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Brainless IPA Belgian-Style India Pale Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Brainless IPA Belgian-Style India Pale AleBrainless IPA Belgian-Style India Pale Ale

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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-19-2013

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Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by kagent777:
Photo of kagent777
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from the Utah system poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium golden. Very solid three finger thick head with loads of tiny bubbles. Very appealing.

Smell: Hops! I get green pine and "herby" along with a general hops spiciness. I might be imagining it, but I think I can also pick up a bit of Belgian yeast phenolics.

Taste: The taste follows the nose strongly. A very yummy IPA with strong hops flavors. The hops are not overly bitter, a lot of late and secondary. The website says Chinook, Centennial, and Citra and I can definitely pick out the Citra. I only knock this one down because I cannot pick out the Belgian yeast. If it does not have Belgian yeast, then why is it a Belgian IPA?

Mouthfeel: Solid feeling beer with lots of flavor that easily coat all over the mouth. Medium body with soft carbonation.

Overall: I would not have known this was a BIPA had the label not said so. This has been in the bottle for 100 days or so but it actually has held up quite well. I would have preferred a bit stronger in the Belgian department.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for the most part i think i have liked Epic's beers more than most.Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazed burnt orange with a large fluffy white crown that left two broken rings of lace behind as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.Aromas of overripe tropical fruits and light phenols,there is a little herbal and resinous note that get bigger as I drink more as well.Flavors of the before mentioned tropical fruits with some toasted grain and some mildly spicy phenols.Not an overly complex beer but the flavors are not bad.

Photo of tdm168
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark, murky orange with a big, soft, white head that has decent retention

S - big citrus, oranges, bread, faint belgian yeast

T - very citrusy, oranges, peaches, apricot, mildly bitter finish, some faint belgian yeast

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied, some warming alcohol

This is a really nice, fruity, citrusy, Belgian IPA. I was very impressed. It's got a great hop character and overall flavor as well as great drinkability. This is definitely a beer worth trying.

Photo of hophugger
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good golden color, almost perfectly clear. OK head and really nice clingy lacing that hangs on for dear life. Aroma is piney with a good amount of pineapple and some orange. Malt sweetness and hops balance pretty well but this beer is a little more subdued than I would have expected. Just researched and realized that this beer has been in the bottle for 4 months. Still a good IPA, but I would guess that it has lost a little during its time in the bottle.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on Nitro while in L.A. Overall, the beer was extremely easy to drink. It appeared a hazy, darker orange color that had a really nice, well retained, thick and dense white head. Lighter aroma than expected, slight citrus hop. The taste is about what you would expect from the style, malty with some citrus hop. The beer had a really nice feel to it, extremely smooth and very easy to drink.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into an Epic tulip.
6.7% ABV, Release #11

A - Partially hazed, this beer is neither see-through nor completely cloudy; more of a milky goldenrod color. Wispy lace tumbles down into the ring of loose, Swiss-cheese-like bubbles left after the off-white head disappeared.

S - Brainless IPA has a fruity aroma of American hops, blending mango, honeydew melon, and pineapple into a fruity puree that's overshadowed by the vibrant and citrusy, spicy Belgian yeast. Lemongrass spice meets lemon oil with moist gobs of white clay rolled in fresh clove.

T - Chunky orange marmalade spread over toasted English muffin leads the way into the citrus-and-spice combination offered by the aroma as lemongrass and lemon oil overtake the hop-infused fruity blend that finishes out on the tongue.

M - Very nicely carbonated, Brainless IPA is prickly but smooth, starting with a jam-like sweetness that thoughtfully transitions to dry yeast spice and finishes with an even drier hop bitterness.

O - Contrary to it's name, Brainless IPA is quite thought-out indeed, showcasing Belgian yeast first and foremost making this American brew a Belgian-style beer first and an IPA second but the combination is a fantastic one! Fruity and spicy yeast esters meld wonderfully with the hops' juicy fruitiness for a match made in heaven!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch #2

Picked this up tonight at the COOP for $6ish... Poured into my HotD tulip.. 2 finger off white head has great retention and produces sheets of lacing atop a slightly hazy light orange brew.

Nose shows nice citrus hoppiness... some tropical fruits.. yeasty notes show as some pink bubblegum and some light clovey notes... pale malts are there, but only to magnify the other aromas.

Flavor begins with a moderate bitter bite up front and then dies off and doesn't show again until the finish.. in the middle, the palate is much more dominated by the yeasty elements... again, bubblegum and lesser clove.. hoppiness is citrus zest and something that I could be misidentifying as pineapple..

Body/carbonation are typical IPA.. but the astounding head lends a sorta creamy mouthfeel as the sip goes down.

