Hop Stimulator | Funky Buddha Brewery

very good
35 Reviews
Hop StimulatorHop Stimulator

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Introducing Hop Stimulator, an IPA we've dosed with so much hops that drinking one is downright transformative. Resinous alpha and beta acids intertwine with a muscular all-malt body to create a beer that's so bold, it's... it’s... MONSTROUS!

Added by HeartofMiami on 03-07-2016

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Photo of Antg8989
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, yet deep amber. Beautiful color. Off-white head with bits of lacing here and there. Aroma is apricots, brown sugar, a yeasty malt and an intense blend of tropical/citrusy hops. Taste is everything previously mentioned with a nice touch of pine coming through. Starts sweet and ends bitter. Loads of hops with a think malt backbone. Definitely worth a try. I could see some people really loving this.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled on 02/06/17

Pours hazy amber orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like caramel malt, toffee, spice, orange citrus, grapefruit, apricot, mango, with resinous floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like caramel malt, toffee, spice, orange citrus, grapefruit, apricot, mango, with resinous floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice DIPA.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden yellow with a two finger head of foam.

Caramel malts frolic in the nose while subtle notes of orange, grapefruit, and pine make their presence known.

Aroma translates in flavor with orange and grapefruit citrus fruit notes and a strong caramel malt backbone.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, piney bitterness lingers.

Overall, a decent brew, but not FB's best.

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Photo of Derek
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper-Amber with a slight haze... pours a nice head which leaves some leg and lace.

Classic aroma of pine, citrus, sponge toffee and alcohol warmth.

This is old school, with an assertive bitterness and a warmth that's leaning towards a Barley Wine. Unapologetically brash. Lots of piny resin, citrus, sponge toffee sweetness is overcome with bitterness and a drying alcohol finish.

Reminds me of DFH 90 min IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

in general, i have had mixed feeling about the funky buddha hoppy stuff. seems generic and plain jane compared to all the absurd flavored and strong ales they do. however, this one is far better than their average for the style, and a pretty darn good big ipa, especially nice fresh on tap at the brewery! we only shared a taster glass size, being yet another of their strong beers, but man, the hops come right through in the nose, even from this little glass. grassy and bitter hops first, nose and taste alike, i would think some classic bittering types and then some simcoe and friends later on, not that original by any means, but well timed and proportioned, and better beer than it gets credit for being overall. hops are funny in that there are only so many, and only so many combinations and schedules and techniques, and after awhile, it seems logical that we would have more or less had them all, and this certainly falls victim to all the other good ipa iterations i have had over the years, but it is well made and fresh and tasty beer, and probably deserves more love than i can give it. had this graced my presence years earlier, i may have looked more favorably upon it, but now, it seems like one in the crowd, much as it pains me to say that...

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Photo of ludachris
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mini particles of sediment inundate its amber orange body, giving it plenty of haze. The head that sits on top is creamy and dense. Sheets of lace are left behind as the head falls.

The nose is an ode to the sticky and dank side of hops. Loads of resin, sappy pine, and mint intertwine with orange and grapefruit pith. Sweet ethanol elevates all of these characteristics. Its malt profile is almost equally as fleshed out. Lots of caramel, toasty bread and graham cracker come through.

Everything from the nose is wrapped up in a clean and concise package. Clementine, orange, and grapefruit make up its core. Piney, minty greens are smoothed out and come in on the outside. A quick kick of alcohol compliments its sweetness. Graham cracker and toasty caramel come underneath and echo its level of balance.

Lusciously creamy and ridiculously rounded. Its ABV and IBU ratings come through as half of what they are on paper. Full bodied but still quaffable.

This is a heavy hitting imperial IPA that sneaks up on you. It has the potential to be a palate wrecker but goes down dangerously well in reality.

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Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for hooking me up with a bottle of this. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear copper hue with a good one finger off white head that fades to leave a thin blanket with light lacing.

S - Aromas of actual hops. Plenty of earthy spicy green hops, light pine. Some faint sticky malt sweetness. No discernible alcohol on the nose either.

T - Taste is similar to the nose loads of spicy hops, bitter pine. The malt backbone helps give this one some heft, doesn't get cloy at all simply offers some sweetness to offset the spicy bitter pine. No alcohol on the taste either. Very nice.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, actually a bit crisp. No alcohol harshness at all. If not for the general heaviness the malts bring I'd swear this beer was 5.5-6%.

O - Overall this was a very solid DIPA from Funky Buddha. Definitely drinks nice and easy with that pleasant bitterness. Solid.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of Duff27
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dense half inch off white head. Sticky lacing. Darker red-hued in body color. Floating sediment.

S- Ripe/dark tropical fruits, melons.

T- Forefront is more tropical melon-type fruits. A smack of booze on the tail end of each sip. Sweeter as opposed to bitter. Would guess this one at 10%abv.

M- Smooth mouthfeel. Small carbonation.

D/O- This got taxing as I worked my way through it, overly boozy. Enjoyed the aroma a lot though.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in Orlando
Pours a huge bubbly frothy 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent soapy lacing, murky candy orange color

Nose big hops, fresh citrus, candied orange peel, faint tropical citrus, prior resinous and spicy, big sweet candy malt with little caramel

Taste brings sweet malt, little caramel and doughy malt, toasted reddish malt, hint of booze warmth, candied orange peel, little generic fruit marmalade, into spicy mild resin, chewy nougat like malt and candy hop. Finish is drier little sticky sweet big spicy hop and candied orange peel

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice carb, hint of warming booze

Overall not bad, typical dipa, nothing extraordinary but nothing bad.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City spiegelau IPA glass.

Creamy,white,1 finger head that sticks to the glass.Deep hazy orange in color,with lots of floaties.There is a decent amount of light showing through the glass,but it is completely distorted.Medium amount of carbonation.

On the nose I get lots of piney hops,fruits,and sweet malts.

On the palate get grapefruit,intense piney resinous hops,and sweet fruity malts.

The body is medium heavy,some carbonation in the feel.Sticky and resinous.Bitter dry finish.

This is a good IPA,lots of piney hops.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange. Some nice fruity malts and citrus hops, resin, and bready malts. Maltier than hoppy. Medium body and low carbonation, no bitterness.

Overall a decent beer but pretty malty for an IPA.

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Photo of Chasegator
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look- Dark golden with a light head
Smell- nice hops and citrus great nose
Taste- follows the nose. Big hits of hops and citrus
Feel- Light to medium bodied. Very drinkable
Overall- This is a fantastic double IPA by a fantastic brewery. Funky Buddha does not disappoint. Hops and citrus are the major flavor with a crisp finish. Definelty give it a try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like most hop-heads, the stimulation comes strong at the mere mention of lupulin. but with the frothy golden pour, a waft of citrus and the beckoning bitter taste is enough to draw IPA lovers near and far.

Hazy golden and a tinge of copper, the beer's creamy crowning lather fuel the appetite for hops while its tantalizing perfume is strongly of citrus and herb with a light complementing tropical and honey scent. Its taste is rounded with mild caramel, honey and simple sweetness with a light savory granola toastiness.

As the hops unfold on the palate, they blossom with pink grapefruit, fresh orange, light lemon and a kiss of pineapple and apricot. As the hops suppress the malt sweetness, the bitter grip takes hold and ushers in a quick finish of bitter citrus peel, fresh-cut grass, sassafras tea and a sharp peppery zing.

Medium-bodied and creamy-dry, the hops and alcohol spice dries the palate at a fast pace and facilitates the sense of lightness and dryness. Spicy late, a vodka-like bite hides behind the hops as a long and bitter aftertaste far outweighs the lingering sweetness and continues to delight the senses with citrus peel and herb. Try and keep your pants on.

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Photo of frothy_80
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/5/2016

Appearance is orange copper with slight haze. White foamy head that left minimal splotches of wet lacing throughout the entirety of the glass. The head dissipates fairly quick but a small swirl did revive it. The hop aroma is citrusy with dominant notes of orange zest. Tropical pineapple and mango are present but linger in the background. The scent of peaches are present as well and combine with bready sweet malt. The overall aroma is underwhelming for IPAs, however, the taste is where this picks up. Upfront is a resinous bite that is quickly followed by citrus zest. Tropical and floral characters still linger in the background giving way to more complexity than the aroma offered. Sweet biscuity malt balances the hops from destroying the palate. The bitterness does come out in the finish, but the alcohol washes the lingering bitter taste away. Moderately carbonated and the beer coats the mouth. Finishes quite dry for big beer. Overall a solid DIPA and highly enjoyable. Glad I got the opportunity to try this! Trying this fresh on tap will be on my list given the chance.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coming from Boston to Florida on vacation, I had longed for a time to get back to Funky Buddha since I tried their No Crusts and Sweet Potato Casserole my last trip. No such luck finding their funkier varieties this trip, apparently the brewery has gotten a bit more popular, so I grabbed their flagship double to see how it compared to the big boy new england doubles Trillium is pumping out that I mainline back home.

it holds up quite well! malty, sweeter and the tropical fruits are much less forward than a trillium double but the hops are present and delightful. i was kind of shocked when halfway through I saw a 9.5 abv, it masked to the point of being non existent. a bit bready and malty, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of donspublic
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from bottle into shaker, nice 2 inch cream colored soapy head that lingers. Nice lacing throughout the beer. Smells of mango, pineapple, pine resin, caramel malt and some hop dankness. Taste pretty much like it smells, starts off a little sweet, then the pine kicks in, followed up by the more tropical hops, pineapple, mango and some citrus. Finish is semi dry, there is some bitterness in the middle, a little on the end, but not to abrasive. I find the ABV pretty well hidden, maybe it shows up a little on the finish. Nice beer, sad I only grabbed one to bring back with me from Florida

