Rainmaker - Steel Toe Brewing

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 215
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 4.53%
Wants: 11
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Minnesota, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jera1350 on 10-18-2011

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear ruby color. The head is a solid inch of reddish-white foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, oranges, caramel, and toffee. The taste is slightly maltier than the aroma, but there is still a strong hop presence. There is also a solid bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture, and fine moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very good red ale that I can see becoming a regular for me. I like how it is on the hoppier side for a red ale, but still doesn't cross over into IPA territory. (578 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Spicy, herbal hops dominate the nose with citrus and caramel malts. Pours reddish chestnut with a slight haze under a lacy 2” off-white foam cap. Attacks with a rich, malty palate with anise to cola spice, citrus and orange that lead to a grapefruit rind bitter finish. A very creamy big bodied beer that finishes surprisingly well balanced (342 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Steel Toe:

When you find yourself parched, Rainmaker brings refreshment. Brewed with caramel and dark roasted malts then doused with a torrent of hops, this double red is sure to please, no dancing required.

Color: Copper
Alcohol content by volume: 6.5%
International Bitterness Units: 65

A clear and deep amber body with a creamy head of dark tan foam that leaves sticky curtains of lacing down the entire glass. Just an awesome two finger thick streak of crystalline lace that clings to the glass the entire time.

Robust and fresh hops provide plenty of citrus along with some earthy notes. Sweet malt to back things up.

This is one hopped up red ale. Lots of hop complexity as well. Getting bitter grapefruit with other citrus notes, some spicy hops as well. Good deal of bitterness and the malt only adds a touch of sweetness. The hops do the shining here though.

The carbonation is so creamy and soft. The overall feel is quite smooth. I would put this in the medium bodied category.

Just another great beer from Steel Toe. This red ale fits right alongside the Size 7 for West Coast hop inspired beers. This is one of the better ones I've had in this style and it's due in large part to the awesome hop profile. Easy to say that I will grab this one again. (1,274 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Steel Toe Rainmaker Double Red Ale, 6.5 % ABV. Brewed and bottled by Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, Minnesota. "When you find yourself parched, Rainmaker brings refreshment. Brewed with caramel and dark roasted malts then doused with a torrent of hops, this double red is sure to please, no dancing required."

Beautifully burnished crimson coloring, nearly opaque, under a full 1/2 inch cream-toned head, long lasting. Looks great.

Aromatics are outstanding, billowing out far afar, an utterly enriching and invigorating blend of hops and malt. Ripe fruit, citrus, prickly pine, a little apple and cherry, all spill forth. Absolutely inviting.

Taste: Past the lips, On the tongue, and down the throat, it is all that and more. Refreshment first of all, followed by wave after wave of deliciousness. Hops are on top, with caramel malt and cocoa flavors emerging at their heels. Delicate bitter bite nips at the tastebuds with each new sip, sweet malt providing smoothness and succor on the way down.

This reminds me of a milder Surly Furious. That's a good sign that I like it. Ah, this is nice stuff. Deee-lish. (1,119 characters)

Photo of Greggy
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a tan head over a deep crystal clear red body. Decent lacing.

S- Deep pine, grapefruit, orange, deep caramel, toffee and biscuit.

T- Wow. Huge crack right off the bat off orange, marmalade, pine and grapefruit and caramel and then transitions into a hoppier dry finish with ample hop oils lingering long into the finish.

M- Appropriate carbonation. Great finish.

D- Overall, a great beer and pretty drinkable. (423 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a fresh growler from the brewery this afternoon, it's just a couple miles from the house. Magnificent deep ruby red with a finger of creamy tan foam that persisted for ages leaving sold rings of lace. Very attractive.

Smell is grapefruit and citrus pith. Very similar nose to Size 7 however with a bit of spice and with just a hint of dark malt. Taste was again similar to their excellent Size 7 with citric grapefruit pith, pine in flavorful abundance yet veering in a different direction with earthy and spicy elements, it's juicy, hoppy, spicy and delicious. Malt bill keeps the bitterness to a moderate level without impeding the abundant hop and rye? type flavors. Mouthfeel was well carbonated adding a bit of zing to the hop bite. Finish is clean, dry and mildly bitter. Juicy. Outstanding from the growler. (825 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a deep amber mahogoney color. Almost a brown actually that is translucent. The head is a finger hihg and falls to about a half finger and stays steady. Decent lacing.

S= A nice hop aroma mixed with a solid malty backbone. A sort of tropical fruit thing going on here with the malt hop mix with a little roast in it.

T= Taste is very hoppy again. A nice strong hop punch that comes hard before a small bit of maltyness comes through. Again a tiny amount of roast is picked up before a nice doughy biscuity finish on it.

M= Nice carbonation and weight.

