Mission St. India Pale Ale | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. India Pale AleMission St. India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no visible freshness dating from a local trader joes. into a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours a clear golden to amber colored body with a finger of bright white head.

S- the nose is mostly hops. lots of citrus, and some floral. there is a small caramel malt backbone that comes through at the end.

T- the taste is alot more balanced than the smell. lots of caramel malt upfront with plenty of citrus hops at the end. loads of grapefruit. no trace of alcohol.

M- crisp, clean, and refreshing. light bodied, almost watery. no trace of alcohol.

D- easy to finish, enjoyable, cheap, and always available. this ones a keeper. ill certainly check this one out again at $1.17/bottle. a hidden gem among the rest of the trader joes label. check this out if you get the chance.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

A: A bold, orange color with hints of redness. A small head appears and remains even as it warms up.

S: If there's anything I love about a good IPA, it's floral and citrus scents! The smell of this beer easily informs me that the hops used in this IPA are flavorful and spicy.

T: Contains floral and pine flavors and is far less fruitier than expected. Its initial soapy taste is quickly replaced by a delicious, sweet honey-infused flavor as it warms up. The maltiness is also well balanced.

M: For IPA bitterness standards, this is ridiculously smooth. The hops do not remain on the tongue for too long, and the yeasty flavor of the beer maintains a warming and lovely aftertaste on the throat and the palate.

O: This is a beer that contains a lot a hops with the goal of enhancing its *flavor*, and not its bitterness. Right here, this is honestly not a problem at all, as it makes it a simple yet convenient ale that can be had during the summer. When cold, it is very refreshing yet becomes more flavorful as it warms up. This, however, is usually not the type of IPA I'd take, as I prefer those with more hop intensity than this one. It's still a good IPA, and needs to be represented more often in California craft brews.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a translucent copper color w/ a small head - disipates quickly, leaving a slight collar.

S - floral hops & citrus strong on the nose, with malt undertones. A very nice aroma off this brew.

T - floral hops up front followed by citrus and finished off w/ a bit of malt sweetness. Overall nicely balanced and finishes very nicely, which I very much enjoy.

M - medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - overall, this is a great beer for the cost. $1.17 / bottle at Trader Joe's. Like most of the other proprietary TJ beers I've had, the quality to cost ratio is off the charts. Outstanding for the price.

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Photo of JayQue
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seemed to be a bargain IPA purchased at Trader Joe's supermarket. I wasn't expecting much until I read a few reviews....then I tasted it. Mission St. IPA is to beer what "2 Buck Chuck" is to wine. A really good drink at a ridiculously cheap price.

Pours a hazy amber with a good size slightly off-white head. Head retention is average-to-less-than average, but lacing is thick rings around the glass. Smell is as impressive as any IPA. Good strong floral and piney bitterness.

Taste is very hoppy with a little malt balance thrown in. More citrus and piney than floral, but this is a strong, hoppy beer. Definitely not a bargain bin IPA.

Mouthfeel is a hair thin for a top shelf IPA but after several sips, it is not as much of a factor. It is crisp, not boozy and goes down well. Drinkability is very good. This is a solid IPA.

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Photo of nelnutter
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into SA pint glass.

A: Pours a golden copper color, completely clear, and a strong 2-finger foamy head and left ample lacing.

S: Mostly citrus/grapefruit hops, with a touch of pine, and some sweet caramel malt.

T: Pleasant hop taste, but surprisingly more earthy/piney vs. the citrus/grapefruit that the smell was leaning toward. Very nice mix though, and the sweet caramel maltiness balances it out quite nicely. Naturally, it's on the more bitter side, but not too much, even for those who aren't into IPA's.

M: Medium bodied, though somewhat thin. Only slightly carbonated.

D: Very nice IPA. Nothing too overpowering here, just a nice brew, and at $6/6-pack at Trader Joe's in MA, it's definitely one I won't hesitate to buy more of!

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Photo of whatthehull
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Medium-dark amber, little to no head and no lacing

S - Slight floral hop and a bittersweet malt

T - Floral and Citrusy hops and a very sweet malty finish. Light and crisp

M - Really light and flufy with a carbonated backbone

D - Very easy. Light enough to pound and heavy enough to enjoy

Final thought - For $5.99 a bottle, you can't go wrong with this IPA. Also a great starter for those who haven't had an IPA

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

See my review of FW Union Jack: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2210/38180/?ba=BuckeyeOne.