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very clear golden orange 1 finger of head. Smells very sappy and sticky. A little bit peachy. The bitterness is right up front and throughout on the taste. More of those sappy/pine qualities on the taste. A little bit of an alcohol in the taste as well. Mouthfeel a little bit of a smooth slick feel. Overall, this has a pretty decent amount of perceived bitterness.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had at Funky Buddha on tap and was blown away. Got a 4 pack to savor back in Indiana. Blew me away good at brewery. At home it was much more tame on all fronts. By all means drink fresh fresh fresh. 4 weeks later it has diminished. Still good. But prob a half point higher for all areas at brewery. Looks I suppose is light orange, not murky but low visibility still. Smell I remember being super floral pineapple, citrus and a bit of pinecone; now not a lot standing out. Taste was the best part, now it's not much more than a good IPA. Feel is a bit of a bite back on the back end, I will say it seems to meld the taste and smell as it lingers near my (not sure what it's called)- hangy-down-ball-thing in the back of my throat. Overall, worth a taste, just make sure it's fresh fresh fresh.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is fantastic and is bursting with delicious hop notes, tropical fruits, and sweet malts. The taste like the aroma features a solid malt backbone creating a lot of sweetness that gives way to the bitter hops and warmth from the alcohol in the finish. Solid Double IPA, good job Funky Buddha.

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Photo of Midlifejacoby
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is good. Its a bit strong, very citrusy. Nice warm feel smells citrusy. Too many of these and you will be picking yourself up somewhere random

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Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a deep orange-peach color with a thick and creamy white head that retains long after the pour. Smells of grassy& piney hops, along with tropical fruit notes of mango and guava. Light bready malt. Tastes of tropical hops up front with notes of mango, pineapple and papaya, along with some orange peel. Juicy mid/palate before finishing with a hint of bready malt. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel from medium carbonation, high drinkability. Really enjoyable overall

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/25 and poured 5/30 ... pretty fresh. Brought from Florida by my sister.

Intense as hell with the hops. Doesn't taste like it was bottled a month ago. Dank, in-your-face, resinous, piney hops are all over in this one with just some accentuating citrus flavors. Despite the decently dark brown-ish color of this beer, it's not super sweet, but pretty well balanced. Finish is dry with a lingering bit of malt, and a lot of resin. The feel is about moderate -- a little more heft would be welcome, given the ABV. All-in-all, a really nice DIPA that I think is being shafted right now score-wise on BA. A beer definitely worth trading for.

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Photo of zac16125
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2oz bottle into a tulip
Bottled on: 4/8/16

Thanks to IckyT201 for sending this one over as an extra in a trade!

A: Pours a somewhat hazy golden copper with 2.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head which has very good retention and leaves tons of lacing. 4.5

S: Pretty sweet with tropical fruit hop notes and sweet malts. Citrusy orange, mango, pineapple. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Fairly one dimensional hop profile, but very nice nonetheless. 4

T: More balanced then the nose. Piney and floral hops up front. Citrus is definitely there with orange and lemon zest. Tropical fruit notes are more subtle than the nose. Firm, sweet malt backbone to balance things out. 4.25

M/D: Fuller side of medium body, carbonation moderate maybe a touch on the higher end, ABV is noticeable but subtlety, drinkability is very good. 4.25

O: Really well done DIPA. Not sure I should be surprised though, FB kills it. 4.25

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Photo of xPrestigious
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've heard Funky Buddha is making waves down here in sunny FL, so I figured I'd give these guys a shot!

From the start, I have to say I'm really impressed with this DIPA. The hop and malt profile almost mimic one of my favorite brews of all time. Seriously, it's THAT good. There's just one small hiccup coming from the bottom of this, and it can be cloying. Which is expected with most powerhouse hop bombs.

Poured from 12oz bottle:

Look: Hazy, light ambery, citrusy, and malty - classic profile for a DIPA
Smell: Orange rind, Centennial hop mash. Delish!
Taste: Like it came straight out of the honey pot. Again, minor cloying towards the end but by no means brutal.
Feel: The hops seem to collect on the roof of my mouth. I'll save those for later.

Great job Funky Buddha! Welcome to Florida (and my fridge)

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Photo of cambabeer
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just a slap in the face of hop flavor. Bitter citrus rinds and warming alcohol make this the kind of beer you've got to sip. A little sweet toward the middle and dry at the end. Two of these and your night is over.

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