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Mission St. Brown Ale | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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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:
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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 229
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 jondeelee
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a bomber of Mission St. Brown Ale from Trader Joe's a few weeks back for, if I remember correctly, around $3.50. At that price, and with a 5.7% ABV, I figured I couldn't go terribly wrong. On opening the bottle, I was unsurprised to find a rather light aroma, but still detected good hints of yeasty brown breads and toasted grains, as well as subtle coffee and chocolate notes.

On the tongue, the beer has an immediate and nice cream-and-light-coffee taste, accompanied by hints of freshly-baked wheat bread, and subtle flavorings of milk chocolate and toasted nuts. The flavors are quite light, and tend to pass away quickly, leaving little aftertaste. Still, the ones that are present are, for the short time they last, well-balanced and delicious. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, while it is true that you get what you pay for with a bomber of this price, I think that the casual beer drinker will find this an excellent value; it's certainly a far better option than a Bud Light.

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Photo of StoutishDan
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this Brown Ale at Trader Joe's. They've got a decent variety of rare cheap beers that I'm looking forward to trying.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown color. Creamy Head and held together pretty well until the last several gulps. Average amount of lacing.

S - Slightly metallic at first, though nothing repellant. Substantial scent of nuts. Sweet malts and a adolescent amount of carmel.

T - Bitter up front with some roasted malts. Roasted nuttiness. Finishes a little watery, but is over shadowed by most any other "watery" beer.

O - It's better than most brown ales I've had. It's gotten a good wrap with most reviews. There's really nothing too negative to say about this one.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep chestnut brown, shimmer of rust, 2 finger tan head, mighty fine

S: roasted malt, nuts, hint of toffee, caramel

T: sweet caramel, toffee, roasted malt, light crisp bitter finish

M: med body, semi-dry, crisp mouth

O: Nice beer to grab at Trader Joe's.
Good gateway brown ale for a newbie.
I would have this fine offering again.


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Photo of lechroy
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened a 22 oz bottle and poured into glass - A - is a warm brown color with tones of red-amber - head is a little shy - S - nice delicate smell of malt and slight chocolate - T - balanced and smooth, kinda empty in the middle, not a hearty beer, but great for summer - M - ok - no special notes - Overall good nice clean brew with nothing too memorable - I'd drink it again.

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Photo of threeviews
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a small tumbler

A-Pours a white, fluffy head that diminishes quickly. Glass held up to the light reveals exactly as it is defined...dark brown.

S-Not much going on with the nose, but caramel and malt are most prominent.

T-Roasty and malty in equal amounts. Smooth and very well balanced. Not overwhelming to the palate in any way...easy drinking.

M-Good carbonation, not overdone and not underdone...just right. For a brown ale, I would classify it as very refreshing.

O-For the price (~$4 for a 22oz bottle) and the ABV (5.7%), it is an exceptional value for a beer of this stature. I have yet to try a Mission St. brew I have yet to decry and recommend this to all who might stumble upon it (most probably in a Trader Joe's).

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A couple of bucks for a 650 ml bottle of Brown Ale pushing 6% ABV.... wow!

If you've got a TJ's near you, stock up on this one! No, it's not a hallmark of the style, let alone a BA Top Beer... it's a P4P king, though.

Enjoy it warmer than average, and don't mind waiting a month or so before cracking it open. Some age does it well.

A- poured freely into a highball glass. The foamy top fades away into a white ring and some bubbles. Standard Brawn ale. Mahogany at the edges where the light barley passes through.

A- not exciting, some roasted malt. Kinda like chocolate.

T- Starts off like a neutral Pale Ale, a little sweet, then some caramel and chocolate, and then a slight burnt roast finish. Less roast than an Irish Red Ale, but a smooth dark chocolate flavor pervades.

Some balanced hop finish, very finely done. Usually I think of Brown Ales as excessively sweet, or some screwball throws a curve ball and hops the hell out of it. This utilizes hops masterfully.

Finsihes dry, but sweetens and develops character as it warms.

M- Kinda thin. There's enough from the specialty malts to make up for the thin-mouthfeel. And for a beer so strong, it's nice that it finishes dry and drinks easy.

I tear apart beers I consider to have attenuated poorly... especially the self-righteous ones... in this case, to be fair, this beer is TOO lean. A little more substance and depth of flavored are call for.

O- More of a Journeyman than contender this beer still manages to punch above its weight. For those unfamiliar w/ craft beers this is a great gateway brew. It's also a nice and dependable break from so many of the heavy-hitters on the market.

