Size 7 - Steel Toe Brewing

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 546
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 67
Gots: 73 | FT: 5
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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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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 546
Photo of Powderhornphil
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some nice lacing. Beer looks like a quality IPA should. Nothing off putting in the appearence.

The smell upon cracking the bottle is fantastic. It seems to fade a bit after the pour but a nice smelling beer. Earthy and citrus, tropical hops.

The taste is a little piney, a little citrus. Pretty heavy malt background. Could use a slightly dryer finish in my opinion.

Overall a great beer but I always seem to want just a touch less malt whenever I have this. (461 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated bomber poured into a pint. Guys at the store said that they had just gotten a shipment in, so I will assume it's fresh.

Pours a very clear amber color with a pillowy two finger off white head with good retention and lacing. Looks the part, although a tiny bit of haze = win. Maybe it's filtered.

Aroma is... meh. Tastes clean and bitter. Seemed a little dull at first but I am warming up to it. Good bitterness all around supported by a medium-light body and touch of malts, with good citrusy notes. Carbonation is on the lower side that's generally good in my opinion.

My nose might be off because I find it a little bit lacking in aroma and hop flavor. As if there were enough early additions (very very welcome) but not enough late additions/dry hopping. The brilliant clarity might be because of lack of dry hopping? Then again I believe no brewery would put out an IPA in this market w/o dry hopping it to the best of their judgment.

Overall, I like it. A good local option, better than any IPA put out by Summit, Fulton, Schell's. Does it excel Furious or Mama? Probably not, but regardless, it's a good beer at a good price! Thanks Keith for the recommendation.

4.5, 2, 4, 4.5, 4 (1,203 characters)

Photo of Greggy
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice crystal clear copper color with very light tan head. A bit of lace is present.

S- Nice grapefruit, pine, marmalade,

T- Starts out with some malty breadiness and then the hops hit. Big grapefruit, pine and grassiness. Excellent long hop finish with hop oils lingering for a long time.

M- Low carbonation with nice big feel. Again, excellent finish on the palette.

D- Overall, pretty drinkable and a beer I welcome to Minnesota. (449 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
3.77/5  rDev -8%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into globe glass. Thanks to Jesse for hooking this one up.

A. Poured a 2 finger head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is dark orange with some amber hues.

S. Nice hop aroma. Pine and citrus hop aroma. Not a whole lot of malt detected beneath the prevalent hops. Pretty nice grapefruit aroma.

T. Great tasting IPA. Really kind of a unique flavor for me. Mostly all of the taste is hop flavor, but really not very bitter at all. Grapefruit and citrus flavors. Very easy drinking.

M. Medium bodied. Nice mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

O. From the Steel Toe website "If you ever call Size 7 balanced we’ll kick you where it hurts (in the hop sack)". This IPA is a nice showcase for hop flavor without alot of bitterness which leaves a very easy drinking IPA. Not a whole lot of malt flavor going on at all with this one. (854 characters)

Photo of sacrelicio
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic new IPA. Nice orange, gold, copper color. Rich mouthfeel, tropical and pine smell and taste. I get papaya, mango, pine sap and even berry aromas. Solid bitterness that is well knitted into the fruit and pine flavors. Delicious. Seamless execution. The best IPA in bottles that MN has to offer. (303 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an unbranded becker pint glass

Pours a deep gold with amber accents capped by a two finger clean white head. Excellent retention, gobs of splotchy lacing left along the glass. Big, bold nose chock full of mango, pineapple, and other citrusy fruit notes rounded out by some floral accents. Opens with mango, papaya, pineapple, even some edible orchid. Some mild sweet malt and honey accents midpalate. Finishes dry with dominant citrus rind bitterness. Light to lighter side of medium-bodied, slick but very silky mouthfeel. One of the better American IPAs that I've had for the first time recently. Highly recommended. (652 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden IPA with streaks of copper through the thicker parts of the glass. Fluffy white head piles high in the glass. Glad it was oversized glass to hold back the rise from the bomber. Rush of grapefruit off the falling head was strong and wet the appetite. Doesn't hang in there through the whole beer, but is still a very nice citrus, lemon, light malt that is very much in the Northwest style, as stated on the website. Lace hangs nicely on the side of the glass as I taste it--hops linger in the nose yet as the soft bread hides below the fruity hop bite that swallows the tongue fully. Lingers nicely and can chew the hops a little. Body is a bit light, but seems to be on purpose to showcase those hops. 7% ABV is completely unapparent, so is a much bigger beer than it seems on face value. Very good IPA--maybe even one to keep around on a regular basis to drink during the week. Nice hop bite to feed the beast, but light enough to enjoy so you're not kicked in the butt by this Size 7. (993 characters)

Photo of abrand
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden in color with orange hues. Crystal clear. Stronger carbonation for the style. Nice, bright white head with good lace.

