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Rainmaker | Steel Toe Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jera1350 on 10-18-2011

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 235
Photo of Czequershuus
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours very deep ruddy brown with medium sized, we sustained head. The aroma that hits me first is a fairly fresh pine tone, with background notes of cinnamon candy, peppermint, and something slighty yeasty. The flavor leads with the mild cinnamon candy flavor, accented by the piney, minty hops. There is also some orangey citrus present. I find it difficult to pick out individual flavors is this beer, it does seem very well integrated. The mouthfeel is neither thick nor thin, but balanced. Overall this is a solid beer, but not terribly exciting. In fact, I find no better word to describe this than balanced.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this one is surprisingly hoppy to me. lots of bitterness in there, and it's not unwelcome, but it's definitely the highlight of this beer.

flavors linger on this one remind me of cinnamon gum again, along with unsweetened iced coffee.

a muddled review for a confusing beer, or perhaps that's the other way around. i like it, but i'm not sure that i get it.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich mahogany...sorry, couldn't resist. Seriously a rich reddish brown with some chill haze. Creamy off-white head that sticks around for days.
S: Lovely caramel apple in the malt, subdued hops.
T: Some dark malt and brown sugar right off the bat with some sticky hops. The middle dies quickly to a more watery set of malt flavors.
M: Surprisingly watery and thin but smooth and easy to drink.
O: Very nice red IPA; gorgeous beer with great flavors although a little on the thin side. Both this and Size 7 were great beers. Thanks Jesse!

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Photo of jrsaffert
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap recently. Review from notes.

Pours a dark red with a two finger off white head.
Aroma is of caramel and citrus. Some floral hop notes too.
Flavor is similar to the nose. Caramel sweetness balances out the grapefruit peel and hop bitterness. Well made and enjoyable

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber with ruby red hue. A small thin head, moderate carbonation.

S-You smell the lightly accented hop nose and some malt aroma.

T: This is an interesting blend of styles...IPA and Irish Red. While you get a muted citrus and fruit hop taste initially, it's balanced out by solid malt presence with some caramel notes.

M: Solid malt body and moderate carbonation and delivers clean, pleasant finish.

O: A fine tasting beer that tasty blend of two styles.

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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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep amber color with a small creamy off white head that retains nicely after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- sweet caramel malt aroma with some brown sugar, fruity hops and a hint of pine

T- fruity hop forward up front with flavors of red berries & pine, sweet caramel malt mixes with an earthy finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- good drinkability, but nothing really stands out for me

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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

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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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer is copper/amber/orange with a mild haziness, resting under an inch or so of off white head. Aromas include pine, hops, resin, caramel malt, fruity sweetness. A hoppy red ale with bready undertones. mild bitterness in the back with a present, but not overbearing, sweetness. Medium bodied. Nothing terribly exciting, but no obviously flaws either. I had no problems finishing the bomber. Ok.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pours a clean, translucent amber. Ruby and orange accents. Light khaki head of about a finger that provides nice lacing. A fine looking amber here.

S- An intense blend of citrus hops and sweet caramel. Orange and pineapple matches the sweetness well.

T- Flavor is maybe a little more subdued than the nose, but solid nonetheless. An abundance of hop character and an aggressive charred caramel and toasted bread base to balance it out.

M- Mid body. Almost seems somewhat sessionable with its easy drinkability. Sharp, crisp finish.

O- This is the second beer I have had from this brewery, and like the last one, Rainmaker flat out brings it! An aggressively hopped amber that is one of the better ones on the market. Would pair really well with a chargrilled burger topped with caramelized onions.

$6.99 for a 22oz bomber

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Photo of dsellers22
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I've gotten the Rainmaker in a growler a few times but this is the first time I've tried it out of the bottle. It pours a sublime medium-dark red with a very small bit of foam at the top. The smell isn't anything to write home about but the taste is just what you'd expect from a red IPA--hoppy and fresh with some subtle fruit undertones. It's incredibly drinkable and the 6.5% abv won't put you under.

Overall, it's a tasty beer but I prefer it out of the growler.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of TWHartman
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of Mdog
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful reddish purple with a big head.

Smell: Moderate citrus aroma.

Taste: Mostly dark fruits with an earthy hop presence.

Overall: I think my bottle may have been a little old. When I've had this on tap it had more of a citrus hop presence to go along with the dark fruit flavors. Maybe when I get a newer bottle or have it on tap again I will re-review. Even like this it is still better than your usual red ale.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

pint on-tap

dark amber-red, pillowy off-white head that sticks. smell is light grains and malt (amber style) and medicinal hops. taste has some dry leaves and dust, with lots of malt. caramel, grapes, leafy/piney hops.

solid beer, call it a red ipa

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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.

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Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks minnesotaryan!

a: dark reddish-brown body, finger and a half of light brown head. big loose bubbles that settle and leave some sticky lacing.

s: bread, caramel, pine and a touch of citrus.

t: sweet caramel malts with a nice side of bread and some hoppy pine.

m: medium-light body, carbonation is excellent, sweet dry finish.

o: liked this better than size 7, very drinkable. just a nice beer that everyone should get the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to therobot

Pours a hazed copper caramel color with a froth of beige head. Fades into bubbled retention with some patchy lacing on the glass.

Some piny hops in the nose with bready caramel. Some toasted notes with sweetness and light warmth.

Nice punch of pine bitterness up front. Resiny and sticky with a nice helping of hops. Thicker, bready malt backbone with toasted notes. Caramel sweetness with some lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

Medium body, well carbonated, sticky and a little chewy. Nice, full flavored red ale with an added dosage of hops.

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Photo of rawfish
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and rusty with a billowing tan head. The foam flows up to three fingers, leaves a dense cap and has great rings of lacing and retention. Perfect.

Hop forward red with steady roasted malts and a touch of fig and dark berry as the beer warms. Hops are primarily pine with some dank citrus and herbaceous tones. Inviting and bold.

Malt has some roasted and cocoa notes that get stronger as the beer warms it's enough to balance the hops but also bland and 'amber'. Spicy and earthy, the hops get a boost from a strong pine flavor that backs the nose with a bit of bittering grapefruit pith. Earthiness of the hops really comes through in the finish. Dank, mildly spicy and a bitterness that is steady. Alcohol does come through, surprising as this is only a 6.5%

Smooth carbonation, appropriate to make this very drinkable. Dries well with a bitter lasting finish. Alcohol prevalent until the beer warms.

Attractive beer and it drinks much like a well hopped amber. The earthy/spicy combo does make it different but more variety in the malts and hiding the alcohol better would make this really something to write home about. Glad to have the chance to have one of these.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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