1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

11th Hour IPA - Crow Peak Brewing

Not Rated.
11th Hour IPA11th Hour IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

155 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 155
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 19
Gots: 16 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 155 | Reviews: 74 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of largadeer
2.08/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

largadeer, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
2.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Chris for sending me this elusive South Dakota tick.

A: The pour is a fairly dark amber color with a minimal off-white head forming in the glass. Some spotty lacing as well.

S: There's a strong toffee aroma that is not giving me a lot of hope for this beer. Definitely bready with a strange herbal hop aroma and some sweet oranges.

T: The flavor is of watered down iced tea. Not what I look for in my IPAs nor what I look for in my tea. A decent enough bitterness and not overly sweet, but not really well put together.

M: The body is light to medium with some slightly watery characteristics and a moderate carbonation.

D: Well, South Dakota, we're not off to a good start in our relationship. This one definitely needs some work...

womencantsail, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of harrymel
2.23/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to a77cj7 for this extra. Cheers Chris!

A: Pours an orange amber with excellent clarity. 1-2 finger peanut head dissipates to a moderate sheet of the same. Thick, sheeted lace (not plural, all one wave - nice)

S: Hmmm. Can says IPA, nose says amber/marzen. Vienna malts barely even notched with a hare of citrus hop aroma.

T: Yep, this is an octoberfest, it's gotta be. Maybe it was canned incorrectly. There are some tones of bitterness, but nothing memorable.

M: Medium body, medium carb. Average feel.

O: Yup, now I can say I had it, can't say I want it though. Maybe if I new the can date... Sad state of affair.

harrymel, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of thelargeone
2.4/5  rDev -31.8%

thelargeone, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

t0rin0, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Thickfreakness
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade from a77cj7! Very generous!!!

A- Poured a deep ruby redish/orange! The off-white head disappears very quickly. Not much in the way of lacing.

S- Subtle citrus and hops. Alot more sweet malt and caramel than most IPA's. Kinda like a caramel apple. No trace of piney hops. My guess is that this is an older can(00802A1BA).

T- Very malt and caramel forward. I taste no hops, just a hint of citrus lingers in the finish. Totally dominated by malts. My guess is that this isn't that fresh. Not bad... just not as advertised on the website.

M- Lots of caramel on the tongue. Just a touch of citrus and hops. Nothing really special.

D- I'd say more of an Ale than an IPA. Tastes fine, drinks fine, just not what I was expecting.

Thickfreakness, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Bighuge, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Chris via Alex for this South Dakota state tick. 12oz can that is very cool, drank from my Darkness glass...Pours a very dark copper, that is also very clear, interesting trick. A light tan head, very small bubbles of head but create a thick and lasting top...The aroma is wet hops, smells like a wet pale, not like a bitter ipa. lots of caramel comes through, pretty sweet overall, not a bad start so far...The taste destroys a pretty promising start. The taste and feel are way to light and distracting. There is boring hops and alcohol, a scratchy bitter finish doesn't help matters.

A rare tick but not something to try outside of ticking.

jrallen34, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of ZAP
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer....a decent hop impression of pine on the nose and taste...just a hint of "some being a little "off"on the nose as well. A bit of a garlicy/oniony aroma and taste but relatively light...

Deep amber color...no head or lace....

Glad I got a chance to try this brewery but would not rank as one of my favorite IPA's....not saying it is bad or poorly made just not my thing with the onion/garlic

ZAP, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can, courtesy of mnbearsfan, into a Duvel tulip. State #38 for me.

A: Crystal clear dark copper body under a finger of frothy tan head. Mediocre retention, nice lace. Dark for the style, but otherwise not terrible.

S: Rich toffee + caramel malt sweetness, with only the faintest hint of herbal, vegetal hops. Not bad for a low-test Barleywine, but very underwhelming as an IPA.

T: See the Smell description above. Identical. Way more sweet than bitter, although the very tail end does have some serious bitterness to it. Not terrible at all, just not to style.

M: Slightly sticky medium body with a solid dose of carbonation. Ok.

O: Granted this one's been sitting in my beer fridge for a couple months now, but I can't imagine this having been much better regardless of freshness. The malt just completely overwhelms everything else, a fact that's evident from the appearance on through to the finish. I won't be seeking this out, even if I find myself in South Dakota.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. can poured into a nonic. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear caramel colored amber color that produced a foamy off-white to yellow colored head with good retention. Tons of lace all over the glass.

(S)- A rather floral aroma to it. Dry, with some lemon & lime citrus, but primarily a floral-type of profile.

(T)- Has a good malty caramel backbone to it with a dry lemon & lime citrus. Hints of dry bark in there too.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A very dry backbone with some bitterness, but not over powering.

(D)- A decent IPA with some aspects I enjoy.

sweemzander, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of AngelFireB27
3/5  rDev -14.8%

AngelFireB27, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Wetenkamp
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Wetenkamp, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of BeerGreg
3/5  rDev -14.8%

BeerGreg, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -14.8%

drewone, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of zenwatts
3/5  rDev -14.8%

zenwatts, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of thewimperoo
3/5  rDev -14.8%

thewimperoo, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Michael_d_Thompson
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Michael_d_Thompson, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of marct
3/5  rDev -14.8%

marct, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -14.8%

jenray, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Pacioli1445
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Pacioli1445, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -14.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

mhaugo, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Lunch
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can shared by Dr. Tick, drabmuh and presented to our small and incomplete tasting group as an IPA from one of the grandest states in the union, South Dakota.

I'm not going to shit on this one too much as there was nary a date stamp, but this was average at best. Pours out a golden orange with just a slight haze. Not much head to speak of. Could look better, but could look worse. Smell is not terribly hoppy and it contains something slightly off-putting. Interesting malt tones and just a hint of boiled vegetable. Taste is certainly better with some decent bitterness and a slight fruity citrus hop presence, but this is more malty than hoppy. "Balanced" as many IPAs are decribed as. I prefer an unbalanced IPA that showcases the hops, but that's just me.

I wouldn't go about seeking this out, but if I were at the brewpub I would give it another go.

Lunch, Apr 07, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
11th Hour IPA from Crow Peak Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.