Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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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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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 rudylaw
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper pour with a gushing head. Had to wait a long time for it to settle down.

Smells grassy and malty. There are some hops here but those are muted. Tastes pretty much the same with some caramel and biscuit flavors making an appearance but this is the epitome of average. I'm bored with this beer which means a boring review.

I can see the drinkability being better than average, but I don't need to have another one of these. It's an IPA which would get lost among the dozens and dozens of better ones out there.

Photo of JollyRodger
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice change of pace for me, most IPA's made in amercia are just that Americian (aka C hops). Pours rich amber in color with minamal amount of head. Aroma of earthy English hops fuggle/northdown maybe, didnt smell or taste like EKG too me. Medium to full body. Very drinkable everything is balanced well malt,hop aroma/flavor, and bitterness. This beer is priced alittle high for a 4 pack @ $10

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Grapefruit orange colour.Good head, lots of lace. Hoppy aroma Medium body, creamy. Appropriate aggressive carbonation. Fruity grapefruit taste. Strongly malted, not that bitter. Nicely drinkable IPA.ABout a year later bottled and a sweetish IPA.

Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, received in a trade from nsjer05

appearance: pours a deep amber-mahogany into a great dane imperial pint glass, 1/2" tan cloud forms on top...decent retention, tan rim of lacing left behind

smell: rich and nutty, thick caramel, roasted peanut, touch of alcohol, toasted malt, toffee, brown sugar, light floral hops, butter scotch....a very full aroma

taste: This is a very strong english ipa, probably my new fav of the style...thick toasted malt, creamy caramel, roasted peanut, other general nutty character, worthers original butterscotch candy, slight alcohol presence, decent hop bitterness, slightly woody, toffee, brown sugar...quite tasty!

mouthfeel: medium-full bodied, light bitterness, creamy

drinkability: above average

Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with 2 1/2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Smooth layer of creamy retention leaves some great looking sticky lace back. The aroma is very dry and spicy in the nose, with some grassy and lightly piney accents as well. A thickly sweet tang sits underneath the hop character, giving this some beefy balancing sweetness.

The aggressively spicy bitterness of this really carries over to the taste. The tang of caramel, bread, and citrus is equally up to the task though, and actually helps bring out the assertive spiciness of the hops and the overall dry lingering feel of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderately creamy feel up front but then the alcohol begins to appear, with a touch of a heavier and flatter feel towards the back. I wouldn't say the the ABV absolutely detracts from the flavors or anything but I think that is does slow the drinkibility a bit.

Solid (if not maybe a bit too beefy) take on an English IPA, this certainly didn't skimp on the spicy hop character. Decent in the bottle, I seem to remember enjoying this a bit more on draft at the brewpub.

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 CortexBomb
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely pour...deep copper with a nice white head on top of it. Smell is maltier than I would expect for an IPA...hops are also present, but are not the centre of attention.

Taste starts out with hops, but then quickly goes into a nice soft orange effect. Sweet malts are all over the place on this one, and seem to balance quite well with the subdued hop flavour. Not as aggressive as most IPAs, I liked the effect.

The mouth on this is full, carbonated, creamy with hop bitters in the right places. Enjoyable. Drinkability on this is also good, and for me, better than many IPAs because it isn't out to utterly dominate your mouth.

Photo of emerge077
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full on English hop character in this one. Tea-like, floral, with rich toffee caramel undertones. Bready with minimal sweetness, and moderate bitterness.

It does a good job of retaining a fluffy khaki head, and has a deep fossilized amber coloration. Aroma is a little funky, bready but slightly stale. There was a hint of floral hops initially, but they seem to have disappeared.

Low carbonation, and full bodied. Lingering dry finish, with tobacco leaf and light herbal bitterness. Overall an easy drinker, and a good example of an English IPA.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. I don't see any freshness date on the bottle.

