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11th Hour IPA | Crow Peak Brewing

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11th Hour IPA11th Hour IPA

Brewed by:
Crow Peak Brewing
South Dakota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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!

Added by mcallister on 08-22-2010

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Photo of snaotheus
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can served in a tulip. Bought in SD. No date on the can.

Pours clear, rich golden with a respectable head and not a lot of carbonation. Actually fairly pretty. Smell is green apple, leaves and grass.

Taste is hay and pine. Strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is thin. Overall, it's OK.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Can, no date:
Pours an almost copper color, with only the lightest haze (could be just chill haze). Head is light, but actually holds a medium ring and sparse surface coverage.

Nose has a light metallic note to it, which could be a sign of age. I also get a sweet bitterness that reminds me of an ESB, though the bitterness is more prevalent and pungent than that classic style.

Taste starts with a lightly sweet tea like maltiness, but is balanced against a piney to grassy bitterness. The problem blend is the two, while both present, don't seem to meld well together. Feel is a tad watery, but not too bad.

This just feels like I'm drinking two things together: a hoppy session IPA and the last running a off some wort. If age isn't part of the equation, this is easily to skip; however, I'd give it another chance at the brewery.

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Photo of Antg8989
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a very good IPA. Very malt forward - certainly not the "pure hoppiness" it claims to be on the can. Tasted some green apple in here. I purchased this in an attempt to have some South Dakota beer while in South Dakota, but 1 is more than enough for me. Not a complete disaster, but would not purchase again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i must like this better than others, i must have had a real fresh can, as it was pretty darn good, and while its not necessarily the type of ipa i like to drink all the time, i really appreciate it, and see no reason for it to be ranked so low on here. it has so be centennial hops heavy, or something similar, i get that fresh milled pine lumber thing, in aroma and flavor, woody, and with a real heavy bitterness on the back end, which is very intense and delicious. there is a little richer malt base too, maybe some crystal 50 or so, and it adds more body than sweetness, making this a really sturdy ipa, robust to say the least. the hops are very fresh in the flavor, centennial it seems again, maybe simcoe too, heavy, oily, dense. dramatic really. good carbonation and a sudsy frothy feel to it thats nice as well. to me this might be more of a cold weather type ipa, could be heavy in the summer, but its better done than it looks like its getting credit for here. i have been impressed with these guys across the board in my time here in south dakota.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a pretty decent IPA but quite a bit too malty for me. I am more of a Citrus or fruit note hops fan. Nice smooth drinker thought! Wasnt bad at all

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium coppery amber with a fine two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of lightly grainy biscuit malt, grassy and lightly citrus hops. Flavor dominated by citrus and grassy hops, supported by a mild biscuit malt body; long lingering citrus rind finish with somewhat astringent hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A hop forward IPA with just enough biscuity malt to support the hops. Hops are more bitter than herbal and this leaves the finish a little stark. A good IPA, but could use a little more hop and malt character.

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Photo of papat444
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Chucker17 for this one.

Poured from a can. Hazy, light copper body with average lacing. Very aggressive bitterness but lacks malt to strike a balance so ends up being abrasive a bit rather than flavorful. Bit of honey and tea dryness to round things off.

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Photo of spoony
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated September 15, 2015.

A-An aggressive pour leads to a tall head of light-tan foam. Retention is pretty good and a few chunks of lace cling to my glass. The beer is mostly clear and orange-copper in color. A few streams of carbonation support the head.

S-The aroma is grassy with pine and slightly bitter, leafy / spicy notes. I sniff some muted fruit (like orange and grapefruit) as well. The malt is lighter and dryer than many IPAs with a toasted bread aroma.

T-The taste is similar with vague fruit notes being mostly overwhelmed by leafy, green flavors like dandelion, fresh-cut grass, and some pine. Bitterness is moderate.

M-The body is lighter than average and this can is somewhat flat.

