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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 TheHoppiest
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must admit to having difficulty setting aside my bias on this one. See, I purchased it from Trader Joe's, and I understand that this is a house brand of their's, kind of like "Two-Buck-Chuck" is a wine house brand. Since I can't square the idea of good beer with Trader Joe's, please keep that in mind as you read this review.

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a honey-yellow, with a 1/2" head that reduces to a thin skim in short order. Minimal lacing as the beer is swirled.

Smell is thin to non-existent; mild malt and honey are present, and not much else.

Has a grassy taste, with a mild floral undertone that carries it to a slightly bitter finish. There's a hint of caramel malt that rounds out the middle.

Light to medium bodied, there's a bit of a funk taste in the front-to-mid tongue area that just kills the feel for me.

Well, I'd love to give this a great coda, such as, "Mission Street proved me wrong, and showed me I shouldn't pre-judge a beer just because of its provenance, it was totally awesome!" Unfortunately, it lived up to exactly what I thought it would be; a mild, uninteresting pale ale aimed at the liberal Trader Joe shopping masses. Don't bother unless you're idea of a good wine is Two-Buck-Chuck. Then, you'll love this.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle has no freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a light amber color with a small ring at the top.

Smell: Floral and soapy with lime hues, similar to the same scent as Mission St. IPA yet not as intense.

Taste: Much more flavorful than expected! This beer essentially tastes like a honey-drenched biscuit, with light caramel and toffee tones. There are enough hops present in this brew that make it so that it doesn't taste too malty as it warms up, which can generally be a problem for me with pale ales.

Mouthfeel: I love the thickness that this beer has, despite its relatively high water content. The nice balance of hops and malts are what ensure that this beer maintains its flavor. The hops are not excessive on the tongue, yet are a major factor in determining its biscuit-y taste. The beer is surprisingly warming.

Overall: What a nice beer! It's very tasty for any casual setting. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a humble yet flavorful beer that can be enjoyed on any occasion.

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Photo of
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear yellow amber with a smallish head that hangs around. Okay lacing.

Smell - Lots of citrus and floral West Coast hops with a nice caramel background.

Mouthfeel - a bit thin with moderate to low carbonation.

Taste - Not nearly as intense as the smell. Nice sweet caramel malts, a little bitterness, but overall a bit watery.

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Photo of JJBlanche
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden to amber with ample carbonation and a one finger head that recedes to about a quarter finger and sticks around. Decent lacing.

S: The dominate scent here is citrus hops...I'm thinking either Cascade or Amarillo. Probably the former. Some caramel in the background. Very nice.

T: Comperable to Sierra Nevada. Some bitterness up front that fades into grain. A solid representation of the APA style.

M: Good for the style.

O: A really nice beer at Budweiser prices. This was the last six pack on the shelf, and now I know why. A sessionable brew with some complexity for those on a budget. Methinks I'll be buying this again (and again). Nice job Steinhaus (or should I say Firestone Walker ;)

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes it is cheap but the reality is it is a first rate pale ale that has the big hops you crave but balanced to the T. I could drink this all the time but sadly TJs in not in BC. I am not impressed by TJs beer selection in general but will stop in just to pick up this and the IPA.

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Photo of lisomiso
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is ridiculous good - my go-to - and I can't believe it costs $1 for a bottle. Smells like really nice black tea, a bit floral in a savory way, and the drinkability is off the charts. Which, I suppose, makes the price tag merciful. I'm always ready for one of these - sometimes even when there are fancier beers to be had.

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Photo of bosox941827
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into Ayinger oversized 0.5L glass; like others picked this up at Trader Joe's for $1.00/bottle (got a bunch of their "house" beers to try).
A - Pours a crystal clear light orange, with a bit of a head that foams up off the pour and then fades to thin lacing
S - Pretty substantial candy-hop nose; sugary grapefruit is how I'd characterize it
T - Quite sweet on the first taste, mixing with that grapefruit-y hoppiness that you get on the nose. It is not too prominent however and is quickly washed away, though the finish is dry. Sweetness carries throughout and is really more pronounced than any hop flavor I can discern.
M - A bit on the thin side, but smooth with fairly low carbonation.
There's something just a bit "off" with this one; not a bad PA, but not really assertive enough for me and almost a bit watery. Would try it again, but am glad I didn't pick up a full sixer.

