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Hop Gun - Funky Buddha Brewery

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86
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501 Ratings
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 19
Gots: 92 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 501 | Reviews: 71
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Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

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 

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Photo of Heatwave33
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of KensWorld
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid IPA. Not too bitter, not too sweet. Very refreshing. One of Florida's best IPA's 4.60

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of sjones5045
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to mikesgroove for dropping bombs on my palate during Hobo Cookout #1 and sharing this with me! Tape labeled bottle! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured red-orange with suspended off-white yeasties everywhere with a two finger slightly off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, metallic, and slight Pepto Bismol. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, salt, metallic, peat, slight citrus hops, and just a hint of Pepto. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall I wasn't really sure how I felt about this one... One part of me liked, the other part of me not so much. The Pepto flavor was a little off-putting for me, but not overly. Too bad I didn't have an upset stomach... Definitly worth trying for yourself to see what you think of it if you can get it.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Sloppy Joe's on Duval Street at Key West and served in a plastic cup. I fear the cup may have distorted my opinion but here goes.

The body had great color, auburn like redness with a stiff head. The nose was standard IPA fare and somewhat light, with pine, earth, resins, some oily lupilin and a dry Graham cracker malt. The flavor was mostly piney, with some lemony fruit sweetness and a wheat malt graininess. Very easy to drink but drier than most. I liked this well enough but nothing set it apart from so much else out there.

Photo of JasW
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of DrewZ926
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Twiztidstyle
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

easy drinking IPA. the ABV has gone up to 7.5 but it is nice and smooth so you can hardly tell. I got a sampler of all their beers they had on tap and I think the others were so crazy good they sort of over shadowed this one. It was tasty and the nose was great. A solid IPA that is not as sweet as other IPA's but def a wonderful beer to enjoy. the Funky buddha is an awesome lounge! cool place to hangout for some good beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

probably the oddest of all the beers served at the cookout, we were both kind of off as to what to make of this one, lol. served into a tulip and shared with Calton on cinco de beero.

pours out a deep russet amber color, first pour was clear with lots of carbonation and a huge head of white foam. second pour was full of little floaties and had an almost gelatonous like look to it.

aroma was odd again, notes of mettalic copper like tones mingled with caramel malts, citrus hops and grass notes. it is really hard to describe and as you drink it you still cannot figure out what this thing is. crisp and quick hitting the metal taste (hard water?) comes out quickly but is flushed by citrus hops and deep caramel malts. clean finish with an effortless cleansing finish, this was just an oddity.

overall one of the strangest beers i have run across. nicely done, just not sure what was done.

Photo of tjsmith910
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Damn impressive in my opinion. Ill def revisit this brew

Photo of Steban
2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bring back hop gun classic.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz Funky Buddha growler into my Loterbol tulip. Extra special thanks to HeatherAnn for sending this up to me from FL!

A: Pours a lovely blood orange color. Crystal clear. Immediately, 1 1/2 fingers of light orange head spread out in a creamy layer on top that hung around for a while and left some lacey ropes inside the glass.

S: Hard to get much of a nose out of this when first poured. Probably just a bit too cold. As it warmed, I immediately noted a big blast of caramel and/or toffee that gradually let loose some hoppy aromas. Lightly tropical with pineapple and mango the obvious culprits. And still, the warmer it got, out popped some freshly shaved citrus zest.

T: Very close to above with more of an emphasis on the sharing of duties between the rather sweet malt and the increasingly citrus-y hops. Nice balance, but tends towards the (slightly) sweeter side of the scale.

M: For an AIPA, I was surprised by how sweet and malty this was. Of course the hops break out eventually and lay a spicy path down the center of my tongue. Actually, this finishes quite dry and prickly considering how sweet it is initially.

O: An intersting take on the style. This was growlered six days ago, and I was very impressed by how well it travelled. When I cracked the cap, the beer was touching the underside of it. They couldn't have stuffed another drop of beer into this growler. Nice!

Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of wingnutter
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Better on draft than in the bottle.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of krl2112
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's an average beer and I rated it as such. Not sure why it's higher than a 3 overall.

Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at SMBDC growler/bottle tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Light head, hazy orange peach color.

N: Tropical fruits, citrus hops, light earthy hops, slight oxidized, tangerine, peach, nectarine, nice citrus fruits.

T: Light toasty malts, light yeasty and a bit bleh malts, citrus and light fruity hops, semi bitter. Finishes bitter and dry, some citrus hops lingering, light sweet malts lingering and a little metallic.

M: Med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

O: OK, fairly bitter, decent flavors, nothing too special, not really anything wrong just a bit yeasty and weird on the malts.

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Hop Gun from Funky Buddha Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.