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 beagle75
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Localized thick lacing remains near the top of the glass.

S: Powerful toasted bread is impressive. Other smells have trouble edging in, but include floral and herbaceous hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with assertive pale malt that gives way to an acidic burst of mellow piney and lesser bright citrus hop aromatics. Flavors become drier into the middle as acidity subsides, with a distinctly funky Marris Otter thread standing out. The finish is mildly bitter and a little earthy, with the English malt carrying through to the end.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The malt qualities present in this South Dakota-brewed IPA are noteworthy, and should be celebrated for what they are. This beer is not a hop bomb; apart from the standout malt, flavors tend toward nuance. Still, this IPA is better than most (in a can.)

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head and great amounts of lacing. Smells of honey, caramel, floral hops, grassy, grapefruit, pine. The taste is earthy and bitter up front followed by a grapefruit citrus blast! Hints of honey, very hoppy but not overwhelming with the bitterness. Medium body, slightly creamy, mild carbonation. This is a great ipa and south Dakota should feel privileged to have such a thing.

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Photo of Flatlands
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I took the family to the Black Hills so I had to pick up something I cannot get at home. This is a solid IPA and I like how local of a brew it is using locally grown hops. This one reminds me of a "Ska-Light" still a very nice brew that I enjoyed.
A-darkish orange, nice lacing, good looking IPA
S-Local hops are not BIG but OK smell
T-As is with most midwest IPA's, Balanced is what we like in the middle of the country
M-Nice lingering mouthfeel. Nice job here.
O- a solid high 3's for me. I can see why this is their flagship. If you are in the Black Hills, this is a good one to look for. If I lived in Rapid City, it would be a staple in the fridge.
BTW - I love the can design on this beer, it is way cool. I should'e bought some more to share with local KC folk as the can will get you noticed.
Also, any Sturgis fans out there, save room in your saddlebags to bring this one back and while you are there, let your beer snobbery out amongst the Bud Light folks.

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Photo of benlippert
4.19/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very hoppy IPA, full of flavor and taste. The hops are grown locally in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This is a flagship beer for good reason. It's only available in South Dakota so next time you are driving through, make it a point to swing by the brewery or local bar and ask where you can get Crow Peak.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a translucent copper w/ a slightly off white two finger head. Doesn't look to be overly carbonated.

S - Fruit, juicy hops along a bit of malt backbone. Seems to be fairly hop forward, but I'm going to let it warm a bit to issue a final verdict. A bit of pineiness.

T - Bitter hops up front - piney and a bit of resin in there. As it slides back, I get a touch of citrus, but the pine is what seems to dominate on the hop side of things. There is a nice malt profile - not overly sweet. More straight up bread than caramel or toffee like in some IPAs.

M - medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Not too bad. A nicely balanced IPA offering from a brewery that I really have been starting to like. Plus one for cans.

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Photo of katan
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint

A = pours a mostly clear, but darker color - light brown. Pearly white head, breaks down to a film fairly quickly. Well retained with a film.

S - A light west coast american hop profile, a little bit of spiciness and some pine. The malts do sneak through on this one enough to notice some caramel and crystal.

T - Starts off light in most regards, some earthy hop notes as well as some caramel/nutty malt flavors. Mid-stream a strong piney, citrus hop note comes through very strongly. Stings the tongue with bitterness. Finishes mostly clean, with a little bit of sweetness and a carried over bitterness.

M - Moderate body and a fairly decent carbonation. Comes off pretty light and easy drinking. Alcohol is well hidden.

O/D - An enjoyable IPA - I would drink this one again. The ABV is manageable but certainly potent. Not overwhelming to the palette, and not at all filling.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This amber colored brew poured with minimal head. Citrus and flowery hops lazily wafted into the nostrils. Only trace of malt up front before the bitter hops took over. The hops lingered on the palate for a few seconds. This beer wasn't quite melded all the way, but enjoyable nonetheless. Happy to see a South Dakota brew.

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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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11th Hour IPA from Crow Peak Brewing
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