Since this is essentially the same beer as FW Union Jack (combined with Pale 31), the reviews would be similar.

The differences are that this is just a bit more sweet.

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Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a nice creamy-thick head that retains very well. Sugary grapefruit and pine aromas meld with sticky caramel. What's this now? Deliciously hoppy flavor you say? Yes. Piney sweet with some citrus and tea. Simple, balanced, and flavorful...not over the top. And it's like $7 for a six-pack. Medium bodied with a restrained bitterness.

A flavorful bargain. While other TJ's beers haven't really been memorable enough to bother returning to, this is one that should be in my fridge fairly often.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Trader Joe's - Cincy.

Poured a clear copper color with an average creamy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus, earthy hop and small malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where met and this beer is at a Trader Joes price.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe,

A: Pours a clear light amber with a medium white head. Very good lace as the style should have.

S: Impressive, lots of candied orange and apricot. Citrus heavy, hint of mango. Very pungent and enjoyable.

T: Flavour is a bit of a letdown from the nose. Still solid, lots of melon rind and grapefruit, some greeness in there too. Light malt, hint of booze. But a flavour that really grows on me as I drink it.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny aftertaste. Pretty smooth, strong.

O: An interesting beer to discuss. Not my favourite hop profile, but it is big and full flavoured. Reminds me a lot of Union Jack at almost half the price. If you like that beer, you'll like this IPA. Super fresh I could see this killing in a blind tasting.

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Photo of steveh
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to try this TJ's brand after I received some good reviews from trusted sources -- sounds like I should have grabbed some of the APA as well -- next time.

Bottled 5/25/12 -- not bad. Steinhaus Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA. Funny, I seem to recall another small, well-received brewery in Paso Robles...

A -- Clear, deep gold to near amber with a good, light tan head that settles to a very appetizingly creamy cap.

S -- Mellow, but prominent piny hops with some good biscuit malt in the balance.

T -- Beautiful balance of spicy, bitter hops and mellow caramel malts at first taste. Resiny, piny hops linger into the finish and aftertaste in an assertive, but not overpowering manner. There's some light lemony citrus between.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium to heavy body and a dry finish from hops, alcohol, or both.

O -- Those who know me at BA know that I think there's a glut of IPA on the shelves these days, but I have to say that this is one nice beer. The balance of the caramel malts and bold hops, without being extreme, is very appealing -- and at $7 a six-pack, well worth a try.

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Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's actually has good beers, I've discovered - the hefeweizen they sell is the closest I've got in the States to the excellent wheat beers of Germany. And their IPA is also commendable. It's not a standout in the category, in that it doesn't try to do anything new with the form, but it's a very good example of the citrusy, fruity kind of IPA found all over the West Coast. The smell is of flowers and oranges, the taste is bitter, hoppy, reminiscent of grapefruits, with a strong, sweet, malty undertone. The mouthfeel is sharp and bubbly, and - if one is used to this kind of beer - its drinkability is high, as it's not as in-your-face with the hops as, say, the Stone Ruination. It's strong but balanced and actually rather good, if not particularly unique. Also, cheap.

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Photo of bretseeley
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this at Trader Joe's for $5.99 per 6-pk and remembered reading on BA that it's essentially brewed by Firestone Walker so had to give it a try.

I knew immediately from the smell that this was going to be pretty good. Doesn't smell at all like an IPA you'd buy at TJ's. The nice color and head agree. Not a tongue-slapping hop bomb by any means, but a fine IPA in my opinion. I imagine people probably score this beer a grade lower solely because they're biased by the label, but don't fall into that trap. Even for major IPA fans, this is a great, drinkable offering that I will definitely buy much more of. In short, don't judge this book by it's cover.

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Photo of mjryan
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed by Firestone Walker for Trader Joes. Smells wonderful, full on orange juice, grapefruit zest nose, with sweet malt scents holding it all together. Orange marmalade flavour; sweet and pithy. Balancing bitter in the finish. Carbonation is slightly muted and my only real knock on this beer, but considering its relatively inexpensive price point and the fact that I've never bought an off bottle (which is surprising since TJs merchandised their beer warm), it's a small quibble. A fine, hoppy beer. Well made, affordable and consistently good.

