Size 7 - Steel Toe Brewing

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 68
Gots: 74 | FT: 6
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Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jera1350 on 09-03-2011

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Ratings: 531 | Reviews: 113
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this 22 oz bomber up at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. No bottled on date that I can see. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a nice warm reddish amber, crystal clear, with about an inch of eggshell head that falls after a bit and leaves nice cling on the glass. Very little visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit and pine hop notes are quite assertive. There's also a bit of a grassy quality coming through. Under the hops, there's just a bit of the caramel malts poking out. Very pleasant bouquet.

T: Big hop flavors at the front--grapefruit rind, pine, and some more herbal/earthy notes. There's bread-like malts that do help to balance things out there, as well. The middle is still occupied with the hops, and just a bit of clear alcohol shines through. Not quite to the aftertaste, there's a surprisingly sweet section that emerges thanks to the caramel malts. Immediately after, the hops reassert themselves, and there's a nice resinous hop bitter to the aftertaste.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth, and just a bit creamy in the front and middle. There's a bit more carbonation than I expected from this one, but I'm glad that it helps to keep this one from feeling overly sticky or bitter at the end. The back end is decidedly bright and bitter but, again, not sticky or syrupy in character.

O: I'm quite impressed with my first taste from Steel Toe. This is an undeniably well-crafted IPA with plenty of big flavors and complexity. I will certainly seek this one out again.

Photo of Treyliff
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a teku

A- pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a two-finger creamy & foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some thick lacing behind as it settles

S- piney & resinous hop aroma up front with some earthy, leafy & herbal notes. Clean underlying malt

T- piney resinous hop flavor follows the aroma with a showcase of hops, notes of fresh grass, green leaves, honey & clean underlying toasted malt

M- medium body with medium-low carbonation leads to a a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, high drinkability

O- this is straight forward pice and resin, and they do a great job showcasing that flavor, very good

Photo of BillRoth
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer Safari in M/SP. Had on tap at Happy Gnome, and later bottle from Heritage Liquors. Top notch both ways. Heard the hype, and jumped on the band wagon.

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass.
A - Pours a golden yellow. Nice big white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.
S - Hops, all I smell is piney resin from hops.
T - This is the most hop resin forward IPA I have tasted. Any citrus takes a back seat.
M - Sticky
O - I really like this beer. It may not be complex but it is very well done. Resiny hops right out front for all to enjoy.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served on tap at Republic at Seven Corners in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a caramel apple coloring. A half finger tall head the color of sand was subdued secondary to a full pour. This lasted for a short period of time before drizzling down into soapy lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be mild. The nose filled with big synthetic lemony citric hops, exactly like those lemon hand wipes at barbecue joints, chlorine, white sugar, toasty and sweaty amber and pale malts, lemongrass, tiger balm and Vaseline, honey, brassy metallics, oatmeal wafers, herbal dried hop pellets, and sharp ethanol. The flavoring showed that same intense lemon pucker and bitterness, only mildly reminiscent of citric hoppiness, light soapy and floral hop notes to compliment, harsh hot plastics, spicy muddy mineral, yellow mustard, green grassy resins, dot candies and wax paper, dusty and chalky pale and red maltiness, vinyl, adjuncty white flour metallics, glossed tile, and lime soda sugariness. The body was medium to full, and a bit chewy at its edges. Carbonation was medium, but the bubbles were big and harsh. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth were okay, leaving the mouth chalky and dried of tannins. It makes your mouth mucous up quite a bit, independent of any foaminess on the sip. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drinks on the slow side.

Overall, this was selected off of the menu subheading of “Minnesota IPAs”, as we were naturally drawn to that corner. We love IPAs, and we adore local finds. After running each beer on said column by you fine people on BeerAdvcoate, we selected Size 7, as it was the highest rated and recommended. The flavor profile reminded us rather significantly of an ultra-fresh, lemony-tart Two Hearted, but with more bittering grassy bite, and enhanced synthetic twang. The latter was, at times, borderline offensive. This element pervaded the nose as well, but the overly cloying sweetness to match pushed it into the realm of the bizarre. As the beer warmed, both aspects improved nicely, but not enough to completely salvage our tarnished introduction.

Photo of Roguer
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely clear darker IPA (reddish/amber), topped with a nice off-white head with mediocre retention and bubbly lacing.

Great hop aroma with tons of citrus, some tropical and peppery notes, and a strong showing from the caramel malt. Not overly strong, but very nice aroma.

Flavor follows, albeit less sweet than expected. Hops come across as fruity, pithy, and piney, while there is a huge caramel malt backbone. Extremely bitter.

Lively and very drinkable; plenty of bite and sting; bit of an oily hop residue on the finish. Medium-light body; almost APA-like.

This is an old-school style IPA, blending massive hop bitterness, strong malts, and a nice overall hop flavor profile together to make a very nice beer.

