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Size 7 - Steel Toe Brewing

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447 Ratings
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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 64
Gots: 59 | FT: 6
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 dar482
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a rich golden orange color.

The aroma has slight grass, pine, a bit of grapefruit, almost a smokey note from the grain.

The flavor is better of bright floral, lavender, and piney hops. The finish is of sharp spicy and piney bitterness. Still, lacking in flavor and strong bitterness throughout.

No bottle date, but this is probably an old bottle.

dar482, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Satchboogie
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Satchboogie, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Adamostella
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Adamostella, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev -3.4%

zonker17, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

bumchilly25, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this 2012-08-31 in Maple Grove, MN from a fresh bottle brewed just down the road.

A - Mildly hazy golden-orange with a 1.5-finger head and good lacing.

S - Mango, pineapple, lime, oily hop cones, plenty of pine. Really fine and strong aroma.

T - Lime flesh and zest, lightly roasted grain, pine, tangy and bittering hops. Finishes pretty dry with long-lasting grapefruit bitterness and a kiss of lime sweetness and hop tea. Pretty darn nice.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Quite prickly and moderately resinous.

O - Recommended at the Four Firkins bottle shop. I've been having Town Hall's Masala Mama, Surly Furious and Summit Saga on-tap all this week so my taste buds would probably wince at a sub-par IPA. This one stood up and saluted. A nice find and reasonably priced at $4.99 for a 22 oz bomber.

Tucquan, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Herky21
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Herky21, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.43/5  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.

MattyG85, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, No date
Mini 5oz snifter

A: Pours a really beautiful clear orange color. Bright white head. Fades really quickly. Some lacing.

S: Fruity aroma. Lots of floral citrus hop aromas. Smells really fresh. Minimal malt character.

T: Up front, some nice floral hop and pine bitterness. Grapefruit, tangerine, overripe peach. It's nice. Minimal malt bill. Very clean. Fairly dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

inlimbo77, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of portia99
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear coppery golden color. A two finger head of rocky off-white foam lingers for a couple of minutes slowly fizzling to the surface and leaving behind lots of sticky webbing on the glass and nice rings of lace tracking progress as the beer level falls towards the bottom of the glass.

S - Tons of citrus - sweet oranges and ripe grapefruit. Nice tropical notes of mango, a bit of pine. Low level bready malt aromas, a bit of sugary sweetness, some sharp hop bitterness.

T - Interesting flavor profile. Hop forward with lots of citrus...especially getting oranges up front and then the malt slides in behind that with some sweetness, an earthiness and a bit of caramel. This then gets backed up by a firm grapefruit quality - juicy with a fresh bitterness to it. The bitterness lingers far past the swallow and leaves a lasting citrus impression consistent with finishing a sip of fresh grapefruit juice...nice.

M - Medium body with a firm carbonation that is a bit tingly and a bit foamy at the same time. Well balanced - hop forward with malt nuances...fresh fruity/citrusy character overall. Mid level bitterness that lingers behind each swallow.

O - Very good IPA. Would definitely get this again if the opportunity presents itself. Has all of the requisite IPA characteristics, but presents itself in a somewhat unique way. The malt and hops interact well, coming in layers of flavor with a fruity citrus up front followed by some soft malt character and finishing with a juicy and bitter finish. There really are three distinct phases of each sip with the different characters presenting themselves differently in each step. Worth seeking out...hope to try more from this brewery in the future.

portia99, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a bright and clear gold color with three fingers of creamy off-white head. Decent lacing left behind.

Big juicy aroma of pine resin and grapefruit along with light caramel malts.

The taste opened with a bitter hop bite. Mostly grapefruit with a lesser amount of pine. Balanced nicely with caramel malts and biscuit toward the finish.

Medium bodied and slick with a moderate carbonation.

Well-balanced yet still very hoppy and delicious. I'll drink this anytime!

Monkeyknife, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 22oz bomber just days old super fresh

A- pours a clear bright copper color with a good head but fast receding head with some nice lacing on glass

S- is tropical hops mango papaya,citrus,grapefruit it complimented with sweet caramel and baked bread

T- super fresh tropical hops mango and grapefruit,papaya and citrus so smooth so sweet..this is a stellar tasting IPA. of a west coast origin,,it reminds me of alpine brewery or kern river in its profile of hops to some degree

M- pine and tropical hops dominate the palate with medium carbonation every sip is delicious

O- of all the ipas available to me this is in the top 5 no problem.. a great ipa i will buy this anytime i see it

gatornation, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

jsprain1, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.43/5  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.

SpdKilz, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a bomber.
Thanks to arniepnminne.

Pours a nice strong golden color with great cooper hues. Translucent and bright. There is a nice chunky ecru/off-white head that forms. that is about 1 inch tall. It is very sticky and is retained so well. Leaves some nice sexy thick lacing as it recedes.

Citrusness up front as expected. Grapefruit rind, orange and tangerines. There is also some slight resinous pine that balances out the citrus notes a bit. There is some slight tropical fruit sweetness as well with some slight mango notes and some pineapple.

Flavor starts off with some tropical fruit notes tricking the palette into thinking this is gonna be a easy ride but it then quickly turns into an intense and delicious barrage of citrus notes. Grapefruit a plenty coats the palette. Then this is followed by some strong bitterness. There is some mild malt notes on teh rear that add a slight caramel balance to the flavor but the bitterness still lingers. A very intense single IPA in my book. Pretty delicious. The more I sip and as it warms some grassy herbal characters of the hop flowers are more present. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp but surprisingly smooth.

Very good single IPA. Intense and quite bitter. A treat for the hops heads. Quite citrusy and not balanced at all. Cheers.

JoEBoBpr, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Stevedore, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev -3.4%

CTJman, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mychalg9, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of bigbeers84
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

bigbeers84, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

bostonryan, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of josephwa
3/5  rDev -27.5%

josephwa, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Chucker17
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Chucker17, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of hardy008
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

hardy008, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ystazi, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of ssimpson89
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ssimpson89, Dec 07, 2012
Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.