FUNKY BUDDHA BREWERY
“Funky Buddha Brewery’s history began in 2007 when owner Ryan Sentz purchased R & R Tea Bar on an unassuming stretch of strip malls on Federal Highway in Boca Raton. What began as a hookah and tea bar expanded into a loungey hangout serving up some of the finest craft beers available in South Florida at the time. As word spread, the popularity of Sentz and crew’s new Boca hangout outgrew their diminutive space, and so he set his sights on a much larger space further up Federal Highway.”
“With that copious new space came an opportunity for Sentz to turn his long held passion for homebrewing into a professional endeavor. And so, in September 2010, Sentz and crew raised a glass and toasted to the all new Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery. The brewpub continued the tradition of hookahs, kava, live music, comedy, and a lounge-y atmosphere, but melded it with a new and original take on craft brewing. Utilizing a 55-gallon brewhouse – barely larger than most homebrew setups – Funky Buddha’s vision of culinary-style, creative beers became a reality.” Read more…
- Floridian (92 Points)
- Hop Gun (94 Points)
- Hop Stimulator (95 Points)
- More Moro (97 Points)
- Sweet Potato Casserole (86 Points)
FLORIDIAN: 92 Points
This Hefeweizen is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Our unfiltered and refreshing German-style wheat beer is full on flavor yet light on the palate. Authentic hefeweizen yeast creates the compelling aromas of bananas, citrus, and cloves, while the all wheat and malt body perfectly captures the brilliance of a golden Florida sunset.”
My Description: This Hefeweizen captures the essence of a Florida sunset nicely; the flavors are mild, the color of the beer is reminiscent of the sky, and overall this is an easy drinking beer. It begins with a large, white colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of bananas and citrus along with some yeast spice undertones. Floridian is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. A creamy texture and smooth body makes this beer highly drinkable. Notes of wheat malt and honey are apparent in the flavor profile along with notes of bubblegum, citrus fruits, and a hint of spice. The flavors are not strong or in your face, but more on the subtle side. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with a lingering clove note that satisfies. This is a great summer beer and is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with an arugula salad, grilled shrimp, or a Hawaiian pizza.
ABV: 5.2% Color: Orange/Yellow Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
HOP GUN: 94 Points
This American IPA has an IBU of 80 is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “If you’re looking for hops, we’ve got your tail. Hop Gun IPA delivers a payload of good ol’ American hops straight to your pallet, bursting forth with the flavors of grapefruit and pineapple. A careful dose of smooth caramel malts swoop in to balance out the finish — just like any good wingman should.”
My Description: I don’t know why the bottle says to serve at 38°F, this beer is standard at that temperature. Around 50°F, this beer is outstanding with bright hop notes and a delicious malt backbone. It begins with a large, white colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is mellow with caramel malt noticed along with notes of grapefruit hops and tropical fruit hops. Hop Gun is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is very smooth and balanced exquisitely. A touch of honey sweetness and a thick malt backbone are accompanied by a dominate grapefruit hop flavor with faint tropical hop notes. Some pine hops creep through and the alcohol is completely hidden. The aftertaste is moderately bitter but not as much as I thought it would be considering the IBU, that’s probably thanks to the hefty malt bill. This beer is great but make sure to drink it warmer than suggested. It pairs nicely with spicy chicken wings, grilled lamb chops, or cherry pie.
ABV: 7% Color: Orange/Bronze Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10
HOP STIMULATOR: 95 Points
This Imperial IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Introducing Hop Stimulator, an IPA we’ve dosed with so much hops that drinking one is downright transformative. Resinous alpha and beta acids intertwine with a muscular all-malt body to create a beer that’s so bold, it’s… it’s… MONSTROUS!”
My Description: It’s immediate how potent the hops are in this beer, but it must be drank as fresh as possible to really appreciate the depth of hop flavors that are presented here. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with a great retention level that leaves behind some spotty lacing. The aroma shows a plethora of hop flavors such as pineapples, mangoes, other tropical notes, and some citrus hops. Hop Stimulator is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose closely with tropical hop notes taking center stage along with notes of citrus hops, mild sweet malt notes, and a touch of pine hops. The alcohol is nicely hidden and the aftertaste is moderately high in bitterness with lingering fruity hop notes. Overall, this is a great IIPA with plenty of hop flavors and a high alcohol content that satisfies. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with blackened grouper, spicy fish tacos, or aged sharp cheddar.
ABV: 9.5% Color: Hazy Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 7/10
MORE MORO: 97 Points
This Fruit beer is released seasonally in Spring in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Blood Orange IPA. We ceremoniously slaughtered heaps of crimson-fleshed “Moro” fruit to retrieve its delicious ichor, and then blended it with caramel malts and grapefruity hops.”
My Description: Bring on Spring, this is the perfect beer to leave Winter behind. It begins with a weak head that fades quickly leaving nothing behind, probably from all the fruit juice. The aroma is very inviting because of how accurately it smells like a blood orange; there are also grapefruit hop undertones that add that IPA character. More Moro is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose closely with bright citrus hop notes that taste like the real deal. It almost feels like they juiced a bunch of oranges and then just added some hops to it. As the beer warms up a bit grapefruit hop notes become more apparent and taste great. This beer is slightly acidic and moderately bitter with a smooth texture. This is a really nice fruit beer that doesn’t taste like a novelty, it is well made. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Hawaiian pizza, fruit salads, or spicy Thai noodles.
ABV: 7% Color: Hazy Orange/Red Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10
SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE: 86 Points
This specialty ale is released seasonally in late Summer in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Drop the dressing and ditch the pumpkin, Sweet Potato Casserole is fresh out of the oven and ready to party. This fall treat is just like moms used to make – only if moms had penchant for gooey marshmallow, fall spices, and gobs of sweet potato cavorting in one sinful glass. Bottoms up.”
My Description: This is one of those interesting beers that delights initially because of its novelty but that feeling diminishes soon after. I feel that I can only have one of these beers because of its too sweet presence, just like I can only have a few bites of an actual sweet potato casserole. It begins with a decent, light beige colored head that leaves a slight film on top with a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is spot on with notes of vanilla, spices, marshmallows, and hints of light fruits. Sweet Potato is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile transforms this Thanksgiving treat into a liquid replica with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and clove as well as other spices. The backbone of this beer is definitely on the sweeter side, almost a bit too much. A hint of Belgian yeast notes comes through from time to time and the aftertaste shows no bitterness. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with baked turkey, Salisbury steak, or pumpkin pancakes.
ABV: 7.9% Color: Golden/Orange Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10