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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Added by aforbes10 on 12-28-2008

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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 -17.2%
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
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of gsmith10
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of fox227
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Discovering that Firestone Walker brews a Trader Joe's six pack IPA for 5.99 makes me feel like that World of Warcraft nerd who found the leather belt. "5.99 sixer Firestone Walker IPA? AAAAHH!!! EHHH!! OOOHHHH!!!!" Sorry about that one.

A: Darkish golden color with a small head. It looks like a good IPA, nothing much more than that.

S: Very nice citrus laden, fresh hoppy smell. Makes one glad to be on the West Coast.

T: I get lots of grapefruit and lemon. The hops are nice and forward, and the malt offers little in the way of sweetness, which means that this beer won't be very popular with customers who just want cheap, easy drinking beer at Trader Joe's.

M: Medium carbonation, and a long lingering bitterness on the tongue. Moderately dry finish.

O: Overall I would say that this is a fine IPA for any day. But if I were to drink it all the time simply due to being so affordable that I was surely get tired of it. It's Firestone Walker brewed. But it's no Union Jack, for that matter.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I usually have these in the fridge as my supplemental craft to keep me going between much better brews and figure why not give a review.

A: Pours a crystal clear dark pale - caramel color. Knocking on Amber's door. A very mild half finger white head appeared and fizzled out in about 60 seconds. Very low on the lacing scale.

S: Nice citrus and floral hop aroma. A little spice and some fruity tart yeast esters.

T: Definitely malty. Rich caramel. Nice hop bitterness. More floral and spice in flavor. Finishes up a little dry.

M: Medium to light body with a nice creamy texture and noticeable amount of bitterness.

D: A really decent IPA all things considered. Very reminiscent of a Lagunitas IPA which ironically enough is about the same exact price.

Not Firestone Walker's best stuff but very hard to beat the quality per price point. A nice hoppy IPA and what I would consider a solid supplemental craft brew. I actually prefer the pale version to get more of that hop!

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a pretty nice 1/2 inch cream colored head.

S: Nice aroma with some floral hops, candied grapefruit and a touch of caramel.

T: I had this a while back and do not remember liking it. However, this time around it's really pretty good. It's not an aggressive IPA, but it has a good balance and some nice citrus hop bitterness. It's definitely worth a look if you're in Trader Joes and looking for an IPA.

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Photo of clemtig76
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Trader Joe's in Greenville, SC. A good IPA for a really good price of $6.99 a six. This IPA isn't going win any awards but is just a simple, solid IPA hoppy with a malty backbone. I have never had a better IPA that retails at a little over a buck per bottle. If you're looking to save a few dollars but still want your hop fix head to Trader Joe's and get some Mission St. IPA. I plan on picking up some everytime I am in town.

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

Amber golden color with a fingers worth of head. Retention is nice, with some good lacing left behind.

Floral, perfume-y, and hoppy nose. Plus, a slightly sweet malt back bone.

Citrus, and floral hops. Bready and slightly sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty much what you'd expect from an IPA.

I mean, talk about a bargain. It's pretty hard to beat when you want a good beer without spending a lot of money.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather happy to hear that Firestone Walker brews this highly affordable and easy to obtain IPA. Purchased at TJ's with a bottle on date of late March and poured into my battle tested Duvel tulip.

Orange with yellow highlights and quickly dissipating head and and nary much lacing or spatter.

Smells of weed, malt, and whispers of tropicality. Wish the whispers were more of a shout as there's a tiger within that wants to be unleashed, but the chains prefer to keep her a restrained though promising kitten.

Tastes dank and malty with the pussy remaining firmly in her place. Tweak up the hops and tweak down the malt and we have a go-to no brainer six pack of regularity. Just a trace of fruitiness and bitter at the end.

An easy drinker for sure which is alternatively a big compliment and a slap of condemnation for taming what could be.

Overall, with my inner rage and desire for a really, really solid regularly available IPA (damn straight I'm hard to please) this serves as a possible regular purchase and a great deal at the price point, but not what I yearn for.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
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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Photo of lawlerj
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Rhettroactive
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/25/11
*From notes

Date bottled: 2/21/11

A: A filtered golden amber with a two finger head and reasonably nice lacing.

S: Muted hops, though still slightly resiny. I also get more alcohol in my nostrils then I'd expect for a 6.1% ABV AIPA.

T: A bit sweet up front, though the hops kick the bitterness up a notch on the mid-palate. The finish is exceedingly grainy, with a large dose of wheat germ and barley extract hanging around for a while after each sip.

M: Not bad. The carbonation is in check and it drinks quite well.

