Discussion in 'US - Midwest' started by SortaAmbivalent, Jan 12, 2014.
Plastic vodka bottled aged Size 7?
Yes my taste buds have changed over the years, but for me and my memory...
1st release > this release >>> 2nd release
Ha, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I didn't like it at all. Being a big fan of Size 7, Size 11 had me baffled. I didn't have the first batch, but this most recent one was great.
I don't know if I would go as far as to say that it was embarrassing, I think that it just wasn't up to the standards that we have set for Steel Toe. I did send one bottle out despite it not being my favorite. Yes, it was hot, but I have had literally every single batch of PTY (except this years), that everybody holds up as the pinnacle for 10%+ IPAs, and that beer doesn't exactly hide it and comes off boozy. It is extremely hard to make an IPA with this level of ABV and hide the booze. The best that I had ever had that did so was Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness.
I think that the May batch of Size 11 definitely came off harsh, but I think that it may have been a combination of that booziness with a slightly inelegant execution of the hopping. But I also always note that with some of these beers that depend so much on a major amount of hopping, if all of a sudden mother nature had tweaked some familiar hop for a season or from a specific source, that could have also been the culprit. But no matter what, I would agree on using the word "harsh" to describe that previous batch of 11. I live very close and from the last batch I had one glass and didn't care to order it again. So far on this batch, I have been there four times for a collective 6 glasses and who knows, I may slip in there for another one tonight. Size 11 at the tap room, and the Summit Frost Line in my refrigerator are definitely the two beers that I have been enjoying most lately.
Finally had (and hopefully the regular Size 11) the newer and improved version of Size 11 and it delivers. I was so shocked this summer that 11 could be so off from 7! Anyways this is a real treat to have and fixed.
Back to Size 7. I'm going to stop the regular Hudson trips for sue and buy more Steel Toe!
On the Steel Toe web page it looks like they still have Size 11. Is that really the case or have they just not removed it yet for some reason? I was hoping to get a couple more bottles before It's gone. I gave away a few out of the last 5 I bought to some friends.
I haven't seen much of it. I guess France 44 had a lot.
I found one last weekend at Haskell's Minnetonka.
Thanks guys. When I asked the brewery was closed and I had to be in MPLS this morning. I called them and they have bottle left but unfortunately we weren't gonna wait 5 hours for it to open. Maybe tomorrow.
I can verify it was on tap tonight!
I checked France 44 on Feb 5th and they were out for the season. Only place I know they have it is at the brewery. Thanks though. They did have a ton when I was there once.
And it's worth the wait! A very interesting brew!
Yah I have a hard time picking between Abrasive and Size 11. Size 11 by a tiny bit? They are both so good. We have it good here. Size 11 tomorrow. Abrasive tonight. There really is no right answer.
Indeed! I prefer Abrasive to size 11 due to its grapefruit intensity, but I wouldn't turn down either !
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