Size 11
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #477
Ranked #2,631
4.17 | pDev: 9.83%
Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States
Size 11Size 11
Notes: This beastly Triple India Pale Ale is the biggest of brothers to Size 7. Aromas of ripe Tuscan melon, honey dew and citrus explode at first sniff. Built on the same back bone, but doubled in all aspects. Malt sweetness up front, with a full mouthfeel, give way to ridiculously copious layering of hops. Wave after wave of citrus peel, grapefruit, honey dew melon and guava are pronounced from aroma, to flavor, to finishing bitterness. Warming but not hot, this one will definitely rock your hoppy world!

111+ IBU
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the brewery, into a snifter. I've been going to this tap room since it first opened but have never tried this one...have hesitated because I'm not a big fan of the Size 7, though I love their Sticker Fight, which I think is excellent. Well...damn. This one just doesn’t do much for me: too sweet, the melon is too heavy and not complemented by enough pine or any kind of bitterness or tart citrus...just too sweet. The construction isn’t bad, so I’m probably being a little severe here. It looks great in the snifter (kind of a heavy flowering orange amber, with decent lacing) and the nose announces that you’re going to get a serious dose of melon, balanced with a bit of pine. On the tongue and finish, though, it doesn’t deliver or develop. A little syrupy, oily and heavy feeling. Meh. Maybe its me...I like these guys a lot, live close by, and want them to succeed and am a hop head, but their hoppy stuff is hit or miss for me. If I want a big beer from ST, I’ll stick with Sticker Fight or Lunker.

Mar 03, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. No bottling date information found on bottle or on label, but this is a January, 2018 release.
Clear, pale gold colored body. Fluffy off white head. Lacing coverage is extensive.
Aroma of melon and citrus (grapefruit and orange).
Taste follows nose but adds dank and piney notes. Still lots of melon and grapefruit, and bitter citrus peel. Overall taste is quite sweet. The high IBU's show up throughout but ramp up at the end.
Lip smacking, full mouth feel. Slight numbing of the tongue.
Very pleasant all around, striking appearance, wonderful aroma and taste, and mouth feel enhances the experience.

Jan 26, 2018
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BeerGuy8315 from Iowa

4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Taproom in a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, amber-gold in color with a one inch, frothy, tannish-cream colored head with good retention. Thick, tannish-cream colored, billowy lacing throughout.

S: Big aromas of tropical fruit and citrus with mild notes of piney and earthy hops. Nose mostly consists of pineapple, mango, orange, grapefruit, and tangerine.

T: Starts off with big notes of grapefruit, orange rind, and tangerine followed by pineapple, mango, and melons. Ends with a piney, resinous, slightly dry, lingering hoppy bitterness.

F: Medium bodied, smooth, and crisp with good carbonation. Somewhat dry.

O: Overall, a great TIPA. Fruitiness and hop bitterness is well balanced. Fruitiness helps hide the ABV, though it is definitely still present. A great beer, but hard hitter, so you have to be careful with this one. Fairly easy drinking. Would definitely try this one again.

Jan 31, 2017
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joshcmn from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review based on 4 month cold-aged (35 F) 750ml bottle served in a tulip glass

Slightly hazy orange color with 1,5 inch rapidly fading white head with moderate lacing on the glass. Smells of sticky sweet dank hops, stone fruit and citrus. The taste is resinous, grapefruit juice, sweet, candied orange, booze, and dank. The mouth feel is like a sticky, oily, syrupy elixir that warms all the way down. This is fantastic beer from Steel Toe. I was lucky enough to try this fresh as well and I found that they are similar despite being months apart in age. Some of the hop aromatics have faded and the flavors have mellowed but it's still an incredibly complex and delicious tasting beer if you enjoy IIPAs. At 11% ABV and 111 IBUs this beer will kick your butt and rip up your tongue but it tastes damn good! Nice work Steel Toe! Thanks for bottling this in 750ml instead of 22oz, the extra 3.4 ounces of beer are delicious and appreciated.

Jul 31, 2016
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smanson56 from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a medium orange yellow color into my snifter glass. The nose contained a lot of tropical fruits with some floral over tones. The taste is smooth with the hops taking the front with nice citrus ovetones and a great bitterness in the back ground. The mouth feel is smooth and on point with what should be of a beer of this caliber. A nice beer for a triple IPA and you never feel the 11% ABV so be warned.

Jan 22, 2016
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Evilyak from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'd be hard pressed to discern between a double and triple IPA. Is there more India here? Is it paler?

