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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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3.67/5
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120 Ratings
Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012
BEER INFO

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
120
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
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Photo of jeanphony
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled-over standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at a Trader Joe's in San Diego. Expectations are fairly high; it was highly recommended to me by the cashier. I quite enjoyed Trader Joe's Vintage, but then that was brewed by Unibroue. I don't remember ever liking something from Mission St.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and average retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent non-opaque extremely dark brown. No yeast particles are visible (but it's nontransparent).

Sm: Heavy tropical fruit and citrusy hops. Kumquat is dominant; I never thought I'd say that about a so-called imperial brown ale. Hops. Caramelized malt. I don't get any roast (as alleged by the label). Clean malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Floral, tropical, and citrusy notes collide horribly with darker malts and caramelization. Wretchedly balanced, with flavours competing instead of cooperating. Some cream. Built incredibly poorly for an imperial brown ale; where are the nuts? No roast. Overly hoppy and bitter, with strange tropical notes. What were they thinking? Structurally imbalanced as well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with an awful coarseness in the third act - exactly where it doesn't belong in a brown ale (if at all!).

Dr: Another disappointment from Mission St. Do they even make a good beer? Doesn't hide its ABV all that well. I'll finish this, but it isn't real drinkable. I wouldn't recommend this to friends. I wouldn't have it again, even on draught. A badly made imperial brown.

C-

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Photo of GetMeAnIPA
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice brown pour with a nice tan head. The head retention and lacing is minimal. The appearance is probably the best quality of the beer othe than the high ABV.

Smell is a sweet malty yet boozy smell. The taste aost Morris the smell.

The first thing to hit the taste bids is the malty sweet taste. Then comes the boozy taste. Not an overally complete beer. Mostly a rich malty taste with the high abv pushing though.

Overall, the beer is good/ average but considering the price and high abv makes it well worth the purchase.

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Photo of SFC21
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of notchucknorris
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bery dark brown color with a thin light brown head.

S: I'm not getting much besides a ton of sweet malts. A little bit of booze in there as well.

T: Similar to the smell. Big sweet matinees with maybe a touch of coffee on the backend. Not really a huge fan. Way too one dimensional.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, nutty brown with a finger of light khaki head. Light aroma of caramel, coffee, and mild pine.

Moderate carbonation and a generous, creamy mouthfeel. Caramel, cocoa, and toffee malts with dark fruit, hints of vanilla, and light earthy hops on the tail end.

Not much bitterness to balance the sweetness here, and there's a slight metallic quality to the aroma and finish, but overall this is a pretty solid brew.

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Photo of dugly2ugly
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Trader Joe's. Think it was around 3.50 a bottle.
Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice chestnut color with 2 finger widths of frothy tan colored head that has some staying power, and leaves some mild lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of sweet malt. Caramel, Light roasted coffee.

T- Kind of nutty. The caramel sweetness really comes out here. Some dark dried fruits. Raisins, prunes. Some mild hop bitterness.

M- Has a slight alcohol warming feeling, with medium body and some mild carbonation.

O- Can't beat it for 3.50 a bottle. Wondering how it will change with some age on it.

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Photo of Sharkophile
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a goblet. Pours a cloudy burgundy color with a big, frothy, off-white head that has good retention. Had half the glass with some spicy food, which was EXCELLENT.

S: Smell is a bit muted, with some fruity aromas, caramel, and a bit of alcohol.

T: Mirrors the nose, but with more intensity and complexity. Lots of dark fruit and dark caramel (some butterscotch?) with a light, herbal hop, and a very nice dry, bitter-char flavor in the finish, which seems like the work of the porter component.

M: Pretty dense mouthfeel, with full body and good carbonation.

O: A very good beer that I would happily pick up again for $3.50 a bomber.

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Photo of ineva
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JupiterJesus
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a nutshell, tastes like an 'ale' doppelbock.

Similar dark fruit flavors. Rich mouthfeel. More bitterness and hop character than a german beer, but it remains in the background, subservient to the slightly roasty, raisin-y malts. Very good, but I'd knock it for the aroma, which is a little metallic.

Damn good for $2.99 at TJ's.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - dark brown with a off-white head that thinned to a ring leaving a few spots of lacing.

S - roasted coffee, vanilla, molasses, and light alcohol.

T - light sweetness that's not overpowering, there's some hop bitterness and a bit of "alcohol warmth".

F - medium bodied, mild carbonation with a smooth feel.

O - it's pretty darn good but keep it under your hat!

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of baybassboy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of omokoro
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this for $3.25, I thought it was the Vintage Ale, I just read the 2012 part. I poured it into bordeaux glass, it was almost black, with a thick two finger, off white head. There was a lot of visible carbonation. On the nose I mainly noticed malt sweetness, some pine, resin and a little citrus. This beer feels a little thin for the color, although there is a lot of carbonation. I found it to be rather sweet on the malt, with a good amount of alcohol on the backend. There are note of toast, chocolate, pine and a touch of vanilla. Overall, compared to the 2011 Vintage Ale this is found lacking, but perhaps it is an unfair comparison. I find myself a bit disappointed in this beer. I cannot see myself picking up another bottle from TJs.

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Photo of Steasy66
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into snifter

A Deep brown, off white head with little retention
S Light malt aroma, not much else
T Malt, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, light hops
M Nice medium-light carbonation, good body
O Pretty good overall. It tastes like there is one really good beer in here blended with some blah, not bad at all, but nothing spectacular. For the price, a must try.

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Photo of ithinkimasofa
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 2 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasty malt, some nutty aromas, and a brown sugar/caramel/toffee/molasses mixture. Taste is of roasty malt, toasted nuts, burnt sugar, and slight caramel/toffee on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with only a slight crispness and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I enjoyed last year's version of this one better.

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Photo of bierfreundlich
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly translucent brown, plum-rose hue with barely there off-white head.

S - Smells like dark malt, raisin bread, cinnamon, sweet caramel.

T - Tastes sweet with a roasted malt character, hints of browned butter and a lingering bitterness.

M - Lightly effervescent, viscous in quality, and spicy on the back of you throat.

O - A well-rounded, boozy brown ale with lots of character. Easy-drinking.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1133rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

2012 release
TJ's Chino Hills for $2.99

App- A solid garnet red with a backing brown color. A small 1/4-1/2 head a bit off white formed and was gone. Maybe a 1/16" of pond layer

Smell- A big malt flavors comes in 1st and then caramel notes with some citrus rind and has a touch of nuttiness. Missing the roast on it.

Taste- An off blend to me. 1/3 Amber with some crytal malts and fades to 1/3 Barleywine with some citrus and a small bitter note and lastly 1/3 Brown Ale with some smooth silky roasted nutty notes.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a light medium creamy carbonation level. A bit red amber and nutty cream flavors remain.

Drink- I had higher hopes for this one. Needed to be barrel aged or thicker to really take it to that next level. Hoping another year in the bottle will do oneders.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Trader Joe's, 01/19/12 stamped on bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch light tan head that didn't stay around for long. Not much lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like brown sugar, nuts, dark fruit, chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's some hops noticeable in the bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick with moderate carbonation. All in all, I think this is a good overall brew. Pretty nice deal for just $3.49 a bomber.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of s4s
4/5  rDev +9%

Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 120 ratings
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