Size 7 - Steel Toe Brewing

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479 Ratings
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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 63
Gots: 64 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jera1350 on 09-03-2011)
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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JJWIGHT
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Seefeldt
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of abuss2
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of GarretD
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of match1112
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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 -3.4%
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.

Photo of ElfKicker
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.38/5  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 FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rawfish
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 MPLSbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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 -3.4%
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
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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 kdilks
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Photo of fuzzcherry
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of hoody711
4.3/5  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 Shoo65
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of drh1382
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RuckusDu
2.98/5  rDev -28%
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.

Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.