Hop Gun | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
If you’re looking for hops, we’ve got your tail. Hop Gun IPA delivers a payload of good ol’ American hops straight to your palate, bursting forth with the flavors of grapefruit and pineapple. A careful dose of smooth caramel malts swoop in to balance out the finish — just like any good wingman should.

Added by DosBeerigos on 09-27-2010

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Photo of capehaze
1.12/5  rDev -70.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There are few IPAs that strike a purely 'neutral' note, meaning no hop flavor at all. Hop Gun is such an IPA, absolutely no IPA flavor. It's so neutral that you can't even tell it's an IPA, because it's not. How clever.

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Photo of DonFrap
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

32 oz growler to Lawson's snifter. Thanks to ptrc for bringing this.

A: Super dark for an IPA. looks more like a red ale. Minor carb, growler shipped from FL to MA held up well.

S: Malty. Not getting much hop presence at all. Almost has a caramel smell.

T: A little sweet. Also not much hop presence here at all.

M: smooth, not watery. Probably the best part of this beer.

O: This is a huge disappointment. I don't know if the beer is too old, or if shipping hurt it, but this was close to a drainpour me. My first FB beer not at EBF. :(

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Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – The beer was a shiny copper in color with a nice, pure white head.

Smell – The light grain and citrus hops play well together.

Taste – Here the rind comes out a bit more but otherwise nicely balanced.

Mouthfee – This is medium-bodied with a dry character throughout.

Drinkability – A true session American IPA.

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Photo of Brez07
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally getting around to typing this one up. Drank this one back in May. 12oz counter-pressure hand bottle shared by Drazzamatazz. Got about 4-5oz

A: Pours an slightly burnt orange hue. Somewhat cloudy. Leaves a minimal amount of head

S: Mostly hops, but somewhat muted. Light citrus, slightly grassy. There is something else as well - toffee? plastic? Not quite sure

T: Similar to the nose, hops are there but not very prevalent. Quick hit from the bitterness. Some sweetness from the malt

M: Medium to full bodied. Good level of carbonation. Light bitter aftertaste

D: A so-so IPA. Hops just aren't present enough for this to be highly rated. Probably wouldn't drink much of this even if readily available

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

You would expect a beer with the name "Hop Gun" to be loaded with hoppiness. That was certainly not the case (at least in the bottle I drank). The highlight was opening the bottle and smelling it; unfortunately, the appeal falls off after that. Certainly not a bad beer, but I wouldn't waste my time trying to find it with all the other great IPAs out there.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm pretty glad I got to try some more by the Funky Buddha, thanks again Tony for the simply tape-labeled bottles.

A: Comes out looking a burnt orange with with a decent fizzy head that faded away quickly but never quite died off completely.

S: Lots of caramel malts here, some grassiness from the hops but also a definite bitter hop note. I picked up a bit of what I want to say was melted plastic? But I always seem to pick up off flavors others don't, so maybe its just me. It wasn't off-putting, just a little odd.

T: Didn't really pop out to me as being an IPA here. There was an apple fruitiness, more of the caramel malts, but then a sharp bitterness. Upon tasting it I noticed a bit of a metallic note that I had missed in the nose, but was evident after the first sip. English Pale Ale perhaps? I also picked up on a little bit of lemongrass flavor coming off from the hops which I did enjoy.

M: Nice carbonation on this one, body is medium thin, finish was crisp and quick with not much let to linger.

O: I was definitely expecting something different from an IPA named Hop Gun. For what it was though it was certainly enjoyable. I really think they should say its an English Pale Ale; a little fruity, malty, slight metallic note, and hop bitterness. Name change might help too. It'd definitely score higher if I thought it was a pale.

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Photo of ZAP
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A lot of caramel on the aroma. Some overripe tropical fruits as well (mangos).

More of a pineapple impression on the taste.....caramel bready backing with the malt..

Carbonation is a bit high and too spritzy...almost champagne like...

Medium bodied....finishes slightly dry..

Overall this is an OK IPA I would drink if handed but not one I would pick over many others. Ok...not horrible but there are a lot of great IPA's out there and this is not one in my opinion.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the FBL. Orangey golden color.
Smells of hops, citrus, and floral.
Very hoppy off the bat and somewhat bitter. Alcohol is present with bitter hops, and a generic IPA flavor.
Not amazing by any means...more carbonated than I like and underpowered for an IPA. While it has a high abv, more time should have been spent in balancing this brew.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Funky Buddha in Oakland Park, Florida 5/22/2014.

A- Hazy orange body, nice one finger white head with good retention leaving a thin film on the beer for the duration. Rings of lacing appear as the beer disappears.

S- Definitely getting Nelson Sauvin spices, some generic hop resins, some grapefruit and passion fruit aromas that are in the background; not a lot of complexity here.