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bombed poured into an Indeed pint glass.

Three fingers of frothy, gpld-tinted cream colored foam capping the pale copper liquid.

Aroma of pine resin and citrus greet my nose and carry over onto my tongue with an additional hint of honey and caramel.

The delicious hoppy flavor lingers on the.tongue after.the beer is gone,nicely accenting the lingering sweetness of the malts.

A topnotch IPA from an up and coming brewery in St. Louis Park. I'll be taking this to Colorado to share with some of my wife's relatives.

Photo of deford
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

From a bomber into an IPA glass.

A- Dark, burnt orange...like a smoggy L.A.sunset. Dirty, white 2 inch head that falls away quickly leaving tiny dots of lace behind.

S- A strange tropical earthiness if there is such a thing. Maybe some grapefruit and just a hint of resin or pine, very faint.

T- Bitter orange, resin and bread....quite an unusual combo for me....

M- Minimal carb feel that coats the mouth and tongue completely leaving a little bitterness as it goes.

O- A bit confusing, like it doesn't quite pull off what it set out to do. The bitterness is a bit harsh, but strangely enough, I rather like it.

Photo of macher0
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%

I enjoyed this while in Minneapolis for work, per suggestion by beer store guy. Much appreciated.

Dull copper color with frothy egg shell head. The nose is juicy grapefruit, pineapple, resin, and ends with floral notes. The taste begins with a strong malt backbone - a little sweet - with floral hop profiles and a chewy grain finish. High carbonation, full body, a decent hop bite.

This is a great IPA - and at 4.99 - bring it on. Super good beer, well crafted, and great price. This is under the radar and needs to be more known.

Photo of Taybeh
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

On tap
A: copper orange and 3 finger white head
S: citrus and earthy notes mixed together; a little graininess too
T: bit of grapefruit, fainter orange, then some resin; caramel malts and a little breadiness in the mid-mouthful and toward the end, together with more resin.
M: medium carbonation, pretty smooth, a little oily.

Overall: I'm not entirely sure what to make of this one. I want to love it, since the brewery is very near by; but it ends up somewhere in between being really juicy and sweet, really dank, really earthy and/or spicy...it doesn't entirely commit in one direction, and what you end up getting is good, but leaves me thinking it isn't great. I'm probably in the minority here, but... like Rainmaker a lot better.

Photo of skirstein
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

One of my top 5 Twin Cities IPA's. Extremely consistent.

Photo of Fitwitchik
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Aroma is non distinct which disappointed me for a brew that touting huge NW coast hops. Flavor is grassy straw with an unexpected bitter & sweet finish. Well carbonated and felt right to the tongue. Wasn't overwhelmed with it...

Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a clear golden with white head that retains nicely. Nose is very aromatic with heavy floral hops, resinous notes paired with bread and honey. The flavor has a nice herbal hoppy flavor up front with pungent floral notes through out. There is Just the right amount of malt sweetness and bread notes to round out the flavor of this beer with a moderate to high level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderate. Overall, a delicious IPA.

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Great looking brew, a deep and crystal clear copper orange body, just real impressive color. Head manages an off tan to yellow color with a soaped retention and island cap. Pours a big four fingers, but settles quite normally and falls easily with an island clumpy center.

Real nice nose. Hop front has a smoke weedy, and woody splintery pine action. Some juiced tropical qualities matches a bit, but much of this earthy quality seems to dominate. Dank a bit here but with good spice, I really like this angle, may not be for everybody.

Big juicy body on the palate, with some good honey coating and not too thick. Just a great oily feel to make the hops coat all over. Hop action brings woody and smokey quality. Hints of smoke pine and earth seem to come out, with a very minimal bitterness, and good caramel light toffee crispness. Mouthfeel has a little tip of the tongue carbonation to be playful, but disappears to make the flavors come out on their own.

A real nice IPA take, not a fruit forward, not a quite dank buster, but a real unique one that has a distinct hard to describe and inviting character. Really dig this beer, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea.

Photo of GRPunk
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle acquired through the BPL Fantasy BIF with Zeledonia, who sent an awesome box. Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.

A- A normal pour created a 1-finger, off-white head. The body was a hazy, burnt orange. The head settles out to a thin film, leaving nice sticky spots on the glass. A second pour and the stick is even more significant.

S- Quite fresh and hoppy. I get a lot of citrus and hints of pine. Malt backbone brings a lot of balance wit sugary and bready aromas. Everything magnifies with a little warmth.

T- Bold and balanced, as in "there's a ton of everything." Hops are lemony and slightly piney. Malts are cracker-like. There's a hoppy finish that's a touch aspirin-like (not necessarily in a bad way, just a touch biting).

M- Full bodied. Slight hoppy bite. Moderate carbonation tries to keep up.