S: Nice hop profile with grassy, citrus, and grapefruit notes. A hint of pine as well. Subtle malt sweetness.

T: Beautiful balance of citrus, grassy, and piney hops. The malts are very supportive, adding a nice balancing backbone. Very well balanced. Impressive.

M: Light-medium bodied. Crisp. Slightly sticky finish from the hops.

O: This was a really solid IPA. The combination of great flavor and balance made incredibly drinkable. It doesn't surpass my all time favorite (Odell IPA), but it is damn close. The growler was gone before I knew it. I'm looking forward to other offerings from this brewery. (739 characters)

Photo of Ilafan
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This local Twin Cities beer from St. Louis Park is really good. It combines the sharp bite of a typical IPA with a surprising tartness in a slightly fruity aftertaste. The 7% alcohol content is strong but nowhere near overwhelming. The colorization is a pretty dark gold. It has a small head with a tiny amount of lattice. Overall? Very good craft beer! (353 characters)

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper/ orangeish color, lots of head on this brew with opens up the delicious aromatics of it. Which is a huge citrus nose that explodes all in your nose. I really enjoy the nose on this one. Taste is not very balanced with a brief hint of the fruits in the nose followed by a a very hardy malt backbone that tastes just like moist crackers. Mouthfeel has a moderate amount of carbonation and a bubbly feel to it.

It says on the side this is a northwest style IPA and I found that to be true to its characteristics. (531 characters)

Photo of MarkIntihar
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a trade with Dan. Thanks! Poured from the bottle into my Newcastle Brown Ale pint glass.

A - Pours a golden amber color with two fingers plus of cream white head. Perfectly translucent, with no cloudiness. Very nice head retention on this one, lingering for a while. A little too much foam on the initial pour though.

S - Lemon pepper zest, pine, more citrus in the background. Having a hard time getting past the lemon pepper, but I rather enjoy it, so I'm not sure I'd like to get past it. Once I get deeper into it I can pick out orange peel as a distinct scent through the rest of the citrus backbone.

T - Immediately hit with piney hops, with the citrus and lemon pepper present in the nose taking a clear backseat. Very bitter finish in this one as well. As I let it sit in my mouth for a bit, the citrus states its presence, but only to a small extent. The lemon pepper that was so apparent and appreciated in the nose is merely a muted background note in the mouth.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, following from the taste. Definitely a very dry IPA, and it leaves me feeling parched. Hides the alcohol content well in the bitterness, but it is definitely a hop bomb, especially for a single IPA.

O - Overall, I can understand why this beer has gotten good reviews by those who enjoy a bitter hop profile, but it is simply a bit too much for me. (1,375 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

On tap
A: copper orange and 3 finger white head
S: citrus and earthy notes mixed together; a little graininess too
T: bit of grapefruit, fainter orange, then some resin; caramel malts and a little breadiness in the mid-mouthful and toward the end, together with more resin.
M: medium carbonation, pretty smooth, a little oily.

Overall: I'm not entirely sure what to make of this one. I want to love it, since the brewery is very near by; but it ends up somewhere in between being really juicy and sweet, really dank, really earthy and/or spicy...it doesn't entirely commit in one direction, and what you end up getting is good, but leaves me thinking it isn't great. I'm probably in the minority here, but... like Rainmaker a lot better. (742 characters)

Photo of iadler
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.  (520 characters)

Photo of PerHops
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Rich golden copper. Very little head, low visible carbonation.

S- Piny. Lemongrass, some spice and herbs.

T- Very nice citrus, grass, and pine. A whole lot of grapefruit, sticky and resinous, but finishes pleasantly bitter.

M- Well balanced, good carbonation and a great mouthfeel and the finish is really nice.

