Wooden Nickel India Pale Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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2.08/5 rDev -35.4%
Bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.
Pours a clear strawy-yellow color with a small white head and sparse lacing. The nose is very, very grainy and doesn't really carry any hops at all. I can say the same thing about the flavor, which is quite unfortunate. Perhaps the mildest bit of citrus lingering in the background, but only if I really search for it. Light to medium body and no real bitterness.
06-09-2011 21:20:28 | More by Thorpe429
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
2.85/5 rDev -11.5%
Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.
Wooden nickels are ruining the economy! ...ahem... This stuff pours a partly-cloudy sunrise amber topped by over a finger of off-white foam. The nose is filled with dry, woody pine, with a touch of mild caramel way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel is muc stronger now, and, unfortunately, everything else comes across as harshly bitter on the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I can't say that I'm a fan of this IPA, though I've had many that were much worse. Either way, I'm probably not gonna be picking up another one of these any time soon.
01-23-2012 06:02:52 | More by TMoney2591
2.68/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
03-14-2012 02:14:24 | More by emerge077
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
3.1/5 rDev -3.7%
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
08-10-2011 13:13:03 | More by russpowell
2.98/5 rDev -7.5%
Served in a wine glass. Beer is yellow and has a small white head with very little lacing, low carbonation, looks OK.
Hello? Hops? HELLO? You're an IPA right? All I smell is grains.
There is a mild hop flavor in the late midpalate with only a hint of bitterness on the back. Not a whole lot of anything. Boring boring thin thin not and IPA IPA.
06-17-2011 18:04:23 | More by drabmuh
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
3.78/5 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
3.33/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours a clear, copper/golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hint of floral hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, and slight pale malt. Even on draft, at the brewery, this was served in a frosted glass. When first tasted, again from a frosted glass, the floral aspect was overpowering and off-putting. It tasted as if you were licking a wax plant. As the beer warmed, this completely went away, and was a balanced beer. I still can't get over them serving this so cold.
03-22-2011 12:28:55 | More by Tone
3.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Copper, bronze, and honey colored amber with a huge head of foam that slowly recedes from a mountian, to the shape of a brain with lots of stickage. The copius, slow bubbling adds to the overall awesome look of this beer.
Citric hop aromas meld with some melba toast crackers for a simple, straight forward IPA aroma.
The taste starts with meium citric bitterness upfront and maybe some pinapple rinds. The middle is a nice toasty mlat of crackers, toasted white bread, and a little caramel. The finish is all hops and bitter orange peel with a heavy, long lasting metallic twang on the tastebuds.
The mouthfeel is well carbonated, but tinny. This takes away from the sessionability of this IPA greatly.
12-23-2010 19:45:50 | More by scruffwhor
2.78/5 rDev -13.7%
A: Hazy amber in color. Forms a nice inch or so of off-white head that offers up some good retention. Some spotty lacing.
S: Rather muted nose. Maybe some grainy caramel malts and some light citrus hops.
T: On the malty side of the spectrum for an IPA. Lightly sweet caramel malts mixed with seltzer. Minimal citrus hops. A little grapefruit. The faintest accent of pine. A mild to moderate bitterness. Malty sweetness on the finish. Not necessarily a malt bomb, but not exactly much in the hop department either.
M: Medium bodied with fairly lively carbonation.
O: A below average IPA. Malty, underhopped, and overcarbonated with nothing going for other than not being bad enough to drain pour.
08-04-2011 01:33:54 | More by Florida9
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
3.08/5 rDev -4.3%
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
02-19-2012 05:06:57 | More by jsh420
2.58/5 rDev -19.9%
12oz bottle. I see no date but probably old.
Central Waters globe
A: Pours a yellow orange color. Barely any head even though there looks to be good carbonation. Not leaving much lacing.
S: Initially smells of cardboard. Trying to dig in and get either fruit or pine but it's all died off.
T: This is not my kind of IPA. It mentioned citrus and floral hop notes but I don't get any of that. There is some hop bitterness but not sure what I am tasting aside from maltiness. It's an old beer. Wonder if the fresh would produce more hop flavor? The close is the normal IPA bitterness.
M: Medium bodied.
06-04-2012 15:06:03 | More by inlimbo77
3.05/5 rDev -5.3%
Tan and clear with a few small rising bubbles and a fluffy white head with some staying power and pretty good lacing.
Biscuit and floral aromas, not terribly hoppy for an IPA, I'm getting more caramel malts than hops really.
Flavor follows right along. It's biscuit and caramel malty, with a decent woody piney hops crispness and lightly spicy bite to it.
Could use a touch more carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Slightly slick, alternately sweet and hoppy aftertaste.
It's probably more of a pale ale to me than an IPA. Not bad, certainly plenty drinkable, but not an especially outstanding IPA. Re-package it as a pale ale and i bet the ratings go up.
09-17-2012 16:24:52 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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
Wooden Nickel India Pale Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
75 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.