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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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 287
Photo of Callenak
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to review this beer for some time.

Available at Trader Joe's for a great price and a good beer for the price.

A: Pours a very pale/golden. Crystal clear with a small white head.

S: A mild hoppiness to it, with a little crystal malt coming out. Nothing to robust.

T: A good all around APA. A decent balance of hoppiness.

M: Thin and crisp. Not an amazing beer, but very refreshing.

I'm an IPA guy so of course it will seem tame to me, but for the style it's quite good. Something to keep a six pack in the fridge of for hot days or working on the car. Refreshing but tasty enough.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle with a golden color and a small white head. Aromas are a nice pale, slightly toasty maltiness with a bright citric, piney Cascade hop wafting out of the glass.

First sip brings a pale, slightly biscuity malt flavor which flows into a sturdy citric, herbal Cascade hop punch. Finishes with a good touch of bitterness. A good, clean pale ale overall that's hopped well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good stable carbonation. Medium bodied and easy to drink. A solid offering that would make a good everyday brew to have sitting in the fridge. Thanks to Callenak for the bottle.

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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 ElGordo
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found at Trader Joe's for $4.99/6pk and figured I'd try it out. Pours a pale, bright straw color topped by just a wisp of creamy white head. Assertive aroma of piney, floral hops. Palate is more piney hops, along with a touch of light sweet malt. The hoppiness lends a mildly bitter aftertaste that lingers for a while. Medium body makes this quite an easy drinking beer. Difficult to beat for the price.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin white head above a crystal clear light copper body, moderate carbonation.

Piney hops are dominant in the smell.

Hops are settled down at least a notch in the taste. Decent malt backdrop makes for an interesting offering. The hop profile is aggressive but far from overpowering this brew. Crisp and clean finish make this a highly sessionable brew and one I'll go back to.

For a $4.99 sixer this one actually proves to me that there are needles in the trader joe's haystack. Few and far between this is worth picking up. Refreshing, Cheap, Packs some quality flavor.

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Photo of arizcards
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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 JISurfer
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, this was one of the hardest beers to review for me. The reason it was so hard, is it was so average. Just take your average APA and you have this beer. The only thing, was that this one was a little worse in the taste catagory. It had too much of a hop presence with little to nothing to back it up. To me, that makes it no good. I like my beers a bit more complex than this one. Sorry.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Bcant
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

According to the label “Beers should be great tasting and have a good price.” Well, this beer as a good price, something like $4.50 a six. But a great taste….

Appearance: golden, slightly oily looking, with a small white head made of tiny bubbles that dissipates rapidly but leaves some lacing.

Smell: strong hop odder, very piney.

Taste: thin, no malt depth. The hops bidder but do not give tremendous character.

Mouthfeel: watery though also slightly greasy.

Drinkability: rather refreshing; quenching with some lingering bitterness to wheat the palate.

….is ok. Probably a good bet if you are entreating and need to buy lots of beer.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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 LongBeachHopHead
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mission St. Pale Ale
Serving type is a 12 oz. bottle.
This beer is a contract brew made by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and sold by Trader Joes.
Appearance is a nice light pale aleness. Golden and somewhat deceiving. A nice white head that tapers off to a light layer of foam across the top.
Smell is a little dingy with bitterness scents of light hopping. Definitely a pale ale in all respects.
Mouthfeel is very surprising. A pretty hopped up pale ale and a nice offering by Firestone.
Drinkability would be high on my list. For the style and lightness of this beer, its would be a great replacement for anyone's lawnmower beer. At $4.99 a six pack at Trader Joes, its going in my basket from time to time.

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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 henrysunset
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

seriously pale, pale ale with huge white head. The head doesn't last but it does leave nice lacing.

Smell is great, like a light IPA even. Nice hoppy smell is a bit bitter but mostly floral, a bit of sweet malty smells too.

taste is good but a little off. It is exceptionally thin in taste as it was in color. There is some nice floral hoppy tastes, but it is mostly just bitter and dry. Not bad at all, but not very flavorful.

Entirely drinkable, but not in the slightest bit exceptional.

