Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2014

I’m onto another documentary on my day off. This one is about the Amityville Horror. I have to be honest in that I know relatively little about this case, but this show is definitely interesting and a little bit creepy. I don’t think I could ever live in a so-called “haunted” house. Anyways, let’s see how it went.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Strong Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Mission Street is a north-south arterial thoroughfare in San Francisco, California that runs from the city’s southern border to its northeast waterfront. The street and the Mission District through which it runs were named for the Spanish Mission Dolores, several blocks away from the modern route. Only the southern half is historically part of El Camino Real, which connected the missions. At 7.2 mi (11.6 km), it is the city’s longest, and one of its oldest streets.”

Random: The meow is knocked out on a side table. He seriously has the life.

The brew poured with a huge, tan head that was three fingers high. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark, clear sienna color with medium carbonation. The nose was nutty, which was to be expected, given it was billed on the label as an “imperial brown ale” but has a heavy medicinal note that I couldn’t place. It almost struck me as minty. Anyways, the taste was much better. It was nutty and rich and really warm with lots of hazelnuts and some nutty malt as well. There was also a touch of roasted, light coffee. The booze was definitely apparent and provided a lot of warming at the end. The body was medium thickness with lower than expected carbonation. I wish it had a bit more. It had a long, nutty finish with booze. This wasn’t a bad beer, but wasn’t exceptional. Give it a try if you like brown ales.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Mission St. Pale Ale

I have yet another case of the Mondays. I’m still sore from my workout on Friday, so I came right home. I’ve been taking Mondays off from the gym and it’s been working out pretty well. The Phillies got embarrassed today by the Padres and Lee was pitching. It was horrible, but I know you have to lose some games. I’m currently waiting for the Yankees to play, but they’re currently in a rain delay. Anyways, this is another selection from the fridge.

ABV: 4.6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: This is a contract brew for Trader Joe’s done by Firestone Walker.

Random: I seriously love Trader Joe’s, but I hate how crowded it always is. But, they really have good stuff.

The brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear straw yellow with lots of active visible carbonation. The nose had notes of grapefruit and lovely hoppiness. It reminded me of fresh citrus. The taste wasn’t exactly what I expected. I got a lot of honey sweetness with a touch of biscuit and really mild bitterness. The citrus was also not as present as I would have expected. The finish lingered for awhile with a bit of sweetness. Although the nose led me to believe that this was going to be a really good beer, for me, this was only mediocre. I could finish it, but there are so many better pale ales out there. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0