TAPLIST UPDATED 10/9
FRESH HERBS, SPICY, HAY
A pale gold saison brewed with Pilsner and Vienna malt, but is unique for its addition of basil and foraged fennel. The aroma is full of fresh herb, lemon peel, spicy yeast and white pepper, some of which comes from a light dry hop. Mid palate shares herbal and rustic hay notes, with light fruit and a little sweetness
on the finish to what is otherwise a dry beer. A collaboration beer with our amici at Sgt Pepperoni’s Pizza.
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.
PINEAPPLE, OAK, RUSTIC
A cloudy, unfiltered pale that was fermented in our Oak foeder with a wild saccharomyces yeast strain. Light amber in color, it has big tropical fruit aroma (pineapple, mango) and showcases Huell Melon hops. Moderate bitterness, medium bodied and it has lively carbonation with a billowy head. This hop
forward farmhouse hybrid finishes dry and is very sessionable.
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.
ORANGE JUICE, MELON, BERGAMOT TEA
A juicy West Coast-style IPA, pale gold in color with hazy appearance. Brewed with 2 Row, Pilsner and Oats but is dominated by huge citrus aroma. Orange and grapefruit flavors follow with a mid-palate assertive hop bitterness Hopped with Chinook/Motueka in the whirlpool and dry hopped with El Dorado and Amarillo. Light-bodied and has a clean finish.Collaboration with BeerSavage.
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!
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.