Clear, orange or amber with a thin, white head after pouring.

Juicy smells, resinous taste. Sweet and sticky afterwards.

Not sessionable. A good bottle for the night.

Jan 20, 2016
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Cfred371 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am drinking this about a week after bottle release, so pretty fresh, but there is not a bottling date (boo). I let the bottle warm for 30 minutes or so.

Look: The beer pours a crystal clear golden orange, with about a one inch, tan to off-white head. There appears to be good carbonation bubbles coming up as well.

Smell: The first whiff was of strong resinous qualities and earthiness, but after a second smell I got some citrus and fruit. I gave the glass a swirl and received some more dank aromas dominating my nose.

Taste: The resinous characters dominate, with some of the malt coming in a little later to sweeten things up a bit, and maybe a slight citrus taste in the middle. The finish gives me the dank, resinous qualities again. The booziness takes over a bit as the bottle warms. The finish has a grassy note as well as a fruit that I can't figure at the moment.

Feel: My initial impression was that of a fuller mouth feel, and a syrupy like quality, and that is staying with me threw this bottle. The beer has a dry finish, but the malt sweetness really kind of balances is it out, and makes it very bearable.

Overall: This is my first time having Size 11, and I really like this one. I'll grab a Size 7 and get confused, because one bottle will be excellent and another is a dud. This is a beer I would suggest picking up, or throwing a trade request for. Size 11 is like a good bottle of Size 7, but with more fruit notes than I've noticed in 7, and certainly a more intense resin nose.

Jan 17, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant rich deep amber crowned by a very persistent 3”slight tan tinted white head and mounds up over the rim of the glass with very fine foam and produces super lace. S: Grain, grass, citrus and resin. T: Intense citrusy, resiny hops cut through a caramelized palate with light alcohol notes. F: Body medium full, creamy soft carbonation, warming on the finish. O: A big assertive, alcoholic IPA that drinks like a pleasant bitter elixir.

Aug 10, 2015
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Herky21 from Iowa

3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good nose with notes of pine and some underlying citrus. The body and mouthfeel are decent. The taste is ok but as it warms it becomes somewhat medicinal, sort of reminiscent of cough syrup. Definitely worth a shot though!

Feb 23, 2015
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CraigP83 from Minnesota

4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of floral hops with a hint of banana. Sweet citrus smoothie fades to a punch of hops. Maybe slightly spicy. Slightly sticky but light pretty F'in good DIPA

Feb 14, 2015
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid, enjoyable DIPA but not as good as I was hoping for based on Size 7....aroma is perfumey with hints of melons and berries....flavor is pretty balanced....melons and cleans graininess.....body is as expected...what I like about this is how highly drinkable this just lacks those elite notes of fresh fruits I enjoy in this style....not sure on the date on this one...

Jan 20, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to kbutler1 for tossing this in our trade as an extra.

The beer is dark amber with approx. one inch of head. The aroma is of tropical fruits, caramel malts, candied citrus, hints of pine, alcohol. A big, robust beer. hop forward with a sturdy malt presence. Alcohol is there, but not obtrusive. Slightly sweet throughout with mild bitterness. Pretty good.

Apr 30, 2014
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Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So excited to get my hands on this one, hopefully it stands up to the reviews! The appearance is B.eautiful, but not too hard to screw that up. The aroma coming from this beast is pure hop overload! very hoppy, and lots of tropical notes to back that up, slight citrus note and even some dankness, the aroma is hanging out in my nose!
taste. this is not an ipa to mess around with, triple, no kidding! this is one hoppy mo fo! very tropically/citrusy with some strong bitter hop dankness. yum! mouthfeel is awesome higher end low carbonation with some silky mouthfeel slikness.
overall: great ipa, especially triple, if you can find it. no booziness to speak of, very filling and rich though, don't take this on alone!!

Jan 23, 2014
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NeedBeerHere from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark amber in color with a one finger, white head with good retention and decent lacing for the size of the head. Smell is nice tropical hops, guava, pineapple, a little orange, with a tiny bit of pine. Definitely sense a little sweetness and caramel from the malts. Taste is quite nice with more of the tropical but a little more muted than in the nose. I get a little more pine that seems to linger in the throat as swallowed which is nice. Mouthfeel is is nice and thick for the style. Overall I have to say that this is probably my favorite Steel Toe beer I have drank but I haven't had them all.

Jan 20, 2014
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Rutager from Canada

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Steasy66!!

