Mission St. Pale Ale is brewed by Steinhaus Brewing Company which seems to be almost impossible to find on the net. That is information about the brewery. It seems like this beer is released by Trader Joe’s. (?) I received as a Christmas gift from my dear old Mom along with a bottle of Rare Bourbon County Stout. The best “beer” present I have ever received, especially from a woman who knows nothing about the American craft beer scene.
I was a little skeptical about Mission St. Pale Ale since I really couldn’t find it anywhere and then that it was brewed by a third party brewer. No offense to those type of setups, but usually their beer isn’t the greatest. The brewery gets paid for the usage of their facilities and usually doesn’t have much say or other leverage in the beer, so they just make and life goes on. I want a beer to be a labor of love.
To my surprise, Mission St. Pale Ale, was quite the beer. Pours with a nice head into a pint glass, leaving behind some sticky webbing. The aroma is floral and citrus hops on top of a bed of light, but sweet malt. Light in the mouth, with similar carbonation, this is a easy, refreshing drinker clocking in at 4.6%. I think this beer would be great in the summer time but it is still fun now. Enjoy!
Aroma: 9, Taste: 7, Look: 9, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 8.5
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