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Rainmaker - Steel Toe Brewing

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 217
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
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 bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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. (805 characters)

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 deebo
2.51/5  rDev -36.8%
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. (710 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 ChadQuest
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (309 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 kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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! (1,240 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 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 BMoney575
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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. (724 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 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 zeledonia
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
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). (1,294 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 FightingEntropy
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber ale with a golden highlights on the dge. Off white piles high and falls to a film. Strong caramel and hop spice in the nose: pleasant and balanced. Big malt backbone that more than supports an earthy, peppery and spicey hop bite. Nice beer to chew through while watching tv. Like the beer more or more as I get to the bottom of the glass. Steel Toe seems to be the real deal for a new Minnesota brewery. (414 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 Greggy
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a tan head over a deep crystal clear red body. Decent lacing.

S- Deep pine, grapefruit, orange, deep caramel, toffee and biscuit.

T- Wow. Huge crack right off the bat off orange, marmalade, pine and grapefruit and caramel and then transitions into a hoppier dry finish with ample hop oils lingering long into the finish.

M- Appropriate carbonation. Great finish.

D- Overall, a great beer and pretty drinkable. (423 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 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 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 hardy008
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear copper color with a two finger foamy tan head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, caramel malt, and some dark roasted malt. You can really smell the grapefruit as soon as you open the bottle.

The taste is just like aroma. The grapefruit taste from the hops is the star here, but the caramel malt plays a strong supporting role, and there is also a light amount of dark roasted malt in the background. Mostly has a bitter flavor, with a little sweetness in the background. Gets a bit sweeter as it warms.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy, smooth and easy to drink, with a bitter grapefruit aftertaste. This is a very nice Red Ale. I would gladly buy this again. (723 characters)

Photo of minnesotaryan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark amber with minimal cream head.

Smell: There are notes of pineapple and caramel, a good amount of hops nicely balanced with malt.

Taste: There is bitterness up front, the hops want you to know that they are there. Lots of grapefruit and citrus, but it slowly fades to sweetness, caramel and toffee with a little bit of sour/bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: This is an easy to drink beer for an imperial red. Enough carbonation to make it interesting, but not so much that it overpowers the beer. Nice medium body with lingering flavors of caramel and spicy citrus.

Overall: This is the first beer I have tried from Steel Toe Brewing, and I look forward to trying more, this is a great beer, lots of flavor and character in every sip. (809 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)

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Rainmaker from Steel Toe Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.