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 caskstrength
2.53/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Always looking for the next great local IPA. I've heard good things, anticipation high here.

Pours a nice light gold, clear. Looks IPA-ish. Nice carbonation.

Smells are all hops.. Pretty strong. Floral pine, grapefruit rind. West coasty. More perfumey and pine sol than I prefer, but overall pretty good.

Very perfumey on the palate. Fake pine, like pine sol perfume. If pine sol marketed a perfume, packaged it in a 22oz. dark bottle with a green boot sticker, and you poured it into your pint glass, it would taste like this. This effect worsens as you move through the bomber.

No resin at all, needed some chewiness in the body to showcase the hops. Disappears right away on the palate..

I didn't finish the last 1/3. Too light and perfumey, tired of it rather quickly.

I've had this beer several times, each time I'm less impressed. I like their Furious clone, Rainmaker. I dont' like this.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.04/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The pour revealed a mostly white, some slight yellow, head that rose to about a finger before falling fairly quick. Body is clear and a nice wheat/orange color. I feel like the body is lacking something, like it is watery.

S - One of the stronger and more complex aromas from an IPA I have smelled. Good pine/hop notes, fairly woody, and only the slightest lime rind.

T - It's a very harsh hop profile that tastes a lot like lime rind and lemon seeds. Not a whole lot here.

M - Gets you in the back of your mouth, but not in a good way. Good carbonation, but body is a bit lacking.

O - I feel this beer is all about the hugely bitter hops, which isn't always a good thing. You can use a lot of hops and still have balance, which, as the bottle says, this does not. I drank this as soon as I received it, but unfortunately I don't know the origin, so it may be a little old.

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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 dar482
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a rich golden orange color.

The aroma has slight grass, pine, a bit of grapefruit, almost a smokey note from the grain.

The flavor is better of bright floral, lavender, and piney hops. The finish is of sharp spicy and piney bitterness. Still, lacking in flavor and strong bitterness throughout.

No bottle date, but this is probably an old bottle.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is transparent light orange with a tight off white head and big lace. The nose offers a sweet malt base and assertive resinous hop aroma. Sticky orange peel with a touch of musk. The taste is heavily balance with a sticky caramel malt, piney resinous hop, and faint citrus. Strong bitterness in the finish that only lingers for a moment. Highly carbonated, prickly finish and syrupy body. Don't know how fresh but tastes a touch stale.

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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 Fitwitchik
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Aroma is non distinct which disappointed me for a brew that touting huge NW coast hops. Flavor is grassy straw with an unexpected bitter & sweet finish. Well carbonated and felt right to the tongue. Wasn't overwhelmed with it...

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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 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 TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

When Gregg tells me to try a really good IPA, I tend to listen... This one pours a clear brass topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises leek, light-colored greens ("tch, you still need chlorophyll?"), and caramel. The hops could have become strident if not kept in balancing check by the caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit of pine resin dripping in for good measure, further cutting the abrasive nature of the hops (the leek character, in particular). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a thick-ish feel, and a dry finish. Overall, a nice IPA, but one whose hop profile just didn't work for me. It's not everyday I disagree with hanny on nice IPAs, but this is definitely one of them. It's not bad, don't get me wrong, but not one I'd really wanna have again real soon...

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Stone Ruination IPA pint.

A- Light golden with a 2" big white head. Some lacing remains on the glass.

S- Light malt aroma with spicy, pine hops.

T- Caramel malts and pine & earthy bitterness. Has a slight soapy taste almost, not sure but just a little off.

M- Medium body, low carbonation. Pours a big head but mouthfeel is a bit flat.

O- Maybe this was just a bad batch, but I know this is a highly rated IPA. Heard Steeltoe had some carbonation issues so I'm hoping that's the issue.

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours out fairly orange in color with a two finger white head that has pretty good retention and some nice lacing.

Smell is more piny in nature, a little but of citrus but not much, and a little sweetness from the malt.

Taste is a mix of more prominent pine with a little bit of citrus just like the nose. The pine sticks all the way down the throat and is pretty dominant.

Mouthfeel is semi-thin. Definitely not anything thick

Overall this is a nice east coast IPA with forward piny hops with a tiny bitof citrus. Not a bad beer. Nothing to complain about. It's certainly not as good as Size 11 but that is a hard taste to replicate.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of citrus and caramel qualities.

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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 tewaris
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated bomber poured into a pint. Guys at the store said that they had just gotten a shipment in, so I will assume it's fresh.

Pours a very clear amber color with a pillowy two finger off white head with good retention and lacing. Looks the part, although a tiny bit of haze = win. Maybe it's filtered.

Aroma is... meh. Tastes clean and bitter. Seemed a little dull at first but I am warming up to it. Good bitterness all around supported by a medium-light body and touch of malts, with good citrusy notes. Carbonation is on the lower side that's generally good in my opinion.

My nose might be off because I find it a little bit lacking in aroma and hop flavor. As if there were enough early additions (very very welcome) but not enough late additions/dry hopping. The brilliant clarity might be because of lack of dry hopping? Then again I believe no brewery would put out an IPA in this market w/o dry hopping it to the best of their judgment.

Overall, I like it. A good local option, better than any IPA put out by Summit, Fulton, Schell's. Does it excel Furious or Mama? Probably not, but regardless, it's a good beer at a good price! Thanks Keith for the recommendation.

