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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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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
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 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.

rhoadsrage, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of Wildman
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Wildman, Nov 16, 2009
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.

sweemzander, Aug 29, 2009
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
Photo of lllarzzz
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.

lllarzzz, Jul 31, 2009
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.

Kegatron, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of david131
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.

david131, Jul 02, 2009
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
Photo of BierFan
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.

BierFan, May 30, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
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.

ClockworkOrange, May 19, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
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.

webmanspidey, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
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.

paco1029384756, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
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.

Yetiman420, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
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.

jujubeast6000, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
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.

ffejherb, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of midnite2sixman
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.

midnite2sixman, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
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

WakeandBake, Jan 10, 2009
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
Photo of SaCkErZ9
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.

SaCkErZ9, Oct 07, 2008
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.

emerge077, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
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!

jeremyd365, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of markgugs
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!

markgugs, Feb 20, 2008
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of zdk9
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.

zdk9, Nov 19, 2007
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.

biegaman, Nov 09, 2007
Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale from Dragonmead Microbrewery
82 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.