Size 11 | Steel Toe Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by jera1350 on 02-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,250
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
267
pDev:
9.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
45
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29
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Reviews by younger35:
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4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had to run down to the brewery last weekend and snag a bottle of this. I loved Size 7 so much no way was this slipping by. Drank from my Harriet Brewing nonic pint glass.

$11

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear copper orange with a nice big off-white frothy head. I’d say about 11SRM. A nice cap and collar remains the entire beer along with plenty of lacing.
Smell- The first thing that hits the nostrils is actually malt. A light touch of burnt sugars clearly come through along with a fair amount of alcohol. I’d say about 11% worth. The hops are fairly earthy with the usual suspects – pine and grass. As the beer warms the citrusy fruitiness really starts to show. Cantaloupe, passion fruit, peach and fleeting whiffs of pineapple. Definitely gets better as it warms.
Taste- Starts with a nice bitter bite and a light bit of alcohol warming (I’d say about 11% worth of warming). Definitely fruity with plenty of bitter grapefruit and papaya. The beer is just dripping with bitter hoppy goodness. There is a bit of candied Red Vine thing going on as the malt does lend a fair amount of sweetness behind everything. The melon qualities tend to fade as the beer warms and some more of the earthy/grassy tones dominate. The finish is bitter and nice.
Mouthfeel- Full bodied and juicy with a nice aggressive bite of carbonation. Great mouthfeel.
Drinkability- Big, bold, bitter and beautifully delicious. As it warms it really sort of moves into Barleywine territory but remains just fruity enough keep it a Double IPA. The whole 750mL was plenty but I really didn’t have much problem putting it down. Tasty beer, glad I grabbed a bottle!

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pawola22 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of pine and orange notes, with a little bit of resin and some biscuit malt. The flavor is similar, being dominated by pine and resin notes from the hops. There is also some biscuit and toffee, as well as a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.02/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

tastes just like cough syrup.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Size 11 from Steel Toe Brewing
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 267 ratings