F- Similar to the nose- a decent caramel pale malt backbone is supplanted by Nelson spiciness and a small bouquet of grapefruit and tangerine with a generic hop resin bitterness on the backend that doesn't evoke any particular character, It's solid, but nothing special here.

M- Medium bodied, dry and refreshing which is very nice. Carbonation is a bit above average, as it is a slightly fizzy beverage without being off-putting. Finish is a generic hop resin bitterness which is a major weakness of the beer.

O- A bit uninteresting of an IPA. It's not particularly balanced as there is not enough of the non-Nelson hop character to support the Nelson in balancing out the malt backbone. It seems the rest of the hops went towards bittering, which is all well and good but I was expecting more of the aromatic additions.

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Photo of RexBanner
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy amber in color, no head whatsoever. Aromas of peaches, pineapple, mango and sugar cane. The hops were present in the taste. Bitter, oily, slightly sweet and very mildly carbonated (barely noticeable). I also picked up a faint bubblegum aftertaste.
All in all, not a bad beer. Definitely not the worst IPA I've had.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz gowler poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pourd a a dark, cloudy orange with a one finger yellow-tan head. Good retention and spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Slight pine and citrus, but mostly carmel and malts, some banana as well.

T - Sugary sweet carmel and citrus - lemon and oranges.

D - Good carbonation and average body. Super sweet.

O - Different than most IPAs.

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Photo of Hendry
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Seems as if Florida has developed their own regional version of IPA over the past couple of years: the ones I've tried remind me of Jai Alai, and Hop Gun is no exception.

Translucent amber pour with a half finger of soapy head that fades immediately.

Aroma is heavy on the sweet malt, with the hops playing second fiddle,grassy and piney.

Taste starts with an enormous blast of malt that coats the palate, the grassy hops come in too little too late with a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation adequate.

Not sure why I was expecting more from Hop Gun, maybe because of the clever name. Not a bad IPA,but certainly not memorable either.

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Photo of GoldenChild
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this from dimenhetfield thanks buddy.
Im not going to get a perfect on this review like i normally would.
More laid back

Alright nice golden color with a .25 inch head and i gave this one a pretty hard pour trying to get that big head on it so that i could get a big fat whiff of the hops.

Had a good look to it, lots of lacing, citrus smell not as strong as i was hoping. has a citrus taste to it some pine and a copperish taste like sucking on a penny. Very light flavor. light carbonation.

Kinda Disappointed in this one with a name like hop gun i expected more. The taste made me think of some of my first homebrews.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler into a snifter, this brew appears a fairly clear amber color with some hop haziness to it. It boasts a finger and a half of off-white creamy head that has a bit of yellow tint to it. Some bubbles of carbonation rise to the surface supporting a creamy lacing that maintains across the top. As the cap fades, thick patches of lace and spots stick all over the glass. A light swirl revives the cap to a half-finger strength.

The smell of the brew is quite fruity with a tropical character like mango or agave with a touch of something along the lines of honey. More smells reveal a toasty grain backing mixed with some sulfur and a bit of mineral aspect. There is a bit of leafy to grassy character across the back of the nose. There are suggestions of fusel alcohol hiding in the middle with each sniff that mixes with some catty almost cheesy character.

The taste is fruity with hop character that turns aggressively bitter. A bit of mango tropical fruit character and rinds also has a hint of grassy quality mixed within creating a bit of herbal and earthy aspects before getting oily, clingy and pine-like to catty towards the back. There is a toasty inclusion of caramel malt that doesn't really provide any contrasting sweetness but has a burnt aspect that is somewhat like plastic or rubber. More sips and concentration on the malt shows a bit of musty character. The aftertaste left inside my mouth is a taste of toasted grain meets burnt quality which is peculiar.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It starts off quite promising but as the experience continues it sort of falls apart. Having one glass of this was more than enough for me. Even by IPA standards this one was quite bitter with just a touch of toasty grain backing. There were minor notes of off-character which weren't terribly distracting but overall it degraded the experience a bit. Funky Buddha makes some phenomenal brews but this one needs some work.

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Photo of TH28
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. No code date. Appearance: Golden and slightly hazy, with a thick white foam head that holds nicely. Aroma: Typical citrus but not very strong. Hints of melon and grass. Taste: Sweet toasted and caramel malt, leading into a sharp citrus bitterness with some grassy, pineapple hop notes. Mouthfeel: medium with moderate carbonation and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish: Sweet malty finish with lingering grassy bitterness. Overall: A nice, easy drinking IPA. Aroma seemed a little subdued and the flavor didn’t really stand out from others, but I’d drink it again.

