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

Gunslinger Double India Pale AleGunslinger Double India Pale Ale

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.17%


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:
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

(Beer added by: tweeder263 on 11-22-2011)
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Winston_Smith

Kentucky

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2012 18:29:41 | More by Winston_Smith
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 16:51:37 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Boca-X

Missouri

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
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TastyMcTasterson

Missouri

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
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tr9871

Mississippi

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 05:06:19 | More by russpowell
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 21:02:35 | More by oberon
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Tone

Missouri

3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 00:08:16 | More by Tone
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 21:45:50 | More by Mikecap
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:12:32 | More by Oakenator
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Johnny_Duck

Tennessee

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 18:07:04 | More by Johnny_Duck
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 00:58:44 | More by ubenumber2
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 05:22:41 | More by bmwats
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kneeland

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 22:03:09 | More by kneeland
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khensley

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a friend who does a beer of the month thing. 12 ounce bottle. Poured a bit over-carbonated, smell was overpowering piney. Head never left, even though it took me forever to drink. At cold temp. the beer was very bitter without the hop taste (more bittering hops, less flavor hops??). As the beer warmed up, the flavors of toffee and toasted bread took form and the bitterness was muted. Not as boozy as I would have estimated. Tastes a lot my IPA homebrew, bitter without the citrusy hop flavor I love (which makes it average).

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 06:36:50 | More by khensley
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this IPA into my tumbler at 45 degrees. Christmas trees jumped out of the bottle when I did. The beer poured a giant white head. The beer was cloudy and smelled like a forrest of spruce. Hoppy taste out the butt. Waaay hoppy. Did I mention it was hoppy. NO, I will not buy again. A great Christmas beer if you do not have a tree.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 14:00:19 | More by Minkybut
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Came as part of a beer club I am enrolled in. I like double IPAs and this was a pretty solid beer but I thought it was average relative to other DIPAs so hopefully my score reflects that. I thought it was lacking that citrus, pine punch that a good DIPA should have and instead was a little sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 03:08:34 | More by mjpolzin
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Casedogg43

Indiana

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 02:42:46 | More by Casedogg43
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billmbeer

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +33%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 16:51:39 | More by billmbeer
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 2" head that falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: light citrus and a bit of hop bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, light grainy malt sweetness, soft grapefruit, some orange, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors. Some alcohol is detectable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: a bit of a let down as the flavors are a bit singular and not cohesive. Definitely a lighter double IPA overall. One is more than enough in a session.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 17:24:41 | More by Gavage
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 04:47:40 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer tastes very much like the Big Bison Ale I just tried from these guys. Which is, odd. This is somewhat more spicy though, with a bit of a bitter bite going on. Unusual muddled citrus going on. Kind of salty. I don't really have much to say about this beer. It's just kind of there.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 06:05:22 | More by RblWthACoz
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zeff80

Missouri

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled piney and grassy. Lots of sweetness, too.

T - Very sweet and malty. Strong toffee and some caramel flavors. Some piney bitterness, but not enough to balance out the sweetness.

M - This beer is a little sticky and chewy. A medium bodied ale with chewy body.

O - This misses the mark for me. Too sweet and malty for a Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:59:14 | More by zeff80
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TheSarge

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a regular pint glass, and the brew makes a solid two finger thick off white head, and the body is copper in color with mild haze.

Not verh fragrant, just a soft bouquet of a faint floral quality.

The brew tastes of candied orang slices with some consolidation of the sugar. Some rind mixed in there too.

Feels full in body, slightly chewy, and a little warm in the end.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 17:44:37 | More by TheSarge
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TCgoalie

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with some scummy white head. Some lacing...not bad.

Lots of pineapple and a pinch of apricot in the smell. There is a bitter rind like scent as well.

The taste is fairly one dimensional...funky citrus. Plenty of buscuity malts as well.

The mouthfeel is the best aspect here. Super chewy and full feeling.

Not great but not terrible either.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 00:35:46 | More by TCgoalie
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Gunslinger Double India Pale Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
82 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.