picknbrew (199) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2010
From a 22oz. bottle. Clear mohagony with some reddish hues. One finger tan head. A little caramel and some roastiness in the aroma.Dry slightly roasty taste.Dry moderately bitter finish. Medium mouth feel with light carbonation. Leaves a little unpleasant after taste. Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2010 loved the hef, so i thought i’d have to try this one too. brewed to style, but a little thin in the mouth to me. nice brownish reddish body, decent head. smells nutty and malty, kind of earthy. flavor is similar, would’ve liked a lot more caramel. I think mission street should can this one and make a nice straightforward porter and they’d really get people buying these up at TJs. Brown ales just aren’t as generally appreciated as porters. I’m rambling now, but this one is solid but not much more than that sethdude (708) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Pours reddish cola brown with a medium head. Aroma is chocolate, molasses, and cherry cavendish. Flavor is smooth, rich chocolate malt, a slight lactose funk, some lemongrass and mild hop pepper. Very good. hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2010
22oz bottle from Trader Joe’s ($2.49, sucks that I paid 50 cents more than Cali people). Poured dark clear brown with big brown head. Smells light of nuts and carmel malts. Taste is watery, flat and way too soft. Taste does not hold up. Cheap price but also a cheap taste. beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Pours a cola colored brown. Aroma has a hint of roasted coffee but otherwise fairly muted. Pretty carbonated. Nice coffee notes in the flavor. Good malt linger on the roof of the mouth. A great buy at Trader Joes. Great beer to have around for guests.
SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
22oz bottle dated 6/1/10. It’s nice to see Firestone expanding the mission line for Trader Joe’s. While not as impressive as the new hefe, this is a solid brown that I would put vaguely in the english style, with a nice malty character and a supporting yeast fruitiness. Toasty and chocolatey on the nose, with just a hint of earthy hops and fruity yeast. The flavor is malty with a dark caramel, medium toast, and light chocolate character. Bitternes is low, as is hop flavor. The finish is balanced, with a lingering touch of chocolatey sweetness. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Nicely robust and malty. I can dream that this was going to be a hoppy American brown, but all things considered, I definitely see why they went with this. SFtaster (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Trader Joe’s (22 oz) purchase $1.99 ea. The label says that the beer is contract-brewed by Steinhaus Brewing, Paso Robles, CA (not Firestone-Walker). I believe that the Mission Street brand is an exclusive to the TJ’s chain. They typically carry six-packs of a pale ale, an IPA, and a lager (?), so I grabbed a couple bombers of the brown ale and hefewiesen while shopping. Good value- a respectable example of the style. Good color, rich flavor, nice balance of hops to satisfy the palate. The NEW ’two-buck chuck’ at Trader Joe’s. rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Pours a slightly transparent brown with finger of tan head. Aroma is nuts, roast, barley, malt, spices. Flavor is nuts, roast, chocolate, barley, spices, a little bitterness in the finish. Solid brown ale. LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Appearance: Pours a slightly translucent reddish brown with a cream 1/2 inch head.JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Aroma: Herbal euro dry hopping and sweet, light roasted malt.
Taste: Nutty chocolaty roasty malt, finishes nutty with some hop spice. A little bit of cola in there as well.
Mouthfeel: Thin, coating, and modestly carbonated.
Overall: A pretty good brown ale. It’s not usually my bag.
I tried this beer from a 22oz bottle that I bought at Trader Joe’s.
It’s a clear, dark brown pour with some hints of reddishness. The head is off-white and stays nicely.
With a medium body and a dry roasty, nutty flavor, I enjoyed this beer very much. Not bad for $1.99.