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Photo of FBarber
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear crisp orange color. A bit oily in appearance from the hops. Thin white head dissipates steadily leaving a slick of white foam on top of the beer and a very small ring of foam along the outside.

Smell has notes of pine, sap, grass, grapefruit, orange, and maybe a hint of pineapple.

Taste is very malt forward. Lots of caramel malts mixed with pine, sap, grapefruit, and orange notes. Not much pineapple in the flavor. Rather malty and dank. Earthy come to mind. Mild bitterness lingering into the finish.

Feel is light and pretty crisp. Bit oily. Medium carbonation.

Overall a solidly average IPA. A bit too malty for my tastes, but overall a solid effort.

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Photo of IndiaPaleViking
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A solid everyday IPA. Nice floral and fruit notes on the nose. Medium hops note early that build with slight dank bitterness at finish. Sweet mouthfeel. Not a hop bomb but a nice solid brew. For Florida IPAs I prefer Cigar city's Jai Alai.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my DFH IPA glass.
A - Pours a hazy golden orange typical of so many IPA's. 1 finger of foamy head.
S - Aroma is malts and hops.
T - In spite of the description on the label, this is more of a malt forward IPA rather than a citrus bomb. Sweet on entry, slightly bitter on the finish.
M - Soft, creamy mouth feel. Medium carbonation.
O - Good IPA, not great. Drinkable.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Treasure Coast Beerfest. Review from notes.

A – Poured out a hazy orange with one finger of slightly off white head.

S – Big tropical fruit smell. Oranges and grapefruit. Citrus all the way. Sweet malts in there as well.

T – Starts off with a nice citrus hops flavor. Definite hints of grapefruit that lends to a touch of bitterness. Caramel malts run through next giving off just a touch of sweetness. Really runs well from bitter hops to the sweet malt.

M – Medium bodied with average to good carbonation. Refreshing mouthfeel.

O – Nice solid beer here. Could drink this one all day in the summer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

November 16 - pours hazy copper, short 1/4 inch or less head of white foam. Faint malty nose. Barely there. Chewy toffee based malt with a wet spicy bitter. Light sweetness. Some residual pine. Hints of grapefruit/pineapple.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent hop profile. A bit more malty than I like (without having more of a hop punch) and it comes out kind of sweet really. Crazy aggressive carbonation. Eh. I've had better IPAs for sure (several of them earlier in the day). Not impressed at all.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint
Bottled 2/18/16

A- pours a bright Amber color with a small foamy head that disappears almost immediately, leaving just a ring behind

S- light piney and resinous hop with a hint of citrus. Toasted cracker malt underlying

T- piney and grassy up front, with some citrus and tropical hop notes following. Notes of guava, mango & citrus peel. The finish is slightly toasted and dry

M- medium body with medium biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- straight forward IPA with good drinkability

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop Gun IPA has a thick, off-white head, an opaque, brilliant orange appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of citrus and white bread, and the flavor is that citrus-style hop oil, riding with sweet white bread and white bread crust in the back seat. Mouthfeel is medium, and Hop Gun finishes puckering and dry.


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Photo of macrosmatic
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cycle Brewing pint glass.

I’m going to make a note here, up front: This bottle was under four weeks old when I drank it.

A: Hazy gold, with almost two fingers of white foamy head that stays around pretty well. A good amount of visible carbonation as well.

S: This opens with a burst of aroma when poured – citrusy tangelos, papaya, grassy and resin. But in the time it took me to walk to the couch, that initial bouquet had faded significantly, and exposed the biscuity malts and some vegetal hop aroma. Not as pleasant as it was at first for sure. Strange.

T: Unfortunately, the flavors follow the second aroma – grassy, vegetal, herbal and a bit resinous hops. There’s a heftier-than-expected biscuity malt bill, though no caramel or even toffee...just big bready sweet malts. It finishes with a sticky resin and some pure-alpha bitterness, though not overly bitter.

M: Medium body, good carbonation level and the alcohol presence seems about average for today's IPAs.

O: I don't understand – not only is it "not as good as I remember", but the weird dichotomy of initial to secondary aromas was strange. And the taste just wasn't what I'm looking for in an IPA; nor in fact anything in particular to set it apart from the other myriad of hoppy options on the shelves. Sure, it’s worth a try; but until they get the kinks worked out with a larger distribution foortrpine, or with the production facility in Ft. Lauderdale, or whatever the issue is…I can’t see myself buying more. Still, certainly not undrinkable.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Got this beer at Brio Tuscan Grill at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to mu lunch.

Deep orange beer with a one finger hoígh, white head.

Nose: Pine, citrus, orange, grapefruit, tropical fruits and hops.
Taste: Grapefruit zest, orange, fruity hops, caramel and pine.
Mouth: Medium body and carbonation. Soft and smooth. Dry ending.

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