Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gunslinger Double India Pale Ale

Tonight I'm drinking Gunslinger Double India Pale Ale brewed by Crown Valley Brewing in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Pennsylvania Beer Guy Joel sent me this one with the Maui CoCoNut PorTeR I had the other day. Thanks again, Joel.

The label depicts an old-time photo of a cowboy with his shotgun. I guess quaint is a good description. On the side panel you are given a little story about what to expect in this beer. The story ends by suggesting you serve this warm, 57 - 61 degrees F. IBU 93. Their tagline is in huge letters at the bottom as well: BREWING A MISSOURI LEGEND. Kinda funny on a beer that I couldn't find any reviews for. LOL.

Malty, sweet dough aroma with a light orange fruitiness in the background. Sweet flavors in the beginning. Fruity orange and tangerine, very juicy. Sticky caramel continues on. The initial sweetness is toned by some hoppy orange citrus. But this beer was not in any way bitter. There was no orange or lemon rind or pine or bitter by any definition. And certainly no "intense hop profile" existed despite the bottle's claim.

What you had instead was a perfectly balanced beer, right down the middle of neutral until the very end when some of that 8.3% alcohol grabs your attention with a little heat. Nice citrus fruit aftertaste persists after each sip. Good body, good carbonation. The flavors were pleasant and enjoyable. Not a bad beer but not really the hoppy beer promised. I'd check it out when you're in town though, for sure.

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