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Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale - Dragonmead Microbrewery

Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale AleDragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%


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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rudylaw

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 00:23:23 | More by rudylaw
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lllarzzz

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice,cloudy, dark reddish-orange color. This bottle poured with an uncontrollable head... not very refined.

Initial flavor is very stiff for an IPA, but you adjust after a few sips and start appreciating the complexity. Interesting flavors... grape and honey come to mind.

Pretty clean finish for such a strong, flavorful ale.

Overall, this is a complex beer that gets better as you drink more of it. Not you're standard hoppy microbrewed IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 02:34:40 | More by lllarzzz
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 12:02:05 | More by Kegatron
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david131

California

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 03:16:25 | More by david131
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 20:46:23 | More by mikesgroove
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BierFan

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 01:02:23 | More by BierFan
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a clear golden amber color with about two fingers of dense off white foam. Not much lacing to speak of. Aroma and flavor are of bitter, grassy hops, a bit of grapefruit, and of course, a hit of sweet caramel malt. Crown Jewels is medium in both body and carbonation. Certainly worth a try if you see it around.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 04:19:51 | More by ClockworkOrange
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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Pours a pale orange color into a pint glass. Fresh piney and grapefruit smell. A nice bitter twang of hops in the flavor but not overly strong and fairly refreshing. This has a very enjoyable taste and is very smooth. I approve.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 03:53:24 | More by webmanspidey
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a short white head.

Scent of hops, citrus, some sugars, tea, and caramel malts. Nice balance of hops and malts.

Taste of caramel malts, faint hops, a hint of earth, and some citrus. A nice, simple and balanced English IPA.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and clean with decent carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 01:59:14 | More by paco1029384756
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Yetiman420

Ohio

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

Purchased two days ago at Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids. Trying to drink this one fresh.

Dark copper color with a one finger light tan head that slips away and leaves waves of lacing.

Anticipating more malt flavor based on the darker color (English style).

Aroma is maltier with some light hop fruitiness.

Flavor and drinkability are both very high. It's enjoyable to have such a well-crafted English IPA every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 02:02:54 | More by Yetiman420
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2009 19:34:20 | More by jujubeast6000
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback glass on 1/22/09.

A - Poured an absolutely lovely tinted amber/light copper-colored body with a tinge of ruby red hues, a nice effervescent cascade and almost three fingers of rocky beige head that retained quite well and left plenty of sticky lace around the glass. The head flared up beautifully with each swirl of the glass. 4.5

S - Mellow bouquet of floral and citrusy hops with some earthy, herbal undertones and a mild waft of caramel malts and, to a lesser degree, bready grains. A touch of alcohol emerges as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Burnt caramel notes mingle with a varied hop profile including hints of flowers, perfume, earthy herbs and a touch of citrus fruit. While it tastes fine, the hop profile struggles to find itself due to the variety of flavors. The IPA finishes with a hefty dose of grainy, bready malt to balance the ever-present hop character.

M - Crown Jewels is a medium bodied IPA with an oily texture and fairly soft carbonation. It finishes on the dry side with moderate hop bitterness on the palate.

D - A tad more carbonation would make the hops more pronounced, but this is still a very good IPA overall, and certainly one of the nicer-looking ones I've encountered.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 23:26:35 | More by ffejherb
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midnite2sixman

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on the Firkin at Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, MI.

Big frothy head atop a dark amber beer with a little bit of ruby red mixed in. Huge head and tons of retension.

Smells hoppy with caramel undertone. A little nutty.

Taste is hops and nuttiness and bitter. Very english.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, doesn't linger on the palate very much. An unusual IPA I must say.

This one is interesting.

Serving type: cask

01-19-2009 22:26:04 | More by midnite2sixman
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WakeandBake

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes Oct 30 2008
Hazy brown color,with a solid head and great lacing. Aroma of caramel malts and earthy hops. Flavor is caramel malt,slight fruit, with just a touch of hop bitterness. Palate is thin and maybe a little sticky .Solid offering,quite drinkable but none of the qualitys I look for in an IPA

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 14:02:53 | More by WakeandBake
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 03:41:08 | More by hopdog
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to KennyO for this one.

Dark amber in color with a one finger sized head. The head is wite in color and is fairly dense.

Lots of orange peel in the aroma here. Big on the grapefruit also. Slightly grassy. Even a bit of Granny Smith apple.

Really citrusy in the flavor. Almost orange juice like. I like the citrus hoppiness and citrus flavors attributed to most IPA. This one was right up my alley. Not really balanced as far as the malt. But this one is not bitter, but has plenty of hop flavor. I dont see how this is English.

Medium bodied and slick on the tongue. Finish is filled with more orange peel. If this is English, Im Hispanic. A very nice beer with the abv fairly well hidden. Wouldnt mind having another. Thanks Kenny.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 21:52:28 | More by SaCkErZ9
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 02:10:48 | More by emerge077
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jeremyd365

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark copper with a decent head which stuck around for almost the entire beer. Smelled very sweet and slightly spicey. Tasted sweet with perhaps a hint of honey. Finishes with an interesting and delicious smoothness that makes this beer very drinkable. I would definitely recommend this brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 01:43:18 | More by jeremyd365
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markgugs

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a pint glass, thanks to alexgash for the trade (consumed: 2/14/08)

A: Pours an extremely murky mahogany, like a stirred up river bed. Small 1-finger white head that bubbles up then disappears rather quickly. Reminds me of a glass of sweet tea.

S: Pretty much the only part of the beer I was disappointed in, as there wasn't too much of a hop profile. Almost all aromas were of the roasted malts variety, complemented by some nutty scents.

T/M: Wow, this is so well-balanced right off the bat, it's delicious! There is ample bittering from the hops, definitely more maltiness than most IPAs, as I guess clearly indicates this being from the English style family. There is a solid moderate bread flavor in the middle, before giving way to an extremely piney bitter finish. The beer itself is so creamy and has a nice oily texture to it. Very nice.

D: Wonderful beer, very easy to drink, I was surprised to see that it was 7% ABV, because it sure doesn't seem like it. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 18:00:58 | More by markgugs
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 14:50:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
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zdk9

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours into my pint glass a light mahagony with a finger of bright foam. This trails into a lacing pattern that reminds me of a coral reef, quite beautiful.

S- Sweet malty aromas, candylike and slightly fruity. There is also something very close to bannana esters, but probably this is just the sweet fruitiness.

T- Sweet and bready like a warm piece of shortcake. Not really much spice to it so it doesn't give the cinnimon bun effect but still delicious. There is less fruit in the taste than in the nose, just a touch of sweet orange.

M- Just about average, balanced between carbonation and syrupiness, but I like some more syrup in my IPA so I'm not enjoying balance.

D- This is a very enjoyable beer. It's not all that complex or hoppy, but is good at being what it is- a no fuss English style IPA. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 07:44:19 | More by zdk9
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 01:51:09 | More by biegaman
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 04:01:17 | More by ThatWineGuy
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dedrinker

Kansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 03:22:54 | More by dedrinker
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 00:36:48 | More by Phatz
Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale from Dragonmead Microbrewery
82 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.