Size 7 - Steel Toe Brewing

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 67
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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Photo of KarlHungus
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear ruby-bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of foam that sticks around awhile. The aroma is very strong. Passion fruit, mandarin oranges, flowers, and pine resin. Everything I would want to find in the aroma of an IPA. The taste is similar to the aroma in that it is a nice balance of citrus, floral, and herbal hops. The bitterness isn't strong during the sip, but makes itself noticed in an abrasive manner in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is one of the best IPAs I've ever tasted. It straddles the boarder between IPA and DIPA in that in has the body of an IPA and the impact of a DIPA. I can see this becoming a regular in my refrigerator. I only wish it were available in six-pack form.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a very clear crisp gold pour with two fingers of foamy white head and great mounts of lacing. smells of hops galore! hints of honey, grapefruit, garlic, earth aromas... this smells like brewday (which it is). an initial earthy bitterness followed by a sweet grassy hoppy outburst on the palate. this beer is outstanding.. orangey grapefruit citrus notes, piney bitterness, fresh cut flower taste.. this has every single aspect of a hop one can hope for.. with a sweet backbone of caramel or honey. a medium bodied ipa with a nice creaminess to it - definitely a heavy one.

overall: this is the best BOTTLED ipa i have ever tasted. the smell is great, the appearance is immaculate.. and the mouthfeel is perfect. why is nobody circle jerking this one yet??

Photo of Cresant
4.75/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of younger35
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle purchased from France 44 while on business trip to Minny - yes, drank in the Hotel room. Poured in the Surly pint glass, also purchased from France 44.

A: I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like this. The clarity is unreal. I feel like I am looking at golden-colored water. The lacing on the glass is nice and a small layer remains on the head of the brew throughout the drink. The first 5 appearance I've given.

S: Hop-nasty. A little malt, a little pine, and a ton of citrus. This is awesome. The only reason this isn't a 5 is because I had to stick my face way into the glass to get a strong whiff. Smell fantastic, but isn't particularly strong.

T: This one isn't "well balanced" and that's awesome. Not malty at all. This is how I like my IPA's to taste. I want a lot of hops and a little malt. Buttery, piney for sure, I think it's amarillo hops, and citrus taste. There is almost a pineapple presence, but definitely some grapefruit.

M: Light body, creamy, medium carbonation.

O: I feel like people often say "this is for hop head's", but this truly IS FOR HOP HEAD'S! I really, REALLY like this one. As mentioned earlier, I like IPA's that aren't well balanced and the hops outshine the malt. Well this one fits the bill.

Photo of Golfer3Aces
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
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 sacrelicio
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic new IPA. Nice orange, gold, copper color. Rich mouthfeel, tropical and pine smell and taste. I get papaya, mango, pine sap and even berry aromas. Solid bitterness that is well knitted into the fruit and pine flavors. Delicious. Seamless execution. The best IPA in bottles that MN has to offer.

Photo of hardy008
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with a large, white, two finger head with really nice retention and lots and lots of lacing. Smells like Grapefruit, pine, and pineapple. Based on the aroma, this should be a very nice west coast style IPA.

Tastes just like it smells. Grapefruit up front, with pine and pineapple. Steel Toe states on the bottle not to call this beer balanced, and they are right. There is very little hint of any malt flavor.

Medium bodied, creamy, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is a very nice, and very fresh, IPA from Steel Toe that you have to try if you get a chance.

Photo of SummitVA
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DC55110 for throwing this in as an extra in a recent trade. I've had my eye on this ever since the brewery opened.

A - Crystal clear golden pour that puts up a frothy white head. Color and clarity are just gorgeous.

S - Really striking nose. A great blend of pine, melon, and bready malt character--very clean pine scent alongside of the melon that strikes me as especially appealing. Some alchohol heat in the background, and citrus character asserts itself as the glass warms.

T - Pine and resiny hop flavors dominate, along with some citrus flavors and just an inkling of breadiness from the malt coming through. As the glass warms, I'm getting some more earthy and spicy hop character, but this might simply be a function of palate fatigue. Firm bitterness in the finish and a subtle heat from the alcohol. Perhaps less hop flavor than nose suggested, but the flavors are clean and assertive. Absolutely wonderful.

M - Bone dry, but steady carbonation and sweetness and heat from the alcohol help round it out. Flawless IIPA.

O - Just a fantastic beer, and I'm really happy to have tried it at last. In fact, this is the beer I keep waiting for someone to make readily available on the East Coast--a beautifully clean, bone-dry IIPA. Always stoked when a new brew exceeds local hype (as a Minnesotan, this is said with wink and a nod to many friends back home). Acquire and enjoy without delay. Cheers!

Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this....top notch west coast style IPA that reminds me of O'Dell in style....it is tremendously flavorful and not just a bitter hop bomb....

A-regal gold....nice lacing

S-Very hop forward....grapefruit like citrus...also a real healthy dose of floral/piney hop notes.

T-First thing that hits me is the tasty malt backing. Blends perfectly with the hops used. Almost a cookie dough like malt dimension....hops are oily and leave a nice lingering unsweetened grapefruit bitterness...a bit of garlic on the taste but very light...guessing Citra hops are a part of this as the garlic is not real big like Summit hops give off..