O-Lots of green, leafy flavors here, so if that is your thing this may be a good option. My impression: a serviceable IPA, but nothing to write home about. With so many good IPAs around, you have better options.

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Photo of Todd
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty, Citrus, Pine, Juicy
11th Hour pours a bit hazy with a coppery body, topped with some light lacing. Malt and citrus aromas in the nose. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a malty sweetness, biscuit-like flavor, and a raw, leafy hop feel. Notes of pine and light resin are balanced by an underlying juicy fruitiness. Overall this is a good, balanced IPA.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015).

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Photo of ScrewBud
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L - pretty light Amber, clean
S - malty, not much hops
T - another one you need to drink warm or won't have any taste
F - kinda gritty, little carb
O - pretty weak, but at least tastes like an IPA

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Photo of beergoot
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice gold body; billowy white head that quickly falls to a thin yet lasting layer of foam. Funky, grassy aroma; musty citrus; hint of caramel. Balanced blend of cereal and bread malt flavors with a zesty hop bitterness; twinge of orange and tangerine flavor. Medium body; mostly dry finish.

A respectable IPA if rather indistinguishable from the crowd.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

State tick #47
12oz can poured into a pint glass, no canning date

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a two-finger foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some sticky lace behind

S- vegetal aroma up front, almost like spinach, beyond that theres some faint piney and floral hop, sweet bready malt

T- fairly bland up front, followed by a hit of piney hop & some earthy notes, green vegetal flavors follow, before finishing i bit metallic

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a dry crisp finish

O- some oddities throughout the flavor profile, but still pretty drinkable regardless

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A : Dull golden glow, 80% transparent. Fluffy, stark white head with sticky lacing on the sides of the pint glass. About 1 finger remains of steady head after 60 seconds.

S : Very hard to get a nose on this one. When I can, and it's rare, it's a bit of arm pit and some peaches. Slight malty aromas.

T : It starts out fairly unremarkable, and then a sharp stab of dark Black Hills pine cone just thrusts itself right into your tongue. Surrounding this nucleus is slightly dirty tap water on both the beginning and the end. Some tropical fruit rinds are also detectable, including pink grapefruit and mango. Some rusty flavors also surface towards the finish. I'm not sure how I feel about this.

F : Light bodied, almost like water, but it retains a subtle creaminess that adds balance and character to an otherwise bland profile. Carbonation is sparse but stabbing, and it ends dry.

O : I'm sure it's a noble try, but I just wasn't overly impressed by this offering. It's quite possibly the most substandard IPA I've had yet. Too much chemical on the finish and not a substantial mouthfeel.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

A good beer, but the hops were not my favorite. Really earthy, which some people may like, but I prefer pine and citrus flavors. It reminded me of early 2000's east coast IPA made with english hops. What I liked most about this beer was how easy it was to find in the Black Hills. Somehow i was expecting craft beer to be very hard to come by in the land of leather (seats and women) and chrome. The first gas station we hit had all three packaged offerings from Crow Peak, and it seemed ubiquitous around the Mount Rushmore area. Taste seemed to give way to mass appeal and cost nearing Sturgis, but I could still find a couple craft beers here and there.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at the Rustic Inn, Jackson WY.

A- Can poured to a goblet with a clear deep golden body. A white head fills in to around a finger high with a frothy texture. Head retention is fairly good as large islands and a puffy ring result. Lacing begins with several webs and

S- Citrus and floral hop notes are responsible for a large portion of the aroma. Beyond that are notes of pine, light cracked base grains, bread and some fruit.

T- Zesty citrus hops lead off with grapefruit and bitter orange peel as pine, floral and spicy hop notes follow. Some balance provided by yeast fruit esters, bread, pale cracked cereal grains, light caramel and slight sweetness.

MF- Light to medium bodied with a foamy and frothy texture. Carbonation comes in at a fairly high level and it feels somewhat creamy with agitation. Finished with a sharp but clean zesty pine bitterness.

