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Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ypsifly on 01-17-2006

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81
Ratings:
147
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
17.08%
 
 
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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 147
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!

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
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!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead on. Dragonmead has a solid winner in the form of Crown Jewels. Pours out to a auburn red color similar to a sunset in fall. Well formed 1/4 inch head of foam was dense, almost like the head of a stout poured off a nitro tap. Aromas of floral hops, strong malts and some grain. A touch of citrusy sweetness. Wonderful taste; very well rounded and robust. Flavors of caramel, fresh floral hops, mild malts, hints of citrus... Wow. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Good drinkability. This is another reason Dragonmead should get some attention. Recommended.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of walleye
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from the dragmead website it looks the only why you can get this good beers is in the bottle. poured reddish copper with alight tan head that stayed around and left some good lacing. aroma a nice blend of caramel and hops a nice sweetness, than out came some malts. flavor I don't think I have had a IPA like this one the way the flavors came out were a little different was expecting to hops to jump out first but no the malts and caramel hit the taste buds first, than got the blast of hops at the finish and some sugar sweetness comes out. I think this is one of their bettr beers I have had

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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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.

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

Pours a hazy amber color with a massive head that prevented the entire bottle from being poured into the glass. Took a long time to complete the pour. PITA. The head never really settles. Massive amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Malty aroma gives off hints of toffee and caramel. Hops have aromas of mint and grass.

A very large English IPA. Plenty of bitter and even some alcohol. Toffee flavors from the malt is complimented by mint and herbal qualities from the hops. Alcohol plays a large role in the finish. I can understand the confusion of which style this beer is classified.

The body feels substantial enough considering the ABV level. Nicely carbonated.

Maybe next time I will pour the beer immediately after removal from the refrigerator. Otherwise this is an interesting IPA that does not follow the pack.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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Photo of xav33
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The glossy label has what looks like a jewel encrusted orb set inside the sheild like Dragonmead logo with the caption "Those were some big jewels" along the bottom. No dates. Poured into a pint glass.

Bright reddish amber with a solid light tan head. Steady carbonation increases the size almost double. Strong retention and thick layered lace.

The nose has a lot of caramel, toast, butter, and some floral hop. This seems to have way more malt than hop aromas. Smells a lot like an ESB.

Again, when tasted, the malts are upfront and strong with lots of caramel and biscuits. The hop profile is stronger than what the smell suggests. Leafy to grassy with some earth and a slight suggestion of pine. I'm getting the impression that euro hops were used with a pinch of help from the west coast. Slight alcoholic warmth in the finish.

Full mouth that is a little slick but the carbonation gives it some balance. An interesting and drinkable brew for sure. Looks really good, smells a little off for style, and the taste has enough complexity to keep me interested.

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Photo of JollyRodger
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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