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11th Hour IPA - Crow Peak Brewing

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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 dbossman
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice bronze/copper hue with a thin head that quickly fades to a slight film on top of the beer; lacing is okay

S: Fairly nice floral hop bouquet with citrus and pine elements--and maybe a touch medicinal; actually quite pleasant all on top of a toffee and caramel, slightly sweet malt backbone

T: Unfortunately the hop/malt balance doesn't come out in the taste; the hop bitterness up front is pleasant with floral, citrus, and pine qualities prevalent but then that fades to a rather unpleasant almost soap-like flavor--luckily most of that fades as you get to the slightly sweet caramel malt presence; but all in all it doesn't quite mesh

F: Medium body with the oily and sticky quality that you expect in an IPA, but something about the texture is almost soapy

O: This isn't a bad beer but it's just not quite balanced right and the sticky-soap-like residual left on the back of the tongue is a bit off-putting

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.

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 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.

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.

Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from a77cj7 thanks Chris

Pours a dark red with half inch of foam that disappears quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell is such that the citrus and hops negate each other.

Tastes of lots of malts and little hops. I could be wrong because I have been IPAing it for awhile now but hop character feel subdued.

Mouthfeel is smooth... Too smooth... Still has a little bitterness but not enough.

This has decent drinkability but does not push the edge like is needed today. This is however the best beer in SD and should be allowed to develop throughout criticism.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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 Another6Pack
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
consumed 12/31
poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, clear, copper/amber color with a 1/4 inch of sudsy head that recedes immediately.

S: Nose is caramel malts and toffee, with hints of grapefruit hops.

T: Taste is all malt in the forefront. Tons of caramel and toffee sweetness. Floral and citrus notes really come through and take this beer over. Soapy botanical notes with a hanging grapefruit bitterness finish this out.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp with a slightly sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, pretty tasty, not too filling, nice kick, and a pretty fair representation of style. Much more balanced than I initially thought it would be and one that I would absolutely have again.

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 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 Vdubb86
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for actually letting me have a South Dakota beer...I'm so happy right now.

This beer pours an orange color with seemingly lots of fix like a cola might have...only this is orange. The aroma is rather faint for an IPA it's got some aroma of hops in an orange syrup mixed with grapefruit along with the aroma of caramel. The taste is malty upfront. Then the hop character is expressed in a dry chalky nature it has the wrong kind of bitterness where it is more astringent than bitter. I'm not really sure what's on my tongue right now, but I want it to go away. The actual flavors that are available aren't too bad, but the way they sit on the tongue hurts something fierce. It's drinkable, but not recommended. Not one of the better IPAs I've had...but keep on plugging SD!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a great box of beer today from a77cj7.. thanks a ton Chris... I'm looking forward to trade #3. Poured into my small Grolsch tulip. 1" foamy white head... fantastic lacing with a very nice cap... the brew is crystal clear deeep orange.

Nice citrus hops in the nose seem a bit muddled by a tad too much malt presence that carries a pretty heavy caramel hammer.... but really nothing wrong... good for sure.

Flavor mirrors the nose but definitely carries a nice unexpected floral note... a little lemon zest.. still again, there is a bit heavy malt profile... not sweet, just a malt background that seems a bit out of whack.

Body and carbonation seem about right.

Thanks again Chris for another righteous trade.

4.5/3.5/3/3.5/3.5

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 Misfit138
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a77cj7 for these!

Pours into my glass a deep, darker amber color. Darker than I expected it would be. Good sized head of off-white bubbles fades to a thick sheet but never really seems to stick much to the glass.

The aroma is of citrus hops, some light grassy notes, and caramel malts. It's a bit fruity as well. Smells pretty good.

The flavor mimics the smell quite nicely. Starts out with a smack of hops followed by the sweet caramel malts. Finishes sweet, though, and I was hoping for another round of bitterness at the end.

Body is average with lighter carbonation. Sweet aftertaste. Nice to see another brewery taking the canning route. Not bad, but not high on hops or bitterness. I think it would appeal to the masses more than the hop heads.

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.

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.

Photo of nkersten
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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 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.

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