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Hop Gun - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DosBeerigos on 09-27-2010)
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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Much better beer than some of the ratings. Not nearly as hoppy as a hop head might hope but nonetheless a nice beer. Cloudy, unpasteurized body with a nice frothy head. Mild fruit on the nose. Hop presence but not overwhelming- all a matter of taste. Give it a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 11:00:46 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of CuriousMonk


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy apricot orange color with an one and a half finger head of off white head that slowly recedes along with a nice lace throughout. Big tropical aromas in the along with pineapple, mango, orange, and some grapefruit. The flavors give off a fruit-like start which gives way to a lighlty bitter citrus rind hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel. This beer is loaded with sweet tropical flavors which reminded me of Florida. The growler I had the beer from was a few days old, but still a solid offering from the brewery!

Serving type: growler

01-02-2014 20:55:05 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of KVNBGRY


4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber body below a thick white head head, leaving great lacing all the way down. Smell is balanced sweet malt and pine (and orange) hops. Taste is balanced well. I enjoy this more as I'm not a huge hop head. Like everyone says, this could be considered a hoppy red ale. Had the pineapple version at hunahpu day and it blew this out of the water. Would actually like more hops and a fuller mouthfeel. Good start!

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 00:12:41 | More by KVNBGRY
Photo of warnerry


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/2012

Pours a clear iced-tea color with a very creamy head that absolutely covers the glass in lacing. Has a nice balance of malt and hops. Initially, it seems very malty, but the hops really come on strong midway through and last through the finish. A lot of citrus, but some pine on the finish. Some slight caramel and biscuit malt. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Pretty nice over all, but a bit too much malt for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2013 01:43:50 | More by warnerry
Photo of DonFrap


2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

32 oz growler to Lawson's snifter. Thanks to ptrc for bringing this.

A: Super dark for an IPA. looks more like a red ale. Minor carb, growler shipped from FL to MA held up well.

S: Malty. Not getting much hop presence at all. Almost has a caramel smell.

T: A little sweet. Also not much hop presence here at all.

M: smooth, not watery. Probably the best part of this beer.

O: This is a huge disappointment. I don't know if the beer is too old, or if shipping hurt it, but this was close to a drainpour me. My first FB beer not at EBF. :(

Serving type: growler

08-01-2013 22:42:48 | More by DonFrap
Photo of jaasen64


3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32oz growler filled at the brewery less then a week ago. Poured into an 18oz Funky Buddha glass.

A- Swing-top pops off as if a small bomb is going off, very tight seal. Pours a dark (for an IPA) slightly hazy, but translucent brown with a slight golden hue to it. A two finger foamy slightly yellow off-white head forms that recedes at a moderate pace to a thin layer. Leaves some light lacing.

S- Earthy hops, slightly grassy, balanced sweet malts, hint of honey, light grapefruit on the back-end. Very well balanced, not as citrusy as I would like but that's a personal preference, about average aroma strength.

T- Earthy hops, some honey, a tiny bit honey, slightly grassy and a little bit of lemon, balanced malts on the finish, light lingering aftertaste of light honey and faint presence of earthy hops.

M- Medium bodied, smooth, very drinkable- alcohol pretty much not noticeable, could easily session this based on drinkability.

O- This was a slightly above average IPA that had a nice balance and great drinkability but lacked anything to really make it stand out among other IPAs. There was a decent hop presence, but it wasn't as citrusy as I personally prefer and didn't have anything to really make it stand out against the sweet malts. This was a very nice drinking IPA that I would probably get again if it was readily available, but I probably wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: growler

07-31-2013 22:51:56 | More by jaasen64
Photo of PorterLambic


3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Arrives a dark honey, almost amber color. Slight off-white head leaves good lace.
Smell is hops, citrus and pine, light malt and pepper.
Taste is Very hoppy, mostly pine with a hint of grapefruit, light notes of malt and pepper.
Medium bodied, medium effervescence, dry finish. Glad I didn't go with a full pint on this, it's too hoppy for me but right in line for other American IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 18:25:33 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of hoptualBrew


4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled in a flight at the new brewery and later from a growler, from notes.

