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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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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 286
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A Trader Joe's beer. Golden color, 1/2" white head. Aroma is muted.

Taste is a real mild excursion, has some similarities to SNPA the milder draught version, but like an even milder version of that, less crystal/caramel malt, less Cascade hops. Certainly freshness can impact that, who knows on these.

At the end of the day, its a relatively easy to drink pale ale that can serve as a nice gateway or cool foray when you don't want to drink something overly complex.

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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 MattSlem
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
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 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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one's in a stubby bottle.

A : Hazy yellow glow about 70% opaque. The head is rather small for a pale ale but still appreciable. It's about 1 finger and fluffy leaving light hills of lace as it recedes.

S : Some actually interesting aromas going on here. Angel food cake, strawberries, and then some creamed corn and raisin. Some orange peel, too. A bit of a vegetal snap pea aroma also can be nosed. Garlic bread? Onion? Fuck this is a wonderfully dense profile.

T : Actually very tasty. The veggie and fruit flavors come together nicely under a malty body with a nice balance of hop. I keep thinking Hu-Hot or something, like fried vegetables in soy. There's a fry-pan quality to it. And then there's typical orange pith flavor and pale malt going on, too. Snow pea, dude. Yeah, it's weird. But totally drinkable.

F : Light bodied, very electric carbonation, and a faint creaminess. Not much to write about.

O : Am I on this category already? Damn. I wish there was more to say. I'd have it again. It's a nice sessionable pale ale and it's got some weird oriental shit going on here. Have I had too many?

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Photo of neurobot01
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 7/24/15. Now labeled "Mission St. Session Pale Ale" and brewed by (supposedly defunct, according to BA) Four + Brewing in Salt Lake City, UT. 4.7% ABV.

Look: light orange-brown with a nice sudsy light tan head that persists for quite a while.

Smell: very mild. A bit of sweetness and citrus, and some bready malt.

Taste: lots of biscuit malt, with some grassy/citrusy hops. Reminds me a bit of FW's DBA. And oddly, something that reads as alcohol, despite low ABV.

Feel: surprisingly medium bodied. Smooth with a clean finish. Definite high point of the beer.

Overall: nothing amazing, but a tasty enough beer. Completely inoffensive, and with some downright enjoyable elements. And at $7/6-pack, a great value, as expected.

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Photo of slugman
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying Trader Joes Mission Street Session Pale Ale. The sign at trader joes said hint of malt and citrus flavor. The alcohol is session at 4.7%. There is a light color, small head and no citrus like "Go To IPA" session ale by Stone. Not my cup of tea as I love the over the top citrus of "Go To IPA" even though it is more expensive than this off brand. If you like malt and are not looking for that grapefruit, citrus flavor, for the cost, you might like, but if you crave those flavors, this session ale is not for you.

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Photo of Nickholland
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

For a value six pack this is a really good beer. It's also only 4.6 % and better than most other "session" IPAs. FYI, the "Mission St." label beers are brewed by Firestone Walker for Trader Joe's.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steinhaus Brewing Co. "Mission St. Pale Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, dated "03/14/15" without explanation ("best by", "bottle on")
$1.34 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Mission St. Pale Ale is a classic American pale ale that's not overdone in any way. It's clearly a Sierra Nevada clone, and they've done a good job with it. The appearance is good, holding a fluffy cap of white over its deep golden body, and leaving nice streaks and smears of lace behind. The aroma offers soft citrus and pine over a delicately biscuity malt base. The flavor combines the hops and malt almost seamlessly, and it's perfectly balanced by a very firm bitterness that allows it to finish dry and lingering with note of citrus and pine.

Well brewed and very nicely done. Given the price it's hard to pass up.

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Photo of LexingtonBeer
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I think this is essentially a Trader Joe's brand so it is relatively economical. The aroma is very nice and very hoppy. The taste, however, is not very hoppy at all. This is not particularly a problem. The effect though is more of a watered-down taste instead of a nice mellow taste.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with ahalf finger white head with great retention and lacing. Light aroma of bready and biscuit malt with citrus and lightly piney hops. Looks and smells pretty good. Flavor follows aroma with biscuit malt, citrus hops with mild piney and grassy elements. Finishes with a hint of pine resin and citrus hops. Medium bodied. Decided to try the remaining Mission St. ales because of a rumored change in brewers for Trader Joes. Glad I tried this one. I expect good, but not notable ales from these inexpensive house beers, but this one is darn good for the price. If pale ales were a style I drank a lot, I'd have no hesitation to buying this regularly. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mission St. Pale Ale has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, noticeable tiny white specs suspended throughout, and some small amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of pale malt, mild citrus, and maybe a kiss of the hops. Taste is the same, with minimal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty light, and Mission St. Pale Ale finishes mostly dry and easy drinking.


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Photo of FrozenJoe
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
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 scottfrie
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Review finally entered from notebook. Beer consumed/reviewed years ago:
On-tap at Pete’s Restaurant and Brewhouse under the name “Pete’s Midtown Pale”. FW partnered with Pete’s to serve the beers they made under their “Steinhaus” name, which is the name of the brewery they give for the contract brews they provide to Trader Joe’s.