O: If you're looking for a value AIPA, this is it. I will say though that I wish I'd found a fresher six pack, as I feel the hops have faded quite a bit. All in all though, you could do a hell of a lot worse. This should make for (dare I say) quality summer sessioning on the patio.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangutan orange with bright pumpkin edges and almost three fingers of sandstone colored cream. The head hangs around in impressive fashion and does a pretty good job decorating the glass with small scraps of sticky suds.

The aroma is American hop citrus fruity. It smells pale malt dominant with a small assist from caramel. More power would have been good, but this is shaping up to be a fine version of the style if the flavor follows suit.

Mission St. India Pale Ale is tasty beer at a price that can't be beat. $1 singles at Trader Joe's translates to... can't find calculator... uses fingers... $6 sixers. Generous ingredients is always good in beer that doesn't require a bank loan to enjoy.

There's a little too much caramel-toasted malt running interference on the hop love, but that's more personal preference than a flaw per se. Hard to say on the hop bill. At least one of them starts with the letter 'C' and adds a moderate amount of white grapefruit juiciness. Balance is the watchword here.

Like the ABV, the mouthfeel is roughly midway between APA and IPA. Thankfully, it falls close enought to the latter to earn the higher score. Excellent hang-on and faultless bubbles definitely help the cause.

In terms of overall quality and drinkability, Mission St. India Pale Ale is right in line with the rest of the Mission St. brews from TJs. In other words, it's solid beer at a rock-solid price. Sometimes that's enough.

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Photo of Offa
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber, big off-white head steadily shrinking to foamy thin top and nice lace.

Aroma is fruity-flowery grapefruit and hint of “bitter” pineapple, hint of caramelly toasted white bread – overall it’s ok, basically a decent West Coast aroma.

Taste is better, a nice caramelly white bread toast, flowery grapefruit, pineapple and strong pine resin, zesty with good sweet-bitter balance. Overall, it’s very good.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, caramel, hops, tangerines

Taste & Mouth - There is a very low amount of carbonation and the beer comes across as almost flat. I can taste lots of caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also a bit of a fruity/juicy aspect with some notes of tangerine. The beer has a very sweet flavour and ends with juicy hop aftertaste.

Overall - Other than the poor mouthfeel, this beer was actually pretty decent. It was also priced really well..

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Photo of auxiliary
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden amber color, nice frothy head, but settled to a pond. SOme lace left on the glasss.

Smell - Lot of hops here, mixed grass and grains.

Taste - Lots of hop here (i said that already). Very bitter at the end.

Mouthfeel - Mmedium-bodied.

Overall - You can tell that this is a 6.1% beer, is a little strong. If you are a hop head, this is a beer that is full of hops.

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Photo of richkrull
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just another solid beer from Trader Joes. I have to say I'm really surprised that their house brands are so good.

This is a good IPA. Very balanced - this beer won't overpower you. But a good amount of hops with the bitter finish you'd expect. For the price, you can't go wrong.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with creamy thick head. Nose has moist earthy notes with candied pine. Palate offers a mixed juicy fruit character that is pleasing, with some light roasty flavors and soft toffee. Finishes sweet and citrusy, light bodied, and refreshingly drinkable. Yum.

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Photo of sweethome
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Brunite
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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 Casey10
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I heard that this was Fireston Walker made under the Trader Joe's house Brand name and at 6.99 a six pack I had to try it.

This is a really nice beer copper color with nice lacings on the glass when poured from the bottle.

S - Malt, citrus a bit of roastiness.

T - Not blown away but not bad either not a bad way for someone to go that is just getting into IPAs.

M - Leaves a bit spicy slight citrusy feel not bad.

D - Gave this a bit higher ranking due to price being better than almost any beer of this quality that I have seen.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, khaki colored head of foam. It left thing trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and tropical fruits with some burnt toast in the background.

T - It had a nice burnt toast maltiness with some spicy hops, pine and grapefruit.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice IPA but a great value at $5.99 a six pack.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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 StoneTSR
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Brilliant and transparent orange-copper with a thin, quickly dissipating, big-bubbled head.

SMELL: Mild to medium scent of almost all pine.

TASTE: Above average bitterness to start, followed by a brief, but intensely sweet burst of pine and hops. It all settles out into a slightly metallic and dry aftertaste. As the beer went down it seemed to sweeten up a bit all the way through.

MOUTHFEEL: Rich and syrupy, in a delightful way.

OVERALL: Well balanced and solid IPA. Nothing that knocked my socks off, but a good, very drinkable beer that represents the West Coast IPA very well. Plus, Paso Robles is a beautiful place if that counts.

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Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 391 ratings