Burnt orange in color with off white head, good lacing. Somewhat cloudy, although no sediment, but certainly not clear.

Aroma is mostly pine and grapefruit. Clean, with no esters. Citrus, pine needles, mild caramel sweetness, hop resin.

Palate is the same; mostly grapefruit, pine, pineapple. Clean malt body, slight caramel sweetness to balance the hops. Bitterness comes upfront, and is restrained in the finish.

Dry enough to drink easily, good quenching feel. Carbonation is fine. Medium-light body, good warm weather drinker. Cures the craving for hops, and goes down really easy.

Overall, I remember drinking this beer ~2 years ago at the Boca Raton location and not being impressed. They have really tinkered this recipe over time and come up with a winner. Has a uniqueness to it, while still being "to style" enough to drink plenty of.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2013 04:14:27 | More by hoptualBrew
Photo of Fux


4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours cloudy orange with a creamy white head which held very well.
S: Very fresh nose, fruity (papaya, passionfruits), very hoppy, lightly floral. A light vanilla scent also.
T: The taste is also very fruity (passionfruits, mango, lime), as resinous as can be (pine, sap). Nice bitter aftertaste.
M: Quite high bodied given the ABV. Creamy and smooth. Very refreshing. Alcohol is little detectable. The perfect mouthfeel for the style.
O: A very well done IPA, tasty, pleasant on the palate, balanced and thirst quenching.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 15:21:28 | More by Fux
Photo of CoachC


4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hop Gun IPA is amazing. Appearance is copper with a 1 inch head. Smell is of pine and resin, and the taste has a peppery zing to accompany the piney hop flavor. The mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated. This beer did not disappoint, even for a so called hop head. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 03:30:55 | More by CoachC
Photo of Rifugium


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Funky Buddha, Boca Raton, FL

Staple beer at FB. Hazy amber pour, slightly effervescent, with a finger or so of white foamy on top; moderate retention and lacing. Citrusy hops in the nose, fruity, some bready malts. A pretty basic IPA all over, citrus hops in the taste, with a solid bready malt base. Medium body, finished fairly dry and bitter. Nothing amazing, but a solid, standard, non-threatening, non-palate-wrecking IPA overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2013 23:40:49 | More by Rifugium
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a shaker pint glass

A - Copper clear amber with a 2 finger white head white great retention and moderate bubbly lacing.

S - grassy, pine, citrus, a touch of herbal hops

T - Pretty nice variety of hops notes, predominately citrus, with grapefruit, orange rind, a touch of grass and moderately bitter finish.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation. chewy, wet.

O - Pretty decent IPA, but nothing particularly stellar and fairly vanilla and seemingly boring compared to Buddha fairly unique style. Drinkable, but many better ipas out there.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 13:19:32 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

The body is a dark amber, with significant haze. A two finger ecru cap has some good staying power and leaves some spider web lacing along the sides as it falls to a thin collar.

Notes of pine resin, white grapefruit, sticky caramel, nuts, and older flowers. The nose is amazingly well-balanced, with nothing really sticking out more than the next. Extremely broad. Every time I dove in, I got a whiff of something new.

The palate follows the nose. Amazingly balanced. A combination of nuts and caramel weave in and out of grapefruit, pine sap, earth, and flowers. The finish is moderately bitter, but leaves fairly quickly.

Medium bodied, slightly prickly carbonation. Smooth feel overall, though.

This might be the broadest, most balanced IPA I have come across. Usually balanced IPA's are two dimensional; Hop Gun brings a breadth of flavor and aroma to the table.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2012 15:30:36 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to taster glass at The Funky Buddha Lounge on 6/2/12
*From notes

A: This looks strikingly similar to a Red Ale. Nice head, 1.75 fingers and plenty of lacing. The collar is dense and healthy.

