11th Hour IPA - Crow Peak Brewing

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 21
Gots: 17 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-22-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of NWer
4.4/5  rDev +25%
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 kjyost
4.4/5  rDev +25%
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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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of benlippert
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
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 ForWhatAlesYou
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of katan
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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 StoneTSR
4.15/5  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.

Photo of LXIXME
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
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 facundoCNB
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
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 FightingEntropy
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

Photo of brewdoc75
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
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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11th Hour IPA from Crow Peak Brewing
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