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11th Hour IPA - Crow Peak Brewing

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11th Hour IPA11th Hour IPA

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81 Reviews

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 196
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 19.6%
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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Photo of kjyost
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of NWer
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
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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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a stemmed glass

A: Gorgeous amber-rouge color. Virtually no head leaves some spotty lacing. It is really a beautiful brew if not for the head issue.

S: Bright, grassy hop character with flowery undertones. Roses, malty.

T: Nice amber malt flavor. Hops come across flowery and bright with a good amount of bitter. Very different from 11th Hour our of a growler which yields a huge grapefruit character.

M: Flavor envelopes the entire mouth. The perfect amount of carbonation for an IPA. Carries all around the tongue, cheeks, and palate.

D: Very good. Not quite the most remarkable IPA around but it is far more drinkable than some of the stronger IPAs I've had.

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Photo of benlippert
4.19/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of katan
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copperish IPA int he glass with rocky off white that falls while leaving large bubbles around the edge. Strong floral and spice nose, clean American style hops with lots of grapefruit. The nose really attracted me to this beer initially, in part, because I didn't expect such a hoppy beer from a SD local brewery when I bought this in Sioux Falls. Very pleasant surprise. The hop continues in the taste and has a good strong bite, a bit grassy--if you like chewing your hops, this is a good one. Slightly resiny and piney, like Double IPAs can often be. Slightly sweet finish to counter the hop sting. Nice IPA and fun to drink. Good luck to Crow Peak Brewing--hope to buy some more next trip to SD.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Crow Peak 11th Hour IPA, alcohol 6.5% by volume. Handcrafted in the Black Hills. Pure hoppiness."

Hazy deep crimson hue, creamy head, 1/2 ", lacy and long lasting.

Aroma: prickly pine, potent, plump and powerful fruity esters, citrus aplenty, tangerine, orange, pineapple, lemon and lime. Utterly lovely.

Taste: fresh and flush with flavor, huge bitterness, plays politely on the palate, bounces and trounces, speeds hoppy flavor all over. Next sip: Mmmm, more of the same, bitter hops, juicy fruit. Floods in the mouth, spills out delicious hoppy flavor, speeds it all over. Pure hoppiness, pure happiness.

Long on the palate, long finish, terrific tasting, lacking nothing, Absolutely delicious IPA. Mmmmm, wow. Utterly satisfactory.

How happy am I to taste an IPA this good, in a can, from South Dakota? Mighty happy. First, it further kills the lie that you have to be California, Oregon, or Washington to brew a great, hoppy IPA. I've heard it, and it's the quacking of a lunatic. Also, it shows the influence of Surly. I seriously doubt a beer like this could exist in a place like that if you'd plucked Omar Ansari and Todd Haug out of the frame of history, in the past five years. It would've been utterly unheard of to create, brew, sell, enjoy a fresh and vibrant IPA such as this in a market like South Dakota. Heck, I doubted Furious would've been popular five years ago.

Cheers, Crow Peak! Onward and upward!

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Poured a golden orange with a nice, thick head in my tulip glass. This beer was poured by Tim? at Monks in Souix Falls, SD. It was crystal clear and left behind some very pretty lacing.

SMELL: The nose is not overwhelming, but it has a moderate strength and is nice and bitter. The hops are strong.

TASTE: 100 IBUs is what you initially taste in this hop-bomb. Some floral flavors exist, but grapefruit and lemon lead the way keeping this tasty brew bitter from start to finish. The lemon flavor also adds a touch of tartness.

MOUTHFEEL: Strong carbonation and nice a sparkly. This beer cleanses whatever food may be on your palate with each sip and leaves an outstanding, bitter aftertaste.

OVERALL: After spending three days in South Dakota and trying about 20 SD beers, this is clearly the standout for me. It is bold, aggressive and pushing the limits for hop heads like myself. Well done, I hope Crow Peak gets to my new home in Colorado soon.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while sitting at my Mother-in-law's house during the Thanksgiving holiday.

A: This beer looks glorious as it rolls out of the can that looks like it may contain an energy drink. Beautiful deep-amber color. Crystal clear. Moderately carbonated. The 1 inch fluffy white head on top only drops back to about 1/2 inch and seems to last forever. Really a beautiful beer.

S: Aromas of malted grain and fruity/citrusy hops greet the nose. The grains provide some nice "munich-esqe" aromas followed by a rich caramel scent. The hops are more of the fruity variety. I get pineapple, mango, and papaya at first. This is followed by some of the less aggressive citrus fruits like orange and tangerine. Good aromas overall.

