Size 7 - Steel Toe Brewing
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4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
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!
12-30-2011 01:08:32 | More by SummitVA
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
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...
11-04-2011 05:27:26 | More by ZAP
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
09-03-2011 21:46:53 | More by jera1350
4.48/5 rDev +8.2%
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
02-18-2012 02:28:53 | More by ratty918
4.47/5 rDev +8%
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.
10-08-2011 22:45:24 | More by blackdog1101
4.47/5 rDev +8%
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.
09-19-2011 19:36:30 | More by mnstorm99
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.
08-21-2014 00:31:45 | More by smakawhat
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
09-20-2011 01:30:47 | More by jsprain1
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
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
04-19-2012 23:47:12 | More by brentk56
4.43/5 rDev +7%
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.
08-03-2012 05:30:06 | More by MattyG85
4.43/5 rDev +7%
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.
10-28-2011 02:01:11 | More by SpdKilz
Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.