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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Enjoyed this is a large format bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium to light shade of brown with a thin tan fizz on top. Bristly carbonation on the tongue at first, but finishes wet with a nice blend of barley and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (6250) - Utah, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle shared by Laurie
Appearance: Clear brown with a medium sized beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, nutty and caramel
Taste: Caramel, nutty with a herbal bitterness in the finish
Ok, mild

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7426) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Panzuriel (1558) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (862) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (5017) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (8685) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2248) - 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?

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1503) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2012
This is the third of Trader Joeís "Mission Street" beers Iíve 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 itís weak for the style. Itís closer to the macro Newcastle Brown Ale than a true craft beer and perhaps thatís what theyíre going for (I wouldnít be surprised).

Not that thereís 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 thatís actually quite young for a bottle from the opposite coast around here). I could almost give this beer a thumbs up on the fact itís not bad, but thatís not much of a compliment. Itís 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 itís 5.7% ABV since it seems to have the weight and overall energy of something much more in the sessionable category and thatís probably how Iíd drink it.

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