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Size 7 - Steel Toe Brewing

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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 68
Gots: 71 | FT: 5
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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: 519 | Reviews: 111
Reviews by younger35:
Photo of younger35
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brand new brewery in my backyard and ohhh boy! I’ve had samples of 3 of their 4 initial offerings and they are all solid. Size 7 is beyond solid. It’s a REALLY good IPA. Really good. Look out Masala, you have new competition in town!

Appearance- Pours a hazy orange yellowish with a decent half finger bright white head that although looks soft and fuzzy, it fizzles away quickly. Nary a cap or collar is left and obviously no lacing.
Smell- Maybe it’s just the shear freshness but this bad boy smells delightful. Chalked full of fresh citrusy fruitiness. Tons of pineapple, mango, peach and grapefruit. Crazy smelling as it’s so fresh there’s an insane fruity intensity you rarely get (unless the brewery is basically next door). This is west coast through and through as I don’t get any maltiness what-so-ever.
Taste- Much like the nose. Starts with a light fruity bitterness that is clean and very pleasant. It’s extremely fruity and pretty damned tropical as the beer is loaded with mango and pineapple goodness. Maybe a touch of pine and something almost apple like mixes in but for the most part it’s very tropical. A TOUCH of caramel malt mixes in but it’s how I like it; almost nonexistent. A teeny weenie amount of alcohol sneaks in towards the finish but it’s very light.
Mouthfeel- Slightly warming but fairly nice body with a medium feel and medium carbonation.
Drinkability- I really love this beer a lot. It’s our own super West Coastish IPA right here in Minneapolis. Super fresh and fruity with off the charts drinkability. I’ve enjoyed the shit out of every sip. Can’t wait to see what else these guys do.

More User Reviews:
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 bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Nice orangish gold with decent off-white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Citrus (orange predominately, some grapefruit and tropical notes), some spiciness and toasted malt.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, this is very citrusy, with grapefruit, orange and a tropical tanginess. There is an expected toasted malt backing, with a spicy and pine-like finish.

Feel: Soft and creamy body with moderate carbonation. Finish is quite dry, as expected and desired.

Overall: This is a fairly prototypical IPA, but done exceptionally well. Nice job. Great to have another quality IPA made in MN.

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of fresh hops all around. Big hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, lemon, and pineapple. Some earthy, grassy hops and a little pine resin spice. Caramel and pale malts in the background with hints of toffee and biscuit. Very hop forward and juicy aroma. Really good.

Taste: Big juicy hop taste like the nose previewed. Big upfront kick of ripe and nicely bitter citrus hops. Big notes of grapefruit, oranges, apricot, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Also some earthy and floral hops along with a decent hint of spicy pine. Solid backing of bready pale malts with notes of biscuit, caramel, and toffee. A really good tasting West Coast style IPA, (or as the bottle says, Northwest).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall: A really great first take on a American IPA from this new brewery. Really impressive. Great citrus esters.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour, nice 1" white head on the top. Not much for lacing or retention. Aroma most impactful is that of Cascade hops, imparting the quality of grapefruit.

The usual caramel in the malt body, sturdy enough. Not overly done or woody, not simply a beer dropping mad bitterness, there are discernable green hop tones in it while maintaining a very nice dryness to the beer that allows the C hops to keep rockin'. A pretty solid IPA, that there's umpteen examples that taste eerily familiar. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Steel Toe delivers a good ipa, following the lead of many trailblazers years and decades before it.

Would definitely drink again. Seems affordably priced, thank you to the generous trader who threw this in.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle is beautiful with a pale amber copper colored hue flowing with an off white beige head going on. Aroma is super citrus with grapefruit and other big boasting hop loads coming through. The flavor is awesome with citrus, creamy notes of malts. More hops implode into citrus hop bursts, it goes down very smooth with sugar coated hops, each flavor adds to the pine citrus hop flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with even flowing carbonation on the hop palate. Mouthfeel is citrus sugar coated with even hop oils rolling off of the catbonation, overall I love this style of beer the type of beer that I want to experience the real thing with.

Photo of dc55110
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting try this since the day I found out a brewery was opening up practically in my back yard (barely a five minute walk).

Poured from a 24hr old growler into a tulip.