Totally random six pack of cans grabbed in the Badlands National Park general store. The hops remind me of Torpedo or SNPA and I would guess Centennial or Cascade are used. Very solid.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Beer poured a hazy golden color with white head that laced. The scent was decent...has some fresh hops that leaned toward bitter. The taste followed suit, but it was easy to drink. Probably the best Crow Peak beer that I have had thus far. Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was good and worth a shot.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. can into a Crow Peak "can" pint glass.

Pours a lovely, clear light copper with one finger of head that leaves some spotty lacing.

The aroma I get is mostly pine with some bread, grass and a little citrus underneath.

The taste is big, piney hops right up front with a little spiciness as well then a bit of juicy sweet followed by a lingering grassy bitterness that stays on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is thin to medium.

Overall, I think this is a very good IPA, especially if you lean to the pine, resinous flavors. Get it fresh and you've got a very good beer.

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

Can provided by LiverBelly - thanks. Named after the 11th Hour Gulch in Spearfish Canyon where the walls are so narrow and high that it receives only 1 hour of sunlight each day. Hope to visit one day.

A: Pours a clear goldenish copper with a thin (1/4-inch) slightly off-white head which fades quickly to the rim leaving some spotty lace.

N: Pine forest and grainy malts with some mild floral and herbal notes.

T: Mainly follows the nose with piney hops, crackers, and malts

M: Moderate body and light carbonation. Slightly resiny with a dry and bitter grassy finish.

O: Refreshing, but don't expect a hop monster. Could not figure out the canning date above the bar code (2 10 27 A 2 B A). Would like to try this really fresh.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11th Hour pours a copper color with a nice and long lasting lacing head. There is a floral aroma, but its rather weak. The taste has some floral notes, and has a nice hoppy bitterness at the end. Nice full flavors, but does finish a bit harsh. Overall however its a nice IPA.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Can from kjyost. Cheers. From notes.

A - Poured bright and dark gold. Mild carbonation potty lace, film retention.

S - Pine, grapefruit, orange, honey.

T - Honey, rough pineapple core, grapefruit.

M - Decent carbonation, medium body, good bitter finish.

O/D - Decent IPA. Didn't break the mold or anything but was OK. Mild, but acceptable.

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Photo of einman
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Took the family to Rapid City for a little vacation so figured I'd see what was available locally that I couldn't get in MN. Picked up a six pack of this and their Porter as well. It's an ok IPA, not great to me but certainly drinkable.
If I lived in SD would probably buy again.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a can as well out of a bottle. Pretty much the same. Appearance is a amber colored hue with hints of light brown undertones. A fizzy white head with decent retention.

The aroma has a great hoppy nose with some minor malt notes overall. The hops have a nice citrus and grassy aroma to it. Some minor herbal notes but more balance. A good caramel malty note is there but more of a generic undertone to it which enhances the hops. Some dirty yeasty undertones but mostly clean.

The taste is similar. A good hop flavor upfront with a nice balance from the malt. The hops come out first with a good citrus and herbal quality. Some minor dirty off hop notes but overall great appeal. The malt comes out more vs the nose. A soft caramel and light bready taste. Some minor yeast notes but overall good. Limited bitterness though and would have liked some at least for more balance.

The body is moderate to light. Good for style. A good carbonation if not just a touch much but ok. Overall a good beer. Some dirty undertones and limited bitterness are minor faults but still easy to drink.

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Photo of mhaugo
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft in a 12 ounce pint glass.
Appearance: Clear amber with a quickly dissipating head.
Smell: Light grass and citrus aromas. Very faint smell of wood. Not much in the nose
Taste: Subtle bready taste and a little bit of bitterness to follow. I can almost pick up a slight alcohol warmth. Lingering, easy bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Clean and easy to drink.
Overall: If Crows Peak dry-hopped this, it would make a great pale ale. Otherwise it is a pretty unremarkable IPA.

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