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RATINGS: 165   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1127) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Suttree (5013) - 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 (635) - California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle from Trader Joeís. 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (810) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
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. Iíd give this a B rating.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TCPIPLab (2) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2012 does not count
"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 Joeís.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoffrobert (178) - Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Pours coffee brown with a light tan head. Malty roasted nut flavor and aroma. Hints of toffee and caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwm1034 (627) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2012
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...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1111) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Landmonger (156) - USA - MAY 3, 2012
Pour a cark brown with medium head that doe snot last long, aroma is toasty, sweet and nutty, taste is malt, caramel with a sharpish amount of carbonation, palate is thin with minor warmth from the alcohol going down. Overall pretty good

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10547) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Not surprisingly, brown in color with a khaki head. Starts off with a mild toast on the aroma, maybe a bit of roast as well. Plenty of sweet toffee and a mild caramel note. The flavor has a subtle hoppiness which is nice and works well with the toasted and caramel flavors of the beer. Mildly roasty with a hint of coffee and chocolate.


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