Size 7 | Steel Toe Brewing

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Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -2.2%
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 Wer34truh
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
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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Photo of Czequershuus
3.47/5  rDev -15%
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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Photo of Beers-es
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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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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 Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
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 -11.5%
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 +10.8%
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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Photo of sjccmd
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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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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 OmahaKF
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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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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 ThickNStout
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
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 +2.7%
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 +6.6%
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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Photo of BillRoth
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of TheBrewo
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served on tap at Republic at Seven Corners in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a caramel apple coloring. A half finger tall head the color of sand was subdued secondary to a full pour. This lasted for a short period of time before drizzling down into soapy lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be mild. The nose filled with big synthetic lemony citric hops, exactly like those lemon hand wipes at barbecue joints, chlorine, white sugar, toasty and sweaty amber and pale malts, lemongrass, tiger balm and Vaseline, honey, brassy metallics, oatmeal wafers, herbal dried hop pellets, and sharp ethanol. The flavoring showed that same intense lemon pucker and bitterness, only mildly reminiscent of citric hoppiness, light soapy and floral hop notes to compliment, harsh hot plastics, spicy muddy mineral, yellow mustard, green grassy resins, dot candies and wax paper, dusty and chalky pale and red maltiness, vinyl, adjuncty white flour metallics, glossed tile, and lime soda sugariness. The body was medium to full, and a bit chewy at its edges. Carbonation was medium, but the bubbles were big and harsh. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth were okay, leaving the mouth chalky and dried of tannins. It makes your mouth mucous up quite a bit, independent of any foaminess on the sip. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drinks on the slow side.

Overall, this was selected off of the menu subheading of “Minnesota IPAs”, as we were naturally drawn to that corner. We love IPAs, and we adore local finds. After running each beer on said column by you fine people on BeerAdvcoate, we selected Size 7, as it was the highest rated and recommended. The flavor profile reminded us rather significantly of an ultra-fresh, lemony-tart Two Hearted, but with more bittering grassy bite, and enhanced synthetic twang. The latter was, at times, borderline offensive. This element pervaded the nose as well, but the overly cloying sweetness to match pushed it into the realm of the bizarre. As the beer warmed, both aspects improved nicely, but not enough to completely salvage our tarnished introduction.

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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 mnredsoxfan69
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bombed poured into an Indeed pint glass.

Three fingers of frothy, gpld-tinted cream colored foam capping the pale copper liquid.

Aroma of pine resin and citrus greet my nose and carry over onto my tongue with an additional hint of honey and caramel.

The delicious hoppy flavor lingers on the.tongue after.the beer is gone,nicely accenting the lingering sweetness of the malts.

A topnotch IPA from an up and coming brewery in St. Louis Park. I'll be taking this to Colorado to share with some of my wife's relatives.

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Photo of deford
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

From a bomber into an IPA glass.

A- Dark, burnt a smoggy L.A.sunset. Dirty, white 2 inch head that falls away quickly leaving tiny dots of lace behind.

S- A strange tropical earthiness if there is such a thing. Maybe some grapefruit and just a hint of resin or pine, very faint.

T- Bitter orange, resin and bread....quite an unusual combo for me....

M- Minimal carb feel that coats the mouth and tongue completely leaving a little bitterness as it goes.

O- A bit confusing, like it doesn't quite pull off what it set out to do. The bitterness is a bit harsh, but strangely enough, I rather like it.

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Photo of macher0
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%

I enjoyed this while in Minneapolis for work, per suggestion by beer store guy. Much appreciated.

Dull copper color with frothy egg shell head. The nose is juicy grapefruit, pineapple, resin, and ends with floral notes. The taste begins with a strong malt backbone - a little sweet - with floral hop profiles and a chewy grain finish. High carbonation, full body, a decent hop bite.

This is a great IPA - and at 4.99 - bring it on. Super good beer, well crafted, and great price. This is under the radar and needs to be more known.

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