Hop Stimulator | Funky Buddha Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
funkybuddhabrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,985
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
295
pDev:
8.25%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
89
Trade:
2
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Photo of FLima
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with a thin thick head with medium retention.
Nice aroma with notes of pine, passion fruit, mango, caramels, stone fruit and grapefruit.
Flavor with notes of pine, mango and apple juice, stone fruit, orange marmalade, grapefruit citrusy, caramel and toasted malts, tea leaves, resin, melon and strawberries Dry and bitter aftertaste. Strong but relatively behaved considering its 75 IBUs.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% is quite well disguised.
Piney and resiny DIPA with citrusy and vaguely tropical notes on the background. Very complex with flavor changing from intake to swallow and aftertaste.

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Photo of cherche
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenBayBA
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ejsheaffer
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This DIPA has a bit of a different taste than most. May be a bit of piney taste w a sweeter finish. Very good DIPA and would like to try it off the tap.

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Photo of scream
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure what it is, but I like this beer. It is different from other IIPA'S I have had in some manner. Possibly it is that there is a background sweetness to it that I would not normally associate with the style.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a cloudy amber color. The head is 1 finger, white, frothy. The retention is moderate, and there's a bit of lacing on the glass.
The nose is very aggressive with hops. Pine aroma from the hops.
Taste - Very aggressive hops. Pine is the flavor. Don't get any citrus in the hops. Don't really get any malt Hops is the flavor.
Feel is thick, and the hops are quite sticky. They linger for a long time in my throat, and I feel them all the way down.
Damn good DIPA. Top notch, and a pleasure to try.

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Photo of Mxsluis
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeromedepot
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VABA
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a nice amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has hoppy hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a nice hop flavor and a generous amount of bitterness.
M-A medium bodied beer with nice carbonation
O-Well made well balanced beer

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Photo of BlueKurenai
3.06/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CreightonSM
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color. Thick off-white head with a good amount of lace.
Aroma of pine and citrus.
Pine resin taste, grapefruit, caramel background.
Slick in the mouth. Nicely hopped.

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Photo of Vandelay1863
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from ABC Wine & Spirits (Naples, FL). 3.49. No apparent bottling date. Served in a Bone Hook snifter. Enjoyed 12/25/17.

Pours an opaque, ruddy, burnt amber with a finger and a half cap of beige froth. Plenty of cloudy surface haze remains, along with a full ring and copious curtains of lace.

Smells grassy with some citrus, pine and bread.

Tastes of grapefruit, pine, lemon, vague mint, grass, caramel and bready malt.

Slick, medium heft to the body with fair carbonation. The aftertaste is like desweetened caramel enriched, grapefruit-tinged hop bread.

A malty DIPA for sure, I’m not entirely convinced that I experienced Hop Stimulator at peak freshness. This was still a tasty brew from Funky Buddha and probably my favorite hoppy beer I’ve had of theirs.

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Photo of CobraDC23
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeKC
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional IPA, but not for "all day" use.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Paradox1000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Double! Hoppy, and strong malts!

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Photo of WDJersey
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ64
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macrosmatic
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City goblet.

A: Hazy, dark orange-gold, with good carbonation and a half-finger of off-white foamy head.

S: A punch of orange citrus while it’s being poured…but a few minutes later sitting down, a lot of the aroma has dissipated. Some grapefruit pith, resin, and bready malts last. Meh.

T: Orange and grapefruit, tropical fruits, mild resin and melon. Malt body is significant with sweet biscuit flavors, but no caramel or toffee. Moderately bitter with tangerine fruity bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation. Alcohol presence seems average - but I would have guessed about 7%, so for the more hefty listed ABV, I guess I'd change that to well-hidden.

O: I thought this was decent. A throwback to DIPAs from a while ago. It did remind me a little of "Imperial" Jai Alai in composition, though not quite as good nor juicy. Perhaps this hop profile just isn’t my first pick anymore? But still, reasonably good and I think my favorite of Funky Buddha’s hoppy offerings since they started to widely distribute bottles.

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Photo of sohearn
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of npendres
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Hop Stimulator from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 295 ratings