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American Brown Ale
Ranked #8
Ranked #1,852
4.2 | pDev: 13.1%
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
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Notes: Brown ale brewed with peanuts, raspberries and strawberries
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1.06/5  rDev -74.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

After reading the other reviews, I’m wondering if I just bought some bottles from a bad batch. Maybe one where they left out the pb and doubled down on the j. The flavor is over saturated with grape kool-aid. The mouth feel is fairly flat. The head is pretty thin. Smell is grape kool-aid. Now let’s talk about the after taste. I could taste this beer for several minutes after finishing a glass. The flavor was like a bitter version of the sickeningly sweet grape flavor of the beer itself.

I tried three of the four beers pouring out at least a quarter to a half of each one and abandoned the fourth altogether. This beer was utterly disgusting. 0/5 stars overall.

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Dpdp from Alabama, Dec 15, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep ruby mahogany red body, with almost a purple like color to it, fairly clear appearance. Slightly khaki colored head, with a real nice rich lathering three fingers of height. Bold and impressive looking brew.

Aroma is pretty much on point. An excellent peanut quality, that gives to peanut butter, hard salty shells, and store bought grape jelly. There's even it seems like a hint of salt to this. This is extremely impressive.

Palate goes to much more simpler qualities. Simple bodied with a good malt backbone. Lots of jelly like fruit flavors but with a minimal controlled sweetness. The nut quality is a little less noticeable. Kind of a tannic almost puckering aftertaste of jellied like grape as well.

Wish this had a bit more brown ale character, particularly some toasty qualities. Unfortunate the nut is a bit subdued, but it's a solid neat ale.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Jul 06, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Solid lacing.

S: A sweet and enticing aroma of malt, peanuts, a strong vinous quality, and some berries.

T: Tasted of a whole lot of the aforementioned vinous quality (lots of grapes), some peanuts (more subtle than expected), a good amount of malt (present throughout), and bit of raspberry and strawberry notes. An interesting flavor that actually delivers on its promises. It takes a while for the peanuts to emerge, but it's worth the wait. Tasty stuff.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: A solidly enjoyable beer. Well worth a try.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Jun 19, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First beer by FBB, and wow this was a fun one! Thanks fellow bottle share participant! Look wasn't much, typical brown ale with some murkiness, decently light brown. The smell though had great peanut butter, raspberry, and strawberry, all within a sweet matrix. The taste was even more defined with the flavor, truly tasted like a pbj with a very white bread, no crust of course. Saltiness from the pb pairs wonderfully with the sweet jammy fruit. Feel is a little sweet for a brown and a little thin

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REVZEB from Illinois, Jun 17, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the most unique flavored beer I've ever tried. Seriously, I could not tell you if I liked it or hated it. It does deliver on its promised flavors. You'll get a sweet strawberry jam, a faint peanut butter and a yeasty bread flavor which mimics burnt bread or well done toast. It smells like toast and strawberry jam.

There is some Willy Wonka stuff going on here flavor wise. There is little to no head and the beer's color and appearance looks like flat Pepsi cola. If you are drinking this for the novelty, you'll be quite impressed. If you expect to be able to drink more than one of these ... think again. A little goes a long way and you won't want another for at least a few days after drinking the first one. Just a very odd beer overall.

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2.68/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't see a bottle date listed. My bottle says "6.4% ALC. BY VOL."

Appearance: The body of the beer is dark brown with a black tea appearance. It has good clarity although it is dark. The head is medium sized, thick, off-white, and frothy with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: The beer has a bit of an odd aroma. It smells a bit like an old candy bar wrapper. There's a bit of a chocolate scent but it isn't very pleasant.

Taste: That odd aroma carries through to the flavor. It tastes like some odd chocolate candy that has been left out in the sun or something. It's really hard to describe but it isn't appealing. The closest thing I can think of as a comparison is when you leave a tootsie pop on the dashboard of a car for too long and then try to eat it. The aftertaste of the beer isn't as bad. It has a bit of a cherry candy flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium body and a smooth texture. Carbonation seems good.

Overall: The label states that this is a "PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY BROWN ALE." While drinking the beer it gives off more of a candy flavor but the aftertaste does kind-of taste like biting into an uncrustable. However, the beer has this unsettling off flavor that makes it unpleasant to drink. It just doesn't sit right with the palate. It might be worth picking up as a novelty, and as with all palates this might end up tasting good to you. For that reason I would say it's at least worth trying once. I wouldn't pick it up again but it was an interesting beer to try.

