Rainmaker | Steel Toe Brewing

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BA SCORE
4/5
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by jera1350 on 10-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,459
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
239
pDev:
9.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
31
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
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!

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear russet with a three-fingered head; lovely retention and a nice pattern of lacing

Smell: Piney hops with undertones of caramel and stone fruit

Taste: Pine, stone fruit and caramel flavors swing back and forth on the front end, with the bitter hops prevailing by mid-palate; in the aftertaste, there is a very nice balance between the malt and hop flavors, with aspects of both lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: I'm not sure just what is going on in Minneapolis but they sure know how to make a nice hoppy Amber

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beige head. Color is a dark amber.

Aroma: Smells like furious. Caramel and bready but very hoppy. Grapefruit and hop resin juiciness.

Taste: Much like the nose, but more malty. More bready and caramel malts show. Other than that, the hop profile reminds me so much like furious.

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

Overall, a pretty solid beer. I just wish the taste wasn't as malty. Other than that it is very enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
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.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/05/12 notes. Received as an extra from nwu008 in the Math BIF #5; thanks Erin!

a - Pours a dark reddish amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells pretty hoppy. Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, lemons and citrus, light tropical fruits, toasted malts, and bready malts. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, toasted malts, citrus hops, light pine hops, light bitterness, and bready malts. Nice, but not quite as hoppy as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light bitterness and creamy body.

o - Overall a nice hoppy red ale. Nose is very fully of pine and fruits. The taste is not quite as hoppy, but still nice. Worth trying and would certainly have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

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Photo of imbibehour
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.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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 Duff27
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half inch off white head on a deep dark red. Very nice head retention and lacing.

Smell is of piney hops.

Sharp biting hops overpower the caramel malts. Drinks right at 6.5%

Mouthfeel is a little thin, decent carbonation.

Overall very drinkable but I'd classify this as a hop bomb. Would have it again. Thanks mnbearsfan!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a tulip glass. Unknown bottling date, but has been stored in the fridge for a while.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and minimal lacework. Transparent dark orange-red body.

S - Smells like a hoppy red ale alright, although the hops are showing a cheesy, decaying beta acid, sort of flavor at this point in time. Backbone is treacle, caramel, and red fruits.

T - The taste reveals more of the original hop character, with some onion and chive-esque zest with light citrus and pine notes. Malt character is more neutral here, with a bready flavor and less of the typical sweet red ale flavors.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, and a dry and resinous finish. No alcohol presence, nor was one expected at 6.5%.

D - Not a bad hoppy red, but probably much better when it was fresh - hopefully I'll get to revisit this one and amend my score, as there's potential for a very good beer. Anyone want to send me fresh bottles of this and Size 11?

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at the Four Firkins for $5. Off the bat, it reminds me a bit of Furious, as a big, red, and tasty beer with a huge hops character. Of course, it's plenty different when you get down to the details. Foremost, the Rainmaker has a strong floral component. You could also say it's a touch darker, though both are more red than your average IPA, or close to a double IPA or red ale. The aroma has a piney, pungent kick over the floral undertones. The flavor balances fruity citrus tangerine and grapefruit on top of mild spice, pine and the floral. The body is more drinkable for a double red, but that's fine by me. I'll take another.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of pat61
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

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at Liquor Barrel in St. Louis Park, I think. The combo of having both Steel Toe & Leech Lake lured me all the way across the Cities. This is the result of the plunder. 22 oz. bomber cloven in two.

Pours a very dark, almost blood red. Smell is on the good side: caramel malts, earthy hops. Less specific than an overarching niceness.

Rainmaker is a straight-up red. Caramel & malts are all over me stuff. Hops are earthy, grounded, bitter without much flavor. Mouthyness is nice.

Pretty good beer, solid red. Nothing out of the ordinary, not bad, not great, just solid. Solid. Solid. I'll keep at that. Solid.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LaCoursiere for this bottle.

A: Pours a super deep red, almost verging on brown. There is about one finger of khaki colored head that settles fairly quickly. There is also a bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The main note here is pine. This brew has a nice malty backbone that comes through in the nose, but pine is the dominate smell. There is also a bit of a floral quality to this beer as well.

T: It starts off with a quick hit of roasted malt, but the pine notes come on almost immediately after. Those hoppy characteristics follow through into the finish, where this beer takes on a flavor of tea. Yup, the finish kinda tastes like black tea. It's really interesting, and pleasant.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts out wet with the flavors enveloping the palate. This is nothing sticky or chewy about this beer, but the finish sits on the tongue for a while afterward.

O: This beer is pretty good. The pine notes seems a little unbalanced in this beer and the tea-like qualities are a bit wacky, but it's not bad. This is not my favorite offering from Steel Toe, but it's decent.

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Rainmaker from Steel Toe Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 239 ratings
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