Size 7 | Steel Toe Brewing

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Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jera1350 on 09-03-2011

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126
Ratings:
617
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.31%
 
 
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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Muddy Waters on Lyndale. This is a classic American IPA like you'd expect to find in Denver, Boston, or of course, Minneapolis. I liked that it wasn't too thick, there was just enough clean malt to let the hops stand up and shine. The character was rich with floral fruit, lots of citrus, but nothing too biting. It was a big, but smooth bitterness in the finish. I'd like to try this side-by-side with Masala Mama, this is an IPA I'll be happy to see around town.

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Photo of iadler
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a translucent amber with a two finger head that leaves some spots of lacing behind. 

S- Juicy grapefruit, pine needles, orange zest, floral notes and a hint of tropical fruits 

T- Fresh ruby red grapefruit, orange zest, floral notes, dried apricot, hint of caramel malt and pine resin at the finish. 

M- medium carbonation and body with a oily mouthfeel that finishes bitter.

O- A really nice ipa from a new brewery and a great steal at less than $5. Looking forward to trying more of their offerings. 

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Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is brewed not more than 2 miles from my house, which typically results in biweekly growler fills, so when I saw it on tap at ABR 2012, I had to grab a pour. From notes.

Light orange-amber pour with an off-white foam that persisted nicely and left decent lacing. Smell is north by northwest grapefruit pith, resin pine elements and subtle biscuit malt. Taste was citric forward with orange and grapefruit pith, pine resin, and subtle hints of tropical fruit. Mild malt backing only slightly restrained bitterness into a clean and mildly bitter finish. Refreshing and juicy characteristics in a medium, slightly creamy body with good carbonation. A great example of a northwest IPA.

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Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brydeen. 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours an excellent, clear, bright copper color. Like a brand new shiny penny. The head reaches about a finger and a half or so but I suspect that might be because that's all the room that is left in the glass. The foam thins out fairly quickly leaving a nice off white cap. Nice lacing clings to the glass with each sip.

The nose is pretty hoppy right off the bat, but it's not overpowering. Nice citrus hops, mostly grapefruit along with some lemon, mix with some floral hops are they are balanced somewhat with a sweet malt character. There is some pine present as well but it's pretty subtle.

I'm not sure if my nose is off today or if this is how the beer always tastes but the pine is considerably more present in the taste. In fact, it's the dominant flavor. The citrus that was in the nose is here (the floral hops aren't) as is the nice malt sweetness. The pine is back at the finish, providing a nice, dry bitterness.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Very crisp with a nice dry finish.

This is a really good IPA. The label says something about not calling this beer balanced, any while it's not all that balanced in general, it is relative to style. Either way this beer is really good.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some nice lacing. Beer looks like a quality IPA should. Nothing off putting in the appearence.

The smell upon cracking the bottle is fantastic. It seems to fade a bit after the pour but a nice smelling beer. Earthy and citrus, tropical hops.

The taste is a little piney, a little citrus. Pretty heavy malt background. Could use a slightly dryer finish in my opinion.

Overall a great beer but I always seem to want just a touch less malt whenever I have this.

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Photo of Evilyak
4/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Size 7

White head. Color clear golden orange. 

Aroma: lots of grapefruit and citrus. Bready malts. Very fresh and hoppy. West coast styled kind of.

Taste: floral and piney. Very hoppy. A little malt comes through, but this definitely doesn't remind me of a midwest ipa.

Mouthfeel: bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was a solid ipa. We need to see this on tap more often around MN.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Chris (Spycow). Served in a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A - A creamy thin white foam settles to a wispy cap, thick collar, and minimal lacing. Transparent dark golden body.

S - Surprisingly malt forward, with tropical fruits, icing sugar, pine, and a slight alcohol note that is uncharacteristic of a single IPA. Solid, but doesn't really wow me.

T - Taste is also fairly balanced, with brown sugar malts and citrus hops mingling mid-palate and then yielding to a piney and fairly intense bitter finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish, and a touch of warming alcohol.

D - I guess I was expecting a knockout here after seeing this on the "Top New Beers" list for a while. Not real problems, but this is just a nice, balanced IPA without any major flaws. Pretty easy to drink. I've always found the Twin Cities to be a microcosm of the East Coast/West Coast divide in the US, and this beer is consistent with that impression. Not sure of the freshness on this bottle, but I'd be willing to try it again.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, No date
Mini 5oz snifter

A: Pours a really beautiful clear orange color. Bright white head. Fades really quickly. Some lacing.

S: Fruity aroma. Lots of floral citrus hop aromas. Smells really fresh. Minimal malt character.

T: Up front, some nice floral hop and pine bitterness. Grapefruit, tangerine, overripe peach. It's nice. Minimal malt bill. Very clean. Fairly dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending this one my way just so I could tick it! Shared this one with the NoDa Brewing crew awhile in celebration of their grand opening that weekend. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. A vibrant yellow-orange with a one finger pure white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, pine, fresh cut grass, subtle citrus, subtle citrus hop, and pine hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, grass, pine hop, subtle citrus, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I was really surprised by this one as I wasn't expecting too much from it. Granted I had never tried it, so I guess I should judge a book by its cover. Lots of earth characteristics going on in this one, however, it was quite smooth and well balanced compared to most brews with these same characteristics. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity.

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Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this second bottle after I broke the first one, Steasy66!

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold-amber with a finger of thick cream coloured head that leaves some pretty lace behind.

Smell. Caramel and honey, dank oily hops with some candied citrus fruits and a little bit of cedar.

Taste. Nice oily hops again with sweet caramel malts backing it all up. Good amount of bitter oily citrus rinds but the fairly big malty base keeps things quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Would be in my regular rotation if it was available around these parts.

