of white head on beer, less than 1/2 finger at pour, little to no lacing down glass except sitting at lip of beer location.

S- Light buttery ester, light yeast, mild citrus with moderate banana and pineapple.

T- Light carbonation, medium bitterness finishes clean, moderate malt sweetness up front but finishes dry, low grassy essence, slightly watery, mild hop bitterness that presents as lime to me.

M- Slight butter texture, smooth on tongue. Clean finish, not very complex, light earthy grassy finish, mild bitterness.

D- Crisp, refreshing, not too exciting, but does fit the APA profile. Low ABV allows for close to a session beer experience. Doesn't keep my attention too long, but is a decent option that represents a moderate APA at a very affordable price.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright yellow with a bubble bath white head. Excellent retention splatters lace everywhere. Aroma if full of hot hop action: I get citrus with some bubble gum, and tropical fruit with a soft pine undertone.

Mouthfeel contains soft resiny hops which buoy an otherwise light and clean body. I'd bet there some pils at work in there somewhere. Bubble gum and sharp pine hop flavor. Champagne dry swallow which could be better

Nothing outstanding but just a simple and all around solid west coast pale. After a few lackluster brews from Trader Joe's I'm really impressed with this one. Probably the best $5.99 six pack I've bought.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and herbal and citrus zest hops. A bit of onion and vegetables as the beer warms. Taste is of citrus zest up front with a malt backbone. A very mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pale ale but not something I would probably get again.

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Photo of RHCP313
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Bottled on date: 7/18/11

A: Pours a bright, golden amber, allowing a thick eggshell white head to form and slowly recede. Thick, webby rings of lace stick to the sides of the glass as the head dies down.

S: Bold and spicy citrus notes meet the nose, supported by strong grapefruit and lemon notes with a round malt backbone. Smells very fresh, with a bit of pine.

T: Piney hops and sweet malt up front. Some astringency going on that carries a slight profile of wood furniture cleaner. Odd, but not terribly off putting. Taste is clean, but not very longstanding making it highly drinkable.

M: Light to medium bodied mouthfeel, great amount of carbonation and quite quenching. Great for sessioning.

O: I had read that this was a contract brew of Firestone Walker for Trader Joes. I'm not sure where the lines are blurred with network contract brewing, but either way, this is a really good example of affordable craft options at a store brand level. At $6.99 per 6-pack, this is a really solid offering. Not terribly exciting, but a solid, quaffable option to have available. I'll definitely be purchasing this again.

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Photo of arizcards
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Trader Joes for 84 cents.

Poured a golden color with a little head that is leaving residual lacing. Nose is detecting a hint of floral hops. Taste is a hint of malts and a big piney Simcoe hop finish. Mouthfeel is leaning towards a light body and it has an average liveliness on the palate. Overall drinkability is OK, not bad for 84 cents.

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Photo of FrankShirley
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MrIncognito
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pale amber body with a 2-finger sticky white head that retains very well and leaves great lacing.

S - Pale malts and citrus hops balanced quite well. Lemon zest and grapefruit scents.

T&M - I was pleasantly surprised at first sip. A nice hop-forward bite of citrus followed by smooth pale malts. Sweetness chases it down. The sweetness was a nice touch at first became a bit cloying by the end of the beer. Average carbonation and a medium body create a nice mouthfeel typical of a pale ale.

D - I really liked this at first but the sweetness really got to me. I would have preferred less citrusy sweetness and a bit more biscuity malt to balance things out.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly cloudy, bright golden-yellow tone with a solid finger of a foamy off-white head... fair to poor retention; no real lacing to speak of.

the first thing i get from the aroma is a floral hoppiness, followed by some bready malts and the faint suggestion of pine; taste mostly follows the nose with a bready malt/floral hop profile which carries through to a slightly bitter finish... pretty nice balance, if nothing too mind-blowing. relatively refreshing. quaffable.

lighter-bodied mouthfeel with style appropriate carbonation; pretty drinkable, something easily sessioned.

original review on: 10-13-2010

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Photo of avaldivia
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color. Little head. Medium lacing.

