Huki Idol
Funky Buddha Brewery

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,502
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #11,058
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 10.72%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
53
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Funky Buddha Brewery
 
Florida, United States
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90
Outstanding
Notes: Bust out your favorite tiki mug and make an offering to the Huki Idol. This juicy, double IPA is brewed with real passion fruit and lime juices, then dry-hopped with lush Mosaic hops and fresh mint. The result is a godlike grog that packs a wallop of tropical flavor. 'Okole maluna!
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Photo of tillmac62
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange pour with some sedimentation. Outstanding head volume. Retention and lacing are typical of a DIPA (8.0% ABV), which is to say poor by typical IPA standards. Nevertheless, it meets outstanding.

Very good nose but lacks the burst of aroma for an outstanding classification. Complexity is outstanding, just muted by a lack of intensity. It is outstandingly balanced. There is just enough bready sweetness to let the passion fruit shine and hints of pineapple, lime and mint waif over the base.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/16/2018. Pours very hazy/cloudy golden orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy passion fruit, limes, mint, fruit skin, citrus peel/zest, lemon, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, light peppercorn/pine, honey, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of passion fruit, lime, mint, citrus/fruity/tropical hops, and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy passion fruit, limes, mint, fruit skin, citrus peel/zest, lemon, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, light peppercorn/pine, honey, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness; and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy passion fruit, limes, mint, fruit skin, citrus peel/zest, lemon, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, peppercorn, pine, honey, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of passion fruit, lime, mint, citrus/fruity/tropical hops, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and tart/tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an awesome fruited DIPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of passion fruit, lime, mint, citrus/fruity/tropical hops, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/acidic/tangy/drying finish. Fairly soft feel, not aggressive. Extremely juicy/vibrant limes and passion fruit; balanced Mosaic hop complexity, and bready malt backbone. Touch of dankness. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. Mint fits in perfectly, and is not overwhelming. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This more like a fruit beer than an actual IPA. I have had fruity IPA's before, where the frutiness comes from infused fruits or there's a lovely juiciness from the hops used. I do not get any bitter IPA flavors with this beer. It's more like beer mixed with a fruity, tiki drink. If that's your thing, then you'll probably love this beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a nonic a hazed tangerine-like color with a very well defined bone white half finger head that sticks like glue to the glass.Some mild stone fruit in the nose with only a hint of tropical notes,I get a tinge of barnyard funk like a few others who have reviewed noted.Quite tart wich I didn't expect on the palate with hefty passion fruit coming thru,a little to much sourness for my liking really.Totally not what I was expecting and/or looking for but it's good for those who like this sorta thing.I give it a respectful review because this beer has a following for what it is.

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

On tap at Prohibition Kitchen in Saint Augustine. A nice break from the touristy garbage in most of downtown.

This isn’t so much an IPA as it’s a fruit beer. Barely any hop presence. Just passionfruit and some lime juice with a hint of mint. Kind of disappointing. But fits the description somewhat.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle cracked from 4 pack purchased from Total Wine in Daytona Beach. Unknown bottle date. Enjoying this in my Huntsville, AL hotel room.

Pours a glorious hazy honey-peach color with a tall busy head of 3 fingers. Lace destroys the glass as it recedes.

I'm actually getting a little hay and farmhouse funk on the nose. Behind that, sharp notes of cutting mint, lemon rind, peach, and orange rind.

Flavor is incredibly sweet, almost like an imperial fruit beer with extra hops. Bubble gumminess meets sweet orange juice, limeade, papaya, and mint. Very low hop bitterness, to a fault. Slight alcohol burn at the finish. Acidity also lingers. This is minty and sweet and pushes the beer outside the boundaries of a typical IPA style guideline.

Carbonated, mildly creamy, acidic fruitiness lingering on.