Pretty good.... Not the best Belgian IPA I have had, but well made nonetheless.

4.25/3.75/3.5/3.75/3.75

Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Label says Release #4.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Musty, grassy hop aroma that reminds me of the neo-European breweries' takes on IPAs (i.e. Mikkeller, Brewdog).

T- The flavor follows that same rustic sentiment but is smoother and cleaner than other beers I've had like it. The bitterness is mild and the malt really shines through more with its sweetness. That being said, the flavor makes it seem like it should be stronger than just a modest 6.3%.

M- Oily and resinous with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- I don't sense the Belgian presence in this but, either way, it's a sweet yet earthy IPA that goes down pretty easily. My first beer from this brewery and I'm somewhat intrigued.

Photo of schwemjw
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: burnt orange with a two finger head. great looking brew

s: a full bouquet. lots of pine, Orange juice, lemon zest, caramel, and grapefruit. smells big!

T: grassy and piney. lots of grapefruit. a nice caramel malt that holds everything together. awesome bitter on the end

m: light bodied, no carbonation. that's one small downfall for me, I think this could have a little more carbonation than it does.

O: very enjoyable, a great session! it's complex without having to think about it. smooth with a ton of pine and earth! 88

Photo of Zorro
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed deeply amber colored ale. Going to call this one Orange in color and it fits with with my idea of the color IPA Orange. Small white colored head.

Smells strongly hopped with Northwestern US hops. Scents of grapefruit and onion. Strong coriander scent. Judging just by scent they went balls to the wall with the hops here. Strong tea and citrus aromas.

Starts out very woody and dry. Strong coriander and tea flavors. Very woody and faintly soapy. Spicy with the flavor of cedar wood.

Mouthfeel is woody.

Overall this is OK. Needs more depth.

Photo of PieOhMy
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass.

A Hazy orange. Half inch of foam. Thick lacing. Looks like an IPA should.

S Topical fruit. Orange and lemon peel. Pine resin. Hint of malt.

T Big blast of citrus upfront. Peppery piney zest. Hoppy bitterness follows (nothing huge but it's there). A little malty sweetness in there as well.

M Light. A little runny. Fizzy carbonation. Clean finish.

O Good. I liked this quite a bit. Theres definitely better tropical/citrusy IPAs, but there's, also, many that are not as good. I'd have it again.

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer...kind of a hybrid style, I like this interpretation a lot. Poured into my Chimay chalice from a 22 oz bottle. A bright, hazy apricot/coppery color, nice size white bubbly head with better retention than most Belgian styles and much better lacing....Good looking beer.

Smell is a bit mild, kind of a floral/fruity hoppiness.

Tastes good. Kind of like a very mild Tripel with the addition of some citrus hops. The Tripel aspect is mostly sweet, light fruit (apricots and pears) with a little yeast flavoring and spices. The hops are prominent in the nose and in the finish. The blend is just right....So many Belgian IPAs are a hodge-podge that just don't "work".

Mouthfeel is rich. The hops and a nice bite at the end. Can't say the alcohol is hidden, because the beer is less potent than a typical Tripel, but it goes down smooth.

Overall, really tasty. Well worth a try.

Photo of ssteakley
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beats all 80 of the previous beers I have rated on this site. Almost perfectly balanced hops, yeast and Malts. A real pleasure and sad to know that it is not available year round. I found this bomber at Whole Foods in Seattle and hope I can find some more before Seattle runs out!

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; release #3, bottled on 2/2/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, pear, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and yeast notes. Taste of lemon zest, grapefruit, orange zest, pear, floral, grass, pepper, pine, and earthy yeast spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pear, floral, pepper, pine, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with spicy esters; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly sticky and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian IPA. Good balance of hop and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The hoppy IPA quality is quite nice. Mixed with the Belgian yeasty flavors it's really quite interesting. Amber brew in the glass with a nice foamy appearance and mouthfeel. Flowers and resins in the aroma.

Warm and spicy with roast malt and a tangy sensation. Thoroughly pleasant burr of bitterness with some pine and plenty of fruit. A lighter body with rich flavors. Moderately bitter aftertaste with more spice in the nose. Slight drying out at the end, but just sweet enough to go with the yeastiness. Very drinkable and to my palate, much better than the simple hop bomb IPAs.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in San Diego, where they have a nice selection of Epic beers.

Photo of Trafrye
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this IPA. It wasn't super hoppy like alot of other IPAS with a smooth after taste. The perfect hot day IPA.
Would highly recommend this. If I remember correctly, Total Wine had plenty left of the shelves.
Excited to try some other styles from Epic.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Story Tavern in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but I don't think that a cask presentation is optimal for this beer.

