11th Hour IPA - Crow Peak Brewing

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11th Hour IPA11th Hour IPA

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170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 22
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crow Peak Brewing visit their website
South Dakota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 08-22-2010

Hop aroma and flavor dominate this IPA. However, the malt character of this deep amber colored ale nicely balances the hop component thus avoiding a harsh bitterness. Pure hoppiness!
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Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 75
Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
2.3/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I think this can was old, given to me by a friend, will have to have fresh to reassess.

Photo of UnionMade
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

A good beer, but the hops were not my favorite. Really earthy, which some people may like, but I prefer pine and citrus flavors. It reminded me of early 2000's east coast IPA made with english hops. What I liked most about this beer was how easy it was to find in the Black Hills. Somehow i was expecting craft beer to be very hard to come by in the land of leather (seats and women) and chrome. The first gas station we hit had all three packaged offerings from Crow Peak, and it seemed ubiquitous around the Mount Rushmore area. Taste seemed to give way to mass appeal and cost nearing Sturgis, but I could still find a couple craft beers here and there.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%

Can I brought to share at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Thanks to Norseman for sending me this one.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with an odd metallic flavor and a low level of carbonation that don't do anything towards this one's drinkability.

Serving type: can.

Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at the Rustic Inn, Jackson WY.

A- Can poured to a goblet with a clear deep golden body. A white head fills in to around a finger high with a frothy texture. Head retention is fairly good as large islands and a puffy ring result. Lacing begins with several webs and

S- Citrus and floral hop notes are responsible for a large portion of the aroma. Beyond that are notes of pine, light cracked base grains, bread and some fruit.

T- Zesty citrus hops lead off with grapefruit and bitter orange peel as pine, floral and spicy hop notes follow. Some balance provided by yeast fruit esters, bread, pale cracked cereal grains, light caramel and slight sweetness.

MF- Light to medium bodied with a foamy and frothy texture. Carbonation comes in at a fairly high level and it feels somewhat creamy with agitation. Finished with a sharp but clean zesty pine bitterness.

Totally random six pack of cans grabbed in the Badlands National Park general store. The hops remind me of Torpedo or SNPA and I would guess Centennial or Cascade are used. Very solid.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Beer poured a hazy golden color with white head that laced. The scent was decent...has some fresh hops that leaned toward bitter. The taste followed suit, but it was easy to drink. Probably the best Crow Peak beer that I have had thus far. Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was good and worth a shot.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. can into a Crow Peak "can" pint glass.

Pours a lovely, clear light copper with one finger of head that leaves some spotty lacing.

The aroma I get is mostly pine with some bread, grass and a little citrus underneath.

The taste is big, piney hops right up front with a little spiciness as well then a bit of juicy sweet followed by a lingering grassy bitterness that stays on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is thin to medium.

Overall, I think this is a very good IPA, especially if you lean to the pine, resinous flavors. Get it fresh and you've got a very good beer.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can provided by LiverBelly - thanks. Named after the 11th Hour Gulch in Spearfish Canyon where the walls are so narrow and high that it receives only 1 hour of sunlight each day. Hope to visit one day.

A: Pours a clear goldenish copper with a thin (1/4-inch) slightly off-white head which fades quickly to the rim leaving some spotty lace.

N: Pine forest and grainy malts with some mild floral and herbal notes.

T: Mainly follows the nose with piney hops, crackers, and malts

M: Moderate body and light carbonation. Slightly resiny with a dry and bitter grassy finish.

O: Refreshing, but don't expect a hop monster. Could not figure out the canning date above the bar code (2 10 27 A 2 B A). Would like to try this really fresh.

Photo of LXIXME
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small to medium off white head slowly settles above a clear bright copper golden colored beer.

Nice but light hops aroma of cut grass and even lighter mountain pine.

Nice hops bite to the taste with the pine coming more to the forefront and bringing some of the tall-grass aspects with it.

Dryish aftertaste with the hops bite sticking around with this medium bodied IPA.

Nice hops bite to this beer without trying to be west coast or old school, it finds a nice happy place somewhere in between and I like it.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11th Hour pours a copper color with a nice and long lasting lacing head. There is a floral aroma, but its rather weak. The taste has some floral notes, and has a nice hoppy bitterness at the end. Nice full flavors, but does finish a bit harsh. Overall however its a nice IPA.

