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

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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
Photo of billmbeer
4.76/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, Pow! Just tried this beer from my beer of the month club shipment and this is a biggie hoppy incredible double IPA. More hops than the Easter bunny on Easter! Great mouthfeel, nice 2 finger frothy head retention. Aroma is a bit overwhelming, but makes sense from the high IBU's in this one. From a small brewery in Missouri. A great beer! (343 characters)

Photo of njtmayhem
4.67/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer though the mail. Enjoyed on a hot day mid June, it was perfect. Great look and smell, taste did not let down. Mouth feel was average but overall I really enjoyed this beer. (186 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a delicious DIPA! They still kept the hops front and center but put enough malt backbone and fruit flavors behind it to create layers of flavor. This was an awesome DIPA!

Will absolutely seek out and purchase again. (225 characters)

Photo of WestHam973
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Love how they just didn't make a hop bomb that tastes like everything else, this double IPA is nicely balanced with some malt and fruit flavors. Crown Valley makes another winner! (191 characters)

Photo of TastyMcTasterson
4.36/5  rDev +21.4%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a deep amber from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass with two fingers of off white head that fade quickly, lining the glass with solid lacing.

S: Piney and earthy hops with a bit of tangerine and other citrus fruit. Very hop forward with some malty sweetness.

T: Slightly bitter with pine and grassy notes, a bit of grapefruit and caramel. Strong balance between hops and malt.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth. Easy drinking and not overly bitter with a solid creamy texture.

O: I really loved this brew and I think it may be a different recipe from the one listed here at 8.3% ABV. My bottle read 9% so I don't know if it changes each year. Overall, one of the better DIPA's I've had in some time. Well done. (733 characters)

Photo of Casedogg43
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened nicely chilled and very fresh.
Beer of the month club, pleasant surprise.

This is just a very solid DIPA
Nice aroma to entice you, plenty of hoppy grapefruit flavor.
Somewhat balanced, and short on maltiness aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is terrific for this style. And I dare sat that in going to have another one right now!

Cheers (341 characters)

Photo of ubenumber2
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass , crystal clear pale beer with a heavy thick white 2 finger head and super nice lacing

Smell is a mixture of citrus , piney and earthy hops with a hint of malt in there

The mouth on this beer is amazing , thick and heavy for the style but enough carbonation to finish it off

Taste starts off sweet and finishes bitter , very well balanced beer , the hops and malt really come through

Overall I think this a great double IPA , great aroma and taste. I will be buying more (511 characters)

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)

Photo of Suds
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with a firm and frothy white head...the beer is aromatic. Lots of hops...citrus and floral, with some malt underneath. Earthy and spice. The beer is strong, but hides it's alcohol better than expected. Full in body. Bitter, and more balanced than others. Not bad, but not outstanding. (308 characters)

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 Oakenator
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an amber brown color with a at least two fingers of head at pour. Head retention is great and lots of chunky lacing on the glass wall.

S: Grassy, spicy hop aroma.

T: Lots of hops present early, but a strong malt flavor also balance those hops. Almost a slight aged, pleasant sour flavor on the back end.

M: Creamy and decently thick.

O: Good brew. (360 characters)

Photo of Kitt
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,366 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. labels says "for best taste, serve warm 57-61 F". So I let it sit out an hour before drinking

pours a cloudy orange rust color with white head. good head retention and lacing. aroma is a little boozy and earthy. taste is a balance of sweet malt and a bitter finish. some citrus fruit flavors in there. slick mouthfeel, lower carbonation. (361 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is a solid, honey-amber colored hue with a very thick, fluffy, white head. Caramel malt and pine sap aromas make up the bulk of the aroma. Toasted grain with a balanced and complementary hop bitterness make up the bulk of the flavor; toffee. Medium bodied with a smooth, silky mouthfeel.

I picked up this bottle along with an assortment of other regional beers while traveling through Missouri a month ago. This DIPA is a nice find and something I'd gladly revisit. At 9.0% ABV, it's a biggin' yet there is no boozy quality noted and the malt and hop components balance out well. This beer definitely comes across more malt-forward overall with the hop profile being more of a bittering counterpoint. Not a west coast hop bomb but still unmistakeably an IPA-styled brew. Very good... (799 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Cloudy golden hue. Plenty of rising effervescence. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles fairly slowly. Spiderweb lacing.

S: Sourdough bread, honey, orange citrus.

T: Woody hop character accentuated with a slightly sweet and fruity component.

M: Thick and syrupy. Crisp. Aftertaste of steel and dried orange peel. Dry finish.

D: Bitterness and high alcohol content will dictate a slower pursuit.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Pretty good head, and some nice lacing. Nose is sourdough, honey, and citrus. Earthy or woody hop tone makes up the base, slight sweet and fruit components balance it out. Overall, this is a good quaffl (697 characters)

Photo of Winston_Smith
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this bad boy on tap at The Blue Agave in Belleville, IL on 12/6/12.

Appearance: Pretty deep burnt golden orange coor with two fingers of head and fantastic lacing until the beer was gone. Hell yeah!

Smell: Hoppier than Bugs Bunny with some citrus undertones.

Taste: Super hoppy like you'd expect, but pleasantly balanced by the remaining grapefruit citrus and other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body that I was surprised to feel for a DIPA. Nice carbonation.

Overall: I'd try it again. It was a pleasant experience for an IPA fan. I'd like to give it another shot because I may have been a bit drunk. (615 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, hops, slight citrus, hint of alcohol, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is thick and smooth, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of pine, hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, hint of citrus, and hint of alcohol. Good appearance, blend, and aroma, but the body is lacking in intensity that typically characterizes IIPA's. (512 characters)

Photo of kneeland
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hello hops. Plenty of malt too. I've never been a fan of IPA, but double IPAs work for me for some reason. It has a medium body, it goes down really smooth. Very translucent with a copper orange color. I think the head will last longer than I have the glass. Well done Missouri. (278 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 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)

Photo of Johnny_Duck
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Hazy golden color with a two finger off white head. Decent retention and lacing. So far so good.

S: Not much nose here for me. Faint hops but disappointed there wasn't more there. This left me nervous that the taste would disappoint as well.

T: I didn't have high hopes given the faint smell but I was pleasantly surprised. Citrus and pine. Nice and hoppy with a touch of sweetness as well. The alcohol was hidden well. This was very drinkable and was quite refreshing while grilling out.

M: I enjoyed the carbonation level. Not too thick and very drinkable.

O: I didn't have too high of hopes for this beer but it delivered. I'd recommend it but will also continue to try new IPAs/DIPAs before I seek this one out again. (777 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  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.

RJT (498 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear golden apricot/honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a finger tall medium sized cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/pineapple hops, citrus/orange hops, slightly stronger sweetness from caramel/grain, and just a hint of alcohol.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of grainy and caramel malts with a slightly stronger than moderate amount of sugary and caramel sweetness. That is followed by some moderate flavors of citrus/orange rind and tropical/pineapple hops with a hint of pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with some stickiness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a decent though not great DIPA - worth sampling but I would not personally grab a 4/6 pack of this one. A little too hot from the alcohol to be an easy drinker. Fairly sweet, even for a DIPA. (1,302 characters)

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)

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