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

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Wooden Nickel India Pale AleWooden Nickel India Pale Ale

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
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 added by: tapman on 12-17-2010)
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of zekeman17
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

zekeman17, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of brn9000
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

brn9000, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Skycarp33
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Skycarp33, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Runofthemiller
1.88/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

Runofthemiller, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of mkdeezy
1/5  rDev -69%

mkdeezy, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
2.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

inlimbo77, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of FreshZ
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

FreshZ, May 15, 2012
Photo of bnes09
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright orange color with towering white head and tons of soapy lacing.

Most sweet aroma with caramel, toffee and mild herbal hop.

Flavor is sweet and follows the nose. Hint of rye. Hops are weak for the style with a subtle medicinal character that doesn't take charge. Unbalanced.

Medium bodied. Weak carbonation makes it feel watery. Not much texture.

Undesirable. With the popularity of this style, you would think that microbreweries would have figured out how to make them by now. Avoid!

bnes09, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of coldriver
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

coldriver, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of emerge077
2.68/5  rDev -17%
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.

emerge077, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of bump8628
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottle said "honey brown color" so I was already dreading the pour since I typically prefer malt-minimal America IPAs. Luckily, it was more like honey gold with a thin bit of white foam. The brewery's website says Fuggle, Cascade, and a "high alpha American hop" are utilized. I don't know why that last one is a secret since this thing isn't blowing me out of the water with it's hoppiness. I'm going to take a shot and say Chinook with the somewhat coarse woody pine needle thing that it has going on. Anyway, not a lot spectacular about this beer. It falls more in line with a pale ale with the lightly caramel sweet malt body and and modest hopping. The 60 IBUs listed are surprising, I would have guessed more like 40. Again, a woody, leafy hoppiness pretty much drives the beer. It doesn't have any overt flaws, but I won't revisit this beer.

bump8628, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of jsh420
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
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

jsh420, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

TheAlamoWrocker, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

TMoney2591, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

whartontallboy, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of ericwilson54
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ericwilson54, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Redrover
3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Redrover, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Naves
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Naves, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Kitt
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One finger head over a rich, unfiltered, golden color....quite pleasing. Head dissipates rapidly but lacing persists.

Aroma of rich, sweet, eclectic malts. I'm getting ripe banana and peach undertones with a hint of caramel.

Taste - slightly bitter with the same aftertaste. The rich malts prevelant in the aroma are all but hidden -- vieled behind heavy carbonation and mildly bitter monotone hops. Taste is very much a disappointment given the exciting appearance and aroma. Not much going on here at all.

Mouthfeel overwhelmed by heavy carbonation.

Drinkability is nice due to a light and frothy hit on the palette.

Overall, a slightly below average run-of-the mill IPA with little to shout about. Quite bland in fact and the monotone, slightly bitter hops, could use an injection of "spicey" eclectic flavor. One thing this beer has going for it is a light mouthfeel which bodes well for a sunny afternoon IPA rather than the heavy and bitter dinner companion which I much prefer.

Kitt, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.1/5  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

russpowell, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of Florida9
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Florida9, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. I'm freaking killing myself to down all of these ipa and dipa extras from trades! Please send stouts/porters/whatever with a decent shelf life.

A- Looks okay, good, not great

S- Not too much there to smell. Okay at best

T- This is where is goes south rather quickly. Fuck it. If you make an IPA or a DIPA it should be MANDATORY that you date it. Either this is old or it is just plain not too good. tastes like syrupy straw. Pass

O- Stay away unless you know it's fresh. Even than I'd try something else.

sendsilk, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

drabmuh, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.08/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Thorpe429, Jun 09, 2011
Wooden Nickel India Pale Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
75 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.