One finger of light tan head lasts longer than I thought it would. Hazy orange/brown body. Malty and citrusy aroma. Smooth feel with quite a bit of citrus rind flavor. Nothing about it really wowed me but it's a solid example of Michigan IPA's.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of bitter hops with some citrus characteristic is dominating. Taste is a well balance mix between some caramel malt and some citrusy and bitter hops. There might have been some English hops in there since the bitterness was more dry then usual. I thought this was relatively well done and slightly different then most IPA out there.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured hyper clear amber color with some red highlights and smallish tan head. Minor shet of lace on the glass.
Aroma was some buttery diacetyl, some caramel and a whiff of spiced hop. Little mellow for an IPA.
Flavor has some bready/biscuit malt notes along with just a hint of caramel. Sweet to some extent with no really hop bite at all.
Mouthfeel was sweet and more sweet. No balance whatsoever with any hops.
Drinkability was OK but this is no where near and IPA. Sort of amber if anything. But disappointing when expecting an IPA but a semi-tasty brew nonetheless.

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

Another local goodie I received as an extra recently. This one I decided to crack open last night with dinner. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 06/03/2009.
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The pour was decent, rich copper amber in color with a nice head of white coming up and over the top of the glass that settled down with a nice amount of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Aroma was all over the place. Light herbal notes, a touch of grass and citrus and a deep malt bill, but seemed to me to be a bit mashed up to really make an impression in any one way or another. Smooth, even flavor but again nothing to write home about, it just seemed to really not dominate in any one way.
 
Overall forgettable. Not terrible but it was painfully average. I would not really go for it again.

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 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 HellsBELLS24
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad IPA.

Looks very red in nature when its poured, has a light hoppy smell to it. Was not as hoppy as you would like an IPA to be and it was a little on the sweeter side for a nice IPA. I would recommend trying it if you can because it is not a bad beer. However there are many other IPA's out there that are more like classic IPA's. This one just does not have the hoppy touch that it needs for me.

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 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 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 Phatz
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer first on tap at the brewery. A few too many of the 36 beers on tap were had to be able to have reviewed it that time. Fortunately while in Michigan I found a bottle at Bello Vino Market in Ann Arbor Michigan. It has been in my fridge for some time now I am finally getting to it.

Appearance: Pours burnt Orange brown with a tan head that fades to partial cap and a collar around my snifter glass. There a specs of lace here and there.

Smell: Caramel malt. Roasted toffee and grain with buttery diacetyl touch and a controlled earthy hop presence.

Taste: It is soft in the mouth with a sweet brown sugar and a toasted caramelized malt attribute with a straight forward but mild hop bitterness that leaves the cheeks tingling every so slightly.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium body beer. Moderate carbonation, moderate bitterness moderate all the way around.

Drinkability: This is a very easy drinking tasty simple sweet beer. It is not incredibly hoppy but it is pleasant. It leans to the sweet side but it is not incredibly sweet either. All around a nice drinkable brew. Good.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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 GbVDave
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a nice tarnished-copper color. Huge bubbly head! About four inches worth. Off-white head eventually settles and leaves a lot of lace blanketing the glass.

S: Strange combination of caramel malt and musty, dirty hops. Some citrus and wet dirt aromas as well.

T: Caramel malt and bitter, citrus hops dominate. Decent balance between sweet, spicy and bitter.

M: Creamy and prickly. Spicy hops play on the tongue long after the mouthfull is swallowed.

D: Drinkability is good, but it loses points because of the strange aromas with this. The aroma reminds me of some of the "off" bottles of XX Bitter I've had. Would do in a pinch, but definitely not my first choice.

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 neonbrown82
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the least IPA-ish IPA I've tried since my first attempt at homebrewing. It pours to a very dark color and lacks enough hops to even make it an English IPA. Weird.

The beer pours to a nutty brownish amber color. Still fairly clear and supporting a thin white head that recedes to nothing. If I was handed this in a blind tasting, at no point would I venture to guess this beer is an IPA.

The aroma is not exactly pleasant either. Has that "homebrew flavor" to it, in both the nose and the taste. Like malt extract maybe. Smells a bit buttery with very little hops. Oh... silly English people. How something like this could have evolved into the beautiful American IPA boggles my mind, but I'm glad it happened. Because if this is what I thought an IPA was supposed to be, I'd probably never want to try another.

It doesn't make too terrible of an amber ale, or an irish red or something. Either way, it's not getting past mediocre, if that. I have one or two more Dragonmead beers sitting in my DBF awaiting judgement, but so far I have not been pleased with this brewery. Oh well.

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