Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale | Dragonmead Microbrewery

Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale AleDragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
39.6%
Liked This Beer
3.6 w/ 149 ratings
Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale AleDragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States
dragonmead.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ypsifly on 01-17-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,684
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
149
Liked:
59
Avg:
3.6/5
pDev:
12.5%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of Joebraggot
1.5/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Old school skunk taste BAD

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Photo of fredmugs
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of brentk56
2.39/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a tight-bubbled cap that performs like a champ, retaining and lacing

Smell: Really fruity, with an overripe apple character as well as an earthy, dishwater tone

Taste: Opens all over the place, with the overripe apple, herbacious mineral water and spearminty tone; after the swallow, the spearmint tends to dominate the other flavors; perhaps some acetone in here as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not particularly good, unfortunately

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Photo of Zone_Fighter
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of BMart
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of BMoney575
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of Gwald70
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rudylaw
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of laxer8811
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Eternal218
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/19/2010. On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt, crystal malt, and a slight hint of citrus. Flavor of caramel malt, sweet malt, some sweaty hops but mostly this was dominated by the caramel malt. Much too sweet for an IPA and not to my liking.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of hopdog
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale from Dragonmead Microbrewery
Beer rating: 39.6% out of 100 with 149 ratings
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