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Hop Gun - Funky Buddha Brewery

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82 Reviews
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Reviews: 82
Hads: 682
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 29.92%
Wants: 23
Gots: 153 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DosBeerigos on 09-27-2010

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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 682
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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Photo of SierraFlight
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.04/5  rDev +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

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of denver10
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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 

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

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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 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 KYGunner
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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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 FLAbeergutinMASS
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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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 DonFrap
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
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. :(

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Photo of jaasen64
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Hop Gun from Funky Buddha Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.