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Mission St. India Pale AleMission St. India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by aforbes10 on 12-28-2008

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189
Ratings:
385
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
16.98%
 
 
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Photo of CRichardsMN
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Nice clear orange amber with a decent creamy head that leaves a nice ring of lace at the top of the glass and fades it's way down the glass.

Smell:
Full of citrusy hops and a bit of sweet caramel and malt.

Taste:
Has a nice hit of citrusy hops and fairly bitter tail end. Sweet malty and nutty notes also present. Nothing huge and overpowering like a die hard hop-head would crave but you get the point.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Smooth on the tongue and finishes dry.

Drinkability:
Not usually a fan of IPAs but this one is fairly mild. Good casual brew to swig at.

Comment:
Nothing like free brews from the neighbors! Got a whole variety in one of those "you like these *different* brews" type mixed six packs. Well, yes I do, Thanks!

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was over at Trader Joe's today. I got this beer and a couple of others to try. I continue to be impressed by the value and quality of the Trader Joe's beers.

Appearance
Thick off-white head. Decent retention. Very good lacing. Orange amber body. Small to medium sized carbonation bubbles that are quite lively. I was hoping for some cloudiness but there was none. Beside that this beer looks very nice.

Smell
Strong hops aroma that is pine dominant but also has a citrus character. Faint bread-like malts.

Taste
Strong hop flavor. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the hops have a bitterness that is not present in the nose. Quite bitter. Tastes like bitter pine hops with a little bit of grapefruit peel. Faint malt presence at the end.

Mouthfeel
Pretty full bodied. The hops bitterness lingers. There is an oiliness that remains. Robust carbonation but it does not sting.

Overall
A very hops forward beer. High bitterness. The malt body is there in the mouthfeel but is somewhat lacking in the taste. IMO this beer needs more of a malt presence to balance out the hops. Maybe that says more about my views on IPA's than it does about this particular brew. Around here this beer sells for about 70% the price of say Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and comparable craft brews. Good value. Good beer. A little too hops forward for my palate.

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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 samyoung
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent deal at Trader Joes.
Nice pour. Ruby, amber color with about a 1/2 inch head. Smell is classic IPA with citrus and pine. Has a good, full-bodied mouth-feel. Tastes like it smells with a unexpectedly bitter after-taste. One or two of these at a time is all could handle as a result of the bitterness. Overall a great beer for the $.

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Photo of a10t2
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown 12 oz bottle. $6 a six-pack at Trader Joe's; can't beat that with a stick.

A: Brilliant clear golden-orange; no yeast. Plenty of effervescent carbonation supports good head retention and truly exceptional lacing.

S: Fairly generic fruity hop aroma that actually tends away from the citrus somewhat. The vaguest hint of alcohol behind it with no malt to speak of.

T: A big, bright citrusy hop flavor leads off, followed by the bitterness in the middle of the palate and finally a faintly syrupy malt note that lingers to balance the finish.

M: On the high side of the carbonation spectrum, but not unreasonable. Light and crisp, nothing to slow things down.

D: Very good. This, to me, is what an AIPA should be - a hop delivery vehicle, but balanced, without making an effort to overwhelm the drinker.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clean, dark copper with a decent head. Lacing was pretty good all the way down.

Smelled like an IPA. Citrusy hops with a malt backbone. Nothing really jumps out, though.

Hops hit you up front, but it's not nearly as biting as most American IPA's. The creamy, biscuity malt come in and pretty much linger to the end. It's not as full bodied as other IPA's but it's fairly balanced. The hops and the malt are both a bit weak, like it's watered down. Mouthfeel is alright. Because it's not as biting as other IPA's, it's pretty smooth and goes down easy.

Drinkibility is good, though. It's not heavy and you could easily knock a few back before you realized it.

Notes: All in all, it's not a bad IPA at all. The price is right, and it's a beer that you could give to a buddy who's tired of drinking the same American Adjunct Lagers that take up the majority of the shelf space. A good starter beer.

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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 Treath
4.94/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my first time trying an IPA.
Poured from a bottle into a glass mug.

A- Nice filtered amber color, slightly ruby. Two and a half finger head that fizzles to a light froth. Small bubbles streaming up. Leaves good amount of lacing.

S- Piney and floral hops. Very pleasant to the nose. It reminds me of a pine forest mixed with marijuana.

T- True to the smell. Grassy, floral, piney hops. Has a sweetness to it. Some malts. Very little bitterness. I really enjoy this flavor. Hoppy and bready aftertaste.