O- I will definitely but this one next time I'm in Minnesota. Great to see another quality production out of the Twin Cities. (446 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%

I enjoyed this while in Minneapolis for work, per suggestion by beer store guy. Much appreciated.

Dull copper color with frothy egg shell head. The nose is juicy grapefruit, pineapple, resin, and ends with floral notes. The taste begins with a strong malt backbone - a little sweet - with floral hop profiles and a chewy grain finish. High carbonation, full body, a decent hop bite.

This is a great IPA - and at 4.99 - bring it on. Super good beer, well crafted, and great price. This is under the radar and needs to be more known. (536 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass.
A - Pours a golden yellow. Nice big white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.
S - Hops, all I smell is piney resin from hops.
T - This is the most hop resin forward IPA I have tasted. Any citrus takes a back seat.
M - Sticky
O - I really like this beer. It may not be complex but it is very well done. Resiny hops right out front for all to enjoy. (376 characters)

Photo of tripelhops
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this 22 oz bomber up at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. No bottled on date that I can see. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a nice warm reddish amber, crystal clear, with about an inch of eggshell head that falls after a bit and leaves nice cling on the glass. Very little visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit and pine hop notes are quite assertive. There's also a bit of a grassy quality coming through. Under the hops, there's just a bit of the caramel malts poking out. Very pleasant bouquet.

T: Big hop flavors at the front--grapefruit rind, pine, and some more herbal/earthy notes. There's bread-like malts that do help to balance things out there, as well. The middle is still occupied with the hops, and just a bit of clear alcohol shines through. Not quite to the aftertaste, there's a surprisingly sweet section that emerges thanks to the caramel malts. Immediately after, the hops reassert themselves, and there's a nice resinous hop bitter to the aftertaste.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth, and just a bit creamy in the front and middle. There's a bit more carbonation than I expected from this one, but I'm glad that it helps to keep this one from feeling overly sticky or bitter at the end. The back end is decidedly bright and bitter but, again, not sticky or syrupy in character.

O: I'm quite impressed with my first taste from Steel Toe. This is an undeniably well-crafted IPA with plenty of big flavors and complexity. I will certainly seek this one out again. (1,502 characters)

Photo of mnstorm99
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,136 characters)

Photo of SummitVA
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,428 characters)

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bombed poured into an Indeed pint glass.

Three fingers of frothy, gpld-tinted cream colored foam capping the pale copper liquid.

Aroma of pine resin and citrus greet my nose and carry over onto my tongue with an additional hint of honey and caramel.

The delicious hoppy flavor lingers on the.tongue after.the beer is gone,nicely accenting the lingering sweetness of the malts.

A topnotch IPA from an up and coming brewery in St. Louis Park. I'll be taking this to Colorado to share with some of my wife's relatives. (530 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle purchased from France 44 while on business trip to Minny - yes, drank in the Hotel room. Poured in the Surly pint glass, also purchased from France 44.

A: I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like this. The clarity is unreal. I feel like I am looking at golden-colored water. The lacing on the glass is nice and a small layer remains on the head of the brew throughout the drink. The first 5 appearance I've given.

S: Hop-nasty. A little malt, a little pine, and a ton of citrus. This is awesome. The only reason this isn't a 5 is because I had to stick my face way into the glass to get a strong whiff. Smell fantastic, but isn't particularly strong.

T: This one isn't "well balanced" and that's awesome. Not malty at all. This is how I like my IPA's to taste. I want a lot of hops and a little malt. Buttery, piney for sure, I think it's amarillo hops, and citrus taste. There is almost a pineapple presence, but definitely some grapefruit.

M: Light body, creamy, medium carbonation.

O: I feel like people often say "this is for hop head's", but this truly IS FOR HOP HEAD'S! I really, REALLY like this one. As mentioned earlier, I like IPA's that aren't well balanced and the hops outshine the malt. Well this one fits the bill. (1,252 characters)

Photo of xmorgan
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Had at Muddy Waters in Minneapolis

It was a tasty IPA THAT was middle of the road

It had a nice appearance with great lacing and a smell of citrus and pine
Bitterness was what we expect for single IPAs and finished with a dry Hoppy mouth feel It is good. It is not the best but a decent IPA (292 characters)

Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.