So apparently Firestone Walker is brewing beers for Trader Joe’s as
"Steinhaus Brewing Company" and using the brand name "Mission Street".
Um okay, I had no idea. This was my first of the line and it’s much
better than Trader Joe’s "Boatswain" brand. Nothing mind-blowing, but
still pretty solid.
Appearance: Standard American IPA orange hue, slightly hazy. Produces a
large, white, frothy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Sweet, orange, candy-like aroma.
Taste: Though it’s made by one of the best breweries in the world,
Mission Street India Pale Ale is a pretty standard, just-plain-good
American IPA. A little sweeter than most and a little less bitter.
Significant orange sherbet taste throughout the palate. Strong
bitterness to begin the palate which intensifies a little and then backs
off as it goes down. In comes a strong, lightly sweet, flavor of orange
you find in candy sometimes. One of the sweetest IPAs I can recall
that’s not a sticky, syrupy mess. The aftertaste is fairly clean, but
perhaps a little dry. Good balance to the palate as it has an appealing
taste and no obvious flaws. Not absolutely delicious, but good enough.
Drinkability: While not a thick beer by any means, Mission Street India
Pale Ale isn’t quite as crisp as most brews of the style. It’s got a
perfectly medium body and a soft texture. Yes there’s bitterness, but
it’s not sharp and the sweetness isn’t cloying. It goes down very smooth
and the aftertaste is easily tolerable. It’s actually commendable for
getting so much flavor out of a 6.1% ABV weight.