Size 11 - Steel Toe Brewing

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Reviews: 42
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rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
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Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Minnesota, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jera1350 on 02-26-2012

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.94/5  rDev +19%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
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!! (719 characters)

Photo of sacrelicio
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Version: Similar to 2014 but more herbal, grassy, and medicinal. Citrus is more subdued and the melon is all but gone.
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. (1,913 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of floral hops with a hint of banana. Sweet citrus smoothie fades to a punch of hops. Maybe slightly spicy. Slightly sticky but light pretty F'in good DIPA (162 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (1,583 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of GoldHorde
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (327 characters)

Photo of TVolt1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Great golden amber color with a small amount of white head but what great about this appearance is the lacing throughout that stays very long.

S: Very good smell. Although it has a strong malty, caramel smell with it, it has a great undertone of orange and grapefruit hop smells. Def. makes me want to try it!!

T: Very good taste. Has a great amount of bitterness to it at the end but not too much. Tastes of grapefruit very much and the maltiness that I smelled is minimal - which i like.

M: Good, medium bodies mouthfeel.

O: OVerall, I like this beer - I will be buying it again. Great price, great beer, great job Steel Toe! (635 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color with a two finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pineapple, cantaloupe, and pine. Smells like a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness.

The taste is very much like the aroma. Grapefruit, oranges, citrus zest, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, and pine flavors combine to create a beer which has a nice combination of bitterness and sweetness.

Medium bodied, perfect carbonation, smooth, and easy to drink. Has a slightly sweet aftertaste, and the alcohol is hidden so well, that I wouldn't believe the abv is 11 %, if it wasn't written on the label. Nice to see another great beer from Steel Toe Brewing. I can't wait to see what they come up with next. (713 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

$11

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! (1,648 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Steel Toe Brewing Size 11 Double India Pale Ale, St. Louis Park, MN.

ABV 11 %, IBU 111, SRM 11, OG 1.094, F.G. 1.011…and a lot of other numbers, including several more 1's. Let's drink it.

Clear, crimson-coloring, small head, settles into a tight foam ring.

Nice hoppy buzz hits the nose first, accompanied by fruity esters, beautiful balance of bitter and sweet. Big time hoppitude.

Let's drink it up, already. Mmmm. Massive bitter hop attack. Juicy malt backdrop. Bitter blast continues with each sip and swallow. Pricks the palate, prances, and plays upon the tastebuds. Boom, boom, boom, boom. Oh, yeah.

Pine meets citrus plus darker fruits, become deeper and more complex as the bottle drains. I'm thinking more of a barley-wine. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot dances in the forefront of my mind. All the biggest and best are queuing up, tl measure this one. Texture is getting richer, thicker, fuzzier, and everything is getting boozier. Hop flavor and character is all over the place. Unrelenting. Unabashed. Altogether excellent.

I'm getting that wonderful feeling, and I blame the 11%, as well as the fantastic flavor, and the unrepentant delivery of hops into this grateful realm of the senses. Love it, love it, love it. Magnificently put-together. And just down-right delightfully delicious.

God damn, this is good. God damn, this is excellent.

This is only the second Steel Toe beer I've had in a full serving. First, a growler of Size 7. Now, a 750 ml bottle of Size 11. There are other Steel Toe beers out there I've got to go toe to toe with, and I'll just have to visit the brewery on my own at last, to get them. Stay tuned, kids. (1,651 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 release: Dried mango and papaya flavors, slick and resiny, very fresh and hoppy. When fresh its better than Devil Dancer, imho. Scores up across the board.

3-24-2012:
Bright and saturated copper orange color, nice clarity, copious light tan foam that froths up to the rim of the glass and slowly settles, leaving behind arcs of drippy lacing in the glass. Over time the skim fades to a ring around the edges.

Sweet and fruity aroma, somewhat suggestive of cantaloupe or melon. Some caramel malt sweetness there also as it warms up.

Fruity citrus rind and resiny pine bitterness, smooth cantaloupe notes with a dry bitter finish that lingers nicely. A warming spicy note from the 11% abv, though it's not too overt in the taste. It's got a nice smoothness with a medium body and low carbonation, sort of a sticky nectar thing happening. Overall a nice DIPA that i'd recommend to hopheads for sure. (906 characters)

Photo of MaxxBot
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep amber color, well carbonated and with a creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: Big hop aroma; citrus, pine, spices etc.

Taste: Fairly hop-forward but better balanced than the Size 7 IMO, lots of citrus and pine flavor and the ABV is evident in this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated

Overall: Great DIPA, I like Size 7 but this beer seems to improve on some of the deficiencies of that beer IMO. It's better balanced, thicker body, more flavor, and more ABV. It's not quite as good as my favorites in this style but it's still very good. (580 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Size 11 Triple IPA from Steel Toe Brewing out of Saint Louis Park, Minnesota. I originally reviewed this beer two years ago when it used to be billed as a "double IPA." Does this technically count as a "re-review"?

