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11th Hour IPA - Crow Peak Brewing

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 187
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.29%
Wants: 22
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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 largadeer
2.09/5  rDev -39.6%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
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... (748 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.25/5  rDev -35%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.77/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (1,115 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of ZAP
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
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 (408 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
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! (989 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of mhaugo
3.01/5  rDev -13%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of Lunch
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

South Dakota tick? I don't know if I have one or not.

A - Amber colored beer with a finger of off-white head that had okay retention and left some lace.

S - Carmal malts, citrus and grassy hops, some bitterness. That's about it.

T - Tastes like it smells with citrus, grassy, and bitter hops covering a caramel backbone. Doesn't taste bad at all, but it's not all that great.

M - Medium bodied, crisp, moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty sessionable as it's inoffensive and has a lighter feel. Not bad, but nothing I would drink again with much better options available. (573 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The appearance is amber / orange hue and transparent, for the most part. The head is fairly thin, leaving some random traces of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is missing the expected scents of fresh hops, citrus, pine, etc. associated with the style. The smell is more reminiscent of an amber ale, slightly hopped.

The flavor is odd, and just tastes a bit off kilter. Again, a lack of a decent hop presence, or anything characteristic of an American IPA, really taints my impression of the beer. It's not a horrible beer, per se, though it's certainly not great either. Anyhow, if judged as an American IPA, there are some simple, common elements that surely need to be addressed.

The finish has a slight bite to it. Carbonation level is fine and mouthfeel is average.

Overall, this brew could stand a few improvements. Mediocre. (871 characters)

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to the one and only Beerwolf77 for the South Dakota tick.

12oz can poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a burnt orange with a decent finger and a half worth of head and a slight haze to it. The head recedes quickly but leaves some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A good hop presence with a sweet malt backbone to balance it out. The hops are of a piney variety and there seems to be a cracker presence at the end. Not really much going on with this one.

T- There is a strong, bitter hop presence but in this case it isn't necessarily good. Strong pine and the malt that was picked up in the nose has vanished. There is still that cracker/bready taste but that is about it.

M- Medium to lighter bodied with a nice bitterness to it. There is a decent carbonation level and pretty dry on the finish.

D- Nothing I would readily seek out. Seems to be right around average with nothing special about it but nothing really off putting either. (956 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Canned IPA from a state I haven't ticked, yes please. Thoughtful extra thrown in by Andrew, unfortunately for SD and my palate, this beer was not good.

Beer was reddish / amber mildly hazy, thin head, no lacing.

Aroma was medicinal, slightly piny, mildly malty.

Beer is pretty bitter, so that's good, the forward is all malt, with this almost vegetal midpalate that damages my ability to drink much of the beer. I'll say this about it, I finished my pour but I split it threeways. I may have been the only one to finish my entire 4 ounces though.

On a side note, I have now reviewed beers from 48 states with this beer as beeradvocate.com counts states, but on a personal note I believe (this needs to be confirmed by me) that I have reviewed IPAs from 37 states. (767 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of NStLincoln
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New copper penny with a smallish white head.

Pine hops and forest smell with a certain sweetness.

More sweetness on the back end throws this thing out of balance. Kind of finishes with a bitter orange juice flavor. Carbonation is lacking. Tastes a little like a New Zealand Sauv blanc, grassy with grapefruit. On the bright side there is loads of pine hop flavor. (366 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour - dark amber with some reddish highlights. The head is gone pretty quick and fades to some wispy clouds floating on top. This one sure settles down quickly.

Aroma - caramel sweetness upfront with some subtle lemon aromas. Not a whole lot of hop aroma coming from this pour.
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Taste - a bit of a surprise as the aroma is very subdued for an IPA. This one has a bit crisp, citrusy bite that will instantly numb your tongue with bitterness. Some pine comes through in the very dry finish. Not a lot of hop complexity but certainly something that will appease the IPA drinkers out there, myself included.

Overall - decent IPA. If you like your IPAs on the very bitter side this will suit you just fine. Sweet, citrusy with a dry finish. This would do well on a hot summer day.

Would I buy more of it? - perhaps. There are a lot of other canned IPAs that have come out recently that I need to get my paws on first. Also, I am looking forward to trying Crow Peak's upcoming Pile O' Dirt Porter once it is available. (1,021 characters)

Photo of Another6Pack
3.15/5  rDev -9%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a craft beer in a can always dares you to drink with an open mind. thanks to tpd975 for the super cool extra.

a - poured a deep amber with a frothy ful fingered head into an oversized snifter.

s - timid citric hops. touch sweet, even malty.

t - kind of bitter, but with a super sweet candy front. i've used candy as a descriptor many times in the past, but this beer is straight up like eating a smartie or fun dip. i'm talking sah-weet.

m/d - sweet up front, super bitter on the back. leaves me feeling a bit confused. overly bitter aftertaste but easy to throw back. (572 characters)

Photo of nkersten
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of DeschutesNut
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
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! (384 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

State tick #47
12oz can poured into a pint glass, no canning date

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a two-finger foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some sticky lace behind

S- vegetal aroma up front, almost like spinach, beyond that theres some faint piney and floral hop, sweet bready malt

T- fairly bland up front, followed by a hit of piney hop & some earthy notes, green vegetal flavors follow, before finishing i bit metallic

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a dry crisp finish

O- some oddities throughout the flavor profile, but still pretty drinkable regardless (638 characters)

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11th Hour IPA from Crow Peak Brewing
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