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 Monkeyknife
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Ilafan
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

Photo of xmorgan
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought a couple of 22 oz. bottles of this in Minneapolis on a Monday after it was bottled the previous. Super fresh.

Looked like a typical NW IPA --- light amber with a off-white head that lingered down the glass.

Smelled like freshly-squeezed grapefruit and orange. I little bit of sweetness in there but barely. Fantastic. One of the most aromatic IPAs I've had in a long while. I imagine this is dry-hopped and it might fall off quickly, but as fresh as I had it, it knocked my socks off.

Tasted like a citrus bomb with a bitter kick. Grapefruit and orange just like the nose and super flavorful. I didn't pick up any pine that other reviewers found. But as this beer warmed up, it definitely got sweeter. I mean like sticky sweat. Not not from the malt, though. I wonder if the brewers used a ton of sugar to dry this out and that was what I was picking up. Not so noticeable when refrigerator cold, but definitely as it warmed.

Medium mouthfeel, a little on the syrupy side. But only a little.

This is a damn good IPA that I will buy again and again on my frequent travels to Minneapolis. Would like to try on tap.

Photo of jimmah120
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pint served at town house tap

look is typical for an ipa, orange amber look, clear, small layer of head. smell is hoppy: flowers, citrus, pine. touch of buttery malt in there as well. average feel for an ipa. taste is and odd mix: warm peanut butter malt mixes with flowery, dandelion hops.

very flavorful, just not sure it's my style.

EDIT: this beer grew on me, but only in bombers = i rarely drink it.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Mdog
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Crystal clear gold, nice carbonation bubbles, big rocky head.

Smell: Lots of citrus, citrus rind, underlying sweetness.

Taste: Starts sweet, then gives a nice citrus flavor. Not bitter. Orange pith.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light, easy drinker.

Overall: I finally got to try some Steel Toe beers when I went to Minneapolis for a concert. Enjoyed them a lot, so went back to pick up some bottles. Size 7 is another great Minnesota IPA, nicely sweet with plenty of hop goodness. Definitely worth picking up if you're in the area.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, thanks DaveAnderson

appearance: served in a hillards can-pint, bright copper body, filmy white head with a nice sticky lace

smell: floral aroma - grapefruit, tangerine, caramel malt

taste: another good hop-forward beer from minnesota - a bright floral hop profile - lemon zest, tangerine, sugar, grapefruit, light toasted malt. Light and floral - tasty.

mouthfeel: rather light, faint lingering bitterness

overall: good stuff

Photo of mynie
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark golden with a gorgeous, brightwhite head.

Smells of thick malt and dense grapefruit. The malt smells maybe a little bit syrupy and the hops maybe a little too blunt, un-layered.

Tastes just a strong as it smells, only remarkably much more subtle and variegated. The malt is indeed a bit syrupy (my only complaint), but the syrup isn't too intense and gives way to some sweeter biscuit nodes as it warms. This is backed up very nicely by an impressive hop profile dripping of grapefruit, orange, and pine and then ending on nodes of big biscuits and brown sugar.

My favorite large IPAs have a great deal of yeast complexities and avoid thick, sticky malt. This doesn't feature either of those, sadly, but it's hop profile is enough to make it worth a go.

Photo of match1112
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Powderhornphil
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark orange, with a finger of beige head. Splotchy lace.

Aroma was a very nice floral bouquet, with notes of sweet and tangy citrus notes, ending with a bit of biscuit malts.

The taste has a pleasant, balanced bitterness. Floral, tangy, tropical hop bites, light sweet malts for a bit of balance. Some tropical fruits, mango, and touches of pear. Super pleasant on the palate.

Somewhat crisp, with a slick medium body. Feels good and not overbearing on the palate.

I'm quite enjoying this. It's apparently fresh, and it's a super-easy-drinking IPA!

Thanks eclipse54!

Photo of rawfish
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold amber hue with a large rocky head of two fingers. Retention was very good and leaves enough lacing behind to keep appearances.

Oily pine cones and lemon verbena with an odd semisweet tone that I can't describe any other way than bubble gum or this Japanese soda called Ramune. Spicy as well the hops really work themselves into a fervor of varied aroma.

Caramel malt with more spicy and peppery notes than sweetness. Hops come swinging in hard with pine resin and dark citrus. High alpha acid content, very punchy and bitter that sticks around long through the finish. Doesn't dry all that well, alcohol semi evident.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Alcohol content and the fact that it doesn't dry all that well brings it down a notch but embrace the bitterness and ride it through.

Quality brewery that has a very Stone, take no prisoners attitude when it comes to bitterness and alcohol abrasiveness. If you don't like it stop being a wuss, suck it up and drink. Aroma is very varied and complex, bold beer, enjoyed it thoroughly.

Photo of xnicknj
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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

This is brewed not more than 2 miles from my house, which typically results in biweekly growler fills, so when I saw it on tap at ABR 2012, I had to grab a pour. From notes.

Light orange-amber pour with an off-white foam that persisted nicely and left decent lacing. Smell is north by northwest grapefruit pith, resin pine elements and subtle biscuit malt. Taste was citric forward with orange and grapefruit pith, pine resin, and subtle hints of tropical fruit. Mild malt backing only slightly restrained bitterness into a clean and mildly bitter finish. Refreshing and juicy characteristics in a medium, slightly creamy body with good carbonation. A great example of a northwest IPA.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Tucquan
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev -7%
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.

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