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Rainmaker - Steel Toe Brewing

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90
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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of deebo
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%
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
Photo of mmulebarn
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

mmulebarn, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Dave2234
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Dave2234, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -25.2%

jenray, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Kmlund
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Kmlund, May 12, 2014
Photo of kenzilka007
3.25/5  rDev -19%

kenzilka007, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Pug
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Pug, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of ChadQuest
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice thick,dense,frothy robust head. great actually. Body is a translucent deep ruby color.
Aroma is sweet malts mixed with citrus.
Flavor is more sweet then bitter, the toasted malt and caramel notes are forefront with the citrus notes in second.
The mouthfeel is full and creamy, really nice and enjoyable.

ChadQuest, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Huhzubendah, May 15, 2014
Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at Liquor Barrel in St. Louis Park, I think. The combo of having both Steel Toe & Leech Lake lured me all the way across the Cities. This is the result of the plunder. 22 oz. bomber cloven in two.

Pours a very dark, almost blood red. Smell is on the good side: caramel malts, earthy hops. Less specific than an overarching niceness.

Rainmaker is a straight-up red. Caramel & malts are all over me stuff. Hops are earthy, grounded, bitter without much flavor. Mouthyness is nice.

Pretty good beer, solid red. Nothing out of the ordinary, not bad, not great, just solid. Solid. Solid. I'll keep at that. Solid.

maximum12, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of TWHartman
3.41/5  rDev -15%
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
Photo of zeledonia
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just recently came out in bottles, making it a little bit easier to try this. I know the bottle's pretty fresh, cause it's only been in bottles for a month or so.

Pours a very dark reddish amber/brown. Little light passes through, except at the edges. Quite dark for an amber ale. One finger of cream-colored head, good retention and fantastic lacing.

Smell is lots of grassy, earthy, slightly bitter hops. There's a bit of pine, and a hint of citrus, but mostly it's grass. The malt base is weaker than I would like, predominantly caramel, but just not as robust as I think it needs to be.

Taste is pretty much what I expected based on the smell. Tastes a lot like an average IPA. Despite the color, the malt backbone feels soft. And the hops playing on top of it provide a fair amount of bitter but not much else. I find it decently tasty, but very middle-of-the-road.

Mouthfeel is solid. Medium-bodied, high carbonation. Persistent finish. I like it. Probably the highlight of the beer.

My first beer from a brand-new local brewery. And it gets good reviews. Wanted to like it, but it just ain't there for me. It needs more malts, or more hops, or more something. Just kinda blah. Which isn't terrible. But it is blah. Found myself nursing it, and wanting more from it (not more of it).

zeledonia, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

acurtis, Sep 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

CWhite, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of LaCoursiere
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

LaCoursiere, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Davepoolesque, May 04, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

nmann08, May 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

sparx1100, Mar 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of bootdown21
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

bootdown21, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of King_KongDCO93
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

King_KongDCO93, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of MattXT
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

MattXT, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

PappyVans, May 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

einman, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Alpar
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Alpar, Aug 15, 2014
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Rainmaker from Steel Toe Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.