A Brown Ale doesn't have to be cloyingly sweet and enormously complex, so I like that this is a toned down beer.
That said, it feels like they found something that satisfies style guidelines while remaining unadventurous and just decided to dial it in.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass

A- Nice clear brown ale with soapy head

S- Caramel malt with hints of pecan and fruit

T- Similar to the smell with caramel malts with hints of nuts, and some fruit, but their is a dark chocolate bitterness at the finish

M- Medium bodied with fair carbonation

O- Decent beer, great value. $2 for a bomber at Trader Joe's. The beer has more chocolate hints than most brown ales, which does make it unique. Worth picking up once in a while if you go to TJ

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a SA 'perfect pint' glass.

pours a translucent mahogany, almost cola brown while yielding a 1" creamy/frothy beige head. subpar retention and patchy lacing but otherwise a decent looking brown.

mediocre nose: some toasted malt and nutty notes but overall very subtle.

taste is an improvement, albeit a small one. primarily toasty/nutty, but unlike the aroma there's more boldness of flavor. not a heck of a lot going on but it's not terrible either.

mouthfeel is ok, medium-light and a little thin; average carbonation.

overall this one's a drinkable if decidedly uninspiring brown. literally a couple bucks for the bomber, so for that price it's worth picking up.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from Trader Joes in S.Salem, $1.99 Pretty looking ale..chesnut brown with a gorgeous creamy,thick tan head. Very subdued aroma on this one..some faint cocoa,,pecan and a bit grassy hop Taste is again cocoa, chocolate milk, toasted nuts and a trouch of graassy hop in the end. Ok on the palate..nothing out of the ordinar for a brown ale. Overall slightly dissapointed..dont get me wrong its OK, but only that.

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Photo of Offa
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red-brown, medium tan head steadily shrinking to lasting thin foamy top.

Aroma is strongly toasty, caramelly barley and toasted whole wheat bread, some winy fruitiness, some earthy character.

Taste is dry, toasty barley, light winy fruitiness, then it becomes a bit sweeter with light toasty-earthy-peppery bitterness. It is somewhat simple an straightforward but it is good with firm and well-rounded character as well as nice balance and a little light complexity.

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Photo of JJBlanche
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent budget beer. I mean $3 for a 22, c'mon. A Heinie 22 costs more and is so, so much worse. I think reviewers need to take value into consideration. This isn't aiming to be an award winning beer, but a quality beer at BMC pricing.

Anyhow, that out of the way:

A: Pours a nice deep brown. Tiny, tiny head with an average pour, not much lacing to speak of. Above average, especially considering the price range.

S: Malt dominates...and wow, 22oz, $3, and it has detectable malt? That's good in my book.

T: I'd like the chocolate malt to be more pronounced than it is, but still a decent tasting beer overall, and, again, spectacular when you factor in value.

M: On the thin side for a beer this dark, a bit heavier than Newcastle. Nice though if you're having more than one.

O: A solid brew by any measure, and a real standout in this price segment. Buy it if you like browns and you're on a budget or throwing a party...or even for the hell of it. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear brown color with a beige head that left plenty of lacing.

S - nutty brown ale aroma.

T - kind of nutty with a light roasted malt taste.

F - light/medium bodied with a thin feel.

O - for $2 a bomber it's a bargain brown ale.

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Photo of Overlord
2/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mission St. has some very good, affordably priced brews. This isn't one of them.

Pours a flat, brownish looking too-thin mahogany color. Not particularly appealing to the eye. Looks watery.

Doesn't smell like much of anything. A slightly pungent/stale malt sweetness .. .maybe.

Taste/mouthfeel is watery, bland, somewhat astringent/bitter slightly malitiness. Really NOTHING going on here. One of the most flavorless "brews in my recent memory.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very deep clear brown with mahogany highlights, and a one-finger light tan head that lasts an average amount and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is straight up sweet dark caramel malts. Figs, apples, and brown sugar. Quite nice; could use a bit more complexity.

Taste is not what I was anticipating from the smell. Much less sweet than expected, and much less body. The malt flavor is actually rather weak, though it does come through a bit at the beginning, just long enough to make me wish there was more of it. The dominant flavor is an odd soft bitterness that doesn't quite feel like hops. This bitterness dominates the finish, and lingers longer than I want it to. This beer needs more malts!

Mouthfeel is meh. Feels thin (watery), and the carbonation is low. A bit of fizz, but the texture has no depth.

Started off strong, looking and smelling good. But the taste is flat and weak on the malt character that a brown ale ought to have. And the mouthfeel is barely passable. Not one I plan to drink again. But the real question is, is this bomber worth finishing?

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Photo of Retsinis
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wife picked this one up at Trader Joe's.

A: The beer appears to pour a clear cola brown, but when held to the light, is actually a ruby red light amber. A good inch in half of fizzy head rose, and quickly settled to just a film on top, no lacing.

S: Light roasted malt, mild caramel, slightly metallic.

T: Light almond nuts, faded caramel, mild hop bitterness. It has a pretty dry finish, but not in the crisp way. Not as sweet or roasty as expected for the style.

M: Thin, medium carbonation, dry finish.

O: A bit disappointing for me for a brown ale. Not nearly enough roasted malt, caramel, and toasted bread qualities.

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Photo of Kromes
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear brown color with ruby edges and a thin tan colored head.

S: A nice toasted malt aroma with some herbal hop.

T: Same as the aroma, there is a nutty, toasted, caramel malt flavor with a hop kick and it finishes with sweet coffee and chocolate notes. Maybe a little too sweet. There are also some bitter, astringent off flavors.

M: I thought the feel was on the medium-heavy side. Which suited it well.

O: It's an average brown ale for me. I like the hop flavor, but it seemed a little out of place. And the sweetness is a bit high.

