A couple weeks ago I put up my first review for a Funky Buddha beer made right here in Palm Beach County. Now this week I have yet another for you. Thanks to my girlfriend Melinda she brought over a growler of Funky Buddha’s IPA, Hop Gun.
Might I say that the names they come up with for a lot of their beers are absolutely awesome. Couple that with sometime hilarious descriptions and you have a brewery that takes their brewing serious but has fun doing it too. As you are pretty aware by now Hop Gun is a play off of the movie with the crazy guy that jumps on Oprah’s couches.
So I crack open the growler top and pour it into my Funky Buddha pint glass (because it only makes sense) and it comes out a very clear golden color. There is a nice sized white head that leaves a pretty good amount of lacing along the glass.
The aroma is big in citrus hops also with a scent of pineapple. But it’s not all hops in the nose as there is a nice malt backing to it.
I always hate when I have to say this about a beer but the taste is much like the smell. Great balance between the citrusy hops and the malts. I’m not normally a fan of pineapples but I like that taste I get in here. It’s something different you don’t see in IPAs to often. And it sort of gives a tropical Florida feel to it.
This was one of the very first beers the Funky Buddha concocted for when they were getting ready to be a brew pub. And it has under gone some transformations slightly in the recipe. I really like where it has landed here.
To me there are two types of IPA drinkers. The ones that want super hoppy. Then there are the ones that want balance. I can see either ones point. I myself sometimes love a super hoppy IPA but sometimes I want something balanced. Hop Gun is the later of those two. It won’t tear the enamel off your teeth but rather leave you satisfied with a really good taste in your mouth.
Grade – B+