Rainmaker
Steel Toe Brewing

RainmakerRainmaker
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #17
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,671
Avg:
4 | pDev: 9.25%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
244
From:
Steel Toe Brewing
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  33
SCORE
89
Very Good
RainmakerRainmaker
Notes:
Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 244 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of zeff80
zeff80 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a reddish, gold color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It smelled of roasted malt, caramel and pine. Sweet citrus and caramel with a roasted malt backbone.

Jan 04, 2019
Photo of ZAP
ZAP from Minnesota

3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

L-Amber colored...light white lace...

S-Pretty interesting...caramel/brown sugar like sweetness along with a fresh floral impression.

T-Toffee malt...hops lend a little pine, along with some grapefruit like citrus.

F-Carbonation is low...seems muddled over all. Sharp bitterness on the finish like unsweetened grapefruit.

O-Some aspects of this keep it interesting but overall nothing really impresses at a high level.

Nov 08, 2018
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this is a rockstar red ale, as good as they get, but im not totally sure why they are calling it a double. its no stronger than a common red ipa or american amber, maybe just because its twice as good?! i thought this was a fantastic beer, turning a style that i am usually unenthused by into something really quite impressive. its very flavorful and bready on the grain base, some caramelized grain sugars, brown sugar notes, that toasted red malt element, but its also nice and hoppy, soft orange peel twang and pine resin, mostly in the finish. its got a ton of body, and even with all the grain richness in the flavor, it never gets the least bit sweet, more of a hearty granola thing than a sugary one. the hops have only balancing bitterness but a ton of flavor as well, it ends up rounded and enormously flavorful, but quite drinkable too with good carbonation and less leftovers than most of its peers. steel toe has one of the best reputations in the twin cities, and its beers like this that make that seem spot on for me. probably the best straight up red ale i have had in 2016!

Aug 20, 2016
Photo of Czequershuus
Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours very deep ruddy brown with medium sized, we sustained head. The aroma that hits me first is a fairly fresh pine tone, with background notes of cinnamon candy, peppermint, and something slighty yeasty. The flavor leads with the mild cinnamon candy flavor, accented by the piney, minty hops. There is also some orangey citrus present. I find it difficult to pick out individual flavors is this beer, it does seem very well integrated. The mouthfeel is neither thick nor thin, but balanced. Overall this is a solid beer, but not terribly exciting. In fact, I find no better word to describe this than balanced.

Apr 09, 2016
Photo of Evilyak
Evilyak from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this one is surprisingly hoppy to me. lots of bitterness in there, and it's not unwelcome, but it's definitely the highlight of this beer.

flavors linger on this one remind me of cinnamon gum again, along with unsweetened iced coffee.

a muddled review for a confusing beer, or perhaps that's the other way around. i like it, but i'm not sure that i get it.

Mar 01, 2016
Photo of Rockjocknroll
Rockjocknroll from California

3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich mahogany...sorry, couldn't resist. Seriously a rich reddish brown with some chill haze. Creamy off-white head that sticks around for days.
S: Lovely caramel apple in the malt, subdued hops.
T: Some dark malt and brown sugar right off the bat with some sticky hops. The middle dies quickly to a more watery set of malt flavors.
M: Surprisingly watery and thin but smooth and easy to drink.
O: Very nice red IPA; gorgeous beer with great flavors although a little on the thin side. Both this and Size 7 were great beers. Thanks Jesse!

Feb 26, 2016
Photo of jakemn91
jakemn91 from New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap recently. Review from notes.

Pours a dark red with a two finger off white head.
Aroma is of caramel and citrus. Some floral hop notes too.
Flavor is similar to the nose. Caramel sweetness balances out the grapefruit peel and hop bitterness. Well made and enjoyable

Feb 11, 2016
Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
ParnellJoseph1138 from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber with ruby red hue. A small thin head, moderate carbonation.

S-You smell the lightly accented hop nose and some malt aroma.

T: This is an interesting blend of styles...IPA and Irish Red. While you get a muted citrus and fruit hop taste initially, it's balanced out by solid malt presence with some caramel notes.

M: Solid malt body and moderate carbonation and delivers clean, pleasant finish.

O: A fine tasting beer that tasty blend of two styles.

Sep 22, 2015
Photo of chinchill
chinchill from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Republic in Minneapolis.

Well balanced, slightly bold red ale.
Excellent appearance with high clarity, rich reddish body, durable head.
Smooth body.

