Steel Toe Brewing

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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #78
Ranked #9,029
4.02 | pDev: 11.94%
Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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.
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Reviews by Seefeldt:
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Seefeldt from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Jan 18, 2014
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
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, I've got to score some more, because it is ever so good. And I'm not kidding.

Apr 08, 2015
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DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dec 08, 2016
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pdb from Minnesota

3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oct 26, 2016
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Versk86 from Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dec 20, 2015
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Aug 09, 2018
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice balanced black IPA....Pungent piney hop burst of aroma on the pour...the taste though is more balanced. Some nice pine and tobacco leaf but a mellow almost hot cocoa like chocolate malt dimension. Blends together very nicely. Body is medium...clean...drinks easy despite the 7.5% abv....this is a well made beer.

Nov 05, 2018
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Mdog from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev 0%
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.

Nov 15, 2014
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sacrelicio from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent black IPA from my favorite TC brewery. This ale is more of a dark brown than a black color, with a decent tan head that lingers nicely. The smell and taste are of green, piney hops, pretty intense with some green bitterness on the palate. No real roast or malt present, pretty dry and bitter overall with just the lightest hint of dark malt. I would have liked a bit more malt or hops that had more citrus flavors.

Apr 15, 2013
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Oct 17, 2014
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Evilyak from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

Oct 20, 2015
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morimech from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best aromas from a "Black" IPA that I have experienced. Pine, citrus, fruity resin, chocolate, and a hint of coffee and smoke. A little overly bitter as I think some of the hops could of been better served in dry hopping instead of in the boil. But an outstanding black, hoppy ale where you can actually taste the black.

May 04, 2013
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with some cherry highlights. Smell was chocolate with pine hops and citrus. Taste had roasted malts with some very good citrus /pine hops. This was a nice blend of chocolate roasted malts ,citrus hops.

Apr 21, 2013
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mothman from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 26, 2015
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Sep 15, 2014
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flashmcduff from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +13.4%

Oct 29, 2014
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hardy008 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a one finger tan head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pineapple, pine, roasted malt, and dark chocolate.

Tastes just like it smells with grapefruit, pineapple, pine, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Nice combination of sweetness and bitterness, to make for a nicely balanced beer.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a citrus aftertaste. A very nice example of an American Black Ale / Cascadian Dark ale.

May 01, 2013
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark brown with nice tan head that lasts awhile.

Smell: Mostly a mild roasted aroma, with chocolate and molasses. Light pine and citrus. Surprisingly mild.

Taste: Strong roasted taste of bitter chocolate, burnt molasses and spent espresso grounds. There is some pine and citrus as well. Finish is somewhat bitter from both the hops and a roasted bite.

Feel: Smooth and creamy medium to full body with moderately low carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: A well done Black Ale. Nice mouthfeel, complex flavors but the aroma is too mild.

Apr 27, 2013
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sparx1100 from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 09, 2015
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joshcmn from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Sep 30, 2014
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zeledonia from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 14 October 2014. I love Steel Toe; excited to try another of their seasonals.

Pour is stunning. Black, opaque, with 2 fingers of dense cafe-au-lait head. Great retention, good lacing. Outstanding.

Smell is interesting. Not as heavy on the hops as many CDAs, but there's enough there to perk things up, with some light citrus riding on top of the charred malts.

Taste is about what I'd expect. A hefty dose of bitterness, from both the hops and the black malts. They mix well, and yield a full charcoal-like bitterness that I really like. And it lingers.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied; as always with this style I'm surprised by the lightness. Carbonation could be a bit higher.

This is good stuff. Not on the level of Stone's black ales, but pretty darn good. Steel Toe just doesn't make bad beers, or even mediocre beers, in my experience.

Oct 27, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nov 02, 2015
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

1.5/5  rDev -62.7%

May 12, 2014
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warmlager from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Jun 14, 2014
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herman77 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Apr 29, 2013
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 89 ratings