M- Good amount of carbonation. Medium light mouthfeel.

O- Overall, this is a very tasty beer. I really enjoyed it. I didn't know that I'd even like this beer.

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Photo of omokoro
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured copper, pale amber color, with very little head. There was a very pleasant hop aroma, with sweet malts on the nose. As with most American IPAs, the dominant flavor is hops. This beer is balanced between both citrus and grassy note. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. For about a buck a bottle, this is a great value.

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Photo of Estocker
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my SN Tulip. Pours a very pretty amber color, with 2 fingers of head. Unfortunately the head dissipated almost completely in about 30 seconds. Doesn't look like there is much lacing.

Judging by the name, I expect this to be a pretty straightforward West Coast IPA. Unfortunately it seems this is very balanced malt-wise so there isn't a lot of hop aroma that shines through. The nose is very muted as far as the hops go, I'm picking up some caramel malt mostly, maybe some grassy hops.

Taste is similar, not much in the way of fruity/piny hops, just toned down grassy hop notes and malt flavor. Luckily, it's not very sweet which makes this very drinkable, and not a bad IPA. I might be picking up on some apple notes as well. Some grapefruit MIGHT be hiding down in there somewhere, but it is fighting a losing battle.

Mouthfeel/drinkability is fine. I wouldn't necessarily want to drink a lot of these considering it's not the best IPA on the block.

But I'll be damned; for the price (5.99 sixer), this is a pretty good deal.

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Photo of Milchad
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%

I had one of these yesterday while watching football and was very impressed with the flavor. Drank very smooth and lots of hoppy citrus flavor. Overall a great quality brew especially considering the price. I picked up a couple at my local Trader Joe's and wish I had gotten more. If you like other brands like Sweetwater or even Sierra Nevada, you'll like this one as well. Do yourself a favor and grab at least a sixer. You'll thank me later.

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Photo of LongBeachHopHead
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at refrigerator temp from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance is a nice rich golden color with decent head and good lacing through out.

Smell: I was surprised given the price $5.99 a sixer at Trader Joe's in Long Beach. Clean fresh hop, with citrus tones and a hint of sweet grapefruit.

Taste: I like the taste. It's not a huge palate wrecking IPA but one that is sessionable and won't knock you out in two beers. Bitterness is nice and inviting, not overwhelming. It was not refrigerated at the store, so I'm surprised that it tastes so fresh. I don't see a date on the bottle but I'll keep looking.

Mouthfeel: It's a mild IPA. Nothing is punching through. Light in consistency and just enough bitterness to separate it from the Mission Pale; it's close cousin.

Drinkability: I really like this one. I would drink it as my regular session IPA since most are around $10 a sixer now.

If you're not in the mood for a huge Hop Bomb, this is one for your Wednesday night. Save the big ones for the weekend!

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Photo of JoshuaCain
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle is dated 11/18/08
pours a golden amber with a fairly meager head. moderate lacing.
aroma is a nice pine-y fresh spring breeze. very clean and crisp.
taste is nice, if not understated. a very mild flavor, with pine and grass notes up front with a little citrus on the finish, low bitterness. definitely not the tongue scorching IPA that seems so prevalent these days.
medium body with mild carbonation, easy to drink.
the price is also low, which gives it higher marks in general.

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Photo of ELN
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this puppy up at trader joes in their mix-n-match place. listenin to punk rock on youtube. got nothin' better to do than review some brew..

appearance: i drink from bottle
smell: ipa. i think they all smell the same. harsh, pine-coney.
taste: not harsh! there's really no ipa kick which is totally weird. the ipa taste is like 1/4 of what i'm used to.
mouthfeel: little bit heavier than a macro lager.
drinkability: well... i only have one!! not sure i'd buy again. probably not. all it has is a lighter than regular ipa flavor.

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Photo of CAcreeks
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I believe this is the only IPA currently under $1 a bottle (12 oz) and it is better than many selling for twice or 3x the price. Complex floral aromas with slightly dark malt. Aftertaste is on the light side, which separates it from the best IPAs (Green Flash, Pliny, Stone). The aroma makes it superior to any IPA made north of the Spanish Mission line. (I have no idea why north coast IPAs are so un-IPA-like.)

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Photo of kgs
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this for $5.99 at Trader Joe's in Atlanta and thought it was worth a risk.

