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Rainmaker - Steel Toe Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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 Buebie
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

Hard pour in an over sized snifter Tsunami'ing the glass with a big ass tan head.
Dark burnt red color and a thin skimming of lace.
Sweet candied yams aroma, dark fruit, toasted grains and hop resin.
Taste is malt driven with a sweetness and hop profile that are well balanced. Little bit of maple brown sugar likeness. Although becoming more dry through the finish with pine and citrus and decreasing with sweet malts but still slightly present.
Mouthfeel is crisp with carbonation and medium bodied.

Solid brew. I could have this in the middle of winter as bit of a warmer, as alcohol seems higher then it actually is. Or, like I am now on a 92 degree day. Its taste bud pleaser and a thirst quencher.

Buebie, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of bradner
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

bradner, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of zirkusaffe
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

zirkusaffe, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Clear cardinal liquid with a smattering of beige up top along with a lasting but very thin collar. Minute sandy lacing, no legs, mediocre retention.

Potent caramel malt and lush citrus/pine hop aromatics. Good amounts of fruit, slight vanilla as well.

Strong bitterness, sharp grapefruit-pith-laden hop flavors, offset just enough by caramel and pale malt to keep the profile from becoming actively abrasive. Dry peppery finish with hints of wild berries, grape skins, and fruit liqueur.

Zesty, well carbonated and not quite medium-bodied mouth-feel.

No holds barred from this excellent West-Coast inspired American Amber Ale. A nice surprise from a new brewery...I expect their Double IPAs are well worth seeking out as well.

augustgarage, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Mealhouse
4/5  rDev 0%

Mealhouse, May 21, 2012
Photo of mjryan
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

Hardy pour, big head. Clingy. Dang, this must be fresh. Smells like I just opened a bag of hop pellets. Well that's pretty rad. I'm a big fan of hoppy reds, Furious is another local beer along these lines, really a bench mark by which I judge other reds. Rainmaker doesn't disappoint. Along with the aforementioned amazing hop aroma, there is a ton of hop character in the flavour. Grapefruit, pine and toasty caramel malts. Damn bitter finish, not sweet at all. Great beer, big hops, nice "red" flavour. What more could I want?

mjryan, May 17, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

bsp77, May 13, 2012
Photo of yokken
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

yokken, May 12, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev 0%

eawolff99, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

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

brentk56, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of motorhed
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

motorhed, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Cooper
4/5  rDev 0%

Cooper, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of LaCoursiere
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

LaCoursiere, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of deebo
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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 jrcmlc
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

jrcmlc, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%

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?

MasterSki, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of ChadQuest
3.28/5  rDev -18%

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 mdimeglio
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

mdimeglio, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev 0%

thewimperoo, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of bhayle
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

bhayle, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.8/5  rDev -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!

Duff27, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev 0%

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.

kawilliams81, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

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!

NuclearDolphin, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of psychotia
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

psychotia, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev 0%

herman77, Feb 07, 2012
Rainmaker from Steel Toe Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.