Pineapple Hop Gun
Funky Buddha Brewery

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IPA - American
4.3 | pDev: 9.53%
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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fmccormi from California

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap to a 12oz snifter at the Funky Buddha brewery in Oakland Park, FL. Written from notes taken a few weeks ago while on a trip to FL for an interview. (Not that that matters.)

Appearance (4.25): Half a finger of tight foam, showing good retentionas it dies slowly and leaves a solid sheet of lace on the far side of the glass, and heavy webs of lace on the near side. The body is a deep copper-amber, clear but for a slight chill haze.

Smell (3.75): Pineapple (DUH), with sweet grapefruit underneath, toasted country bread and a little nutty character which offers a bit more dynamic malt body. There’s some grassiness underneath, as well. Surprisingly, not as bombastic or different from a standard, well-hopped, West Coast-style IPA. But, y’know. Still pretty yummy.

Taste (4.25): LOTS of juicy citrus, but none of the weird dankness you get with some citrusy hop varieties. The bitterness falls on the side of grapefruit pith, solidly bitter and lingering very nicely. The malt follows that of the nose, with the toasted rustic bread tones and a mild nuttiness, but showing a richer, slightly tangy toffee tone. Very nice. It has a grassy finish that melds with the nuttiness and slightly tangy toffee note well. Very well done.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Very good mouthfeel, with a moderately lush and active carbonation that tingles pleasantly to leave a dry body marked by oily hop character. Very dry, and on the light side of medium-weight.

Overall (4.25): This is a very good IPA, with muh better than average citrus and an exceedingly dry feel and hefty bitterness—the way an IPA should be, amirite? And bonus points for melding the respective characters of the hops and malt and profiles.

Aug 13, 2013
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DonFrap from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From a 32 oz FB growler to a Lawskns snifter. Thanks to ptrc for bringing this.

A: just like the regular hop gun, very dark for an IPA. Almost 3-finger head on this one, was way more carbed than the original.

S: Pineapple, pineapple, and more pineapple. Really nailed the smell.

T: Better than the original. The chemical taste from the original is subdued by the pineapple taste. A lot more drinkable than the original.

M: nice and smooth, no wateriness.

O: Still disppointing, but a step up from the original. Very high hopes based off the smell, but the taste didn't match up. Worth trying for the novelty, but probably not worth trading for if you can't get it easily.

Aug 02, 2013
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SigEp from Florida

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had as 16oz draft at Lokal Burger in Coconut Grove.

Pour: Straw - yellow; clear; small but firm head that dissipates rather slowly

Nose: Fresh clean malt; Resiny hops; Pineapple smell that hits you at the same time as the hops, intermingles with the resiny hops

Taste: Excellent; clean fresh malty - biscuity backbone with perfectly balanced, juicy hops and pineapple; I usually hate fruit beers but this beer truly pairs the hops malt and juice flavors perfectly. The pineapple flavor lingers along with the hops and the final product is the definition of "lip smacking". Want more.

Jul 28, 2013
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CoachC from Florida

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park. Pours a nice golden color, with a very thin head. Smell is of faint pineapple and citrusy hops, wish I could smell a little more pineapple here. Taste was of faint pineapple, followed by some citrusy hops finished with a peppery zing. The mouthfeel is good, overall I like this beer. Though I prefer the regular Hop Gun IPA slightly more. Cheers!

Jul 20, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.84/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery. Served into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep hazy copper. Nice white head. Chunky collar and wispy surface.

Smell - Lots of pineapple. Pine hop. Resiny. And diacetyl. Butterscotchy.

Taste - Less pineapple, but still present. Really piney and grassy. Diacetyl is less prevalent, but comes out in the back end. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Bitter, medium carbonation. Butterscotchy. It's not terrible.

Overall - The smell is worse than anything. Diacetyl doesn't quite ruin it completey, because the pineapple mutes it.

Jul 09, 2013
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber pour, lots of highlights of yellow and bright orange hints throughout. A light cloudiness lays in it as a three finger head of white comes up and over the top of the glass. Rich lacing down the sides yields a wonderfully complete look that is simply stunning. Aroma is huge, rich citrus notes that are dominated by a stunningly fresh fruit juice aroma. Rich pineapple, , ripe grapefruit and a wonderful fresh, hop aroma. So rich and fresh, I could have drank this for breakfast everyday and been happy. Each sip brought even more complex and stunningly wonderful flavors. Rich mango, orange, grapefruit, no hint of any malt balance here, just straight up hop juice mixed with tropical fruit that is balanced perfectly.

Oct 18, 2011
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Jefe73 from Florida

3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Funky Buddha for the Wide Awake It's Morning Release.

A - Pours a hazy, straw orange with a big foamy head that left spotty lacing throughout the glass.

S - Big, tart pineapple notes, followed by a piney resin, grapefruit and orange...loads of citrus on the nose.

T - My first taste was a little disappointing as I was really expecting more pineapple. Again, I'm getting loads of other citrus though...grapefruit and orange.

M - light / medium body with some nice carbonation, would have like a little more creaminess in this one though.