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Photo of Brimz
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer is just ok.

Its a nice brown color probably its best attribute.

No smell to speak of just a little malt.

Bland for a brown ale a little nutty and not much hop to it.

Light mouth feel, I would have knocked that double duce back pretty fast if I liked it more.


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Photo of Erish
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this bottle into a nonic pint glass. No freshness date.

A: clear ruby-brown color, two-finger tan head falls into a decent cap with average lacing.

S: bread--like malt, a bit of earthiness, a bit of dried fruit, a bit of vanilla.

T: tastes like it smells, with a nice vanilla/woody note in the middle, and there is a tiny bit of grassy/earthy hop finish. Tasty enough, but overall a "meh."

M: medium-bodied, lightly silky texture, moderate carbonation.

D: a decent enough beer, and a good value, but not too exciting.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at Trader Joes in Portland, ME, never saw it before so I figured I'd give it a try.

Pours a nice sized fizzy head of about 1.5 fingers that fades at a medium pace, light lacing, over crystal clear mahogany rosy brown color.

Nose brings plenty of brownish malts, lightly toasty, some medium crystal malts, light brown sugar, hint of molasses, little caramel, and some light grassy and slightly herbal hops.

Taste starts slightly sweet, with more toasty malts, some medium crystal malts, light caramel, brown sugar, a slight bit watery and thin on the total malt bill, a very slight fruit-ish flavor, little nutty, light grassy and earthy hops, touch of spicy hops I think, and a light roast. Finishes a bit sticky, semi sweet still, crisp and light though.

Mouth is a bit on the lighter side, thinner malt profile, decent carbonation.

Overall decent, nothing special, sessionable, some nice malt flavors but overall a bit thin on the malt bill overall, but I guess when you want all those medium and darker malts but low gravity it's tough to get a decent body. A decent hop addition as well.

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Photo of Pardishcreel
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- a dark brown that allows alittle light through it. The head is small but retains for a while.

S- probably the most disappointing part of this beer, the smell is so faint that I can't pick out any specific notes.

T- it taste lightly of hops then has a good hop finish a very clean taste.

M- I think it's very drinkable and it could easily be a session beer at 1.99 each

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, bought for $1.99 at Trader Joe's. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark brown color with some reddish tints, along with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is roasted malt, nuts, chocolate and some toffee. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, but there's also some leafy hops noticable that I don't think mesh well with the other flavors of this brew. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little sticky but thin at the same time. Moderate carbonation. Not a bad overall brew, for a $1.99 it's a pretty good deal. I think it's worth trying.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pecan brown with a healthy infusion of rust orange and borders of bright tangerine. Three fingers of khaki colored foam crested the rim of the glass before settling back and looking good. Lace holds up its end of the bargain as well.

The aroma fits the style guidelines. It smells like this offering will be cocoa-like and nutty with a helping hand from hops, just as it should be. More intensity would be nice. To be fair though, the foam hasn't yet completely melted.

Mission St. Brown Ale is a tweener where the taste score is concerned. It looks like the lower one will be chosen since there isn't as much malt or as much flavor as there could be. Not bad at all, but the best versions have nothing to worry about.

Specifics include lightly toasted brown bread, a sprinkling of cocoa powder, baked nuts and a small amount of tea leaf bitterness. Each mouthful is a search for the knockout punch that never comes. Granted, we're talking 5.7% American brown ale... but still.

The mouthfeel is reflective of the slight malt shortage as well. Very little creaminess is appreciated (even after warming) and the bubbles are both fine and dandy. Neither a standout nor a disappointment.

Mission St. Brown Ale is of the same general level of quality as Mission St. Blonde Ale. Both are brewed by Firestone Walker, which means that their potentials have been maximized to the greatest extent possible. More ingredients would require a higher price... which is always a good trade-off as far as this BA is concerned.

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Photo of sj660
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to love this beer. Brown Ales are my favorite kind of beer, you see, so I take them seriously. What's more, I'm hunting for an American-made one that will be cheap and fresh so that I can quit hurting my wallet on Newcastle and Samuel Smith's.

Things started off perfectly with a vigorous head leaving a proud crown of thick foam as I quaffed. Lacing is perfect.

The smell is that of the finest brown ales. Nutty.

But when it gets in my mouth--was this Brown Ale meant to be served at cellar temperature? I guess not--I can tell it comes from the west coast of the United States which is by no means a bad thing (*I* come from the West Coast), but doesn't help me with my quest. You see, the nutty flavor is there, but it is interfered with by an overly hoppy taste--and indeed of the wrong kind of hops, I think.

The mouthfeel is thin and a bit spicy.

I could drink a lot of this for the price, but I don't love it. I like it, though.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with red hues. Thin tan head. No lacing.

Aroma of malty toasty sugars. Nothin else really.

Taste is ok. Solid brown. Slightly sweet with a resinous bite in the finish. It's tasty.

Mouthfeel is good. Good carb.

Overall there is not much to be said about this beer. It's a pretty good brown but nothin special. I would have it again if someone brought one over but I don't know if I would buy it when there are so many awesome beers avaliableto me.

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