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Photo of sklinger990
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Not much head, but nice delicate lacing on the class and floating on top. Bright bronze in color.

S- I think this is the best part. My girl (not really a beer drinker) said that it smelled like strawberrys. I can see that a little, but I get more of a bright citrus/pine thing going on, with a hint of sweetness... very nice.

T- Slight sweetness with mostly a citus hoppy flavor. But what I really like about it is that it doesn't kick you in the face with bitterness. There is enough to support the flavor and give it a back bone, but it doesn't cling to your tounge or blast all of the other flavors away.

M- Light and a little dry. Its nice compared to other sticky feeling IPAs.

D- I could put down quite a few of these easily. This is the second time I have bought this beer and it wont be the last.

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Photo of felipe2toes
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an amber/orange with nice off-white head. Head recedes to some nice edging and lacing.

Smells of piney hops, grapefruit, even some pineapple.

Tastes better than I expected. A little bitter grapefruit, and some grassy/piney hops. Not very much in the way of citrus (other than the grapefruit), but still nice.

Good mouthfeel, and definitely very drinkable. For only 5.99 a sixer, will have to work this into the rotation.

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Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

5.99 a sixer. Keep that in mind.

Pours a nice reddish orange. Big white foam head. Actually has an aroma! Surprising in a cheap IPA. Smells like grass with a bit of pine.

The taste is also, surprisingly nice. Gentle grassy hops with a tad bit of pine. No real citrus, and while that's a bit of a problem, still very pleasant. Some nice bittering grapefruit in there, too.

Nice mouthfeel, very drinkable. This beer just keeps growing on me. This is joining Alesmith IPA and Union Jack IPA in my IPA session rotation.

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Photo of Brunite
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. A crystal clear, copper color with a small, off-white head of foam. Thin trails of lace spot the glass.

S - As soon as I poured this...an aroma cloud enveloped an area 2 feet around the glass! Awesome smelling. Pine, citrus, and some bready notes. Very impressed.

T - Hop bitterness on the outset. The middle lets out some grapefruit notes. The finish is sweetbread and bitter. Beautifully balanced and decent complexity. Tasty bread and biscuit flavors linger. Amazed that this much flavor can be had for a $ 6.99 sixer.

M - Medium light body.Crisp and clean! A dry, bitter finish with subtle sweetbread notes in the rear. The only thing lacking is a bit more carbonation.

D - This is a really fine IPA but at $ 1.17 a bottle...mind blowing! For the price of half a cup of ice and water-downed soda at a fast food joint...you could get this!! I love this beer. This beer is definitely a rotation beer and could well graduate to sitting alongside the Two Hearted in my fridge. It is that good. And the PA is also amazing. Firestone Walker truly knows their PA and IPAs! KUDOS!

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Photo of sweethome
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper penny color. Nice little white head, wispy lacing on top of the beer, and down the glass as consumed. Lush nose of fresh hop oils, carmel. Entry is full - blasts out over the palate with crisp bitterness. Just enough maltiness to balance - then the hops roll in with a crisp, long bitter finish.

This beer is not a slap you around ipa, rather a hop accented flavor and bitter finish with just the right balance to keep from being hop stew.

A real bargain.

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Photo of gshak
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've always been curious about these beers at TJ's, but skeptical since they're never refrigerated. I ventured to pick one up, since it was remarkably fresh (~3 weeks old), bottled 12/31/2013, and at $5.99/6 pack it wasn't going to break the bank - so why not!

Poured at fridge temperature from a stubby 12oz bottle into my pint glass.
A - Looks clean and slightly amber in color when held up against light. About an inch of head that receded after a minute or two, and left some lacing as it went down. Good stuff!

S - Oh yes, very piney and floral. Getting some malty caramel as well. Some lemon and grass notes detected as well. This one leans towards the citrusy side on the aromatics.

T - Follows the smell. A very good balance between the malt and the hops. I detect slight sweetness upfront but the hops kick in rightaway and from then on it drinks like a grapefruit juice. The beer finishes dry, with lasting grassy bitterness on the palate. I detect some mint in the finish as well. Just the way I like my IPAs. I imagine this would pair extremely well with some meat dishes - grilled and slightly seasoned. Very well done!