Score: 92

Late January 2014 bottling. Served in a Toppling Goliath chalice and enjoyed on 02/02/14.

Appearance: Pours a clean amber color with two fingers of cream colored head that settles to a ring around the glass. Excellent lacing and retention. 4.75/5

Smell: Resinous pine, big caramel malt, orange rind, a little herbaceous hoppiness, earthiness and spice. A little onion too. As it warms up, a bit of tropical fruit comes through. Around room temperature, the beer features a nicely integrated mix of tropical fruit, pine and earthy hoppiness. 4.25/5

Taste: Sweet malt flavor upfront, quickly followed by a biting bitterness that lingers. Orange rind, earthy hops and spice, wood, and then caramel and black pepper towards the finish. Has a mellow alcohol bite and a lingering spice, resinous pine and caramel flavor. Really nice and aggressive flavor here. Reminisce of The Oracle, but done much better. Increasing maltiness as the beer warms. The tastes does not feature the tropical fruit character that the nose developed as the beer warms up. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Quite bitter. 4/5

Overall: Similar to Bell's The Oracle, only way better. The aggressively, spicy hops integrate well here. This is definitely not a beer for those that dislike IPA.

Cost: $12 for a 750 ml bottle.

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2012 Review

Reviewing the Size 11 Double IPA from Steel Toe Brewing.
Score: 85

Bottled 02/24/12, served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 04/09/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a transparentish caramel color. This beer looks more like a dark red ale than an IPA. Two fingers of off-white frothy seafoam head at pour slowly settles, leaving behind ample lacing on the side of the glass. Below average lacing and retention once the beer settles, however. 3.5/5

Smell: Super malty and not very hoppy. Sweet caramel, lemon and brown sugar. A touch of tiramissue, some bitter barley/grain and an aroma I can only describe as "margarine." A little bit of alcohol. 3.5/5

Taste: Creamy vanilla and caramel. Bitter barley and biscuits. A modest amount of piney citrus and hops flavor too -- not a lot of it, but more than was in the aroma. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. The finish is dry, sweet and malty. 4/5

Overall: Nothing special, but nothing awful. I would not have guessed that this was an IPA on my own -- I probably would have guessed red ale. At least it was better than the 75 Minute IPA.

Recommendation: Fans of the 75 minute IPA will probably love this one, but it's more of a caramel/grain IPA than your traditional hoppy beer. I would not seek this one out again.

Pairings: Pretzels.

Cost: $11 for a 750 ml bottle. (2,962 characters)

Photo of herman77
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fairly clear deep amber/cooper orange with a decent sized khaki colored head with pretty good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of nice sweet carmel malts with melon (cantaloupe and honeydew come to mind), honey and ripe grapefruit. Lots of melon in this, don't think I've ever smelled this much melon in a IPA before.

T: The melon smell transfers over to the taste as well. The honeydew and cantaloupe sweetness comes more on the backend. It's bitter grapefruit and a bit of pine/resiny hops up front, mixed with a big dose of carmel malt. Still pretty damn hoppy compared to the first bottle I had pretty close after the release in late February.

M: Medium body, average carbonation. Kind of a drier finish.

O: Very well done. I liked this second bottle I had a lot more than the first. I kind of remember the first being almost a little too intense and "green" tasting. I think a little over a month helped this out for my tastes. (939 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Piney, citrus, sweetness.

Taste: Nicely sweet, then strong citrus and pineapple flavors.

Feel: Moderately heavy feel.

Overall: I finally got to try Size 11. Picked up a couple bottles at the brewery on the release day. It's a very tasty double IPA, listed as a triple IPA on the label. Not overly bitter or too sweet, just a big beer with a nice balance of sweetness and hop flavor. Good stuff. (441 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sort of a ruby/caramel color body with a big, sticky set of carb... tons of lace, plenty of soapy legs.

Citric and earthy hop aromas blend nicely with a sturdy caramel malt backbone. Not a hop bomb by any means... smells pretty well constructed, good sense of balance without any aggressive booze character.

This one has been described to me as both a barleywine and a "melon bomb." I don't really find either to be true as far as the palate is concerned. There's a decent amount of fruity hop flavor, namely citrus and banana. The malts, again, provide plenty of support. The booze isn't quite as well integrated as the nose would suggest... that said, it's nothing overwhelming. (682 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rhettroactive for sharing this one. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a clear copper color with a thin, sticky head to it. Nice looking color.

The aroma is very juicy and fruity with an abundance of candied orange and pineapple to it. The sweet, caramel and candied like malts give it a lot of sweetness, but I think it compliments well and works for it. The juicy hoppiness is also really good.

