Mission St. Pale Ale | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Mission St. Pale AleMission St. Pale Ale
288 Ratings
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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Ratings: 288 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of stephendr
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. glass bottle- color of hazy golden, with a white thin head - nose of fresh hops, light spruce, and slight citrus – taste of biscuit, citrus hops, and rind - body is light , and with medium to low carbonation – aftertaste of hops, and citrus rind

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Photo of Swervine44
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of goschool
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I don't have a Firestone Pale Ale to compare this too, but Steinhaus Brewing Co.'s Mission St. Pale Ale comes from Paso Robles, the bottle is that slightly rounded, semi-stubby bottle just like FW's, and the brew's aroma is a lot like I remember FW's. Hmm...

The pour is bright light orange with a white head that shrinks, but never leaves the beer exposed. The nose has orange and pine hops with a British character. The taste is well, not so good. It's one dimensional, with way more piney and citrusy hops than malts, but the problem is, it's not exceptionally hoppy. It still has that British character in the taste, which makes me wonder if Firestone Walker contract brewed this by taking their recipe and cutting out a quarter of the hops and almost all of the malt bill. Combine the blah flavor with a watery mouthfeel and you've got the first loser in my "Trader Joe's five-pack of beers I've never tried."

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Photo of boudreaux
2/5  rDev -43.8%

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 mklinger
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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

This was a 12 oz bottle from Trader Joes. Poured a clear gold with a small white head and light lacing. Nose of citrus hops and light malts. Whiff of fruits. Mouthfeel was smooth, and flavor mirrored the aroma and the finish was crisp and nicely bitter for an APA. Well done.

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Photo of StrangerTides
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of sloejams
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked an "orphan" single up from Trader Joe's. I know I've had this before but really didn't remember, so went for another.

It had very little head on its apple juice color body. A roasted malt aroma - very subtle. The taste was just plain average. Nothing terrible, nothing memorable. My score says average. Average beers are not good enough. I won't be buying this again.

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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 Brunite
4.45/5  rDev +25%
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 DocJitsu
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
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 GeoChase90
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of irthesteve
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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 bca115
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BoilerUpNavy
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SuperSpy
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden and clear. A very white head that is small and quick to die down to a thin white cap and leaves little lacing.

S - Floral and sweet hops. Quite tempting.

T/M - Rather light and refreshing with a decent carbonation tingle. The flavor is floral hops, that then blends with pale malt and finishes crisp, and slightly dry from the earth/floral hop finish.

D - Wonderful pale ale, unbelievable price for the quality. I could drink these all night.

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Photo of circus_cat
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of 1Adam12
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color. Not much head, and doesn't last long. Smells very earthy. Lots of grass, smells of hops, orange and other citrus notes. Taste is hoppy, earthy, and I taste orange followed by some lemon zest. Mouthfeel is not as crisp as I would want for a PA, but still nice. Quite a bit of bite on the tongue and the finish lingers for quite awhile. Overall....tasty. For 6.99 a 6 pack this is more than worth the price.

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Photo of gregu2
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MDM
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this 355 ml bottle on November 11th 2005.

Poured a pale amber/cider colour with reasonable off-white head, maybe a slight touch of haze (?).

Smelled very good, nice fresh hoppy floral smell.

Tasted good, though not as hoppy as I would have expected. It had a nice bitter tang to it and a dry finish.
Mouthfeel good.
I could see myself having a couple of these. Unfortunately, I only have the one!

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(Copied from RB) I like this beer, as it is clearly smooth and has plenty of flavor. However, when trying it side-by-side with the Mission Street IPA, this one lacks the flavor punch I look for in an ale. Still, a good beer.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a mug

A - Pours a nice clear, medium gold with a white, fluffy two finger head. Moderate streams of carbonation and decent head retention. The head stays intact all the way down the glass, leaves behind mediocre lacing.

S - Strong smell of floral hops upon opening the bottle with hints of citrus. Good smell throughout the drink. Nice and big.

T - Orange and hoppy up front followed by a body dominated by citrus and floral hops. The finish is weak and dry and is followed by a bitter floral aftertaste. This is a one-dimensional beer dominated by the floral hop taste.

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, the beer is a bit chewy on the tongue. Suits the style very well.

D - My friend picked this up for me in Chicago, knowing I love APA's. Seeing as how it's brewed in Ca, I'm guessing I could probably find it around here, but I won't bother looking. Not a bad beer by a long shot, just not as balanced or complex as other (readily accessible) APA's.

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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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