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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Missouri, United States
crownvalleybrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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

Added by tweeder263 on 11-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
226
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
15.64%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Texasfan549
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oline73
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -12%
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 dbrauneis
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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 duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of ZEB89
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Gavage
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Sweffin
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Gunslinger Double India Pale Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
3.58 out of 5 based on 226 ratings.
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