AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice and dark IPA color. im kind of surprised to see it at 7% because i never wouldíve 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. couldíve been more bitter, i think that the Sierra Nevada i had 2 nights ago would almost give this one a run for IBUís, which is what I look for in IPAís.
polomagnifico (1162) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Aroma is fantastic but a little weak. Moderate amounts of caramel malt. Moderate amount of flowery hopps with notes of orange, lemon, white wine, and honey. Large frothy light tan head that fully lasted and left a fair lace. Body is normally clear with a medium amber hue. Flavor was such a let down. Starts lightly sweet and bitter and ends the same with an average finish. Palate was also a let down. Light to medium body and watery flat. Too bad, I really wanted to like this brew. The smell was fantastic and it looked the part but the flavor was weak and bland. Very macro like in itís generic sweet/bitter bland swill. Palate was also a let down with a MGD lingering film on the back of my tongue. Just a sad, sad, state of affairs.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) Medium beige head atop clear, dark amber body. Nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, resin, caramel, some peach. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, pine, caramel, some peach, hop oil sharpness. Resinous medium body.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz - Aroma of cardboard, caramel malts and earthy hops. Pours dark copper with a medium head and great lacing. Flavor is caramel malt with just a touch of hop bitterness. Palate is thin and maybe a little sticky but way too late. Unfortunately for Dragonmead, they do not date their bottles, so I do not know the age. I did buy it from a cooler so Iím assuming it has been refrigerated most of itís life. I expect more hop bitterness from an IPA.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a small, off-white head. The aroma is light, some toffee and citrus. The flavor is caramel, grapefruit and doughy. Medium body is soft with light carbonation.
MrBunn (2321) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Fairly dark pour for an IPA... almost a brown color with a massive bubbly head that has required multiple passes to empty the bottle completely into the glass. Aromas are of caramel malts and citrus hops... grapefruit. Flavor is OK... there is definitely a hops driven lead, but the malt is strong enough to support it and it balances out fairly nicely. That said, the flavor could be a little fuller and more beefy. I wonít say it is watery, but itís not as full as it should be. Fairly refreshing.
Tmoney99 (9650) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bello Vino, MI. Poured hazy brown color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium citrus bitter and a medium smooth bitter finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 Iíve seen yet.