Sunday, May 17, 2015

Steel Toe Collision Course Review

Name: Steel Toe Collision Course
Style: Imperial IPA

So I was originally going to review something else today, but I acquired a new offering from Steel Toe Brewing on a recent excursion to Minneapolis. I give to you Collision Course which is a Double IPA offering from Steel Toe Brewing.

The reason for the expedited review is because the bottle specifically says to drink this fresh which may or may not suggest that this is fresh hop IPA; It does say it was bottled on April 27, 2015 after all. When I purchased this, I was told that this was originally a draft-only release at Steel Toe's taproom but it became popular enough to warrant a limited bottle release.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange color with some moderate visible carbonation. The head is nice and foamy with some very abundant and sticky lacing.

Aroma - Rich grapefruit fruitiness and caramel maltiness, backed up by some robust mango and apricot sweetness. I'm also picking up on some light toffee sweetness in here as well.

Taste - Strong Mango and grapefruit notes on the front of the palate, with the caramel maltiness and toffee sweetness providing some much needed back up. The later half of the flavor is made up of toffee sweetness and bitter resin hops. As for the aftertaste, it consists mainly of bitter hops and light grapefruitiness

I can totally see why they wanted to bottle this instead of limiting it to just their taproom. The hop profile is nice and robust, while at the same time, retaining a nice and balanced malty backbone. It also helps that the price tag is quite reasonable for the style. Should you come across this, it would certainly be worthy checking out.

Steel Toe Collision Course - 9.25/10

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