Sticker Fight
Steel Toe Brewing

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Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #146
Ranked #1,109
4.34 | pDev: 7.14%
Aug 15, 2022
Dec 04, 2014
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Notes: An occasionally released Double IPA, Sticker Fight is the big tropical fruity, juicy fruit, mango laden friend, you’ve always desired. The body is crisp, with just enough sweetness to counter the onslaught of aromatic and flavorful hops. Supremely satisfying, utterly demanded by fans.
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Reviewed by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Notes from 2015:
Before I drink it, a discussion about the name of this beer. I have no idea what it means. So, don't ask me. But, someone did and I had to guess. Gee, I don't know, someone got into a fight with stickers? There's always a stack of stickers at the point of sale at Steel Toe's taproom. Maybe, one night, the staff was restless and started slapping them on each other? Makes sense, right? Silly, sure, but there are lot worse names out there, a lot of dumber ones, more vulgar ones, incomprehensible ones, and just plain crazy ones. The less said about that, the better. Let's drink a beer.

Clouded, yet bright, golden-hued, with a vast and lasting cloud-white head. Looking incredible, if it's okay to roll out superlatives so early. Well, I'm in charge here, so I say it is okay.

Bright, bold, fierce, fresh, and pithy aromatics. Screams of grapefruit. Freshly ripped rind, dripping with pine. Certain to revive any deprived hophead. This is the juice, the crank, the high grade shit. Ah... just about perfect.

In the mouth and on the palate, it's more of the same, much much more. Totally lupulin pleasure. Bursting with vibrant American hop flavors, lean-bodied, crisp malt, but completely hop-forward. A text-book definition of an amazing double IPA.

The label is typically fresh of gobbledygook, in Steel Toe Style, not even a mention of the ABV. I'd guess 9%, maybe more. Hops? Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy...I'd just be guessing. They could be the usual suspects of Cascade, Centennial, Columbus...I'll look it up. Maybe it's out there somewhere.

The alcohol is slowly creeping into the flavor, and we're getting more of that intensity, the texture grows deeper, the flavors widen. The citrus fruit flavors turn candied, become sharper, more magnified. And this is when it really gets good, as far as I'm concerned. This is going to destroy me, but it is sending me somewhere special, while it tastes so very good.

I will have to consider this one of the best double IPAs I've ever had. Goes right up there with the best of them.
Aug 15, 2022
Rated: 4 by KatieGregBeers from New Mexico

Jun 11, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by MJSFS from Florida

Mar 11, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed on draft, this gorgeous beer is golden straw colored with just a bit of haze and a creamy white head that is positively clingy.

The nose is dank, juicy citrus, with ripe oranges, mango, and passion fruit notes that are mouthwatering. The taste is led by the ripe oranges, with the mango and passion fruit in. complementary role, and a crackery malt flavor at the back of the palate.

The mouthfeel is full and crisp, a perfect fit for this WCIPA. World class, IMHO.
Dec 09, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Nbensonmn from Minnesota

Mar 06, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by stephenearnest from Minnesota

Mar 02, 2021
Rated: 4.45 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Apr 14, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by Burgy from Minnesota

Apr 02, 2020
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a good-sized, tan head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and toasted caramel. Nice piney bitterness with citrus and sweet caramel.
Jan 02, 2020
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Reviewed by DMarlinJ from Michigan

3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Clear clean gold color with nice tight head and good lace. Grassy hop smells and taste. Straight forward IPA. Finishes bitter and dry. I've had more complex doubles with better balance. But it does pack a hop kick that is nice when you want that.
Sep 11, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by callmewalsh from Minnesota

Jun 12, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had on tap. Cloudy gold with two fingers of foam. Smell burst forward with pineapple, star fruit, passionfruit, grapefruit, mango, orange, and hop bitters. Taste is similar, with the tropical fruits leading and citrus being zesty with the hops in the finish. Buttery malts underneath are a nice contrast to the dank vegetable hops. Feel is a little dry, smooth, but booze leaks out a little here and there.
May 23, 2019
Rated: 4.52 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota

Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Feb 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Beers-es from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 2.5-month-old can, pours a clear deep gold. Smell and taste are more malt than hops. Medium feel. Okay, probably a lot better when it was fresher.
Jan 31, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by epercuoco from Minnesota

Jan 28, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Sep 09, 2018
Rated: 4.3 by npachl from Wisconsin

Jul 25, 2018
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Reviewed by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Had this on tap at the Bulldog in Lowertown. The beer had a clear orange-yellow appearance with a thin head. The aromas were a bit too airy, but i could sense a slight orange-mango combination. The taste to the beer was bitter with some grapefruit. In terms of mouthfeel, it was lightly creamy. Overall, I enjoyed the mouthfeel the most.
May 17, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by herman77 from Minnesota

