Size 7 | Steel Toe Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States
steeltoebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jera1350 on 09-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
633
Reviews:
130
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.31%
 
 
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67
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99
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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).
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Previous Rating: Nov 4, 2011 (Score 4.5)

I really like this....top notch west coast style IPA that reminds me of O'Dell in style....it 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 Rutager
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this second bottle after I broke the first one, Steasy66!

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold-amber with a finger of thick cream coloured head that leaves some pretty lace behind.

Smell. Caramel and honey, dank oily hops with some candied citrus fruits and a little bit of cedar.

Taste. Nice oily hops again with sweet caramel malts backing it all up. Good amount of bitter oily citrus rinds but the fairly big malty base keeps things quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Would be in my regular rotation if it was available around these parts.

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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 iRun2Beer
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the Steel Toe Website:

While the size of the boot might be a bit small, the intensity of the hop flavor and aroma in Size 7 more than makes up for it. We take prodigious amounts of hops and add them any chance we get to this Northwest style IPA. If you ever call Size 7 balanced we’ll kick you where it hurts (in the hop sack). 77 IBU's.

Glad to welcome another new local brewery!

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a very tall head of sandy foam that has nice retention and leaves gobs of lacing all around the glass.

Smells great. Very fresh hop smell with more grassy notes than citrus. Getting some mango and apricot in there as well. Pungent and fresh.

This is a really in your face IPA. Hop forward by far! The flavor mirrors the nose pretty well. Getting plenty of bitterness. Grapefruit, mango and apricot to go along with the lesser grassy notes here. I would say the grapefruit is pretty dominant here. A light fruity sweetness as well.

From juicy up front to dry at the back. Clean finish and quite smooth. The carbonation is soft and compliments the body.

I have to say that this is a very impressive start for Steel Toe. This is a big and bitter IPA that no hophead should be disappointed with. I would absolutely have this IPA again and I see a bright future ahead for this new brewery.

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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 andrenaline
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of fresh hops all around. Big hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, lemon, and pineapple. Some earthy, grassy hops and a little pine resin spice. Caramel and pale malts in the background with hints of toffee and biscuit. Very hop forward and juicy aroma. Really good.

Taste: Big juicy hop taste like the nose previewed. Big upfront kick of ripe and nicely bitter citrus hops. Big notes of grapefruit, oranges, apricot, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Also some earthy and floral hops along with a decent hint of spicy pine. Solid backing of bready pale malts with notes of biscuit, caramel, and toffee. A really good tasting West Coast style IPA, (or as the bottle says, Northwest).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall: A really great first take on a American IPA from this new brewery. Really impressive. Great citrus esters.

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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 KarlHungus
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear ruby-bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of foam that sticks around awhile. The aroma is very strong. Passion fruit, mandarin oranges, flowers, and pine resin. Everything I would want to find in the aroma of an IPA. The taste is similar to the aroma in that it is a nice balance of citrus, floral, and herbal hops. The bitterness isn't strong during the sip, but makes itself noticed in an abrasive manner in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is one of the best IPAs I've ever tasted. It straddles the boarder between IPA and DIPA in that in has the body of an IPA and the impact of a DIPA. I can see this becoming a regular in my refrigerator. I only wish it were available in six-pack form.

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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 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 warnerry
4/5  rDev -2%

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 Durge
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mikexw
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending this one my way just so I could tick it! Shared this one with the NoDa Brewing crew awhile in celebration of their grand opening that weekend. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. A vibrant yellow-orange with a one finger pure white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, pine, fresh cut grass, subtle citrus, subtle citrus hop, and pine hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, grass, pine hop, subtle citrus, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I was really surprised by this one as I wasn't expecting too much from it. Granted I had never tried it, so I guess I should judge a book by its cover. Lots of earth characteristics going on in this one, however, it was quite smooth and well balanced compared to most brews with these same characteristics. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity.

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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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Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
4.08 out of 5 based on 633 ratings.
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