Photo of JerUrbans
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what an interesting style, I love IPAs and this union together really comes of fantastic. If you looking for something out of the norm, this shouldn't disappoint.

Appearance hazy orange

Smell is a sweet and I thought strong coriander aroma.

Taste really represents the the Belgian with the sweet fruit tones and then a citrusy burst.

Mouthfeel is so smooth and yet bitter.

Overall I will be getting some more of these to pass around the 4th of July festivities.

Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ipa straddles the line between over the top American style and a more Belgian, very much taking on the role of a well balanced version of one of those.

It looks fairly ordinary. It is neither clear nor very cloudy. The very nice head subsides.

It doesn't smell too much, but the extremely well balanced taste quickly takes over.

aftertaste is slightly boozy. I would definitely buy this again. I suppose I was a little harsh.

Photo of beergoot
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, golden yellow body topped off with a sticky, finely foamed, white head. Spiky web of lacing down the glass. Very fragrant pine and citrus hop aromas infused with a bit of bready malts; lemony. Excellent combination of flavors; smooth, mellow grains, gentle yet slightly bold hop bitterness, and a twinge of alcohol heat in the background. Smooth, clean mouthfeel; dry finish.

A very tasty, very easy drinking Belgian IPA. Lots of flavor complexities all wrapped up in a nicely balanced body. Everything melds together just right.

Photo of Stingraystripe
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nose is resiny, piney, hops very clear with some fruit. Pours translucent ambery gold with a tight head that doesn't linger and begins to lace. Taste is malt forward slightly bready, and then the pine and the citrus come in. Smooth and bitter finish. This is definitely a cross between a Belgian and an IPA which for me kinda marks it as an IDEAL spring/summer beer. One of my favorites for sure.

Photo of Curtis
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yet another very good beer by epic. Great thick foamy head. Tight bubles that last, not the quarter inch type that fade away in 30 seconds. Held to the light, its not haxy, just dark gold in appearance. Aroma is good,, if a little mild. Mouthfeel is outstanding.. carbonation has good balance. The hop selection is interesting. Some pine finishing with a hint of citrus. Not overly bitter, a tad more than i would normally like but no complaints here. I think the slight aftertaste may be from the yeast. Not bad at all just different. The belgian characteristics are mild and most evident in the yeast flavors. Very good and will buy again. This is a beer to savor and enjoy, not one for nonchalant drinking nights. Would make an interesting pairing with a sharp cheese and possibly italian pasta - i can really see this complimenting the flavors of garlic and oregano. Not as good as their spiral jetty (imho) but a fine beer that deserves a good try.

Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Release #4

Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into thick, lasting ring. Really good retention with large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, floral hop aroma with lots of earthy, resinous pine and hop oils countered by citrus/tropical fruit notes, pale malt and estery light fruit notes. Grassy pine needle followed by orange peel, grapefruit, bread, biscuit, apple, pear and cracker. The Belgian yeast notes are subtle but come out a bit more as it warms. Smells more like a standard American IPA with earthy and sweet hop notes countered by a pale malt backbone.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, sticky hop bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes, Belgian yeast and pale malts into a bone dry finish. Earthy, resinous and bitter with lots of dry hop flavor followed by subtle sweetness with some grapefruit and orange peel, however, the citrus/tropical fruit character isn't as strong as the nose suggests. The Belgian yeast flavors are stronger than they were in the aroma with hints of bread, apple, pear and bubblegum. Sweet malt backbone balances things out with some caramel and toffee sweetness along with bread, biscuit and graham cracker. Subtle heat in the finish but it doesn't affect the drinkability. Overall, this beer isnt anything out of the ordinary but is a pretty solid offering from Epic. The hop flavors are decent but are slightly one dimensional and overpower the Belgian yeast notes a but too much for me. Still, I enjoyed drinking this and got through the bomber pretty quickly.

Photo of FatBaldGuy
4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty good IPA. Resembles Hop Stoopid. Another favorite of mine. Smoother than some other IPA's. Doesn't have the bite of Ruination. However Ruination is my favorite by the way. I will definitely be getting this again...very soon.

Photo of tmm313
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, light orange yellow color. Poured a nice creamy 2 finger head. Nice lacing.
S- Tropical fruit, nice floral, grapefruit, pine, light fresh hop dank, and caramel. The warmer it gets, the more I think I smell banana and clove.
T- Follows the nose pretty closely. Tropical fruit, sweet grapefruit, pine, fresh hop, and nice caramel. Not picking up any Belgian flavors.
M- Medium light body. Semi-oily feel. Light lingering bitterness.
O- I enjoyed this beer. I wish there were more Belgian characteristics, but just as an IPA, it is really good. I would have again.

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Brainless IPA Belgian-Style India Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.