O - This is a really good IPA overall, I was just hoping for some more of that distinct biting pineapple flavor. At 7% this one drinks incredibly well.

Jul 15, 2011
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this yesterday at the brewpub. Review from notes. Received in a snifter.

3.5 A: Hazed amber color. Came without a head.

4.5 S: As advertised, there is a ton of pineapple. Lightly sugary. Behind that there is mango, grapefruit, light pine, and orange. Minimal malt component with a touch of caramel.

3.5 T: Not nearly as impressive as the nose. The tropical fruit is very much reduced. Moderate pineapple with just touches of mango, orange, and grapefruit. Light caramel and moderate maltiness overall.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. The problem is that this is missing the creaminess that I love in good IPAs.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but unimpressive taste, especially given how good the nose was. This could have been great with a heavy round of dry-hopping.

Jul 06, 2011
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crusian from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Ryan and my awesome girlfriend for the chance to try a few of the funky beers. this is the first one I have tried.

Reviewing this as an IPA as it states, not a double or imperial.

Pours a dark mustard color with a bit of head, thank God, cause this growler was an utter utter failure. it started to leak after about 10 hours, and no matter how much cranking was done on the cap, it kept leaking. gorilla tape seemed to have worked a bit... but I am excited it has carbonation still. But looks good.
While pouring the main thing I notice is the pinapple, the pour smells incredible, and I have not gotten closer than about 2 feet yet!
The nose is really incredible. Pineapple up front and in your face... and they meld beautifully with the citrus hop aroma backbone. This is exactly what you would want this to smell like. it actually might be the best smelling IPA I have ever had.
Actually, this is a regular IPA, not a double or imperial, it is easily the best smelling I have had.

taste is more bitter up front than I expected. it was the first thing to hit the palate.... odd. it is followed by a nice fresh pineapple flavor. The pineapple flavor, as I was thinking it might, seems like it is moving toward the other side of ripe. Over ripe, not rotten, but I think if this sat in the growler for a few more days at room temp it would have more of a rotten taste... which to be honest, i would expect from something that is infused with fresh fruit. So that being said, i get a lot of green apple, pineapple, obviously... and pine. I do wish this had not leaked so much so it was more carbed. There is a bit of a chemical taste on the finish, but not overly so.
This is a good IPA. I wish I had it right out of the tap, so it was a bit fresher.
mouthfeel is thinner, but it is a regular IPA, so it is expected. again, i cant knock points for the lower carbonation, because it wasnt their fault, it was the shitty medicine style growler.
Overall, this is a fantastic regular IPA, I think they need to make a double or imperial of this one, and see how that goes, because i think it would strip more from the pineapple and be absolutely amazing as well.

Jul 02, 2011
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TheCervezaChica from Vermont

4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will start off by stating that I am obsessed with Hop Gun from the Buddha, which is the base beer for this one. When I heard that they were making a pineapple version of it I knew I had to try it. I definitely tried this beer because I had 3 in one day. I love fruity beers to begin with so fruit combined with an IPA and I was sold.

The nose on this beer is delicious. You could really smell the fresh pineapple combined with the hops. The fruit taste really complements this beer very nicely. The ABV I feel is just right where it's not too light, but you can drink more than one and be okay.

I am hoping that this beer sticks around for awhile. It will be exciting to see what other kind of adjuncts they pair with the Hop Gun too.

Jun 30, 2011
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kfsv034 from Florida

4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw orange and super cloudy with a 2 finger head that leaves a think film across the top of the beer.

Smells like pineapple, orange, melon and other tropical fruits.

Tastes follows the nose tropical fruits with a hint of bitterness from the hops.

Mouth is creamy but not to much for the style

Buddha nails another!

Jun 29, 2011
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calcio360jrd from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Wide Awake its Morning release at the funky buddha.

What a fantastic ipa this is? A lot of breweries seem to be adding fruit or wood aging their ipa's with mixed results in my opinion, but yet again the buddha has got this one right. Regular Hop Gun is a very nice IPA made with 6 different hops, this special edition is treating with real frest pineapple, and you can taste them while sipping this big beauty. 7.2% abv but it doesn't drink that big at all, very balanced and smooth. I wonder what the next version of hop gun is goin to be???

Jun 28, 2011
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DosBeerigos from Florida

4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Personal highlight of the day at the Imperial Maple Bacon Release (06/26/2011).

I have had No Crusts before, so while the entire crowd was going crazy over that, I decided to move towards the Hops.

P.H.G. did not let me down. Tons of Citrus (Grapefruit and Tangerine) is present in the attack of the beer, then the sweetness from the Pineapple shines in the mid-palate, followed by a nice hop bitterness on the back-end. I drank multiples of these, and would go back for more if I didn't have to cut myself off.

This is a true Summer IPA!

Jun 27, 2011
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dimenhetfield from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft for Wide Awake It’s Morning release. Another one that I missed out on first time around but I’m glad they released it again. This one just oozes pineapple and citrus in the aroma. Grapefruit lingers in the flavor along with hops and malts. Another incredible beer.

Jun 26, 2011
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