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Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 141
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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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Reviews: 81 | Hads: 141
Photo of brentk56
2.39/5  rDev -34.5%
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 (517 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of rudylaw
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (1,107 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of MIBeerRanger4
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of Emnmarko
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 10/26/2007 (Sampler @ Dragonmead Brewery, Warren, MI):

Pours a clear brown colored body, with a small head, whitish colored. Has a hoppy aroma, with some grapefruit. Not too strong. Hoppy sweet nutty taste, balanced. Slight bitter aftertaste. Tasty but a little sour. (277 characters)

Photo of organicbrewer
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of jdoolin
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to sopor for the sample!

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Dark copper, with a 3 finger, frothy, fluffy tan head that dissipated very slowly. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: Ahh.. smells like an English IPA. Very nice malt aroma and floral hop.

Taste: The first few sips were utterly delightful. Bready malts, caramel, toast. Assertive hop bitterness, but a subdued hop flavor. The bitterness lingered, however. After the first few sips, I found it difficult to taste the wonderful malts from before. Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Notes: If the whole beer tasted like the first few sips, this would have gotten a much higher rating. But the bitterness just sort of took over and dominated. (747 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of david131
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, rusty orange liquid with a lot of small floaters. The off white head rises and falls pretty quickly and leaves a splotchy, thin covering.

S- Lots of caramel malt and a touch of citrus. Pretty mild smelling.

T- Caramel, citrus, and grass. There is a bit of alcohol noticeable as well. The bitterness is kept in check and coincides well with the flavors. Still, a bit mild.

M- A nice amount of carbonation and an almost oily bitterness from the hops.

D- An enjoyable take on the style. I'm still more of a fan of the American IPA. (544 characters)

Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of BierFan
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a murky light amber color and formed a large foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of sediment is present. A mild aroma of hops and citrus. The flavor was of hops, pine and candy. The body was medium light and the finish was bittersweet. Really sweeter than I like my IPAs. (336 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thick caramel colored. Bad pour results in no head but you get the feeling this beer screams drink me.

A caramel malt backbone with grapefruit, lemon, tangerine zest, and other citrus notes. A bit floral as well.

Not the biggest most complex IPA but a very nicely balanced one and hell it is an English style. Citrus hops covered in caramel, or just plain candied, sweetness is a bit cloying. Could have used more carbonation as well to help round things out. A flat keg? (478 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish amber. Minimal sized off-white to yellow head with great retention.

(S)- Very dry pine funk with a respectable malt backbone.

(T)- Initial hop bitterness quickly followed by a really dry middle with a fairly creamy and rich malty finish. Citrus of a funky grapefruit & lemon.

(M)- Great carbonation level implemented with the rest of the beer. Good creamy factor paired with the immense dry and hoppy dimension.

(D)- A good IPA that isnt too earthshattering, yet good hop and malt balance. Not too shabby. I would certainly try it again. My only gripe is that I have no idea hold old or fresh it is due to no bottled date. (715 characters)

Photo of zachary80
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (634 characters)

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Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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