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Size 7 - Steel Toe Brewing

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BA SCORE
92
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424 Ratings
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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 62
Gots: 52 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 09-03-2011)
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Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Liquor Barrel.
Unique spicy hop aroma with some sweetness, and citrus and holding a firm malt background. Haven't quite had this kind of spiciness - seems close to a yeast creation, but I don't think it is - cinnamon and herbal. Nice
Very clear with a darker amber with brownish/gold and orange. Smallish head settles out in short time but lacing reminds you of where the beer has been.
Reasonably complex with some of the spiciness in the flavor. A few shots of excessive hop oil quality, but it isn't too frequent - but frequent enough, esp. as it warms. Bitterness is balanced all right and finishes forever.
Surprised on the thinness. It isn't too much, just not what I expected. Carbonated more towards the flatter side.
This is good, but it's not great. Nice to have them around in this recent explosion of MN breweries.

garymuchow, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into RR tulip - thanks to therobot

Pours a hazed light golden color with a thin white head. Fades into a cloud of retention with rings of lacing left on the glass while drinking.

Light pine hoppiness with some grassy notes. Soft touch of citrus and pineapple with grain and toasted bread. A touch of sweetness as well.

Nice balanced bitterness up front with piney hops and some sticky resin. Grainy, bready malt backbone with a light touch of caramel. Mellow sweetness matches the pine hop profile, finishes bitter and dry.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. While the nose felt subdued, the flavor profile was definitely there. Pleasant balance between pine bitterness and bready sweetness with hardly a drop of alcohol heat.

xnicknj, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Huhzubendah, May 05, 2014
Photo of ChadQuest
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is a straw golden color that is clear,lasting finger of head.
The aroma is composed of a myriad of the notes you normally find in Ipas, ranging from pine notes through grapefruit citrus notes. The citrus notes are more prominent, and the malt isn't too strong, both how a ipa should be.
Flavor wise the malt takes a back seat and lets the hops come out, leaving a crisp citrus bite, notably of grapefruit, that finishes clean. Digging it.

This is a good IPA from the Twin Market.

ChadQuest, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Penguin3200
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really happy to have this new brew available right down the road! Poured from a growler picked up tonight. Pours dark amber and clear as day? Interesting. Carbonation is balanced but not over the top. Huge citrus nose with press pine sprigs tickling the senses. Taste is resinous and hoppy with the pine bite and a good malty backbone. Right there with furious and masala, if just below. Can't wait to send to my cali trustee for a review for the west.

Cheers
,
Bill

Penguin3200, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

StJamesGate, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of dave43
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

This beer is really a kick in the face with hops. Very intense aroma and flavor. This is definitely a west coast style IPA. The only thing holding it back is that it isn't balanced. But that's what they intended.

dave43, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear orange-amber in color. Forms a moderate sized off-white head that leaves some respectable lacing.

S: A mix of pale malts, orange, grapefruit, and citrusy hops.

T: Starts off with a mild caramel malt sweetness. Then some grapefruit and pine. Finish with a moderate bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Moderate bitterness. Medium carbonation.

O: A decent, easy drinking, respectable IPA. Not overly exciting, but still a well made grapefruit and pine IPA.

Florida9, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade as an extra from Urbancaver, thanks for the opportunity Cam! Pours a crystal clear deep amber color with a good sized bone white head that persists forever and streaks the sides with lots of sticky lace. Earthy herbal minty piney citrus bread and caramel aromas abound, its definitely got that old school IPA feel to it. The flavor is caramel and sweet bready malt with enough earth and citrus to provide a fair amount of balance. A touch of ethanol reminds me this is 7%. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Nice IPA, I'm glad I got to try it.

johnnnniee, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of match1112
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to minnesotaryan for sending this!

a: clear copper body, one inch white head with tight knit bubbles fades a little too quickly leaving minimal lacing.

s: grapefruit, some floral tones, a litttle caramel.

t: the grapefruit shines thru over the malt body. nicely balanced.

m: medium body, a little light on carbonation for me. dry finish without being overly bitter.

o: very drinkable, not one thing dominates this beer, very well balanced.

match1112, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of kevanb
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this IPA in a trade and it comes on high recommendation as a great under the radar IPA. Thanks Cradke!

The first pour is a nice clear copper color, light amber, hints of brown and gold in the light. Lot’s of bubbles rise to the top, a thin head appears, but dissipates rather quickly. A thin layer of film stays on top of the glass, to be honest, this looks more like a lighter pale ale or even a bubbly lager. Nice citrus aroma, sweeter like lemon, but earthy and grassy as well. Some pine comes through, but not much, faint biscuit is there too. Nice bitter resinous hops, lighter pine and grassy notes as well. Not as sweet as the nose, some juniper comes in as well, a little bit of toasted bread at the finish, but a nice clean hoppy flavor. Very carbonated and prickly body, not unwelcome, but a bit bubblier than most IPAs, but it does have a nice dry crisp finish that plays well with the bubbles.

Verdict: Pretty darn good IPA from Steel Toe. The flavor is balanced and bitter enough to satisfy any hop head. I can see why it’s garnered a reputation as an under the radar gem, one to look out for.

kevanb, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of tripelhops
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got a bomber as an extra from steggers - thanks!
poured it into a tulip glass, color is a nice looking golden copper, a little bit of tan head from the pour that faded quickly with a little bit of lacing left hanging on the sides of the glass. The aroma was solid, citrus with piney undertones, not overwhelming but enough to let you know it was there. The tastes was more of the same, citrus, hint of pine and grassiness, a touch of sweet malt, and a fair amount of lingering bitterness. Definately a solid IPA.

tripelhops, Oct 29, 2011
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.

thagr81us, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Rutager, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -3.4%

DaftPatrick, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -3.4%

warnerry, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev -3.4%

NilocRellim, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of warmbier804
4/5  rDev -3.4%

warmbier804, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -3.4%

stereosforgeeks, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Shawner, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of JeepCop
4/5  rDev -3.4%

JeepCop, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of AndyH
4/5  rDev -3.4%

AndyH, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Oboogie
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Oboogie, Jul 04, 2013
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.

tempest, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of jmpizzo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

jmpizzo, Jan 06, 2012
Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.