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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Mission Street resides at the crossroads of quality and value, a place we have called home for more than 40 years. Our award-winning is crafted in small batches using only the finest all-natural hops and malted barley, resulting in a classic brown ale with remarkable flavor and freshness.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bomber. Poured clear, light-medium reddish-brown with a nice cap of smoked tan head. The aroma picked up toasted nutty and earthy notes with a bit of vanilla around.. simple and on the sweet side, but well-received. The flavor found mostly nutty malts at the core, with a bit of vanilla and cocoa laced throughout.. fresh, light, complementary, nondescript bitterness around.. sweet, slightly tangy finish.. tasty. Light-medium bodied and sweet on the palate, but with enough acidity to cut through nicely.. smooth, rolling carbonation.. very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Panzuriel (1427) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Mission street pours rich brown with a small head of white bubbles. Nose is lightly nutty an metallic. Body is thinner than expected and rather plain. Taste is mild roasted malt and some herbal/vegetable that seems off. Finishes rather blah. Based on other ratings here i wonder if i got an old/bad bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (840) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
This beer is a beautiful dark brown color. It has a slightly sweet aroma. It has a malty flavor with notes of brown sugar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (4822) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a shaker. Tan head with good retention recedes leaving scant sheets. Fruity caramel aromas. Soft with dark caramel and pit fruit upfront turning to dusty chocolate in the medium length finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (7952) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bomber. Dark brown pour with a big foamy head. Malty, chocolate, and nut. Smooth, easy drinking. Outstanding value.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2059) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours red brown with a soapy khaki head that leaves a sudsy film. Aroma has roasted nuts malt and a subtle bitterness and some burnt caramel clove. Taste has a nice bitterness to it and has roasted malt some burnt sugars and a gentle spice and tootsie roll. Palate is thin to medium with a chalky dry finish. Seriously only $2.99?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Dark brown, 1 finger light tan head. Aroma is pretty typical brown ale, fairly muted but malty with a hint of hops. Taste is similar, malty, hint of roast, hint of hops, not overly flavorful but nothing bad. This seems a decent brown ale, hell of a beer for the price.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1418) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2012
This is the third of Trader Joe’s "Mission Street" beers I’ve had and the third I found to be underwhelming. Granted the bottles were a little old, but not ancient. But I think three beers are enough to establish a trend, and even though this brand is brewed by Firestone Walker the beers themselves probably are supposed to taste this way - mild and mainstream.

I poured a 22oz bottle into a Geordie Schooner glass.

Appearance: Dark brown hue on the surface but deep ruby red in the light. Forms a large, yellowish, foamy head which does lace and retain a bit.

Smell: Noticeable caramel and a hint of milk chocolate. A slight sourness is present as well.

Taste: Brown ales are meant to be drank a bit warmer than most so I let my bottle of Mission Street Brown Ale warm up for a while and even then it was surprisingly mild. The palate begins with a mild, wet, cold, slightly watery taste. Bitterness increases through the middle with a touch of toasted malt and a hint of burnt coffee. Caramel and chocolate are somewhat prominent as it goes down, but it’s weak for the style. It’s closer to the macro Newcastle Brown Ale than a true craft beer and perhaps that’s what they’re going for (I wouldn’t be surprised).

Not that there’s any off-flavors or other overt flaws except for a very subtle, minute, mild sourness likely due to the bottle being three months old at the time (but that’s actually quite young for a bottle from the opposite coast around here). I could almost give this beer a thumbs up on the fact it’s not bad, but that’s not much of a compliment. It’s average all around.

Drinkability: If this beer is meant to drink like a macro then it definitely succeeds in that aspect. The mild palate and cold, watery, thin mouthfeel make it comfortable in the mouth and enable it to go down super smoothly. I was surprised to discover it’s 5.7% ABV since it seems to have the weight and overall energy of something much more in the sessionable category and that’s probably how I’d drink it.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Suttree (5543) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Reddish brown, big dense head. Smells like toast, I guess. Thae aroma is actually pretty faint. Some toasty, sweet flavors, crisp finish. A little on the bland side.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
MattH (660) - California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Initial sips produced a nice chocolate and cocoa flavor. Then I got a maple syrup like sweet flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Slight roasted malt is also in there. Aroma is toasty. Appearance is a fairly transparent amber. Wish it was a little less sweet.


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