Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2013 | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2013Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2013

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:
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Added by crob3888 on 03-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a dark reddish orange amber with a thin, very light tan head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass. Light aroma of dark and bready malt, molasses, a hint of vanilla and dark fruit. Flavor of dark fruit, melded light toasted and bready malt, nuts, faint chocolate. Finish is thin and slightly astringent. Medium bodied. This tastes pretty much as it is described on the label: a combination of several ales including a porter. Flavor is pleasant enough, but sweet, light and a bit muddled. A bit of alcohol bite in the finish. Totally fulfills its purpose as an inexpensive pleasant strong ale, but breaks no new ground.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Firestone restaurant glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.99
Purchased: April 4, 2013
Consumed: April 13, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark brown, almost black color with two fingers of khaki tan head. Sporadic spots of lacing on the sides most of the way down. Average retention on the top.

Not a potent smell. In fact, I had to work for it at first. Got rich toffee malts, caramel, chocolate, roasty and faint nuts.

Tasted roasty toffee malts. Also caramal, chocolate, nuts, faint coffee beans with a pleasant bitter finish.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish.

A pretty good beer overall. Nice and smooth and flavorful. I’d have it again.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours brown with a small creamy white head, fair head retention.

S: Heavy notes of malt, some date and prune, toffee.

T: Malt centered with notes of dried grape, molasses for sure, figgy. Caramel and nuts as well.

M: Medium to full-bodied, flabby feel, cloying at times, a bit syrupy, feels a bit underattenuated.

O: The price is very attractive at $2.99/bomber, but in the end, this is just average beer and not really my style.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Cost was $2.99 at Trader Joe's. 2013 vintage. 8.5% ABV confirmed. "Imperial Brown Ale." 650ml brown glass bottle with pull-slip papered over pressure cap served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are low given the brewery and the price.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger light khaki colour head of nice cream, pretty decent thickness, and generally decent (~3 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a rich dark caramel-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Uneven light lacing. Okay looking for the style. Nontransparent/nontranslucent.

Sm: Toasted malt, light raisin, generic floral hops, caramel, sticky licorice, and toffee. Roast is sorely missed. An average to mild strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Biscuit malt, brown malt, caramel, light raisin. Generic floral hops. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Not all that well balanced. Has some nice toffee. Decently built. I'm not a big fan of it; it's pretty forgettable and mundane. Built strangely.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Okay body. Decent thickness. Carbonation is pretty good. Doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavour profile. A bit syrupy.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. It's not bad for its price point, but there's just nothing interesting here. Hides its ABV okay. Rather mundane stuff. For a self-declared "Imperial Brown Ale", it's rather underwhelming. I wouldn't get this again - even at the seemingly good price. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. This one can be safely avoided.


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Photo of fields336
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: ruby, mahogany and brown intermingle. mocha colored fluffy head sits atop. It (very) slowly recedes, leaving a nice sticky looking lace along the side of the glass.

S: baking chocolate, vanilla, coffee, toffee, brown sugar and slight dark fruit aroma. Small hop presence is noted, floral and citrus.

T: sweet fruit notes upfront, with a big mouthful of chocolate, vanilla and toffee. Little hop presence or bitterness. There is a tannic quality and a noticable alcohol burn.

M: Medium bodied and Silky smooth, this is probably the best aspect of this beer. Finish is fairly dry.

O: Trader Joes for $2.99 a bottle, great deal

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz bottle at Trader Joe's, only cost $2.99, so even if this was an average beer, it would be a bargain. Luckily, it was a little better than average.

Appearance: The worst aspect of the beer. Dark brown with some copper hue, no head retention. Ends up looking boring. Nothing special.

Smell: Here we go. Some complexity. Sweet malts, dark fruits.

Taste: BAM. Lots of sugars, malts, and dark fruits. Slight hop bitterness which recedes as the beer warms. There's a lot of complexity here. Paired exceedingly well with pulled pork sandwiches. Good for sipping, like a fine wine. I bet it ages well after a year or two. Might have to pick up a couple bottles, the price is worth it for the taste alone. It's too bad the rest of the beer doesn't live up to this aspect. Some alcohol warmness which is always, always welcome.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly like champagne. Crispness is nice. Goes down easy.

Overall: It packs a punch thanks to the deceptive ABV. At 8.5%, a bomber does the trick and puts you in an exceedingly good mood. For the price, it's hard to find a better bargain I think. Though it's not hard to find a better beer. I'll pick up a couple more next time I'm at Trader Joes.

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2013 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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