CRISP, FLORAL, 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.
BRIGHT, MUSTY, SPICY, GOOSEBERRY
A cloudy, unfiltered Oak-fermented 4-grain saison showcasing 100% Nelson hops. Pale straw in color, aromas of white grape must, tropical fruit, rye spice, and assertive citrus pith bitterness and dry. Medium bodied, lively carbonation with a thick mousse head, makes this a crushable hoppy farmhouse hybrid.
KUMQUAT, WHEAT, PITH
Pale gold, light to medium bodied, and unfiltered hazy. Loaded with bright citrus aroma from the use of winter harvest kumquats. This is a small saison at table strength, but it has a moderate bitterness due to the use of Citra, Centennial and Cascade hops. Also shows typical french Saison Yeast character, as well as citrus / herbal pithyness from the addition. Lively, dry and crisp.
CITRUS, RUSTIC, SPICE
A hazy and unfiltered pale yellow saison. It is light to medium bodied, with the use of multiple flaked and rolled grains. Aroma of hay and slight spice, followed by a bright citrus flavor, mild hop bitterness and subtle white pepper notes. This balanced and rustic saison is very food friendly and finishes smooth and dry.
PASSIONFRUIT, GRAPEFRUIT, RESINOUS
A raw, unfiltered IPA, deep 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.
ZESTY, COMPLEX, FRUITY
A golden, 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.
CITRUS, FLORAL, TOASTY MALTS
A classic Californian golden pale ale with a light to medium body and fined for clarity. Lightly toasted malts (addition of Maris Otter and Munich), balanced with floral and fruity hop character from a heavy Chinook, Centennial, and Cascade dry hop schedule. Mild hop bitterness, medium carbonation, this beer finishes refreshingly dry.
ROASTY, COFFEE, BRINE
A roasty, medium bodied black ale with sublte brine character from the addition to the boil of fresh oysters. This dry stout expresses notes of bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, and has a creamy mouthfeel and tan head from the use of flaked barley. Moderate carbonation, balanced bitterness and a dry smooth finish. Warning: shellfish allergy.
PAPAYA, SPICY, YEAST, MANGO
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. Dry-hopped with Chinook 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).
HONEYDEW, FLORAL, RUSTIC
This is a variant on our Landloper Saison, dry-hopped with Huell Melon hops. Hazy, unfiltered and pale, this beer is bright and floral. The added hops in secondary produce a soft fruitiness. Dry and refreshing, with french saison yeast character.
ETHIOPIA - WERKA
A stellar washed Ethiopian for Batch 43 packed with peach, lemon, and cocoa! It is bright, yet sweet, with an extremely clean finish. We are really excited about this coffee, one of the most yellow-fruit packed coffees we have brought in.
CITRUS, HERBACEOUS, SPICE
Locally-grown Melo Gold grapefruit are sweet, juicy, aromatic, citric, colorful, and everything a hardworking grapefruit aspires to be. Paired with a handful of tart hibiscus flowers and the classic spiced fragrance and flavor of green cardamom, this booch came out with a flirtatious pinkish-red color.
Our brand will be 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.
Once we are open, we hope you will visit to taste our beer and take beer-to-go. We will be programming food trucks, and you will be able to bring food on-site. 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 ferment, age and blend all beer on our facility. Gunwhale has a wooden foudre 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.
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.