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Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale AleDragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale

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82
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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ypsifly on 01-17-2006

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Ratings: 140 | Reviews: 82
Photo of Joebraggot
1.5/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Old school skunk taste BAD

Photo of cjgiant
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, unknown date:
The beer pours a burnt orange to faded brown, and fairly cloudy. For an IPA, this seems a bit mis-colored, as it's far from pale. The white head builds up nice in an average strength pour, and does stick around in a film on the surface and medium thick on the edges. The foamy edges lace the glass, saving the look rating from being sub-avg.

The nose is honey and biscuit like in nature, a little on the sweet side. The nose is a bit malty for an IPA, but nice. I do get a bit of caramel also, and that does fit in a bit with the English style IPAs I have had. I also get some hints of dark fruit.

As expected, this beer is a bit on the malty side, with a dark-bread sweetness. The English IPA features or caramel and noble hops are evident and balance quite well. If the hops came out a little more, I think I'd rate it a bit higher. There is a raisin taste in the background, as well. This is a medium body, low carbonation feel beer.

Actually, this beer was quite enjoyable. I do prefer American IPAs to English IPAs in general, but as stated, this doesn't seem to quite fit into either. This beer seems a little bit like a Dopplebock or Dubbel in its sweetness. Perhaps I just haven't had many maltier English IPAs. Ignoring styles, this was a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Emnmarko
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Dark amber- copper color, little to no head, minimal lacing if any.

S- Strange metallic like sent. Almost a sour malt overtone. Not great.

T- Mild malt flavor comes through first. A nice hop bitterness prevails next. Not overpowering in any respect. Not overwhelming either I'm afraid. Fortunately every sip is better than the last.

M- This IPA kind of coats the mouth. Goes down ok, can't complain too much, after all I am enjoying a cold beer. But I have had better.

O- Maybe should of tried this before I enjoyed a 90 minute. You can't do much better than Dogfish heads masterpiece. But I don't hate it at all.

Photo of Alextricity
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0133 on the bottom of the bottle -- I don't know if that means this was bottled on the 13th day of this year, the 3rd day of this year, or if it's not relevant at all. If that IS the date, then this IPA is 5+ months old (After looking, it appears that that's just a batch code... so I don't know when this was bottled.)

Appearance: Poured this $3 single into my Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Like any other bottled Dragonmead beer, the label is pretty bland... seems like it was made in a cheap computer program like ... I don't know ... Paint. The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with quite a few particles floating around. I give this a 3/5 because there was basically no head, and no lacing... that's a big part of appearance for me when judging most beers.

Smell: Dark fruits and alcohol, primarily, for me... which I wasn't expecting. I've had a few other English IPAs in the past, but I don't remember them tasting or smelling like this one. The alcohol in the nose makes this one feel like it's a higher ABV than 7%.

Taste/feel: Not bad. A HUGE amount of sweetness -- really, I don't get any bitterness here. If I do, it's really quite subtle. The taste of Crown Jewels is big on the dark fruits, and maybe a trace of alcohol from the slight burn... then again, that could be the carbonation. The aftertaste is still very sweet with fruits, but some malts come in to add a bit more dimension. I really don't get any serious hop flavors (which I understand is normal for this particular style) unless I burp.

I wish I could say I loved this beer because I paid $3 for a single, but yeah. It's definitely not worth $3. It's pretty good, but overly sweet for my taste.

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this one. It went down easy and had a clean taste with good flavors. Well balanced between malts and hops. The look was as it should be, nice head that lingered and great golden clear color. Very inviting. I could not pick up much with my nose but the pollen is high right now. Mouthfeel was great for carbonation and had a good creamy feel but not sticky. Finished clean and refreshing. Overall this is a nice beer that I would get again, but a bit pricey at $3.49 for a single. It did not have deep complex flavor, just simply drinkable and pleasant. If I find it at a better price I would go for it again. I will have to try on tap.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is okay. Kind of tangy and not too distinct, considering the style. I would kind of hope for a bit more in the hop department, even though this is technically an English ipa. The tang could be a bit less. But overall, it isn't all that bad.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery, review is from notes from two weeks prior. Poured with a single finger head on a cloudy brown body, some lacing. Aroma is simple with earthy hops and sweet caramel malts. Flavor is well balanced but also simple with earthy and citrus hops on a nice toasted malt backbone. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one follows the style fairly well but the ABV is too high perhaps.

BTW this pairs very well with the venison served at the brewery.

Photo of HarrySTruman
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an hourglass. No bottle dating.

Pours dark amber, copper, near brown. Hazy and dark. 2 finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing that lasts pretty well.

Smells very nice, but not very robust or broad. Really just smells of malt and maybe a bit of toffee or caramel.

