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Brainless Raspberries - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 289
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-11-2013

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into an Epic tulip.
9.2% ABV, Release #9

A - Ruby-hued amber in color, Brainless Raspberries has some nice clarity and a ring of tight foam that's left hanging out below a halo of dotted lace.

S - Brainless Raspberries smells like a bushel of ripe, crushed raspberries with Champagne-like white grapes and a delicate Belgian spice and citrus one-two combo of lemongrass and sweet orange peel!

T - Raspberries explode onto the tongue with fresh fruit flavor only to be swept away by Belgian yeast in the form of a saison with a conglomerate of spice and trailing citrus nuances.

M - A perfectly matched level of effervescence dances on the tongue, livening up the fairly light bodied beer with a complimentary dry finish. Despite the fruit, citrus, and spice notes all coming together wonderfully, the beer still finishes clean and devoid of any alcohol presence.

O - Epic's Brainless Raspberries is one of the best raspberry beers out there, marrying a high octane-yet-delicate Belgian saison-type of beer with fresh fruitiness and sparkling effervescent for a superb beer sure to leave a lasting impression!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a pink-ish/amber, clean pour with a finger of head.. lots of visible carbonation. smells of raspberries, a sweetness reminiscent of jam.. a saison-like funky yeast.. this smells fabulous! a nice tartness up front from the raspberries, but then shoots into a bready mellowness, leading into a slightly spicy belgian yeast. a very weird combination of flavors that balance each other out perfectly. medium body, high carbonation, very refreshing for the high abv (which is also well masked!).

a wonderful beer as far as both belgian ales and fruit beers go. pick this up if you have a chance!

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Photo of mactrail
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Public House in La Jolla. Beautiful red amber color in the tulip. Not a lot of foam; in fact, it's less carbonated than most beers. This has a tingly mouthfeel, however, as well as a fruity sharpness and heat from the alcohol.

Lovely, lingering scent of berries. A touch of butter. Sweet, but fruity and not sugary. The malt is warm and rich with a little toasted bread. The berries are the main flavor, and this is probably the most raspberry taste I've encountered in a beer. A great take on the Belgian golden fruit-flavored style.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says Release 11 & 10% ABV

A: poured into a tulip to a reddish gold with a small off white head that fades quickly but leaves nice lacing
S: smells of fruity esters, spicy yeast and raspberries
T: taste is raspberries, spices, yeastyness, fruity esters, and more raspberry. swallow is raspberry, and some light maltyness with some more fruity esters and a hint of alcohol
M: this beer is a slittle slick and sits a little heavy on the palate and carbonation is slightly prickly. the finish on this beer is ever so slightly drying
O It's a great beer and the fruit addition is a nice touch. it has great flavors and decent balance without being over the top and it isn't too heavy for the summer heat.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - let's see if a headier fruit can redeem this 'brainless' series from Epic.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium salmon colour, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly pink-tinged head, which leaves some skewed sheet lightning lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of tart and sweet raspberry puree, bready, grainy pale and caramel malt, a bit of graham cracker (though that could just be the pie associations immediate in my mind), some earthy yeast, and a touch of cold, steely alcohol. The taste is bready, lightly doughy caramel malt, a still up for it real and ripe raspberry fruitiness, a twinge of grainy wheat edginess, some ethereal funky dairy thing, a suggestion of spicy citrus, and well-behaved estery booze notes.

The carbonation is fairly light and tickling in its lilting frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, buoyed as it is by the guest fruitiness, and generally smooth, nothing else really willing to crash the party right now. It finishes well off-dry, the mixed-seeming malt joining the lingering raspberry jam sassiness in perpetuating that eponymous pie sense of days gone by for me.

Well, hitting 1 for 3 might get you a fat-ass Major League contract, but it doesn't fly when the beer side of the metaphor comes in ~20 dollar installments. So, Brainless Raspberries works, perhaps due to the strength of the titular fruit, but you won't find me signing any sort of long-term contract with this roster.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber in color with tinges of pink, the body is moderately hazy, the head is small, off-white, and fairly dense, with good retention. Thin, fine lacing in a Belgian pattern adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising.

Aroma: Fermented raspberries are very prominent in the aroma, nothing at all like the artificial raspberry flavoring often found in "raspberry-flavored" beers. Dark malt and alcohol offer quite substantial contributions to the aroma, but the raspberries utterly dominate.

