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Hop Gun - Funky Buddha Brewery

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69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 599
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 19
Gots: 121 | FT: 5
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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Reviews: 69 | Hads: 599
Photo of DrinkyMcBeerFace
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
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 Fux
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of DrTony
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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 CoachC
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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! (268 characters)

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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)

Photo of ElmerBruisery
4.2/5  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 (580 characters)

Photo of JasW
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
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 hoptualBrew
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of Buck89
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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 brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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 (571 characters)

Photo of thehoppylady
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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 cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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 FLAbeergutinMASS
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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 CuriousMonk
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
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! (519 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Heatwave33
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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 SomethingClever
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

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 OakedCanuck
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 12oz bottle tape-labeled "Hop Gun" from Ryan, thanks!

Into tulip.

A - Pours a nice apricot orange with grayish to off-white fluffy head. Great lacing and bubbling.

S - Citric orange with lemon peel. Also some nice grassy hops and a mild bite of sweetness (caramel)

T - Somewhat different from the nose, but not much. This thing to me is all hops. I do get a touch of the caramel sweetness at the end but it is mostly a delicious hop bomb. Big grassy hops with a touch of onion. Some lemon and orange too.

M - Slightly dry, tacky, medium. Great carbonation levels

O - A delicious hop bomb for the hopheads out there (myself included). I would say this one is pushing towards being an Imperial IPA, and a delicious one at that. Will have to seek out more! (769 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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! (411 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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! (1,406 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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). (569 characters)

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Hop Gun from Funky Buddha Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.