Funky Buddha started as a lounge of sorts in 2007 by owner Ryan Sentz. Serving up hookahs and teas, they eventually added fine craft beer to the menu and word began spreading. Sentz, having a passion for homebrewing, decided to offer his own brews up for sale to the willing masses. So in 2010 they raised glasses and toasted to the opening of the Funky Buddha Lounge AND Brewery.
Today’s beer is one of Funky Buddha’s seasonal releases and is called More Moro IPA. For those that don’t know, a Moro is a specific varietal of blood orange known for its deep red color. Funky Buddha describes the beer:
We ceremoniously slaughtered heaps of crimson-fleshed “Moro” fruit to retrieve its delicious ichor, and then blended it with caramel malts and grapefruity hops to produce the sticky, citrus blast that we crave
In an IPA glass More Moro reveals a murky body with a deep orange color with red accents. The head is minimal but has a nice orange tinge about it. The area surrounding the beer is suffused with a bright fresh citrus aroma. Getting closer intensifies the citrus experience that is so dominate I don’t get any other aroma out of this. No malt, no hops, no alcohol, no yeast. Funky Buddha was not playing the subtlety game with this one.
Diving in with zest. The flavor is bitter orange pith up front with a slick creamy mouthfeel. This transitions to a sweet malt and grapefruit super juice that is more complex in flavor than I was expecting. It switches back and forth between sweet and bitter in layers of fresh citrus fruit. Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and pineapple. Oh my!