Hop Gun - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 578
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 22
Gots: 107 | 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 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 DonFrap
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
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. :( (542 characters)

Photo of Brez07
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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 (713 characters)

Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm pretty glad I got to try some more by the Funky Buddha, thanks again Tony for the simply tape-labeled bottles.

A: Comes out looking a burnt orange with with a decent fizzy head that faded away quickly but never quite died off completely.

S: Lots of caramel malts here, some grassiness from the hops but also a definite bitter hop note. I picked up a bit of what I want to say was melted plastic? But I always seem to pick up off flavors others don't, so maybe its just me. It wasn't off-putting, just a little odd.

T: Didn't really pop out to me as being an IPA here. There was an apple fruitiness, more of the caramel malts, but then a sharp bitterness. Upon tasting it I noticed a bit of a metallic note that I had missed in the nose, but was evident after the first sip. English Pale Ale perhaps? I also picked up on a little bit of lemongrass flavor coming off from the hops which I did enjoy.

M: Nice carbonation on this one, body is medium thin, finish was crisp and quick with not much let to linger.

O: I was definitely expecting something different from an IPA named Hop Gun. For what it was though it was certainly enjoyable. I really think they should say its an English Pale Ale; a little fruity, malty, slight metallic note, and hop bitterness. Name change might help too. It'd definitely score higher if I thought it was a pale. (1,351 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Funky Buddha in Oakland Park, Florida 5/22/2014.

A- Hazy orange body, nice one finger white head with good retention leaving a thin film on the beer for the duration. Rings of lacing appear as the beer disappears.

S- Definitely getting Nelson Sauvin spices, some generic hop resins, some grapefruit and passion fruit aromas that are in the background; not a lot of complexity here.

F- Similar to the nose- a decent caramel pale malt backbone is supplanted by Nelson spiciness and a small bouquet of grapefruit and tangerine with a generic hop resin bitterness on the backend that doesn't evoke any particular character, It's solid, but nothing special here.

M- Medium bodied, dry and refreshing which is very nice. Carbonation is a bit above average, as it is a slightly fizzy beverage without being off-putting. Finish is a generic hop resin bitterness which is a major weakness of the beer.

O- A bit uninteresting of an IPA. It's not particularly balanced as there is not enough of the non-Nelson hop character to support the Nelson in balancing out the malt backbone. It seems the rest of the hops went towards bittering, which is all well and good but I was expecting more of the aromatic additions. (1,219 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 HuskyinPDX
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (385 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 KYGunner
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of GoldenChild
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this from dimenhetfield thanks buddy.
Im not going to get a perfect on this review like i normally would.
More laid back

Alright nice golden color with a .25 inch head and i gave this one a pretty hard pour trying to get that big head on it so that i could get a big fat whiff of the hops.

Had a good look to it, lots of lacing, citrus smell not as strong as i was hoping. has a citrus taste to it some pine and a copperish taste like sucking on a penny. Very light flavor. light carbonation.

Kinda Disappointed in this one with a name like hop gun i expected more. The taste made me think of some of my first homebrews. (628 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (1,969 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 GallowsThief
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (632 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 Sean9689
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,031 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 ColForbinBC
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Casey (dimenhetfield) for sharing.

A - Orange colored beer that had an off-white head with some decent lace and spots on the sides.

S - A lot of citrus hops with orange actually coming through quite nicely. Solid caramel backbone.

T - Not particularly bitter, but has some nice fruit qualities and caramel that make it easy to drink. At 6.5% the alcohol is stil well hidden.

M - Crisp, moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Very solid beer, can make a session out of it and it does have a kind of unique flavor. (530 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.73/5  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. (1,387 characters)

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

On draft, pours a dark ruby red with brown and orange hues creeping in. Decent carbonation.

The smell is tropical fruit, citrus and a good caramel malt mix with a little spice and resin. The flavor is very bitter, a little metallic, caramel malt sweetness. The resin just sits there on the finish, making you want a glass of water to rinse out. This was good, I liked it, but its just standard, nothing to get excited about. (431 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 Twiztidstyle
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (426 characters)

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Hop Gun from Funky Buddha Brewery
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