Rainmaker - Steel Toe Brewing
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4.65/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
11-05-2011 02:35:57 | More by KarlHungus
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
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.
10-18-2011 00:30:11 | More by jera1350
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
09-15-2012 03:00:59 | More by feloniousmonk
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
11-11-2011 05:06:04 | More by Greggy
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
09-14-2012 03:16:53 | More by JackieTH
Rainmaker from Steel Toe Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.