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Photo of tripelhops
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got a bomber as an extra from steggers - thanks!
poured it into a tulip glass, color is a nice looking golden copper, a little bit of tan head from the pour that faded quickly with a little bit of lacing left hanging on the sides of the glass. The aroma was solid, citrus with piney undertones, not overwhelming but enough to let you know it was there. The tastes was more of the same, citrus, hint of pine and grassiness, a touch of sweet malt, and a fair amount of lingering bitterness. Definately a solid IPA.

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Photo of Ilafan
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This local Twin Cities beer from St. Louis Park is really good. It combines the sharp bite of a typical IPA with a surprising tartness in a slightly fruity aftertaste. The 7% alcohol content is strong but nowhere near overwhelming. The colorization is a pretty dark gold. It has a small head with a tiny amount of lattice. Overall? Very good craft beer!

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Photo of kevanb
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this IPA in a trade and it comes on high recommendation as a great under the radar IPA. Thanks Cradke!

The first pour is a nice clear copper color, light amber, hints of brown and gold in the light. Lot’s of bubbles rise to the top, a thin head appears, but dissipates rather quickly. A thin layer of film stays on top of the glass, to be honest, this looks more like a lighter pale ale or even a bubbly lager. Nice citrus aroma, sweeter like lemon, but earthy and grassy as well. Some pine comes through, but not much, faint biscuit is there too. Nice bitter resinous hops, lighter pine and grassy notes as well. Not as sweet as the nose, some juniper comes in as well, a little bit of toasted bread at the finish, but a nice clean hoppy flavor. Very carbonated and prickly body, not unwelcome, but a bit bubblier than most IPAs, but it does have a nice dry crisp finish that plays well with the bubbles.

Verdict: Pretty darn good IPA from Steel Toe. The flavor is balanced and bitter enough to satisfy any hop head. I can see why it’s garnered a reputation as an under the radar gem, one to look out for.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade as an extra from Urbancaver, thanks for the opportunity Cam! Pours a crystal clear deep amber color with a good sized bone white head that persists forever and streaks the sides with lots of sticky lace. Earthy herbal minty piney citrus bread and caramel aromas abound, its definitely got that old school IPA feel to it. The flavor is caramel and sweet bready malt with enough earth and citrus to provide a fair amount of balance. A touch of ethanol reminds me this is 7%. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Nice IPA, I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of match1112
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to minnesotaryan for sending this!

a: clear copper body, one inch white head with tight knit bubbles fades a little too quickly leaving minimal lacing.

s: grapefruit, some floral tones, a litttle caramel.

t: the grapefruit shines thru over the malt body. nicely balanced.

m: medium body, a little light on carbonation for me. dry finish without being overly bitter.

o: very drinkable, not one thing dominates this beer, very well balanced.

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Photo of Roguer
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely clear darker IPA (reddish/amber), topped with a nice off-white head with mediocre retention and bubbly lacing.

Great hop aroma with tons of citrus, some tropical and peppery notes, and a strong showing from the caramel malt. Not overly strong, but very nice aroma.

Flavor follows, albeit less sweet than expected. Hops come across as fruity, pithy, and piney, while there is a huge caramel malt backbone. Extremely bitter.

Lively and very drinkable; plenty of bite and sting; bit of an oily hop residue on the finish. Medium-light body; almost APA-like.

This is an old-school style IPA, blending massive hop bitterness, strong malts, and a nice overall hop flavor profile together to make a very nice beer.

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Photo of dave43
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the Steel Toe Website:

While the size of the boot might be a bit small, the intensity of the hop flavor and aroma in Size 7 more than makes up for it. We take prodigious amounts of hops and add them any chance we get to this Northwest style IPA. If you ever call Size 7 balanced we’ll kick you where it hurts (in the hop sack). 77 IBU's.

This beer is really a kick in the face with hops. Very intense aroma and flavor. This is definitely a west coast style IPA. The only thing holding it back is that it isn't balanced. But that's what they intended.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark honey with loose white froth.
Sticky pine resin and flower nose - sickly sweet.
Clover honey on toast with juicy resiny, nectar, hops.
Apricot and pineapple salsa finish and compote linger.
Medium, chewy, bit of oil.

Sweet and old school - no citrus or melon. Almost cloying, could be cleaner. Busy. Fruitens as it warms, but still mushy.

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Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear orange-amber in color. Forms a moderate sized off-white head that leaves some respectable lacing.

S: A mix of pale malts, orange, grapefruit, and citrusy hops.

T: Starts off with a mild caramel malt sweetness. Then some grapefruit and pine. Finish with a moderate bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Moderate bitterness. Medium carbonation.

O: A decent, easy drinking, respectable IPA. Not overly exciting, but still a well made grapefruit and pine IPA.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Liquor Barrel.
Unique spicy hop aroma with some sweetness, and citrus and holding a firm malt background. Haven't quite had this kind of spiciness - seems close to a yeast creation, but I don't think it is - cinnamon and herbal. Nice
Very clear with a darker amber with brownish/gold and orange. Smallish head settles out in short time but lacing reminds you of where the beer has been.
Reasonably complex with some of the spiciness in the flavor. A few shots of excessive hop oil quality, but it isn't too frequent - but frequent enough, esp. as it warms. Bitterness is balanced all right and finishes forever.
Surprised on the thinness. It isn't too much, just not what I expected. Carbonated more towards the flatter side.
This is good, but it's not great. Nice to have them around in this recent explosion of MN breweries.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is golden and transparent, with ample effervescence and an inch of white head that leaves a sheet if lacing in its wake. The aroma brings candied citrus, resinous hops. Juicy with a bold hop character. Palate coating with some pine resin stickiness. Pretty good.

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Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.
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