Hop Gun IPA is an American IPA by Funky Buddha Brewery offers a medley of hop flavors balanced with fruit, caramel, and baked bread.

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Hop Gun IPA is an American IPA that’s brewed by Funky Buddha Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 12 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Hop Gun IPA by Funky Buddha Brewery

Packaging art for the Hop Gun IPA by Funky Buddha Brewery

What You Need to Know

This brew is an old school IPA where a hoppy bite was not only desired — it was expected. So how does this IPA fare with today’s tastebuds? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The IPA pours a somewhat hazy deep golden hue and is topped by nearly an inch-thick cap of rocky ivory white foam that shows fair retention. A smattering of droplets dot the glass following the head’s reduction.

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Aroma

The aroma is bright with a scent of hoppy pine and a little biscuit in the background.

Flavor

The hop-forward palate is led by a taste of floral hops mixed with lightly baked bread. A stronger punch of hops follows and imparts flavor of grapefruit, orange, and even pine. Notes of sweet caramel, pineapple, and some stone fruit round out the tasting.

Label art for the Hop Gun IPA by Funky Buddha Brewery

Label art for the Hop Gun IPA by Funky Buddha Brewery

Mouthfeel

The feel is crisp, relatively smooth, with a dry, clean finish. Its bite lends a moderate astringency and the body is medium with matching carbonation.

Overall

The head retention could be better but otherwise, its appearance is fine. The aroma is strong and pleasant. The palate and feel is old school IPA with an overtly dominant hoppy bite. There’s enough of a malt base to keep the hops from being overwhelming but this is definitely a brew for the hopheads.

Overall, the Hop Gun IPA is an easy-drinking reminder of yesteryear’s hops.

Recommended Pairings

Funky Buddha recommends the following food pairings with their Hop Gun IPA: Washed rind cheeses, chipotle chicken wings, Thai red curry, hoisin-glazed roast duck, Moroccan-spiced lamb chops, and fresh-baked cherry pie.

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