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11th Hour IPA - Crow Peak Brewing

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81
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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 21
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)
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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%

Can I brought to share at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Thanks to Norseman for sending me this one.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with an odd metallic flavor and a low level of carbonation that don't do anything towards this one's drinkability.

Serving type: can.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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 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...

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing his can for the SD tick!

Finally made my way into the Dakotas. You're next, Fightin' Sioux! This thing pours a clear amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, toffee, and a mild melange of grapefruit, green apple, and white-leaning lettuce. The taste holds notes of grapefruit (less mild this time), light pine, and caramel. The body is a somewhat hefty light, with a light carbonation and a sorta sticky feel. Overall, a decent IPA, but nothing to travel to Pierre to seek out.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to spycow for tossing me a can of this. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of foam that settles to a thin pizza-like cap, nice lace patterns on the sides of the glass. The body is quite dark for an IPA, with an amber/toffee color and total transparency.

S - Herbal, zesty, and some astringent pine character. Heavy caramel and sugary malt.

T - Some green apple and toffee malt character, as well as some sugar cookie. Finishes with fairly solid bitterness. Not much overt hop flavor.

M - Medium-light body, medium carbonation. Not much else to say here.

D - If this was marketed as an APA, I'd probably give it significantly higher score. It's pretty inoffensive, and I'd certainly have it again if I were stuck in South Dakota. If you realize that the Dakotas are about 25 years behind the rest of the country when it comes to craft beer, this seems much more impressive.

Photo of drabmuh
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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 drewone
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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 Gueuzedude
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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).

Photo of woodychandler
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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 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 Huhzubendah
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to luxbwin for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, very slight citrus note. The taste is hoppy, slight malt note, and some citrus thrown in. Medium Body, a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. This is a pretty tasty brew, goes down pretty smooth. Finally a SD brew, waiting for an ND and I'll have all 50 states. Thanks Luc!

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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11th Hour IPA from Crow Peak Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.