A: Clear and deep red copper, and color coordinated brownish red, full-bodied foam head. Definitely an appealing look in the glass.
S: Great blend of citrus and tree fruit. Followed by solid notes of caramel and pine. The aroma is fresh and full of attractive friuts and breads.
T: When the taste matches the aroma, it's the first sign of a well made brew. And Rainmaker delivers, quickly merging citrus and bready malts with tree fruitiness. The hop are forward, but not bitter, but add a sharp crispness. And I like the carbonation, present but not overdone.
O: This is the second time I've had a Steel Toe, but so far it seems like the brewer puts out a well balanced and great tasting brews. The Red ale style seems to be gaining fast traction for Midwest and WC brewers. The malt profile seems to fit with aggressive use of new hop hybrids. And not overly malty as some Amber can be. Wish I had access to this beer on a regular basis. Well done.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers