Size 7 - Steel Toe Brewing
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3.55/5 rDev -14.3%
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of citrus and caramel qualities.
10-01-2013 22:05:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
3.53/5 rDev -14.7%
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...
01-12-2012 04:30:56 | More by TMoney2591
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
12-24-2011 19:59:52 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Bottle courtesy of Chris (Spycow). Served in a Hair of the Dog tulip.
A - A creamy thin white foam settles to a wispy cap, thick collar, and minimal lacing. Transparent dark golden body.
S - Surprisingly malt forward, with tropical fruits, icing sugar, pine, and a slight alcohol note that is uncharacteristic of a single IPA. Solid, but doesn't really wow me.
T - Taste is also fairly balanced, with brown sugar malts and citrus hops mingling mid-palate and then yielding to a piney and fairly intense bitter finish.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish, and a touch of warming alcohol.
D - I guess I was expecting a knockout here after seeing this on the "Top New Beers" list for a while. Not real problems, but this is just a nice, balanced IPA without any major flaws. Pretty easy to drink. I've always found the Twin Cities to be a microcosm of the East Coast/West Coast divide in the US, and this beer is consistent with that impression. Not sure of the freshness on this bottle, but I'd be willing to try it again.
01-03-2012 02:19:54 | More by MasterSki
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, Size 7 IPA, 7.7%, 77 IBUs, something like that.
64 ounce growler.
Reddish/amber hue, slim white head.
Bittersweet aromatics, ripe with fruity esters, pine, grapefruit, very vibrant and lively. Zest nose, I like it a lot.
Taste: Bitter hops up front, more of the citrus fruit and pine, but well matched with ample malt. Medium bodied, long, bitter hoppy finish. Toasty malt flavors coat the tongue, keeping up with the consistent delivery of hoppiness. Excellent consumability, never-ending taste.
My first taste of Minnesota's newest brewery, and it hits a home run. This is one IPA that's right up my alley. Exceptionally likable, good for what ails you.
09-06-2011 21:36:54 | More by feloniousmonk
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
one of the better straight up american india pale ales ive had in recent memory (which admittedly may not be all that long). first beer ive tried from these guys as well, very impressive. pours light amber in color letting plenty of light through, but still a tad blurry. a rich and foamy white lace crown rests on top and doesnt go anywhere. the nose is sticky and bitter, resinous, very piney, like good ganga. flavor is only a little more balanced by a coppery pale malt, this is still a hop beast. it tastes like a freshly milled pine board rubbed down with a fresh poblano pepper. theres no heat, but there is some capsicum element present that i have to imagine is a product of whatever hops were used here. bitter and pungent, but still drinkable with a medium body made lighter by airy carbonation and a velvety soft texture. the bitterness in the finish lasts a long while and reminds me how good this was. should have got two bombers!
01-16-2013 03:31:49 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
11-22-2011 19:36:55 | More by tempest
4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
A: Poured a clear goldenish orange with a small white cap which resedes leaving some really nice lacing
S: Orange peel , grapefruit and pine resin blended together but I would say the citrus is dominant
T: Initial blast of citrus; orange peel with grapefruit which transitions to moderate bitterness coupled with pine needles and grapefruit. Finish is a tad bit oily, bittering and but clean.
M: Medium bodied, well carbonated with blended pine and citrus notes sitting on the palate
O: Very good, sessionable with a nice IBU hit. Mucho props to biglobo for sending this tasty shit my way
09-15-2012 20:36:54 | More by barleywinefiend
3.7/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
06-15-2012 18:23:13 | More by stakem
United Kingdom (Wales)
4/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
06-10-2012 16:54:33 | More by mothman
Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
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