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Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale AleDragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States
dragonmead.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ypsifly on 01-17-2006

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Ratings:
149
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.43%
 
 
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Yetiman420
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
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 jujubeast6000
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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 midnite2sixman
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of hopdog
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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 SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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 emerge077
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
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 markgugs
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of zdk9
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +13%
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 ThatWineGuy
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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 dedrinker
3.51/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
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 TheBierBand
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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 GbVDave
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a nice tarnished-copper color. Huge bubbly head! About four inches worth. Off-white head eventually settles and leaves a lot of lace blanketing the glass.

S: Strange combination of caramel malt and musty, dirty hops. Some citrus and wet dirt aromas as well.

T: Caramel malt and bitter, citrus hops dominate. Decent balance between sweet, spicy and bitter.

M: Creamy and prickly. Spicy hops play on the tongue long after the mouthfull is swallowed.

D: Drinkability is good, but it loses points because of the strange aromas with this. The aroma reminds me of some of the "off" bottles of XX Bitter I've had. Would do in a pinch, but definitely not my first choice.

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Photo of mcallister
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thick caramel colored. Bad pour results in no head but you get the feeling this beer screams drink me.

A caramel malt backbone with grapefruit, lemon, tangerine zest, and other citrus notes. A bit floral as well.

Not the biggest most complex IPA but a very nicely balanced one and hell it is an English style. Citrus hops covered in caramel, or just plain candied, sweetness is a bit cloying. Could have used more carbonation as well to help round things out. A flat keg?

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Photo of xav33
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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 BMoney575
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
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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3.62 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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