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

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 201
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 32.21%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Oakenator
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.


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Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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...

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Photo of garuda
2.03/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz brown bottle, and for as much packaging as the 6-pack came in, you think there could be some kind of freshness date somewhere, but no...

A - Mostly clear pale gold, small white head that has little retention and little lacing.

S/T - Malty. Thick, heavy caramel malts dominate nose and taste. Some floral aspect to the nose, but nothing else in the way of hops. Same goes for the taste, with some floral charaacter, but then its just all rich caramel, butterscotch malt. Finishing overly sweet with an alcoholic bite. Faint grapefruit tastes arise as I continue to sip. Alcohol presence is way too high for the abv.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and definitely undercarbonated. Feels watery by the time it goes down.

O - Overly sweet, not very bitter, poor mouthfeel. Won't be getting this one again.

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Photo of bmwats
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours from the bottle hazy amber in tone. The pour creates about a full inch of off white head. Head has decent retention. Nose is musky and has cologne like fragrance that is generated by the malt and hop profiles. Not all that bad of a smell just kind of odd. The flavor follows the nose quite closely. Musky and zesty with a nice balance between the piney hops and spicy malt characters. overall a solidly drinkable beer but not great.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Savor snifter.

Pours a hazy orange color with two fingers of billowing foam that takes several minutes to settle down. Bottle conditioned. Aroma has a mix of toasted malt flavors and roused yeast. A twinge of sour as well?

First sip has a harsh hop flavor. Very bitter with a strange yeasty off flavor. Not a hop profile I've tasted before, it is really a hodgpodge of mostly earthy hop flavor with a strong sweet backbone of toasted malt. It is just not balanced or harmonious at all. As it warms, the maltiness comes through more, and it gets a little better.

This really isn't what I'm looking for in an IIPA. Either give me a flavorful hop bomb or a nice blend between the strong malt backbone and complementary hop flavors. This kind of tries to do both.

I went out on a limb and got a 6'er from a brewery I've never heard of before. Regretting that decision now.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of ubenumber2
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
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

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