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Size 7 | Steel Toe Brewing

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Brewed by:
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 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 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 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 hardy008
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with a large, white, two finger head with really nice retention and lots and lots of lacing. Smells like Grapefruit, pine, and pineapple. Based on the aroma, this should be a very nice west coast style IPA.

Tastes just like it smells. Grapefruit up front, with pine and pineapple. Steel Toe states on the bottle not to call this beer balanced, and they are right. There is very little hint of any malt flavor.

Medium bodied, creamy, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is a very nice, and very fresh, IPA from Steel Toe that you have to try if you get a chance.

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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 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 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 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 SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Nate (ncmussell) for this awesome extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a relatively dark amber into an oversized SA Perfect Pint. Over a finger of slightly tan head is achieved with a careful pour that dissipates at a medium pace leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – Pine resin, slight floral notes, grapefruit, and hints of malty sweetness.

Taste – Spot on to the aroma. A lovely resiny pine (like Christmas!) flavor mixed with bitter grapefruit rind. Slight floral notes including fresh cut grass, and just a hint of a caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes bitter and dry.

Overall – Well hot damn, a West Coast IPA in the Midwest!?! This is a very enjoyable beer and is damn near on par with the Surly Wet I just had. As with the aforementioned beer, it is quite quaffable and no hint of alcohol. A very good IPA.

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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 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 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 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 Cresant
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was a pretty, light copper color. A frothy fawn head left a heavy lacing.

The smell was piney. Wow, vivid pine cone aroma. A lil' bit of soapy smell too.

The taste was so clean and drinkable. Grapefruit pith, herbal, organic hoppiness. Just enough sweetness, very flavorful. Tropical fruit. So much flavor! Spicy drying finish. Simple. Solid. Perfectly imbalanced and they brag about that on the label.

The mouthfeel was thinner than expected. Lazy nucleation demonstrated the mild carbonation. Highly recommended! My kind of 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 facundoCNB
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a very clear crisp gold pour with two fingers of foamy white head and great mounts of lacing. smells of hops galore! hints of honey, grapefruit, garlic, earth aromas... this smells like brewday (which it is). an initial earthy bitterness followed by a sweet grassy hoppy outburst on the palate. this beer is outstanding.. orangey grapefruit citrus notes, piney bitterness, fresh cut flower taste.. this has every single aspect of a hop one can hope for.. with a sweet backbone of caramel or honey. a medium bodied ipa with a nice creaminess to it - definitely a heavy one.

overall: this is the best BOTTLED ipa i have ever tasted. the smell is great, the appearance is immaculate.. and the mouthfeel is perfect. why is nobody circle jerking this one yet??

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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 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 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 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 younger35
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brand new brewery in my backyard and ohhh boy! I’ve had samples of 3 of their 4 initial offerings and they are all solid. Size 7 is beyond solid. It’s a REALLY good IPA. Really good. Look out Masala, you have new competition in town!

Appearance- Pours a hazy orange yellowish with a decent half finger bright white head that although looks soft and fuzzy, it fizzles away quickly. Nary a cap or collar is left and obviously no lacing.
Smell- Maybe it’s just the shear freshness but this bad boy smells delightful. Chalked full of fresh citrusy fruitiness. Tons of pineapple, mango, peach and grapefruit. Crazy smelling as it’s so fresh there’s an insane fruity intensity you rarely get (unless the brewery is basically next door). This is west coast through and through as I don’t get any maltiness what-so-ever.
Taste- Much like the nose. Starts with a light fruity bitterness that is clean and very pleasant. It’s extremely fruity and pretty damned tropical as the beer is loaded with mango and pineapple goodness. Maybe a touch of pine and something almost apple like mixes in but for the most part it’s very tropical. A TOUCH of caramel malt mixes in but it’s how I like it; almost nonexistent. A teeny weenie amount of alcohol sneaks in towards the finish but it’s very light.
Mouthfeel- Slightly warming but fairly nice body with a medium feel and medium carbonation.
Drinkability- I really love this beer a lot. It’s our own super West Coastish IPA right here in Minneapolis. Super fresh and fruity with off the charts drinkability. I’ve enjoyed the shit out of every sip. Can’t wait to see what else these guys do.

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