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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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 385
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to hate on this beer as it offers a nicely packaged IPA for about $6USD at Traders Joes. Pours a clean looking dark gold with a nice hoppy nose. The beer is very drinable with enough hops to satisfy most IPA lovers. Smooth finish with pleasant mouthfeel. If this was made by a little brewery it would get better ratings but it is a contract brew for Traders Joes so some people pass it off as commercial. I see it as great value for a very good IPA

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Photo of aforbes10
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Trader Joe's in Sacramento. Pours a nice rich amber, glowing golden. Short white head with sticky lacing around. Nose is grassy and piney, nice hops...Flavor shows off the hops too, with a nice piney bitterness on a decent caramel malt body. Some sweetness. Moderately fresh-tasting and easy to drink. A nice find.

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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 Broseph1617
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very impressed with this IPA. Bold piney notes with a fairly balanced flavor. It also pairs great with chocolate. For $7 bucks at Trader Joes this is a must try!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 clemtig76
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 yourefragile
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's for a dollar. Currently the closest we'll get to Firestone Walker around here.

Clear, light copper color with a thin off white head that whose lacing slides down the glass with the level of the beer. Best part of the beer, citrusy fruit aroma with a strong malt presence. One of the better tasting TJ beers, and definitely the best IPA I've had from their labels. Slightly thin body but sharp carbonation and hop bite in the finish compensate. Very nice balance of caramel malt body with strong citrus and pine hop taste. While not an exceptional in anyway, a very nice "standby" beer. Once you consider the price, availability and who makes it, you can pretend to enjoy it even more.

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Photo of bastu
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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 matjack85
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this single 12oz brown bottle at Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.17. No freshness date on the bottle.

The beer poured a cloudy pale orange color and made a 1 finger white head that lasted a little over a minute. It also left lots of nice lacing.

Big citrus hop nose - mostly grapefruit.

Nice grapefruit and orange peel citrus hop bitterness with a hefty dose of malty sweetness to keep it balanced. Nice flavor.

Light bodied mouthfeel with moderate to medium carbonation. A bitter grapefruit aftertaste lingers for awhile, but it is not unpleasant.

Never noticed any of the 6.1% abv. It was very easy and enjoyable to drink, especially for the price.

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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 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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Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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