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11th Hour IPA - Crow Peak Brewing

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 21
Gots: 20 | 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: 165 | Reviews: 74
Reviews by facundoCNB:
Photo of facundoCNB
4.12/5  rDev +17%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a77cj7 for sending this beer my way. This is my first beer from the great state of South Dakota.

Listed at 6.5 percent ABV.

The beer pours a clear reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is a mix of citurs and pine with some bread mixed in.

The flavor is basic IPA, but it is not too strong. I get a lot of fruit - papaya, mango and orange citrus - along with some bread and toffee. The beer is pretty juicy tasting. That being said, it is a little restrained and could be more flavor-forward. Low bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of LXIXME
4.12/5  rDev +17%
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 mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear amber with a foamy, tan head, probably 1/2 finger in height. Moderate retention and nice lacing.

S: Light citrus with some orange and grapefruit, a little bit of grass, and some caramel malt.

T: Very similar to the aroma. Tasted quite fresh moderately hoppy, probably middle of the road bitterness with mostly citrus and a hint of pine and some grass. The hops dominate, but there is a slight bit of caramel near the end.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and a little crisp.

O: A pretty good IPA, slightly better than middle of the road probably. Goes down easy, could drink a bunch of it if I had more.

Photo of nkersten
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris for providing this can. Poured into bells tulip, burnt reddish orange rust in color tiny white head fades quickly with no lacing. Spicy hops in the nose with a hint of malt sweetness, the hops are definitley a bit underwhelming. Taste is very balanced malts to hop. Spicy hop flavor, bitter aftertaste, a bit of pale malt and a very distinct tap water flavor. Medium mouthfeel with a light carbonation, slightly syrupy. Pretty good drinkability despite the off flavors. Definitley not a go-to IPA though.

Photo of Lazerlobe
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean toffee colored body and an active head

S: Indistinct pine, watery pineapple, light caramel and a sudsy character

T: Pine, unripe citrus, bready malt, and a meandering metallic taste. Slight alcoholic nip for this 6.5% beer.

M: Plenty of residual bitterness and the malt lends a solidifying character to the body. Appropriate carbonation.

D: This is obviously an IPA but the indistinct hop profile doesn't establish a strong character. I'd take this over BMC any day but would rather have a more harmonious balance.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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 dbossman
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice bronze/copper hue with a thin head that quickly fades to a slight film on top of the beer; lacing is okay

S: Fairly nice floral hop bouquet with citrus and pine elements--and maybe a touch medicinal; actually quite pleasant all on top of a toffee and caramel, slightly sweet malt backbone

T: Unfortunately the hop/malt balance doesn't come out in the taste; the hop bitterness up front is pleasant with floral, citrus, and pine qualities prevalent but then that fades to a rather unpleasant almost soap-like flavor--luckily most of that fades as you get to the slightly sweet caramel malt presence; but all in all it doesn't quite mesh

F: Medium body with the oily and sticky quality that you expect in an IPA, but something about the texture is almost soapy

O: This isn't a bad beer but it's just not quite balanced right and the sticky-soap-like residual left on the back of the tongue is a bit off-putting

Photo of lawlerj
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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 trappistlover
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(12oz can courtesy of Fata!!). My South Dakota tick! Pours mostly clear copper-small amount of yeast in suspension-with thick off-white head. Nice lacing and light carbonation. Aroma of dank, sweaty hops, sweet hard candy and some pine. Taste is sweet with a bit of metallic off-note. Bitterness builds. Medium bodied with oily/sticky texture. Bitter finish. Not very good.

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich caramel color with a very small head. Smell is of hops, not much else. Taste is the same, hops are present, really no other flavors, no malt balance to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall a decent brew, but nothing special.

Photo of DeschutesNut
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just began distributing throughout North and South Dakota.
Opened it up and poured it into a pint glass. A light clear amber color with about a two finger head. The aroma is filled with im guessing citra hops? maybe not though. Taste is very hop forward finished off with a great malty backbone. Definately a good go to local IPA.

Great to see a descent brew come out of the dakotas!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 6.5% ABV, 0 08 02 above the UPC.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for knocking another state of my "to-tick" list!

A - Sexy deep amber bronze color with a great clarity but a lack of carbonation is noticeable on the crack of the can. Very low off-white head with no retention and almost no lace left over.

S - Spicy pine and resiny citrus hops hit up front but aren't really big. There is a beefy amber malt backing with notes of caramel in it too. Light hints of pineapple and grapefruit are enjoyable.

T - Harsh pine and bitter resin slap the tongue up front with a bite and a mild amber malt backbone seems absent, probably due to fact my taste buds are demolished. No real nice fruity flavors the aroma signaled. All the complexity is driven away...

