Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale - Dragonmead Microbrewery
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Reviews by HarrySTruman:
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2012 17:58:30 | More by HarrySTruman
More User Reviews:
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2014 21:54:53 | More by Emnmarko
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2013 14:46:08 | More by Alextricity
Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale from Dragonmead Microbrewery
82 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.