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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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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ypsifly on 01-17-2006)
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 brentk56
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

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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 kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronzed orange peel with a handful of yeast that quickly settle into suspended animation. The characterful cap is the color of toasted meringue and looks fine from start to finish. Eventually, the king's crown of lace that forms on the upper reaches of the pint glass is an appropriate topper to this regal looking ale.

The nose could be more powerful. It's okay for an APA, but is a little lacking for an IPA. There's a lightly toasted breadiness, an American hop citric fruitiness, a less obvious English herbal hoppiness and a musky earthiness (background only).

Although Crown Jewels isn't a 'knock your socks off' kind of IPA, it is a well-brewed one. Confusion reigns regarding the style designation seen above and the obviously British sounding name on the one hand, and the inclusion of the beer in the American Ales section of the Dragonmead website on the other hand.

If you want beer of this style to be balanced, then step right up. The English toffee-like malt is more than up to the task of supporting a fairly considerable hop load (that could be more generous in terms of flavor). An herbal, woodsy, orange zesty and tea leaf bitterness hits at the midway point, then ramps up nicely through the finish.

The mouthfeel is wonderful: a 7.0% beer with a viscosity to match. The smoothness is tested by the slightly serrated edges of the alpha acids. Good bubbles too.

Crown Jewels India Pale Ale is yet another solid beer from one of Michigan's best second-tier breweries. These guys would be first-tier in most other states.

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed caramely bronze appearance, huge head, a boisterous amber bubbling, this.

Aroma: zesty, piney, sweet, prickly, citric, laced with toffee tones. An intriquing mix, like a blend of English and American styles.

Taste: zippy, brisk, blistering a bit with hoppiness, again more of a caramelized sweetness mixing with the citric, piney hops. Here comes apple, along comes a hint of whiskey, then watermelon...I know, I'm strange...

Much yeast at play here, and a hankering helping of the malt. Hops aren't king, so much as merely a key player in this interesting mess. Finish is medium, and a blend again, of some fruit, with malt, body is medium, texture is elusive...but the flavor and the experience is memorable. I do appreciate this, and I'd be a big supporter if it were my local. It isn't, so I will return to my locals, and nod in it's direction, thanking it for the ride.

much thanks to trbeer for the bottle!

Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 brandoman63
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Utterly dead appearance. No head with hardly even a trace of outline. A dark, daunt body. Deep (nearly opaque) brown coloured body. Only a slight suggestion of orange highlighting. It's not usual, and almost unsightly, but curiously attractive. The sediment at the bottom looks an inch thick!

The aroma has a toffee, caramel smell. Hop resin. A twisted grapefruit note, spike citrus. The caramel/toffee is the same note you'd find in English barleywine. Damn nice.

The mouthfeel hides the 7%, although carries itself with the character of a stronger beer. The hops lend a pressing, but light, bitterness upfront. Quenching still, but too heavy for something to be sessionable. Light bready notes. The malts smack like those in a dopplebock.

This in many aspects resembled other styles - smell of a barleywine, drinks like rye beer, and looks/smells/tastes like a dopplebock. It's certainly peculiar, but equally good. Thanks dad, I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity... Has a "1 28" sticker, maybe brew date, maybe not.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light tan head over the clear dark copper brew. Head fades slowly, with average to good lacing. Aroma is lightly of grassy hops, with sweet malt undercurrent. Taste is sweet grains upfront, with light hoppiness coming in later, and a light cool aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are smooth and easy. Lazy with the hops on this one, even for an English interpretation, I would think, but still a nice brew overall.

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, burnt orange/amber, fairly dark. Short, creamy cap of tan head - decent lacing and retention. Malty aroma, biscuity and toasted with a bit of caramel and nuts. Mild citrus and floral hops with faint alcohol. Malt character dominates the flavour as well, with low levels of hop flavour and a strong, balanced bitterness that lingers into the finish. As it warms, there's a hint of banana bread at the end as well. Medium body, moderately low carbonation, slightly creamy texture. Very light alcohol warmth at the end. Definitely English in character, quite tasty and balanced.

Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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 jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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 tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tavernjef
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very clear copper body roofed by a medium sized, spongy soft, off-tanned foamy top that keeps for a few minutes before leveling off to a good skim and collar. Big curtains of lace stick in foamy ledges.

Malt sided aroma with toffee sweetness topped with a fresh leafy hoppyness thats quite unique with a nice herbal oil quality. Slight citric, oranged edge to it too.

Taste is mild yet broad with a sturdy hop flavor of freshly dried hop cones and oilyness mixing with a biscuity caramel backing and a buttery soft sugaryness that grows as it warms. The hops tend to slide to the middle then the sides as the maltier tones take over the remaining palate. Toffee and butter extends its arms from there. Some orange oils seep and soak in and out as does a flighty herbal/floralness. A bit warming in the trailing half as the body is fairly solid from the malt base.

Feel is interestingly complex and well crafted within the flavors as its quite smooth with the malt foundations and yet textured in a liquified, fluffy cotton candy hopified leafyness. Remarkably bold and fairly big with a belly filling silky smooth breadyness and throaty warming.

A solid EIPA. About what an actual Pale would taste like after the long trek, just like back in the day of using the elephant. Or so I imagine. Perhaps a taste of history with this one.

Thanks to my canoeing/camping/ beer lovin' BA, closer to Hell than Paradise, trbeer.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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 sweemzander
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of BMart
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale from Dragonmead Microbrewery
83 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.