Crown Valley Brewing - Gunslinger Double IPA
- Alcohol by Volume: 9.1%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 93
- Serving Temperature: 45-50º F
- Suggested Glassware: Tulip, Snifter, Pint Glass
- Malts: Pilsner, Crystal 10 & 80, Carapils
- Hops: Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial, Citra
As we would expect, this double IPA is the hoppiest beer that Crown Valley produces, made with several different hop varietals and weighing in at a very firm 93 IBUs. Offering an inviting golden amber color on the pour capped by a fluffy head of sticky foam, Gunslinger presents a beautifully soft and complex hop aroma overlaying notes of caramel. Dominated by fruity citric notes of grapefruit and orange, the hop aroma also provides hints of earth, mint, pine, and spice. On the palate, this beer is no wallflower, with a strong, rich, and moderately sweet backbone of pale and caramel malt to stand up to the profound and drying hop bitterness. Despite the IBUs, there’s a softness to how the bitterness comes across; it’s not overly sharp on the palate, although there is some alcohol heat that amplifies the attack. Hop flavors are big and robust, with the complexity that often comes with using a multitude of hop types. Look for big candied citrus notes, tending toward grapefruit, along with a pungently herbal and floral quality. Gunslinger finishes a touch salty and a bit boozy, with a lingering bitterness that clears away any residual malt sweetness and clings to the palate with a spicy character. Cheers!
The story of Crown Valley Brewing begins in 1984 when Joe Scott, Sr., who had spent many a happy summer on his grandfather’s farm in Coffman, MO, returned to the area and started his own ranch. In 1998 he planted his first grape vines (an uncommon white hybrid varietal known as Chardonel, popular in Missouri vineyards) and two years later Crown Valley Winery was born. Fast forward to the present day and the Crown Valley property has grown and branched out into a multi-faceted business and an entertaining destination, replete with vineyards supplying grapes for both red and white wines, our featured brewery/distillery and attached pub and grill (just a couple miles down the road from the winery), a banquet hall suitable for weddings and parties, and a meat company which, among other things, produces tasty jerky from their herd of bison which roams among the grape vines. Oh, and for good measure, there’s also the Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, home to several rescued big cats.
While they had been brewing beer for a while beforehand, the Crown Valley Brewery opened to the public in May 2009. The brewery is headed up by brewmaster and Missouri native, Jeremy Gilbert. Jeremy started home-brewing while in college, and kept it up after graduating. In 2008 he took the plunge, quitting his sales career to start up a small brewery with the help of a friend. Serious about his craft, he attended the world-famous Siebel Institute brewing school in Chicago from 2010-2011. In 2012, Jeremy sold his share of his brewery to take over as brewmaster at Crown Valley, where he embraces creative and bold beer styles. In fact, with over a dozen year-round and seasonal beers and ciders (as well as Fizzy Izzy Root Beer – named after one of the tigers at the sanctuary), Crown Valley is producing an impressively wide array of styles. Their sister business, Crown Valley Distilling, produces the 100 proof, gold medal winning (at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition), Missouri Moonshine.
For more info on Crown Valley Brewery, visit them at www.crownvalleybrewery.com or call (573) 756-9700. For info about the winery, distillery, and other associated attractions, visit www.crowncountry.com.
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