Come Celebrate By Grabbing Some Awesome Cans at Creekside Beer!
It’s time to celebrate! 11th Hour Brewing from Lawrenceville is celebrating its third anniversary this weekend. A fan favorite brewery in Creekside Beer’s #DrinkPGH local section, 11th Hour has gained tons of love from the craft beer community for their terrific hazies, super thick fruited sours, rich imperial stouts, and everything in between. They’ll be releasing some amazing brews at their taproom on Friday and Saturday to mark the occasion, which you can check out here. We also have a great selection of their cans in our coolers, including these two gems:
I’ve covered the Hour series in the past (which you can read here), but for those who aren’t aware, this series of IPAs from 11th Hour started with a single hop and has added an additional hop to each entry in the series. Thus far, they’ve added Citra, Mosaic, Kohatu, Simcoe, Denali, Ekuanot, and now, released in mid-August, Hour VII adds Centennial to the party. From the brewers, “Big tangerine, orange and pine on the nose gives us another addition to the Hour Series. Centennial pumps up the resinous punch adding to the already complex citrus, berry, mango, passionfruit, orange zest, blueberries and grapefruit. A heavy aroma that gives way to a candy like taste profile outlining this newest addition. Keeping the same malt base gives you the fluffy mouthfeel and soft profile you have come to expect from the Hour Series.” This brew clocks in at 6.8% ABV and currently holds a 4.18/5 on Untappd.
If you thought the brewers at 11th Hour were mad scientists for putting 12 different hops in an IPA, wait until you see what they did with Embrace the Martian DIPA! Their sales guy, Adam, put it best when he said, “it’s literally unlike any IPA I’ve ever had”. According to the brewery itself, “an experimental recipe for an IPA, we went with Pilsner malt, flaked wheat, "Brett" Brux Trois yeast, and hopping schedule using German hops Mandarina Bavaria, Huell Melon and Hallertau Blanc. The result is a slight aroma of pineapple followed by white grapes, orange peel, melon and peach. A soft mouthfeel followed by a dry crisp finish.” Embrace the Martian is 8.8% ABV and holds a 3.88/5 on Untappd at time of writing.
Now that you’ve heard a little bit about these beers, what do I think about them?
11th Hour Hour VII IPA
Look: This brew pours a thick, deep orange color with a heavy, lingering head (though the head could be a little thick because of a bad pour on my part).
Smell: Aromas of orange peel, tangerine, and other citrus fruits are what hit me first and foremost. There’s a grassy aroma to it as well.
Taste: It’s very soft and drinkable. I’m noticing citrus fruits, a touch of pine, and some dankness as well. Not really getting the blueberry notes mentioned by the brewery, however.
Thoughts: I’ve really enjoyed all of the Hours so far, but this one is especially good! It might be my favorite of the series (save for Hour III). It’s the kind of refreshing brew I could have a few of!
Tyler’s Rating: 4.5/5
11th Hour Embrace the Martian DIPA
Look: Somewhat cloudy but not traditionally hazy. It pours more of a straw color that’s reminiscent of a pilsner and has a thick, bubbly head.
Smell: It smells citrusy and maybe a bit like a white wine (I’m guessing that’s the grape they mentioned). It’s not overly aromatic.
Taste: Really unique! It has the crisp, clean flavors of a German pilsner, but there’s also juicy, citrusy notes that New England IPAs are known for. It’s well-balanced and extremely smooth for its high ABV.
Thoughts: This is a terrific brew that’s different from the norm. It’s cool to see how innovative and creative 11th Hour is with their brews. Happy third anniversary guys! Looking forward to the next three and beyond!
Tyler’s Rating: 4.25/5