portableparty (1979) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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?
Steasy66 (1012) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Chad9976 (1293) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Suttree (5317) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
MattH (657) - California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Thisis12ptfont (908) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma brings nuts, barley and brown sugar to the nose. Darkened shade of brown with a tamed foam and decent lacing. Taste is slightly complex bringing flavors of nuts, caramel, dough, and other toasted malts. Carbonation is present yet, partly masked by the plethora of flavors. Overall, this is a well done brown ale with some decently complex malt flavors. I’d give this a B rating.
TCPIPLab (2) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Drinkable" is the word that comes to mind. The toasted malt flavor steps away at the mouth, revealing a hint of hoppy bitterness which then gives way to a creamy, lightly sweet, but roasted taste that goes down easy. A 22 oz bomber goes pretty fast, though you never get the sense that this is a discount or watered down beer. Just enough carbonation to make it more refreshing than heavy. Got it at Trader Joe’s.
hoffrobert (178) - Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours coffee brown with a light tan head. Malty roasted nut flavor and aroma. Hints of toffee and caramel.
dwm1034 (673) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2012 Split bomber with sherm1016...thanks...pours, well, brown. Mild malty nutty flavor ... Tasty....UPDATED via bottle from Trader Joe.....smooth with hints of caramel and nutty hints...again...very tasty...
sherm1016 (1187) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle split with dwm1034. Pours a deep brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, caramel, nutty. Medium on the palate with a enrage carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, nutty, a little roasty, with a sweet, malty finish.