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 rhinos00
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours an absolutely clear, straw yellow. Fingers width of white head formed and dissipated quickly.

S- Smell of grains and malt throughout. This aroma was partly masked by a light scent of piney hops. Also detected a slight hint of fruit.

T- Pretty much the aroma to a "T." Had a nice subtle hops presence that really went well with the other ingredients.

M- Light and well carbonated. Not much else to say here.

D- This is a great session brew. Just enough taste to make it interesting and is very easy to put down.

Overall, a great refreshing beer with decent taste.

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Photo of Overlord
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
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 yesyouam
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle sent from California. From Trader Joe's, I think.
Mission Street Pale is an incredibly clear golden ale with a very small vanishing white head. The aroma is of light grain and ample hops. It's fruity and piny. It is soft and light on the tongue. The flavor is similar to the aroma and very simple: hops, probably cascade, and some light grain. It's a refreshing session ale.
(rated Mar 30, 2007)

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Photo of Irie
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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 HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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 charlzm
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 12/03/08 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is a crystal clear medium gold with minimal but still noticeable carbonation. A one finger white head fades into lacing.

Aroma is grapefruit and pine hoppiness.

A little thin in the mouth.

Flavor is almost evaporative. There is a faint caramel malt character, followed by a subtle piny finish. Minimal bitterness.

Very drinkable and smooth, but perhaps a bit too much so.

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Photo of ironlung
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Recession-Proof Beer"

A: Nice bright amber. Perfect pour. Perfect head.

S: Super light, just a faint "beer" smell.

T: Taste is awsome for a 5 dollar 6-pack. This is a surpriseing, and well-balanced brew.

M: Crisp. Refreshing.

D: This beer is perfectly drinkable. It would be a great all-day beer. I can drink a ton of this cheap surprise!

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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 FacistCannonBall
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I didn't expect much from this beer purchased at Trader Joe's for $6 a sixer. Luckily, I received somewhat of a surprise. While the appearance is unremarkable except for its exceptional clarity, the aroma is pleasing with the upfront smell of citrusy hops. The taste is moderately bitter and sweetened by the malt but quickly fades. The mouthfeel is rather light as well. This is a really good no-brainer session beer. I'm not always in a pondering or serious mood, so this beer works. Now if TJ's could price it for $4 a sixer like they do that Simpler Times stuff... that'd be really nice.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light gold color with a small white head. Nose has a nice hop floral aroma, sweet malt, citrus crisp and fresh, the start is sweet, lightly malted, top is rather thin. An average Pale Ale, could have a bit more malt, to balance out the hoppiness.

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Photo of Floydster
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle purchased as a single from the Trader Joe's in Manhattan Beach for $1, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden orange color that is relatively light, 3/4 inch foamy white head that stood its ground for a few minutes, decent retention, some lacing
S-Pine hoppiness, orange peel, hint of spice, soft malt backbone, other citrus aromas, grass, straw, and
T-This one is almost bitter like an IPA, starts off with pine, some oranges and light maltiness in the middle, then more hops lurking in the finish, not much complexity but an attractive flavor, would prefer it to be a bit thicker and have more of a punch but it is good for what it is
M-Thin body and that was my complaint with this one, it just seemed watered down at times, nice level of carbonation still though, dry and slick mouthfeel
D-Could drink a lot of these with its low alcohol content, they go down way too easy, light on the stomach, makes a nice session brew, just ask my dad

I know I heard that this brew won something recently but I cannot remember, maybe an award at the LA Fair, anyways this is good stuff for six dollars a six pack, will be buying this again, went well with the BBQ food we had tonight, recommended for the price especially

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Photo of gpogo
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear white golden with off-white head that leaves a small lacing

A- Fruity floral hop aroma.

T- Deceptively bitter. The aroma led me to believe it was sweet and not overly hopped, but this is almost reminds me of an IPA more than that of a APA. Citrus hops

M- Medium-light bodied with Moderate-high carbonation. Finishes very crisp and dry. Rather refreshing, I imagine this to be great on a hot day.

