Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Size 11 - Steel Toe Brewing

Not Rated.
Size 11Size 11

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

43 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 43
Hads: 241
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 43
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

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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 43 | Hads: 241
Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought this straight from the brewery capped 750ml bottle apparently brewed just once a year for now

A- pours a mostly clear glowing copper color with a very nice head and nice lacing

S- is great very tropical with mango,melon ,grapefruit with pine hops

T- huge pine and citrus hop assault on the palate , a dose of very sweet malts that overwhelm the hops

M- was very thick and resinous with hops, again was way to sweet with malts had a boozy oily tobgue coating finish

O- its a good 2ipa a little to sweet for my liking ill drinh the size 7 (ipa) before i will reach for this , would love to try this on tap (615 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.. (812 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
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 Rhettroactive
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of GoldHorde
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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 mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Busy on the night of the release, so really glad a few bottles trickled out to shops around the brewery. 750 ML bottled on 2/24/12. Local breweries rock.

Surpisingly dark, far more red than expected, pure, filtered, almost like the amber you see bugs trapped in at your nearby museum. Nice nose, citrus, pine, with a healthy flask of sweet malt. Maybe too much malt? Hold on a moment, & I'll tell you.

Size 7 is like liquid hop oil; I've never felt resin this resinous. The hops aren't bitter or overwhelmingly flavorful, but they're bursting with throat lubricant. Low levels of pine & bitterness slip into the downside, & the oil pins it to the palate. Big malt notes; a bit too balanced. Love the sippability, slippery as an eel sliding down the hatch.

Wishing the hops were more aggressive in ths one, because that would shoot this one into the stratosphere, coupled up with the phenomenal mouthfeel. Regardless, another excellent beer from Steel Toe. (961 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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 hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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 morimech
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
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 JackieTH
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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 feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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 mnstorm99
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a Steel Toe lover, I came away just a little bit disappointed with this beer.
It pours a beautiful clear amber with a wonderful off white head that never goes away.
The nose also does not disappoint with just a touch of malt to balance a huge citrus and papaya hop aroma.
Taste is where I get a little lost. Hops come to the forefront with mostly the papaya and melons, and a good balanced malt flavor as well. But, this thing finishes with an oxidized aftertaste that I am having a hard time getting past.
Mouthful is full, but dry enough to let you know it's an IPA.
This beer is drinkable, and very close to a top DIPA. Unfortunately, it just misses the mark for me. (672 characters)

Photo of sacrelicio
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
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 jera1350
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
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)

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Size 11 from Steel Toe Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.