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Size 11 - Steel Toe Brewing

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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 38
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
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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3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped champagne bottle courtesy of Blind BIF #8. Poured into Crooked Stave snifter.

Appearance: Orange-brown liquid fills glass with a creamy 2 fingers of head. Strong thick lacing.

Smell: Initial smell from the bottle is oranges. In the glass I get more pine and burnt caramel, plus alcohol.

Taste: Booze and pine hops balance out the heavy caramel malt. Bit of a citrus underbite. Caramel malt and pine hops linger on the palate post sip. Citrus peaks out more as the beer warms in the glass though.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and extremely sticky - hop oils coat my mouth like peanut butter. Moderate to high carb.

Drinkability: Probably one that is best to split. The alcohol is high at 11%, but it drinks a bit more easily than a true sipper. The stickiness of the beer alone may prove too much for a second glass for many.

Overall: This is a monster of a hoppy beer. I would probably not seek it out again, but I would give it another whirl if I stumbled across it.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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.

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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

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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.

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Size 11 from Steel Toe Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.