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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
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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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Photo of smallz0307
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a 6-pk purchased for $5.99 at –you guessed it – Trader Joe’s on Spokane’s South Hill. No freshness date on the bottle, which identifies the brewer as the “Steinhaus Brewing Co.” I believe it was actually contract brewed by Firestone Walker.

Poured a very clear dark amber color, with an off-white head that didn’t hang around to long but left a decent amount of lace on the sides of my glass.

Grapefruity in the nose, along with some pine notes. There’s also a somewhat substantial malt backbone.

The taste starts off with a citrusy hop blast, backed up by some pine-sappy notes. The finish, while containing some malt backbone, ends with a pleasant dryness.

Medium bodied, with a slightly resinous mouthfeel.

All in all, not bad for a budget IPA. It’s not something I would drive out of my way for, but if I want some IPAs in my fridge and don’t want to spend a lot of money, it’s nice knowing this is out there for me to pick up.

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Photo of beerme411
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude.

A: Pours a clean, translucent copper color with a creamy two-finger off-white head that fades away rather quickly.

S: Strong floral and citric hops with a bit of bready malt in the background.

T: Floral and citric hops all the way through from start to finish on this one. Not much in the way of balance, so it's a bit too aggressive, but there's some good hop flavor to this.

M: Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and a slight bit of dryness on the finish.

D: This beer is abrasively hoppy, but for the price (so long as you have access to Trader Joe's), it's not half bad.

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Photo of mikechance
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this six pack at Trader Joe's for $5.99 (it's produced by Firestone Walker)

A ---- A light straw color, almost pilsner like

S ---- Very nice, lots of hops, a little grapefruit

T --- A very nice IPA taste, fruit, hops and slight malts

M --- light bodied and a little carbination but not too bad.

O --- This is a very nice IPA. It's not Pliney or other big West Coast IPAs but for the cost it'a very nice. I will go back to this again and again.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm on a budget so I figured for a $1.00 a beer I'll pick up a Trader Joe's 4pk. sampler and decide if I like any of their bargain beers.

Appearance: The beer has a watery somewhat bland rust red appearance. There is a decent head for a few minutes. Then it vanishes.

Smell:The smell is malt sugars and some alpha acids. Hints of apricot and pear.

Taste: Some toasty malts and caramelized sugars. The hops are fairly generic, lacking distinct flavors. Doesn't finish very well. I get a rush of sugar. The bittering hops are fairly distant.

Mouthfeel: Light. Fairly watery for an IPA and on the malty side. Too sugary.

Overall: I was hoping for a decent affordable interpretation of an IPA but instead I'm let-down by a fairly bland sugar bomb. This is too light and lacking in flavor to satisfy my need for lupulin and english style malts. I would rather purchase the Mission St. Pale instead.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.19/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Orange, clear, and lively. Lots of bubbles streaming up through this one. White sticky frothy head leaves behind decent lace and has decent retention.
Toasted pale and caramel malt notes on the nose with some grapefruit hop notes onthe back end.
The taste is just a bit too much sweet caramel malt. The toasty biscuit malt underneath seems to clash with the sweetness. The hops are nice, but not enough to overcome the malt battle up front. A strong bitterness hints towards an unwelcome alcohol warmth/booziness.
The body is pretty hefty feeling, with a slight oily residue.
Overall, this is not wowing me at all.

Even at $6 per sixpack, I will pass on this one.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive, clean amber, with a major head of rich froth. Thick and fine, if sloppy, lace.

Nice pine and citrus hops aroma.

Taste is nicely pine-bitter. A solid IPA with flavor and body. Overall, a well-done IPA and perfect for sessioning.

As well, a superb value (Trader Joe's at $1 a bottle).

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Photo of codfeast
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle to pint.

A: Amber, big rocky off white head, stuck around. lots of lacing.

S: Citrus, pine, malt, floral hints.

T: Malty sweetness, followed by the piney, citrus hops. Not overly hoppy. Has a bit of a funny aftertaste a little bit sweet.

M: Nice carbination, oliy hops in the mouth. not as dry as I would like in my IPA finish.

O: It's fine, at $5.99 for six you get what you pay for. Aftertaste is a little off putting. Not quite as bitter as I would like, but will certainly drink all six and not complain.

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Photo of jpro
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Testing the waters of Trader Joe’s with another single 12oz...

A: Poured into a standard shaker pint... clear, light copper with a slightly off-white head; manages a thin sheet of retention but very little lace - maybe a few specks.

