11th Hour IPA | Crow Peak Brewing

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11th Hour IPA11th Hour IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crow Peak Brewing
South Dakota, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
215
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
19.6%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
29
For Trade:
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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 215
Photo of largadeer
2.09/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.77/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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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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