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teromous from Virginia, May 04, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering a quarter of the top. The nose is raspberries, strawberries, and peanut butter as advertised. It tastes very sweet in the front of the palate. Thankfully the peanut butter keeps things from being too overwhelming. The mouth is dry and smooth likely from the fatty peanut butter.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Apr 07, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in and from FL.
This beer is wildly successful at capturing the smell and flavor of a PB&J sandwich. The substantial load of bready grains gives the impression of a PB&J sandwich with crusts, but that is a good thing. Like the berry jelly it aims to imitate, this beer is quite sweet. I'm far from the first to proclaim many beers to be "too sweet", and certainly love some sweet Funky Buddha beers in particular, but this beer is too sweet.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Mar 28, 2019
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a muddy brown body with minimal head and lace ring down the glass. Aroma is pretty much similar to peanut butter and jelly. Beer is bready, which is odd since it is called no crusts, has a boozy feel which is also odd considering low ABV, along with a jelly/berry like sweetness and is smooth/fuller bodied. Notes of peanuts (peanut butter) are poking around as well and overall it's a nice, mostly sweet beer.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Jan 09, 2019
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3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Funky Buddha Brewery "No Crusts"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 10/30/18"
$4.89 @ ABC Fine Wine & Spirits #139, Wildwood, FL

Look: Moderately clear dark chestnut brown with a ruby sheen beneath a full head of creamy khaki colored foam. The head falls steadily to become a thin collar but it somehow still manages to leave some nice lace behind.

Smell: Unusual with an odd earthy note that's coming from peanut butter but smells more like a very old piece of chocolate candy or brown malt. It's even a little wood-like.

Taste: Peanut butter appears more clearly opposite some sweet fruitiness that appears like raspberry and red grape, wrapped in soft caramel, toast, and light milk chocolate. It's sweetish but not too sweet, and could serve as a dessert beer or a regular beer, although I doubt it would have too much repeat drinkability. A moderate bitterness balances it and it finishes mostly dry with some fruitiness fading to leave behind peanut, a dusting of coal powder, and toasty bread. It's interesting that it's named "No Crusts" because I definitely get some bread crust in the finish.

Feel: Medium in body and gently crisp-then-smooth across the palate.

Overall: It's not the best PB&J beer that I've had but it hits the mark. Worth trying.

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Dec 26, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I get peanuts & berries on the nose. I agree that it is very tasty just like peanut butter & jelly. This is an amazing adjunct brown ale, highly recommended. The only thing missing a date on the bottle. Cheers! A-

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Nass from Florida, Dec 26, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For a novelty beer, they nailed it. Tastes like PB&J brown ale. I wouldn’t buy a lot of it, but I would drink it occasionally.

12 oz bottle
4.25 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Nov 22, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A PBGC dimpled mug contains this very dark brown and hazy beer (SRM 27-30). A thin, beige foam reaches one-quarter inch before quickly retreating to spotty lace.

Yup. That sure is peanut butter and jelly. Grape jelly, and lots of grape jelly. Warmth shifts the aroma to jellied raspberry candy. Some whole wheat bread is also present, though there is not much else worth commenting about.

PB&J? Check! Brown Ale? While this is not much of a Brown Ale, that is the style that most closely fits the base. The flavor starts out exceptionally sweet before drying out in the middle, and bitterness enters late. The finish is modestly flavorful and lingering.

This beer is surprisingly dry with a gritty texture contained in a medium body. Alcohol is as expected, though perhaps just short of six percent. Carbonation is fizzy. Oh, and did I mention it leaves a cotton-mouth feel?

As a gimmick beer, this hits the mark. As a Brown Ale, it is middle of the road. While I did enjoy it, perhaps my bottle had been mishandled and the date was invisible. As a side note, of what benefit is it to print a bottling date if the printing is illegible.

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SLeffler27 from New York, Oct 07, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/27/2018. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge juicy/lightly tart/tangy raspberries, strawberry, fruit jam, peanut butter, brown sugar, brown bread crust, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of caramel, cocoa, herbal, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of berries, peanut butter, dark/bready/light roasted malt, and light earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy raspberries, strawberry, fruit jam, peanut butter, brown sugar, brown bread crust, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of caramel, cocoa, herbal, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, grassy, spicy hop; roast bitterness; and slight berry tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy raspberries, strawberry, fruit jam, peanut butter, brown sugar, brown bread crust, herbal, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of berries, peanut butter, dark/bready/light roasted malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. minimal warming alcohol for 6.4%. Overall this is an awesome fruited American brown ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of berries, peanut butter, dark/bready/light roasted malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Would have preferred it to be less bitter/drying. Aromas were far more promising, but this was still spot on stuff. Awesome balance of jammy berries, peanut butter, and malt complexity; with solid earthy hop balance. Very authentic feeling flavors. Nails the flavor profile of a sandwich. A highly enjoyable offering, and well made experimental brown ale as expected. Spot on base style example.

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superspak from Michigan, Sep 08, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark brown body with a medium-thin, receding, light beige head.

Smell: Bready brown ale, some roastiness to it and perhaps a fleeting hint of toffee. Really, it's just enough scaffolding to support the flavorings. A decent creamy peanut butter note to it with some fruitiness which, for me, leans towards a raspberry jelly scent.