M - Medium and creamy. Impressive again!

O - This is an excellent brew, and at that price I see myself buying this over and over again. Easily compares to some well known IPAs that retail at a slightly higher price point.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my New Belgium Globe glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that has some staying power. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, very pretty ruby-red, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a mix of floral, fruity and herbal hop components; the herbal and pine notes seem to just about have the edge over the other notes, but each is quite noticeable and plays a significant role. Specific notes of orange flowers, big lychee aromatics, spruce, pine needles, tangelo, honey-suckle and herbal pepper notes (that are not quite green pepper like, but sort of something like that). When sticking your nose deep into the glass the herbaceous notes really become much more noticeable with touches of menthol as well as some dank "hemp"-like notes.

Served on the cool side of chilled the beer tastes crisp and bitter, but does finish with a caramelized malt sweetness. The bitter hop notes are accentuated by herbaceous hop notes that manage to be quite clean; flavors of pine play a big role, but there are some supporting notes of hemp oil and perhaps a hint of menthol and some pepper in the finish. The fruit flavors play a bit more subdued role here, but are still quite noticeable with notes of lychee, tangelo zest, ruby-red grapefruit, floral peach and really just a bright, expressive fruit character that is quite nice. This beer is very quaffable, it is nice and light, dangerously drinkable for the alcohol, and is something I could drink all night.

This is an incredibly solid IPA, considering that this is just about the cheapest IPA on the market this beer is frigging fantastic. I wish the bottles of this had a bottle date on them, if they did I would be purchasing a lot more of this. Once again I am thoroughly impressed by these "Mission Street" brews.

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Photo of PSROCKS
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I Got this at Trader Joes for a very good price of $5.99. It has a very smooth taste, not as Bitter as something like a Stone IPA. (Apples and Oranges)

I like this Mission St IPA alot and also like Stone IPA. I think of Stone as a more premium IPA but Mission for $5.99 Vs $9.99 makes Mission tastes even better.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Saw this at Trader Joe's many a time for a mere $5.99 per 6-pack and finally decided to give it a try. Definitely a good idea...

There is almost no yeast in the bottle at all, unlike most IPA's. Not bad, just different. By just looking at it in the bottle it looks extremely filtered. Certainly the lightest, thinnest IPA I've seen.

Once poured into a pint glass, Mission St. India Pale Ale has a very nice and dense, pillowy white head which does subside almost completely but leaves nice lacing. The body is golden, amber in color and looks very crisp and light. It could pass for a lager or even a Kolsch. It is totally clear; there is absolutely no sediment that I can see. Very attractive.

The smell is of fresh sweet, grass, straw, and hops. Very nice and pleasant.

The taste is great. Finally a drinkable IPA! It is fairly thin and mild for an IPA, but still very smooth. It is very sweet but still has the requisite hoppy bitterness. There is a nice touch of grassy-ness also.

This is definitely not an "extreme" beer, like everyone seems to want to make their IPA's to be--especially those cats up in the NW! If that is what you're after then this beer will disappoint you. However, it is a very drinkable and enjoyable IPA. It could pass for a straight pale ale by some people's standards, but I think it is still hoppy enough to lay claim to "IPA" title.

Don't sleep on this one.

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Photo of vince4953529
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was half-expecting this to be a malt-forward IPA with the dreadful butterscotch flavor abound. $6 a sixer at local Trader Joe's, so I took the chance a grabbed myself a sixer.

Boys was I mistaken. This is one hoppy west-coast IPA, I surmised my bottles must be very fresh. The vibrant orange color and the earthy finishes dry completed this wonderful experience.

Priced considered a bargain compared to the other IPA, this might be my new go-to IPA!

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Beautiful clear, copper color with a slightly off white head and a small amount of lacing. 4.5/5

Smell - Piney and grassy hops. Accompanied by a caramel malt backbone. Small bits of citrus as well. 4.5/5

Taste- Good piney, grassy bitterness fills your mouth and throat. The caramel malt smooths it out. The bitterness stays with you until you want another sip. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Damn near perfect mothfeel. Good carbonation. 4.5/5

Overall- This is a great IPA. Especially for $5.99 per six pack. Of course, Firestone Walker rarely makes a beer that I don't like. Next time you are at Trader Joes, do yourself a favor and pick this beer up. 4.5/5

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Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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