May 14, 2018
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Label advises to 'Do Not Cellar. Drink Fresh.'.
Clear, deep gold colored body. White head and cap stick around. Webs of lacing.
Aroma is dominated by juicy, tropical fruit hops. Also has a dank aspect.
Taste has the classic fruity/tropical hop bitterness and sweetness. Mango sweetness, awesome bitterness at the end.
Mouth feel is medium to full, almost pillowy. Good carbonation level.
Really nails the old school DIPA aroma and taste. Sweetness is certainly balanced by the bitterness.
Apr 15, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by TooGood from Minnesota

Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by einman from Minnesota

Apr 06, 2018
Rated: 4.41 by nmann08 from Virginia

Apr 01, 2018
Rated: 4.54 by hoptimum1 from Minnesota

Mar 28, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by jmh21 from Minnesota

Mar 25, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by Bolio from Minnesota

Mar 20, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota

Jul 31, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by schopenhauerale from Arizona

Jun 28, 2017
Rated: 4.74 by joshcmn from Minnesota

Mar 18, 2017
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Reviewed by Cfred371 from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look: pours a crystal clear gold, with an apple off white head popping up top

Smell: Pineapple, passion fruit, some earthy sweaty dank character as well

Taste: Pineapple, and mango play on the palate, super good. The one critique I have is it seems a little boozy

Feel: slightly syrupy, medium to full, with some bitterness that hits the tongue ok the finish

Overall: This is well worth seeking out. One of the more tropical IPA I've had.
Dec 31, 2016
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Rated by Masio from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Big bottle with BIG taste.
Dec 05, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Skellbop from New York

Dec 03, 2016
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Reviewed by BeerGuy8315 from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. Bottle date was absent, but I believe it was bottled 10/28/16.

A: Pours a clear, golden-orange color with a one-inch, foamy, white head with medium retention. Thin, white lacing throughout. Became slightly hazier with each pour, 3rd being straight haze.

S: Strong aromas of pineapple, orange, tangerine, and mango. Milder piney and earthy hop characters. Sweet and possibly caramel malt notes are in the mix as well.

T: Leads with grapefruit, orange rind, and tangerine with hints of pineapple and melons. Finishes with strong lingering piney and resiny hop bitterness. Somewhat boozy. Tropical fruit notes become more pronounced as the beer warms.

F: Medium bodied, smooth, and somewhat crisp with moderate carbonation. Finishes fairly dry.

O: Overall, a great DIPA. Initially the beer was somewhat overly bitter for my liking, but as it warmed the fruitiness and bitterness evened out and it became very well balanced. Booziness seemed to die down as well, but could just be my palate starting to fall victim toward the end of the second glass. Would definitely try this one again, but would like to try it fresh after bottling.
Nov 26, 2016
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Clear golden color with a finger of head that settled to a thin cap. Moderate dank aroma but has some nice underlying notes of tropical fruit, grass, and some floral hints. Unfortunately the flavor is one noted of dankness. Also very dry with malt doing little in the way of holding back the bitterness. Nicely carbonated but little else to be noted. A bit disappointed in this beer. I am sure Citra lovers will enjoy it much more than this drinker.
Nov 23, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by fuzzcherry from Minnesota

Nov 20, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by muskiesbadgersnbeer from Minnesota

Oct 29, 2016
Rated: 4.64 by Hopstout from Minnesota

Feb 02, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by jakemn91 from New Mexico

Jan 24, 2016
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Type: 750ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: My cousin Sam
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received Nov. 6, 2015
Consumed: Nov. 11, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Thanks Sam!

Poured a golden, pale, hazy color with 5-to-6 fingers of fluffy, white head. Couldn’t really see any bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of thick, foamy, semi-layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled a potent whiff of goodness. Specifically got Citra, sharp grapefruit, dank pine, tropical - pineapple, mango and passion fruit - herbal, grass, floral and caramel. (Smell - 4.75)

Taste was not quite as good as the nose, but that would be hard to live up to. Got boozy, earthy grapefruit rind, Citra, pine, some spiciness (maybe Simcoe?), tangerine, floral, faint Nugget, tropical, mango, light passion fruit, pear peel and faint veggies. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, boozy, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.00)

I really likes this beer. The smell was by far the best part. I was back and forth with the smell, taste and overall portions of this review, but settled with what I settled. (Overall - 4.25)

4.23 | 94 | A-
Nov 19, 2015
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