Pours a nice murky, orange-ish, gold. A nice pillowy head rises a solid two fingers or more. As is dissipates a nice amount of lacing is left clinging to the glass.

I'm greeted by a heavy dose of citrus and pine. Very well blended, some grapefruit, fresh cut christmas trees, some floral notes as well a light sweet malty-ness.

The flavors mirror the nose nicely. Right up front there is the hop bite with sweet fruit flavors mixing in with resiny pine. A mellow sweetness lingers in the background... Aftertaste is distinctly sweet grapefruit.

Crisp, dry and bitter. The carbonation is right where it needs to be. As bitter as it is, it is not harsh on the taste buds.

Steel Toe is off to a great start, I may be a little biased or maybe I just want everything to be good because of my proximity. But I've tried all three of there offerings and shared them with others, and everyone has been impressed so far. Keep up the good work!

Photo of augustgarage
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a shaker pint.

Clear orange peel liquid capped by a faint ivory surface slick. The collar pearls up leaving a soapy ring of lace in its wake. Decent retention.

Pungent hop aromatics suggest oranges, apricots, and a hint of pineapple. Light honey in the nose as well.

Pine and grapefruit on the palate - peppery herbaceous hops permeate the flavor profile leading into a crisp dry finish. Moderate bitterness is offset by a low key pale malt backbone.

Creamy yet prickly mouth-feel, light bodied yet appropriately oily.

Well crafted version of the style...and at $5/bomber, a good value as well. Were this more widely available I think it would be more sought after.

Photo of skirstein
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

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 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 dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, thanks DaveAnderson

appearance: served in a hillards can-pint, bright copper body, filmy white head with a nice sticky lace

smell: floral aroma - grapefruit, tangerine, caramel malt

taste: another good hop-forward beer from minnesota - a bright floral hop profile - lemon zest, tangerine, sugar, grapefruit, light toasted malt. Light and floral - tasty.

mouthfeel: rather light, faint lingering bitterness

overall: good stuff

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Muddy Waters on Lyndale. This is a classic American IPA like you'd expect to find in Denver, Boston, or of course, Minneapolis. I liked that it wasn't too thick, there was just enough clean malt to let the hops stand up and shine. The character was rich with floral fruit, lots of citrus, but nothing too biting. It was a big, but smooth bitterness in the finish. I'd like to try this side-by-side with Masala Mama, this is an IPA I'll be happy to see around town.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought a couple of 22 oz. bottles of this in Minneapolis on a Monday after it was bottled the previous. Super fresh.

Looked like a typical NW IPA --- light amber with a off-white head that lingered down the glass.

Smelled like freshly-squeezed grapefruit and orange. I little bit of sweetness in there but barely. Fantastic. One of the most aromatic IPAs I've had in a long while. I imagine this is dry-hopped and it might fall off quickly, but as fresh as I had it, it knocked my socks off.

Tasted like a citrus bomb with a bitter kick. Grapefruit and orange just like the nose and super flavorful. I didn't pick up any pine that other reviewers found. But as this beer warmed up, it definitely got sweeter. I mean like sticky sweat. Not not from the malt, though. I wonder if the brewers used a ton of sugar to dry this out and that was what I was picking up. Not so noticeable when refrigerator cold, but definitely as it warmed.

Medium mouthfeel, a little on the syrupy side. But only a little.

This is a damn good IPA that I will buy again and again on my frequent travels to Minneapolis. Would like to try on tap.

Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending this one my way just so I could tick it! Shared this one with the NoDa Brewing crew awhile in celebration of their grand opening that weekend. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. A vibrant yellow-orange with a one finger pure white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, pine, fresh cut grass, subtle citrus, subtle citrus hop, and pine hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, grass, pine hop, subtle citrus, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I was really surprised by this one as I wasn't expecting too much from it. Granted I had never tried it, so I guess I should judge a book by its cover. Lots of earth characteristics going on in this one, however, it was quite smooth and well balanced compared to most brews with these same characteristics. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity.

Photo of morimech
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a West Coast IPA in every way. Pours a clear amber color with a nice two finger head that had excellant retention. The head slowly settled to a thick cap. Not surpising is the large amount of sticky lacing left down the glass.

Hops dominate the aroma with hints of grapefruit and pine. I also pick up some floral notes. Malt and alcohol is not detected.

