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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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613
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
20.83%
 
 
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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 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 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 Powderhornphil
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some nice lacing. Beer looks like a quality IPA should. Nothing off putting in the appearence.

The smell upon cracking the bottle is fantastic. It seems to fade a bit after the pour but a nice smelling beer. Earthy and citrus, tropical hops.

The taste is a little piney, a little citrus. Pretty heavy malt background. Could use a slightly dryer finish in my opinion.

Overall a great beer but I always seem to want just a touch less malt whenever I have this.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark orange, with a finger of beige head. Splotchy lace.

Aroma was a very nice floral bouquet, with notes of sweet and tangy citrus notes, ending with a bit of biscuit malts.

The taste has a pleasant, balanced bitterness. Floral, tangy, tropical hop bites, light sweet malts for a bit of balance. Some tropical fruits, mango, and touches of pear. Super pleasant on the palate.

Somewhat crisp, with a slick medium body. Feels good and not overbearing on the palate.

I'm quite enjoying this. It's apparently fresh, and it's a super-easy-drinking IPA!

Thanks eclipse54!

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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 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 JackieTH
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is brewed not more than 2 miles from my house, which typically results in biweekly growler fills, so when I saw it on tap at ABR 2012, I had to grab a pour. From notes.

Light orange-amber pour with an off-white foam that persisted nicely and left decent lacing. Smell is north by northwest grapefruit pith, resin pine elements and subtle biscuit malt. Taste was citric forward with orange and grapefruit pith, pine resin, and subtle hints of tropical fruit. Mild malt backing only slightly restrained bitterness into a clean and mildly bitter finish. Refreshing and juicy characteristics in a medium, slightly creamy body with good carbonation. A great example of a northwest IPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade as an extra from Urbancaver, thanks for the opportunity Cam! Pours a crystal clear deep amber color with a good sized bone white head that persists forever and streaks the sides with lots of sticky lace. Earthy herbal minty piney citrus bread and caramel aromas abound, its definitely got that old school IPA feel to it. The flavor is caramel and sweet bready malt with enough earth and citrus to provide a fair amount of balance. A touch of ethanol reminds me this is 7%. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Nice IPA, I'm glad I got to try it.

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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 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 garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Liquor Barrel.
Unique spicy hop aroma with some sweetness, and citrus and holding a firm malt background. Haven't quite had this kind of spiciness - seems close to a yeast creation, but I don't think it is - cinnamon and herbal. Nice
Very clear with a darker amber with brownish/gold and orange. Smallish head settles out in short time but lacing reminds you of where the beer has been.
Reasonably complex with some of the spiciness in the flavor. A few shots of excessive hop oil quality, but it isn't too frequent - but frequent enough, esp. as it warms. Bitterness is balanced all right and finishes forever.
Surprised on the thinness. It isn't too much, just not what I expected. Carbonated more towards the flatter side.
This is good, but it's not great. Nice to have them around in this recent explosion of MN breweries.

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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 RuckusDu
3.04/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The pour revealed a mostly white, some slight yellow, head that rose to about a finger before falling fairly quick. Body is clear and a nice wheat/orange color. I feel like the body is lacking something, like it is watery.

S - One of the stronger and more complex aromas from an IPA I have smelled. Good pine/hop notes, fairly woody, and only the slightest lime rind.

T - It's a very harsh hop profile that tastes a lot like lime rind and lemon seeds. Not a whole lot here.

M - Gets you in the back of your mouth, but not in a good way. Good carbonation, but body is a bit lacking.

O - I feel this beer is all about the hugely bitter hops, which isn't always a good thing. You can use a lot of hops and still have balance, which, as the bottle says, this does not. I drank this as soon as I received it, but unfortunately I don't know the origin, so it may be a little old.

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

Bomber poured into a pint glass

This pours a brilliant orange color. Very nice clarity. 2 Finger sticky head up top. Smells of citrus fruits, pines, and hops. Very fresh smelling. Taste is hoppy yet smooth. Nice and refreshing up front with lots of grapefruit and oranges with a hoppy finish that has the right amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and solid carbonation. Overall I loved this. Very easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a couple of snifters. The brew pours a perfectly clear golden copper color with 2 fingers of yellow stained frothy off-white head. Strings of lace stick to the glass. Overall a beautiful looking brew.

The aroma is full of hop scents like herbs and pine. Grassy somewhat toasty and floral as it warms up. A bit spiced and zesty with a chessy aspect that isnt totally appealing.

The taste is toasty with grain providing a bit of sweetness for the hops to work off. The hops taste herbal and somewhat dank with a minor touch of pine, cheese and sulfur. As it warms up, it gets some rindy bitterness like grapefruit zest.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is felt with a progressive warmth that isnt overdone. I am not sure how fresh this particular offering was but it started off real strong with visuals and aromatics but it drastically tapered off as the experience continued. Its worth a try and somethin id try again if given the chance.

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

Size 7

White head. Color clear golden orange. 

Aroma: lots of grapefruit and citrus. Bready malts. Very fresh and hoppy. West coast styled kind of.

Taste: floral and piney. Very hoppy. A little malt comes through, but this definitely doesn't remind me of a midwest ipa.

Mouthfeel: bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was a solid ipa. We need to see this on tap more often around MN.

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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 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 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 brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A great looker, with the clear amber liquid capped by a huge whipped egg white head; terrific retention and lacing

Smell: Both the malt and the hops deliver on the aromatics, rotating between honey-drizzled graham crackers and pink grapefruit

Taste: What was captured in the aroma is delivered on the palate, with the honey and graham cracker flavors hitting the tastebuds first, followed in rapid succession by the pink grapefruit; by mid-palate, the flavors grow increasingly bitter and piney, with the hops dominating the finish, though the malt still hangs around underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Normally, I like my IPAs to be a bit more attenuated, with the malt being less assertive, but the malt profile of this beer is so interesting and delicious that I warmed up easily to the impact that it had on this brew

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Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear orange-amber in color. Forms a moderate sized off-white head that leaves some respectable lacing.

S: A mix of pale malts, orange, grapefruit, and citrusy hops.

T: Starts off with a mild caramel malt sweetness. Then some grapefruit and pine. Finish with a moderate bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Moderate bitterness. Medium carbonation.

O: A decent, easy drinking, respectable IPA. Not overly exciting, but still a well made grapefruit and pine IPA.

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