Mission St. Brown Ale | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Mission St. Brown AleMission St. Brown Ale
233 Ratings
Mission St. Brown AleMission St. Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by tapman on 06-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of dmcbeerington
5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will give this a 5 stars all the way. I found this beer by accident while shopping at Trader Joe and seeing an old man picking one up without any hesitation from the shelf and walked away with it, and after seeing the price tag of $1.99, I also picked one myself. Boy, it's so Gooooooooooooooooooooood!! okay. Here are the details. The slight hoppiness or bitterness is very well balanced with slightly sweet after taste, which makes this beer super smooth and easy to drink. Also the after taste doesn't last very long, which means this beer is good for any meals except ice cream or cake in my opinion. The smell of this beer is fruity, malty, and all natural. Baby, it also gives you a good head, tiny bubble foams that last for a minute or so, and it has nice lacing too. Last but not least, 5.7% ABV. One bottle will get you high!! Great value, great taste, highly recommended.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of mhmalaska
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Fantalek
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of RJLarse
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

I bought a bomber of Mission Street Brown Ale in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a garnet red color, clear with a creamy beige head.

Smell is sweet as candy, caramel and toffee.

Taste is very good, a sweet malt flavor with mild bitterness.

A creamy smooth mouthfeel.

Over all a very good brown ale.

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Photo of Geoffq
4.49/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Trader Joe's just got this back in stock Missed it a good ale good price a nighttime beer

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.48/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billyweather
4.29/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So pleased this is back in stock at Trader Joe's. What a stupendous deal at two bucks. My go to brown ale. The Anniversary blend version is even better. My eyes will stay peeled for that.

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Photo of Minkybut
4.27/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was the color of coca-cola and poured a colored big bubble head. The beer smelled like nougat. It had a rich wonderful taste that was a little sweet but not too bad. It was like a liquid candybar. I will buy again.

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Photo of nofunyons
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of HeightsEats
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell is of lightly carmelized malt and minimal hops. The flavor is satisfying, somewhat sweet but not cloying, distinct caramel elements. Nicely balanced, full-bodied but still refreshing.

I was always a big fan of Newcastle when I was in the UK for a while, but the clear bottles tend to result in metallic skunk flavor once it arrives in the US. This is how I remember Newcastle but maybe a tad better. Very drinkable and a great deal at $1.99 for 22 oz.

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Photo of TOMO
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Dsimenson
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz champaign flute. It has a lovely 2-3 cm tan head which settles down to nice lacing. The color is a lovely medium brown that shows some ruby color when held up to intense light. The aroma is rich and beautiful--malt, ripe fruit, and some hops. The first sip was amazing and blew me away--the flavor is a rich, complex blend of nutty maltiness, balanced hops, a bit of mocha, and some figs. Drinking this at room temperature (68 degrees in the winter) really opens up the rich aroma and flavor. The aftertaste is a delightful mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium thick and creamy. Overall this is an outstanding brown ale--I was really pleased and surprised by it.

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Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good brown ale, nutty, malty and smooth. I rather like this beer and am tempted to push my scores up even higher. This beer pours a nice ruby color with a creamy, ecru head. Transparent. The aroma is molasses, caramel, nutty malt, mild prunes, cocoa and a faint citrus hop note. The flavor is nutty and moderately sweet, quite appropriate for the style, in my opinion. The mouthfeel is quite creamy, nearing oatmeal stout territory. For my money, Firestone nailed these two new Mission St. beers. These bottles are excellent values for good, fresh hefe and good, malty brown ale.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has a nice caramel and molasses sweetness upfront, along with some minerals, a floral hoppiness, tobacco, burnt bread, dark fruits and a little alcohol. The flavor has some burnt bread upfront, along with caramel and molasses, dark fruits, minerals, floral hops, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is excellent. A tasty and drinkable brown ale, another winner from Mission St.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Cola color with a small brown-hued head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind floating foam.

Smell: Sweet roasted aromas and a slight nutty hint. Smells good, but the nose is rather weak.

Taste: Starts off with a tea-like sweetness, finishing with a sweet caramel and nut flavor. Very mild hop hints at the end give the bitterness of citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation and a very sticky finish.

Drinkability: This is a very tasty, drinkable, and sessionable beer, and at under $3 from Trader Joe's, this is a beer I may have around quite frequently from now on.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at trader Joe's for $2.75 and it was well worth the price.

