Hop Stimulator
Funky Buddha Brewery

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From:
Funky Buddha Brewery
 
Florida, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
89
Avg:
4 | pDev: 8.25%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
245
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 06, 2020
Added:
Mar 07, 2016
Wants:
  11
Gots:
  89
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: 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!
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Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

May 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.85 by rogacks from Massachusetts

Jan 03, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Fresco305 from Florida

Nov 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jul 31, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by BocaKayakerDave from Florida

Jul 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by Willmagz from Florida

Jul 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by BeerDreadz from Florida

Jul 17, 2018
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

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.
May 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3.83 by cherche from Washington

May 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Apr 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Ejsheaffer from Ohio

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.
Apr 03, 2018
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Reviewed by scream from Wisconsin

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.
Mar 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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.
Mar 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by Mxsluis from Michigan

Mar 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.78 by Jeromedepot from New York

Feb 19, 2018
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

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
Feb 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.06 by BlueKurenai from Vermont

Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.68 by CreightonSM from New York

Feb 08, 2018
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

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.
Jan 31, 2018
 
Rated: 4.05 by Vandelay1863 from Florida

Jan 31, 2018
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Reviewed by ThickNStout from Georgia

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.
Jan 28, 2018
 
Rated: 2.9 by CobraDC23 from Florida

Jan 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Jan 07, 2018
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Rated by JoeKC from Florida

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.
Dec 29, 2017
 
Rated: 2.5 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 14, 2017
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Rated by Paradox1000 from Florida

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Good Double! Hoppy, and strong malts!
Dec 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by WDJersey from Colorado

Nov 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Nov 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.38 by bubseymour from Maryland

Oct 31, 2017
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

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.
Oct 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.08 by sohearn from Alabama

Oct 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.37 by npendres from Wisconsin

Oct 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.84 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Oct 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by Bum4ever from California

Sep 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by Juan_Andere from Florida

Sep 18, 2017
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Reviewed by connoisseur from Florida

5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Exceptional Imperial IPA. Like most Funky Buddha beers
Sep 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.2 by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

Aug 27, 2017
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a cloudy orange body with large head that dies slow and leaves some lace. Aroma mixes grapefruit and touches of tropical fruit with some dirty, earthy citric hops. A mostly fruity, grapefruit tasting beer that emphasizes sweetness over hoppiness but still has a chunk of hops and hides the ABV well so it's easy to drink.
Aug 25, 2017
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Reviewed by OompaMentor from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Another really nice beer by FB! Well balanced with hoppy bitters easing on palate. Can poured into tumbler due to pool side. a Very enjoyable! 5/12/17
Aug 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.82 by MLFrank from Florida

Aug 16, 2017
Hop Stimulator from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 302 ratings