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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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4.08
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Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a thick creamy head that leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is full of pineapple and pine resin but also a hefty caramel malt sweetness - very balanced in the nose.

Taste is also very balanced with caramel malts and toasted grains on one hand and grapefruit and pienapple on the other.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sweeter than many IPAs. It's got some prickly character with decent carbonation.

This is one of the better balanced IPAs I've had recently. I'm not sure if I'm as big a fan of this than I am some of the hop-heavy IPAs out there, but it certainly makes it drinkable.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pint served at town house tap

look is typical for an ipa, orange amber look, clear, small layer of head. smell is hoppy: flowers, citrus, pine. touch of buttery malt in there as well. average feel for an ipa. taste is and odd mix: warm peanut butter malt mixes with flowery, dandelion hops.

very flavorful, just not sure it's my style.

EDIT: this beer grew on me, but only in bombers = i rarely drink it.

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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 PerHops
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Rich golden copper. Very little head, low visible carbonation.

S- Piny. Lemongrass, some spice and herbs.

T- Very nice citrus, grass, and pine. A whole lot of grapefruit, sticky and resinous, but finishes pleasantly bitter.

M- Well balanced, good carbonation and a great mouthfeel and the finish is really nice.

O- I will definitely but this one next time I'm in Minnesota. Great to see another quality production out of the Twin Cities.

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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 birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice amber color with a 1 finger head

N - nose is piney with some citrus hops and caramel malts

T - A barrage of citrus hops open this up. The hops subside a little to give way to caramel and cereal malts (more caramel than cereal). Ends with a ton of sticky, piney hop resin that lingers on the finish.

M - medium body with perfect carbonation

D - really solid IPA here. Lots of bold, bitter hops with a solid malt backbone. Big thanks to Nils for sending this my way - I have never heard of this beer or brewery before and was pleasantly surprised. Recommended!

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Photo of mynie
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark golden with a gorgeous, brightwhite head.

Smells of thick malt and dense grapefruit. The malt smells maybe a little bit syrupy and the hops maybe a little too blunt, un-layered.

Tastes just a strong as it smells, only remarkably much more subtle and variegated. The malt is indeed a bit syrupy (my only complaint), but the syrup isn't too intense and gives way to some sweeter biscuit nodes as it warms. This is backed up very nicely by an impressive hop profile dripping of grapefruit, orange, and pine and then ending on nodes of big biscuits and brown sugar.

My favorite large IPAs have a great deal of yeast complexities and avoid thick, sticky malt. This doesn't feature either of those, sadly, but it's hop profile is enough to make it worth a go.

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Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear coppery golden color. A two finger head of rocky off-white foam lingers for a couple of minutes slowly fizzling to the surface and leaving behind lots of sticky webbing on the glass and nice rings of lace tracking progress as the beer level falls towards the bottom of the glass.

S - Tons of citrus - sweet oranges and ripe grapefruit. Nice tropical notes of mango, a bit of pine. Low level bready malt aromas, a bit of sugary sweetness, some sharp hop bitterness.

T - Interesting flavor profile. Hop forward with lots of citrus...especially getting oranges up front and then the malt slides in behind that with some sweetness, an earthiness and a bit of caramel. This then gets backed up by a firm grapefruit quality - juicy with a fresh bitterness to it. The bitterness lingers far past the swallow and leaves a lasting citrus impression consistent with finishing a sip of fresh grapefruit juice...nice.

M - Medium body with a firm carbonation that is a bit tingly and a bit foamy at the same time. Well balanced - hop forward with malt nuances...fresh fruity/citrusy character overall. Mid level bitterness that lingers behind each swallow.

O - Very good IPA. Would definitely get this again if the opportunity presents itself. Has all of the requisite IPA characteristics, but presents itself in a somewhat unique way. The malt and hops interact well, coming in layers of flavor with a fruity citrus up front followed by some soft malt character and finishing with a juicy and bitter finish. There really are three distinct phases of each sip with the different characters presenting themselves differently in each step. Worth seeking out...hope to try more from this brewery in the future.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into my bruery tulip.

