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Rainmaker | Steel Toe Brewing

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Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jera1350 on 10-18-2011

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 238
Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nobody likes hoppy red ales more than me. This starts off with a reddish amber color with two fingers of off-white head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Large amounts of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma of grapefruit flesh and pith. There is some earthiness to go along with the caramel malt.

Hard to draw the line between IPA and Red Ale with this one. Same as another famous Minnesota beer. A lot of citrus from the hops dominates the flavor. Just a subtle caramel sweetness that hints that this is a red and not an IPA. Even with all the hop flavor, bitterness is at moderate levels.

Very impressed with this brewers ability to properly carbonate his beers. Excellant mouthfeel once again.

Not enough "red" for me. But it is one very good hop flavored beer. Another fine West Coast style beer from Steel Toe.

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a fresh 22oz bomber

A-pours a clear dark garnet color with ruby highlights a nice khaki colored head and lacing

S- was toffee malts and caramel,citrus hops and bread

T- followed the nose,roasted malts,citrus/grapefruit hops with toffee and baked bread..more lingering hops on the finish

M-nicely carbonated with a creamy smooth texture.hops very present

O-very tasty with loads of citrus hops and roasted malts that combine for another great brew from steel toe

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Photo of hardy008
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear copper color with a two finger foamy tan head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, caramel malt, and some dark roasted malt. You can really smell the grapefruit as soon as you open the bottle.

The taste is just like aroma. The grapefruit taste from the hops is the star here, but the caramel malt plays a strong supporting role, and there is also a light amount of dark roasted malt in the background. Mostly has a bitter flavor, with a little sweetness in the background. Gets a bit sweeter as it warms.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy, smooth and easy to drink, with a bitter grapefruit aftertaste. This is a very nice Red Ale. I would gladly buy this again.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark amber with minimal cream head.

Smell: There are notes of pineapple and caramel, a good amount of hops nicely balanced with malt.

Taste: There is bitterness up front, the hops want you to know that they are there. Lots of grapefruit and citrus, but it slowly fades to sweetness, caramel and toffee with a little bit of sour/bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: This is an easy to drink beer for an imperial red. Enough carbonation to make it interesting, but not so much that it overpowers the beer. Nice medium body with lingering flavors of caramel and spicy citrus.

Overall: This is the first beer I have tried from Steel Toe Brewing, and I look forward to trying more, this is a great beer, lots of flavor and character in every sip.

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Steel Toe:

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.

Color: Copper
Alcohol content by volume: 6.5%
International Bitterness Units: 65

A clear and deep amber body with a creamy head of dark tan foam that leaves sticky curtains of lacing down the entire glass. Just an awesome two finger thick streak of crystalline lace that clings to the glass the entire time.

Robust and fresh hops provide plenty of citrus along with some earthy notes. Sweet malt to back things up.

This is one hopped up red ale. Lots of hop complexity as well. Getting bitter grapefruit with other citrus notes, some spicy hops as well. Good deal of bitterness and the malt only adds a touch of sweetness. The hops do the shining here though.

The carbonation is so creamy and soft. The overall feel is quite smooth. I would put this in the medium bodied category.

Just another great beer from Steel Toe. This red ale fits right alongside the Size 7 for West Coast hop inspired beers. This is one of the better ones I've had in this style and it's due in large part to the awesome hop profile. Easy to say that I will grab this one again.

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Rainmaker from Steel Toe Brewing
3.98 out of 5 based on 238 ratings.
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