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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

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

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Reviews: 190 | Ratings: 386
Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from trader joe's for $1.17

this beer pours very well. head retention isn't very great, but it has enough to sit sturdily atop with a fine, moderate lacing. the color, though, is killer on this beer: caramel-amber that glows very brightly in light.

smells of clove-honey and pine at the onset, suggesting a nice balance of hop and malt. some alcohol sneaks through at the middle of your inhale, but it's faint and is soon dissipates.

tastes like a mild ipa. this might hit more like a pale ale to some, but the mild woodsy and fruity flavors are well balanced and the malt background ties up the entire finish nicely.

very nice body, very nice. thicker than something of the style, and when it opens up more, it coats the mouth with a nice bitter creaminess that an ipa is more accustomed to. very smooth.

this is a highly drinkable beer. it's smooth and creamy, very pleasant tasting and mild. and if economics factored into these reviews--i think it has actually--this'd be quite the choice. it already is though.

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

This was a pleasantly surprising IPA. The aroma leapt out of the bottle as soon as I popped the cap, the scent of pine and citrus shot up to my nose and filled it with hoppy goodness. Very good smelling beer. The pour is a pretty decent amber with an average head. The taste is solid, not super hoppy, but enough fresh piney flavors to satisfy. The mouthfeel is ok, and drinkability is quite good. Easy to have a few of these if desired. And for the price, quite nice.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up a single of all the traders beers last week an decided to open this one up today. served cold and in a pint glass for lunch.

decent look with a medium amber and a decent head of white capping the top which hung around for a little while. aroma is light, muted citrus hops, touches of bready and sweet malts, touches of buttery notes and a decent rounded profile. medium feel with a light carbonation that led to a small but decent dry finish.

overall a decent ipa, nothing to buy again, but nothing terrible either.

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

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

Appearance: Pours a nearly clear, caramel-amber body with a frothy, lively, off-white head. Scattered flecks of lacing on the descent.

Smell: Smells earthy, piney, and grassy, initially, but then softer floral and fruity inclusions are felt, followed with hints of caramel and toasted barley grains.

Taste: A sweet touch of light caramel glazed lovingly over toasted grains. Touch of early apricot fruitiness. Presents a pleasing mix of hop-forward flavors: lightly floral, lightly grassy, hints of pine needles as well as zested citrus fruits. Moderately bitter. Touches of lemon, pepper, and dehydrated herbs on the drying, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: This one comes just shy of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Simply put, it's a good beer at a great value.

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Photo of SDtastentune
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber with not much head or lace

S - Hops malts and some alcohol.

T - Medium hops and malts, sweet bitterness.

M - Medium fizzy lighter body

D - Drinks great for an IPA, thinner but well worth the taste, had this one on thanksgiving day!


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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 emmasdad
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

!2 ounce bottle brought over a week or so ago by Megan. Pours an amber color with a nice foamy white head. Aroma is spicy hops and a bit of sweetness. On the palate, this one is light to medium bodied, with a good amount of piney hops, and a little sweet malt.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Trader Joes - Pours a copper color with foamy white and lively carbonation. Citrus hops and biscuit malt in the aroma. Citrus hops well balanced by juicy malt on the palate. Long finish becomes dry. Very nice, easy to drink, inexpensive brew.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mission St. IPA tastes like a solid pale. And by pale I mean traditional pale, nowhere near the aggressive nature of most American IPAs.

Overall the beer hits the major points of an IPA:

-Hoppy, citrus aroma
-Perfect golden brown with a heavy head
-Hoppy at the forefront, but smooths out on the palate

However this beer is an easy one, pleasant and smoother than the average IPA. I recommend this for someone easing in to the wonderful world of IPAs.

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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 acurtis
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mission St IPA 12oz bottle from Naven. Poured into River Horse Shaker. Nice clear amber with small white head that sticks nicely to the glass. Very nice aroma of hops, peaches & apricot. Tastes smooth, very much like it smells. Slightly bitter. Lingering finish. Very nice brew.

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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 gopens44
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - when poured, the head rose up to say hello with a foamy vanilla colored handshake, only to return to it's seat atop the clear coppery red liquid.

