Douglas | Steel Toe Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after the Douglas Fir, native to the Pacific Northwest, this Cascadian Dark Ale is brewed to impart a big punch of hops while maintaining the qualities of a dark ale. Chocolate and toasted marshmallow malt character lay the foundation to stand up to the big piney, resiny, citrus hop character. Defined, on both malt and hop character, a perfect treat to tantalize the palate.

Added by sacrelicio on 04-15-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,013
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
87
pDev:
12.03%
 
 
Wants:
2
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Seasonal release.
Dark brown colored body, with ruby red highlights when presented to light. Bubbly brownish white colored head, which leaves behind webs of lacing.
Big spicy, piney hops in the aroma, joined by dark chocolate and molasses.
Taste is a swirl of dank, piney, and citrus hops, combined with the roasty dark chocolate malts, and a tiny bit of sweet marshmallow. Kind of dry, but punchy from the bitter hops.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
This is one of the better black IPAs I have had, in that the beer allows full expression of all components but still has a overall balance. The whole is better than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pdb
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stillyman11
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kraticus41
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jakemn91
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of retry4z
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Versk86
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TEdubbaD
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of B_G
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Evilyak
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

good pour on this one. comes out dark, with a thick, tan head that leaves lacing everywhere.

smell is pungent green pine. i'm sure there are other things going on here, but that's what's hitting me over the head. with a pine tree.

taste is resin and a little citrus kick. there's some roasted taste in the middle and in the aftertaste - burnt toast, perhaps?

mouthfeel is a pretty thin, with moderate carbonation.

huge fan of this one. it's not perfection, but it hits on a lot of levels.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap fresh at the brewery. They told me they'd literally just tapped it. Served in a regular pint glass.

A: The lighting in the brewery isn't the best, but it was nice and dark with bits of light around the edges. Small amounts looked more like dark brown than black. Nice tan 1/2 finger of head at the top.
S: Pine, grapefruit and roast. If not for the roast, I'd have though this was a regular IPA in a blindfold test. All the great aromatics of an IPA with a little roast aroma interplaying with a tiny bit of malt in the background.
T: Follows the nose well. Bitter upfront with pine and grapefruit, in the middle mouth you get some roasted malts and a hint of dark coffee. Finishes up with grapefruit zest and pine in the aftertaste.
M: Drinks really clean. The carbonation scrubs your palate in each sip and keeps you coming back over and over. Medium to light mouthfeel. Very refreshing.
O: Love this dark ale. Reminds me a bit of Lagunitas nighttime. One of the better executed black IPAs I've tried recently.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Steel Toe Douglas Cascadian Dark Ale. Alc. 7.5% by Vol. Brewed and bottled by Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Appearance: dark brown, practically black, under a creamy head, lace-leaving, looking luscious.

Aroma: grassy hops galore, floating over dark malt. Gorgeous.

Taste: Grasy, piney, citrus-y hops flood the palate, with chocolatey malt just below. Full-bodied. Lush malt. Delicious. Good Lord, it's delicious. Tasty as Hell. Bitterness persists, keeping time with sweet malt.

I have to excuse myself. I'm having a hard time being objective about this. It's hitting me just right, and I'm finding it to be absolutely perfect. And that's coming from this guy here who's always had a hard time with this Cascadian Dark Ale, Black IPA, whatever you call it style.

This is doing everything for me, shooting me from all angles. It's not just the hops, it's actually mainly the malt. Just flat-out delicious.

"Douglas", naturally, refers to the fir tree indigenous to the Cascadia region, also called Oregon Pine or Douglas spruce, and whose piney flavor resonates throughout the beer. I'm glad I finally got to get a bottle, and now ...now, I've got to score some more, because it is ever so good. And I'm not kidding.

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Photo of mothman
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopzilla_MN
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rockernino
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of deford
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

A quickie here...Pours brown and dark, nice color. One inch head that splits right away leaving a flat plate of color floating on top of the beer. Smell is pretty hoppy as is the taste right off the bat. Pretty bitter, maybe some dry cocoa...maybe some citrus...maybe. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Overall its decent but nothing special.

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Photo of AnalogErik
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Bonerbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Mdog
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Dark brown, big head.

Smell: Piney, then a little more citrus as it warms.

Taste: Hoppy citrus with roasted malt in the finish. As it warms up, gives more of a balanced pine/roast mix throughout. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: I finally picked up a bottle of Douglas to review. Hoppy black ales can be hit or miss with me, but Steel Toe's Douglas was a tasty blend of hops and roasted malts that hit the spot. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of MNMike
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Douglas from Steel Toe Brewing
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 87 ratings