Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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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:
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Added by ypsifly on 01-17-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
149
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.43%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
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0
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of MIBeerRanger4
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was reccomended to me at a recent tasting event. It's an English style IPA. It poured very foamy from the bottle.

A= Deep amber color, lot's of rich foamy head. The beer never settled down and laced the glass like crazy.

S= Very malty with little hop nose at all.. lacking on the nose for sure.

T= Again, too malty for my liking but much better balance of malt and hop in the taste than on the nose. Second and third sips were better than the original front taste.

M= Good but a bit too heavy. Leaves mouth feeling malt coated.

O= Did not hate this beer but don't really have much good to say either. Average at best. I think I would like this beer much better if I were drinking it with some food. Not a beer that I would order or buy.

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Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 CHickman
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with 2 finger foamy light tan head that had a ton of bubbles in it and faded slowly, leaving good spotty lacing.

Smells of caramel, floral hops, grapefruit, sweet malt, biscuit, grains, brown sugar, light spices, herbs and graham cracker. Not very hoppy of an IPA, the nose was pretty mild and leaned towards malty, but still balanced.

Tastes of caramel, herbs, grapefruit, light floral hops, sweet malt, piney hops, mild yeast, brown sugar, pepper, light spices, tea leaf, cinnamon, toffee, coriander and a biscuity or bready sweetness that does not taste like it comes from hop oils; like the nose, the taste is weak for an American IPA but on par for an English IPA. Seems to be some fruity sweetness, and that helps hide the ABV quite well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with light carbonation, a medium body, and a slight bitter finish that's sweet and grainy.

Good drinkability, this was a solid beer that went down smooth and easy. While it's a bit too grainy for me, it seems to hit the mark for an English IPA. Worth a try, as it has all the components to make for a session beer if this is your style of choice.

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Photo of zachary80
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Bell's Tulip. No visible date information. Straight from store to fridge to mouth.

L: Huge billowing head prevents a full pour. Leaves tons of thick lacing. Caramel-brown opaque body is slightly off putting.

S: Aroma seems muted. Fruity sweet notes most likely from the yeast. No real hop aroma

T: Not very bitter for an IPA. Low hop presence. Strong focus on malt. Some toffee flavors

M: Average. Carbonation seems about right, maybe slightly high for the style.

O: This is a good beer. Nothing exciting about it but worth trying if you like English IPAs

V: At $2.89 a single, not a bad value for an English IPA.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with minimal head. Mild aroma of earthy hops and malt. Sweeter malt flavor with minimal hop bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation provides for a nice, crisp finish.

While I prefer the American version of IPA's, this one is one of the better English ones I've had. I enjoyed it. It was a nice change of pace.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to michiganbrewer for the hookup on this one!

Pours a hazy, light amber with a thin, very light tan head resting on top and holding up well. A toasty/caramel malt presence hit the nose first followed up with floral hoppiness. Moderately bittered, the flavor seems again skewed towards malts. Toasty with a touch of breadiness, spicy alcohol, mild hop presence focused on floral characters. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall a decent example of the style but more focus on hop flavor would help increase enjoyment.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crown Jewels pours a very deep and tawny amber color with a reddish hue to it. The beer is a bit cloudy and supports a great looking head that has wonderful retention and leaves nice lace.

The aroma consists mainly of floral and slightly citrusy hops with a bit of bready malt sweetness and some toffee. Without even looking it up it is obvious that this is an English style IPA, but with an American twist.

The flavor similar to the aroma with a barrage of floral and orange hop character hitting my taste buds right off the bat and then transitioning to a bready and toffee like malt character. The brew is very well balanced with the hops and malt complimenting each other, but I find that this beer has a bit too much of a minerally profile in it and is perhaps just a bit on the sweet side.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with a good amount of carbonation. It finishes very well with a fairly unassuming aftertaste and a good balance between sweet and dry.

This beer is fairly drinkable, but I found it to be a bit confusing. Is it English or American? Hoppy or Malty? It just did not really satisfy me in terms of a total package. The quality may have been there, as were some very nice flavors, but it just left me only partially impressed.

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Photo of silentjay
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy copper with a huge (maybe too big) light tan head that slowly settles and leaves little lacing.

herbal, spicy aroma reminds me of an english style, but there is also a floral bouquet and some citrus.

again, the flavor combines english and american styles with herbs meeting flowers and citrus fruits, but caramel takes over and makes this a very sweet IPA.

mouthfeel is where it should be for the style, but foamy on every sip due to the huge head.

drinks rather well. actually a bit too sweet for my liking for an IPA. would drink again, but not one id seek out.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
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 BehindtheFinBrew
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing
Served in 25 oz mug

A: 1" light tan head. Poured hazy copper brown. Ring lace was left on the upper quarter of the glass with the head reducing to a crown of lace.

S: Floral and spicy hop with roasted and bready malt.

T: Sweet caramel malt is upfront as it should be in an EIPA. Some more citrus hop is apparent in the taste but overall the hop character was very light.

M: Creamy texture and medium bodied. Carbonation low-medium.

D: A nice balance of hop and malt as an EIPA should be with hops being slightly forward. I would drink this again.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap into a tulip at Ashleys...The beer pours a light hazy orange, not a ton to look at here...The aroma and taste are both ok, nothing special either, ligth pineapple on the nose, a mild hop presence. The feel is ok, and its ok to drink but with the lack of hops, it really doesn't justify drinking more than one.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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 brentk56
2.39/5  rDev -34%
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 organicbrewer
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Full copper. Clear. Very tiny tan head.

S-toasty malt. some stone fruit esters. low hop aroma.

T-moderatly bitter. Fairly sweet. Carmally malt and some biscuit. Moderate earthy hop flavor.

M-feels thick for an IPA. low carbonation ok. No alcohol burn.

D-Nice beer. Could be dried out a bit more, seemed sweet even for an english ipa.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep copper and cloudy amber in tone with a big bubbly off white head leaving little ridges if lace. A small amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, just enough to take away most of the ale's transparency. Smells is very fruity and sweet drizzled in hops. Tastes like hops up front with a very watery grapefruit aftertaste. Lots of citrus sting and bitter bite. That dirt grapefruit taste covers my tongue. Nice and citrusy.
Cheers.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Wildman
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of rudylaw
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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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Photo of lllarzzz
3.87/5  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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
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 BierFan
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale from Dragonmead Microbrewery
3.62 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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