4.5, 2, 4, 4.5, 4

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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour, nice 1" white head on the top. Not much for lacing or retention. Aroma most impactful is that of Cascade hops, imparting the quality of grapefruit.

The usual caramel in the malt body, sturdy enough. Not overly done or woody, not simply a beer dropping mad bitterness, there are discernable green hop tones in it while maintaining a very nice dryness to the beer that allows the C hops to keep rockin'. A pretty solid IPA, that there's umpteen examples that taste eerily familiar. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Steel Toe delivers a good ipa, following the lead of many trailblazers years and decades before it.

Would definitely drink again. Seems affordably priced, thank you to the generous trader who threw this in.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

On tap
A: copper orange and 3 finger white head
S: citrus and earthy notes mixed together; a little graininess too
T: bit of grapefruit, fainter orange, then some resin; caramel malts and a little breadiness in the mid-mouthful and toward the end, together with more resin.
M: medium carbonation, pretty smooth, a little oily.

Overall: I'm not entirely sure what to make of this one. I want to love it, since the brewery is very near by; but it ends up somewhere in between being really juicy and sweet, really dank, really earthy and/or doesn't entirely commit in one direction, and what you end up getting is good, but leaves me thinking it isn't great. I'm probably in the minority here, but... like Rainmaker a lot better.

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Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a couple of snifters. The brew pours a perfectly clear golden copper color with 2 fingers of yellow stained frothy off-white head. Strings of lace stick to the glass. Overall a beautiful looking brew.

The aroma is full of hop scents like herbs and pine. Grassy somewhat toasty and floral as it warms up. A bit spiced and zesty with a chessy aspect that isnt totally appealing.

The taste is toasty with grain providing a bit of sweetness for the hops to work off. The hops taste herbal and somewhat dank with a minor touch of pine, cheese and sulfur. As it warms up, it gets some rindy bitterness like grapefruit zest.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is felt with a progressive warmth that isnt overdone. I am not sure how fresh this particular offering was but it started off real strong with visuals and aromatics but it drastically tapered off as the experience continued. Its worth a try and somethin id try again if given the chance.

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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 MarkIntihar
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a trade with Dan. Thanks! Poured from the bottle into my Newcastle Brown Ale pint glass.

A - Pours a golden amber color with two fingers plus of cream white head. Perfectly translucent, with no cloudiness. Very nice head retention on this one, lingering for a while. A little too much foam on the initial pour though.

S - Lemon pepper zest, pine, more citrus in the background. Having a hard time getting past the lemon pepper, but I rather enjoy it, so I'm not sure I'd like to get past it. Once I get deeper into it I can pick out orange peel as a distinct scent through the rest of the citrus backbone.

T - Immediately hit with piney hops, with the citrus and lemon pepper present in the nose taking a clear backseat. Very bitter finish in this one as well. As I let it sit in my mouth for a bit, the citrus states its presence, but only to a small extent. The lemon pepper that was so apparent and appreciated in the nose is merely a muted background note in the mouth.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, following from the taste. Definitely a very dry IPA, and it leaves me feeling parched. Hides the alcohol content well in the bitterness, but it is definitely a hop bomb, especially for a single IPA.

O - Overall, I can understand why this beer has gotten good reviews by those who enjoy a bitter hop profile, but it is simply a bit too much for me.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into RR tulip - thanks to therobot

Pours a hazed light golden color with a thin white head. Fades into a cloud of retention with rings of lacing left on the glass while drinking.

Light pine hoppiness with some grassy notes. Soft touch of citrus and pineapple with grain and toasted bread. A touch of sweetness as well.

Nice balanced bitterness up front with piney hops and some sticky resin. Grainy, bready malt backbone with a light touch of caramel. Mellow sweetness matches the pine hop profile, finishes bitter and dry.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. While the nose felt subdued, the flavor profile was definitely there. Pleasant balance between pine bitterness and bready sweetness with hardly a drop of alcohol heat.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is a straw golden color that is clear,lasting finger of head.
The aroma is composed of a myriad of the notes you normally find in Ipas, ranging from pine notes through grapefruit citrus notes. The citrus notes are more prominent, and the malt isn't too strong, both how a ipa should be.
Flavor wise the malt takes a back seat and lets the hops come out, leaving a crisp citrus bite, notably of grapefruit, that finishes clean. Digging it.

This is a good IPA from the Twin Market.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Size 7 because it's 7%? Bottle thanks to spycow.

A - Amber colored beer with a bit of red in it. Nice sized beige head that left behind some good lace.

S - Sweeter side here, with tropical fruits and sugar. It's more malty than you would expect, although there is the citrus and grapefruit hops that are present.

T - Hops and malts, mostly starting out as citrus and sweeter and finishing up more piney and bitter. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a little bit of booze in there.

O - Pretty big for a single IPA. It's good but not great. I like it and would drink it again but there's many other offerings out there I'd go for first.

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Photo of Penguin3200
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really happy to have this new brew available right down the road! Poured from a growler picked up tonight. Pours dark amber and clear as day? Interesting. Carbonation is balanced but not over the top. Huge citrus nose with press pine sprigs tickling the senses. Taste is resinous and hoppy with the pine bite and a good malty backbone. Right there with furious and masala, if just below. Can't wait to send to my cali trustee for a review for the west.


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