Hop Gun - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 583
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 20
Gots: 108 | FT: 5
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Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DosBeerigos on 09-27-2010

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Photo of DaveNicholson
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a soapy head and a slight haze, can smell some fruity notes , not super hoppy with a medium mouth feel, nicely carbonated and a very tasty pine finish. I'll enjoy a few more. (192 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange juice, grapefruit pith, apricot, apple candy, lollipop, medicinal in the nose. Flavor follows suit, but with more bitter pith and pineapple rind; hints of strawberry candy, biscuit, and some berry skin/medicinal astringency, with a piney, bitter finish. Very smooth, well made, but falls a little flat when compared to other IPAs with more bursting/juicy hop aroma/flavors.

If Jai Alai is the act of punching an orange (fierce, yet satisfying), Hop Gun is like dipping your fist in fruity goo (not unpleasant, but not something you'd go out of your way to do). (569 characters)

Photo of DrTony
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hop Gun is the to go to beer to pair with a meal, specially for that hot humid Florida day. It knows how to get out of the way for that righteous hops, to complement the meal, but still has an adequate malt start & mouth feel to balance the pay load for every day drinking. AWESOME SPICE!! (291 characters)

Photo of Buck89
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Funky Buddha. Beautiful golden color with some haze. Smells of orange and citrus with faint cracker and malt. Taste has a nice bracing bitterness with orange and citrus, a hint of dank. Clean dry finish. A really strong IPA. (235 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was just at the Funky Buddha Brewery a few weeks ago and had a delicious porter. Saw this local delight here in the supermarket and picked up a sixer, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice citrus waft. Pours to a bright orange with a two finger fine bubble head that is creamy on top. On the taste this brew has a classic deep hop bite up front with a nice transition into a nice body of piney malt then returning to a bitter aftertaste. Spot on for the style. Not sensational but a solid IPA. This bottle is labeled 7.0% ABV so it packs a wallop as well.Will support my local brewery and continue to imbibe. (629 characters)

Photo of TH28
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. No code date. Appearance: Golden and slightly hazy, with a thick white foam head that holds nicely. Aroma: Typical citrus but not very strong. Hints of melon and grass. Taste: Sweet toasted and caramel malt, leading into a sharp citrus bitterness with some grassy, pineapple hop notes. Mouthfeel: medium with moderate carbonation and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish: Sweet malty finish with lingering grassy bitterness. Overall: A nice, easy drinking IPA. Aroma seemed a little subdued and the flavor didn’t really stand out from others, but I’d drink it again. (579 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky Buddha Brewery "Hop Gun"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 06/03/15"
$1.84 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

NOTES
Appearance: Massive head off fluffy off white. Excellent head retention. Very good lacing. Slightly hazy (probably from dry hopping) amber body.

Aroma: Resinous pine, bright but not bold. Tropical fruit/citrus.

Flavor: Again, bright but not bold - which equals balance. Biscuity malt with a dollop of sweetness. Some earthiness, and more pineapple than the nose suggests. Some grapefruit pith helps to balance it. Solidly bitter. Dry finish with grapefruit, chalky pith, juicy pineapple, touch of residual sweet golden malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and almost spritzy.

Overall: It's hard to find an argument against this one. Recommended. (768 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent hop profile. A bit more malty than I like (without having more of a hop punch) and it comes out kind of sweet really. Crazy aggressive carbonation. Eh. I've had better IPAs for sure (several of them earlier in the day). Not impressed at all. (248 characters)

Photo of RexBanner
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy amber in color, no head whatsoever. Aromas of peaches, pineapple, mango and sugar cane. The hops were present in the taste. Bitter, oily, slightly sweet and very mildly carbonated (barely noticeable). I also picked up a faint bubblegum aftertaste.
All in all, not a bad beer. Definitely not the worst IPA I've had. (319 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nectarines, grapefruit, pine, resin, and slightly sweet caramel malt form the aroma.

Flavor reveals muted tropical fruit initially, then citrus tartness, followed by a resiny, bitter finish. Toasted malt and pine emerge in the aftertaste. Wish the bittering hops didn't cut the flavoring hops short. A lot more crisp and refreshing than expected at that abv. Very herbal and minty as it warms. (394 characters)

Photo of Brackh
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty standard IPA. Pours orange and smells citrusy and maybe some malt. Nothing jumps out and grabs you. Not overly bitter. This beer is not fantastic at anything but is good all around. Not overly hoppy. (206 characters)

Photo of objektwerks
1.12/5  rDev -70.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There are few IPAs that strike a purely 'neutral' note, meaning no hop flavor at all. Hop Gun is such an IPA, absolutely no IPA flavor. It's so neutral that you can't even tell it's an IPA, because it's not. How clever. (219 characters)