S: Autumn forest. Lots of fresh pine sap dripping from the trees. Quite dank, like the stickiest of sticky sensimilla.

T: Bitter at the top. The bitter edge follows through to the mid, where a touch of orange rind and zesty fruit skin transform this into a soft, approachable IPA. The finish is musty and reasonably balanced.

M: I'll say this about the Buddha: if they do one thing right, it's a proper feel. The texture and body here are simply awesome. Lots of creamy, dense body, yet this is really easy to quaff.

O: A unique and pretty tasty brew. I would think that a Southern FL AIPA like this would be a bit livelier and tropical, yet this is dank and sticky. But spend even a few minutes inside the Buddha and I'm sure like me, you'll understand how this might come off a bit pot-like. Certainly an above average tick.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 03:58:09 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of cbutova


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber red ale poured into a pint glass. Creamy foam head forms to a one finger size. Good retention and huge coats of lace.

Citrus fruit forward with a mix of peach and pine supporting it well. Fairly large caramel malt and bread.

Pine, citrus zest and spicy floral notes carry the taste. A caramel malt and nutty bread backbone. Orange peel grapefruit as it warms some.

Carbonation bubbles are high in this silky lighter end bodied ale. Bitterness is clean and right down the middle.

Solid IPA which strays from straight west coast flavors but still brings a lot to the table and satisfies.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 14:42:51 | More by cbutova
Photo of Heatwave33


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Funky Buddha into a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: A murky brownish-orange with an off white head.

Smell: Piney hops and grapefruit up front. Followed by mango and oranges.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and smppth with a light dryness on the palate.

Overall: There is a very nice sweetness in the middle. Well balanced with a medium body. A classic IPA nothing too crazy. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 01:08:55 | More by Heatwave33
Photo of DrewZ926

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy amber/light brown body, a small cap of head and minimal lacing

S- very fruity, apricot, pear, citric and earthy too, a lot of different notes to this one

T- starts off with sweet caramel and tropical fruits, finishes with nice floral/piney bitterness. Strong malt backbone and surprisingly balanced despite the interesting nose

M- proper carbonation and more coating than the average ipa, slight hint of alcohol

O- very solid ipa and quite unique, tasted very fresh on tap and would like to try this one again. Seems like there could be quite a bit of variation between batches, as the board indicated this was 7.7 abv.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 17:36:42 | More by DrewZ926
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the FBL. Orangey golden color.
Smells of hops, citrus, and floral.
Very hoppy off the bat and somewhat bitter. Alcohol is present with bitter hops, and a generic IPA flavor.
Not amazing by any means...more carbonated than I like and underpowered for an IPA. While it has a high abv, more time should have been spent in balancing this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 02:03:42 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Sean9689


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler thanks to Diego! Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a reddish/brown copper color, thin cream-colored head, thin ring.

S - Tropical fruit, citrus, some malty sweetness. Not overly sweet, just about right. I was really surprised how tropical this one was.

T - A nice level of hops, tropical fruits, and slight touch of malts on the end. The finish is bitter fruity sweetness. It drinks more like a DIPA and I was surprised it's only 6.5%.

M - Medium, good carbonation, oily fruity finish.

O - I really enjoyed the tropical fruit notes but I could definitely pick out the alcohol, even at 6.5%. The sweetness made this a little tough to drink for a standard IPA. That said, still decent.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2011 22:43:12 | More by Sean9689
Photo of Brez07


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally getting around to typing this one up. Drank this one back in May. 12oz counter-pressure hand bottle shared by Drazzamatazz. Got about 4-5oz

A: Pours an slightly burnt orange hue. Somewhat cloudy. Leaves a minimal amount of head

S: Mostly hops, but somewhat muted. Light citrus, slightly grassy. There is something else as well - toffee? plastic? Not quite sure

T: Similar to the nose, hops are there but not very prevalent. Quick hit from the bitterness. Some sweetness from the malt

M: Medium to full bodied. Good level of carbonation. Light bitter aftertaste

D: A so-so IPA. Hops just aren't present enough for this to be highly rated. Probably wouldn't drink much of this even if readily available

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 16:42:07 | More by Brez07
Photo of GallowsThief


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Treasure Coast Beerfest. Review from notes.

