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 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 MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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? (1,024 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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/05/12 notes. Received as an extra from nwu008 in the Math BIF #5; thanks Erin!

a - Pours a dark reddish amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells pretty hoppy. Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, lemons and citrus, light tropical fruits, toasted malts, and bready malts. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, toasted malts, citrus hops, light pine hops, light bitterness, and bready malts. Nice, but not quite as hoppy as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light bitterness and creamy body.

o - Overall a nice hoppy red ale. Nose is very fully of pine and fruits. The taste is not quite as hoppy, but still nice. Worth trying and would certainly have it again. (757 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)

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beige head. Color is a dark amber.

Aroma: Smells like furious. Caramel and bready but very hoppy. Grapefruit and hop resin juiciness.

Taste: Much like the nose, but more malty. More bready and caramel malts show. Other than that, the hop profile reminds me so much like furious.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, a pretty solid beer. I just wish the taste wasn't as malty. Other than that it is very enjoyable. (491 characters)

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. (399 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 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 Duff27
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half inch off white head on a deep dark red. Very nice head retention and lacing.

Smell is of piney hops.

Sharp biting hops overpower the caramel malts. Drinks right at 6.5%

Mouthfeel is a little thin, decent carbonation.

Overall very drinkable but I'd classify this as a hop bomb. Would have it again. Thanks mnbearsfan! (325 characters)

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. (607 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 maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (624 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 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 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 trxxpaxxs
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LaCoursiere for this bottle.

A: Pours a super deep red, almost verging on brown. There is about one finger of khaki colored head that settles fairly quickly. There is also a bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The main note here is pine. This brew has a nice malty backbone that comes through in the nose, but pine is the dominate smell. There is also a bit of a floral quality to this beer as well.

T: It starts off with a quick hit of roasted malt, but the pine notes come on almost immediately after. Those hoppy characteristics follow through into the finish, where this beer takes on a flavor of tea. Yup, the finish kinda tastes like black tea. It's really interesting, and pleasant.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts out wet with the flavors enveloping the palate. This is nothing sticky or chewy about this beer, but the finish sits on the tongue for a while afterward.

O: This beer is pretty good. The pine notes seems a little unbalanced in this beer and the tea-like qualities are a bit wacky, but it's not bad. This is not my favorite offering from Steel Toe, but it's decent. (1,097 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 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 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. (1,183 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 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 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 (515 characters)

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