The taste is actually very good, the problem is it certainly doesn't remind me much of an american IPA. It's quite malty, not very hoppy and it lacks the big flavor that most american IPA's go for. This site claims it is an English IPA, but Dragonmead's site considers it an American IPA. If you aren't expecting the typical hop bomb, huge flavor of an American IPA, you may not be disappointed, if you are looking for that, expect a let down. This tastes of caramel. Kind of sweet. Strong flavor profile, but not hoppy at all.

The mouthfeel is perfect. It's smooth, not overly carbonated, easy drinking. Doesn't finish dry or bitter.

If this is an English IPA it would be one of the very few I've ever had. I bout it under the assumption it was an AIPA like Dragonmead's website claims it is. As an AIPA I would call it very unique, but not a great representation of the style. If it is an EIPA, than I don't know enough to rate it based on it's style, so instead I'll rate it on it's overall appeal, and I would say it's appeal is high due to the fact it's easy to drink, the alcohol is nearly non existent, it has a great flavor and it tastes of quality ingredients.

Photo of superspak
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours super hazy reddish orange color with a huge 2-3 finger light khaki head with insane retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Loud hiss upon opening, and it took a while to pour this one. A lot of carbonation. Decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of orange, caramel, lemon zest, bread, pineapple, and herbal hops. Very malty aromas with decent strength. Taste of orange, caramel, biscuit, floral, lemon, herbal hops, pine, light tropical fruit, and a touch of pepper. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, biscuit, herbal, and caramel on the finish for a bit. Very good malt balance with the bitterness make this easily drinkable for 7%. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a pretty good IPA. Definitely drinkable and balanced.

Photo of MIBeerRanger4
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was reccomended to me at a recent tasting event. It's an English style IPA. It poured very foamy from the bottle.

A= Deep amber color, lot's of rich foamy head. The beer never settled down and laced the glass like crazy.

S= Very malty with little hop nose at all.. lacking on the nose for sure.

T= Again, too malty for my liking but much better balance of malt and hop in the taste than on the nose. Second and third sips were better than the original front taste.

M= Good but a bit too heavy. Leaves mouth feeling malt coated.

O= Did not hate this beer but don't really have much good to say either. Average at best. I think I would like this beer much better if I were drinking it with some food. Not a beer that I would order or buy.

Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a massive head that prevented the entire bottle from being poured into the glass. Took a long time to complete the pour. PITA. The head never really settles. Massive amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Malty aroma gives off hints of toffee and caramel. Hops have aromas of mint and grass.

A very large English IPA. Plenty of bitter and even some alcohol. Toffee flavors from the malt is complimented by mint and herbal qualities from the hops. Alcohol plays a large role in the finish. I can understand the confusion of which style this beer is classified.

The body feels substantial enough considering the ABV level. Nicely carbonated.

Maybe next time I will pour the beer immediately after removal from the refrigerator. Otherwise this is an interesting IPA that does not follow the pack.

Photo of CHickman
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with 2 finger foamy light tan head that had a ton of bubbles in it and faded slowly, leaving good spotty lacing.

Smells of caramel, floral hops, grapefruit, sweet malt, biscuit, grains, brown sugar, light spices, herbs and graham cracker. Not very hoppy of an IPA, the nose was pretty mild and leaned towards malty, but still balanced.

Tastes of caramel, herbs, grapefruit, light floral hops, sweet malt, piney hops, mild yeast, brown sugar, pepper, light spices, tea leaf, cinnamon, toffee, coriander and a biscuity or bready sweetness that does not taste like it comes from hop oils; like the nose, the taste is weak for an American IPA but on par for an English IPA. Seems to be some fruity sweetness, and that helps hide the ABV quite well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with light carbonation, a medium body, and a slight bitter finish that's sweet and grainy.

Good drinkability, this was a solid beer that went down smooth and easy. While it's a bit too grainy for me, it seems to hit the mark for an English IPA. Worth a try, as it has all the components to make for a session beer if this is your style of choice.

Photo of zachary80
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Bell's Tulip. No visible date information. Straight from store to fridge to mouth.

L: Huge billowing head prevents a full pour. Leaves tons of thick lacing. Caramel-brown opaque body is slightly off putting.

S: Aroma seems muted. Fruity sweet notes most likely from the yeast. No real hop aroma

T: Not very bitter for an IPA. Low hop presence. Strong focus on malt. Some toffee flavors

M: Average. Carbonation seems about right, maybe slightly high for the style.

O: This is a good beer. Nothing exciting about it but worth trying if you like English IPAs

V: At $2.89 a single, not a bad value for an English IPA.

Photo of ssimpson89
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with minimal head. Mild aroma of earthy hops and malt. Sweeter malt flavor with minimal hop bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation provides for a nice, crisp finish.

While I prefer the American version of IPA's, this one is one of the better English ones I've had. I enjoyed it. It was a nice change of pace.

Photo of BrewerB
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to michiganbrewer for the hookup on this one!