Appearance. Pours a rich hazy orange with a little amber and topped with a finger of off-white head that fades to a skim but leaves some great lace.

Smell. Big caramel, candied citrus rinds and marmalade, some sweet grainy malts, tropical fruits and some honey ...and a maybe touch of pine.

Taste. Caramel and sweet malts, citrus rinds and more tropical fruit than the nose hinted at, good bitterness in the finish. There's a nice light acidity throughout that lightens up what would be pretty heavy on the palate.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body, low+ carbonation. Slightly sticky on the lips but it goes well with this kind of beer.

Overall. Great stuff. Such a big beer that's quite drinkable is always a great thing in my books. Like many tips's, it's approaching barleywine territory but much easier drinking and incredibly hoppy. Thanks again Ryan, a fine choice!

Sep 26, 2013
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark red amber with a foamy soapy off-white head that fades to a spotty thin lacing lasting well throughout. Aroma is bright floral and fruity resinous hops with a solid nose of caramel malt and light spice. Taste is bitter and resinous from the hops and I get pine, grapefruit and maybe some pepper with a solid malty caramel and a warming finish from the alcohol. Full mouthfeel and sticky with a warming dry finish. Overall, a solid DIPA from Minnesota!

Jul 22, 2013
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zeledonia from Washington

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 9 July 2013.

Pours clear golden amber. One finger of off-white head, good retention and lacing. Fantastic color, great appearance.

Smell is big on the hops, citrusy and fruity. Grapefruit and melon are front and center, with caramel sugar aromas just behind them. Potent and delightful.

Taste is solid. Biggest complaint is that there's just too much alcohol in here. It brings a burn in the back, that drags my enjoyment down. Starts out quite sweet and sugary, then drifts into a moderately bitter phase. The hop bitterness comes on a little, but is overpowered by the alcohol pinge.

Feel is exactly as it should be. Medium-bodied, sugary sticky, just enough carbonation (medium-low), and lasting.

A good, beefed-up IPA. Think it might be better if it were toned down a bit, but brewers and beer drinkers like to take things to extremes. Smell and mouthfeel are top-notch, taste is not.

Jul 10, 2013
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cbeer88 from Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped champagne bottle courtesy of Blind BIF #8. Poured into Crooked Stave snifter.

Appearance: Orange-brown liquid fills glass with a creamy 2 fingers of head. Strong thick lacing.

Smell: Initial smell from the bottle is oranges. In the glass I get more pine and burnt caramel, plus alcohol.

Taste: Booze and pine hops balance out the heavy caramel malt. Bit of a citrus underbite. Caramel malt and pine hops linger on the palate post sip. Citrus peaks out more as the beer warms in the glass though.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and extremely sticky - hop oils coat my mouth like peanut butter. Moderate to high carb.

Drinkability: Probably one that is best to split. The alcohol is high at 11%, but it drinks a bit more easily than a true sipper. The stickiness of the beer alone may prove too much for a second glass for many.

Overall: This is a monster of a hoppy beer. I would probably not seek it out again, but I would give it another whirl if I stumbled across it.

Jun 30, 2013
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MaxxBot from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep amber color, well carbonated and with a creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: Big hop aroma; citrus, pine, spices etc.

Taste: Fairly hop-forward but better balanced than the Size 7 IMO, lots of citrus and pine flavor and the ABV is evident in this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated

Overall: Great DIPA, I like Size 7 but this beer seems to improve on some of the deficiencies of that beer IMO. It's better balanced, thicker body, more flavor, and more ABV. It's not quite as good as my favorites in this style but it's still very good.

Jun 21, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a deep copper color, the head impressive; plenting of lacing action webs the glass

Smell: While there are gobs of piney bitterness, there is also a load of caramel malt balancing the aromatics

Taste: Wallops the tastebuds with huge caramel malt flavor on the front end, only to be matched by piney bitterness in the middle and finish; plenty of residual sweetness also lingers on the tongue; drinks every bit as strong as 11% would suggest

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation; warmth in the finish

Overall: While no doubt a well-crafted DIPA, this huge malt bill and resultant ABV level bring with it some things I just don't like very much; my ratings, as a result, reflect more the craft than my personal palate

Jun 19, 2013
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to KWMiles and Minnesotaryan for the bottle.

Appearance: A dark orange infused copper. Head is massive, pillowy, creamy, and dense. Drops to a small creamy cap and collar after a couple minutes. Great head retention. Sheets and big notches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Really spot on here.

