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Hop Gun | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DosBeerigos on 09-27-2010

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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 855
Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a Spiegelau glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a small puffy layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Light citrus, tropical, and herbal hops followed by toasted and caramel malts.

Taste: The palate follows the aroma. Chewy notes and light bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: So good to see this beer once again. In bottles too, which makes it easier to bring back to Massachusetts.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, low profile, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of pineapple, mango, and evergreen, heavy and bold, with grapefruit and pine highlights. Flavors are a tropical fruit blast forward, heavy on pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. The backbone is evergreen and pine tassel, with some notes of dry grass, too. Good balance of fruit and vegetal notes. The body is bold, but with a solid dry backbone. Evergreen and grassy aftertaste, with highlights of the tropical fruit cocktail still lingering on a bit. The finish is smooth, light, crisp, and slightly dry. Very solid IPA.

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Photo of syudewitz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The beer was a shiny copper in color with a nice, pure white head.
You know what you're getting into with Hop Gun. It has more hops than an NBA first rounder.

Smell – mild with a hoppy aroma.

Taste – Hoppy even for an IPA. Slight citrus undertones. properly carbonated.

Feels-light to medium. Goes down easily.

Drinkability – Better than average American IPA.

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Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -21.7%
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 CHickman
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/13/2015; pours clear gold color with carbonation racing up the brew to a 1 finger creamy beige colored head that faded and left good spotty lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, citrus hops, biscuit, sweet malt, caramel, wheat, roasted grains, wheat bread toast, light floral hops, pepper, coriander and other mild spices. It seemed hoppy at first but the malt wrestled away control for a 60/40 malt/hop split. It was more English IPA smelling with pretty decent balance.

Tastes of grapefruit, lemon, graham cracker, toffee, caramel, dry floral hops, toasted grains, grass, wheat, sharp piney hops, orange peel, spices including pepper, coriander and tea leaf or dry tobacco. Very earthy with a lot of dry hoppy notes, which let the spices come through and keep the malt sweetness as a fine base for nice balance.

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Photo of tlema1
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: clear yellow/orange, with a nice white head
S: some citrus, not a big nose at all
T: grapefruit and other citrus notes
F: good mouthfeel, nice malt on the finish
O: very easy drinking, flavorful IPA

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Photo of Retroman40
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Followed the bottle directions and poured into a wide mouth glass at 38F. Cloudy yellowish orange with a good persistent head. Smell is mostly citrus hops. The taste is grapefruit with a good malt finish. A bit low on the carbonation side but certainly adequate since the mouth feel was excellent. This is a very easy drinking IPA. Overall this is a pretty decent beer and being somewhat local to me makes it even better.

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Photo of Omnium
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass
A - Hazy golden orange, with a finger of fizzy off white head, thick lacing.
S - Great aroma, lots of dank gassy elements with pineapple, grape, citrus.
T - More mild in flavor than the aroma would allow you to belive, but still great. Lots of pineapple, some grapefruit, white grape, peach, dank pine and grass.
M - Mild feel, decent bitterness lingering, a little chewy but not bad.
O - Really solid IPA, very bold flavors.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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 sittinggc
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4 weeks before drinking. Poured into Teku glass.

Look: Golden with a nice white head.
Smell: Sweet hoppiness.
Taste: Bitter bite. Not as fruity as the smell made it seem. Malt forward.
Feel: Good carbonation. Alcohol very well masked.

Overall: Good IPA. Glad I received this guy as an extra.

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Photo of senglish7
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is above average. Taste is sweet on the front end. Fruit flavors abound. Malty. Finish is mostly smooth. I like this one and will definitely pick more up in the future

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Photo of Hop_God
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear golden to amber minimal head

S: lots of malty biscuits. Mild bitter hop

T: citrus. Grapefruit. Malty bread.

F: smoothhhhhh Creamy. Maybe oats added? Clean finish

O: pretty solid. Easy to drink. Good balance

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Photo of babaracas
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber, creamy white head that settles to a quarter inch cap; dots of lace trailing. Smell: sweet kind of like a honey bread, dried apricot, suggestion of dried tropical fruit and orange citrus; pine and herbal note. Taste: dried stone fruit, mildly resinous, dried orange, herbal and citrus bitterness in the finish. Seems well made. For the sub-genre of IPA it fits, it's certainly enjoyable but not otherwise remarkable.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
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 Pukstopper
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden haze into a pint glass at the Yard house in Orlando. Having this with a pepperoni and mushroom pizza
Not much head but lacing is not to bad. Some floral notes and the hop presence is detectable but in a good way. Overall a drinkable IPA for sure.

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Photo of DaveNicholson
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a soapy head and a slight haze, can smell some fruity notes , not super hoppy with a medium mouth feel, nicely carbonated and a very tasty pine finish. I'll enjoy a few more.

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Photo of CraigS119
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange juice, grapefruit pith, apricot, apple candy, lollipop, medicinal in the nose. Flavor follows suit, but with more bitter pith and pineapple rind; hints of strawberry candy, biscuit, and some berry skin/medicinal astringency, with a piney, bitter finish. Very smooth, well made, but falls a little flat when compared to other IPAs with more bursting/juicy hop aroma/flavors.

If Jai Alai is the act of punching an orange (fierce, yet satisfying), Hop Gun is like dipping your fist in fruity goo (not unpleasant, but not something you'd go out of your way to do).

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Photo of DrTony
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hop Gun is the to go to beer to pair with a meal, specially for that hot humid Florida day. It knows how to get out of the way for that righteous hops, to complement the meal, but still has an adequate malt start & mouth feel to balance the pay load for every day drinking. AWESOME SPICE!!

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Photo of Buck89
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Funky Buddha. Beautiful golden color with some haze. Smells of orange and citrus with faint cracker and malt. Taste has a nice bracing bitterness with orange and citrus, a hint of dank. Clean dry finish. A really strong IPA.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was just at the Funky Buddha Brewery a few weeks ago and had a delicious porter. Saw this local delight here in the supermarket and picked up a sixer, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice citrus waft. Pours to a bright orange with a two finger fine bubble head that is creamy on top. On the taste this brew has a classic deep hop bite up front with a nice transition into a nice body of piney malt then returning to a bitter aftertaste. Spot on for the style. Not sensational but a solid IPA. This bottle is labeled 7.0% ABV so it packs a wallop as well.Will support my local brewery and continue to imbibe.

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Photo of TH28
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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 NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky Buddha Brewery "Hop Gun"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 06/03/15"
$1.84 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Appearance: Massive head off fluffy off white. Excellent head retention. Very good lacing. Slightly hazy (probably from dry hopping) amber body.

Aroma: Resinous pine, bright but not bold. Tropical fruit/citrus.

Flavor: Again, bright but not bold - which equals balance. Biscuity malt with a dollop of sweetness. Some earthiness, and more pineapple than the nose suggests. Some grapefruit pith helps to balance it. Solidly bitter. Dry finish with grapefruit, chalky pith, juicy pineapple, touch of residual sweet golden malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and almost spritzy.

Overall: It's hard to find an argument against this one. Recommended.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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 RexBanner
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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 barczar
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nectarines, grapefruit, pine, resin, and slightly sweet caramel malt form the aroma.

Flavor reveals muted tropical fruit initially, then citrus tartness, followed by a resiny, bitter finish. Toasted malt and pine emerge in the aftertaste. Wish the bittering hops didn't cut the flavoring hops short. A lot more crisp and refreshing than expected at that abv. Very herbal and minty as it warms.

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Hop Gun from Funky Buddha Brewery
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