Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Atom via free beer week as well as mtjoseph via mattyb83 in a trade, thanks Adam, Mark, and Matt! Pours a clear, deep, bright and rich, ruby-orange colored body with a finger-width, dense, creamy and frothy, beige-tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of lacing throughout. Gorgeous looking beer. Aroma is a bit sweet from a bigger caramel backing, but has a nice, fruity hop mixture. Piney grapefruits and citruses, sweet and sticky oranges, resins, earthy spice, florals, tropical fruits and mangos. Aside from the bigger caramel, there is some toffee-bread and a light crystal sweetness. Flavor is big, sweet candied oranges up front with lots of caramel. Pine resins, grapefruits, tropical fruits, and florals come in again making up a nice fruity hop mixture as well as some slightly bready toffees and crystal malts. Melon-fruits coming out towards the end as well as plenty of candied oranges and caramel as this finishes dry and moderately bitter with more of a lightly spiced, resiny, earthy and piney hopping. Lengthy aftertaste with a light alcohol warmth following a medium-full body and a soft, slightly creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a tad sweet with tons of candied oranges and caramel, but Iím really digging it. The hop mixture is sweet as well, but has a firm enough bitterness and solid fruit complexity that keeps this from being overly sweet. Malts are big and sweet as well, but the balance is solid and this is never cloying. It finishes well and the body is soft and easy drinking. I liked this one and look forward to trying their other stuff.
burg326 (3699) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle that poured a dark orange color. Aromas of pine, sap, caramel, grapefruit, lemon and a touch of biscuits. Flavor is all bitter grapefruit, grapefruit peel, lemon and a floral hops. This was a big and bold double IPA.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to snifter. Dark caramel notes. Also has plenty of pine and citrus. Also has some resiny notes to it. Notes of grapefruit and lemon zest. Dark red color with large white head. Very bitter long finish. Pretty boozy, but manageable. It was pretty good, but I would like a little bit less booziness.
makyo (52) - Alabama, USA - MAR 13, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting reddish color for an IPA, it was a little too hoppy for my tastes and the finish was slightly off putting.
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arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2012 Bottle pour thanks to Aaron! Dark orange pour with off white head, aroma has notes of big caramel, toffee notes, hints of pine, grapefruit, candied lemon and biscuit. Taste is a nice note of biscuit and lemon, but pretty flat with notes of slight grapefruit and candied orange, finishing fairly bitter. Interesting, slight alcohol heat in the end.
adnielsen (9090) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Clear dark red orange appearance with a light brown head. Somewhat resiny, sappy, piney, floral hoppy, a bit bready aroma. A bit grapefruity, soapy/floral hoppy, citrusy hoppy flavor with a warming, a bit boozy finish. Not bad.
blklab2007 (1965) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle dated 2/24/2012 through trade with Matty. pour has a red amber in color with a sturdy one finger off white head. aroma has big hops, lemony citrus, mild bitterness, and some malt to back it. mouth feel is medium and the carbonation low but enough. flavor brings on nice malt, medium sweetness, some bitterness, resins, light citrus, earthiness, and heat on the finish. this is a big bomb that has just as much a malt side as the hops. somewhat barleywine like and the heat hits big but this is a big beast. clocks get set forward an hour in the morning and this is not going to help loosing an hour of sleep.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost red with a thick head. The aroma is very strong and hopy. Flabour is bold and malty with. A strong bitter hop flavour. A nice brew but it almost drinks like a barley wine.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to my very good new friend in Minnesota. Pours deep ruby red, thick off-white head, fine lacing. Nose is tea-like, snappy earthy hops, profound red tea notes here, really grooving on the nose. Flavours of tart fruit, caramel, spice, tea, butterscotch, bittersweet red candies. Earthy finish. Quite nice. Perhaps the prettiest looking IIPA Iíve had in a long time.
Trev (1935) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pour is copper with a medium head.
aroma is nice caramel maltiness, fruity, floral hop.
Flavour is more of the same, 11% is very well blended and not noticable.
Bit of burnt sugar, caramel/toffee maltiness well balanced with a nice herbal/resinous hop bite. Well done Steel Toe.