Smell: Big hit of juicy citrus coupled with a solid earthiness. A bit of an oily leafy thing. Massive juicy fruit, some orange, grapefruit and apple. Even pushes in to mango a bit. Malts are huge and sweet, but they have to be to balance the hops. Caramelized malt sugars hit caramel, toffee, and a touch of brown sugar. Can you big and balanced and aggressive? Yes, you can if you're Size 11. Oh, did I mention the alcohol in the back. Yeah, it's assertive.

Taste: Big leafy and herbal. Some of the citrus drops out. Juicy grapefruit with some bitter pithiness. A bit more oily pine needle than the nose would indicate. Backing alcohol increases a bit as it warms. Mega boozy. Sweet biscuity malts. Huge caramel and toffee flavors. Almost like raw honey. Distinctly earthy. A bit floral on the edges. Hop spiciness. Juicy.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily. Smooth with a solidly dry finish from the alcohol. Moderate carbonation breaks it up giving it a medium body, carefully avoiding that syrupy fell mess that "triple IPAs" tend toward.

Overall: Insert Spinal Tap reference.

Another solid take from Steel Toe. A big IPA that doesn't push too far. I'd drink it again, and that's rare, especially for the style. A bit too boozy in the long run, but that's really the worst of it.

Jun 07, 2013
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yamar68 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sort of a ruby/caramel color body with a big, sticky set of carb... tons of lace, plenty of soapy legs.

Citric and earthy hop aromas blend nicely with a sturdy caramel malt backbone. Not a hop bomb by any means... smells pretty well constructed, good sense of balance without any aggressive booze character.

This one has been described to me as both a barleywine and a "melon bomb." I don't really find either to be true as far as the palate is concerned. There's a decent amount of fruity hop flavor, namely citrus and banana. The malts, again, provide plenty of support. The booze isn't quite as well integrated as the nose would suggest... that said, it's nothing overwhelming.

May 29, 2013
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. 2013 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A big and rich aroma of hops with lots of citrus, earthy, and spicy hints. Big juicy and oily smell of hops with earthy, floral, and citrus hints. Hints of grass and dank pine resin spice. Citrus fruit hints of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, mango, pineapple, apricot, papaya, melon, and lemon. Solid sweet malty background with hints of caramel, toffee, grain, biscuit, and yeast. Also some hints of candied sugar. A very big and juicy hop forward aroma. Quite good.

Taste: Follows the nose quite well, a huge lush and juicy taste of hops with citrus, pine, and grassy notes. Big citrus hop presence with juicy notes of ripe grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, apricot, lemon, and melon. Spicy notes with some dank pine resin hops. Also some floral and grassy notes. Hops are pretty fresh, bitter, oily, and drying. Solid malt backing with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Taste is very hop forward and nicely thick and juicy. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and fairly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, bitter, and pretty drying. Alcohol is hidden behind the assault of hops.

Overall: A great imperial IPA. A juiced up version of an already very good IPA from this young brewery. Steel Toe knocks it out of the park again.

May 26, 2013
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PieOhMy from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter

A Dark transparent copper. Slight film and lacing around glass.

S Very floral. Orange peel. Piney. A little sweet malty and buttery too.

T Malt and booze up front. Bitter pine resin kicks in. This is followed by a nice fruity zest. Citric. Peppery and bitter aftertaste.

M Some carbonation, but rather oily. Has an unexpected crisp finish.

O This one will knock you on your ass. It's pretty overpowering, but still refreshing. It's bitter, really bitter, but it's not entirely unbalanced. There is some sweetness and plenty of malts backing this up. The alcohol isn't hiding though. Really good.

May 25, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 release: Dried mango and papaya flavors, slick and resiny, very fresh and hoppy. When fresh its better than Devil Dancer, imho. Scores up across the board.

Bright and saturated copper orange color, nice clarity, copious light tan foam that froths up to the rim of the glass and slowly settles, leaving behind arcs of drippy lacing in the glass. Over time the skim fades to a ring around the edges.

Sweet and fruity aroma, somewhat suggestive of cantaloupe or melon. Some caramel malt sweetness there also as it warms up.

Fruity citrus rind and resiny pine bitterness, smooth cantaloupe notes with a dry bitter finish that lingers nicely. A warming spicy note from the 11% abv, though it's not too overt in the taste. It's got a nice smoothness with a medium body and low carbonation, sort of a sticky nectar thing happening. Overall a nice DIPA that i'd recommend to hopheads for sure.

May 21, 2013
Size 11 from Steel Toe Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 273 ratings