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American IPA
Ranked #226
Ranked #3,306
4.11 | pDev: 9.25%
Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States
Size 7Size 7
Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 656 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of detgfrsh
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. Amber color with white head. Citrus and piney hop smell. Medium body. Solid bready malt base with aggressive citrus/piney hops and a dry finish. Very nice!

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Photo of dweirens
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very tasty IPA. A little lighter than Surly Furious so I find them easier to drink, but still very good. Depending on the weather Size 7, Hop Dish or Furious are my favorite MN IPAs.

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dweirens from Minnesota, Jan 12, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap as part of a flight, at Grizzly's (Plymouth MN).
Appearance is dark amber, with good white head, some lacing.
Aroma and taste are prevalently from hops, first tropical and then finishing with slightly bitter piney.
Good mouth feel.
Solid, well balanced MN IPA.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Amber. Thick, medium, off Whitehead the fade slowly with good lace.

Smells toasted malt, Pine, citrus peel, earthy, floral and caramel malt hints.

Taste Pine, herbal, floral, almost minty like, toasted malt and a hint of caramel. Finish is quite bitter with a Piney linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Blackop555 from Michigan, Aug 25, 2017
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5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you tried Size 7 at some point and decided it was all a bit hyped and not that amazing, make it out to Steel Toe and try it again. This is beautifully balanced IPAs at its best, just like almost anything Jason Schoneman does.

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mrsockless from Minnesota, Jul 04, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours bright golden, thin off-white head has good retention, spotty lace. Great balance of toasted bread malt and sharp piney hops, with the hops winning out. Crisp dry finish. Good stuff

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NolaHopHead from Louisiana, Oct 31, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. No bottle date evident.

A: Pours reddish amber in color with a one-inch, foamy, cream colored head with minimal retention. Thick, white, billowy lacing throughout.

S: Nose consists of mostly citrus and tropical fruit aromas including grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and passionfruit. Milder floral and piney hop notes as well.

T: Heavier notes of grapefruit and other citrusy fruits accompanied by a milder tropical fruit blend. Finishes with a nice piney and resiny hop bitterness.

F: Light bodied, smooth, and crisp with good carbonation.

O: Overall, a good IPA. Well balanced. Tons of hops for a lighter bodied brew. Would love to try this fresh from the source.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint from the tap.

Appearance: Deep amber with heavy gold tint to the body. Extra bubbles creates a subtle head coming off white maybe half a finger's length.

Smell: citrus scent and light Ligt floral.

Taste: floral citrus and super bitter. Malts give you a lot, almost overdosed on them.

Mouth: sticky and extra bubbles.

Overall: Descent brew, would be a mainstay in my fridge if I had easy access to it.

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Aug 25, 2016
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3.19/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a moderate head. Very calm looking appearance, and I do not see any visible carbonation at all.

Nose is full of grassy and piney hops. Fairly straightforward smell.

This is undoubtedly a West Coast-inspired IPA. The hop bitterness and the dryness is at the forefront, with little sweetness present. This is not a bad beer by any stretch, but I feel like every creative decision made by the brewers is the opposite of my preference.

If you like dry West Coast IPA's give this a shot, for me, this is probably the only time I'll be having this.

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Wer34truh from Minnesota, Apr 30, 2016
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3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very clear deep straw with an average, sustaining head. The aroma is fairly restrained, with hints of caramel, pineapple, and dankness. The flavor starts with dank and piney notes, with some burnt sugar notes following this, and a nice bitter swallow. It does taste to me as if there is a touch of oxidation present, as there is a slightly nutty, sherry-like flavor. Perhaps the beer is a bit past its prime? I am unable to locate a bottle date. The mouthfeel is fairly full. Overall this has some impressive bitterness, but there is something about the base that is not quite right. Maybe just to far out of my style.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Apr 02, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From an undated bomber, pours a very clear coppery gold with an inch of off-white, somewhat sudsy head. Fair amount of lacing. Initial smell is spicy herbs, pine, citrus and caramel malts. Taste is pine and something spicy and minty like eucalyptus or bay leaves, leading to some faintly sweet breadiness, finishing with spicy/piney bitterness. Feel is straight up medium, nicely carbonated--a good drinker. Overall a solid, good-quality IPA that I'm enjoying just fine.

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Beers-es from Virginia, Mar 03, 2016
Photo of Evilyak
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pride of SLP. Overall tasty and familiar.

Amber with a nice lacing.

Smells of hops. Taste is standard hops bitterness.

Standard IPA fare wherever you go, but the kind of thing that should be commonplace anywhere.

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Evilyak from Minnesota, Feb 09, 2016
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3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle. Copper body. Smells of grapefruit and some caramel malt. Tastes similar. Grapefruit. Sweet malt. A little nutty. Hefty grassy bitterness. Aggressive. Medium body. Classic IPA. Doesn't have the excitement of newer, juicier IPAs, but it's pretty good.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light caramel color, full on inch of white head. Good looker. Aroma hit with C hops, bittering, grapefruit.

Caramel was obvious from the color almost, but definitely in the taste. Not overly malty, it does allow some standard hop flavors to come through. Nothing novel going on here. Standard ipa fare. Affordably priced, don't know why its a bomber though, would be a decent option in the 8-10$ 6 pack range. Pretty much every good brewery has an ipa like this somewhere.

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Photo of thorkelson
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I've yet to rate this one. A staple of Minneapolis brews for a while now. Had on tap many times in many places. Pours a wonderful inviting deep orange with a solid white head. Smells wonderful. A bit light on the MF and a wonderful finish. Second favorite only to sticker fight

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thorkelson from Minnesota, Dec 15, 2015
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright citrus and pine. Some herbal hops as well. Bready malts and some honey-like sweetness. Biscuits and toast. Pineapple and peaches. Hop forward for sure.

