Thursday, January 8, 2015

Funky Buddha Hop Gun IPA


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1256) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2015
It’s been a while since I’ve had a true piney, East Coast-style IPA. Funky Buddha Hop Gun IPA is a return to form, mostly, as it has that classic evergreen character as well as a citrus component as well. It’s actually really well-balanced for the style. I appreciate beers like this.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. This was sent to me by a friend in Florida (thanks, Matt!).

Appearance: Hazy shade of dark orange. Pours to a large, off-white, creamy head which laces and retains exceptionally well.

Smell: Strong pine notes with a hint of vegetal character. Sweet malt is also noticeable.

Taste: The first thing I notice is a classic piney/resiny character often found in more traditional American IPAs. There’s a lot of malt here as well; strong pale malt with some sweet specialty malt for some caramel notes and perhaps a hint of toast. Increased dry bitterness through the middle with emerging flavors of pineapple and citrus pith. Perhaps a hint of vegetal on the finish, though the hops are quite strong and outshine everything else. This beer doesn’t break any new ground, but it’s solid enough that it doesn’t have to.

Drinkability: This is exactly the mouthfeel and delivery I expect from a 7% ABV IPA. Plenty of flavor from beginning to end with a full-bodied mouthfeel. Not crisp, but not sticky or tepid, either. It does leave a residual aftertaste that’s at first sweet, but then quickly dries out. No alcohol warmth or distraction, though. Ideal beer to stand up to a hearty meal. 
Grade: 8/10