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11th Hour IPA - Crow Peak Brewing

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 187
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 21
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 UMNbeerhunter
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (588 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 woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,225 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 Jayli
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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! (822 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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 (740 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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 (695 characters)

Photo of Misfit138
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (765 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 TheManiacalOne
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (925 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 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 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 brewdoc75
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while sitting at my Mother-in-law's house during the Thanksgiving holiday.

A: This beer looks glorious as it rolls out of the can that looks like it may contain an energy drink. Beautiful deep-amber color. Crystal clear. Moderately carbonated. The 1 inch fluffy white head on top only drops back to about 1/2 inch and seems to last forever. Really a beautiful beer.

S: Aromas of malted grain and fruity/citrusy hops greet the nose. The grains provide some nice "munich-esqe" aromas followed by a rich caramel scent. The hops are more of the fruity variety. I get pineapple, mango, and papaya at first. This is followed by some of the less aggressive citrus fruits like orange and tangerine. Good aromas overall.

T: First lets talk about the malts. This is definitely one of your more caramel heavy beers, which is something I quite enjoy. There must be some Caramel 60 in this because I really get some of that rich caramel character that it provides. There are some toffee notes too. I don't get any breadiness or toasted flavors. A little of those flavors may have added to this beer a bit. The hop choices in this beer are very nice. They provide a very fruity hop flavor with more of that pineapple and mango flavor that was in the aroma. The citrus fruits that are present in the flavor include some strong tangerine notes followed by a hint of fresh oranges. The bitterness is ample but not too overpowering. I get some grapefruit and grapefruit rind in the bitterness in the back of my throat.

M: Solid medium body. Not too syrupy or thick. Feels smooth across the palate. Finishes with a slight bitter stickiness, but not too much. Moderate carbonation.

D: Overall, I was quite impressed with South Dakota's first distributing craft brewery. I know some of the other reviews thus far have not been favorable, but I really enjoyed this beer. It is not quite as epic as Stone's IPA, Celebration Ale, Smuttynose, Furious or some of the other IPA legends, but I think it is a solid IPA. It is definitely more caramel heavy, so if you aren't into that, I'd steer away. I'm going to buy 2 more six-packs before I leave town. (2,141 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 MasterSki
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (901 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 tpd975
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice amber hue from the can with an off white head. Okay retention and some nice lace.

S: Rich sweet malty aromas. Lots of caramel and brown sugar with subdued pine notes as well.

T: Malt forward. Bready with notes of candy malts. Hints of grapefruit and pine in the finish.

M: Medium in body, good level of carbonation.

D: A middle of the road IPA. (364 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
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). (1,928 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to a77cj7 for yet another state tick with this beer. Chris you are a tickers best friend. Poured from a can into my duvel tulip.

A: Amber orange hue. Decent one finger of off white head is acheived with an aggressive pour. Sticky lace ring.

S: Nice mix of citrus and pine. Fresh cut grass clippings and wet straw. Some sweet malt is present but the hops really shine. Reminds a lot of Furious.

T: Again citrus and pine with a fresh clipped grass flavor. Like chewing up hop cones. The flavors are quick though. After the initial blast it sort of fades into obscurity. It's like the beer dissapears and turns into water on it's way down.

M: Medium to light body. Not a lot of heft. Seems thin and lightly carbed.

D: Overall this beer has some promise. I could see this having a big following with a few tweaks. (830 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)

11th Hour IPA from Crow Peak Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.