O- A very solid IPA. While really hoppy, it's pretty well balanced by a solid grain bill. I'd put it up there with my favorites, Two Hearted, Founders, Short's, ect. Obtained through a trade with Zeledonia, I'd buy it if it was available in my market.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark honey with loose white froth.
Sticky pine resin and flower nose - sickly sweet.
Clover honey on toast with juicy resiny, nectar, hops.
Apricot and pineapple salsa finish and compote linger.
Medium, chewy, bit of oil.

Sweet and old school - no citrus or melon. Almost cloying, could be cleaner. Busy. Fruitens as it warms, but still mushy.

Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours out fairly orange in color with a two finger white head that has pretty good retention and some nice lacing.

Smell is more piny in nature, a little but of citrus but not much, and a little sweetness from the malt.

Taste is a mix of more prominent pine with a little bit of citrus just like the nose. The pine sticks all the way down the throat and is pretty dominant.

Mouthfeel is semi-thin. Definitely not anything thick

Overall this is a nice east coast IPA with forward piny hops with a tiny bitof citrus. Not a bad beer. Nothing to complain about. It's certainly not as good as Size 11 but that is a hard taste to replicate.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is golden and transparent, with ample effervescence and an inch of white head that leaves a sheet if lacing in its wake. The aroma brings candied citrus, resinous hops. Juicy with a bold hop character. Palate coating with some pine resin stickiness. Pretty good.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by stillmatic2232, thanks man.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a 2 inch head, and some good lacing down the glass.

Smells line strong pine sap, some citrus, and a good amount of caramel malt.

The taste is similar. A grapefruit and pine bite hits the palate first- this IPA has a really nice hop bite to it. The malt is a bit more present than I would've expected- a bit toasty and caramelly. Really great taste here.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, lingering bitterness, low carbonation. This one is quite drinkable.

This one was completely off my radar. I always love trying beers I've never heard of, and this one was a good surprise.

Photo of dar482
3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a rich golden orange color.

The aroma has slight grass, pine, a bit of grapefruit, almost a smokey note from the grain.

The flavor is better of bright floral, lavender, and piney hops. The finish is of sharp spicy and piney bitterness. Still, lacking in flavor and strong bitterness throughout.

No bottle date, but this is probably an old bottle.

Photo of Golfer3Aces
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. Good looking beer. Clear gold.

S. Just hops.

T. Hops are very present. Not getting a lot if fruity flavors.

M. A little sticky. Fairly dry.

O. Good beer. Not the best of its style but very very drinkable. Will definitely buy this one again.

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper/ orangeish color, lots of head on this brew with opens up the delicious aromatics of it. Which is a huge citrus nose that explodes all in your nose. I really enjoy the nose on this one. Taste is not very balanced with a brief hint of the fruits in the nose followed by a a very hardy malt backbone that tastes just like moist crackers. Mouthfeel has a moderate amount of carbonation and a bubbly feel to it.

It says on the side this is a northwest style IPA and I found that to be true to its characteristics.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool bomber sent to me from Aaron, a brewery I've yet to sample. Steel Toe Size 7, into my Darkness snifter.

A: Clear pale gold, good amount of white head and some lacing.

S: Big, dry West Coast aromas...grapefruit and citrus pith, pine and dry biscuity malt. Pungent, with some pineapple and other citrus aromas as well.

T: Same as the nose really; a good dose of bracing bitterness...pine is dominant, with some of that grapefruit pith...pungent and even dank...biscuity, dry malt backbone. Dry finish.

MF: Medium bodied, dry and bitter.

O: Good! Unbalanced for sure, but the hop component is very nice, and the biscuity malt lends a supporting dry backbone. Well done.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clean light copper with an orange hue. White head of about 1.5 fingers settles in to a soft layer with magnificent lacing.

S- straight up citrus and tropical fruits. Juicy as can be. Candy confection malt base blends with hoppy front of lemon grass and mango.

T- Not abrasive, but slightly delicate to a degree. Maybe it is the booze I have already had tonight, but this one kinda melts in my mouth. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple. Almost minty. Are the hops present...yeah, they are center stage, but the balance is not sacrificed in the least bit.

M- a bit lighter and thinner than I prefer for the style, but leads to a crisp, clean drinkability.

O- An outstanding IPA. This one takes a backseat to no one. So glad I was able to get my hands some of their other stuff too. A great example of the style.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an unbranded becker pint glass

Pours a deep gold with amber accents capped by a two finger clean white head. Excellent retention, gobs of splotchy lacing left along the glass. Big, bold nose chock full of mango, pineapple, and other citrusy fruit notes rounded out by some floral accents. Opens with mango, papaya, pineapple, even some edible orchid. Some mild sweet malt and honey accents midpalate. Finishes dry with dominant citrus rind bitterness. Light to lighter side of medium-bodied, slick but very silky mouthfeel. One of the better American IPAs that I've had for the first time recently. Highly recommended.

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Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.