M - ...by the harsh unbalanced bitterness. A little thin with a smooth, oily, low carbonation finish. Needs a lot more balance.

D - Fairly refreshing but harder to drink because of the harsh unbalanced bitter finish that grips the tongue so violently. I like the aroma but the flavor is such a departure from that.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a great box of beer today from a77cj7.. thanks a ton Chris... I'm looking forward to trade #3. Poured into my small Grolsch tulip. 1" foamy white head... fantastic lacing with a very nice cap... the brew is crystal clear deeep orange.

Nice citrus hops in the nose seem a bit muddled by a tad too much malt presence that carries a pretty heavy caramel hammer.... but really nothing wrong... good for sure.

Flavor mirrors the nose but definitely carries a nice unexpected floral note... a little lemon zest.. still again, there is a bit heavy malt profile... not sweet, just a malt background that seems a bit out of whack.

Body and carbonation seem about right.

Thanks again Chris for another righteous trade.

4.5/3.5/3/3.5/3.5

Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first beer back in nearly six weeks and i go with tackling another state, on a side note come on ND your killing me! can served cold and poured into a pint glass.

nice dark amber color with a ton of lacing down the sides of the glass. really a nice full look to it. aroma is deep citrus hops, fresh with nice touches of orange and tangerine. a little thin on the profile as the hops stole the stage but little was offered in the place of balance and it seemed to overpower the taste buds at the time. nice, clean feel, with light carbonation and a stickiness that allowed the flavor to hang on the back of the palate.

overall a very drinkable ipa, very impressed with my first offering from sd

Photo of Another6Pack
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to mnbearsfan for this one.

A: copper-brown pour with a thin head that is gone within seconds. Very little lacing that clings fairly well.

S: not much nose to this one for an IPA. More caramel and malt than floral hops. Uh oh.

T: don't taste much hop juice in this one - start, middle, or finish. Tastes much more like an average scotch ale than an Am IPA.

M/D: OK.

CF (Can Factor): cool design and colors.

Could be this one had some age on it, since my rDev is going to be pretty low compared to other reviews. No date for me to be able to tell - only "1B" stamped on the bottom of the can - so I must go with what I know. Too bad too...I like rooting for the little guys.

Photo of largadeer
2.09/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This rare South Dakota tick was generously provided by womencantsail.

It pours from the can a dark shade of orange, very clear and unusually dark for an American IPA. A dense three finger head forms and retains well, leaving scattered webs on my glass.

Smells like...not much. A lot of malt, herbal/spicy hoppiness, mineral. Uh...

Taste is, well, not exactly good, but it's not horrible. Pretty watery despite the excessive amount of specialty malt. There's a lot of caramel backed by somewhat astringent herbal bitterness. The hop profile is rather bad, herbal, grassy and spicy. It's also rather metallic, particularly in the finish.

This isn't necessarily offensive, but it's not good either. Best avoided unless you're desperate for that South Dakota tick.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Misfit138
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass

A- Dark orange with a thick frothy head that left lacing

S- Caramel malt and citrus hops

T- Mostly smooth caramel malt which ends with a bitter grapefruit finish

M- Surprisingly watery with fair carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable with nice hop finish. It is a decent IPA but there certainly are better out there.

Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Flatlands
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from a77cj7, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, citrus fruit and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of floral hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. Despite the burst up front, the hops presence fades quickly and leaves a slightly sweet after-taste.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's a fairly good beer overall, but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (TM) is back in full throttle, high gear mode! I had shifted to bottles for a little while to align my numbers, but the CAN jones was getting to be too much for me to ignore. Mora2000 saw my plea for some New Belgium Ranger IPA in a CAN and offered this up instead. Hell, yeah! I am still looking for some Ranger in a CAN, if anybody CAN help a brother.

From the CAN: "Handcrafted in the Black Hills (Spearfish, SD)"; "Pure Hoppiness"; "Recycle". You CAN be sure that I will do the latter.

The Crack revealed another eager beer, filled nearly to the top, foaming out and ready for action. The Glug resulted in some cascading action as the bubbles settled into a finger of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose had a grassiness intermingled with a caramel malt sweetness. Not bad. Mouthfeel was a little thin and the hops were there, but not as pronounced as the nose had led me to expect. Finish was kind of weak, like I had been drinking hop tea and not an AmericAN IPA. There was bitterness, sure, but not as pronounced as I would have liked and what happened to the malt? I was glad to add another CAN to the Quest, but I won't be seeking this out anytime soon.

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11th Hour IPA from Crow Peak Brewing
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