Size 11 - Steel Toe Brewing
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Reviews by younger35:
4.48/5 rDev +8.5%
Had to run down to the brewery last weekend and snag a bottle of this. I loved Size 7 so much no way was this slipping by. Drank from my Harriet Brewing nonic pint glass.
Appearance- Pours a crystal clear copper orange with a nice big off-white frothy head. I’d say about 11SRM. A nice cap and collar remains the entire beer along with plenty of lacing.
Smell- The first thing that hits the nostrils is actually malt. A light touch of burnt sugars clearly come through along with a fair amount of alcohol. I’d say about 11% worth. The hops are fairly earthy with the usual suspects – pine and grass. As the beer warms the citrusy fruitiness really starts to show. Cantaloupe, passion fruit, peach and fleeting whiffs of pineapple. Definitely gets better as it warms.
Taste- Starts with a nice bitter bite and a light bit of alcohol warming (I’d say about 11% worth of warming). Definitely fruity with plenty of bitter grapefruit and papaya. The beer is just dripping with bitter hoppy goodness. There is a bit of candied Red Vine thing going on as the malt does lend a fair amount of sweetness behind everything. The melon qualities tend to fade as the beer warms and some more of the earthy/grassy tones dominate. The finish is bitter and nice.
Mouthfeel- Full bodied and juicy with a nice aggressive bite of carbonation. Great mouthfeel.
Drinkability- Big, bold, bitter and beautifully delicious. As it warms it really sort of moves into Barleywine territory but remains just fruity enough keep it a Double IPA. The whole 750mL was plenty but I really didn’t have much problem putting it down. Tasty beer, glad I grabbed a bottle!
03-10-2012 03:03:38 | More by younger35
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3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
Thanks to Pawola22 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of pine and orange notes, with a little bit of resin and some biscuit malt. The flavor is similar, being dominated by pine and resin notes from the hops. There is also some biscuit and toffee, as well as a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
05-17-2012 04:44:49 | More by Mora2000
4.59/5 rDev +11.1%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. 2013 bottle.
Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.
Smell: A big and rich aroma of hops with lots of citrus, earthy, and spicy hints. Big juicy and oily smell of hops with earthy, floral, and citrus hints. Hints of grass and dank pine resin spice. Citrus fruit hints of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, mango, pineapple, apricot, papaya, melon, and lemon. Solid sweet malty background with hints of caramel, toffee, grain, biscuit, and yeast. Also some hints of candied sugar. A very big and juicy hop forward aroma. Quite good.
Taste: Follows the nose quite well, a huge lush and juicy taste of hops with citrus, pine, and grassy notes. Big citrus hop presence with juicy notes of ripe grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, apricot, lemon, and melon. Spicy notes with some dank pine resin hops. Also some floral and grassy notes. Hops are pretty fresh, bitter, oily, and drying. Solid malt backing with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Taste is very hop forward and nicely thick and juicy. Very good.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and fairly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, bitter, and pretty drying. Alcohol is hidden behind the assault of hops.
Overall: A great imperial IPA. A juiced up version of an already very good IPA from this young brewery. Steel Toe knocks it out of the park again.
05-26-2013 06:55:42 | More by MattyG85
4.7/5 rDev +13.8%
2014 Version: Getting back to the good times with this beer. The melon attributes are not really as expressive as the original version, instead we get some good floral, tropical fruit, and then melon aromas and flavors. Also does not seem as harsh as 2013. Much easier to drink. I would put this between 2013 and 2012's.
2013 version: Not nearly as impressive as last years edition. Now Size 11 is very close to Devil Dancer which is unfortunate. Gone are the melon aromas and flavors, and in their place is straight citrus. Seems much more bitter without the great hop flavors. Very hot and boozy as well. I would rate this years significantly lower.
A 750ml bottle picked up at the brewery yesterday.
Pours a reddish copper color with one finger of head that held on for a nice length of time before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.
Fairly unique aroma comes with this beer. I pick out honeydew, cantaloupe, with a little citrus. No sign of the alcohol.
Melon bomb. A Size 11 right up the backside. Massive amount of honeydew hits the tongue along with the 111 IBUs of bitterness. There is a little dankness near the end. It has a little sweetness from the malt but otherwise hop/bitter dominate. Some warmth in the finish but the whopping 11% ABV is not otherwise tasted. Impressive and very interesting flavor.
Another fine mouthfeel from this brewer. He has it together when it comes to carbonation and texture. Medium bodied.
Hard to compare this to another beer. I suppose Devil Dancer is the closest thing in IBUs and ABV. Devil Dancer could not carry these Size 11s. Maybe not as sublimly executed as Pliny but it is a close contest. One glass and I am feeling fine. Cannot wait till next year for Size 11 to show itself again.
03-04-2012 18:49:26 | More by morimech
Size 11 from Steel Toe Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.