Wooden Nickel India Pale Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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4.22/5 rDev +31.1%
Label says dark honey-brown colors, but I'm going to go with medium honey color and light brown. Giant, billowing white foam head sits atop a body with signs of visible gunk floating around, which I assume to be yeast, which to me equals good. I don't see any on the bottom of the bottle, however, and I wasn't too rough with the opening or the pouring so go figure.
A little toffee and a decent amount of spicy hops make up the majority of the nose for this brew. Also I get some citrus (lemon zest) and a hint of biscuit and toast. I appreciate the complexity, the highs and lows, of this brew.
Biscuit, light toast, bitter orange, sweet lemon, a little grass and a very clean yeast strain gives off only a hint of fruitiness that supports the hops. Moderate bitterness in the finish is also clean, not sticky.
Nice soft chew texture while remaining refreshing.
A great beer. The malt reminds me of an English style IPA, but the hops are definitely American. I am constantly disappointed by IPAs with the toffee-like malt taste, but this one balances the two styles pretty well.
By the way...I added this brew!
12-17-2010 03:17:26 | More by tapman
4.03/5 rDev +25.2%
A moderately leveled IPA ABV wise. This should be a pretty well balanced brew.
Poured this into a half liter grand pilsner glass, and it produces about four fingers of white cranium, and has a dark golden colored body with only a slight haze.
The aroma and taste is citrusy with grapefruit, a little perfume in the mix, and maybe some floral character too.
Mouth feel wise, this is loaded with carbonation and makes this brew a bit on the prickly side. There is a good hops presence here, so there is an oily presence along with a feel of prickly pine.
At first I was standoffish about this brew, but it holds up pretty well for a lighter ABV content for an American style IPA. Now I'm glad to try such a brew!
03-12-2011 02:38:42 | More by TheSarge
3.9/5 rDev +21.1%
Reviewed February 3, 2012. The first time I had this drink was back in the Halloween of 2011 and was not impressed.
A: Poured a nice 1 1/2 fingered creamy head. Holds a straw yellow with that an odd lime bit to it. The head last the entire time while drinking and the lace that this creates is just amazing, it's nice to see this type of lacing which I rarely see nowadays.
S: Carries a decent sour creamy hoppy head. Nice malts come up with a nice different banana that rises.
T: A decent amount of hops come in, but it oddly has a sour bite to it which is almost yeasty grass. An almost bread like quality rises when a deep take in occurs. Bitterness bites hard at the end if you let it warm up a bit.
M: This was smooth with a nice mouthfeel. It bites a bit, but in a desirable manner.
O: The taste is not horrible, but it seems confused for an IPA. This is simply a grassy bread citrus drink. I can't think of an occasion where I would desire this heavily though. Maybe it's because I let this chill in my cellar for a bit, but it was definitely better this time in comparison to the first.
02-03-2012 21:23:38 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
3.88/5 rDev +20.5%
12oz bottle picked up for $1.79 as a single. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.
A- this one pours out of the bottle a copper colored body with a somewhat large eggshell colored head on top. the head lasts for a while before falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.
S- the first thing i notice about the nose are the hops, and there are more than i was expecting. lots of grapefruit and pine. a little bit of orange in here also. lastly, there is some balancing caramel malts which give off a somewhat sweet odor.
T- the taste starts out with the sweet caramel malts i could smell. after that comes the hops. the grapefruit and pine i could smell so strongly come through as i expected. the orange i could smell comes through alot stronger than i would have guessed.
M- light bodied bordering on medium. lots of carbonation. nicely bitter.
D- this was better than i was expecting. so far i havnt been too thrilled with the limited selection i have tried from this brewery. the price was right, i can see myself trying this one again. it probably wont be making my regular rotation though.
01-08-2011 22:55:23 | More by jwinship83
3.78/5 rDev +17.4%
(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.
01-04-2011 03:51:07 | More by rhoadsrage
3.78/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
02-22-2011 23:26:02 | More by biggred1
3.78/5 rDev +17.4%
I had this one at the Tybee Social Club on Tybee Island, GA. Nice restaurant with a better than average beer selection.
Poured into a shaker, the beer is a chill hazed peach with a semi sticky off-white head.
The nose is of grapefruit and a bit of cracker.
The beer leads with citrus based bitterness with some grainy malts for a bit of balance. This is an old school IPA and it is a welcome throwback.
The mouth is slightly coating with a bit of oiliness. All-in-all a nice beer and a bargain at $3 a bottle.
12-01-2011 23:43:47 | More by Redrover
3.78/5 rDev +17.4%
Poured into a Pint Glass
Appearance - Orange with a rather strong haze. Head is about 3 fingers in width with a soapy makeup. Good amount of lacing along the sides as well.
Smell - Pungent Floral Hops, Yeasts, Caramel, and Citrus. Definitely a sweeter smelling IPA and rather pleasant.
Taste - Strong Floral Hops, Resin, and Yeasts. The more it warms up, the more of a sweet malty/caramel characteristic that comes out. The change is quite nice
Mouthfeel - It's got a slightly heavy body with some mild carbonation. It's not crisp but it's alright.
Overall - It's a good IPA that doesn't do anything too spectacular, but the progressive sweetness that the flavor takes on is worth checking out.
11-20-2012 05:07:09 | More by NuclearDolphin
3.73/5 rDev +15.8%
Fairly solid IPA, now available in Atlanta in sixpacks. Somewhat grainy overall, but with a nice bitter hop presence that marries well with the grain. In fact, I'd say the graininess even gives the hops a bit of structure. Pours a slightly hazy dark golden with a decent head and some nice lacing. Smells quite grainy, a bit floral, and with some citrus pith. The taste is similar, but a bit more hop presence. The finish is curiously short, and even a bit watery, which does detract a bit from the beer overall. There is a late bitterness that makes for a nice bite at the very end. Smooth, and not very chewy despite all of the graininess. Overall, quite pleasant if a bit too heavy on the grain and a bit simple.
03-20-2011 21:26:16 | More by Georgiabeer
3.68/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
03-28-2011 23:18:43 | More by alleykatking
3.58/5 rDev +11.2%
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a hazed, orange-toned body with a fairly sizable, sudsy, off-white head. Smattering of lace on the descent.
Smell: Lightly grainy-scented malt, faintly sweetish in the nose, certainly yielding to the more forward hop notes of citrus, florals, and spice.
Taste: A biscuity blend of pale and pils malts underscored by some graininess and accompanied by small, fleeting tastes of sweetish honey and light-colored caramel. Floral, orange blossom hop character with a pinch of bitterish dried herbs. Has an accruing citric quality about it. Moderate bitterness. Drying, orange zested finish with some enduring bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, if not a hair or so under. Medium carbonation.
Overall: It's alright, you know, fairly average all-around; it's not the boldest IPA out there, by any means, but nor is it the blandest, either.
06-25-2011 17:37:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.55/5 rDev +10.2%
A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin trails of lace.
S - It smelled floral and citrusy with a malty touch in the background.
T - It tasted of nutty caramel with a citrus hop bite.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - This is a nice IPA. It tastes a bit like an English one, but has just enough citrus and pine to feel American.
05-08-2011 00:17:35 | More by zeff80
Wooden Nickel India Pale Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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