Funky Buddha Brewery No Crusts

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! To quote Toby Keith, “I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m as good once, as I ever was”. It’s been a whirlwind of a holiday week. We hosted Thanksgiving at our place, went to the UCF vs USF tailgate and football game, and got to see one of our favorite bands, A Day to Remember, live in Orlando. Needless to say, I am wiped out. We are extremely thankful to spend the holidays with our loved ones because at the end of the day, that is what life is all about. Recently, my boy Danny Oceans came in clutch when we got to meet up and he sent me the hyped up newer release from Funky Buddha called No Crusts. This beer is a brown ale meant to emulate a childhood classic, the PB&J sandwich. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this, and I am stoked I get to try it.

Appearance: It pours a raspberry jam dark red, with a dark almost teak tinge. The head is a khaki brown like when you make a peanut butter protein shake.

Aroma: Wow is all I can say. This beer smells exactly like that PB&J your mom packed you for lunch. This is a very different type of beer from anything I have ever experienced. I wonder what this flavor is going to be like. All I know is I’m excited!

IMG_4911.jpgTaste: Everything is telling me this should not work, but it totally does. It starts with a strawberry jam taste with a controlled sweetness and transitions to a roasted peanut body and lingers after the initial taste just like eating a PB&J sandwich. Funky Buddha took a big swing and knocked this out of the park. It is such a unique beer. These flavors blend and pair so well together it’s amazing they made a beer out of it.

Mouthfeel: For having what are typically heavier flavors, it is your typical brown ale on the palate. It is a bit more slick than many brown ales but it isn’t overly heavy whatsoever. A good proxy for this would be Left Hand Brewing’s Milk Stout.

Value: They are $5/single in stores but are 100% worth it.

Overall: No Crusts is getting a 10/10 no questions asked. I am a big fan of taking chances and pushing the boundaries in what a beer could or should be and these guys swung for the fences. They nailed the aroma, managed to have a flavor of sweet jelly, savory roasted peanuts, and a slight bit of saltiness to round it out. Nothing about that sounds like a good beer but trust me you need to try this beer. Next week hopefully I can pick up another beer close to this caliber.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

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