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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-19-2013)
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oberon

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 20:18:51 | More by oberon
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nick_asian

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-19-2013 06:36:06 | More by nick_asian
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Laklimell

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-14-2013 06:47:33 | More by Laklimell
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

05-03-2013 22:34:05 | More by Lanstrum
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mccallisters_dali

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-01-2013 03:56:58 | More by mccallisters_dali
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mactrail

Washington

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:45:13 | More by mactrail
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 00:36:14 | More by tdm168
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-23-2013 04:24:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 06:24:30 | More by corby112
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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-16-2013 00:10:37 | More by CoryR
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-14-2013 00:01:18 | More by RedneckBeerz
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oldvines

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-13-2013 01:17:30 | More by oldvines
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katan

Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep orange color. Lots of pearly white head, well retained. Lightly bubbly.

S - Strong hoppy nose, some citrus and a boat load of some white pepper belgian yeast.

T - Starts off dry, peppery and spicy, some light pilsner maltiness. Mid-stream gets some hops, some citrus some earth. Finishes lightly sweet, some more of the belgian yeast hanging around. Bitter aftertaste.

M - Full bodied beer, a creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol warmth detected. Smooth.

O/D - Easy drinking beer for the belgian IPA style. Really well done. A bit filling. Certainly hefty on its Belgian spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 00:04:42 | More by katan
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-02-2013 22:08:07 | More by Peyton5410
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dapatte2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-27-2013 01:40:14 | More by dapatte2
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Lipsntoes

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-20-2013 00:01:26 | More by Lipsntoes
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apf

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-17-2013 02:10:49 | More by apf
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JayQue

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 01:12:46 | More by JayQue
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 20:25:57 | More by schoolboy
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

03-08-2013 01:32:22 | More by ralphw56
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GinDC

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-01-2013 02:04:01 | More by GinDC
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tzolandz

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-27-2013 16:44:25 | More by tzolandz
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-25-2013 03:18:58 | More by DerwinWentworth
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 05:12:13 | More by JohnGalt1
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Brainless IPA Belgian-Style India Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.