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Photo of badbonez
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Another cheap-o from Trader Joe but a decent enough beer. I was struck immediately with the hoppy aroma as I openend the bottle. Too bad that the taste doesn't quite match up. I would characterize the flavor as basically unbalanced, tipped mightily to the hoppy side. The hops had a tangy, slightly fruity flavor but the malt flavor was decidedly lacking. What flavor I did fet from the malt seemed very generic. And there was hardly any body to speak of. Still, @ $4.99 a six pack, much better than your average POS American lager. And being a hop head, I did enjoy the couple I had.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bought at Trader Joes.
Pretty near average appearance for a pale ale..that is slightly hazy golden with a small frothy white head..that is persistent.
I actually liked the aroma of this..very hoppy indeed.. spicy Cascade maybe..but invigorating.
The taste is mainlly of the hops..the malts are very well masked.nice drying finish.
pretty average on the palte.
A drinkable enough beer..not bad but not great.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, it was golden yellow in color with a medium amout of foam and no lace. The smell of hops and a piney aroma filled the nose with a hint of malts. The taste was of a citrus/pine flavor with a hoppy bitterness that was not over powering. This was not an outstanding ale, but not a below average beer!

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Photo of RoyalT
2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light orange in color and very clear with a nice, white, foamy head that left some terrific lacing.

Smell – This has a nice orange and pine hop aroma with a solid malt base.

Taste – Whoa! Something’s rotten in the State of Denmark. I’m no brewing guru, but something went wrong here.

The piney hops found their way into the taste, which was good. But the rest of the beer is completely absent. The malt base that I thought I smelled at the nose was completely AWOL. However, the taste wasn’t as bad as the mouthfeel . . .

Mouthfeel – As Stephan King would say in a hushed tone with a dramatic swoop of his arm: “Thinner.” This was like drinking hop-flavored water, which isn’t bad if it’s supposed to be hop-flavored water but when you’re selling it as an ale it sucks. I think if you cellared this for six months or so it would break down into pure tap water.

Drinkability – I sure liked smelling it, but I won’t ever buy another bottle to drink. What a disappointment.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was another part of my "on the cheap" six-pack I occasionally get at Trader Joe's. At only seventy cents a bottle, you wonder what you might be getting set up for...
Well, Mission St. Pale Ale looks harmless enough; clear yellow color with a good amount of carbonation helping kick up a good sized brilliantly white head. The nose was mainly of floral hops with a light citric note in the backgorund and no real malt notes. Light and clean in feel, this pale ale had a severely understated malt flavor (as in, where's the malt?). Occasionally, I'd get a little taste of malt but it seemed random, as if they were an afterthought. A spicy hops flavor took hold mid-palate and didn't let go through a long dry finish.
Even as one-sided as it was, this brew didn't come off as anything other than a totally benign, aimless and, finally, average beer designed to wean macro drinkers off their macro of choice. With the vast numbers of better pale ales available, this will be the one and only time I'll drink this one (unless it's this or a macro).

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Photo of Zorro
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow gold brew, ho hum.

Smell is about evenly divided between hops and malt smells.

Taste is mostly lemony hops with a grain after taste. Lots of hops flavor but it isn't thick enough to get bitter. Taste is "HOPS SELTZER WATER." It's better than Budweiser, but not great. There is also a raw carrot flavor to this brew, strange.

Mouthfeel is decidedly thin.

More drinkable than Budweiser. Mission St. is in San Francisco; I sure as hell can find an Anchor Steam there that blows this out of the water!

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Photo of gnaussea
2.31/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden ale, with a weak head that settles quickly. Smells of.. well. pearle hops. Tastes of... pearle hops.... let me say that again... PEARL HOPS! We get it. It doesn't need to be so pronounced. It's right on the foretaste and lasts all the way until the flavor is gone. It is not necessary. Truly, it tastes kindof rdiculous, because they probably had to add quite a few ounces of such a low bitterness hop to get this flavor. It's almost as if they added no bitterring hop and, to make up for it, added about a pound of pearle 5 minutes to the end of the boil to make up for it. It taste like the extract of the smell of hop pellets. This beer was made to do one of the following possibilities: to demonstrate a concentrated version of the hop, to fool people wih no palette that its a beer worth buyng more than once. I know this is a harsh review, but in strange way, it actually offended me.'

But.. as far as these hops go, I enjoy the taste. It is pleasurable, just plain and pointless.

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

The beer after the pour is a limpid golden amber color; the head is mastodonic in size, spumous in texture and the color a bright white with the lace a tight skirt upon the glass. Nice hop floral aroma, sweet malt, citrus crisp and fresh, the start is sweet, lightly malted, top is rather thin. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops dynamic in their spiciness, dry long-lasting aftertaste, an average Pale Ale, could have a bit more malt, to balance out the hoppiness.

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