Jul 18, 2015
Photo of Treyliff
Treyliff from West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep amber color with a small creamy off white head that retains nicely after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- sweet caramel malt aroma with some brown sugar, fruity hops and a hint of pine

T- fruity hop forward up front with flavors of red berries & pine, sweet caramel malt mixes with an earthy finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- good drinkability, but nothing really stands out for me

May 06, 2015
Photo of pat61
pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Spicy, herbal hops dominate the nose with citrus and caramel malts. Pours reddish chestnut with a slight haze under a lacy 2” off-white foam cap. Attacks with a rich, malty palate with anise to cola spice, citrus and orange that lead to a grapefruit rind bitter finish. A very creamy big bodied beer that finishes surprisingly well balanced

Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Smakawhat
Smakawhat from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Reaching two finger head, of yellow to light tan color. Soapy pock marked top with a good amount of retention and staying power. Body is classic amber red, fairly clear with very minimal carbonation. Quite clear also, but very dark. Pretty nice looking.

A nice simple example of amber red. Classic toasty balanced mixed of clove spice, sweet brown sugar and caramel. Not too dry or overly sweet. Hop angle is fairly buried and not forward, with a nice ripping dry grain crackling note to match. Solid.

Really nice amber. Surprising hop forward action unexpected but letting the sweet caramel action come through. Hop has it's distraction a bit with some pine and sharp grapefruit oil, but the malts manage to come back with some real good coating caramel brown sugar sweetness. Lingering bitterness and definitely with a steely grapefruit quality. Chewy mouthfeel a bit, with some matching dry toasty notes of grain as well.

Overall really delivering nicely on the amber front, with a surprising unexpected hop kick. A very good amber.

Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer is copper/amber/orange with a mild haziness, resting under an inch or so of off white head. Aromas include pine, hops, resin, caramel malt, fruity sweetness. A hoppy red ale with bready undertones. mild bitterness in the back with a present, but not overbearing, sweetness. Medium bodied. Nothing terribly exciting, but no obviously flaws either. I had no problems finishing the bomber. Ok.

May 15, 2014
Photo of Bosoxfan20
Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pours a clean, translucent amber. Ruby and orange accents. Light khaki head of about a finger that provides nice lacing. A fine looking amber here.

S- An intense blend of citrus hops and sweet caramel. Orange and pineapple matches the sweetness well.

T- Flavor is maybe a little more subdued than the nose, but solid nonetheless. An abundance of hop character and an aggressive charred caramel and toasted bread base to balance it out.

M- Mid body. Almost seems somewhat sessionable with its easy drinkability. Sharp, crisp finish.

O- This is the second beer I have had from this brewery, and like the last one, Rainmaker flat out brings it! An aggressively hopped amber that is one of the better ones on the market. Would pair really well with a chargrilled burger topped with caramelized onions.

$6.99 for a 22oz bomber

Feb 02, 2014
Photo of dsellers22
dsellers22 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I've gotten the Rainmaker in a growler a few times but this is the first time I've tried it out of the bottle. It pours a sublime medium-dark red with a very small bit of foam at the top. The smell isn't anything to write home about but the taste is just what you'd expect from a red IPA--hoppy and fresh with some subtle fruit undertones. It's incredibly drinkable and the 6.5% abv won't put you under.

Overall, it's a tasty beer but I prefer it out of the growler.

Nov 04, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
facundoCNB from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a clean deep amber/mahogany in color with 2 fingers of creme colored head which dissipated slowly leaving behind intense amounts of sticky lacing. the smell is of sweet caramel, lots of citrusy and piney hops, herbal hops.. hops hops hops! a tea like flavor up front, very sweet and malty, getting a nice herbal bitterness, some grapefruit flavor, this is a very nice amber ale. lingering bitterness dies off as soon as you get the next sip, but then comes back stronger!

a medium bodied beer with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. a very nice offering, once again, from steel toe.

Jul 25, 2013
Photo of dmadsen
dmadsen from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Ward 6 St Paul. Good amber.

This style is a moving target for me. From the Bell's amber, to Nordeast, to this, there is an immense amount of variation. The menu said "double red ale" so, I'll go with that

Deep red, nearly brown. Very nice color. Thin head, could have been the pour. Bar staff seemed focused in throwing out the volume.

Great caramel malt flavor. Nice body to the beer. Full mouthfeel. Strong alcohol finish. Very nice hop. On the red ales sometimes, things get too fruity. This was a nice bitter finish.

Had a Reuben. Excellent pairing.

May 28, 2013
Photo of TWHartman
TWHartman from Minnesota

3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark red, almost purple, thick tan head with nice retention, it is very nice looking

S- Caramel malt, earthy and medicinal hop aroma

T- Similar to smell but with more medicinal finish, caramel flavor gives way to a clean, medicinal hop bitterness that lingers pleasantly

M- I think it is a bit thin for a "double" anything, but it is okay. Not quite as chewy as I would like

O- A nice beer, I generally don't like these medicinal finish beers, but this is very nice. I would drink it again.

