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Size 11 - Steel Toe Brewing

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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 40
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jera1350 on 02-26-2012

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to dougofthefuture for sending a bottle of this out my way. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a moderate orange-caramel color with a good white head and some ringy lacing on the way down. The nose carries plenty of tropical-fruit notes on top of some semi-sweet malt. The flavor has those same tropical notes, but the malt sweetness comes through a bit more and overwhelms some of the hop notes. In a beer this big I don't mind some malt, but there was a bit too much, and the sweetness to bitterness ratio was a bit too much in favor of the former.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a deep copper color, the head impressive; plenting of lacing action webs the glass

Smell: While there are gobs of piney bitterness, there is also a load of caramel malt balancing the aromatics

Taste: Wallops the tastebuds with huge caramel malt flavor on the front end, only to be matched by piney bitterness in the middle and finish; plenty of residual sweetness also lingers on the tongue; drinks every bit as strong as 11% would suggest

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation; warmth in the finish

Overall: While no doubt a well-crafted DIPA, this huge malt bill and resultant ABV level bring with it some things I just don't like very much; my ratings, as a result, reflect more the craft than my personal palate

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Thorpe, thanks.

Beer is orange and mostly clear with a fine white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is tropical fruit, citrus hops, nice. A little malt.

Malty IPA, covers up the hop presence, they cut through a little bringing a nice almost aftertaste and mild bitterness to the beer but as an IPA this is a let down. Sorry. Not a repeat.

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.

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/09/12 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, light citrus hops, and alcohol. Not a ton going on and very strong so the alcohol comes through a bit, Pretty average.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, tropial fruits, fruity malts, and alcohol. Much better then the nose, pretty nice. A little bit sweet,

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent DIPA. The nose is a bit one dimensional and not overly strong, but the taste was much better. An 11% ABV DIPA that feels 11% for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to kbutler1 for tossing this in our trade as an extra.

The beer is dark amber with approx. one inch of head. The aroma is of tropical fruits, caramel malts, candied citrus, hints of pine, alcohol. A big, robust beer. hop forward with a sturdy malt presence. Alcohol is there, but not obtrusive. Slightly sweet throughout with mild bitterness. Pretty good.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Portsmouth glass on 3/10/12
*From notes

-- Many thanks to brydeen, one of my favorite traders --

A: Dark, haunting orange in color. It actually looks not too dissimilar to a Vienna Lager. A solid pour yields a decent one finger white head and moderate lacing.

S: Pine, and a shit ton of it. Intense hop oil sears my nostrils.

T: Extreme quantities of piney hops overwhelm my mouth. And it lasts, lingering for some time after my last sip. As it warms, a bit of that oniony quality that bigger DIPA's tend to carry comes to the forefront.

M: A big, massive beer. Dense and cloying. This things just sticks to the walls of my mouth.

O: Looking for a hop beatdown? This is just what the doctor ordered, as it really feels like a Size 11 set of hops kicked me right in the teeth.

Well done, Steel Toe.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Capped 750ml bottle purchased from France 44.

A deep red pour with a very impressive head of foam with plenty of nice lacing.

It smells hoppy with some pine and citrus and other fruits that I can't nail but I'll take a guess and say apricots or maybe peach? Behind that there's an underlining of toasted malts that bring a sweet factor to the aroma.

The taste surprised me; plenty of pine hop bitterness but I'm getting big notes of melon?, and apricot, and lots of toasted malt too with the what, 111 IBUs? And where IS that alcohol? 11% abv doesn't do much more than warm the belly a bit. Cool.

Full bodied with light carbonation, the mouthfeel is so smooth.

Other than the melon taste which threw me for a loop, I like everything about this DIPA. I guess I'll have to try more of Steel Toe's offerings..

Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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Size 11 from Steel Toe Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.