This is a real value -- an IPA you could serve at a party with no hesitation and yet not feel bad if someone took a couple of sips and wandered away, leaving the bottle on the coffee-table. It's not stupendous, but it's appealing in a straightforward manner, with lots of caramel on the palate and plenty of hops in the nose and on the tongue (hello, I'm an IPA!). It has just enough hops that it would work well with party food, such as cheeses and barbecued wings, without freaking out your cousin Fred who wants to know what all the craft-beer fuss is about.

You aren't going to sit down with this beer and meditate on the history of brewing or wax poetic about its mouthfeel, but so what. It's exponentially better than comparably-priced flavorless beers and could be a good gateway IPA for friends or relatives who have balked at the price of craft beer.

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Photo of les1721
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearence is a beautiful auburn with a nice tan head that doesn't last to long but leaves a lacey remnent on the glass. Smell is of citrus piney and earthy hops. A lttle sweetness from the malt. Taste a little sweetness of apples and caramel, finishes with a nice citrus, piney and earthy hop flavor. Not very bitter for an IPA and very thin and clean for this style. Mouthfeel about medium to light and drinkability higher than most IPAs. Overall a very good tasting beer, but a little more like a hearty pale ale than an IPA.

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Photo of Tarmac
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, but not superb either. The smell is probably better than the taste. The smell teases you with the potential of a ballsy IPA, but the taste is more sweet, malty, thick, instead of that crisp bitter hop action. Still, for $5.99 at Trader Joe's this is a good bargain and nice to mix up with Sierra Nevada, which I just did. I'm feeling it.

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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 JamesTurkey
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack from Trader Joes for 6 bucks (+ tax and CRV).

A: Pours deep amber with a two finger head that dissolves within a minute and leaves some lacing.

S: Piney with some bread/malt tones to it.

T: Nice balance with the malt and hops. Hops are mostly piney, with a splash of bitter orange at the end.

M: It might just be because I didn't let it get cold enough, but this beer was fairly thick on the palate with a slight buzz from the carbonation, which was not bad at all.

At about a buck a bottle, this is a good beer that can hold its own against other more expensive IPAs. Not a great beer, but definitely a great value.

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Photo of theJollySin
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A nice amber color. Almost red, deeply orange. Little to no head. Bubbling that starts off strong and then fizzles out pretty fast.

S - A very light smell. I didn't noticed it until I looked for it. A light, fruity scent with only a prickle of hops; which is strange for an IPA.

T - Not so hoppy for an IPA. There is a slightly skunky flavor, but perhaps that is a personal bias against IPAs. I'm not sure. The fruity flavor is almost sour, but again that may be normal for a beer.

M - Thin enough to be refreshing. It foams lightly on the tongue.

O -

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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 mjr5052
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Color and clarity are good, solid head retention.

Aroma is a bit lacking. Classic IPA scents, with a lot less bang.

Taste is pretty good. 6.1% abv but you would think 5% if you didn't read the label. No complaints though, the kind of IPA you can have a few of and not overload your palate. Light, but and actually a bit more malty than hoppy.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, somewhat standard.

Overall this is a very drinkable IPA and a hell of a value. It says right on the label "Mission Street resides at the crossroads of quality and value", and I couldn't have put it better. You lose a bit of the hop punch that more expensive IPAs provide but it may be worth the reduced price.

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Photo of FVTraina
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Trader Joe's on Long Island, NY. Appreciated that they let you mix and match six-packs.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Orange straw color. Almost no head, tiny bit of lacing. Occasional bubble or two floated up.

S: Smells like a package of pellet-ized Northern Brewer Hops, with a citrusy tinge.

T: Quick peak taste of hops quickly subsiding to a malt flavor.

M: For very little head retention, and little lace at all, surprised to feel tiny bubbles. Quickly going to a dry mouth feel.

O: Overall, a good IPA, and for the price of $1, a good value. Interested to know the contract brewer for Trader Joes.

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Photo of gsmith10
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark amber, with a 3-finger head that fads to one. Significant bubbling is visible even minutes after pouring.

Smell - Strong piney hop smell. Carmel melt smell is minimal compared to the hops.

Taste: Middle of the road bitterness, primarily just the hops flavor; well balanced. In character with the American IPA style.

Mouthfeel: Neither light nor heavy, coarse feel from the carbonation notable especially at the beginning of a sip.

Overall: A solid IPA. Refreshing, not super bitter but still pretty hoppy for the single IPA style. A good deal - available at California Trader Joes regularly.

Serving: From the bottle (no date), into a non-descript pint glass

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Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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