S: Caramel malt; orange rind; grapefruit pith; a light hint of resin.

T: A pretty standard IPA in the taste department; definitely maltier than some (most?) American IPA’s, but there are some nice hop flavors that liven things up... mostly of the grassy, citrus peel varieties; leans towards a Pale Ale, but I guess the higher abv (and slightly more bitter finish) nudges it into IPA territory; pretty sweet, though.

M: Medium-bodied; high carbonation cleanses the palate; a smooth drinkin’ IPA.

O/D: If I were to blind taste this, I’d probably guess it was an APA... second guess would be English IPA (with some American hops in the mix); despite the fact that its not the most powerful IPA, it still good stuff... especially at $6.99 per six pack!

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Photo of bastu
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 7/13/11.

Looks like a decent IPA, nice 1 finger head, but not leaving much lacing.

Wow! I'm actually getting some very nice hop aromas off this beer. Mostly citrus with a touch of floral scents.

Taste follows the nose, good hop forward flavors with a touch of malt to keep things balanced. Low to moderate bitterness and just dry enough on the finish to keep me coming back for more.

Mouthfeel is good, and a decent amount of carbonation.

I have to say that I'm really suprised with how good this beer is. If I had to compare it to another IPA, I'd say it is pretty similar to Sweetwaters take on this style. It seems like most of the hops in this brew were used late in the process, giving it a nice flavor but without much bitterness. Great for a hot summer day. I will definatly be picking up more of this the next time I find myself near a Trader Joes.

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden orange, one inch head sticks around for life of beer

S: Tart apple cider vinegar, sweet caramel malts, some slight hop spice and light tropical fruit at the close.

T: On the malty side throughout the whole taste, but very tasty nonetheless and with enough hops to make it taste like an IPA. It has a bit of an English IPA taste, but not buttery. There is a nice slightly fruity hop finish to the beer. This is a simple yet subtly nuanced tasting beer. Quite refreshing, not outstanding, but nice.

M: Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel with gentle carbonation. Refreshing.

O: Overall, to start, this is hands down the best deal in craft beer at $6.99 a sixer. I think the batch I am reviewing is a bit old as the bottle isn't dated and they usually are. Nonetheless, I am very fond of this beer and always try to find a fresh batch when I'm at Trader Joe's. Don't be scared to try it, it's really a nice beer (brewed by Firestone Walker actually)!

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Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange with a short, lasting cap of beige foam. Clumpy, streaky lacing. Pine and grapefruit pith aroma, citrusy and a bit powdery with some caramel maltiness. Moderate bitterness with balanced caramel sweetness and grapefruit/pine hoppiness. Nice flavour profile, but it did seem a little thin - maybe more of a texture thing. The body was quite light, carbonation a little on the low side, fairly dry. Overall though, pretty solid and quite drinkable.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nutty amber hue, clear, with a very nice tight head on top. Its a good two fingers high and leaves some slick lace behind as it fades. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and flowery. Nutty caramel malts topped with refreshing orange, lemon, pineapple, and floral notes. Maybe a little green apple too. Taste is mostly well rounded. Fresh array of hop flavors, good bitterness, and enough malt to hold up the hoppiness. Smooth texture with fairly mellow carbonation and medium body. Overall I enjoy this beer. Could certainly make a great session beer. Just hoppy enough to keep it exciting while enjoying a few in a row.

Certainly worth the $7.49/six pack I spent a t TJ's.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours really clear. Light copper with a two finger off white head that dissipates at a hasty pace. Not much lacing to be had. Looks like a cup of apple juice after the head fades away...

S - Pine, citrus fruits, sweet caramel, and floral hops...

T - Good amount of caramel and citrus fruits. Hops are a little subdued, but definitely still present. Ends with grapefruit and sweet malts. Very smooth; rides the malt wave all the way through...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty watery...

O - For the price, this is a really good brew. Definitely something that is going to be in my regular rotation from now on...


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Photo of avaldivia
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color. Very appealing, but virtually no head or lacing.

S: Citrus. Pine. The malts smell a bit sweet like caramel.

T: There is no bottle dating, so I don't know how fresh this is. This is not particularly hoppy, but the flavor is still very nice. Starts of with the citrus and pine and then finishes sweet with caramel.

M: Nice medium body. Carbonation is surprisingly light.

