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Rainmaker - Steel Toe Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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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deebo

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 06:03:17 | More by deebo
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

11-13-2013 16:21:45 | More by mmulebarn
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -25.2%

11-30-2011 02:56:17 | More by jenray
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -19%

05-12-2014 18:47:50 | More by Kmlund
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kenzilka007

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -19%

07-20-2014 15:16:58 | More by kenzilka007
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Pug

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -19%

03-23-2014 17:53:22 | More by Pug
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ChadQuest

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 05:27:37 | More by ChadQuest
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 05:13:20 | More by Huhzubendah
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maximum12

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 04:41:25 | More by maximum12
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TWHartman

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 23:35:39 | More by TWHartman
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zeledonia

Minnesota

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).

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 04:54:51 | More by zeledonia
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

09-30-2012 00:58:13 | More by acurtis
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CWhite

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

11-18-2012 21:36:28 | More by CWhite
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LaCoursiere

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-14-2012 00:31:41 | More by LaCoursiere
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

05-04-2014 01:39:27 | More by Davepoolesque
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

05-27-2014 00:57:36 | More by nmann08
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sparx1100

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-06-2013 03:41:52 | More by sparx1100
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-13-2013 21:54:26 | More by spycow
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bootdown21

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

02-05-2014 21:37:08 | More by bootdown21
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

06-07-2014 18:43:45 | More by King_KongDCO93
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MattXT

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

08-23-2013 14:51:10 | More by MattXT
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

05-25-2014 04:31:48 | More by PappyVans
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einman

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

06-16-2014 21:43:48 | More by einman
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 01:15:51 | More by Mdog
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a tulip glass. Unknown bottling date, but has been stored in the fridge for a while.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and minimal lacework. Transparent dark orange-red body.

S - Smells like a hoppy red ale alright, although the hops are showing a cheesy, decaying beta acid, sort of flavor at this point in time. Backbone is treacle, caramel, and red fruits.

T - The taste reveals more of the original hop character, with some onion and chive-esque zest with light citrus and pine notes. Malt character is more neutral here, with a bready flavor and less of the typical sweet red ale flavors.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, and a dry and resinous finish. No alcohol presence, nor was one expected at 6.5%.

D - Not a bad hoppy red, but probably much better when it was fresh - hopefully I'll get to revisit this one and amend my score, as there's potential for a very good beer. Anyone want to send me fresh bottles of this and Size 11?

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 05:08:27 | More by MasterSki
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Rainmaker from Steel Toe Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.