TAPLIST UPDATED 9/14
CRISP, FLORAL, GRASSY
This beer is a straw-colored saison at table strength. The grain bill highlights the use of California Wild Rice (cultivated in “flooded fields”), along with Pilsner malt and white wheat. It is bright and light-bodied, with citrus and floral hop flavor from a healthy dose of Loral hops. Soft yeast from a Saison yeast blend. Low ABV, lively carbonation and a dry finish makes this endlessly drinkable.
CRISP, CITRUS, HAY, DRY
A low-gravity farmhouse ale with floral and mandarin citrus hop aroma. It is straw-colored, unfiltered, and light-bodied. Balances cracker and hay from the pilsner malt / wheat with a Noble hop character (from heavy Saaz dry hopping). Mild bitterness and lively carbonation helps to finish dry with soft spice from the yeast. A dangerously sessionable lawnmower beer.
EARTHY, SMOKE, CITRUS
A hazy, straw colored saison, that highlights a grain bill of Bo Pils, flaked oats, and Farro Verde from Anson Mills. This unique, ancient grain is harvested before dry and fire threshed in its hulls, offering an earthy smokiness. It is balanced by big citrusy Amarillo hops, a light-medium body and dry finish. Fermented with a French Saison yeast.
PASSIONFRUIT, GRAPEFRUIT, RESINOUS
A raw, unfiltered IPA, gold in color. Brewed with Pilsner, 2 Row, Oats and flaked barley. It is medium bodied and heavily hopped with over 2 lbs per barrel of Simcoe, Citra, and accented with Mosaic for hints of tropical and citrus flavor. Dry with assertive hop bitterness.
MANGO, PAPAYA, YEAST, SPICE
Unfiltered and hazy, this pale orange colored IPA has a big aroma of papaya, funky yeast, and spicy hops. Bready malts and tangy mango esters along with a medium body make it very juicy. Big hop flavor from a medley of Chinook, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops, it has assertive bitterness and a long but dry finish. A fun hybrid beer...the name means (to be bucked from a horse).
CITRUS, HERBAL, PINE
A gold-colored West Coast IPA, with assertive hop bitterness balanced with mild toasty malts (2 Row and
a touch of Rye). The aroma is citrus and stonefruit forward, balanced with herbal and pungent hops (Citra,
Chinook, Columbus and Mosaic). Medium bodied, clear, and moderate carbonation, this hoppy beer
finishes clean and on the dry side. “Pau brah!” is Hawaiian pidgin for “work is done brother!”.
DRY COCOA, CARAMEL, COFFEE GROUNDS
Up front this brown ale has big aroma of carmel malts, roastiness, and dry cocoa powder. The color is like dark leather with a light tan head. Citrus and spicy hops (Chinook, Centennial, Columbus) with moderate carbonation brighten what is a pretty full body, and it finishes dry with an assertive and lingering hop bitterness.
ESPRESSO, DARK CHOCOLATE, DARK FRUIT
This medium bodied black beer leads with an aroma of deep roastiness, dark chocolate and bright coffee. Also hints of roasted nuts and dark fruit. It is chock full of cereal grains (wheat, oats, corn, rice, and barley), has a touch of milk sugar, and then sat on almost 1.75# / BBL of coffee beans (a special roast blend of Ethiopian Kochere & Guatemalan Hunapu by The Brauhaus). Dry and smooth, with balanced Mosaic hop bitterness.
ETHIOPIA - SIDAMO - GIGESA
We were able to increase our extraction and really bring out the sweetness in this Ethiopian bursting with caramel, orange, and floral notes.
DRY HOPPED PEAR
Bright, light and semi sweet. Local organic pears and finished with dry hops!
ZESTY, COMPLEX, FRUITY
An amber colored, medium bodied and high gravity farmhouse ale with complex Citrus flavor. We used a unique approach with the addition of over 100lbs of lemons, roasted, dried, pulverized and whirlpooled. With a low bitterness, this beer is balances its size with slight funk and a smooth head and mouthfeel. Named after the top herdsman who lived in the historical Diego Sepulveda Adobe.
Our brand is anchored by a taproom that is a place that not just offers better beer product, but an environment that strives to nurture meaningful interaction and ideas. Instead of adding to the noise, we will promote collaboration, constructive discourse, and transparency, with hopes to bring along the community on our beer making adventure. Our taproom has a large outdoor patio, and is dog friendly and family friendly.
We hope you will visit to taste our beer and take beer-to-go. We program food trucks weekly, and you can bring food on-site (delivery, pickup, or your own). We brew small-batch artisan ales, 10 BBL at a time. We have a small brewing system on site (the same one Dogfish Head started its brewpub on), as well as do off-site wort production in order to be agile and experimental. We have 100% control of wort production, and craft the highest quality beers through traditional methods. We NEVER use extracts, and we try to use the most local and sustainable ingredients when possible. We ferment, age and blend all beer on our facility. Gunwhale has a wooden foeder and temperature-controlled barrel room, with a growing supply of oak barrels for which we will develop more complex farmhouse, wild, and sour beers. Follow along for special releases.
Our taproom is positioned in the center of Orange County, CA. We are located in Costa Mesa, in what is known as the SoBECA District. We are near quality food and beverage, as well as cultural, art, and shopping activities. We are not in the CAMP, we are on the street behind it, across from Barley Forge and next to Commissary Lounge.
Parking is available in our lot as well as on Randolph Ave. We promote a fun time, but also responsible consumption. Consider taking an Uber or riding your bike!
Gunwhale Ales will foster a community and a culture. We mean this in the same way that food, music, art, and design are created, by the artisan and shared with the masses.
We hope we can do our part in affecting the culture around food and beverage, in raising the bar for sustainable and premium quality and in responsible consumption. Gunwhale Ales is an authentic and passionate project that will transfer outwards from our tasting room, to all the campfires, taverns and living rooms where our beer will be enjoyed.