In this beer blog, we are going to get into a beer from Crown Valley Brewing. The beer is Gunslinger Imperial India Pale Ale. There is not too much information on this brewery. I know they are from Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. I know the brewmaster came from Anheuser Busch. Let us get into the beer.
It has a cloudy copper color with a constant white head. The smell has a fade grapefruit to citrus and orange citrus. The taste has a carbonated citrus with a dry hop finish. It is drinkable beer.
Here is a descriation from the beer bottle:
Gunslinger Double IPA is a robust and malty beer, with an intense hop profile. Well balanced, rich malt flavors with powerful hop notes from the use of five different hop varieties.
Here is descriation from their website (www.crownvalleybrewery.com):
Double India Pale Ale
Double IPA8.3% ABVHistoryDouble IPA brewed in 1994 by Vinnie Cilurzo, then head brewer of Blind Pig Brewing Company of Temecula, Californi. Cilurzo claims he “accidentally” created the style by adding 50% too much malt to his mash tun. He then “corrected” this mistake by adding 100% more hops. This is up for some debate, however, as the local San Diego Pizza Port brewery claims to have been brewing “the original San Diego IPA” since 1992 when they opened their brewery (two years before Cilurzo and Blind Pig). Still others attribute the creation of this style to Rouge Ales, a microbrewery in Newport, Oregon, and its I2PA beer, brewed in 1990.ImpressionThis beer has the most hops of any beer we produce.Tasting NotesOur 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.Hops – Zeus, Centenial, Falconers Flight, CitraMalts – Pilsner, Crystal10, Crystal 80, Carapils, Pale, CBW Golden LightIBU – 93
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In the end, I enjoyed drinking this beer. It has nice malty backbone with hop impact to make this a great Double India Pale Ale. I just wish there was some more information on this brewery and I wish they would put code dates on their beers. I am afraid to buy any in the Chicago market because it might be out of code. If you have a chance to try it, please, do so. I recommend ordering from the brewery’s brewpub. It is a great beer and I recommend trying this beer. Let me what you think. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser