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Size 7 | Steel Toe Brewing

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jera1350 on 09-03-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
623
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
20.59%
 
 
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68
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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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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour, nice 1" white head on the top. Not much for lacing or retention. Aroma most impactful is that of Cascade hops, imparting the quality of grapefruit.

The usual caramel in the malt body, sturdy enough. Not overly done or woody, not simply a beer dropping mad bitterness, there are discernable green hop tones in it while maintaining a very nice dryness to the beer that allows the C hops to keep rockin'. A pretty solid IPA, that there's umpteen examples that taste eerily familiar. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Steel Toe delivers a good ipa, following the lead of many trailblazers years and decades before it.

Would definitely drink again. Seems affordably priced, thank you to the generous trader who threw this in.

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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 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 ChadQuest
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is a straw golden color that is clear,lasting finger of head.
The aroma is composed of a myriad of the notes you normally find in Ipas, ranging from pine notes through grapefruit citrus notes. The citrus notes are more prominent, and the malt isn't too strong, both how a ipa should be.
Flavor wise the malt takes a back seat and lets the hops come out, leaving a crisp citrus bite, notably of grapefruit, that finishes clean. Digging it.

This is a good IPA from the Twin Market.

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Photo of ratty918
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Probably one of the clearest pale ales I have seen with abold gold hue. White head roughly 3/4 to an inch high

Smell: Great citrus and flowery aroma from the intense hopping.

Taste: A great hop taste with smooth malt a nice citrus finish

Mouthfeel: Starts smooth and finishes slightly bitter but not uber harsh, carbonation is medium

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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 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 AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Size 7 because it's 7%? Bottle thanks to spycow.

A - Amber colored beer with a bit of red in it. Nice sized beige head that left behind some good lace.

S - Sweeter side here, with tropical fruits and sugar. It's more malty than you would expect, although there is the citrus and grapefruit hops that are present.

T - Hops and malts, mostly starting out as citrus and sweeter and finishing up more piney and bitter. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a little bit of booze in there.

O - Pretty big for a single IPA. It's good but not great. I like it and would drink it again but there's many other offerings out there I'd go for first.

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

A- Pours a translucent amber with a two finger head that leaves some spots of lacing behind. 

S- Juicy grapefruit, pine needles, orange zest, floral notes and a hint of tropical fruits 

T- Fresh ruby red grapefruit, orange zest, floral notes, dried apricot, hint of caramel malt and pine resin at the finish. 

M- medium carbonation and body with a oily mouthfeel that finishes bitter.

O- A really nice ipa from a new brewery and a great steal at less than $5. Looking forward to trying more of their offerings. 

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

When Gregg tells me to try a really good IPA, I tend to listen... This one pours a clear brass topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises leek, light-colored greens ("tch, you still need chlorophyll?"), and caramel. The hops could have become strident if not kept in balancing check by the caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit of pine resin dripping in for good measure, further cutting the abrasive nature of the hops (the leek character, in particular). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a thick-ish feel, and a dry finish. Overall, a nice IPA, but one whose hop profile just didn't work for me. It's not everyday I disagree with hanny on nice IPAs, but this is definitely one of them. It's not bad, don't get me wrong, but not one I'd really wanna have again real soon...

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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 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 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

BEFORE
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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.

Survey says???

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

Bottle courtesy of Chris (Spycow). Served in a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A - A creamy thin white foam settles to a wispy cap, thick collar, and minimal lacing. Transparent dark golden body.

S - Surprisingly malt forward, with tropical fruits, icing sugar, pine, and a slight alcohol note that is uncharacteristic of a single IPA. Solid, but doesn't really wow me.

T - Taste is also fairly balanced, with brown sugar malts and citrus hops mingling mid-palate and then yielding to a piney and fairly intense bitter finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish, and a touch of warming alcohol.

D - I guess I was expecting a knockout here after seeing this on the "Top New Beers" list for a while. Not real problems, but this is just a nice, balanced IPA without any major flaws. Pretty easy to drink. I've always found the Twin Cities to be a microcosm of the East Coast/West Coast divide in the US, and this beer is consistent with that impression. Not sure of the freshness on this bottle, but I'd be willing to try it again.

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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 Penguin3200
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really happy to have this new brew available right down the road! Poured from a growler picked up tonight. Pours dark amber and clear as day? Interesting. Carbonation is balanced but not over the top. Huge citrus nose with press pine sprigs tickling the senses. Taste is resinous and hoppy with the pine bite and a good malty backbone. Right there with furious and masala, if just below. Can't wait to send to my cali trustee for a review for the west.

Cheers
,
Bill

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

Big thanks to DC55110 for throwing this in as an extra in a recent trade. I've had my eye on this ever since the brewery opened.

A - Crystal clear golden pour that puts up a frothy white head. Color and clarity are just gorgeous.

S - Really striking nose. A great blend of pine, melon, and bready malt character--very clean pine scent alongside of the melon that strikes me as especially appealing. Some alchohol heat in the background, and citrus character asserts itself as the glass warms.

T - Pine and resiny hop flavors dominate, along with some citrus flavors and just an inkling of breadiness from the malt coming through. As the glass warms, I'm getting some more earthy and spicy hop character, but this might simply be a function of palate fatigue. Firm bitterness in the finish and a subtle heat from the alcohol. Perhaps less hop flavor than nose suggested, but the flavors are clean and assertive. Absolutely wonderful.

M - Bone dry, but steady carbonation and sweetness and heat from the alcohol help round it out. Flawless IIPA.

O - Just a fantastic beer, and I'm really happy to have tried it at last. In fact, this is the beer I keep waiting for someone to make readily available on the East Coast--a beautifully clean, bone-dry IIPA. Always stoked when a new brew exceeds local hype (as a Minnesotan, this is said with wink and a nod to many friends back home). Acquire and enjoy without delay. Cheers!

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Photo of Gtreid
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into my bruery tulip.

A: Clear copper color. The pour dropped a big two finger head that left tons of sticky lace.

A: big hop aroma with notes of grapefruit and pine needles. A strong caramel malt backbone gives it some balance.

T: I get the caramel malt off the bat followed by the huge hop presence. Citrus starts off the hop explosion and it finishes with the flavor of sucking on fresh pine cones. The pine really is quite amazing. It finishes bitter as it should.

M: Medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation.

O: This is a very fine brew. I'll bet, when super fresh, this would be at the top of my list in terms of hoppy brews. As it is, it has faded a bit, but still a must try for all you hop heads.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle is beautiful with a pale amber copper colored hue flowing with an off white beige head going on. Aroma is super citrus with grapefruit and other big boasting hop loads coming through. The flavor is awesome with citrus, creamy notes of malts. More hops implode into citrus hop bursts, it goes down very smooth with sugar coated hops, each flavor adds to the pine citrus hop flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with even flowing carbonation on the hop palate. Mouthfeel is citrus sugar coated with even hop oils rolling off of the catbonation, overall I love this style of beer the type of beer that I want to experience the real thing with.

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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 PerHops
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Rich golden copper. Very little head, low visible carbonation.

S- Piny. Lemongrass, some spice and herbs.

T- Very nice citrus, grass, and pine. A whole lot of grapefruit, sticky and resinous, but finishes pleasantly bitter.

M- Well balanced, good carbonation and a great mouthfeel and the finish is really nice.

O- I will definitely but this one next time I'm in Minnesota. Great to see another quality production out of the Twin Cities.

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Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing
4.08 out of 5 based on 623 ratings.
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