Size 7 - Steel Toe Brewing

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Ratings: 542
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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Ratings: 542 | Reviews: 113
Photo of hoody711
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Karsten for shipping me this for free. Yowza. 22 oz bomber. Never heard of the brewery before. Excited.

A - Poured into my Founders tulip. Nice light amber color, one finger of off-white head. Lacing is present but not the best I've seen.

S - Oh man, smells very familiar. Lunch maybe? I know I've smelled a very similar beer. Bready then some definite fruits that dominate the middle and end and make this a wonderful-smelling beer. Very, very good. No hint of booze, which I guess isn't surprising at 7%. I almost am scared to try it, lest it doesn't live up to the smell.

T - Interesting. Malty and thick, sweet. A nice blast of hops follows, but it's not a tongue-scorcher, and it settles well. Holy crap, just gets better as you make your way through it. Great balance.

M - medium bordering on heavy. It's chewy almost at first then evens out a little. Hop bitterness hangs out for about ten seconds, but I am not really taking that long between sips (see above). I could use a tiny, tiny bit more carbonation. No booze still. Very easy to drink. Dangerously easy.

O - great first beer for me from Steel Toe. Even in the middle of the Texas summer, I could drink this all day. Yum.

Edit: Haha, just read the bottle. "If you ever call Size 7 balanced we'll kick you where it hurts (in the hop sack)." Oh well, I stand by what I said. This isn't Hercules, Devil Dancer, or Shutdown Ale, in my opinion. May not be perfectly balanced to most people, but I like it a lot.

Photo of RuckusDu
3.04/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The pour revealed a mostly white, some slight yellow, head that rose to about a finger before falling fairly quick. Body is clear and a nice wheat/orange color. I feel like the body is lacking something, like it is watery.

S - One of the stronger and more complex aromas from an IPA I have smelled. Good pine/hop notes, fairly woody, and only the slightest lime rind.

T - It's a very harsh hop profile that tastes a lot like lime rind and lemon seeds. Not a whole lot here.

M - Gets you in the back of your mouth, but not in a good way. Good carbonation, but body is a bit lacking.

O - I feel this beer is all about the hugely bitter hops, which isn't always a good thing. You can use a lot of hops and still have balance, which, as the bottle says, this does not. I drank this as soon as I received it, but unfortunately I don't know the origin, so it may be a little old.

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a thick creamy head that leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is full of pineapple and pine resin but also a hefty caramel malt sweetness - very balanced in the nose.

Taste is also very balanced with caramel malts and toasted grains on one hand and grapefruit and pienapple on the other.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sweeter than many IPAs. It's got some prickly character with decent carbonation.

This is one of the better balanced IPAs I've had recently. I'm not sure if I'm as big a fan of this than I am some of the hop-heavy IPAs out there, but it certainly makes it drinkable.

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 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 stakem
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a couple of snifters. The brew pours a perfectly clear golden copper color with 2 fingers of yellow stained frothy off-white head. Strings of lace stick to the glass. Overall a beautiful looking brew.

The aroma is full of hop scents like herbs and pine. Grassy somewhat toasty and floral as it warms up. A bit spiced and zesty with a chessy aspect that isnt totally appealing.

The taste is toasty with grain providing a bit of sweetness for the hops to work off. The hops taste herbal and somewhat dank with a minor touch of pine, cheese and sulfur. As it warms up, it gets some rindy bitterness like grapefruit zest.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is felt with a progressive warmth that isnt overdone. I am not sure how fresh this particular offering was but it started off real strong with visuals and aromatics but it drastically tapered off as the experience continued. Its worth a try and somethin id try again if given the chance.

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Size 7

White head. Color clear golden orange. 

Aroma: lots of grapefruit and citrus. Bready malts. Very fresh and hoppy. West coast styled kind of.

Taste: floral and piney. Very hoppy. A little malt comes through, but this definitely doesn't remind me of a midwest ipa.

Mouthfeel: bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was a solid ipa. We need to see this on tap more often around MN.