Pours clear copper with a decent off-white head with good lacing and retention.

Bright fruity hops with honey and fresh baked bread. Pine, grapefruit, and orange. Bitterness is quite high but clean and not astringent. Suggestion of sweetness of front but finishes dry and bitter.

Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Mouthfilling and resiny. Clean, dry, and bitter.

More bitter than many other newer IPAs in the market, but still drinkable. Rich layered flavor with a dry finish.

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sjccmd from Minnesota, Nov 28, 2015
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3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a nice Orange color with a nice off white head

Smell: This smells great. Maybe a bit of fruit but a lot of earthiness.

Taste: the taste is pretty strong bitterness. Pine, grapefruit, a little malt, and a finish that is a bit dank.

Feel: The beer is average for mouthfeel, and has a dry dry aftertaste.

Overall: a solid IPA with some bitterness, but not my top IPA of the area.

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Cfred371 from Minnesota, Oct 21, 2015
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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell is of caramel malt, heavy pine, and citrus (more lemon than anything else). Taste is dank, with overtones of grapefruit, other citrus, and a slightly bitter finish. A nice representation of a west coast IPA with more malt and hop balance.

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OmahaKF from Nebraska, Oct 19, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant dark gold to light amber, 1” white head, dissipates to a film. S: Luscious, resiny hops T: Starts a little foamy creamy, malty, lightly sweet, light biscuit, light caramel, fruit, and then mellows out to a pleasant balancing, lingering bitter finish. A suspicion of pineapple on the finish. F: Rich and creamy, medium carbonation, medium full body to just a touch less. O: A very nice, easy to drink IPA.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Aug 10, 2015
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3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: My cousin Sam
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received July 24, 2015
Consumed: July 29, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Thanks Sam!

Poured a honey, orange, hazy color with three fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. Just a few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good circular, layered, spiderweb lacing on the sides. Average-to-above average retention on the top. (Sight - 4.00)

Great first whiff of orange blossom, followed by peach, apricot, nectarine, Citra, floral, tangerine, orange zest, Cascade, Mosaic and caramel. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but very solid and reminding me almost more of a pale ale initially. Then got some heavy bitterness, going back to an IPA. Got bitter orange blossom, pine, Citra, red grapefruit rind and floral. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Overall this was a really good IPA. I feel like I could have changed a few ratings here and there, but I’d love to have it again. (Overall - 3.75)

3.91 | 88 | B+

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BucannonXC5 from California, Aug 06, 2015
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3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from JustDoIt1234 (thanks man!). No apparent bottle dating. Served in my trusty Phish snifter.

Pours a bright amber with a finger and a half white head. Decent retention and a healthy bit of lace.

Smells of pine, citrus, light tropical notes and a hint of sweet malt.

Tastes more bitter than expected. Pine resin, citrus peel, herbal, rye bread, pepper and just a touch of alcohol presence.

Slightly slick, medium body with plenty of carbonation. Sap, peels and a vague vegital bitterness in the lingering aftertaste.

Ultimately I find nothing wrong with Size 7 IPA but it lacks a certain zest necessary to help it stand out in a crowded field. If I were somewhere craving an IPA and this is what was available I would have no issues enjoying a glass or two.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this 22 oz bomber up at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. No bottled on date that I can see. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a nice warm reddish amber, crystal clear, with about an inch of eggshell head that falls after a bit and leaves nice cling on the glass. Very little visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit and pine hop notes are quite assertive. There's also a bit of a grassy quality coming through. Under the hops, there's just a bit of the caramel malts poking out. Very pleasant bouquet.

T: Big hop flavors at the front--grapefruit rind, pine, and some more herbal/earthy notes. There's bread-like malts that do help to balance things out there, as well. The middle is still occupied with the hops, and just a bit of clear alcohol shines through. Not quite to the aftertaste, there's a surprisingly sweet section that emerges thanks to the caramel malts. Immediately after, the hops reassert themselves, and there's a nice resinous hop bitter to the aftertaste.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth, and just a bit creamy in the front and middle. There's a bit more carbonation than I expected from this one, but I'm glad that it helps to keep this one from feeling overly sticky or bitter at the end. The back end is decidedly bright and bitter but, again, not sticky or syrupy in character.

O: I'm quite impressed with my first taste from Steel Toe. This is an undeniably well-crafted IPA with plenty of big flavors and complexity. I will certainly seek this one out again.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a teku

A- pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a two-finger creamy & foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some thick lacing behind as it settles

S- piney & resinous hop aroma up front with some earthy, leafy & herbal notes. Clean underlying malt

T- piney resinous hop flavor follows the aroma with a showcase of hops, notes of fresh grass, green leaves, honey & clean underlying toasted malt

M- medium body with medium-low carbonation leads to a a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, high drinkability

O- this is straight forward pice and resin, and they do a great job showcasing that flavor, very good

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Treyliff from West Virginia, May 02, 2015
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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer Safari in M/SP. Had on tap at Happy Gnome, and later bottle from Heritage Liquors. Top notch both ways. Heard the hype, and jumped on the band wagon.

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BillRoth from Maryland, Apr 12, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass.
A - Pours a golden yellow. Nice big white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.
S - Hops, all I smell is piney resin from hops.
T - This is the most hop resin forward IPA I have tasted. Any citrus takes a back seat.
M - Sticky
O - I really like this beer. It may not be complex but it is very well done. Resiny hops right out front for all to enjoy.

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spacecake9 from Illinois, Mar 22, 2015
Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
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