M-Perfect carbonation....body is medium to full....nice dry finish...

O-I'd call this Minnesota's best IPA...I'm not a huge fan of Masala Mama or even Fitger's one....Furious is fine but I'd buy this one over that although they are kind of different beasts...

Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the Steel Toe Website:

While the size of the boot might be a bit small, the intensity of the hop flavor and aroma in Size 7 more than makes up for it. We take prodigious amounts of hops and add them any chance we get to this Northwest style IPA. If you ever call Size 7 balanced we’ll kick you where it hurts (in the hop sack). 77 IBU's.

Glad to welcome another new local brewery!

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a very tall head of sandy foam that has nice retention and leaves gobs of lacing all around the glass.

Smells great. Very fresh hop smell with more grassy notes than citrus. Getting some mango and apricot in there as well. Pungent and fresh.

This is a really in your face IPA. Hop forward by far! The flavor mirrors the nose pretty well. Getting plenty of bitterness. Grapefruit, mango and apricot to go along with the lesser grassy notes here. I would say the grapefruit is pretty dominant here. A light fruity sweetness as well.

From juicy up front to dry at the back. Clean finish and quite smooth. The carbonation is soft and compliments the body.

I have to say that this is a very impressive start for Steel Toe. This is a big and bitter IPA that no hophead should be disappointed with. I would absolutely have this IPA again and I see a bright future ahead for this new brewery.

Photo of mnstorm99
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into my Summit Unchained Rastal Pint glass.

Beautiful golden pour with a nice think single finger head that laces the glass as if to say "I was here". Clarity is brilliant.

IPA aroma of grass, grapefruit and tangerines up front as it should be. Not a huge malt aroma, which I am ok with in an IPA, but I do detect just a touch of bread.

Flavor is first and foremost hops, this one is spot on as well. Grassy gives way to a touch more pine and the grapefruit dominates the tangerines in the taste, but the malt starts to show a bit with a very nice clean breadiness as well as a slight touch of carmel/honey. No bitter aftertaste, which is a very nice surprise.

Mouthfeel is the only "slight" notch here as it is just a touch over carbonated (not Rush River over carb though), and with the pine flavor it does leave a slight tickle on your tongue (maybe not the worst thing).

This is one of the more drinkable IPA's I have had in quite a while with a smootness that I haven't had in a while (from some of the newer IPA's on the market) I will probably try to keep some in my fridge once it is more readily available.

Photo of ratty918
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Probably one of the clearest pale ales I have seen with abold gold hue. White head roughly 3/4 to an inch high

Smell: Great citrus and flowery aroma from the intense hopping.

Taste: A great hop taste with smooth malt a nice citrus finish

Mouthfeel: Starts smooth and finishes slightly bitter but not uber harsh, carbonation is medium

Photo of blackdog1101
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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 smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

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 jsprain1
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a perfectly clear bronze color with a one finger, strong holding, head that is just ever so slightly off-white. A number of wisps of lacing hold to the glass.
S- Tremendously pleasing hop aromas. Pine and grass are the first aromas I pick up. There is a touch of grapefruit and a very light breadyness.
T- There is a really juicy hop punch up front. Citrus juice comes through a lot more than on the nose. There is still a vibrant pine character, but it takes a backseat to the citrus. There is a flash of bread, but the finish is a grassy hop flavor, with a bit of citrus in the finish as well.
M- Medium body, maybe a touch heavier compared to other IPA's. The only knock is that the carbonation is a bit too sharp.
O- Considering this is a new brewery, this is a tremendous offering. I mean this is really a tremndous beer that provides a great hop fix. Definite recommendation.

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A great looker, with the clear amber liquid capped by a huge whipped egg white head; terrific retention and lacing

Smell: Both the malt and the hops deliver on the aromatics, rotating between honey-drizzled graham crackers and pink grapefruit

Taste: What was captured in the aroma is delivered on the palate, with the honey and graham cracker flavors hitting the tastebuds first, followed in rapid succession by the pink grapefruit; by mid-palate, the flavors grow increasingly bitter and piney, with the hops dominating the finish, though the malt still hangs around underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Normally, I like my IPAs to be a bit more attenuated, with the malt being less assertive, but the malt profile of this beer is so interesting and delicious that I warmed up easily to the impact that it had on this brew

Photo of xmorgan
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Had at Muddy Waters in Minneapolis

It was a tasty IPA THAT was middle of the road

It had a nice appearance with great lacing and a smell of citrus and pine
Bitterness was what we expect for single IPAs and finished with a dry Hoppy mouth feel It is good. It is not the best but a decent IPA

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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 SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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 GRPunk
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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 abrand
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass

This pours a brilliant orange color. Very nice clarity. 2 Finger sticky head up top. Smells of citrus fruits, pines, and hops. Very fresh smelling. Taste is hoppy yet smooth. Nice and refreshing up front with lots of grapefruit and oranges with a hoppy finish that has the right amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and solid carbonation. Overall I loved this. Very easy drinking and enjoyable.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
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 macher0
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%

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 dc55110
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.