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11th Hour IPA - Crow Peak Brewing

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 193
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 19.6%
Wants: 20
Gots: 23 | 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:
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 kjyost
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
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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Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no date. 6.5 ABV. Poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish orange color. Finger of off white head. Great carbonation streaming off the bottom of glass. Head dissapates quickly. Some mild lacing bits on glass.

S: I get some sweet fruity hops and some pine hints. Maybe some mango or peach. There is some bready malt behind it too.

T: Taste doesn't necessarily match the smell. You get some fruity hop presence, but it doesn't punch you in the face as you would assume. Very subdued and on the back end. Really don't get much on the tip of the tongue. All the flavors kind of force themselves on you in the mid mouth. You get the fruity hops and the sweet malt bill etc there. Then the close is crisp and dry, but not mouth puckering.

M: Medium bodied

O: This on gets a B from me. It's not a bad beer, especially out of a can. Not bad.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared by Schmittymack (thanks Dan) poured a clear golden amber with a lastinbg amber head. Aromas of biscuit, floral notes, orange zest and light pine. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness and citrus with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of NWer
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
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

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
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.


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Photo of DeschutesNut
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
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!

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.09/5  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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce can.

pours out a clear deep amber coulor with a beige hued head. some lace to be had. malty aroma...sugary, toffee-like, some molasses and brown sugar. herbal and pine aroma from the hops...a touch of citrus, too. taste is a balance of rich maltiness and plenty of bittering hops...pretty puckering indeed considering the ample maltiness present. malts run on the sugary side...sort of a crystal/munich/maris otter sort of vibe going on. amply hopped but too much back end bitterness and not enough flavour hops to battle with the malt centric profile of this IPA. pine and spuce with a herbal kick give the hop profile a fighting chance...but just doesn't feel right in the grand scheme of things. a strange, empty mouthfeel is disconcerting too...it's unusually smooth despite the obvious IPA level of hopping. what it does have is a voluptious body, due to the malt. drinkability is ok...i'm thinking this would be a great IPA to pair with some pub grub or hot wings or other beer related snackies. not really sessionable IMO...it's too sweet.

overall...this IPA is just OK...it has that "granite city" quality to it that makes it quaffable at first, and paired with food a nice beer, but on it's own it lacks.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Chris for sending this my way.

Appearance: copper orange with a 2 finger off white head.

smell: grass, hops, malts, caramel,

taste: hops, caramel malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: nice drinkable IPA. I'm a hophead at heart and I will have to say this is a pretty decent one. Just not top tier.


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Photo of jera1350
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a thick creamy head of sandy colored foam. Nice lacing and retention.

Getting mostly caramel malt, but a touch of bitter hops at the end. Pretty light though.

Very balanced flavor. Some caramel sweetness and a bit of nuttiness from the malt. A crisp bitterness that isn't overpowering, but does linger. Some light pine and citrus notes from the hops as well.

The feel is extremely smooth with very creamy carbonation. Maybe just a tad low on the carbonation spectrum. Medium body and a lightly dry finish.

Very high drinkability on this one. Drinks like it's below five percent alcohol, not six and a half. This is a really quality brew from the somewhat desolate beer state of South Dakota. This should make beer geeks proud of their state however. Well done!

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Photo of icecube
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a warm glass

A: A nice drank yellow/orange

S: Aroma of citrus/floral hops

T: One of the better IPA in a can. I get a malty backbone with a huge overpowering hop finish. Balance not quite there but still very nice.

M: Medium body with a huge hoppy flavor

O: A nice IPA with mostly a hop flavor but there is slightly caramel maltiness. Overall a beer I would drink and share again

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Photo of trappistlover
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

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Photo of dbossman
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of Lunch
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of harrymel
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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11th Hour IPA from Crow Peak Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.