Gunslinger Double India Pale Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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Reviews by Kitt:
3.88/5 rDev +7.2%
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
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +21%
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
3.69/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Just picked this up to try based on price point. At 8.99 a sixer I had very low expectations. Those were quickly surpassed when I first popped the cap. I drank it warm (60-65) per the bottle's request. The aroma was very nice with lots of piney and citrusy hops. Poured great, very effervescent, with a moderately lasting head. Taste was great: lots of malt, lots of hops, just a good balance going on. The 93 IBU's are nicely set off by a sweet, deep malty character. This beer feels great going down, and the 9% abv is dangerously hidden. I will definitely be picking more up soon!
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2013 16:07:11 | More by tr9871
Gunslinger Double India Pale Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
82 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.