The taste shows a little more resiny, citrus rind and grapefruit flavors to it in addition to the juicy, tropical fruit hoppiness. I still get a lot of candied fruits, orange and caramel to it though as well. I really liked the juicy hoppiness and candied fruits combination, it didn't say on the bottle but I assume there are some Citra hops in there.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall I thought it was a really good beer. I loved the juicy, candied like fruits to it. It had a lot of sweetness to it, but I thought it worked with the bright, tropical fruit hoppiness well. This was one of the surprises of the night, I never heard of it before but it was one of my favorites of the evening. (1,160 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a Darkness snifter an amber red with a nice khaki head that persists. Not a lot of lacing. Smell is predominantly citrus and malt with grapefruit pith overtones. Taste is an attack of hops, grapefruit and pine bitterness but with substantial malt backing lending a bit of welcome relief from the otherwise unbridled hop and there is a subtle sweetness.  This is a big DIPA.  Waves of hop then soothing malt. Bitterness lingers. The 11% ABV isn't noticeable...until it's too late.  Mouthfeel is medium and the body holds together well. I enjoyed this one. Overall I was perhaps expecting something as tasty akin to Size 7's in DIPA format. Unfair perhaps. Size 11 seems to lean toward the unbridled experimental DIPA, versus a carefully tried and true Abrasive, for example. After 3/4 a bottle... I'm feeling comfortably numb.. and that's clearly 5 stars territory. (878 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid, enjoyable DIPA but not as good as I was hoping for based on Size 7....aroma is perfumey with hints of melons and berries....flavor is pretty balanced....melons and cleans graininess.....body is as expected...what I like about this is how highly drinkable this is....it just lacks those elite notes of fresh fruits I enjoy in this style....not sure on the date on this one... (391 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Steasy66!!

Appearance. Pours a rich hazy orange with a little amber and topped with a finger of off-white head that fades to a skim but leaves some great lace.

Smell. Big caramel, candied citrus rinds and marmalade, some sweet grainy malts, tropical fruits and some honey ...and a maybe touch of pine.

Taste. Caramel and sweet malts, citrus rinds and more tropical fruit than the nose hinted at, good bitterness in the finish. There's a nice light acidity throughout that lightens up what would be pretty heavy on the palate.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body, low+ carbonation. Slightly sticky on the lips but it goes well with this kind of beer.

Overall. Great stuff. Such a big beer that's quite drinkable is always a great thing in my books. Like many tips's, it's approaching barleywine territory but much easier drinking and incredibly hoppy. Thanks again Ryan, a fine choice! (890 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark red amber with a foamy soapy off-white head that fades to a spotty thin lacing lasting well throughout. Aroma is bright floral and fruity resinous hops with a solid nose of caramel malt and light spice. Taste is bitter and resinous from the hops and I get pine, grapefruit and maybe some pepper with a solid malty caramel and a warming finish from the alcohol. Full mouthfeel and sticky with a warming dry finish. Overall, a solid DIPA from Minnesota! (470 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 9 July 2013.

Pours clear golden amber. One finger of off-white head, good retention and lacing. Fantastic color, great appearance.

Smell is big on the hops, citrusy and fruity. Grapefruit and melon are front and center, with caramel sugar aromas just behind them. Potent and delightful.

Taste is solid. Biggest complaint is that there's just too much alcohol in here. It brings a burn in the back, that drags my enjoyment down. Starts out quite sweet and sugary, then drifts into a moderately bitter phase. The hop bitterness comes on a little, but is overpowered by the alcohol pinge.

Feel is exactly as it should be. Medium-bodied, sugary sticky, just enough carbonation (medium-low), and lasting.

A good, beefed-up IPA. Think it might be better if it were toned down a bit, but brewers and beer drinkers like to take things to extremes. Smell and mouthfeel are top-notch, taste is not. (900 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to KWMiles and Minnesotaryan for the bottle.

Appearance: A dark orange infused copper. Head is massive, pillowy, creamy, and dense. Drops to a small creamy cap and collar after a couple minutes. Great head retention. Sheets and big notches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Really spot on here.

Smell: Big hit of juicy citrus coupled with a solid earthiness. A bit of an oily leafy thing. Massive juicy fruit, some orange, grapefruit and apple. Even pushes in to mango a bit. Malts are huge and sweet, but they have to be to balance the hops. Caramelized malt sugars hit caramel, toffee, and a touch of brown sugar. Can you big and balanced and aggressive? Yes, you can if you're Size 11. Oh, did I mention the alcohol in the back. Yeah, it's assertive.

Taste: Big leafy and herbal. Some of the citrus drops out. Juicy grapefruit with some bitter pithiness. A bit more oily pine needle than the nose would indicate. Backing alcohol increases a bit as it warms. Mega boozy. Sweet biscuity malts. Huge caramel and toffee flavors. Almost like raw honey. Distinctly earthy. A bit floral on the edges. Hop spiciness. Juicy.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily. Smooth with a solidly dry finish from the alcohol. Moderate carbonation breaks it up giving it a medium body, carefully avoiding that syrupy fell mess that "triple IPAs" tend toward.

Overall: Insert Spinal Tap reference.

Another solid take from Steel Toe. A big IPA that doesn't push too far. I'd drink it again, and that's rare, especially for the style. A bit too boozy in the long run, but that's really the worst of it. (1,594 characters)

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Size 11 from Steel Toe Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.