Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale AleDragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States

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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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 149
Photo of SupaCelt
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer displayed a dark tan colour. It seemed to have a garnet cast to it. A fluffy beige head rose up off the pour and it held quite well throughout the tasting. Foamy chunks of lace stuck in a few scattered spots as well. The nose was mostly malt driven. Some chalky accents were mixed in with a weak hop aroma that smelled mostly woodsy. It reminded me of roots and dirt in a way. A spicy or vaguely minty impression also came to mind although this was purely subjective and could be considered reaching. Malt character was by far the dominant layer of scent. Overall this did not make me imagine an IPA when I smelled it. Too much time basking in American IPA styles I suppose. The taste was also malt intensive. The darker than typical colour foreshadowed this finding. There was a somewhat fruity sourness that followed the rich malt onset. The finish was dry and bitter, but this beer still did not feel the way it should have. I think some sort of citrus bite is what I was looking for here, but alas this English style was a bit lackluster. It is, however, most likely a good representation of the style. The mouthfeel was fluffy and light to mid level in body. The drinkability was good, although I personally see no reason to drink this. The flavours are pleasant but they seem less than interesting. Humdrum if you will. The price of this beer is also questionable as I see no justification for it to retail at nearly three bucks. No more.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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 dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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 DrJay
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 walleye
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Frozensoul327
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
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 ypsifly
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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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