O: For the price, this is a good IPA. Money aside, this is a good IPA. In a forum, I trashed store brands and included Trader Joe's in there. A bunch of people replied saying that Mission St is good. I had not tried these so I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. This was good and considering the price, it is totally worth picking up.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, wine glass, bottled 6/29/11.

The looks deliver on classic American IPA; yellow to copper hues with a creamy light beige head on top. The foam fades down to be a little sparse on top but sticks immensely well to the glass.

Bitter yellow grapefruit sticks to the classic theme while the rest of the hops go a little tropical, guava, lemon. The malt is salty whole wheat cracker.

This is a balanced IPA. Grapefruit bitterness keeps nutty caramel malts in check and there are some more interesting pineapple, fruit cocktail hops. That this beer is such a steal has to be kept in mind; it's close to busting into a hop extravaganza, but then it wouldn't cost $5.99 a six pack at Trader Joe's.

Mouthfeel is the weak point here. It lacks any real body and it's hard for the good level of bitterness to cope with that. Carbonation is soft and creamy.

While this is a really good deal, beers such as Torpedo and Union Jack are worth the $2-5 more per pack. However, it's all relative. This would be a good gateway IPA because of it's balance.

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a fluffy off-white head of foam that left a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S - pine and citrus rind hoppy aroma.

T - a good balance of hops and malt, nothing's in your face and it's better than a lot of average IPA's.

F - medium bodied with a creamy smooth feel.

O - a decent beer that I will have again considering the price.

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

A: Light orangish-brown hue with a steady one-inch head; lacing is okay but better on the bottom half of the glass

S: A surprisingly nice citrus and fruity hop aroma with a touch of pine and herbs all on top of a semi-sweet malty grain quality

T: Hops take charge up front and the malts try to balance; in the end this is a balanced yet not spectacular IPA: lemon, tea leaves, and pine dance with bready, toasty malts

F: Medium body with pleasant oily stickiness

O: This is a good beer; a bit of a surprise actually; hoppy yet not overpoweringly so and for the price this will be one I return to

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Beer is a light orange amber with a 1 finger creamy white head with moderate retention. Lacing is potty with some stringiness. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Nose is heavy on the citrus and cane sugar. Some tree sap and papaya floats around in the background also. Aromatic and enticing.

Opens citrus and papaya hop bite. Tree sap, dried leaves, and cane sugar towards the middle makes this one remind me a bit of a mild. More citrus fruit at the end with some robust mango notes at the finish and a sticky, hop aftertaste. A lot of fruit notes going on here. Tasty.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Lively in the mouth. Goes down crisp and refreshing with an accented finish and a slightly sticky but muted aftertaste. Very quenching and easy to drink.

In a craft beer environment flooded with IPAs, its really hard to stand out. This Mission Street offering is definitely a solid attempt at the style and stands above a lot of others in the market today. Worth trying.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber orange color with lots of active carbonation and a very thin, white head that stays even across the top.

S - Crisp caramel malt, pine, mild juicy fruit aroma.

T - Mimics the nose with crisp caramel malt with piney, juicy fruit bitterness over the top. No depth, layers, or complexity, just a straightforward blend that stays even across the entire sip from start to finish. The fruit bitterness has some tartness to it which adds a nice bitter twang.

M - Medium body and leaves the mouth with a light, fruity coating and mild bitter aftertaste.

O - Nothing out of the ordinary, just a solid and enjoyable IPA with some balance. I dig my IPA's with alot of hop bitterness (which this doesn't have), but the hops were used more for flavoring and aroma than anything and is well done.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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 chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle date 3/2011 (a production date, I think) - $1.17 at Trader Joe's.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangish-amber body with a frothy, yellow-white head.

The aroma is mainly citrus hops, rather fruity, with a nice malt backbone.

Taste: Sweet for style, but with a decent hop presence. Still, plenty of pale ales out there, let alone IPAs, with more hop presence.

Mouthfeel: nearly medium-bodied. Well-chosen, medium carbonation.

O - Mission Street India Pale Ale is tasty beer that can be recommended on several counts: low cost; low IBU and high malt component for style; high drinkability.

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Photo of theJollySin
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
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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3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear pale copper with a persistent small white head.

Smell - pine aromas dominate with a touch of citrus and rich caramel malt.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with high carbonation.

Taste - Lots of hops flavour without much bitterness; mostly citrus and pine with a little bit of burnt sugar malt flavour, but finishes relatively dry. Very well-balanced.

This is a very good IPA. For the price, it is probably the best value beer out there.

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Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 388 ratings
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