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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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Avg:
4.08
pDev:
20.83%
 
 
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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Great looking brew, a deep and crystal clear copper orange body, just real impressive color. Head manages an off tan to yellow color with a soaped retention and island cap. Pours a big four fingers, but settles quite normally and falls easily with an island clumpy center.

Real nice nose. Hop front has a smoke weedy, and woody splintery pine action. Some juiced tropical qualities matches a bit, but much of this earthy quality seems to dominate. Dank a bit here but with good spice, I really like this angle, may not be for everybody.

Big juicy body on the palate, with some good honey coating and not too thick. Just a great oily feel to make the hops coat all over. Hop action brings woody and smokey quality. Hints of smoke pine and earth seem to come out, with a very minimal bitterness, and good caramel light toffee crispness. Mouthfeel has a little tip of the tongue carbonation to be playful, but disappears to make the flavors come out on their own.

A real nice IPA take, not a fruit forward, not a quite dank buster, but a real unique one that has a distinct hard to describe and inviting character. Really dig this beer, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle acquired through the BPL Fantasy BIF with Zeledonia, who sent an awesome box. Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.

A- A normal pour created a 1-finger, off-white head. The body was a hazy, burnt orange. The head settles out to a thin film, leaving nice sticky spots on the glass. A second pour and the stick is even more significant.

S- Quite fresh and hoppy. I get a lot of citrus and hints of pine. Malt backbone brings a lot of balance wit sugary and bready aromas. Everything magnifies with a little warmth.

T- Bold and balanced, as in "there's a ton of everything." Hops are lemony and slightly piney. Malts are cracker-like. There's a hoppy finish that's a touch aspirin-like (not necessarily in a bad way, just a touch biting).

M- Full bodied. Slight hoppy bite. Moderate carbonation tries to keep up.

O- A very solid IPA. While really hoppy, it's pretty well balanced by a solid grain bill. I'd put it up there with my favorites, Two Hearted, Founders, Short's, ect. Obtained through a trade with Zeledonia, I'd buy it if it was available in my market.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark honey with loose white froth.
Sticky pine resin and flower nose - sickly sweet.
Clover honey on toast with juicy resiny, nectar, hops.
Apricot and pineapple salsa finish and compote linger.
Medium, chewy, bit of oil.

Sweet and old school - no citrus or melon. Almost cloying, could be cleaner. Busy. Fruitens as it warms, but still mushy.

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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 Huhzubendah
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is golden and transparent, with ample effervescence and an inch of white head that leaves a sheet if lacing in its wake. The aroma brings candied citrus, resinous hops. Juicy with a bold hop character. Palate coating with some pine resin stickiness. Pretty 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 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 Golfer3Aces
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. Good looking beer. Clear gold.

S. Just hops.

T. Hops are very present. Not getting a lot if fruity flavors.

M. A little sticky. Fairly dry.

O. Good beer. Not the best of its style but very very drinkable. Will definitely buy this one again.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Ilafan
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This local Twin Cities beer from St. Louis Park is really good. It combines the sharp bite of a typical IPA with a surprising tartness in a slightly fruity aftertaste. The 7% alcohol content is strong but nowhere near overwhelming. The colorization is a pretty dark gold. It has a small head with a tiny amount of lattice. Overall? Very good craft beer!

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Photo of xmorgan
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Had at Muddy Waters in Minneapolis

It was a tasty IPA THAT was middle of the road

It had a nice appearance with great lacing and a smell of citrus and pine
Bitterness was what we expect for single IPAs and finished with a dry Hoppy mouth feel It is good. It is not the best but a decent IPA

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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 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 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 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 Justin_Neff
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle purchased from France 44 while on business trip to Minny - yes, drank in the Hotel room. Poured in the Surly pint glass, also purchased from France 44.

A: I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like this. The clarity is unreal. I feel like I am looking at golden-colored water. The lacing on the glass is nice and a small layer remains on the head of the brew throughout the drink. The first 5 appearance I've given.

S: Hop-nasty. A little malt, a little pine, and a ton of citrus. This is awesome. The only reason this isn't a 5 is because I had to stick my face way into the glass to get a strong whiff. Smell fantastic, but isn't particularly strong.

T: This one isn't "well balanced" and that's awesome. Not malty at all. This is how I like my IPA's to taste. I want a lot of hops and a little malt. Buttery, piney for sure, I think it's amarillo hops, and citrus taste. There is almost a pineapple presence, but definitely some grapefruit.

M: Light body, creamy, medium carbonation.

O: I feel like people often say "this is for hop head's", but this truly IS FOR HOP HEAD'S! I really, REALLY like this one. As mentioned earlier, I like IPA's that aren't well balanced and the hops outshine the malt. Well this one fits the bill.

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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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Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
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