Pours a hazy, light amber with a thin, very light tan head resting on top and holding up well. A toasty/caramel malt presence hit the nose first followed up with floral hoppiness. Moderately bittered, the flavor seems again skewed towards malts. Toasty with a touch of breadiness, spicy alcohol, mild hop presence focused on floral characters. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall a decent example of the style but more focus on hop flavor would help increase enjoyment.

Photo of zoso1967
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crown Jewels pours a very deep and tawny amber color with a reddish hue to it. The beer is a bit cloudy and supports a great looking head that has wonderful retention and leaves nice lace.

The aroma consists mainly of floral and slightly citrusy hops with a bit of bready malt sweetness and some toffee. Without even looking it up it is obvious that this is an English style IPA, but with an American twist.

The flavor similar to the aroma with a barrage of floral and orange hop character hitting my taste buds right off the bat and then transitioning to a bready and toffee like malt character. The brew is very well balanced with the hops and malt complimenting each other, but I find that this beer has a bit too much of a minerally profile in it and is perhaps just a bit on the sweet side.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with a good amount of carbonation. It finishes very well with a fairly unassuming aftertaste and a good balance between sweet and dry.

This beer is fairly drinkable, but I found it to be a bit confusing. Is it English or American? Hoppy or Malty? It just did not really satisfy me in terms of a total package. The quality may have been there, as were some very nice flavors, but it just left me only partially impressed.

Photo of silentjay
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy copper with a huge (maybe too big) light tan head that slowly settles and leaves little lacing.

herbal, spicy aroma reminds me of an english style, but there is also a floral bouquet and some citrus.

again, the flavor combines english and american styles with herbs meeting flowers and citrus fruits, but caramel takes over and makes this a very sweet IPA.

mouthfeel is where it should be for the style, but foamy on every sip due to the huge head.

drinks rather well. actually a bit too sweet for my liking for an IPA. would drink again, but not one id seek out.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/19/2010. On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt, crystal malt, and a slight hint of citrus. Flavor of caramel malt, sweet malt, some sweaty hops but mostly this was dominated by the caramel malt. Much too sweet for an IPA and not to my liking.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing
Served in 25 oz mug

A: 1" light tan head. Poured hazy copper brown. Ring lace was left on the upper quarter of the glass with the head reducing to a crown of lace.

S: Floral and spicy hop with roasted and bready malt.

T: Sweet caramel malt is upfront as it should be in an EIPA. Some more citrus hop is apparent in the taste but overall the hop character was very light.

M: Creamy texture and medium bodied. Carbonation low-medium.

D: A nice balance of hop and malt as an EIPA should be with hops being slightly forward. I would drink this again.

Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap into a tulip at Ashleys...The beer pours a light hazy orange, not a ton to look at here...The aroma and taste are both ok, nothing special either, ligth pineapple on the nose, a mild hop presence. The feel is ok, and its ok to drink but with the lack of hops, it really doesn't justify drinking more than one.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, slightly hazy golden amber with a fairly thick and quite persistent pale tan head. Strong aroma is quite hoppy and has hints of grapefruit and, interestingly enough, honey-like sweetness. Flavor is hoppy and a little bitter, with a hint of grapefruit and just a whisper of honey. Texture is quite fizzy and tingly, leaving behind a hoppy and tingly finish.

Photo of brentk56
2.39/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a tight-bubbled cap that performs like a champ, retaining and lacing

Smell: Really fruity, with an overripe apple character as well as an earthy, dishwater tone

Taste: Opens all over the place, with the overripe apple, herbacious mineral water and spearminty tone; after the swallow, the spearmint tends to dominate the other flavors; perhaps some acetone in here as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not particularly good, unfortunately

Photo of organicbrewer
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Full copper. Clear. Very tiny tan head.

S-toasty malt. some stone fruit esters. low hop aroma.

T-moderatly bitter. Fairly sweet. Carmally malt and some biscuit. Moderate earthy hop flavor.

M-feels thick for an IPA. low carbonation ok. No alcohol burn.

D-Nice beer. Could be dried out a bit more, seemed sweet even for an english ipa.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep copper and cloudy amber in tone with a big bubbly off white head leaving little ridges if lace. A small amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, just enough to take away most of the ale's transparency. Smells is very fruity and sweet drizzled in hops. Tastes like hops up front with a very watery grapefruit aftertaste. Lots of citrus sting and bitter bite. That dirt grapefruit taste covers my tongue. Nice and citrusy.
Cheers.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a dark copper penny hued body that is a bit dense with a warm tan creamy head that forms a cloud in the middle of the beer which is supported by a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.
S- This beer has a soft green hops aroma with a toasted malt smell that is well balanced. There is a dry staw aroma in the malt.
T- There is a slight dark caramel malt taste with cream note and a watermelon note that comes through as it warms. There is a soft green fresh finish that has a soft bitter bite at the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alchol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a malt flavor that is interesting with a soft but nice hops flavor until the watermelon flavor steps in and is a bit odd. There is a bit of a watery taste that comes through as part of the watermelon flavor.

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Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale from Dragonmead Microbrewery
82 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.