Photo of thehoppylady
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid IPA delivers a ton of hops with the flavors of grapefruit and pineapple. A careful dose of smooth caramel malts adds balance. Awesome Floridian craft beer! (169 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden sunshine with sticky off-white trails. 4
Fresh orange zest and skunky chronic. 4.25
Sponge cake and salted caramel then tangerine, resin, and cedar chip hops. 4
Papaya and Tang end and children’s Bayer linger.
Just past light, round, prickly. 4

Dank nose but juicy palate. Thin and light-flavored given that nose and the 7%.
Nothing wrong, but I feel like there’s some magic that got missed here. 4 (412 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ra Sushi in Orlando 5/19/15

Pours coppers with decent head. Smell is a bit hoppy with light citrus. The taste is rather bland. Nothing great but nothing bad. Almost tastes like a session with weak hops but it's 7.7. Nothing to go in search of. (244 characters)

Photo of JasW
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a vast sea of IPAs, how do you stand out? Answer: you don't, but you make the best IPA you can anyway. Funky Buddha has done that. Pours a nice, fluffy tan 3 finger head into a Spiegelau IPA glass, giving off the usual whiffs of citrus and pine. Tastes of citrus and pine as well, with a moderately aggressive hop presence. Spendidly oily and bubbly mouthfeel. Just a solid IPA, period, and I would gladly choose it anytime, no matter what other IPAs are being offered. (472 characters)

Photo of DrinkyMcBeerFace
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is Florida's answer to west coast IPAs. It is hoppy with very fruity undertones. The pineapple and melon step through among the resinous and piney hops. This makes it a great IPA to drink on our hot humid days. The 7 % doesn't hurt either. Absolutely delicious. It has ranked in my top ten for sure. (310 characters)

Photo of Hendry
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Seems as if Florida has developed their own regional version of IPA over the past couple of years: the ones I've tried remind me of Jai Alai, and Hop Gun is no exception.

Translucent amber pour with a half finger of soapy head that fades immediately.

Aroma is heavy on the sweet malt, with the hops playing second fiddle,grassy and piney.

Taste starts with an enormous blast of malt that coats the palate, the grassy hops come in too little too late with a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation adequate.

Not sure why I was expecting more from Hop Gun, maybe because of the clever name. Not a bad IPA,but certainly not memorable either. (652 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Mansion in Melbourne, FL. Served in a shaker pint. Mostly clear copper body with a two-finger off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Tropical fruit, pine, caramel, and toast on the nose. Taste starts moderately sweet with tropical fruit and caramel tones, then moves to an assertive grassy bitterness. Medium body, resinous texture, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish. A good ipa from a brewery that's best known for their porters. Complimented my spicy chicken sandwich well. (504 characters)

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a teku glass.

Appearance: An amber-orange color; somewhat translucent and not very hazy, with a nice, billowy white head. Tons of little bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Nice, sudsy lacing.

Smell: Malty, with some piney, hoppy notes. Not as dank and hoppy as many other IPAs; more caramel and malty than juicy/piny.

Taste: The taste delivers much more hoppy, fruity flavor than the smell would lead to believe, with lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Finishes very bitter, and leaves a piny finish sticking to the palate with just a touch of citrus.

Feel: Crisp and smooth. A very sessionable IPA for one that clocks in at almost 8% ABV. I was impressed with the lingering flavor and smooth drinking.

Overall: An extremely solid IPA, and deceptively sessionable. I'd drink this any day of the week. Could use a little work to get more aroma out of the hops, but delivers in the taste department. (943 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Decently filtered golden liquid. Lots of lacing
S- Not getting a ton of aromatics off this... bit of pine
T- Hop forward...Pine and orange/grapefruit peel.
F- Medium - good carb
O- pretty good IPA. Well balanced, but will not be memorable. That being said, I would love this for an everyday IPA (300 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: on tap, orange amber, short white head, clear

S: sweet citrus, bitter grapefruit, light pine

T: bitter up front, grapefruit peel, pine on finish

M: medium, slightly sticky

O: basic but solid (197 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a slight white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, floral and spicy. Flavor offers some sweet tropical and citric fruitiness and florals on top of a light toasted graininess. Mild to moderate bitterness. Thin, active mouthfeel. Overall, a solid IPA. Would happily drink again.

My rating: 3.65 (305 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

On tap poured into shaker pint


A: light Carmel colored good clarity


S: a little fruity hops and then some Carmel toffee malts 


T: taste follows the nose surprised by the Carmel toffee malts 


O: this beer tastes more like a hoppy red too me rather than an ipa it's pretty damn good though  (303 characters)

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

On draft at business dinner. Poured into pint glass. Scant head when it arrived. Amber to dark orange in color. Smells of caramel and tropical fruits. Good mouth feel with medium carbonation. Taste is sweet caramel malts balanced with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. More malty then bitter and alcohol is completely hidden.

Overall, very good. Have had many times before at the brewery and fresh from a growler and it was a bit hoppier. (447 characters)

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Hop Gun from Funky Buddha Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.