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 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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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 JoEBoBpr
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a bomber.
Thanks to arniepnminne.

Pours a nice strong golden color with great cooper hues. Translucent and bright. There is a nice chunky ecru/off-white head that forms. that is about 1 inch tall. It is very sticky and is retained so well. Leaves some nice sexy thick lacing as it recedes.

Citrusness up front as expected. Grapefruit rind, orange and tangerines. There is also some slight resinous pine that balances out the citrus notes a bit. There is some slight tropical fruit sweetness as well with some slight mango notes and some pineapple.

Flavor starts off with some tropical fruit notes tricking the palette into thinking this is gonna be a easy ride but it then quickly turns into an intense and delicious barrage of citrus notes. Grapefruit a plenty coats the palette. Then this is followed by some strong bitterness. There is some mild malt notes on teh rear that add a slight caramel balance to the flavor but the bitterness still lingers. A very intense single IPA in my book. Pretty delicious. The more I sip and as it warms some grassy herbal characters of the hop flowers are more present. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp but surprisingly smooth.

Very good single IPA. Intense and quite bitter. A treat for the hops heads. Quite citrusy and not balanced at all. Cheers.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an unbranded becker pint glass

Pours a deep gold with amber accents capped by a two finger clean white head. Excellent retention, gobs of splotchy lacing left along the glass. Big, bold nose chock full of mango, pineapple, and other citrusy fruit notes rounded out by some floral accents. Opens with mango, papaya, pineapple, even some edible orchid. Some mild sweet malt and honey accents midpalate. Finishes dry with dominant citrus rind bitterness. Light to lighter side of medium-bodied, slick but very silky mouthfeel. One of the better American IPAs that I've had for the first time recently. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Greggy
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice crystal clear copper color with very light tan head. A bit of lace is present.

S- Nice grapefruit, pine, marmalade,

T- Starts out with some malty breadiness and then the hops hit. Big grapefruit, pine and grassiness. Excellent long hop finish with hop oils lingering for a long time.

M- Low carbonation with nice big feel. Again, excellent finish on the palette.

D- Overall, pretty drinkable and a beer I welcome to Minnesota.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into globe glass. Thanks to Jesse for hooking this one up.

A. Poured a 2 finger head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is dark orange with some amber hues.

S. Nice hop aroma. Pine and citrus hop aroma. Not a whole lot of malt detected beneath the prevalent hops. Pretty nice grapefruit aroma.

T. Great tasting IPA. Really kind of a unique flavor for me. Mostly all of the taste is hop flavor, but really not very bitter at all. Grapefruit and citrus flavors. Very easy drinking.

M. Medium bodied. Nice mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

O. From the Steel Toe website "If you ever call Size 7 balanced we’ll kick you where it hurts (in the hop sack)". This IPA is a nice showcase for hop flavor without alot of bitterness which leaves a very easy drinking IPA. Not a whole lot of malt flavor going on at all with this one.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper/ orangeish color, lots of head on this brew with opens up the delicious aromatics of it. Which is a huge citrus nose that explodes all in your nose. I really enjoy the nose on this one. Taste is not very balanced with a brief hint of the fruits in the nose followed by a a very hardy malt backbone that tastes just like moist crackers. Mouthfeel has a moderate amount of carbonation and a bubbly feel to it.

It says on the side this is a northwest style IPA and I found that to be true to its characteristics.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this 2012-08-31 in Maple Grove, MN from a fresh bottle brewed just down the road.

A - Mildly hazy golden-orange with a 1.5-finger head and good lacing.

S - Mango, pineapple, lime, oily hop cones, plenty of pine. Really fine and strong aroma.

T - Lime flesh and zest, lightly roasted grain, pine, tangy and bittering hops. Finishes pretty dry with long-lasting grapefruit bitterness and a kiss of lime sweetness and hop tea. Pretty darn nice.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Quite prickly and moderately resinous.

O - Recommended at the Four Firkins bottle shop. I've been having Town Hall's Masala Mama, Surly Furious and Summit Saga on-tap all this week so my taste buds would probably wince at a sub-par IPA. This one stood up and saluted. A nice find and reasonably priced at $4.99 for a 22 oz bomber.

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Photo of rawfish
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold amber hue with a large rocky head of two fingers. Retention was very good and leaves enough lacing behind to keep appearances.

Oily pine cones and lemon verbena with an odd semisweet tone that I can't describe any other way than bubble gum or this Japanese soda called Ramune. Spicy as well the hops really work themselves into a fervor of varied aroma.

Caramel malt with more spicy and peppery notes than sweetness. Hops come swinging in hard with pine resin and dark citrus. High alpha acid content, very punchy and bitter that sticks around long through the finish. Doesn't dry all that well, alcohol semi evident.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Alcohol content and the fact that it doesn't dry all that well brings it down a notch but embrace the bitterness and ride it through.

Quality brewery that has a very Stone, take no prisoners attitude when it comes to bitterness and alcohol abrasiveness. If you don't like it stop being a wuss, suck it up and drink. Aroma is very varied and complex, bold beer, enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought a couple of 22 oz. bottles of this in Minneapolis on a Monday after it was bottled the previous. Super fresh.

