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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:
No notes at this time.

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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 385
Photo of Brad007
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden hue with a huge head into my glass. I'm hoping this will edge out their pale ale.

Light and crisp with a HUGE dollop of citrus. It reminds me of other beers with a similar profile.

Very tasty with grapefruit and sweet, bready malt.

Finishes clean with that great citrus hop bite.

Much better choice here.

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Photo of ThePortlander
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a clear orange-gold with about a finger's worth of white head.

The smell was actually pretty decent. The caramel malt comes through. but there are also enough floral, grassy hops to make it interesting. Also, very slight citrus, which I always enjoy.

The smell does not mislead. This is a good, grassy IPA, with a nice malt balance. Like their APA, I would love to taste some additional citrus flavor, and maybe a thicker mouthfeel. But, this is still a good beer, especially for $5.99 a six pack. I'd say a bit better than their APA, indeed.

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

A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, appears a light amber color with an off-white head with decent retention.

S: Very nice, hoppy nose. Pine, citrus and fruit make the smell very appealing.

T: Starts off quite well, with caramel and light tropical fruitiness, then come the hops with pine and grapefruit flavors which are very nice until the finish, which is a bit watery.

M: Pretty light bodied with a nice, moderate carbonation. But that watery finish hurts the beer in this department.

O: For 7 bucks for a six pack, this is a very decent IPA. Great value again at Trader Joe's. Cheers!

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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 auxiliary
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Rhettroactive
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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 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 RonaldTheriot
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mission St. IPA has a thin, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, somewhat bubbly, orange appearance, and a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of piney hop resin, and the flavor is of that, plus sweet white bread. Bitterness is moderate. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Mission St. IPA finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and refreshing.


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Photo of DJED69
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wow. Best beer I've tried of all the Trader Joes house brands. Glass? No stinkin glass, right from the bottle after a humid, warm NJ summer day. Hmmmm, smells nice. Good fruity hops and very pleasant. First swig is a suprise. Reminds me of some of the great brews I was throwing back in California recently. Interesting to find out Firestone Walker is brewing this IPA. That's great street cred. Mouth feel is nice and carbonation is just right. Beer is very east to drink and reminds me of a west coast Harpoon IPA. More hops and a tad more malty sweetness. Finish is medium and doesn't promote any bad lingering bitterness. Overall, very pleased. I will certainly make it a regular in my fridge rotation. At $6.49 a six pack, quite a deal.

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Photo of blackie
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: low head over a copper-amber beer

s: very nice tropical fruit hop aroma supported on a nice malt body - a thoughtful blend of pale and caramel, balanced and solid

m: medium carbonation, body on the lighter side

t: falls a little flat here in comparison to the aroma - same characters but a bit on the weak side for my preference, nice tropical hop flavor supported on a pale malt body with touch of caramel, moderate bitterness

d: no problem

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a bottle into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark copper amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and grassy hops with just a bit of something vegetal. So far, so good. Flavor is light caramel malt, dry grassy hops with a hint of grapefruit citrus; finishes with an odd resinous bitterness without any supporting pine or herbal flavors. Medium bodied. Looks and smells quite nice, but the hop character is kind of tired. Good hop bitterness, but little interesting flavor. I'm not sure about the age or storage of this beer, but purchased recently; it does have some characteristics of a slightly over-the-hill IPA. Wanted to try the Mission Street beers from Trader Joe's as it sounds like they are going to be replaced with a another brewery. OK for the price and drinkable; plenty of hop bitterness, but I won't miss this.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a golden-amber color, topped by a small, thin ring of bright white head. Aroma of sweet, biscuity malt that is somewhat overshadowed by a strong hop profile redolent of grapefruit.
Palate is a flourish of sweet biscuit malt up front that quickly recedes into a noisy hoppy bitterness. Notes of grapefruit, grass, and a hint of sourness are present. The finish is a lingering bitterness from the hops, but not particularly pleasant.
Body is full and slightly creamy, with just a touch of stickiness. This beer goes down fairly easy, but the hop profile is not particularly well-crafted. The bitterness is strong but noisy - it looks like they have a bit more refining to do with the recipe. Still, for less than five bucks for a 6-pack, it's not a bad deal.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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 jeffjeff1
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this up for me at Trader Joe's.

Appearance- copper color, nice size head, good head retention, nice lacing

Smell- grassy hops, very nice

Taste- hops, well balanced, not that bitter at all

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was really good. Loved the aroma of fresh hops

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

09/30/09- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deeper amber in color pour. Full 3/4 to one inch head with some decent staying power. Some light lace streaks and rings reamin after consumption.

Smell- Very sweet malt and hop aroma. Pine needles and some grapefruit rind come into play with a nice sweet scent...smells a touch sugary as well with falls in line with the sweetness.

Taste- This one is fairly well balanced, in fact I'd say it's more on the malty side. Nice deeper toasted caramel malt base with the pine led hops coming in second.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a minor bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Liked this one better than I thought I would. May not buy it again with other around I like better, but it was actualy quite nice.

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Photo of jpro
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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 codfeast
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 StoneTSR
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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 tjd112
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Trader Joe's in Westfield, NJ; the only TJs in the state that has a liquor license

A - White head, sporadic lacing, pours a very clear orange colour
S - Flowers are the only thing to come out at first
T - Flowers, along with a fruity undertone, hopped enough for IPA standards, but not too far hopped
M - Flowery taste still in my mouth
D - A very good intro IPA, ate with vegetarian corn dogs

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Mission St. India Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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