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Photo of richkrull
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one while making my rounds at Trader Joes. I have to say this is a good solid pale ale. Good flavor, good amount of hops. Very balanced beer. And definitely a drinkable beer. For the price, you can't go wrong with this one. Nothing flashy, but a good beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear straw color hue with a pure white 1in thick head. Bubbling intensely. Considerable lacing to the glass.

S: Nice and sweet with strong aroma of ripe cirtusy fruit like tangerines

T: Slightly sweet with considerable hop bitterness present for a pale ale. Bursts of citrus-tangerine flavors dominant with a great earthy/floral undertone. Nice hints of light caramel. Finishes clean, crisp and dry.

M: Very light clean and crisp. Super dry and nicely carbonated.

D: Incredible. So light and refreshingly hoppy. Finishes so clean and crisp I could drink these all day long. Superbly balanced.

What a deal at $5.99 a 6-pack sold under the Pseudo-brewery for Trader Joes dubbed Stanislaus Brewco. There is only one brewery coming out of Paso Robles that can produce something this good. My hats off to Firestone. This is my go to session brew at like 4.5% ABV it is so nice and refreshingly hoppy. No wonder it won Gold Medal at the 2010 GABF.

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Photo of treehugginslug
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fine, don't really care about this category

S - Smell was average, not like Sierra Nevada, but average.

T - Taste was average, good malted barley.

M - Good amount of carbonation.

D - It was good.

Would I buy it again? Maybe, if I needed to bring something to a party.
Would I drink it at a party? Sure
Would I recommend it? Probably not
Did my wife like it? "Not a big fan of that, something in the aftertaste was gross."

Overall: Not a great beer, but for the price, it was good. Would definitely bring it to a party, but would probably drink Sierra Nevada if I ever wanted a Pale Ale.

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Photo of samyoung
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great beer to snag from your local Trader Joe's grocery store. I have seen other BAs quoting the price at $5.99/six-pack. I wish. Here in the Big Apple it will cost $6.99/six-pack. Oh well - its still eons cheaper than comparable six-packs in the NYC region.

A - Golden with amber hues.
S - Nice grapefruit and hops scent. Was almost convinced I was about to drink an IPA.
T - Clean and hoppy with hints of citrus.
M - Sticky and sweet at first, evaporates quickly.
D - Smooth and easy-drinking.

This is the kind of beer that I wish that I always had on hand. Its a classic American Pale Ale. Cheers to Steinhaus!

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought at Trader Joes

A: Very pale golden color with some good lacing.

S: Citrus hops, grapefruit, some hop resins.

T: Pretty light, but agreeable. Citrus hops upfront and then a lot of pale malts, which hit a little too hard to let the hops really shine. The finish has a buttery, bready feel with a bit of hops for a slightly bitter finish. Very easy to drink and not a bad pale ale. Definitely one of the better beers at TJs.

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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 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 whatthehull
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Awesome golden copper, almost no head and zero lacing

S - Sweet floral, bit of citrus, crystal malt and sweet hops

T - Exactly what you are looking for in an easy drinking awesomely priced American Pale Ale. Floral up front, half hop half malt middle with a refreshing hop finish

M - Light, fluffy and lightly bubbly

D - This is the bud light of Pale Ales. "Drinkability".

Final thought - This beer is really nice and you can pick it up at any Local Trader Joe's. Only 5.99 a sixer. Just won the silver or gold at the GABF.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

again a few more of these and thankfully i am done, cold day, snowed in, lots of ehh beer from mixed six packs and away we go. served in a pint glass on 1.11.11.

probably the best i had from trader joes hands down, this one just started out nice with a good solid deep amber color and a good mix of head that cratered out perfectly and left behind nice lacing in its wake. deep citrus hops, notes of sweetness with orange, tangerine, hints of sweet malts and a really nice blend of flavors. flavor follows through very nicely with a really great mixture of deep hops that really come through quite nicely. biting at first but mellows with a buttery and complex mid palate that leaves a wonderful aftertaste of rich bitter hops and smooth sweet buttery malts really hits the spot and leaves a nice dry finish in its wake.

overall a great pale that borders on a nice ipa. i would buy this one again for certain.