A: Clear copper color. The pour dropped a big two finger head that left tons of sticky lace.

A: big hop aroma with notes of grapefruit and pine needles. A strong caramel malt backbone gives it some balance.

T: I get the caramel malt off the bat followed by the huge hop presence. Citrus starts off the hop explosion and it finishes with the flavor of sucking on fresh pine cones. The pine really is quite amazing. It finishes bitter as it should.

M: Medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation.

O: This is a very fine brew. I'll bet, when super fresh, this would be at the top of my list in terms of hoppy brews. As it is, it has faded a bit, but still a must try for all you hop heads.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a shaker pint.

Clear orange peel liquid capped by a faint ivory surface slick. The collar pearls up leaving a soapy ring of lace in its wake. Decent retention.

Pungent hop aromatics suggest oranges, apricots, and a hint of pineapple. Light honey in the nose as well.

Pine and grapefruit on the palate - peppery herbaceous hops permeate the flavor profile leading into a crisp dry finish. Moderate bitterness is offset by a low key pale malt backbone.

Creamy yet prickly mouth-feel, light bodied yet appropriately oily.

Well crafted version of the style...and at $5/bomber, a good value as well. Were this more widely available I think it would be more sought after.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden in color with orange hues. Crystal clear. Stronger carbonation for the style. Nice, bright white head with good lace.

S: Nice hop profile with grassy, citrus, and grapefruit notes. A hint of pine as well. Subtle malt sweetness.

T: Beautiful balance of citrus, grassy, and piney hops. The malts are very supportive, adding a nice balancing backbone. Very well balanced. Impressive.

M: Light-medium bodied. Crisp. Slightly sticky finish from the hops.

O: This was a really solid IPA. The combination of great flavor and balance made incredibly drinkable. It doesn't surpass my all time favorite (Odell IPA), but it is damn close. The growler was gone before I knew it. I'm looking forward to other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool bomber sent to me from Aaron, a brewery I've yet to sample. Steel Toe Size 7, into my Darkness snifter.

A: Clear pale gold, good amount of white head and some lacing.

S: Big, dry West Coast aromas...grapefruit and citrus pith, pine and dry biscuity malt. Pungent, with some pineapple and other citrus aromas as well.

T: Same as the nose really; a good dose of bracing bitterness...pine is dominant, with some of that grapefruit pith...pungent and even dank...biscuity, dry malt backbone. Dry finish.

MF: Medium bodied, dry and bitter.

O: Good! Unbalanced for sure, but the hop component is very nice, and the biscuity malt lends a supporting dry backbone. Well done.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle enjoyed on 4.29.12. Thanks johnsaulrubio

A - Pours a hazy, light orange with smaller cream-colored head. Good retention.

S - Very citrusy, oranges, lemon, grapefruit.

T - The citrus hits you first, followed by some bitter grass.

D - Good carbonation and average body.

O - A nice citrus-pine 1-2 punch.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden IPA with streaks of copper through the thicker parts of the glass. Fluffy white head piles high in the glass. Glad it was oversized glass to hold back the rise from the bomber. Rush of grapefruit off the falling head was strong and wet the appetite. Doesn't hang in there through the whole beer, but is still a very nice citrus, lemon, light malt that is very much in the Northwest style, as stated on the website. Lace hangs nicely on the side of the glass as I taste it--hops linger in the nose yet as the soft bread hides below the fruity hop bite that swallows the tongue fully. Lingers nicely and can chew the hops a little. Body is a bit light, but seems to be on purpose to showcase those hops. 7% ABV is completely unapparent, so is a much bigger beer than it seems on face value. Very good IPA--maybe even one to keep around on a regular basis to drink during the week. Nice hop bite to feed the beast, but light enough to enjoy so you're not kicked in the butt by this Size 7.