May 23, 2013
Photo of Mdog
Mdog from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful reddish purple with a big head.

Smell: Moderate citrus aroma.

Taste: Mostly dark fruits with an earthy hop presence.

Overall: I think my bottle may have been a little old. When I've had this on tap it had more of a citrus hop presence to go along with the dark fruit flavors. Maybe when I get a newer bottle or have it on tap again I will re-review. Even like this it is still better than your usual red ale.

May 11, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

pint on-tap

dark amber-red, pillowy off-white head that sticks. smell is light grains and malt (amber style) and medicinal hops. taste has some dry leaves and dust, with lots of malt. caramel, grapes, leafy/piney hops.

solid beer, call it a red ipa

May 10, 2013
Photo of bashiba
bashiba from Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clean deep amber/red with a creamy tan head.

The smell is loaded with dark crystal malts and a bit of nuggetty hop aroma.

The flavor is malty sweet and very bready with a medicinel and herbal hop quality(I'm guessing Nugget).

The mouthfeel is a bit chewy and full, very creamy.

Nicely done interesting red, very good.

Feb 21, 2013
Photo of match1112
match1112 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks minnesotaryan!

a: dark reddish-brown body, finger and a half of light brown head. big loose bubbles that settle and leave some sticky lacing.

s: bread, caramel, pine and a touch of citrus.

t: sweet caramel malts with a nice side of bread and some hoppy pine.

m: medium-light body, carbonation is excellent, sweet dry finish.

o: liked this better than size 7, very drinkable. just a nice beer that everyone should get the pleasure of drinking.

Oct 14, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
xnicknj from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to therobot

Pours a hazed copper caramel color with a froth of beige head. Fades into bubbled retention with some patchy lacing on the glass.

Some piny hops in the nose with bready caramel. Some toasted notes with sweetness and light warmth.

Nice punch of pine bitterness up front. Resiny and sticky with a nice helping of hops. Thicker, bready malt backbone with toasted notes. Caramel sweetness with some lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

Medium body, well carbonated, sticky and a little chewy. Nice, full flavored red ale with an added dosage of hops.

Oct 06, 2012
Photo of rawfish
rawfish from California

3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and rusty with a billowing tan head. The foam flows up to three fingers, leaves a dense cap and has great rings of lacing and retention. Perfect.

Hop forward red with steady roasted malts and a touch of fig and dark berry as the beer warms. Hops are primarily pine with some dank citrus and herbaceous tones. Inviting and bold.

Malt has some roasted and cocoa notes that get stronger as the beer warms it's enough to balance the hops but also bland and 'amber'. Spicy and earthy, the hops get a boost from a strong pine flavor that backs the nose with a bit of bittering grapefruit pith. Earthiness of the hops really comes through in the finish. Dank, mildly spicy and a bitterness that is steady. Alcohol does come through, surprising as this is only a 6.5%

Smooth carbonation, appropriate to make this very drinkable. Dries well with a bitter lasting finish. Alcohol prevalent until the beer warms.

Attractive beer and it drinks much like a well hopped amber. The earthy/spicy combo does make it different but more variety in the malts and hiding the alcohol better would make this really something to write home about. Glad to have the chance to have one of these.

Sep 23, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Steel Toe Rainmaker Double Red Ale, 6.5 % ABV. Brewed and bottled by Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, Minnesota. "When you find yourself parched, Rainmaker brings refreshment. Brewed with caramel and dark roasted malts then doused with a torrent of hops, this double red is sure to please, no dancing required."

Beautifully burnished crimson coloring, nearly opaque, under a full 1/2 inch cream-toned head, long lasting. Looks great.

Aromatics are outstanding, billowing out far afar, an utterly enriching and invigorating blend of hops and malt. Ripe fruit, citrus, prickly pine, a little apple and cherry, all spill forth. Absolutely inviting.

Taste: Past the lips, On the tongue, and down the throat, it is all that and more. Refreshment first of all, followed by wave after wave of deliciousness. Hops are on top, with caramel malt and cocoa flavors emerging at their heels. Delicate bitter bite nips at the tastebuds with each new sip, sweet malt providing smoothness and succor on the way down.

This reminds me of a milder Surly Furious. That's a good sign that I like it. Ah, this is nice stuff. Deee-lish.

Sep 15, 2012
Rainmaker from Steel Toe Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 244 ratings