Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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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 ThatWineGuy
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Merchant's in Dearborn about ten days ago. This IPA was much darker than I expected, more brown than anything else but with lots of auburn, red and orange hilights. No head to speak of. In a bright light, there was plenty of fizzy carbonation going on deep in the haze. Smells of pink grapefruit, cherry, ripe fruit, banana, oak, yeast. The taste and mouthfeel is hoppy with ginger, orange peel, citrus. Well balanced but with a flash here and there of a bitter sourness that lingered. This is my first Dragonmead and I like this quite a bit.

Photo of dedrinker
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maple-orange hues with a thick, foamy head that was the color of a coffee drinker's teeth. Not much aroma, even in the Sam Adams glass which is supposed to be the best in the universe for beer. Ahem. Flavor is muted and mild, as an English IPA seems after copious west coast style IPAs. There is some good biscuity malt character and earthy hops, so it's no joke English style, but of course the English examples have a more pronounced biscuit/ fruit/ wood character than this. Carbonation was like a slightly over-primed home brew which distracted me from the otherwise medium bodied mouth feel. A few rough edges with the slight alcoholic taste and carbonation hold back higher marks for this fine IPA, but as the beer warms a little there is a pleasing note in the finish that I can't quite tease out.

Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Monkeyknife
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle slightly hazy and about the color of dark apple cider. Small off-white head which quickly faded and left just a touch of lacing.

Aroma is sweet like bananas and JuicyFruit gum.

The taste is full, rich and balanced. The sweetness is nice with the citrus and spiciness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some oily slickness to it. Carbonation is light.

This is one nice IPA. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I'll have to make more trips up to Detroit for sure.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My third bier at Dragonmead. Arrived in a pint glass with a foamy 3/4" head... perfect pour!... It sat over the top of a deep amber colored bier.

The aroma was of hops and banana and grapefruit.

The taste.... very nice!.... good hoppy bite to finish off a citrusy yet creamy taste. Very bold and spicy too.

Mouthfeel was very good.... nice thickness for the style and carbonation was spot on.

Drinkability was excellent... If you're a hop head.... try this.... it's not overpowering, but you'll still sit up and take notice!

Photo of GbVDave
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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 mcallister
3.45/5  rDev -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?

Photo of xav33
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent brewing, plundered 03/07
Moderate pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a slightly hazy amber brown with a moderate frothy somewhat lasting head.

Smelt of strong grapefruit, dried fruit, sweet barley sugar, moderate pine and sweat.

Taste was upfront moderate to strong roasted barley and pine and grapefruit with sweet dried fruit tones followed by a moderate to strong bitter sweaty and moderate fruity sweetness on an average length finish.

Palate was medium bodied, creamy, velvety, caressing and soft, lively carbonated and moderately astringent.

Overall, an IPA that feels like an american strong ale or a weak barleywine. Flavors are very nice though. Softest palate on a beer that I've seen yet.

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.

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 TheBungyo
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Northertimber for this one!

Pours dark autumn colors into my La Fin Du Monde glass. Head is a solid half inch but sadly leaves no lacing as I taste.

Nose is rich malt, like sugary berries coupled with orange from the hops. Pretty nice, but not in the realm of good IPA's here in the US. This is closer to a barleywine but not strong or weak enough in the hops to be of either the English or American variety.

Taste is nice too. I get lots of caramel, orange and maybe a bit of lime and toffee. It's nice but I'll never think of this when I thirst for an IPA.

Mouth is lush like the floor floor of a jungle. Sadly drinkability suffers as this is NOT on par with American IPA's even though I love the way it tastes.

Photo of MuddyFeet
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
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.

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 JollyRodger
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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 alexgash
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scorched orange body has a slight haze. Topped by a fat cushion of light khaki brown head. Good lacing. Nose is rich with buttery diacetyl, sugar cookie malt, and flowery bitter hops. The buttery character kind of dominates though. Tingly, toasted hop bitterness up front. Turns floral with the big addition of sugary butter cookie malts. Mango, pear, and citrus show up as well, before the soapy, toasted hop bitter finish. Maltier than I expected and definitely more of an English IPA. Medium-body with a creamy feel. Not bad.

Photo of jdoolin
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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 neonbrown82
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.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark copper with light ruby like hues on the edges. Half an inch of off-white head leaves moderate lacing behind. Malts come through in the aroma a lot stronger than the hops...which is different for an IPA. Bready malts, sweet caramel, some light floral scents as well. The taste is also stronger on malts than expected. Doughy malt, caramel, brown sugar, and finally floral hops come out. Different taste compared to what I know as an IPA but good. Creamy, full bodied brew with a slightly dry finish that also has a bit of an alcohol burn on swallowing.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 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 RedHaze
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky dark brown, with some red highlights around the edges. There's a solid one finger head, that fades slowly to a nice cap, leaving behind a thick webbing of lace. This is probably the darkest IPA I've ever seen.

Smell; It's little subdued caompared to what I'm used to in an IPA, but still pleasant. Mostly it's piney hops, with a little bit of a floral and tropical fruit profile. A nice maltiness rounds out the nese nicely.

Taste; up front it's pine tree and floral hops, with just a touch of citrus thrown in. There's a spiced quality that I did not pick up in the aroma, with a bit of cinnamon and something else I can't quite place, and some bicuity malts. Those tropical fruits come out in the finish, leaving a bit of a sweet finish. I didn't get any of the diacetyl flavors that other reviewers have experienced, but it is light on the hops as compared to what most people would expect from an IPA. Despite that, I thought this was a very tasty and very easy to drink English style IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and on the creamy side.

Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky reddish brown color with some copper highlights. A bit of a tan head emerges and fades. Not too much lacing.

Smells strong on the diacetyl with earthy notes in there as well. Some toffee and bready notes in there as well.

Taste was sweeter than almost any IPA I have tried. Lots of brown sugar sweetness and bready maltiness. A good amount of diacetyl throughout. Hops lurk in the background. I notice them but they never really come out. They seem to add complexity, some earthy/floral notes, and help the beer go down nicely.

Maybe a bit too sweet and a bit too much diacetyl. Still, this was alright for what it was.

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