Taste: The breadiness and its roastiness mingled with a tangy raspberry taste. Medium sweetness. A nutty, toasty quality from the brown ale base adjoins the lightly roasty, chopped peanuts. The light-leaning carbonation allows the flavors to sit and linger through the sweetish finish whichs gives you a finally zip of tart raspberry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: A light, simple, straightforward brown ale dosed with peanuts and a fruit addition that's a bit on the pricey side.

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4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A very attractive looking beer. Translucent ice tea brown color with a reddish tint. Beige head upon pouring that disappears. No visible carbonation.

S: This beer smells EXACTLY like a peanut and butter jelly sandwich. Bready, peanut butter, peanuts, with strong notes of raspberry/strawberry jelly. Crazy nose.

T: Despite the insane nose, this still manages to drink like a beer to me. The key ingredients of the famous sandwich all come through, but they are layered nicely over a nutty, dry and ever so slightly bitter brown ale.

M: Moderate amount of carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

D: This beer is highly drinkable. It’s VERY fun and very nicely resembles its namesake. I wish I had more than the one bottle I’m finishing up now.

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TheGent from New Jersey, Aug 03, 2018
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3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine in Sarasota, FL. Poured into Calusa snifter.
Caramel brown-to-ruby color with a beige or off-white sliver of a head.

Smells like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich alright. White bread, peanut butter, grape jelly. Faintest hint of chocolate.

Dusty grain and grape jelly come first, followed by slight nuts, metal, toffee, and dusty peanut hull.

Feel is crisp but not carbonated enough to overcome the metallic presence in the flavor. Has a somewhat sticky finish.

Overall, a somewhat underwhelming beer to me. I'm used to the caliber of FB like MBCP and Last Buffalo. This isn't up to par with those. I think if they lowered the price a bit and put this in a six pack it would be worth it. But a 4 pack for $15 is extra proud. I'm sure there's a better PB&J beer out there for less money.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Jun 16, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- smells exactly like a PB & J sandwich, the peanuts, the fruity jelly, even the bread. FB has a crazy ability to mimic food aromas

T- the 'jelly' is noticed first and almost comes across as a blue raspberry flavor. Mid-palate brings out some roasty nutty flavors, the finish is malty and gives some bready notes. Lingers of more berry flavor

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- aroma was spot on, the taste was more jelly-forward, still a great beer

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Jun 07, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No date on the bottle, sadly, but I picked this up soon after the release so I’m assuming it’s fresh. Not normally into beers like this but it seemed like a fun novelty. What can I say? It smells exactly like a PB&J sandwich. With the bread and everything. So crazy. Taste is a bit more grape jelly than peanut butter, but the nutty malt is there. Smooth and surprisingly not cloying. This is great!

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Gatch from Rhode Island, Jun 02, 2018
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jelly taste dominates, next is peanut butter and then a hint of bread. More bitterness than I would expect. Good, I'm glad I got it, don't know if I will get it again.

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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Strong notes of peanut butter and jelly off the nose. Initial taste more jelly forward with finish of light peanut butter, incredible beer, exactly as advertised.

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sirspins from Florida, May 19, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very dark opaque color with a generous head and slight lacing
A-Aroma has berries and peanut hints
T-The taste follows the nose with generous berries and peanut flavors
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A well made well balanced beer

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VABA from Virginia, Feb 20, 2018
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4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just an outstanding PBJ of a smooth brew. One of the top beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. I truly was sad when my glass was empty. I'm hoping that Funky Buddha bottles or cans this signature masterpiece...

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Azureblue from Florida, Apr 23, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is insane. i dont know why one would set out to make a beer like this, but it could not possibly be executed any better than this one is. its like the pbj sandwiches my mom used to pack in my school lunch when i was a kid (although those did have crusts). i get the flavor and texture of sliced whole grain bread, filling and dense. the peanut butter isnt greasy in the beer, but its smooth and sticky, and the flavor is on point. as for the jelly, hard to tell, but i would say grape in here, but in the beer its more of a generic fruit vibe. i have had beers like this before, but they always grossed me out. this tastes like a liquid pbj sandwich, and its genius if you like that sort of thing. you just have to be impressed with it. i think the brown ale base was the right call, there is a nuttiness in the grain bill that supports the peanut butter, and a chocolate malt kiss that brings it all together. if you like the sandwich, you will like the beer, it could not be more spot on in terms of flavor accuracy to the real thing. i would love to sit in on brew day for this!

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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When on point, it is really a treat to behold if you are a PBJ fan, however, I have been spoiled and live close to the brewery and have tasted many batches with these batches having some major variances in flavor. With that said, the below is based off my good experiences.

A: Dark brown, minimal head.

S: It is a PBJ sandwich to the nose. Phenemonal.

T: Funny I hate PBJ but I love PBJ beer and this reminds of what PBJ should taste like.

M: Easy drinking, lots of flavor, not too carbed.

O: When on point, it is great. Hopefully, you get to experience it that way...on point.

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Sosopogi from Florida, Sep 04, 2015
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