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Photo of GregBlatz
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

6'er from Trader Joe's for $5.99. I heard that this is brewed by Firestone Walker, a brewery I have heard a lot about lately but they don't distribute in OH. Also bought the IPA and haven't tried it yet. Firestone Walker has a great reputation and the price is cheap for craft beer. Hope I like them.

A - This is a very light golden colored beer. More straw than golden. Extremely clear beer. Head is thin and wispy.

S - Mild aroma. Some floral hop aroma is noticeable. Fruity esters.

T - Nice mild pale ale. Not sure if my sample was real fresh because it has that stale hop taste. Nice mild malt backbone.

M - Thin and strongly carbonated.

D - Very drinkable. This could be a session beer if you were in the mood.

Overall it is a nice simple beer. Nothing really stands out. It does have a nice hop aroma and flavor. It is an easy to drink beer that you could go back to. Should be good on a hot day.

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in pint glass. Label reports ABV = 4.7%

Pours clear and golden with a rather sparse head. Head has some retention but leaves almost no lacing.

S - somewhat weak but very pleasant mix of citrus, hops and sweet malt.

T - Clean and fresh. Like the smell, this beer has a very nice flavor but I do wish it was stronger. Nice malt/hops balance; perhaps too balanced for a pale ale. Good finish with a light amount of lingering bitterness.

D - easy and inviting.

M - a bit thin but nicely soft and smooth; medium carbonation.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Figured I'd give this guy a try, seeing that he completed my Trader Joe's mixed sixer. He pours a clear pale straw topped by a relatively transitory finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange zest, coriander, light pine, and some rich caramel. The taste increases the pine's share a smidge, but leaves the rest of the nasal elements untouched. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a rather nice pale ale made even nicer by the approachable price tag.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe's. Pours a golden color with a thin, quickly fading head. Lively carbonation and not much lacing. Light aroma of citrus hops with biscuit malt notes. Body is too light to my liking. Earthy hops and grapefruit dominate the flavor, there are slight malty notes as well. Finish is long, bitter and dry. I will try their IPA also. I suspect this is watered down version of IPA.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.17 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a dark yellow body with noted clarity and a thinnish, white head.

Smell: Simply scented. A whiff of pale malted barley which easily slides into a juicy, fruity citrus hop aroma.

Taste: A start of particularly pale malts, lightly biscuity, and sensibly sweetened with a thin drizzle of golden syrup. Fruity, lightly floral hop character akin to lemon and orange citrus peelings with an almost imperceptible tartness off in the distant background. Medium bitterness. Lightly resinous. Slightly bitter, dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: While not outstanding, it is pretty decent, well-balanced, and refreshing. Yeah, you could find other pale ales out there that would beat it in the taste department, but probably not when it comes to price.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a moderate off-white head. On the nose, lots of fresh citrus (mostly oranges) and some floral hops. On the palate, fairly light bodied, thin and a little watery, with a little citrus, although this one rings somewhat hollow. Good, but instantly forgetable.

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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 JayQue
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I continue to be impressed with Trader Joe beers!! The Mission St IPA was very good and so is this Pale Ale. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Small head, less than average retention and spotty lacing.

Good strong aroma of piney hops..plenty strong enough for a Pale Ale. Tastes good as well!!! Strong piney hops and a little balancing bready malt. Mouthfeel is crisp and light. This is not an IPA...plenty robust for a Pale Ale.

Drinkability is very good!!! Had no idea that this was only 4.60 abv until I started this review. This is a good "poundable" beer for sessions or as a lawnmower beer.

If this was a restaurant selection for dinner, I would have no problem with it. Good beer, cheap price.

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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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