Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mission Street India Pale Ale

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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (713) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

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.

Grade: 7/10

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