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Gunslinger Double India Pale Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Gunslinger Double India Pale AleGunslinger Double India Pale Ale

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44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 197
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tweeder263 on 11-22-2011

Our Gunslinger Double India Pale Ale starts with a rich malt base to which we add hops, hops and more hops. This skillful blend of malt sweetness and aggressive hoppiness will rule your senses! After the addition of Columbus, simcoe, centennial and citra hops at various points of the brewing process, we reach the final IBU count of 93.

93 IBU
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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 197
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not super high on this brewery, but every once in a while they do alright...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Superior head retention & near perfect lacing, plus a touch hazy

S: Breadyness & grassiness, pears & pineapples plus fusel alcohol

T: Much maltyness, faint pineyness & orange hop notes up front, a touch of honey malt & some pineapple & pear. Dryness, nice cakey maltyness, slight boozeyness & nice tropical fruittyness as this warms. Finishes with doughyness, pineapple, grassiness & some boozeyness, plus a touch of aspirin & much orchard fruit

MF: Chewy with slight carbonation, some stickyness. Nicely balanced, starts thinning out as it warms

Drinks fairly easy, way better than I expected. Not great for the style, but well worth a try. On the edge of being good, needs a little more finesse, a little less sledge hammer (879 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazy orange color with a nice white head on top. The retention is good as well as some lacing on the glass. The smell of some moderate hops on the nose.. a mix of earthy and citrusy. There is a bit of malt sweetness as well. The taste has a bit of pale malts and a touch of spicy citrus in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thick, it's got a good body to it with a decent amount of carbonation. There is a bit of boozy heat too on this which is kind of surprising. Overall I thought this was a pretty good DIPA. Not the best by any means but still not bad. (588 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an odd find at Harris Teeter today.Poured into a nonic a dull honey orange color with a nice sticky half finger slight off white head that leftsome chunks of foam as it settled slowly into a frothy mass.Alot of sugar sweetness in the nose along with some drunken apricot and oarange-like hops.Has a nice full creamy feel and it glides down easily.Flavors are on the sweet side with deep caramel and sugary sweetness,a little more sweetness from the alcohol comes into play as well,hops are pretty subdued for a 93 IBU beer,some apricots and orange rind lingers.It's not a bad beer but to me miscategorized by the brewery with it's flavor profile.Okay but not anything to see out in my opinion. (701 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Amber hued with a fairly hazy complexion. An inch thick eggshell white head resting on top. Light Brussels lacing. Hop aroma is somewhat earthy and dominates the nose. The taste is earthy to somewhat piney hops. There's plenty of malt to back up the hop presence. The mouth is a bit chalky but fairly easy to quaff considering the strength. (340 characters)

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Although this beer is not incredibly hoppy, it damn sure doesn't feel like a 9%; almost sessionable, strictly in double ipa standards! (134 characters)

Photo of Skycarp33
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ltdantheman
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Skabiski
2.43/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

No bottled on date. Very mediocre DIPA.Many other better options for the price (78 characters)

Photo of tweeder263
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a golden thick beer , with a light 1 finger thick head .Smells surprisingly balanced, sweet and hoppy. Taste is also balanced, advertised as 93 IBU theres plenty of malt sweetness to keep everything in check. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, something i expect in a heavy beer such as this. Overall a good DIPA, priced right, something to have once in a while. (366 characters)

Photo of mempath
2.36/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

very nice appearance...sticky, beautiful lacing that looks like splash marks...thick then thins out in a sort of fractal manner. nice. deep golden color...more opaque-ish than hazy.

very sweet pronounced nose. hops, yeah, but more like nitro-malts.

taste: very 'balanced'...for a split second...hops and malts pretty much 50-50. but the lightspeed transition to finish falls apart....the hops depart and the sweetness takes over. and it lingers. the nose really suggests the taste that follows...this is the last bottle from the 6-pack and so it's is my last visit to the Crown Valley Saloon for the moment. and--at bottle #6--it's still a bit too sweet and sticky. rather cloying. if anything this needs to be paired with food. it did go well the other day with hashbrowns-n-eggs the other day. just too sweet for my taste. on target sort of with regards to style, but it's a matter of balance. the taste makes it feel thick, but it's really rather thin and easily quaffable. be careful at that ABV...overall, worth trying a bottle to compare. don't waste it on the 6 pack or more unless you like sweetness. there's just not enough hop blast here to make it worth it. maybe it needs a slice of orange. (1,205 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crown Valley Brewing "Gunslinger" Double India Pale Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Hazy deep gold/amber body beneath a fluffy head of off-white. The head retention is excellent but the lacing leaves a little bit to be desired.

Aroma: Oddly not very hoppy. Oxidized malt. Somewhat fruity (I get Fruity Pebbles in the background). Odd, soapy/floral note... I was initially reminded of a public bathroom... not a good sign. Of course I have no idea how old this beer is, so...

Flavor: Oxidized. Oxidized malt, and even worse, some cardboard. Limited hops given the style, although age has to play into that as well. It's slightly leafy, minty, grassy, and floral - but also fruity which could be coming from the yeast, the hops, or a combination of the two. The strength is there, with a fine edge of alcohol that cuts through it. The bitterness is not, however, at least not the listed 93 IBU's that the label claims... I'd estimate it to be in the mid to high 70's. It's enough to hold the malt back from sweetness though, and bring in a dry finish - but the soapiness found in the aroma remains in the flavor, and I think in the mouth feel... I feel like I've got soap in my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Apart from the soapiness it's somewhat astringent. Medium-full in body and nicely crisp. There's enough carbonation to give it a little bite, adding to the alcohol and bitterness that's present, and helping to round it out while still maintaining some creaminess. That carbonation also helps to explain the great head retention. I'd give it a great score if it wasn't soapy and astringent.

Overall: Based on the fact that this is a Double IPA I have to say that it's one of the worst beers I've ever had. If it was a pale ale at this level with some flaws I might give it some leeway. If it was a flawed lager in some third world country, or even just a lifeless pilsner even in Berlin, I might let it slide - but as an American Double IPA it's entered into a realm that requires training, strength, and dexterity. The "Double IPA" moniker requires it to live up to a higher standard, and it falls short. It's not a contender. There's potential there, but as it is, it's a failure. Whether that's due to failure in brewing technique, or failure due to shipping beer further than it should be shipped to maintain freshness and quality doesn't matter. I look forward to trying this fresh so that I can change my review and redeem it (if at all possible), but without freshness dating or going to Missouri I'm not sure how that's possible. (2,617 characters)

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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Scott231
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Redder in color than expected. The Brewery's description hooked me with the talk of hops, hops , and hops but their flavor is quite light. Good but light considering the wonderful hoppy aroma. Feels real good in your mouth and on the way down. Absolutely no citrusy tastes so I'll not be too interested in another. (316 characters)

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of tr9871
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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! (583 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

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Gunslinger Double India Pale Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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