Huge hop blast flavor. More grapefruit and citrus than pine. Malt is barely detectable and it also makes this beer dry. Bitterness is high and is accentuated by the dryness. A little alcohol flavor in the finish. Bitter hops linger in the aftertaste.

One thing I have been impressed with in every beer from this brewery, is the mouthfeel. Wonderful carbonation and smooth texture. This one is a little bit more lively than their other bottled beer, but fits perfectly with the flavor.

Beer sort of reminds me of Green Flash West Coast IPA. Pure hop flavor. Consuming a couple days after bottling probably doesn't hurt either. Definately worth seeking out if you are a lover of hops. Get rid of the bombers!

Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Nate (ncmussell) for this awesome extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a relatively dark amber into an oversized SA Perfect Pint. Over a finger of slightly tan head is achieved with a careful pour that dissipates at a medium pace leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – Pine resin, slight floral notes, grapefruit, and hints of malty sweetness.

Taste – Spot on to the aroma. A lovely resiny pine (like Christmas!) flavor mixed with bitter grapefruit rind. Slight floral notes including fresh cut grass, and just a hint of a caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes bitter and dry.

Overall – Well hot damn, a West Coast IPA in the Midwest!?! This is a very enjoyable beer and is damn near on par with the Surly Wet I just had. As with the aforementioned beer, it is quite quaffable and no hint of alcohol. A very good IPA.

Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this second bottle after I broke the first one, Steasy66!

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold-amber with a finger of thick cream coloured head that leaves some pretty lace behind.

Smell. Caramel and honey, dank oily hops with some candied citrus fruits and a little bit of cedar.

Taste. Nice oily hops again with sweet caramel malts backing it all up. Good amount of bitter oily citrus rinds but the fairly big malty base keeps things quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Would be in my regular rotation if it was available around these parts.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark orange, with a finger of beige head. Splotchy lace.

Aroma was a very nice floral bouquet, with notes of sweet and tangy citrus notes, ending with a bit of biscuit malts.

The taste has a pleasant, balanced bitterness. Floral, tangy, tropical hop bites, light sweet malts for a bit of balance. Some tropical fruits, mango, and touches of pear. Super pleasant on the palate.

Somewhat crisp, with a slick medium body. Feels good and not overbearing on the palate.

I'm quite enjoying this. It's apparently fresh, and it's a super-easy-drinking IPA!

Thanks eclipse54!

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 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 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 blackdog1101
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at the Four Firkins about 2 hours ago, and they got the delivery from the brewery about 2 hours prior. The brewery is about a mile from the store, so I trust this is about as fresh as beer can be.

A - Bronze colored, very clear, with a long lasting lace on the sides of my Duvel tulip.

S - Hops, and plenty of it. Grapefruit and pine, and a little bread dough.

T - This is all about the hops. At 7% abv I'd say this is on the verge of bring a DIPA. There is a slight alcohol note, but the hops more than make up for it. A background note of crystal malts keep the hops from overpowering.

M - Very good. There is some substance to the texture of this beer. Now that I'm about half way into this glass the carbonation had all but subsided.

O - I like this beer, and love that its brewed so close to home. I'm sort of moving away from IPA's lately, but this is a very solid west coast styled IPA. Highly recommended.

Photo of iadler
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a translucent amber with a two finger head that leaves some spots of lacing behind. 

S- Juicy grapefruit, pine needles, orange zest, floral notes and a hint of tropical fruits 

T- Fresh ruby red grapefruit, orange zest, floral notes, dried apricot, hint of caramel malt and pine resin at the finish. 

M- medium carbonation and body with a oily mouthfeel that finishes bitter.

O- A really nice ipa from a new brewery and a great steal at less than $5. Looking forward to trying more of their offerings. 

Photo of Cresant
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was a pretty, light copper color. A frothy fawn head left a heavy lacing.

The smell was piney. Wow, vivid pine cone aroma. A lil' bit of soapy smell too.

The taste was so clean and drinkable. Grapefruit pith, herbal, organic hoppiness. Just enough sweetness, very flavorful. Tropical fruit. So much flavor! Spicy drying finish. Simple. Solid. Perfectly imbalanced and they brag about that on the label.

The mouthfeel was thinner than expected. Lazy nucleation demonstrated the mild carbonation. Highly recommended! My kind of IPA.

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Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.