Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012

Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of an strong brown, imperial stout and a porter.

Added by Drinkerofales on 02-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App: creamy tan head with very good retention and lacing. Very dark brown with a ruby/amber glow.

Nose: Biscuity and piney.

Taste: Nice carbonation level, great mouthfeel for a brown ale. Carmel malt, graham cracker. Not much going on here.

Notes: Can't beat the price! The fact that it is a blend has turned me off to it. The label says it is an "Imperial Brown Ale". It is smooth, simple, and inexpensive.

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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer bills itself as an "Imperial Brown Ale". I doubt Trader Joe's is contract brewing a new style. The beer comes with a black shrink wrap top and a gold pull tab.*

The beer is opaque brown with red highlights. A large and dense light mocha head leaves some lacing and actually caps the beer with a 2mm head until finished.

Smell is of a little piney hop, and a note of astringency, at first. As it warms roasted malt appears.

Taste is of sweet caramel malt with a hint of nuttiness. A maple syrup finish that is gone too quickly to be cloying finishes the flavor.

The feel of the beer is smooth, and this feeling only increases as the beer warms. There is a syrupy viscosity that is present, but does not detract from the beer.

I liked the beer, and at 2.99 per, it's uh-mazing. Some good flavors and strange style make this something I will try every year. Can you age an "Imperial Brown"? If so, I just might try it. Then again, at this price, how can I not?


* The black shrink wrap top with gold pull tab reminded me of the Firestone Walker Ababcus and Double Jack bottles. I compared this beer and the Abacus while I had them both, and the size of the shrink wrap, and look are identical. As well, the placing of the label information, and even the fact that they are both brewed in Pasa Robles makes me think that Mission St. from Steinhaus may be a Firestone Walker brand contract beer. Edit: Thanks to topher78 for verifying that Steinhaus is owned by Firestone.

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
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