Hop Stimulator
Funky Buddha Brewery

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,327
Ranked #6,501
4.01 | pDev: 8.23%
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
Hop StimulatorHop Stimulator
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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Photo of FLima
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Ejsheaffer
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +1.5%
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 VABA
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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 lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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 ThickNStout
3.69/5  rDev -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 macrosmatic
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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 connoisseur
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional Imperial IPA. Like most Funky Buddha beers

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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

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Photo of bgillespie
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy caramel brown with a thick tan head and lacing.

Smell: Hoppy, pine, citrus fruit.

Taste: Bitter from the hops, some malt, can taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Feels thick, unlike most IPAs, well carbonated.

Overall: A solid ipa with a ton of flavor and hoppiness. Would have it again.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

One finger off white creamy foam cap over an iced tea brown liquid, some lacings

Pine hop aroma

Malt base with pine hop taste

Good beer

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pine, tangerine, orange rind, resin and lots of Grapefruit pith. Real malty, not in a pleasant way. Super dry finish. Medium bodied. This is a nice hybrid of southern and west coast style IPA. Sweet and piney. Eh.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 03/17/17.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep amber with 1/4 finger of head leaving slight lace

Smell: Strong herbal and pine hop aromas

Taste: Heavy layers of pine and resin hops prevailing

Mouthfeel: Sticky, resin and full body

Overall: A boozy DIPA that feels "old-school" but I certainly don't view that as a bad thing. Reminds me a lot of 90 Minute.

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

An outstanding DIPA. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pit glass, this beer showed a hazy copper color, a big foamy white head with excellent retention and several bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavor featured big piney and citrus hops. The flavor included a strong bready malt presence as well, but the hops were out in front. There was a resiny, oily fresh hops aspect to the beer too. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. The resiny / oily hops presence adds to the mouthfeel. There is some balance with a strong malt presence. Very little alcohol presence/burn with this beer despite the 9.5 abv. A well crafted beer and an excellent choice if you arelooking for a big hops presence.

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Photo of h4ger
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy deep golden orange with a thin big, white. Bottle had some 'texture' in the cap area after opening...leakage? Not sure.
Didn't seem to effect it in anyway. big balanced hop aroma with a citrus tone. The flavors are strong with hops and citrus as well. Nice medium body with a lasting bitterness.

Overall, a nice beer I'll visit again when down south.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a cloudy, dull gold in color with a big, white, frothy head. I certainly looks the part.

Smell – This is a big but balanced hop nose full of white grapefruit, light pine, citrus, and some nice, strong floral notes. There’s not malt to be found here though but that’s par for the course.

Taste – The complex hops come out at the taste with all the afore-mentioned aspects from the nose and a hint of malt balance. The showcase here though are the hops and their immense complexity.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of full-bodied but bigger than medium and extremely dry on the tongue.

Drinkability – This is for hop heads only but boy will them be delighted.

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Photo of hman43
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours cloudy deep golden orange with a large, pillow white head that has long lasting head retention.

Smell: It has strong hop aromas that feature citrus, grapefruit, and a low level of stone fruit.

Taste: The flavors are strong with hops and citrus and grapefruit flavors with floral and stone fruit in addition to the main hops. There is also a slight background on bread.

Feel: It is highly bitter in the finish which is long lasting.

Overall, an extremely hop driven beer.

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Photo of hogrider
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Man, I tell you what. This is the second time I am having this beer and it is awesome. I just pour it in a snifter just like fine whiskey and I am sipping it sitting in my backyard. It is well balanced between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malt. It looks fine, it taste heavenly...go get yourself a four pack...before there is none at the store. HOG

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, orange-tan in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is tangerine, apricot, grapefruit rind, and biscuity malt in the background. Bitter, medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. Tasty and above average. Good, but there are several other imperial ipas I prefer.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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 +11.2%
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 -0.2%
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 +9%
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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