S - Obviously the hops are present but there is also a presence of an Earl Grey tea type of smell (what is that, bergamot?)

T - ditto with the smell. More hoppy than Earl Grey with a malty finish.

M - Not bad. Smooth, medium carbonation and very little left after the swallow.

D - Ehh, probably. The price makes it attractive for a session IPA, but if I am specifically looking for a strong bitter taste, I would likely hit up something different.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would say I am disappointed but to be fair, I can't. For the price this is an excellent IPA.
If I were to try to clone this I would use extracts (HME) exclusively then add something to the boil or dry hop with cascade.

It's crystal clear copper in the glass with a decent off white head that melts slowly and leaves a nice, albeit weak, mapping.

The aroma on the pour is fresh grapefruit hops but smelling the glass it weakens to something a little stale or...ummm...hop extract with only a hint of the sweet amber malts.

Taste is a little thin with amber malt and mellow grapefruit hops that finishes with more of the same...hops never really take over and the mouthfeel is just slightly cloying rather than drying.

Again, for the price, this is a wonderful intro to a West Coast IPA but still seems a little 'canned' or synthetic. I've nothing against extract brews, but this one just tastes like it.

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Photo of katan
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear light golden brown color. Head formation is strong, but then breaks down quickly to a film. Bubbling is light.

S - A very floral, citrus, orange like nose. Very pungent, sour, grapefruit in nature. Malts are not noticeable.

T - Starts off lightly malty, but then is immediately hit with some grapefruit, floral hopping. A very light grassy edge is present. Some malty note appears in the mid-stream, a little out of order. Toffee, caramel. Finishes a bit bitter, a hair of sour grapefruit left on the tongue.

M - Moderate beer body - thin at times. Carbonation is light, but noticeable. Finishes mostly clean.

D - Easy drinking IPA. The grapefruit sour notes do begin the wear the palette after a while.

A worth IPA - probably not one I would go out of my way for.

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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 IPAisBliss
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great American IPA! Thanks to Trader Joe's for offering this for $5.99 a six pack.
A great blend of hops makes this a very "Drinkable" IPA.
It's not overly heavy and is great on a Hot Summer Day!
Hint's of Floral Notes with some cinnamon spice with a very clean finish.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This honey-bronze brew struggled to put up even a small collar of foam even after an aggressive pour. As I noticed the lack of head while pouring, I distanced my beer holding hand from the glass to the extent of about ten inches... disappointingly, there was still no head to be seen. The color of the brew is a nice shade of caramel-orange though. Swirling brings up a bit more head than my ridiculously vigorous pour, and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S - Canned mandarin orange, mixed fruit cup (a fifth-grade lunch box favorite), and mango/papaya tropical notes. Not quite as hoppy as others of its ilk... this is more fruit than nose-hair curling hop.

T - The flavor is less mandarin orange and more straight up "regular" old orange.... bitter, like an under-ripe orange that needs a few more days in the fruit basket to sweeten up a bit. For an IPA, these flavors are relatively mild... but still prett tasty.

M - Fruity and slick at first, then more gritty and dry at the finish. Not super palate-wicking dry, but dry enough to really make ya want another sip. Nice lingering taste of tropical fruit and green grass.

D - Kinda "meh" if ya ask me. Nice pleasant tropical summer fruits that suit the high temps here in central Illinois well, but really lacking in what I'm lookin' for in an IPA.... HOPS! Give me my hops dammmit! Not a bad beer, and if I recall the price was ridiculously reasonable at Trader Joe's, so totally worth the $. I'm kind "for-genst" it.

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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 tronester
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with an off white head. Smells slightly of spicy hops. Taste is toasted malt up front, with a grassy hop middle, and a tart, slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. I would drink this again, but I've had better ipa's.

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Photo of hreb
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle pours a pleasing orange amber into my pint glass. Aroma is immediate and rich but hoppy, reminiscent of a 90 minute IPA (though surely this can't be *that* good).

First sip reveals a surprisingly light mouthfeel. Crisp, citrusy IPA flavors. Not one-dimensional like many low grade IPAs: this is a TWO note beer. :)

Label reads 6.1% alc/vol. Taste betrays no extra burn.

Drinkable, refreshing, and reasonably priced. But not a fantastic find.

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