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Hop Gun - Funky Buddha Brewery

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83 Reviews
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Reviews: 83
Hads: 687
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 29.92%
Wants: 23
Gots: 154 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DosBeerigos on 09-27-2010

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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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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 Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Funky Buddha, Boca Raton, FL

Staple beer at FB. Hazy amber pour, slightly effervescent, with a finger or so of white foamy on top; moderate retention and lacing. Citrusy hops in the nose, fruity, some bready malts. A pretty basic IPA all over, citrus hops in the taste, with a solid bready malt base. Medium body, finished fairly dry and bitter. Nothing amazing, but a solid, standard, non-threatening, non-palate-wrecking IPA overall.

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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 stakem
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, low profile, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of pineapple, mango, and evergreen, heavy and bold, with grapefruit and pine highlights. Flavors are a tropical fruit blast forward, heavy on pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. The backbone is evergreen and pine tassel, with some notes of dry grass, too. Good balance of fruit and vegetal notes. The body is bold, but with a solid dry backbone. Evergreen and grassy aftertaste, with highlights of the tropical fruit cocktail still lingering on a bit. The finish is smooth, light, crisp, and slightly dry. Very solid IPA.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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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 ColForbinBC
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A lot of caramel on the aroma. Some overripe tropical fruits as well (mangos).

More of a pineapple impression on the taste.....caramel bready backing with the malt..

Carbonation is a bit high and too spritzy...almost champagne like...

Medium bodied....finishes slightly dry..

Overall this is an OK IPA I would drink if handed but not one I would pick over many others. Ok...not horrible but there are a lot of great IPA's out there and this is not one in my opinion.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – The beer was a shiny copper in color with a nice, pure white head.

Smell – The light grain and citrus hops play well together.

Taste – Here the rind comes out a bit more but otherwise nicely balanced.

Mouthfee – This is medium-bodied with a dry character throughout.

Drinkability – A true session American IPA.

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Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a one finger off-white head with medium retention.
Nice tropical fruit aroma with notes of caramel, passion fruit, mango, pineapples and mild pine.
Flavor of caramels, grapefruit and lemon citrus, some mango, spices, American yeast and finishing with pine and resin. Dry aftertaste with a long but controlled bitterness.
Light body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% is simply not there.
I felt that flavor didn't need to change a bit but could be bolder, it doesn’t actually fell like 80 IBUs, it got to be a toy gun. Nevertheless, it was very pleasant, well balanced and highly drinkable, with a great aroma and nice pine finish.
Ap.3,5 Ar.4 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,75

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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 Stevedore
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Hop Gun from Funky Buddha Brewery
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