O= This is another great beer from Steel Toe. Of the new breweries that are opening up around here I think I like Steel Toe the most. They seem to be making the most quality beer in my opinion. This is no exception. A highly hopped beer with a solid malt backbone. It actually reminds me of Furious a little only a litte more roasty malt character. I gotta try more stuff from these guys. (975 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear russet with a three-fingered head; lovely retention and a nice pattern of lacing

Smell: Piney hops with undertones of caramel and stone fruit

Taste: Pine, stone fruit and caramel flavors swing back and forth on the front end, with the bitter hops prevailing by mid-palate; in the aftertaste, there is a very nice balance between the malt and hop flavors, with aspects of both lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: I'm not sure just what is going on in Minneapolis but they sure know how to make a nice hoppy Amber (590 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  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. (1,266 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a clean deep amber/mahogany in color with 2 fingers of creme colored head which dissipated slowly leaving behind intense amounts of sticky lacing. the smell is of sweet caramel, lots of citrusy and piney hops, herbal hops.. hops hops hops! a tea like flavor up front, very sweet and malty, getting a nice herbal bitterness, some grapefruit flavor, this is a very nice amber ale. lingering bitterness dies off as soon as you get the next sip, but then comes back stronger!

a medium bodied beer with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. a very nice offering, once again, from steel toe. (593 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber ale with a golden highlights on the dge. Off white piles high and falls to a film. Strong caramel and hop spice in the nose: pleasant and balanced. Big malt backbone that more than supports an earthy, peppery and spicey hop bite. Nice beer to chew through while watching tv. Like the beer more or more as I get to the bottom of the glass. Steel Toe seems to be the real deal for a new Minnesota brewery. (414 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a fresh 22oz bomber

A-pours a clear dark garnet color with ruby highlights a nice khaki colored head and lacing

S- was toffee malts and caramel,citrus hops and bread

T- followed the nose,roasted malts,citrus/grapefruit hops with toffee and baked bread..more lingering hops on the finish

M-nicely carbonated with a creamy smooth texture.hops very present

O-very tasty with loads of citrus hops and roasted malts that combine for another great brew from steel toe (473 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear copper color with a two finger foamy tan head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, caramel malt, and some dark roasted malt. You can really smell the grapefruit as soon as you open the bottle.

The taste is just like aroma. The grapefruit taste from the hops is the star here, but the caramel malt plays a strong supporting role, and there is also a light amount of dark roasted malt in the background. Mostly has a bitter flavor, with a little sweetness in the background. Gets a bit sweeter as it warms.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy, smooth and easy to drink, with a bitter grapefruit aftertaste. This is a very nice Red Ale. I would gladly buy this again. (723 characters)

Photo of dmadsen
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Ward 6 St Paul. Good amber.

This style is a moving target for me. From the Bell's amber, to Nordeast, to this, there is an immense amount of variation. The menu said "double red ale" so, I'll go with that

Deep red, nearly brown. Very nice color. Thin head, could have been the pour. Bar staff seemed focused in throwing out the volume.

Great caramel malt flavor. Nice body to the beer. Full mouthfeel. Strong alcohol finish. Very nice hop. On the red ales sometimes, things get too fruity. This was a nice bitter finish.

Had a Reuben. Excellent pairing. (572 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.17/5  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. (777 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 1-28-12

Pours a deep red color, with a thick white head that quickly fades, leaving behind craggy lacing.

Smell is huge piney hops, with a great maltiness to back it up. Strong but balanced, rather one dimensional but still promising.

Taste is very smooth, some sweetness comes from the malt, while the hops add a great fruity quality and a balancing bitterness. Not intense, just stunningly well made.

Mouthfeel is perfect, a nice thickness to help the malt, but there's still room for the tart hops.

Drinkability is very good, the flavors and balance create a very flavorful sessionable beer.

Overall, I'm impressed with the beers I've had from Steel Toe, and this is the best one yet. Highly recommended. (724 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seems to have very similar hopping as Size 7, but I like the malting much better here.
Spicy and citrus hoping with a firm malt background.
Very attractive amber with dark red. Very clear. Poured aggressively left a large off-white head that settled down to a thin layer, but it leaves some lacing.
I like the malt flavors - apparent, but not too much, ultimately blending well with the spicy hop flavors. Long finish with a moderate bitterness and a citrusy flavor.
Moderately thin and a bit prickly carbonation, but somehow smooth nonetheless.
This drinks really well. More interesting than Size 7 and one solid amber. (626 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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! (892 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours a dark clear amber with a hefty beige head that leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is really hoppy, lots of pine especially, though there are some citrus notes as well. Prickly almost on the nose. The malts are present but definitely take a backseat.

Taste is really heavy on the bitterness and prickly hops up front. Pine resin and pineapple come to mind. The caramel malts form a backbone, if you can call it that considering the hops are the real star here.

Mouthfeel is bitter and not nearly as sweet as most ambers. Pretty full in body for an amber.

I'm torn on this as it's a great amber,heavy on the hops, but is pretty unbalanced. But, as I really like a hopped up amber, I really enjoyed this. (722 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

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. (1,100 characters)

Photo of mjryan
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hardy pour, big head. Clingy. Dang, this must be fresh. Smells like I just opened a bag of hop pellets. Well that's pretty rad. I'm a big fan of hoppy reds, Furious is another local beer along these lines, really a bench mark by which I judge other reds. Rainmaker doesn't disappoint. Along with the aforementioned amazing hop aroma, there is a ton of hop character in the flavour. Grapefruit, pine and toasty caramel malts. Damn bitter finish, not sweet at all. Great beer, big hops, nice "red" flavour. What more could I want? (528 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Republic in Minneapolis.

Well balanced, slightly bold red ale.
Excellent appearance with high clarity, rich reddish body, durable head.
Smooth body. (164 characters)

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Rainmaker from Steel Toe Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.