In this beer blog, we are going to sample Crown Jewel IPA from Dragonmead Brewery. This is the first appearance for this brewery and beer. We will do a belief history of this Michigan craft brewery and then get into this beer. Dragonmead Brewery opened in 1997 in Warren, Michigan. It was founded by Earl Scherbarth, Larry Channel, and Bill Wrobel. They brew several different beer styles. Their packaging and brewpub has a Medieval era theme. Let us get into this beer.
This Michigan craft India Pale Ale has a dark amber to dark copper color. If you glance at it, it looks almost looks like a brown color. The smell has earthy tones and notes with hints of toffee to malt notes. The taste profile of this medium body has earthy notes to toffee and slight caramel with dry hop bitter finish for the aftertaste. It is kind of drinkable beer.
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In closing, This is not American IPA. It is an English style IPA. There is a huge malty backbone that is overpowering the hops. They picked some nice hops. It is a bad version of IPA and I am not liking the metallic notes. I just find it pretty funny that this beer is not on their website. Is it still being made? Or did this beer found itself in grave? These are some pretty important questions. This is beer is in a four pack and it is overpriced. I believe this craft brewery needs to look at their beer a little bit more. I believe they need to take a hard look at their recipes. They have a shot of making some good beers. I just feel they are at a cross roads. With all new craft breweries and beers in the market, this craft brewery needs to take some notes. I do not recommend this beer but it is worth trying at least once. Don’t go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser