Wooden Nickel India Pale Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

Not Rated.
Wooden Nickel India Pale AleWooden Nickel India Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
76
okay

34 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 34
Hads: 98
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tapman on 12-17-2010

The IPA is hopped while in the brew kettle and is dry hopped twice more through the brewing process. During fermentation dry leaf hops were added and they also added dry leaf hops during the finishing process.

55 IBU
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 34 | Hads: 98
Reviews by Nate139:
Photo of Nate139
3/5  rDev -7.4%

More User Reviews:
Photo of Runofthemiller
1.92/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This had a Heineken-like skunk to it. This tastes nothing like an IPA, and certainly nothing like an American IPA. Sorry but I really thought about pouring this out. It got worse as it got warmer. Given the very high price, I will never buy this again. (252 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Easily an inch and a half of tightly knit eggshell colored head. Golden to light amber in color with some moderate haziness. Brussels lacing. Aroma is of some slightly vegetal hops and bready malt. Flavor is more of a tropical hop flavor along with some light malt. The mouth is fairly carbonated. (297 characters)

Photo of Skycarp33
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy orange body with a bubbly off-white merange that pushes out of the bottle when opened. There is a boiling carbonation of big bubbles.
S- The orange hops aroma has a slight bitterness followed by a sweet malt aroma that is a bit softer and has some honey and caramel malt qualities to it. As the beer opens up there is more of a raw grain aroma that comes through.
T- The orange and pine hops linger with a slight pungency and are supported by a slightly sweet biscuit and honey malt flavor . M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a big scrubbing bubble fizz.
D- This beer has a nice flavor with the light sweetness balancing the hops that are just a bit citrus forward. Everything is balanced in the beer making it very drinkable. (811 characters)

Photo of slee196
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.17/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crown Valley Brewing "Wooden Nickel IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, CLaymont, DE
It's a shame that Crown Valley doesn't put any freshness dating on their beer.

Appearance: Hazy deep-amber/orange with orange and gold highlights. Frothy head of off-white holds well and leaves some decent lacing about the glass. It appears to have yeast sediment at the base of the bottle, signaling a bottle-conditioned beer.

Aroma: Oxidized, exaggerated caramel malt. A bit of cardboard. Some moderate fruitiness, basically apple. NO HOPS.

Flavor: Beyond the oxidized maltiness there's a subtle tang that might be coming from yeast (it does appear to be bottle-conditioned), or which might be coming from somewhere else. The fruitiness found in the nose is confirmed: mild apple and dull berry. Some leafy and grassy hops remain. Solid bitterness. The bottle lists it as 60 BU's but I'm sensing it as more like 45-50, perhaps because of the maltiness. Residual golden-caramel maltiness remains in the lingering finish along with a subtle spiciness and thin thread of tartness. After a few moments the maltiness fades and the bitterness rises, showing that there is something to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a dextrinous edge, but also a thin cutting edge of tartness. Moderate carbonation. Malty and smooth.

Overall: As this is clearly a damaged beer I'll have to try to secure a fresher sample; or should I even bother taking another chance on a $1.99 bottle that has no date or coding? I'll blame both Crown Valley and Total Wine & More for this, but ultimately the burden falls on the brewer. As it stands I can hardly call it an IPA, not even one in the English vein. A strong ale, yes, but it lacks hops across the board. Hedonistically, well that went out the window with the first oxidized whiff. Disappointing. (1,869 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Took a chance on this a part of mixed sixer, Nothing from these guy has wowed me yet, but there's always a first time..

Pours honey colored with 3 + fingers of frothy cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Grassy & bready notes

T: Much breadyness, some grassyness, some aspirin up front. Honey notes, some lemon & a bit of herbal/aspirin bitterness as this warms. Finishes grapefruit bitter, somewhat crisp & with decent breadyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly firm carbonation. pretty good balance

An alright take on the style that is way better than most of their offerings (600 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick layer of white head. Lacing is spotty.

It's not much in the smell department. Hops are a faint floral scent, but otherwise it reeks of grain and sweet malt.

The hops pick up a little more in the flavor, but not by much. They're floral and citrus. The grainy malt overrides the hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp with prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's a drinkable ipa, but very plain. It's not one I'd seek out again. (455 characters)

Photo of Moby
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of alleykatking
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed darker amberish golden color. Two finger eggshell white head shows good retention. Large thick streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Grapefruit in the front of the beer comes in lightly along with a hint of caramel malt. All the aroma of the frontend like the backend is muted. Some orange like aroma toward the middle. Ending of the aroma has semi-sweet caramel malts mixing with earthy piney hops. No real alcohol aroma is present.

T- Caramel malts in the front of the beer gives way to a light grapefruit hop. To me the hopping in the beer is lighter in the flavor than in the aroma. Carmael underbody shines in this beer with a light piney hop bite in the ending. Alcohol is light and semi-sweet lacking a big bite.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts and citrus hops are what's left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly caramel malts, light alcohol, and piney hops. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors are balanced for the style in more or else of a English style to me. No off flavors at all.

O- A nice sessionable IPA that has a little higher ABV than most session beers. A tad on the sweet side at times this beer is clean and has some nice crispness to it. A good simple drinking IPA from Crown Valley. (1,317 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of emerge077
2.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle has an inkjet code on the bottom of the bottle, a possible julian date of "1141" which would be April 2011.

Pours placidly into a goblet, yielding a moderate sized head of cream colored foam on top of a hazed dark orange body. Head settles after a few minutes, leaving a collar of drippy lace behind.

Smells like floral hops and caramel, impression of the "stock recipe" middle of the road IPA right off the bat.

Tastes like old caramels from last halloween and grass clippings. A buttery sweet and alternately bitter taste. Specialty malt and meager hops... sort of a dull melange of mediocre flavors. Body is medium, light on carbonation and a bit sweet. Pass. (675 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours cloudy yellow gold with a 1+ finger head that covered the glass with lacing

smells of bready malt and light floral and citrus hops

taste is more tangy bready malt then hops - but the hops are there and do balance this light flavored beer

mouthfeel is a medium light body low carbonation very smooth and creamy

overall this beer just does not pack the hop punch needed to be a real ipa in my book (405 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of cistercian12
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jjd315
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of jmccullough108
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of biggred1
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, bronze with a million tiny suspended particles(this may not be the freshest sample) and a dense meringue-like head that leaves sticky lace all down the glass. Orange peel, pine sap and toasted grain in the aroma. Pale malts and subdued fruity hops. Well balanced but lacking the flavor concentration I look for in an IPA. Medium bodied with nice heft and smooth carbonation. An easy drinker and a decent session IPA. (422 characters)

Photo of thefluker
1.5/5  rDev -53.7%

Photo of nate-henry
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of bubseymour
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of bpop23
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jimpyle48
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Wooden Nickel India Pale Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.