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11th Hour IPA - Crow Peak Brewing

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BA SCORE
80
good

82 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 82
Hads: 200
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 19.6%
Wants: 23
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crow Peak Brewing
South Dakota, United States | website

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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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 200
Photo of womencantsail
2.23/5  rDev -35.7%
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...

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Photo of tpd975
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
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).

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean toffee colored body and an active head

S: Indistinct pine, watery pineapple, light caramel and a sudsy character

T: Pine, unripe citrus, bready malt, and a meandering metallic taste. Slight alcoholic nip for this 6.5% beer.

M: Plenty of residual bitterness and the malt lends a solidifying character to the body. Appropriate carbonation.

D: This is obviously an IPA but the indistinct hop profile doesn't establish a strong character. I'd take this over BMC any day but would rather have a more harmonious balance.

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11th Hour IPA from Crow Peak Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.