Gunslinger Double India Pale Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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Reviews by Kitt:
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Pours a light golden, somewhat unfiltered, with very little head and virtually no lace.
Aroma of rich, over-ripe citrus, blended with maple syrup. Quite appealing - I'm picking up banana, peaches, and apricot.
Taste: rich and eclectic malts similar to overall aroma. Hops fade in and become momentarily strong but rapidly dissipate. For a double IPA, the hops are quite mild overall and of a very tame bitterness. I prefer a much more bitter taste than this IPA offers but oddly enough the hops are well balanced with the rich and flavorful malts.
Mouthfeel: heavy viscuous, almost syrup-like, and lightly carbonated. Reminiscent of a very heavy barley-wine.
Drinkibility: Honestly, I feel like I am eating this beer it is so heavy! ABV is not overwhelming for a double IPA - 8.3%. I find that rather pleasant in itself.
Overall this beer is like a heavy barley-wine mixed with a mild IPA rather than a double. It's a fairly unique combination and worth a try. The beer is best saved for a single desert serving as the richness and heavy nature undoubtedly limits the drinkibility. I can't find much to complain about this un-usual double IPA yet it's not really my style. I prefer a more bitter double IPA, less fruity, and a bit lighter with higher ABV. But I'm glad to know this beer and I would recommend it -- if for nothing else it's unusual combinations.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2012 02:51:02 | More by Kitt
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3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Crown Valley Gunslinger has an extremely thick, foamy, spongy, off-white head, an initially clear (hazes up when the bottom caked contents are swished and poured in), orange, bubbly appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is very odd- soapy? biscuit? Can't say. Taste is sweetness, white bread, floral hops, and mellow bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Crown Valley Gunslinger finishes mostly dry and easy going. No alcohol and not much bitterness is picked up, here.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 16:51:37 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.54/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a large tulip. Very cloudy orange, yellow...some floaties. Nice thick white head, decent lacing.
Sweet malty honey spread upon a fresh baked slice of white bread fills my nose. Hints of lemon zest and key lime play together in the malt field.
As I sip, the carbonation hits my tongue first...medium carbonation...then an abundance of sweet caramel, sweetly malty honey and crackers in the middle...thick and chewy. The hops finish strong, bitter, dry, pine cone syrup...bitter honey hangs on for a while...it never really goes away. A boozy alcohol warmth settles in.
A ton of gooey sediment lays in the bottom of my tulip...drain pour.
All in all a pretty good double. As usually with these types of ales...as it warms the better it gets. I like the sweetness...the bitter finish is a little much for my taste buds. Seems a little uneven...very good but not great. I wii drink again...hope Crown plays with this Gunslinger a bit...it could be great with very little effort.
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2014 01:36:58 | More by Boca-X
4.38/5 rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a fairy clear orange copper color. White frothy head with good head retention.
Nice citrus smell. Clean, grapefruit, malt smell and not much else.
I like the balance of this beer. Hoppy flavor without being too bitter. A little sweeter and more body than the benchmark IPAs but it just works. Easy to drink while satisfying your senses.
Like all IPAs freshness is key. I luckily live within an hour of the bewery and can get it fresh. I have tried many higher rated iPAs from the bottle and for me this one tops them. Is it the quality of the brew or just the freshness? I wish I could go on tour and sample them all at the top of their game. Either way I highly recommend you try this one if you get an opportunity.
Serving type: growler
10-23-2013 03:00:24 | More by TastyMcTasterson
Gunslinger Double India Pale Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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