Overall, it's like a limemade with a mint leaf. While that may sound pleasant by the pool (and I'm sure it is), it was not what I was expecting out of a beer marked "IPA". Lots of tropical fruit, mint leaf, and residual sugars, while hop profiling is kept to a bare minimum and left hanging in the background on a lemon note. For some it's enjoyable, for me it's barely decent. I'd rather have their Hop Gun any day of the week!

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Photo of TH28
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. 3/29/18 bottle date. Appearance: Deep golden, hazy, with a low lying white head
Aroma: Minty mango with some citrus peel. Almost a fruity minted fruit toothpaste character. A touch of lime ther too, but you have to search for it
Taste: quick burst of passion fruit, pineapple, and orange fruitiness, turning tart and acidic, with a citrus peel kick and high bitterness. Like really accentuates the tartness
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a ligh carbonation
Finish: Super dry, tart, and bitter after the swallow. Citrus peel the definitive flavor.
Overall: Interesting take on the POG juice IPA by adding the lime and mint. Mint addition creates a somewhat confusing and unpleasant aroma, but the flavor is pretty good, with the lime adding a distinct tart character than accentuates the bitterness, while adding some contrast to the rich POGbjuice sweetness

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up down in Florida back in March, as I've enjoyed the other beers that I've had from Funky Buddha. This was a bit too one-dimensional for me with the amount of passion fruit in the taste but it was still a solid take on the style that wasn't lacking in flavor. I just wish there was a bit more variety and depth to this relative to the canned American Double / Imperial IPA's that would rate higher than this.

Not a bad pour to this as the beer was an off gold with lots of dankness and head to boot. A few rings of lacing were left on my pint glass once that settled and I took a few sips. Strong, aromatic scent of passion fruit, lime, dank Mosaic Hops, and citrus pith in the nose with a ton of juice in the mix as well. Incredibly smooth and slick on the palate, with hints of pineapple, peach, apricot, and stone fruit in the mix as well. The mouthfeel was tart as it felt like raspberry and boysenberry juice with some tangerine juice lingering in the aftertaste.

Not a lot of booze here but there was enough to be felt and the mint made itself known in the crisp and somewhat refreshing aftertaste. Easily among the best from Funky Buddha, this nearly held it's own with the canned IPA's that I hold so dear. Be prepared to be hit over the head with juicy passion fruit - this could easily substitute for canned juice and would be more enjoyable as well!

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Photo of jcarlosv
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer, lable saids Tropical IPA but to me its very similar to a New England style IPA. The look is very hazy, the smell like the labels said very tropical, the taste just superb. Great beer to drink and enjoy, another hit from Funky Buddha.

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Photo of lolacheech
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say other than I love it!! Feels most like a juicy hazy New England style IPA on steroids. Fresh and refreshing! Super hazy. Served in a chalice. LOVE.

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Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crazy beer idea that just might work .... A long list of adjuncts for a DIPA, Mosaic dry-hopping, and mint?

.... actually, it absolutely works!

The fruit (and juice) meld perfectly with a tropical and citrus hop presence, and add an overall slightly citric sourness to the brew - but it does not stray into sour beer territory. It's more of a bite than anything else. The mint presence is felt primarily at the end of the sip: a fresh kiss on the close. While it's noticeable, it really does add to the beer overall.

FB does some gimmicky beers, and they're all about adjuncts, but they keep coming up with impressively tasty brews, so who am I to complain? This was definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Brass Tap in Tallahassee in March 2018.

Cloudy amber body with a durable white head and spotty lacing.

Aroma: strong, semi-pungent citrus forward, hoppy. Prominent passion fruit.

Flavor: low bitterness for style; highly fruity with citrus and passionfruit notes. Markedly fruity and moderately tart.

Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of sirspins
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lower bitterness, strong notes of lime and passion fruit with more subtle notes of mint, very refreshing. Would recommend, especially to those who aren’t big fans of IPAs and hop forward beers. Pours a hazy dark orange.

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Huki Idol from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 53 ratings