Wooden Nickel India Pale Ale | Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Missouri, United States
crownvalleybrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The IPA is hopped while in the brew kettle and is dry hopped twice more through the brewing process. During fermentation dry leaf hops were added and they also added dry leaf hops during the finishing process.

55 IBU

Added by tapman on 12-17-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
99
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.27
pDev:
16.51%
 
 
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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of emerge077
2.71/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle has an inkjet code on the bottom of the bottle, a possible julian date of "1141" which would be April 2011.

Pours placidly into a goblet, yielding a moderate sized head of cream colored foam on top of a hazed dark orange body. Head settles after a few minutes, leaving a collar of drippy lace behind.

Smells like floral hops and caramel, impression of the "stock recipe" middle of the road IPA right off the bat.

Tastes like old caramels from last halloween and grass clippings. A buttery sweet and alternately bitter taste. Specialty malt and meager hops... sort of a dull melange of mediocre flavors. Body is medium, light on carbonation and a bit sweet. Pass.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled floral and citrusy with a malty touch in the background.

T - It tasted of nutty caramel with a citrus hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. It tastes a bit like an English one, but has just enough citrus and pine to feel American.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.09/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear strawy-yellow color with a small white head and sparse lacing. The nose is very, very grainy and doesn't really carry any hops at all. I can say the same thing about the flavor, which is quite unfortunate. Perhaps the mildest bit of citrus lingering in the background, but only if I really search for it. Light to medium body and no real bitterness.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crown Valley Brewing "Wooden Nickel IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, CLaymont, DE
It's a shame that Crown Valley doesn't put any freshness dating on their beer.

Appearance: Hazy deep-amber/orange with orange and gold highlights. Frothy head of off-white holds well and leaves some decent lacing about the glass. It appears to have yeast sediment at the base of the bottle, signaling a bottle-conditioned beer.

Aroma: Oxidized, exaggerated caramel malt. A bit of cardboard. Some moderate fruitiness, basically apple. NO HOPS.

Flavor: Beyond the oxidized maltiness there's a subtle tang that might be coming from yeast (it does appear to be bottle-conditioned), or which might be coming from somewhere else. The fruitiness found in the nose is confirmed: mild apple and dull berry. Some leafy and grassy hops remain. Solid bitterness. The bottle lists it as 60 BU's but I'm sensing it as more like 45-50, perhaps because of the maltiness. Residual golden-caramel maltiness remains in the lingering finish along with a subtle spiciness and thin thread of tartness. After a few moments the maltiness fades and the bitterness rises, showing that there is something to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a dextrinous edge, but also a thin cutting edge of tartness. Moderate carbonation. Malty and smooth.

Overall: As this is clearly a damaged beer I'll have to try to secure a fresher sample; or should I even bother taking another chance on a $1.99 bottle that has no date or coding? I'll blame both Crown Valley and Total Wine & More for this, but ultimately the burden falls on the brewer. As it stands I can hardly call it an IPA, not even one in the English vein. A strong ale, yes, but it lacks hops across the board. Hedonistically, well that went out the window with the first oxidized whiff. Disappointing.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, orange-toned body with a fairly sizable, sudsy, off-white head. Smattering of lace on the descent.

Smell: Lightly grainy-scented malt, faintly sweetish in the nose, certainly yielding to the more forward hop notes of citrus, florals, and spice.

Taste: A biscuity blend of pale and pils malts underscored by some graininess and accompanied by small, fleeting tastes of sweetish honey and light-colored caramel. Floral, orange blossom hop character with a pinch of bitterish dried herbs. Has an accruing citric quality about it. Moderate bitterness. Drying, orange zested finish with some enduring bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, if not a hair or so under. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's alright, you know, fairly average all-around; it's not the boldest IPA out there, by any means, but nor is it the blandest, either.

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Photo of russpowell
3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Took a chance on this a part of mixed sixer, Nothing from these guy has wowed me yet, but there's always a first time..