T: First lets talk about the malts. This is definitely one of your more caramel heavy beers, which is something I quite enjoy. There must be some Caramel 60 in this because I really get some of that rich caramel character that it provides. There are some toffee notes too. I don't get any breadiness or toasted flavors. A little of those flavors may have added to this beer a bit. The hop choices in this beer are very nice. They provide a very fruity hop flavor with more of that pineapple and mango flavor that was in the aroma. The citrus fruits that are present in the flavor include some strong tangerine notes followed by a hint of fresh oranges. The bitterness is ample but not too overpowering. I get some grapefruit and grapefruit rind in the bitterness in the back of my throat.

M: Solid medium body. Not too syrupy or thick. Feels smooth across the palate. Finishes with a slight bitter stickiness, but not too much. Moderate carbonation.

D: Overall, I was quite impressed with South Dakota's first distributing craft brewery. I know some of the other reviews thus far have not been favorable, but I really enjoyed this beer. It is not quite as epic as Stone's IPA, Celebration Ale, Smuttynose, Furious or some of the other IPA legends, but I think it is a solid IPA. It is definitely more caramel heavy, so if you aren't into that, I'd steer away. I'm going to buy 2 more six-packs before I leave town.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Can of South Dakota hoppiness; Can Code of 00802A1BA
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku produces a three-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a quite clear, rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright amber hue with almost copper highlights when held up to the light. The aroma smells heavily of a mix of caramelized crystal malt, herbaceous pine like hops and citrusy hop notes. The nose reminds me of caramelized, brown sugar coated toasty whole grain bread with some orange marmalade on it. The hops are a touch more dominant than the crystal malt, but this last still plays a substantive role; at times an almost spicy, whole grain note joins the malt character that otherwise leans towards a touch of sweet tea and juicy crystal malt.

My first sip is a jumble of flavors that remind me of malt sweetness, biting hop bitterness, lingering herbal notes, piquant pine and a fair amount of grapefruit zest and curacao orange-peel. The bitterness lingers on the tongue with a raspiness that is not qutie astringent, but definitely not soft and smooth (this is an IPA after all). This really does have quite a bracing bitterness to it, this is almost the most dominant note in this beer. Some marmalade like citrus character mellows a lightly dank hemp oil character and this is joined by notes of caramelized tangelo and nicely biting pine needle notes. The texture of this has enough heft to carry the hops, and despite the crystal malt focus (which is actually less in the flavor than in the aroma), this beer is nicely drinkable

Perhaps a bit more crystal malt focus than I usually prefer in an IPA, but this is a thoroughly enjoyable beer that I will easily knock back a few of. This is quite a tasty brew to be having as my first beer from South Dakota. Definitely a beer to get fresh, as based on other reviews it seems to be quite variable (and age seems the likely culprit).

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.92/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of icecube
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a warm glass

A: A nice drank yellow/orange

S: Aroma of citrus/floral hops

T: One of the better IPA in a can. I get a malty backbone with a huge overpowering hop finish. Balance not quite there but still very nice.

M: Medium body with a huge hoppy flavor

O: A nice IPA with mostly a hop flavor but there is slightly caramel maltiness. Overall a beer I would drink and share again

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Photo of lawlerj
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Flatlands
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of Misfit138
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.)

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to a77cj7 for yet another state tick with this beer. Chris you are a tickers best friend. Poured from a can into my duvel tulip.

A: Amber orange hue. Decent one finger of off white head is acheived with an aggressive pour. Sticky lace ring.

S: Nice mix of citrus and pine. Fresh cut grass clippings and wet straw. Some sweet malt is present but the hops really shine. Reminds a lot of Furious.

T: Again citrus and pine with a fresh clipped grass flavor. Like chewing up hop cones. The flavors are quick though. After the initial blast it sort of fades into obscurity. It's like the beer dissapears and turns into water on it's way down.

M: Medium to light body. Not a lot of heft. Seems thin and lightly carbed.

D: Overall this beer has some promise. I could see this having a big following with a few tweaks.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a thick creamy head of sandy colored foam. Nice lacing and retention.

Getting mostly caramel malt, but a touch of bitter hops at the end. Pretty light though.

Very balanced flavor. Some caramel sweetness and a bit of nuttiness from the malt. A crisp bitterness that isn't overpowering, but does linger. Some light pine and citrus notes from the hops as well.

The feel is extremely smooth with very creamy carbonation. Maybe just a tad low on the carbonation spectrum. Medium body and a lightly dry finish.

Very high drinkability on this one. Drinks like it's below five percent alcohol, not six and a half. This is a really quality brew from the somewhat desolate beer state of South Dakota. This should make beer geeks proud of their state however. Well done!

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11th Hour IPA from Crow Peak Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.