Photo of tbeckett
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Can from kjyost. Cheers. From notes.

A - Poured bright and dark gold. Mild carbonation potty lace, film retention.

S - Pine, grapefruit, orange, honey.

T - Honey, rough pineapple core, grapefruit.

M - Decent carbonation, medium body, good bitter finish.

O/D - Decent IPA. Didn't break the mold or anything but was OK. Mild, but acceptable.

Photo of einman
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Took the family to Rapid City for a little vacation so figured I'd see what was available locally that I couldn't get in MN. Picked up a six pack of this and their Porter as well. It's an ok IPA, not great to me but certainly drinkable.
If I lived in SD would probably buy again.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a can as well out of a bottle. Pretty much the same. Appearance is a amber colored hue with hints of light brown undertones. A fizzy white head with decent retention.

The aroma has a great hoppy nose with some minor malt notes overall. The hops have a nice citrus and grassy aroma to it. Some minor herbal notes but more balance. A good caramel malty note is there but more of a generic undertone to it which enhances the hops. Some dirty yeasty undertones but mostly clean.

The taste is similar. A good hop flavor upfront with a nice balance from the malt. The hops come out first with a good citrus and herbal quality. Some minor dirty off hop notes but overall great appeal. The malt comes out more vs the nose. A soft caramel and light bready taste. Some minor yeast notes but overall good. Limited bitterness though and would have liked some at least for more balance.

The body is moderate to light. Good for style. A good carbonation if not just a touch much but ok. Overall a good beer. Some dirty undertones and limited bitterness are minor faults but still easy to drink.

Photo of mhaugo
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft in a 12 ounce pint glass.
Appearance: Clear amber with a quickly dissipating head.
Smell: Light grass and citrus aromas. Very faint smell of wood. Not much in the nose
Taste: Subtle bready taste and a little bit of bitterness to follow. I can almost pick up a slight alcohol warmth. Lingering, easy bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Clean and easy to drink.
Overall: If Crows Peak dry-hopped this, it would make a great pale ale. Otherwise it is a pretty unremarkable IPA.

Photo of beagle75
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Localized thick lacing remains near the top of the glass.

S: Powerful toasted bread is impressive. Other smells have trouble edging in, but include floral and herbaceous hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with assertive pale malt that gives way to an acidic burst of mellow piney and lesser bright citrus hop aromatics. Flavors become drier into the middle as acidity subsides, with a distinctly funky Marris Otter thread standing out. The finish is mildly bitter and a little earthy, with the English malt carrying through to the end.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The malt qualities present in this South Dakota-brewed IPA are noteworthy, and should be celebrated for what they are. This beer is not a hop bomb; apart from the standout malt, flavors tend toward nuance. Still, this IPA is better than most (in a can.)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head and great amounts of lacing. Smells of honey, caramel, floral hops, grassy, grapefruit, pine. The taste is earthy and bitter up front followed by a grapefruit citrus blast! Hints of honey, very hoppy but not overwhelming with the bitterness. Medium body, slightly creamy, mild carbonation. This is a great ipa and south Dakota should feel privileged to have such a thing.

Photo of Flatlands
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I took the family to the Black Hills so I had to pick up something I cannot get at home. This is a solid IPA and I like how local of a brew it is using locally grown hops. This one reminds me of a "Ska-Light" still a very nice brew that I enjoyed.
A-darkish orange, nice lacing, good looking IPA
S-Local hops are not BIG but OK smell
T-As is with most midwest IPA's, Balanced is what we like in the middle of the country
M-Nice lingering mouthfeel. Nice job here.
O- a solid high 3's for me. I can see why this is their flagship. If you are in the Black Hills, this is a good one to look for. If I lived in Rapid City, it would be a staple in the fridge.
BTW - I love the can design on this beer, it is way cool. I should'e bought some more to share with local KC folk as the can will get you noticed.
Also, any Sturgis fans out there, save room in your saddlebags to bring this one back and while you are there, let your beer snobbery out amongst the Bud Light folks.

Photo of benlippert
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very hoppy IPA, full of flavor and taste. The hops are grown locally in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This is a flagship beer for good reason. It's only available in South Dakota so next time you are driving through, make it a point to swing by the brewery or local bar and ask where you can get Crow Peak.