Looked like a typical NW IPA --- light amber with a off-white head that lingered down the glass.

Smelled like freshly-squeezed grapefruit and orange. I little bit of sweetness in there but barely. Fantastic. One of the most aromatic IPAs I've had in a long while. I imagine this is dry-hopped and it might fall off quickly, but as fresh as I had it, it knocked my socks off.

Tasted like a citrus bomb with a bitter kick. Grapefruit and orange just like the nose and super flavorful. I didn't pick up any pine that other reviewers found. But as this beer warmed up, it definitely got sweeter. I mean like sticky sweat. Not not from the malt, though. I wonder if the brewers used a ton of sugar to dry this out and that was what I was picking up. Not so noticeable when refrigerator cold, but definitely as it warmed.

Medium mouthfeel, a little on the syrupy side. But only a little.

This is a damn good IPA that I will buy again and again on my frequent travels to Minneapolis. Would like to try on tap.

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Photo of ZAP
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been a big fan of this beer in the past but haven't had it in awhile and was excited to see it in cans.

Pours a nice amber color....aroma is subdued and balanced...grapefruit, citrus....and an interesting malt base gives it a light sweet sugary flavor to balance the hops.

IPA's in general have changed since I first tried this but this seems to be about the same. The flavor on this is actually kind of unique these days and enjoyed. Scores are dropping slightly though (not sure I had options for .25 increments when I first reviewed).
Previous Rating: Nov 4, 2011 (Score 4.5)

I really like notch west coast style IPA that reminds me of O'Dell in is tremendously flavorful and not just a bitter hop bomb....

A-regal gold....nice lacing

S-Very hop forward....grapefruit like citrus...also a real healthy dose of floral/piney hop notes.

T-First thing that hits me is the tasty malt backing. Blends perfectly with the hops used. Almost a cookie dough like malt dimension....hops are oily and leave a nice lingering unsweetened grapefruit bitterness...a bit of garlic on the taste but very light...guessing Citra hops are a part of this as the garlic is not real big like Summit hops give off..

M-Perfect carbonation....body is medium to full....nice dry finish...

O-I'd call this Minnesota's best IPA...I'm not a huge fan of Masala Mama or even Fitger's one....Furious is fine but I'd buy this one over that although they are kind of different beasts...

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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 dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, thanks DaveAnderson

appearance: served in a hillards can-pint, bright copper body, filmy white head with a nice sticky lace

smell: floral aroma - grapefruit, tangerine, caramel malt

taste: another good hop-forward beer from minnesota - a bright floral hop profile - lemon zest, tangerine, sugar, grapefruit, light toasted malt. Light and floral - tasty.

mouthfeel: rather light, faint lingering bitterness

overall: good stuff

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Photo of zeledonia
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've heard great things about this new brewery; had to try it for myself. They just started bottling, so I know it's fresh.

Pours a very clear, bright golden orange. One finger of off-white head, nice retention and lacing. Decent carbonation visible.

Smell is really nice - it's strongly aromatic, with grapefruit, pine, and a bit of orange peel. The malt base is strong enough to support it well. I think I'm going to like this. The smell is quite potent compared to many IPAs, and dominated by wonderful hop smells.

Taste is, as expected, not quite as hop-forward. But here, rather than just being a hop showcase, it has great balance. The first taste was juicy, like a fresh hop beer, but that dissipated quickly. Solid sweet malts support the resiny pine hops well. It fades into just plain bitterness, but light and tingly, the way I like it. Tasty.

Medium-light body, slightly sticky. Medium carbonation, but the carbonation lasts throughout the taste, keeping the flavors on the move.

A really good addition to the local IPA market. Not on the level of Furious or Masala Mama (we're blessed with killer IPAs in the Twin Cities), but better than most of the rest. Lovely hops in the nose, great balance in the mouth. I like it.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a clear golden with white head that retains nicely. Nose is very aromatic with heavy floral hops, resinous notes paired with bread and honey. The flavor has a nice herbal hoppy flavor up front with pungent floral notes through out. There is Just the right amount of malt sweetness and bread notes to round out the flavor of this beer with a moderate to high level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderate. Overall, a delicious IPA.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, Size 7 IPA, 7.7%, 77 IBUs, something like that.
64 ounce growler.

Reddish/amber hue, slim white head.

Bittersweet aromatics, ripe with fruity esters, pine, grapefruit, very vibrant and lively. Zest nose, I like it a lot.

Taste: Bitter hops up front, more of the citrus fruit and pine, but well matched with ample malt. Medium bodied, long, bitter hoppy finish. Toasty malt flavors coat the tongue, keeping up with the consistent delivery of hoppiness. Excellent consumability, never-ending taste.

My first taste of Minnesota's newest brewery, and it hits a home run. This is one IPA that's right up my alley. Exceptionally likable, good for what ails you.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear goldenish orange with a small white cap which resedes leaving some really nice lacing

S: Orange peel , grapefruit and pine resin blended together but I would say the citrus is dominant

T: Initial blast of citrus; orange peel with grapefruit which transitions to moderate bitterness coupled with pine needles and grapefruit. Finish is a tad bit oily, bittering and but clean.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated with blended pine and citrus notes sitting on the palate

O: Very good, sessionable with a nice IBU hit. Mucho props to biglobo for sending this tasty shit my way

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Photo of Mdog
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Crystal clear gold, nice carbonation bubbles, big rocky head.

Smell: Lots of citrus, citrus rind, underlying sweetness.

Taste: Starts sweet, then gives a nice citrus flavor. Not bitter. Orange pith.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light, easy drinker.

Overall: I finally got to try some Steel Toe beers when I went to Minneapolis for a concert. Enjoyed them a lot, so went back to pick up some bottles. Size 7 is another great Minnesota IPA, nicely sweet with plenty of hop goodness. Definitely worth picking up if you're in the area.

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Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Nice orangish gold with decent off-white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Citrus (orange predominately, some grapefruit and tropical notes), some spiciness and toasted malt.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, this is very citrusy, with grapefruit, orange and a tropical tanginess. There is an expected toasted malt backing, with a spicy and pine-like finish.

Feel: Soft and creamy body with moderate carbonation. Finish is quite dry, as expected and desired.

Overall: This is a fairly prototypical IPA, but done exceptionally well. Nice job. Great to have another quality IPA made in MN.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a bright and clear gold color with three fingers of creamy off-white head. Decent lacing left behind.

Big juicy aroma of pine resin and grapefruit along with light caramel malts.

The taste opened with a bitter hop bite. Mostly grapefruit with a lesser amount of pine. Balanced nicely with caramel malts and biscuit toward the finish.

Medium bodied and slick with a moderate carbonation.

Well-balanced yet still very hoppy and delicious. I'll drink this anytime!

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Photo of hoody711
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Karsten for shipping me this for free. Yowza. 22 oz bomber. Never heard of the brewery before. Excited.

A - Poured into my Founders tulip. Nice light amber color, one finger of off-white head. Lacing is present but not the best I've seen.

S - Oh man, smells very familiar. Lunch maybe? I know I've smelled a very similar beer. Bready then some definite fruits that dominate the middle and end and make this a wonderful-smelling beer. Very, very good. No hint of booze, which I guess isn't surprising at 7%. I almost am scared to try it, lest it doesn't live up to the smell.

T - Interesting. Malty and thick, sweet. A nice blast of hops follows, but it's not a tongue-scorcher, and it settles well. Holy crap, just gets better as you make your way through it. Great balance.

M - medium bordering on heavy. It's chewy almost at first then evens out a little. Hop bitterness hangs out for about ten seconds, but I am not really taking that long between sips (see above). I could use a tiny, tiny bit more carbonation. No booze still. Very easy to drink. Dangerously easy.

O - great first beer for me from Steel Toe. Even in the middle of the Texas summer, I could drink this all day. Yum.

Edit: Haha, just read the bottle. "If you ever call Size 7 balanced we'll kick you where it hurts (in the hop sack)." Oh well, I stand by what I said. This isn't Hercules, Devil Dancer, or Shutdown Ale, in my opinion. May not be perfectly balanced to most people, but I like it a lot.

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Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 22oz bomber just days old super fresh

A- pours a clear bright copper color with a good head but fast receding head with some nice lacing on glass

S- is tropical hops mango papaya,citrus,grapefruit it complimented with sweet caramel and baked bread

T- super fresh tropical hops mango and grapefruit,papaya and citrus so smooth so sweet..this is a stellar tasting IPA. of a west coast origin,,it reminds me of alpine brewery or kern river in its profile of hops to some degree

M- pine and tropical hops dominate the palate with medium carbonation every sip is delicious

O- of all the ipas available to me this is in the top 5 no problem.. a great ipa i will buy this anytime i see it

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this as part of the Blind BIF, courtesy of JohnPPutz

Blind Reveiw #2

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A - Pours a brilliant transparant gold with a 1" foam crown that is stubborn as all hell. Over a minute has passed, and it's receded less than half that amount. 4.0

S - My goodness. This is a fabulous IPA. I just know it. Nose is heavy on grapefruit, and citrus in general. Virtually no pine element, and a lovely hops balance. This is a great smelling brew. 4.5

T - Here we go... Interesting. This is a very mild IPA. Perhaps a "hoppy" pale ale? This is very smooth. Grapefruit, mild citrus, pine showing through for the first time. I'm liking this. 4.5

M - This is delightful. Everything plays so nicely in this beer. The malt is very light indeed, which is good, because malty beers, even on the finish, aren't my bag. 4.0

O - Like I said, I know this is an IPA, and a find one at that. The question is, which one. My shipper is from IL and has undoubtedly read my wants and my reviews. 4.0

I'm going to take a stab at a Three Floyds brew. Dreadnaught or Arctic Panzer Wolf.

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Steel Toe Brewing Size 7 IPA. Instant permanwant. Seriously. I could have never guessed this, because I've never had it. The fact that I thought of it along the lines of two FFF IPA's that I've had, and loved, speaks volumes. You're on fuckin' fire, John. My goodness.

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Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
4.08 out of 5 based on 628 ratings.
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