A – Poured out a hazy orange with one finger of slightly off white head.

S – Big tropical fruit smell. Oranges and grapefruit. Citrus all the way. Sweet malts in there as well.

T – Starts off with a nice citrus hops flavor. Definite hints of grapefruit that lends to a touch of bitterness. Caramel malts run through next giving off just a touch of sweetness. Really runs well from bitter hops to the sweet malt.

M – Medium bodied with average to good carbonation. Refreshing mouthfeel.

O – Nice solid beer here. Could drink this one all day in the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 01:18:54 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz gowler poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pourd a a dark, cloudy orange with a one finger yellow-tan head. Good retention and spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Slight pine and citrus, but mostly carmel and malts, some banana as well.

T - Sugary sweet carmel and citrus - lemon and oranges.

D - Good carbonation and average body. Super sweet.

O - Different than most IPAs.

Serving type: growler

10-20-2011 02:14:59 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of stakem


3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler into a snifter, this brew appears a fairly clear amber color with some hop haziness to it. It boasts a finger and a half of off-white creamy head that has a bit of yellow tint to it. Some bubbles of carbonation rise to the surface supporting a creamy lacing that maintains across the top. As the cap fades, thick patches of lace and spots stick all over the glass. A light swirl revives the cap to a half-finger strength.

The smell of the brew is quite fruity with a tropical character like mango or agave with a touch of something along the lines of honey. More smells reveal a toasty grain backing mixed with some sulfur and a bit of mineral aspect. There is a bit of leafy to grassy character across the back of the nose. There are suggestions of fusel alcohol hiding in the middle with each sniff that mixes with some catty almost cheesy character.

The taste is fruity with hop character that turns aggressively bitter. A bit of mango tropical fruit character and rinds also has a hint of grassy quality mixed within creating a bit of herbal and earthy aspects before getting oily, clingy and pine-like to catty towards the back. There is a toasty inclusion of caramel malt that doesn't really provide any contrasting sweetness but has a burnt aspect that is somewhat like plastic or rubber. More sips and concentration on the malt shows a bit of musty character. The aftertaste left inside my mouth is a taste of toasted grain meets burnt quality which is peculiar.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It starts off quite promising but as the experience continues it sort of falls apart. Having one glass of this was more than enough for me. Even by IPA standards this one was quite bitter with just a touch of toasty grain backing. There were minor notes of off-character which weren't terribly distracting but overall it degraded the experience a bit. Funky Buddha makes some phenomenal brews but this one needs some work.

Serving type: growler

10-20-2011 01:08:33 | More by stakem
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color and an inch or so of foam that leaves some shards behind

Smell: Toffee and stone fruit, with a hint of pith

Taste: Toffee malt, up front, with a citrus and pine flavor (the combination tastes like a pomelo) but there is a surprising amount of sweetness on the finish that reminded me of a candied dried fruit - papaya, perhaps

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, perhaps a little syrupy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rather different take on the style, both in the flavor profile of the hops and the candied fruit on the finish

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 02:07:59 | More by brentk56
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4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my awesome girlfriend for the fresh growler!

Clear, amber red with a hint of orange. Solid 3 finger fizzy head that very slowly recedes to a thick cap with generous lacing.

Piney and citrusy aroma. Grapefruit orange and pine. Smells really fresh.

Medium body. Nice and slightly creamy with good carbonation. 

Fresh and hoppy, perfect ipa. I taste orange and grapefruit with a little sweet maltiness in the background. Very well balanced and highly drinkable.

Overall a great ipa, I hope to be able to try some of fbl's other famous offerings. Cold, fresh and hoppy

Serving type: growler

07-24-2011 22:18:24 | More by ElmerBruisery
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Hop Gun from Funky Buddha Brewery
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