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Hop Gun - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 636
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 30.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 134 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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 spacecake9
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my DFH IPA glass.
A - Pours a hazy golden orange typical of so many IPA's. 1 finger of foamy head.
S - Aroma is malts and hops.
T - In spite of the description on the label, this is more of a malt forward IPA rather than a citrus bomb. Sweet on entry, slightly bitter on the finish.
M - Soft, creamy mouth feel. Medium carbonation.
O - Good IPA, not great. Drinkable.

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Photo of sittinggc
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4 weeks before drinking. Poured into Teku glass.

Look: Golden with a nice white head.
Smell: Sweet hoppiness.
Taste: Bitter bite. Not as fruity as the smell made it seem. Malt forward.
Feel: Good carbonation. Alcohol very well masked.

Overall: Good IPA. Glad I received this guy as an extra.

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Photo of senglish7
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is above average. Taste is sweet on the front end. Fruit flavors abound. Malty. Finish is mostly smooth. I like this one and will definitely pick more up in the future

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Photo of Hop_God
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear golden to amber minimal head

S: lots of malty biscuits. Mild bitter hop

T: citrus. Grapefruit. Malty bread.

F: smoothhhhhh Creamy. Maybe oats added? Clean finish

O: pretty solid. Easy to drink. Good balance

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Photo of babaracas
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber, creamy white head that settles to a quarter inch cap; dots of lace trailing. Smell: sweet kind of like a honey bread, dried apricot, suggestion of dried tropical fruit and orange citrus; pine and herbal note. Taste: dried stone fruit, mildly resinous, dried orange, herbal and citrus bitterness in the finish. Seems well made. For the sub-genre of IPA it fits, it's certainly enjoyable but not otherwise remarkable.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

You would expect a beer with the name "Hop Gun" to be loaded with hoppiness. That was certainly not the case (at least in the bottle I drank). The highlight was opening the bottle and smelling it; unfortunately, the appeal falls off after that. Certainly not a bad beer, but I wouldn't waste my time trying to find it with all the other great IPAs out there.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden haze into a pint glass at the Yard house in Orlando. Having this with a pepperoni and mushroom pizza
Not much head but lacing is not to bad. Some floral notes and the hop presence is detectable but in a good way. Overall a drinkable IPA for sure.

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Photo of DaveNicholson
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of CraigS119
4/5  rDev +5%
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).

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Photo of DrTony
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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!!

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Photo of Buck89
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of TH28
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of RexBanner
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Brackh
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of objektwerks
1.12/5  rDev -70.6%
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.

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Photo of thehoppylady
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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

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Photo of sjones5045
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of JasW
4.19/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of DrinkyMcBeerFace
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of Hendry
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Hop Gun from Funky Buddha Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.