I do get a crunchy feeling, but it comes out a lot easier once it is dry and I scrunch it out. I used to use FX curl booster gel and had WAY more crunch with it. So it may be the spray gel that was creating crunch for you.
Also, I find my hair LOVES product and soaks it up, so a quarter size puddle may be a bit much for your hair. Any other questions, feel free to ask