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Photo of azdback
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Bright, clear burt orange color. Medium sized carbonation bubbles lead to a rocky and bright white colored, two finger head. Lace is pretty sticky and leaves large sheets of bright white lace. Quite nice.

Smell is bright as well. There are some intense citrus oils. It actually smell like a pile of fried habanero peppers. Intense orange sweetness. There are also some great leafy hop alpha oils. As this warms I am getting a bit of bready yeast smells.

Taste is bitter citrus of a yellow grapefruit. The leafy hop flavors I smelled aren't there as much in the taste. Kind of a bummer, but the bitterness that has ruined my tongue is quite nice. Kind of reminiscent of Ruination with a bit more orange sweetness.

Mouth is crisp and almost prickly. Carbonation is spritzy with a delicate body and an average, dry finish.

Overall I really liked this. I do wish I tasted more of the leafy, green hops I smelled. This might the most citrus hop bomb I have had that isn't from the Mountain Standard Time Zone or West. Thanks to McNuts for the recommendation and TIMMYJ21 for the extra.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

So happy I found this. No freshness dating on the bottle.

A= Pours a deep yellow color almost orange with a nice looking light yellow colored head on it taht is a nice finger and a half high and holds nice retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is very floral. A little quieter than I expected on the nose. Mostly just a bright floral smell.

T= Again the taste is bright floral without much of a malty backbone on it. The hops aren't overly bitter and crazy just a bright floral flavor.

M= Great body. Nice medium to low carbonation which I prefer in an IPA.

O= This is a top notch IPA for such a small brewery. They did well on this I can't wait to try some of their other offerings. Not the most intense IPA on the market and not the craziest but it's damn good.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by stillmatic2232, thanks man.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a 2 inch head, and some good lacing down the glass.

Smells line strong pine sap, some citrus, and a good amount of caramel malt.

The taste is similar. A grapefruit and pine bite hits the palate first- this IPA has a really nice hop bite to it. The malt is a bit more present than I would've expected- a bit toasty and caramelly. Really great taste here.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, lingering bitterness, low carbonation. This one is quite drinkable.

This one was completely off my radar. I always love trying beers I've never heard of, and this one was a good surprise.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the better straight up american india pale ales ive had in recent memory (which admittedly may not be all that long). first beer ive tried from these guys as well, very impressive. pours light amber in color letting plenty of light through, but still a tad blurry. a rich and foamy white lace crown rests on top and doesnt go anywhere. the nose is sticky and bitter, resinous, very piney, like good ganga. flavor is only a little more balanced by a coppery pale malt, this is still a hop beast. it tastes like a freshly milled pine board rubbed down with a fresh poblano pepper. theres no heat, but there is some capsicum element present that i have to imagine is a product of whatever hops were used here. bitter and pungent, but still drinkable with a medium body made lighter by airy carbonation and a velvety soft texture. the bitterness in the finish lasts a long while and reminds me how good this was. should have got two bombers!

edit: i noticed quite a bit more orange character to this in draft form. not better, just different, more juicy and fruity, but awesome just the same. complimentary not distracting.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle is beautiful with a pale amber copper colored hue flowing with an off white beige head going on. Aroma is super citrus with grapefruit and other big boasting hop loads coming through. The flavor is awesome with citrus, creamy notes of malts. More hops implode into citrus hop bursts, it goes down very smooth with sugar coated hops, each flavor adds to the pine citrus hop flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with even flowing carbonation on the hop palate. Mouthfeel is citrus sugar coated with even hop oils rolling off of the catbonation, overall I love this style of beer the type of beer that I want to experience the real thing with.

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Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a fresh bomber of this at one of the handful of local places who've started receiving bombers. Tried it at the brewery & liked it, so here we are.

First, you have to like a brewery that says 'don't call Size 7 balance, or we'll kick you where it hurts' - thank you! IPAs should be about hops, not balance. Good attitude. Pours a retro amber, filtered, crystal clear. Nose is tropical, grapefruit, only a bit of malt showing under its slip.

