Had an opportunity to visit Funky Buddha when I was down in South Florida for vacation. Super nice brewery, great people and some great beers as well. Wanted to make sure I brought at least one of their beers back with me to get up on the site. This is Hop Stimulator Funky Buddha’s Double IPA and one of their flagship beers. Hop Stimulator comes in at 9.5% ABV.
Appearance: Hazy deep copper color with a 1 finger head that produces some nice sticky lacing. The label art was recently featured in Beer Advocate in their label approval article, I think I approve!
Nose: Lot of stone fruit aromas, peach comes through a lot. Some sweet and caramel malt notes as well. Pineapple, passionfruit, tropical fruits and resin. You can tell this is a big beer.
Taste/Mouth: Resin, pine and a good malt balance. It finishes sticky and dry with some lingering bitterness. This is a really nice balanced double, not a ton of heat from the ABV and a great mix of hop flavors and bitterness with malt. It does get a little syrupy once it starts to warm up.
Price/Availability: About $3 for a single in Southern Florida where they are most readily available as it is where the brewery is located.
Overall: A real solid Double IPA from an awesome South Florida brewery. It is nicely balanced and offers some good flavors. Glad I got to have a few of these while on vacation and also try a few of their other offerings. I would definitely revisit this beer and also hopefully get back to the brewery at some point as well.