Photo of augustgarage
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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 bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle enjoyed on 4.29.12. Thanks johnsaulrubio

A - Pours a hazy, light orange with smaller cream-colored head. Good retention.

S - Very citrusy, oranges, lemon, grapefruit.

T - The citrus hits you first, followed by some bitter grass.

D - Good carbonation and average body.

O - A nice citrus-pine 1-2 punch.

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 Florida9
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is transparent light orange with a tight off white head and big lace. The nose offers a sweet malt base and assertive resinous hop aroma. Sticky orange peel with a touch of musk. The taste is heavily balance with a sticky caramel malt, piney resinous hop, and faint citrus. Strong bitterness in the finish that only lingers for a moment. Highly carbonated, prickly finish and syrupy body. Don't know how fresh but tastes a touch stale.

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 Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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 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 jjanega08
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

So happy I found this. No freshness dating on the bottle.

A= Pours a deep yellow color almost orange with a nice looking light yellow colored head on it taht is a nice finger and a half high and holds nice retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is very floral. A little quieter than I expected on the nose. Mostly just a bright floral smell.

T= Again the taste is bright floral without much of a malty backbone on it. The hops aren't overly bitter and crazy just a bright floral flavor.

M= Great body. Nice medium to low carbonation which I prefer in an IPA.

O= This is a top notch IPA for such a small brewery. They did well on this I can't wait to try some of their other offerings. Not the most intense IPA on the market and not the craziest but it's damn good.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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 kevanb
3.92/5  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.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Stone Ruination IPA pint.

A- Light golden with a 2" big white head. Some lacing remains on the glass.

S- Light malt aroma with spicy, pine hops.

T- Caramel malts and pine & earthy bitterness. Has a slight soapy taste almost, not sure but just a little off.

M- Medium body, low carbonation. Pours a big head but mouthfeel is a bit flat.

O- Maybe this was just a bad batch, but I know this is a highly rated IPA. Heard Steeltoe had some carbonation issues so I'm hoping that's the issue.

Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Size 7 because it's 7%? Bottle thanks to spycow.

A - Amber colored beer with a bit of red in it. Nice sized beige head that left behind some good lace.

S - Sweeter side here, with tropical fruits and sugar. It's more malty than you would expect, although there is the citrus and grapefruit hops that are present.

T - Hops and malts, mostly starting out as citrus and sweeter and finishing up more piney and bitter. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a little bit of booze in there.

O - Pretty big for a single IPA. It's good but not great. I like it and would drink it again but there's many other offerings out there I'd go for first.

Photo of iadler
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

When Gregg tells me to try a really good IPA, I tend to listen... This one pours a clear brass topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises leek, light-colored greens ("tch, you still need chlorophyll?"), and caramel. The hops could have become strident if not kept in balancing check by the caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit of pine resin dripping in for good measure, further cutting the abrasive nature of the hops (the leek character, in particular). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a thick-ish feel, and a dry finish. Overall, a nice IPA, but one whose hop profile just didn't work for me. It's not everyday I disagree with hanny on nice IPAs, but this is definitely one of them. It's not bad, don't get me wrong, but not one I'd really wanna have again real soon...

Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brydeen. 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours an excellent, clear, bright copper color. Like a brand new shiny penny. The head reaches about a finger and a half or so but I suspect that might be because that's all the room that is left in the glass. The foam thins out fairly quickly leaving a nice off white cap. Nice lacing clings to the glass with each sip.

The nose is pretty hoppy right off the bat, but it's not overpowering. Nice citrus hops, mostly grapefruit along with some lemon, mix with some floral hops are they are balanced somewhat with a sweet malt character. There is some pine present as well but it's pretty subtle.

I'm not sure if my nose is off today or if this is how the beer always tastes but the pine is considerably more present in the taste. In fact, it's the dominant flavor. The citrus that was in the nose is here (the floral hops aren't) as is the nice malt sweetness. The pine is back at the finish, providing a nice, dry bitterness.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Very crisp with a nice dry finish.

This is a really good IPA. The label says something about not calling this beer balanced, any while it's not all that balanced in general, it is relative to style. Either way this beer is really good.

Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.