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Rainmaker - Steel Toe Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 10-18-2011)
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Reviews by TWHartman:
Photo of TWHartman
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark red, almost purple, thick tan head with nice retention, it is very nice looking

S- Caramel malt, earthy and medicinal hop aroma

T- Similar to smell but with more medicinal finish, caramel flavor gives way to a clean, medicinal hop bitterness that lingers pleasantly

M- I think it is a bit thin for a "double" anything, but it is okay. Not quite as chewy as I would like

O- A nice beer, I generally don't like these medicinal finish beers, but this is very nice. I would drink it again.

TWHartman, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Schlais, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

ryancl, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Wood-stain red with moderate light tan head and some lacing rings.

Smell: Um, I love the smell of a big, hoppy red - citrus, pine, caramel, dark fruits and light roast.

Taste: Sweet caramel and dark fruit core that is quickly overtaken by the seemingly huge level of hops. Unfortunately, the hops have less character than the aroma (just some light citrus and lingering pine), and are primarily just very bitter. There is some light roast that may be adding to the bitterness as well.

Feel: Medium body with modate carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall: Well, this was fantastic until I took a sip. And to be fair, it was still pretty good even after taking a sip, but did not quite meet my expectations from the look and aroma.

bsp77, May 13, 2012
Photo of deebo
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Fairly clear with a reddish amber color and a sticky light tan head.

S-Wow, I know this had 60+ IBU but damn this baby is NW US hoppy. There is some nice toasted/caramel malts in there but it takes a big time back seat to the hops.

T-This is definitely a hop forward red. Lots of the typical NW hops (citrus-grapefruit and resiny aftertaste). Malt is here too but way out of balance for my taste.

M-Moderate to high carbonation, rather thin bodied with a long bitter finish.

D-Poor, not an easy to drink red.

O-If you like an unbalanced hoppy red, this is a good choice. Feels out of balance, I know the trend of the day is to hop the crap out of everything but dang I don't need to have this one again.

deebo, Apr 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

NilocRellim, Oct 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

warmbier804, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark brownish amber with some ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very hoppy aroma. Big hints of citrus grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple. Big spicy pine resin smell as well. Bready roasted malts in the background with some good hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a little chocolate. Definitely hop forward like a red IPA.

Taste: Very hoppy like the smell leads, but a little more balanced. Sharp bitter hops upfront with good notes of citrus grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and lemon. Spicy piney hop resin. Solid background of bready and lightly roasted malts. Notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and a very subtle hint of chocolate. Lots of bitter hops but plenty of sweet bready taste also.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Sharply bitter, chewy, and somewhat creamy. Fairly smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall: A very good hopped up Red Ale/ American IPA hybrid. This is very similar to Surly's Furious IPA. In fact, if blindfolded I might have a hard time telling which is which. Really good combination of hops and malts.

MattyG85, Aug 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

acurtis, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Clear cardinal liquid with a smattering of beige up top along with a lasting but very thin collar. Minute sandy lacing, no legs, mediocre retention.

Potent caramel malt and lush citrus/pine hop aromatics. Good amounts of fruit, slight vanilla as well.

Strong bitterness, sharp grapefruit-pith-laden hop flavors, offset just enough by caramel and pale malt to keep the profile from becoming actively abrasive. Dry peppery finish with hints of wild berries, grape skins, and fruit liqueur.

Zesty, well carbonated and not quite medium-bodied mouth-feel.

No holds barred from this excellent West-Coast inspired American Amber Ale. A nice surprise from a new brewery...I expect their Double IPAs are well worth seeking out as well.

augustgarage, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Oboogie, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Cooper, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at the Four Firkins for $5. Off the bat, it reminds me a bit of Furious, as a big, red, and tasty beer with a huge hops character. Of course, it's plenty different when you get down to the details. Foremost, the Rainmaker has a strong floral component. You could also say it's a touch darker, though both are more red than your average IPA, or close to a double IPA or red ale. The aroma has a piney, pungent kick over the floral undertones. The flavor balances fruity citrus tangerine and grapefruit on top of mild spice, pine and the floral. The body is more drinkable for a double red, but that's fine by me. I'll take another.

tempest, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of bashiba
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clean deep amber/red with a creamy tan head.

The smell is loaded with dark crystal malts and a bit of nuggetty hop aroma.

The flavor is malty sweet and very bready with a medicinel and herbal hop quality(I'm guessing Nugget).

The mouthfeel is a bit chewy and full, very creamy.

Nicely done interesting red, very good.

bashiba, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

stpjames, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending me this one for the sole purpose of being able to tick it! Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a dark shade of ruby red with a one finger khaki colored head that remained throughout the glass. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, lemon zest, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, lemon zest, citrus hop, caramel hop, and subtle pine. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The aroma on this one was really nice and one of the best I have smelled on a Red Ale. The flavor was also pretty nice too. While the flavor wasn’t QUITE as good as the aroma, it was still very solid. A definite must try and really glad my buddy MBrausen was looking out for me on this one!

thagr81us, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nobody likes hoppy red ales more than me. This starts off with a reddish amber color with two fingers of off-white head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Large amounts of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma of grapefruit flesh and pith. There is some earthiness to go along with the caramel malt.

Hard to draw the line between IPA and Red Ale with this one. Same as another famous Minnesota beer. A lot of citrus from the hops dominates the flavor. Just a subtle caramel sweetness that hints that this is a red and not an IPA. Even with all the hop flavor, bitterness is at moderate levels.

Very impressed with this brewers ability to properly carbonate his beers. Excellant mouthfeel once again.

Not enough "red" for me. But it is one very good hop flavored beer. Another fine West Coast style beer from Steel Toe.

morimech, Oct 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Steve_Oldrati, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

jwerner23, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Danielr26, May 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Kmlund, May 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25%

Yulles, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

TooGood, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

mdimeglio, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Reaching two finger head, of yellow to light tan color. Soapy pock marked top with a good amount of retention and staying power. Body is classic amber red, fairly clear with very minimal carbonation. Quite clear also, but very dark. Pretty nice looking.

A nice simple example of amber red. Classic toasty balanced mixed of clove spice, sweet brown sugar and caramel. Not too dry or overly sweet. Hop angle is fairly buried and not forward, with a nice ripping dry grain crackling note to match. Solid.

Really nice amber. Surprising hop forward action unexpected but letting the sweet caramel action come through. Hop has it's distraction a bit with some pine and sharp grapefruit oil, but the malts manage to come back with some real good coating caramel brown sugar sweetness. Lingering bitterness and definitely with a steely grapefruit quality. Chewy mouthfeel a bit, with some matching dry toasty notes of grain as well.

Overall really delivering nicely on the amber front, with a surprising unexpected hop kick. A very good amber.

smakawhat, Aug 17, 2014
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Rainmaker from Steel Toe Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.