Photo of lawlerj
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a translucent copper w/ a slightly off white two finger head. Doesn't look to be overly carbonated.

S - Fruit, juicy hops along a bit of malt backbone. Seems to be fairly hop forward, but I'm going to let it warm a bit to issue a final verdict. A bit of pineiness.

T - Bitter hops up front - piney and a bit of resin in there. As it slides back, I get a touch of citrus, but the pine is what seems to dominate on the hop side of things. There is a nice malt profile - not overly sweet. More straight up bread than caramel or toffee like in some IPAs.

M - medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Not too bad. A nicely balanced IPA offering from a brewery that I really have been starting to like. Plus one for cans.

Photo of katan
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint

A = pours a mostly clear, but darker color - light brown. Pearly white head, breaks down to a film fairly quickly. Well retained with a film.

S - A light west coast american hop profile, a little bit of spiciness and some pine. The malts do sneak through on this one enough to notice some caramel and crystal.

T - Starts off light in most regards, some earthy hop notes as well as some caramel/nutty malt flavors. Mid-stream a strong piney, citrus hop note comes through very strongly. Stings the tongue with bitterness. Finishes mostly clean, with a little bit of sweetness and a carried over bitterness.

M - Moderate body and a fairly decent carbonation. Comes off pretty light and easy drinking. Alcohol is well hidden.

O/D - An enjoyable IPA - I would drink this one again. The ABV is manageable but certainly potent. Not overwhelming to the palette, and not at all filling.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This amber colored brew poured with minimal head. Citrus and flowery hops lazily wafted into the nostrils. Only trace of malt up front before the bitter hops took over. The hops lingered on the palate for a few seconds. This beer wasn't quite melded all the way, but enjoyable nonetheless. Happy to see a South Dakota brew.

Photo of kjyost
4.39/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can received from rudge75 as he was in love with this beer and needed to share! Thanks so much! Served cold in a Duvel tulip.

A: Copper with strong orange notes, reminiscent of a sunset. Small white head with decent lacing. Hazy as all heck though...
S: Fantastic. All sorts of yummy going on here. A vinous alcohol with fresh bread underneath it. Tons of hops. Piney, grapefruit and other citrus with maybe a bit of tropical in there for good measure.
T: More of the same. Some nice bread, biscuit and sweet malt, just enough to make it feel like beer but not detract from the delicious hop juice within. Mainly grapefruit coming through here, with a hint of earthiness. Lots of bitterness builds through the pour.
M: A little thin on the carbonation, but the body seems spot on.
O: A beer given to me with the following hype: "As good as Furious". Did not let me down. A gorgeous, delicious can of hop juice that did not disappoint. Worth seeking out.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no date. 6.5 ABV. Poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish orange color. Finger of off white head. Great carbonation streaming off the bottom of glass. Head dissapates quickly. Some mild lacing bits on glass.

S: I get some sweet fruity hops and some pine hints. Maybe some mango or peach. There is some bready malt behind it too.

T: Taste doesn't necessarily match the smell. You get some fruity hop presence, but it doesn't punch you in the face as you would assume. Very subdued and on the back end. Really don't get much on the tip of the tongue. All the flavors kind of force themselves on you in the mid mouth. You get the fruity hops and the sweet malt bill etc there. Then the close is crisp and dry, but not mouth puckering.

M: Medium bodied

O: This on gets a B from me. It's not a bad beer, especially out of a can. Not bad.

Photo of Ratman197
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared by Schmittymack (thanks Dan) poured a clear golden amber with a lastinbg amber head. Aromas of biscuit, floral notes, orange zest and light pine. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness and citrus with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.

Photo of Bighuge
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear copper body. Thin beige head. Minimal lace. Decent aroma of citrus, pine and caramel. Very average flavor. Not much hop flavor. Overly forward malt presence. Doesn't mesh real well. Too sweet. Lightly carbonated and medium-full body. Kind of slick feeling. Overall, not one of my faves.

Photo of NWer
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up on recent roadtrip. Nice pour into brandy snifter. Looks good - dark red amber, clear. Moderate head dissipates quickly.
Nice citrus aroma and taste. Holds its own well to other IPA's.
Looking forward to snagging another batch next time I pass through.

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11th Hour IPA from Crow Peak Brewing
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