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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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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ypsifly on 01-17-2006)
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

fredmugs, Apr 17, 2013
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2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
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

brentk56, Jun 07, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Zone_Fighter, Apr 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

BMart, May 28, 2013
Photo of BMoney575
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 3-10-07

Pours a reddish brown with an intense amount of floaters. Extremely thin head lingers.

Smell is very bready with an almost sour quality.

Taste isn't bad, a noticeable sweetness followed by a fair amount of floral hop flavor. The bitterness blends very well with the flavor.

Mouthfeel is decent, a little thicker like an IPA should be.

Drinkability is decent, a little too sweet.

Overall a decent beer. Nowhere near worth the $3.39 I paid for the bottle. You can do a lot better for the style.

BMoney575, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of rudylaw
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

rudylaw, Aug 20, 2009
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

beergorrilla, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

mhaugo, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

zacky_U, Aug 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

laxer8811, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.05/5  rDev -16%
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 04, 2009
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3.05/5  rDev -16%
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of hopdog
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Dragonmead Brew Pub.

Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, earthy, and with some caramel. Tastes of the same citrus, earthiness, and toasted caramel. Not really bitter and definitely a British Style IPA.

hopdog, Jan 03, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

neonbrown82, Jul 31, 2006
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3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$2.69 for a single seemed a little pricey

A - Murky copper, amber, brown with a thin tan head.

S - Caramel, buttery diacetyl and a very faint spicy hop.

T - Biscuit, sugary caramel, buttery, the slightest touch of floral hops. The hops are hard to pick out.

M - Thin to medium and a little watery.

D - Don't think I would give this one another try.

brewcrew76, Jan 16, 2007
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3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle thanks to tangfoot.

Pours a murky wood-stain brown. Thick head that holds up well. Lace just coats the inside of the glass in thick layers. Nose is a bit like wet paper. Not carboard but wet newspaper.

Flavor is heavy on the malts--particularly caramel. Hops would rise wuickly to provide balance before dissipitating and not leaving much in a balance that sustains throughout. Medium body and maybe a bit sticky even. Decent enough for the style but there is something missing to make this a more noteable beer.

MuddyFeet, Jan 21, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Tawny, Jan 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

marcb105, Nov 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

MichiganderHB, Jun 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Labaden, Jul 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

hilgart1, Aug 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

jlmathis, Apr 04, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

MIBeerRanger4, Nov 21, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Emnmarko, Jan 09, 2014
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Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale from Dragonmead Microbrewery
82 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.