Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2013
Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2013Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2013
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Strong Ale - American
3.52 | pDev: 13.35%
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Steinhaus Brewing Company's Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2013 a couple months ago for $3.50 at Trader Joe's. I've heard that some of these Trader Joe's beers aren't that bad and for $3.50 a bomber I thought I would give it a chance, so let see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a foiled brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's not that eye catching, but it still has a nice look to it and it had some nice information on it. It poured a nice slightly darker brown color that had some crimson hues when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but the lacing was a little weak.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a slight brown sugar like aroma followed by a good amount of malts that impart some grainy, bready, caramel and toffee like aromas. Up next comes a good amount of dark fruits that have a nice juicy aroma to them and raisins seems to stick out the most. Up next I get a lighter yeast like aroma with some nutty aromas in the background. The aroma is nice and well balanced, I like it.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a good amount of malts that impart a grainy, brown bread, caramel, and slight toffee like aroma followed by some dark fruits that have a nice juicy flavor to them with plums seems to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight yeast flavor followed by a nice nutty flavor that helps round off this beer. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with just a little bit of tartness taking it's place which threw me off a little and it had a malty and dark fruit like aftertaste. The taste was nice, it was pretty well balanced and I like the juicy dark fruit aspect.

M- Pretty smooth, well hidden alcohol, a little rich, creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer, it wasn't as heavy as I expected and I liked that.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and solid example of the style, it doesn't taste as big as most American Strong Ale's and it's a lot more subtle, but some of those signature flavors are still there and I don't think I would be able to tell that this beer was made of a blend of three different beers. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, not filling, the alcohol was well hidden and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink a full bottle by myself and I wouldn't rule out having more than that since it's pretty damn smooth. What I liked the most about this beer was the dark fruit aspect, it had a nice juicy aspect to it that I don't get in many beers and I liked how the plum flavors stuck out. What i liked the least about this beer was the complexity, the flavors were nice, but I would have liked just a little more depth, maybe a little bit of smoked malts would have helped. I would buy this beer again, I enjoyed it and I think it's a great deal, it may be one of the best priced beers around and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good beer on a budget or fans of malt heavy beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it wasn't really what I expected, but I thought that made it unique and I can appreciate that. Good job guys, this is one solid beer and I have to give a hand to Trader Joes for offering a good beer at such a great price, I'll for sure be on the look out for more of their beers.

Jul 13, 2013
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Belchmaster from California

4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this 22 ounce bottle from Trader Joes for $2.95 and I've got to say this is one heck of a great value.
Chilled to 50 degrees and Poured a tall wide glass. Dark, Dark brown with slight lacing and minimal head which dissipates rapidly.
Aroma is scant but gives a hint of a sweet malty grain.
Took a mouthful and my first impression was, 'Nice, slightly sweet, well balanced, thicker than standard, higher than average alcohol, and very drinkable".
A very nice beer. Allowed it to warm, sipping it along the way and it became more aromatic, tastier, and even more drinkable.
I finished it thinking, "Yeah Mission Brewery, JOB WELL DONE!!!"
I do not know how they can put out a brew this tasty, with such a high alcohol content, at such an affordable price.
Then I though, "How come so many other breweries can't"???
Job well done Mission Brewery, I applaud you.
I bought a case and will be aging some of this. I highly recommend this brew.

Jul 21, 2013
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TheMarkE from California

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep copper, too thick to see through. Not a lot of foam or lacing.

Smell: Caramel hops and… pancakes?

Taste: Raisins up front, followed by sweet caramel, brown sugar, coffee, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, with little aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. A drinkable ale at a good price, it’s a blend of three different brews. Nothing too complex or exciting, just a mild dark ale.

Billed as Steinhaus Brewing, this is probably made by Firestone Walker right here in Buellton for Trader Joe’s.

Apr 05, 2013
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IndyDad from New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Aug 26, 2013
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ZombieJester from California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

Apr 17, 2013
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Kahlstrom from Missouri

3/5  rDev -14.8%

Jul 16, 2013
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YieldToNothing from New York

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

May 06, 2013
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thkrb99 from California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

Mar 12, 2014
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cre83 from Washington

4/5  rDev +13.6%

May 01, 2013
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Lucoli from New York

3/5  rDev -14.8%

Jun 01, 2013
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GraduatedCashew from California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Jun 11, 2013
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BeerAficionadoMCMXC from California

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Not impressed with the head retention or lacing. Color is a dark, deep brown.
Smell- Nutty and raisiny.
Taste- Very toffee-like and raisin character to it.
Mouthfeel- Straight up medium.
Overall- Alright, I am revisiting this one for a third time so it is absolutely drinkable. The reason I am giving it a 5/10 is as follows: It is in a class of it's own being a blend of three different classes of ale. I'm betting the other beers that make this one up are better off drank straight than being combined into this concoction of a brew. I can drink it, but that's not saying too much. Cheers to those who do.

May 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

Mar 16, 2014
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TimothyPH from New York

4/5  rDev +13.6%

Jul 07, 2013
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Sweffin from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 27, 2015
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jorgerod99 from California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Nov 03, 2013
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ricecracker420 from California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

Jan 31, 2014
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mpenske from California

2/5  rDev -43.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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WoostaBia from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Aug 19, 2014
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.66/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Bottle to pint glass.

AROMA: Brown Sugar, Light Toasted Barley
LOOK: Dark Brown, small head.
TASTE: Sugar, Molasses, Soy Sauce.
FEEL: Heavy Body.

OK, a little disappointed based on the packaging.

May 26, 2018
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GClarkage from California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Jul 08, 2014
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milesmayhem from Oregon

4/5  rDev +13.6%

Oct 07, 2014
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brandoman63 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

May 11, 2013
Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2013 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 94 ratings