S: Citrus. Lemon peel. Orange.

T: Much the same as the smell, but with a strong honey sweetness at the end.

M: Very crisp. Light. Very carbonated.

O: Decent Pale Ale, but the price makes it awesome. Just kidding. Good regardless of the price.

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Photo of blackie
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: drab yellow-golden in color with a fizzy white head

s: pleasant, fresh tropical hop aroma, some mild bready pale grain, little else, this could really be something with a little malt structure

m: carbonation just under medium, a bit rough on the tongue, light body

t: again, nice tropical-citrus hop flavor, but very little complexity beyond that, bready pale grains barely provide adequate support...a crisp finish, bitter to ipa levels, is a bit of a redeemer

d: nothing off a all, and pretty damn plain, but an easy drinker as a result and good enough for the price

single from Trader Joe's, Newport News, VA

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Photo of papat444
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flashback #25

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A crystal clear yellow body with a thin white cap. A tiny layer of foam settles over the liquid with some clingy lace. A decent amount of visible carbonation.

The nose is of cereal graininess and a light floral and earthy hoppyness. Straightforward and simple....a little generic.

A mix of floral and earthy notes and sweet grains with building earthy bitterness in the finish. A touch of residual sweetness pokes through the noble hop bill.

Light bodied, clean, and crisp. Medium to high carbonation.

A pretty average pale ale that could almost pass as a pilsner. Easy drinking with a mild earthy bitterness that lingers for a decent while.

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Photo of Irie
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear yellow with light carbonation and a poor head. Lacing on the glass but no retention at all. Truth be told it looks like piss. Grainy smell with alcohol behind it. Not much aroma or balance.
A crisp taste of mostly body hops and a sharp finishing hop. Fairly hollow and watery but smooth (surprise). Low carbonation and a quickly fading flavor don't do much for it in the enjoyment aspect of it but it could easily be a session beer. There are plenty others I would choose first but I wouldn't object to this one.

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Photo of bbothen
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow color with a small 1 finger bubbly head. head doesn't stay around very long. Could pass for a macro on looks.

Smell is of grain, malty sweetness, and some subdued piney hops.

Toasted grains, sweet maltiness, piney hop bitterness, touch of citrus, good amount of bitterness.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation, lingering bitterness.

Drinkability is high.

This is a good option at $5.99 a six at Trader Joes. Will be getting again when on a budget.

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Photo of Overlord
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour a urine-esque golden yellow. Uh oh. I don't expect to see this color on anything but the worst macrolagers. Big white foam head turns into a thin slimy crust.

Smells ... actually pretty decent. Some light pine on the nose. In fact, this smells more piney than the IPA I just had.

Taste is basically pine and a slight grainy breadiness. You know what? Not half bad. 5.99 a sixer, too. May be a good one to throw into the party mix. Not enough carbonation, and thin mouthfeel, but not nearly as bad as the awful appearance led me to believe.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Trader Joe's, had heard about the connection on a thread here. Yup, Firestone Pale Ale to a T. Nose is undeniable, just had one the other day.

"Pours a golden color with a half inch head. Very clear and not much in the bubbles department. As such, head settles quickly.

Smell has the same citrus sweetness of the Union Jack but without much hop presence. Malts and hops are in a similar balance, less of each yielding a lighter nose.

Taste follows with a bit of light malts on the tongue and a slightly bitter and lingering close. Decent feel and drink but has a bit of an artificial sense on the nose and close. That aside this is a fairly smooth light pale ale."

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Photo of litheum94
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/15/10. Reviewed 2/6/11.

Clear, golden body. Active, slightly off-white head that bubbles up to a one-finger head. Settles out to a patchy cover.

Peachy hops. Very floral. Honey sweetness. Tones of brown sugar. Malt forward, with biscuit and caramel aromas.

Faintly citrusy hops at first. Crisp mouthfeel. Strong malt base of honey covered biscuits and caramel. Leads into a dry, hoppy finish. Citrus and pine. Restrained bitterness.

A fairly cheap, easy drinking and refreshing pale ale. Can't complain about any of that.

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Mission St. Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 288 ratings
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