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Rainmaker - Steel Toe Brewing

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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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Photo of bsp77


3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Wood-stain red with moderate light tan head and some lacing rings.

Smell: Um, I love the smell of a big, hoppy red - citrus, pine, caramel, dark fruits and light roast.

Taste: Sweet caramel and dark fruit core that is quickly overtaken by the seemingly huge level of hops. Unfortunately, the hops have less character than the aroma (just some light citrus and lingering pine), and are primarily just very bitter. There is some light roast that may be adding to the bitterness as well.

Feel: Medium body with modate carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall: Well, this was fantastic until I took a sip. And to be fair, it was still pretty good even after taking a sip, but did not quite meet my expectations from the look and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 20:05:30 | More by bsp77
Photo of yokken


4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-12-2012 22:45:06 | More by yokken
Photo of eawolff99


4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-29-2012 21:37:53 | More by eawolff99
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 00:06:54 | More by brentk56
Photo of motorhed


3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-15-2012 20:23:14 | More by motorhed
Photo of Cooper


4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-14-2012 02:15:29 | More by Cooper
Photo of LaCoursiere


3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 06:03:17 | More by deebo
Photo of jrcmlc


3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-06-2012 07:00:33 | More by jrcmlc
Photo of MasterSki


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
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 05:27:37 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of mdimeglio

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-01-2012 22:27:47 | More by mdimeglio
Photo of thewimperoo


4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-26-2012 17:02:02 | More by thewimperoo
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-06-2012 03:20:58 | More by bhayle
Photo of Duff27


3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:40:19 | More by Duff27
Photo of kawilliams81


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone pint.

A- pours a transparent dark ruby with a 2" off white head. Dripping waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- sweet roasted malts and citrus.

T- roasted caramel and sweet amber malts. Citrus and pine bitterness come through in the middle and finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. With a slight oilyness.

O- good amber with nice hop bitterness. Would love to see an imperial version of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 02:59:39 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of NuclearDolphin


3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Very Dark Red/Crimson color when held up to the light, it's just a couple shades away from black. Head pours around 2 finger width, which vanishes fairly quickly.

Smell - Caramel, toffee, floral & piney hops and some sweet malts and yeasts. The smell itself has an overt sweetness to it. The smell reminds me partially of an American Pale Ale

Taste - Piney Hops followed by a sweet malty flavor. For an Amber Ale, it's pretty damned hoppy but in a good way. There's also a pretty subdued yet balanced yeasty flavor in the back to help give the beer some balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel - It's a little heavier than most Amber Ales I've tried and the carbonation is a bit more intense than what I expect out of this style. It feels more like an IPA and less like an Amber. With that being said, it doesn't really get in the way too much of the flavor, and that's okay with me.

Overall - For a brewery that just opened it's doors this past summer, they manage to make a great beer! It's both hoppy and malty and I applaud them for trying out something different with an Amber Ale style. If this first offering for me by Steel Toe is any indication of things to come, I expect more great beers from them!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 04:33:18 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of psychotia


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-11-2012 01:52:07 | More by psychotia
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-07-2012 21:07:33 | More by herman77
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 21:16:07 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Kenai4


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-05-2012 17:45:55 | More by Kenai4
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 16:57:11 | More by thagr81us
Photo of HoistinBrews


4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-04-2012 00:26:37 | More by HoistinBrews
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-31-2012 03:02:01 | More by ratty918
Photo of BMoney575


4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 1-28-12

Pours a deep red color, with a thick white head that quickly fades, leaving behind craggy lacing.

Smell is huge piney hops, with a great maltiness to back it up. Strong but balanced, rather one dimensional but still promising.

Taste is very smooth, some sweetness comes from the malt, while the hops add a great fruity quality and a balancing bitterness. Not intense, just stunningly well made.

Mouthfeel is perfect, a nice thickness to help the malt, but there's still room for the tart hops.

Drinkability is very good, the flavors and balance create a very flavorful sessionable beer.

Overall, I'm impressed with the beers I've had from Steel Toe, and this is the best one yet. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 01:09:53 | More by BMoney575
Rainmaker from Steel Toe Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.