Pours honey colored with 3 + fingers of frothy cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Grassy & bready notes

T: Much breadyness, some grassyness, some aspirin up front. Honey notes, some lemon & a bit of herbal/aspirin bitterness as this warms. Finishes grapefruit bitter, somewhat crisp & with decent breadyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly firm carbonation. pretty good balance

An alright take on the style that is way better than most of their offerings

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Wooden nickels are ruining the economy! ...ahem... This stuff pours a partly-cloudy sunrise amber topped by over a finger of off-white foam. The nose is filled with dry, woody pine, with a touch of mild caramel way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel is muc stronger now, and, unfortunately, everything else comes across as harshly bitter on the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I can't say that I'm a fan of this IPA, though I've had many that were much worse. Either way, I'm probably not gonna be picking up another one of these any time soon.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Tone
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper/golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hint of floral hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, and slight pale malt. Even on draft, at the brewery, this was served in a frosted glass. When first tasted, again from a frosted glass, the floral aspect was overpowering and off-putting. It tasted as if you were licking a wax plant. As the beer warmed, this completely went away, and was a balanced beer. I still can't get over them serving this so cold.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a wine glass. Beer is yellow and has a small white head with very little lacing, low carbonation, looks OK.

Hello? Hops? HELLO? You're an IPA right? All I smell is grains.

There is a mild hop flavor in the late midpalate with only a hint of bitterness on the back. Not a whole lot of anything. Boring boring thin thin not and IPA IPA.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly solid IPA, now available in Atlanta in sixpacks. Somewhat grainy overall, but with a nice bitter hop presence that marries well with the grain. In fact, I'd say the graininess even gives the hops a bit of structure. Pours a slightly hazy dark golden with a decent head and some nice lacing. Smells quite grainy, a bit floral, and with some citrus pith. The taste is similar, but a bit more hop presence. The finish is curiously short, and even a bit watery, which does detract a bit from the beer overall. There is a late bitterness that makes for a nice bite at the very end. Smooth, and not very chewy despite all of the graininess. Overall, quite pleasant if a bit too heavy on the grain and a bit simple.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy orange body with a bubbly off-white merange that pushes out of the bottle when opened. There is a boiling carbonation of big bubbles.
S- The orange hops aroma has a slight bitterness followed by a sweet malt aroma that is a bit softer and has some honey and caramel malt qualities to it. As the beer opens up there is more of a raw grain aroma that comes through.
T- The orange and pine hops linger with a slight pungency and are supported by a slightly sweet biscuit and honey malt flavor . M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a big scrubbing bubble fizz.
D- This beer has a nice flavor with the light sweetness balancing the hops that are just a bit citrus forward. Everything is balanced in the beer making it very drinkable.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper, bronze, and honey colored amber with a huge head of foam that slowly recedes from a mountian, to the shape of a brain with lots of stickage. The copius, slow bubbling adds to the overall awesome look of this beer.

Citric hop aromas meld with some melba toast crackers for a simple, straight forward IPA aroma.

The taste starts with meium citric bitterness upfront and maybe some pinapple rinds. The middle is a nice toasty mlat of crackers, toasted white bread, and a little caramel. The finish is all hops and bitter orange peel with a heavy, long lasting metallic twang on the tastebuds.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated, but tinny. This takes away from the sessionability of this IPA greatly.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of zekeman17
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of hilgart1
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of bubseymour
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Jame515
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of jsh420
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours cloudy yellow gold with a 1+ finger head that covered the glass with lacing

smells of bready malt and light floral and citrus hops

taste is more tangy bready malt then hops - but the hops are there and do balance this light flavored beer

mouthfeel is a medium light body low carbonation very smooth and creamy

overall this beer just does not pack the hop punch needed to be a real ipa in my book

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Photo of whartontallboy
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Drknight
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Wooden Nickel India Pale Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
3.27 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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