Size 7 is one of those beers where that first sip to explore the wilds turns into a full-mouthful-gulp. Mmmm. The glass is a third gone before I can start to describe the beer. Lego blocks of hops: citrus, pine, pineapple, grapefruit, it's like a Hop Gift Basket. The is, however, pretty well cut by the malts, there is only a plastic knife stab of bitterness at the very end. Really grows on me as more of the liquid disappears into my recycling track. Sticky as pine sap in the mouth (though I only rarely lick pine trees anymore).

Not quite an elite-level IPA, but not far off. Thick, layered with hops, & pleasingly bitter. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clean light copper with an orange hue. White head of about 1.5 fingers settles in to a soft layer with magnificent lacing.

S- straight up citrus and tropical fruits. Juicy as can be. Candy confection malt base blends with hoppy front of lemon grass and mango.

T- Not abrasive, but slightly delicate to a degree. Maybe it is the booze I have already had tonight, but this one kinda melts in my mouth. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple. Almost minty. Are the hops present...yeah, they are center stage, but the balance is not sacrificed in the least bit.

M- a bit lighter and thinner than I prefer for the style, but leads to a crisp, clean drinkability.

O- An outstanding IPA. This one takes a backseat to no one. So glad I was able to get my hands some of their other stuff too. A great example of the style.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to LaCoursiere for this beer.

A: Pours out a crystal clear, totally translucent gold with only a thin ring of white head along the top of the beer.

S: The scents in this beer are nice mix of pine and citrus. I'd love to say that there is a nice balance of hops and malts, but this beer is all hops in the nose.

T: This beer actually starts off with a nice sweet malt kick, and then it turns on the pine. It's seriously like licking a pine tree. There is a bit of grapefruit in the finish and another touch of sweetness.

M: Medium bodied beer. This beer starts off wet and finishes dry. The flavors of this beer linger on the palate for a bit. This is any easy drinking brew.

O: I think this beer is pretty damn good. It's huge pine is a bit off-putting at first, but I'm liking it more and more as I drink it.

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Photo of morimech
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a West Coast IPA in every way. Pours a clear amber color with a nice two finger head that had excellant retention. The head slowly settled to a thick cap. Not surpising is the large amount of sticky lacing left down the glass.

Hops dominate the aroma with hints of grapefruit and pine. I also pick up some floral notes. Malt and alcohol is not detected.

Huge hop blast flavor. More grapefruit and citrus than pine. Malt is barely detectable and it also makes this beer dry. Bitterness is high and is accentuated by the dryness. A little alcohol flavor in the finish. Bitter hops linger in the aftertaste.

One thing I have been impressed with in every beer from this brewery, is the mouthfeel. Wonderful carbonation and smooth texture. This one is a little bit more lively than their other bottled beer, but fits perfectly with the flavor.

Beer sort of reminds me of Green Flash West Coast IPA. Pure hop flavor. Consuming a couple days after bottling probably doesn't hurt either. Definately worth seeking out if you are a lover of hops. Get rid of the bombers!

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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 Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed orange body. Bubbly ivory white head. Lacing is quite abundant. Juicy hop aroma with juicy fruit tones and citrus, grass, cannabis, caramel and pine. One of my first thoughts when I tasted it was "balanced" until I remembered that the bottle said it would kick me in my hop sack if I called it balanced, so let me explain myself... I'd rather not have to wear a cup while drinking this beer. It's nicely balanced for an IPA and that is meant as a compliment. That doesn't mean that malt and hops add equal parts to this beer. Just that that the malt provides a nice sturdy presence behind the facades of hop flavors and bitterness. Hops give the beer much flavor and complexity. Resinous characteristics. Pine sap and grass. A little smokey mary jane. Clean bitterness. Quite drinkable and flavorful.

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Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.
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