D- I obtained this in a bargain grab bag so I assume it to not be too pricey a beer. That being the case this is a great deal for a decent pale ale. Doesn't destroy the palate(though it did surpise me in how bitter it is and it is a great refreshing beer. At 4.6% ABV I could definitely enjoy quite a few of these.

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Photo of Dubbercody
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh, beer from Trader Joe's. Lightly citrus, easy drinking, not too much going on. Heavier than I expected for a Pale Ale. Tasty, another pretty decent beer available at TJ's. Not a whole lot of qualities, but an easy drinker that'll do for under a dollar a beer. Not my favorite, but pretty good for pretty cheap...beats nasty crap from marco-pushers anyday.

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Photo of nbree00
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Bright gold color hints of orange, completely crystal clear, typical for a filtered beer but not really my cup of tea. A perfectly white foam head appears, and than runs for cover quickly.

S: Beautiful west coast hop aroma with a hint of honey and caramelized malts.

T: This beer really tastes more like any IPA than a Pale Ale. The hops tend to dominate with a bitter-lemon flavor coming through. To be honest I would guess this brew to be between 6%-7% ABV but really its not even close, 4.6%, odd.

M: Not that impressed, I guess I enjoy unfiltered so much more these days that all other beers seem to have the uneventful texture of water.

D: I didn't have to much issue with the drinkability of this beer, however I like stronger ales, for its low 4.6% ABV I would say its not that easy a drink.

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Photo of stephendr
3.07/5  rDev -14%
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 Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour produces a two-finger thick, light tan crown of froth that floats on top of a brilliantly clear, rich copper colored brew. A hop focused mix of pine and citrus greets my nostrils upon the first whiff of the aroma. Typical grapefruit notes and candied orange peel but also a lemon zest note and a touch of apricot preserves make up the citrus component. The pine note, while noticeable, does not play as big a role as the citrus-hop notes do. The malt plays a supporting aromatic role adding a hint of caramel, some biscuit notes and a touch of dusty, crushed malt aromatics in the finish.

Somewhat dry up front, but it picks up a caramelized malt sweetness as it moves through the middle to the finish. A bit of a zippy carbonation offsets a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The beer has a solid, biting bitterness to it that lingers on in the finish. The bitterness is not clean, but instead has clinging menthol notes and a touch of pine-like astringency coupled to it. Hop citrus flavors of grapefruit are accentuated by the subtle malt sweetness; mainly though the beer is a bit too dry to really fully express the citrus notes in the flavor. Bitter, herbal hop notes play the dominant role in the flavor, but there is a significant, if supporting malt character here as well. Towards the finish flavors of pale malt, toasty crystal malts, caramelized soda crackers and even a touch of toasted bread notes are all noticeable at times.

A tasty Pale Ale that is quite light and easy drinking. I could wish for a touch more citrus-hop focus in the flavor, but that would mean more of a malt presence and I really do like how easy drinking this is.

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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 sloejams
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
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 rkuhnel
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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 RootedFool
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half an inch head tall on the pour, sudsy, bone white. Body's a bright gold, lots of bubbles. Nose: sweet upfront, deepens after a few more sniffs into hop citrus rind and cut grass notes. Taste: bready (unbuttered biscuit), followed by a lemon zesty twist of hops, but a small twist. The bitterness feels very narrow here, more crisp and one-dimensional than its brethren in the style (Sierra Nevada comes to mind); this is even more mellow than some English pales I've tried. Aftertaste is almost flat, dry. Mouthfeel's a tad thin. Not a beer I would try again considering all of the other American pale ales available that are superior.

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Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light and bright gold color with a decent head.

Aromas are hoppy. A bit of pine and resin smells.

Taste is malty and creamy up front. It feels a bit light in the mouth, but the finish is sharp, bitter, and with pine flavors from the hops. This is a fairly sublte, but still a nice tasting American Pale.

Mouthfeel is average. Not bad, but just a bit to light and lean.

This is a session worthy Pale. Very drinkable.

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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 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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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 goschool
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
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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Mission St. Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
3.57 out of 5 based on 287 ratings.
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