Just an overall well rounded and easy drinking brown ale. A nice savory nuttiness upfront followed by a malty and slightly creamy mid palate that finishes with a delicate hop bite.

I gotta give this beer extra points on the feel since it's so smooth.

Nothing to go crazy for - but just an all around approachable, highly chugable, cheap brown ale made without adjuncts.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love doing my shopping at Trader Joe's and could not pass up on a 220z bomber for $1.99. That's a pretty good deal for a brown ale.

Pours deep brown body with ruby hues and accents. Slightly vigorous pour into Stone IRS glass gives it a very nice ivory colored two finger cap with modest retention and a abundance of lacing. Lacing lasted the entire session, or bomber by others standards.

Aroma is of course well malted. Robust overtones of caramel and biscuit, and a hint of butterscotch make up the meaty portion of the nose. I also pull in some nice earthy hop undertones. This is a pretty straight forward aroma for a brown ale. Dark and earthy is the ticket.

The opening flavors are of rich sweet caramel, with a nice breadiness akin to a Dubbel style about mid palate. The hops are there and can be felt with a nice affirming bitterness that plays incredible well with this brews sweeter notes. Hops are more earthy and leafy and bring up some flavors of ripe orange. This is a nice addition and adds just one more layer of complexity to a already surprising beer.

Mouthfeel was freaking incredible. This has a change mouthfeel from start to finish of each sip. Starts out creamy and rich medium bodied, and slowly gives way to crisp and light in the finish. That's really hard to accomplish, and I've had few beers that have been able to really pull it off. The carbonation character is just about right, as I usually like my brown ales to be slightly less carbonated than other styles. This might account for its velvety mouthfeel

Drinkability is the pinnacle of this beer. Great tasting, easily accessible, and great price tag is a beer home run in my book.

P.S. I was not expecting much, but was incredibly surprised that a beer this well crafted could be found at such a low price. And to think that I was gonna pass it up!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served Lightly Chilled (mid 50s degrees F / ~ 13°C; Sampled June 2010
A solid pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, amber tinged, full tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown color with red notes to it around the edges. When held up to the light it shows a brilliantly clear, dark cranberry color. The aroma smells of a nice mix of toasted malt, bright fruit notes and touches of caramelized malts. The fruit character produces berry like aromatics that reminds me of a mix of cranberries, currants and perhaps a hint of orange zest; these aromas seem to come from a mix of hop character and ale fermentation character, but are fairly light overall, i.e. I would not describe this as a hoppy Brown Ale. The malt plays the more dominant role here with a chewy, though dry seeming, light roast / ample toasted grain character

A firm bitterness couples with a light malt sweetness that has a full caramelized malt character as well as some browned / lightly roasted malt flavors and bitterness. The beer is quite light bodied and quaffable, though it does have some residual malt body that makes this just chewy enough. There is a touch of herbal hop character that contributes a touch of menthol and some pine, but there is actually more fruity hop character here than I was expecting, despite my noticing it in the aroma; flavors of orange zest, citrus oil, a touch of tangelo as well as some smooth lychee like hop flavors and even some peach like flavors are all noticeable. The caramelized malt character that is typical of the style, when combined with the hop notes, brings out flavors of currants and berries. There is really just enough malt sweetness here to accentuate the fruit flavors, but not so much that this beer isn't able to finish dry and drinkable. As the beer warms and my palate adjusts the malt character becomes more dominant and nicely nutty.

The malt and the hops end up being quite balanced in there contributions here. This will obviously get more malt oriented as it ages, but I like the hop character (especially the fruity notes) that this has right now; it nicely compliments the toasted malt and helps to balance the caramelized malt character. This beer is quite clean tasting with no real noticeable off flavors; I like that the malt character isn't muddled or overly harsh (which can happen in some roast influenced beers). I also like that the nose is a touch more malt focused, while the flavor is a touch more hop focused, it keeps things interesting somehow. This is definitely very enjoyable and the 22oz serving size is perfect for a nice session.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joe12pk
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to get terribly excited about a brown ale if it stays true to style- a workhorse sort of beer. This is quite pleasant - moderate, slightly nutty, roasted malt. Goes a little tart toward the end, but finishes clean. A hunk of brown bread, some sharp cheddar cheese and this beer would be a nice pairing.

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Mission St. Brown Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 233 ratings
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