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Hop Gun - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 602
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 4.22%
Wants: 19
Gots: 121 | FT: 6
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: 602
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 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 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 (693 characters)

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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 KYGunner
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Stevedore
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
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 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 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 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 warnerry
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of DonFrap
2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
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 jaasen64
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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 PorterLambic
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Arrives a dark honey, almost amber color. Slight off-white head leaves good lace.
Smell is hops, citrus and pine, light malt and pepper.
Taste is Very hoppy, mostly pine with a hint of grapefruit, light notes of malt and pepper.
Medium bodied, medium effervescence, dry finish. Glad I didn't go with a full pint on this, it's too hoppy for me but right in line for other American IPAs. (388 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 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 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 Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 ColForbinBC
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Rhettroactive
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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 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 DrewZ926
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Sean9689
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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)

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