Rainmaker | Steel Toe Brewing

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239 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jera1350 on 10-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
239
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
31
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of pdb
3.02/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on June 26, 2016.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tracywithbeer24
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evilyak
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

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Photo of jrsaffert
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of retry4z
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very flavorful red ipa with floral and caramel malt taste.

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Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Josholson666
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrisjws
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of M-Jez84
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thorkelson
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLC60
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skellbop
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpuetz
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Rainmaker from Steel Toe Brewing
3.98 out of 5 based on 239 ratings.
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