Served with lunch in a damn iced pint glass.
A: The color is clear and deep golden beneath a finger of oily bright white head that faded to a thin collar leaving decent lace.
S: Light bready notes of crackery malt with a hint of citrus and earthy hops.
T: Follows the nose with crackery malt dominating. I get some caramel in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of herbal and leafy hops. Light bitterness with a touch of lemon zest. It’s also a bit old tasting (whether it is or not).
M: Medium-light body, low carbonation but tingly, with a drying finish and slick mouthfeel.
O: Not the greatest pale but it’s pretty straight forward and easy to drink.

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Photo of Brad007
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Found at Trader Joe's.

Pours a mild golden hue with a frothy white head into my glass. Holds true to the style.

Hops are a cross between citrus and pine. At least to my nose. Has a note of buttery malt as well.

Clean with a good pine bite and bready finish. It could be dialed back but otherwise fits.

More on that bready finish, which is actually short-lived and bogged down by the hops.

Not bad for the style. Reasonably priced as most crafts go for over $6.99 a 6 pack.

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Photo of kcrosson492
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is the 5th mystery beer in my Trader Joe's pack. I thought at first glass, it look aesthetically pleasing.

A-I'm drinking this one from the bottle so as usual, I will review the packaging. It is simple with no neck sticker. Quite frankly I think it could be unforgettable.

S-The smell is pleasant and has a typical pale ale scent.

T-Refreshing, crisp, and light.

M-A little empty but quite bubbly on the tongue.

O-The beer is okay and I think I would get it again. It would go great to sip while mowing the lawn or messing around outside.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle only a couple months old.

Look is clear, pale, golden, with a small and sticky head. Smell goes kind of metallic for me: pear, oranges, alcohol. Taste is juicy and sweet, without any off flavors. Orange peel, thick malts, crisp and bready with a bitter finish.

Very good for a tj beer.

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Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz stubby brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. 100913 freshness date stamped on front of label. Purchased at Trader Joe's (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Clear honey-gold with 1-2 fingers of off-white, frothy head with decent retention and plentiful crusty lace around the top of the glass.

S: Aromas are decidedly hoppy with a great mix of fresh hop, dank with milder floral orange citrus character. Malts are also part of the aroma profile with a good bready, crackery aroma too. I don't detect any yeast or alcohol aromas.

T: The flavor is excellent, especially at the price point, with a flood of bready malt, light caramel sweetness, but delicious crackery character as well. The hoppiness is balancing with tea-like herbal character up front but more orange and grapefruit citrus and floral qualities as well. The hops character really blends well with the malt profile. No yeast or alcohol character present.

M: Light-bodied with medium carbonation and a super-dry finish. There is no astringency or negative qualities.

O: One of the most drinkable beers out there. Not as iconic as SNPA but just as drinkable and very buyable at $6.99. Gotta check the bottled on date but overall a wonderful balanced APA with low ABV and superb flavor and sessionability. A really good beer when you can find it within 3-4 months of bottled on date. I wish TJ was more respectful of the beer as far as storage of this beer -- would coolers be that tough?

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Photo of SFNC
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A leftover from a family get together, I poured this with low expectations having had their IPA earlier and found it wanting.

Poured a hazy gold with small head left faded quickly. The smell is pleasant with a light citrus scent, a little grassy, simple but not too bad. The taste is a improvement on the smell, with the citrus being upfront and a nice, semi dry fade. Not very complex, but overall enjoyable.

I would say it's not a great beer hat I would seek out, but for the price it's a winner that I would not turn down. Way to go Trader Joes!

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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 tr9871
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a good pale ale. It is not world class by any means, but it is certainly drinkable. The flavors have been accurately described here, although I am detecting a bit more fruitiness than others I think, almost blueberry like in a way. It is smooth and tasty, and worth a try in my opinion. I
t is what it is, and is good because of what it is not. The bottle sums this beer up nicely, reading "Mission Street resides at the crossroads of quality and value." Accurate description and definitely a good pale ale.

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Photo of kristenspaintings
1.67/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Unfortunately, this beer is not at all close to what I expected. I usually am pretty happy with the company’s product, but not this time. Starting off, it has a very odd color and smell for a Pale Ale. The aftertaste reminds me of soap, so much that I even tried some in a separate glass. To my dismay, the odd soapy flavor remained. And talk about hops!! Wow, way to bitter. Simple, pass on this one.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: light straw golden color - very little lacing, minimal foam

S: A very light citrusy malt aroma - definitely not dry hopped

T: Malty, refreshing, crisp – almost like a Pilsner but definitely not a pale ale (at least not a west coast pale ale.) That being said it is a nice refreshing summer brew. The taste is good but not for a pale ale category. I know this is made by the same brewery as Firestone so maybe this is a less hoppy Pale 31? Malty upfront, dry finish so it’s no overly sweet.

M: Light to medium body, with decent carbonation

O: Tasty beer for $5.99 a sixer. If I had paid more for this then I would have been disappointed. It’s actually a nice brew to have after a heavier IPA

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Dave1999
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with very little white head.

The smell is all about the citrus hops, grapfruit, lemon and some earthiness.

The taste doesn't live up to the smell, slightly hoppy with a malty backbone.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a cheap pale ale which is better than $1 a bottle would suggest. Very much on the light side, would be good to take tailgating.

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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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