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Size 11 - Steel Toe Brewing

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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 38
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 02-26-2012)
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billhelm

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +21.1%

06-09-2014 14:49:28 | More by billhelm
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nescientia

Oregon

5/5  rDev +21.1%

05-25-2013 23:30:15 | More by nescientia
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SortaAmbivalent

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +21.1%

05-18-2013 22:24:36 | More by SortaAmbivalent
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a semi-clear ruby color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of passion fruit, grapefruit, flowers garden, hints of cherry, and a nice leafy character that I've only experienced in fresh hopped beers. This is a very complex aroma. I find myself having a hard time drinking this beer, because I'm too busy smelling it. The taste is equally complex with tons of passion fruit and grapefruit, and a solid sharp bitterness in the finish. There are nice floral notes, and a bit of grass rounding things out. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a great beer that I look forward to drinking over and over again for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 23:55:21 | More by KarlHungus
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So excited to get my hands on this one, hopefully it stands up to the reviews! The appearance is B.eautiful, but not too hard to screw that up. The aroma coming from this beast is pure hop overload! very hoppy, and lots of tropical notes to back that up, slight citrus note and even some dankness, the aroma is hanging out in my nose!
taste. this is not an ipa to mess around with, triple, no kidding! this is one hoppy mo fo! very tropically/citrusy with some strong bitter hop dankness. yum! mouthfeel is awesome higher end low carbonation with some silky mouthfeel slikness.
overall: great ipa, especially triple, if you can find it. no booziness to speak of, very filling and rich though, don't take this on alone!!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 05:03:29 | More by Beerlover
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andrew8626

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15%

03-18-2013 04:52:35 | More by andrew8626
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djschnabel

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15%

03-08-2012 01:37:09 | More by djschnabel
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salt

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15%

02-16-2014 04:58:59 | More by salt
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aliving1

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15%

05-20-2012 19:14:47 | More by aliving1
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KennethPowers

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15%

01-20-2014 22:40:27 | More by KennethPowers
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Showboat66

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15%

03-22-2014 03:12:16 | More by Showboat66
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A killer DIPA from the new micro badboys in SLP. A very tropical, sweet DIPA, which is rare and welcomed with fanfare on my palate. Delicious melon, mango, papaya, pineapple, coconut even, with a huge bouquet and a nice creamy soft mouthfeel. Well done boys and girls! A tropical cocktail in beer form.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 06:59:52 | More by sacrelicio
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15%

08-28-2013 02:08:08 | More by AnalogErik
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15%

07-26-2012 02:01:55 | More by SaxmanRick
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morimech

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 18:49:26 | More by morimech
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 06:55:42 | More by MattyG85
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ben for grabbing a couple bottles of this bad boy for me!

Poured from a 750 into a tulip. The body is an amberish/copper color. The head is sandy colored with a nice fluff to it and creates generous amounts of lacing.

The smell is incredible. Such a huge plump and juicy array of fresh hops. Citrus and pine notes with a touch of earthiness. Some sweetness in there too, but just a big hop burst.

Great tasting too. Loads of fresh juicy hops with notes of citrus and pine with lots of melon. Watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew are all in there. Unlike anything I've tasted. Getting an earthy and leafy flavor from the hops as well. Nice malt backbone to add sweetness to the flavorful hops and keeping the bitterness somewhat in check. Warm alcohol also present.

The mouthfeel is a bit juicy, but not sticky. Dryer finish and full bodied.

Overall, this is another home run for Steel Toe. Having a couple days after bottling doesn't hurt either, but this one has such a great hop profile that tastes so fresh. I look forward to more of this one. Great work by Steel Toe as they just keep stepping up their game to make a great beer portfolio.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 18:09:14 | More by jera1350
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GoldHorde

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber color, pungent whiff of hops immediately to the nose perfectly predicting the flavor. Nice home invasion sting in the mouth and a hearthy aftertaste. Seems to be knocking on the door of Surly Furious. This is my FIRST introduction to a brew from Steel Toe Brewing - and I am immediately looking forward to MORE!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:07:38 | More by GoldHorde
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warmbier804

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

06-13-2013 03:15:43 | More by warmbier804
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Cooper

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

04-14-2012 02:15:01 | More by Cooper
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yokken

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-20-2013 21:36:10 | More by yokken
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jrcmlc

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

04-06-2012 06:59:53 | More by jrcmlc
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DB31

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

07-27-2013 21:49:32 | More by DB31
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DominoDoug

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-30-2014 17:04:57 | More by DominoDoug
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WallE89

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

06-17-2013 04:10:57 | More by WallE89
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Size 11 from Steel Toe Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.