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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Thanks a lot MikeTD. Hazy dark copper almost mahogany pour, big white head that stays. Aroma is sweet, toasty and citrus hops with lots of caramel. Taste is lots of sweet caramel malts, some fruits like berries and apples with more sugary sweetness. Citrus hops with a very cloying sticky sweetness in the aftertaste. Really is a malt bomb and completely overides the hops to basically make this a barley wine. Boozy taste with more barley wine aggresive maltiness. Doesn’t taste bad but where did the hops go.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Very dark, cloudy mahogany pour, very appealing. Thick, light tan head, heavily lacing, very slowly diminishing. The nose is mild, with equal parts toasty grains and a combination of earthy and raw citric hoppiness. Mild floral and herbal notes grace the edge of each strong inhalation. The aroma is partitioned on the back side by toffee and breadiness. Rustic sweetness and whole grain notes lead in the flavor, the fore bearing high sweetness and little bitterness. Hops are mild to moderate, gathering at the sides and back of the tongue and culminating in earthy bitterness with hints of grapefruit rind and orange. The flavor is very buttery and hints at diacetyl, though I think it’s just an interesting malt expression. Malt supercedes hoppiness throughout each sip, and only in a mildly bitter finish do hop oils congregate at a strengthened quotient. Overall, the flavor isn’t impressive or memorable but for it’s unique approach to the style. The mouthfeel is creamy, light-medium to medium bodied and oily. Carbonation is medium and soft. Above average but mostly due to a creative stance.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2007
(Sampler @ Dragonmead Brewery, Warren, MI): Clear brown color. Small head, whitish. Hoppy aromaj some grapefruit. Not too strong. Hoppy sweet nutty taste, balanced. Slight bitter aftertaste. Tasty but a little sour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2007
12 oz. bottle, no freshness date, sampled in a pint glass. I noticed at the updated Dragonmead website that the description for Crown Jewels has been dropped and this is listed under the American Ale section. Poured a cloudy tarnished orangey copper with a large frothy pale tan head, good retention, small amount of ringed laced sticking. A nice hoppy nose of grapefruit rind and oily orange, a bit flowery at the edges. Light malty backing, traces of buttery biscuits and caramel toffee. Textured mouthfeel, airy creaminess along with an oily slickness on the tongue. The malts play a larger role in the taste than in the aroma, sweet caramel and a buttery grainy biscuit. The hops are mild with a softly tingling bitterness, floral oily leaves and freshly squeezed oranges, hints of pulp and rind. Herbal oils and sour orange accompanied the sugary maltiness in the finish. The alcohol takes on the hop flavors, implanting a low grade warmth in the palate. A pleasant, easy sipping IPA, another good brew from Dragonmead.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2007
12 oz. bottle: This beer may be getting a bit buggy as the three bottles I have tried have all poured with a tremendous amount of carbonation. The body does settle down over time, but the super spitzy carbonation creates an unappealing mouthfeel. Almost like drinking overcarbonated Coke. When the giant head does settle, a clear amber beer with a creamy cap remains. The aroma is a bit flat, with sweet citrus and caramel malts mixed together. The body offers only an average bitterness, with a slight sour tinge in the finish. This is OK, but really sinks in the sea of great IPAs these days.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2007
After drinking dozens of American IPAs that are filled with citrusy hops, this IPA is refreshingtly different. It is a sweet IPA balanced with floral hops. Murky copper pour with a pleasing, big off-white head. Aroma of flowers and caramel. with the slightest hint of citrus and pine. The flavor is mostly sweet and balanced by a light to moderate bitterness. Medium to full body. Minimal carbonation. Somewhat sticky body. Long finish of floral hops and caramel sweetness. Well balance and nicely crafted.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Notes from heemer77’s January ’07 tasting. Hazy orange caramel with a moderate yellow light beige head. Aroma had an odd plastic aroma (like that of the El Toro Stout), perfumey and floral hops, and some toffee. Flavor had big bitterness and some strong perfumey hops, and fairly astringent. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation. So-so.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 6, 2007
mirky brown body, creamy white head, lacey, super malty nose, smells like a homebrew ipa, sweet malts, decent hop profile but not enough bitters to ballance of these extreme malts, still good though, very sweet

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/02/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip

dark clear red, whispy off white head, touch of lace, sweet carmel malt aroma with big grapefruit, creamy body, nice grapefruit flavor, good carmel sweetness, lasting mellow bitter finish, a great creamy session IPA without being over the top

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2007
nice and dark IPA color. im kind of surprised to see it at 7% because i never would’ve known it by the taste. very nice scent as soon as it gets in the glass. kind of a weaker IPA, which means another easy 6-pack. could’ve been more bitter, i think that the Sierra Nevada i had 2 nights ago would almost give this one a run for IBU’s, which is what I look for in IPA’s.


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