Taste: Opens with a strong burst of raspberries, like unsweetened jam. Soon after sweet, spicy alcohol and dark malt surge into the taste. The 9.9% ABV presents very gracefully without being hot or solvent-like . A fairly substantial, earthy yeast presence is also notable, as well as a moderate herbal hop presence. All of these other flavors serve as accompaniments to the raspberries, ever complimenting but never dominating. As the taste progresses, there are brief flourishes of other flavors: pepper, vanilla, and caramel. The taste ends as it began, with raspberries, counterbalanced with a pronounced but graceful woodiness.

.Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-made example of the style, which bespeakes the skill of the brewer. Brainless Raspberries would serve as an elegant alternative to champagne, or as a compliment to dessert.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Batch 2 bottled 3/20/2013. Pours fairly hazy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of tart raspberry, raspberry skin, pear, apple, clove, pepper, floral, candi sugar, bread, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with prominent raspberry presence and good balance of yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of raspberry, pear, apple, clove, pepper, candi sugar, light bubblegum, bread, floral, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, pear, apple, light bubblegum, clove, pepper, candi sugar, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of raspberry and yeast notes; with a nice yeast/malt flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp, smooth, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited Belgian golden ale. All around nice balance of fruit with fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Foggy, pink-orange brew with light pink tinted foamy head with nice retention and lacing.

An obvious Belgian base. Banana, clove, spice....smothered in tart raspberry. Doesn't quite know where it wants to go, or what it wants to be.

Dry, airy, bitter-tartness, Raspberry is well done and subtle, not overpowering. Fruit is a nice add since the raspberry is so noticeable. Belgian base beer is less noticeable when drank rather then smelled. Slightly harsh carbonation. Sharp booze bite, needs to flatten off.

I'd like to see what this brew would do with a bit of age on it. I think a year or two would do wonders... I'll report back. Nice work Epic, keep em' coming. One of the better in the Brainless series.

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Photo of tdm168
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle with me

A - pinkish amber with a thin, white head that has good retention

S - faint malt and tart raspberries

T - same as the nose; the raspberries are well balanced

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

I would have liked this one to be a bit more full-flavored. It was a nice touch with the raspberries but it was a bit light. Overall, a nice fruit beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. draft
Glass: Snifter
From: Tap n Handle in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: $5.00
Purchased: April 18, 2015
Consumed: April 18, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a reddish, auburn, semi-clear color with two fingers of off-white head when I got it. Sporadic, foamy lacing on the sides. Above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled raspberry, caramel, buttery malts, light blueberry and light grape. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted raspberry ice cream, raspberry jam, other berries and light grape. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, fruity finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Just a very nice fruity beer, although I’m a sucker for raspberry beers. I’d have this again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

3.88 | 87 | B+

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Release #4, 9.8% ABV.

3.5 A: Clear orange amber color. One finger of frothy pink-tinted white head falls quickly, but does leave some lacing behind.

4.25 S: I really like how the raspberries have asserted themselves here. Instead of just a tart raspberry fruitiness, it comes off more like a funky lambic type of raspberry. The potent pepper and clove combine with the raspberry to really tickle the senses. These big three are the focus of the brew. Underneath you will find a light grassiness and a sugary maltiness. Quite nice this one is.

3.75 T: Tastes like it smells, but it just doesn't match how well it worked in the nose. Fruity, funky raspberry. Lots of pepper and clove. Grassy, sugary maltiness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Just a light spritziness from the carbonation.

3.75 D: I like the Brainless series. The base beer is always good and the fruity spins seem to work quite well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

save maybe the kuhnhenn raspberry eisbock, this is one of the most raspberry beers around. very fresh and fruity. it pours a brown tinted red raspberry color with an inch or so of Belgian lacey white head. it smells like fresh berries too, combined with a touch of cocoa powder, Belgian yeast, and a kiss of summer spirit. I pick up some real hops in the flavor, especially on the back end, they are lemon heavy, and cut some of the sweetness of the berries. lighter pils malt bill, although there is some toast to it, and the alcohol, which only really comes out when the beer gets warm. impressively well hidden. I really like the feel too, which I think works well with both the sweetness and tartness of the berries. its very lively on the carbonation, tickling the tongue, and the body is just full enough. like all epic beers, this is a special treat, they just exude quality in all of their beers, and I will continue to try to get as many of them as I can. looking forward to their expansion into Denver.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This unique Belgian style ale pours a cloudy brownish red with a fizzy quickly dissipating pink head of foam that leaves a thin pool and decent lacing. Nose of light raspberries, light caramel malts, strong booze, and a hint of clove and perhaps mace. Flavors are tart sweet raspberries and sweet malts colliding in a symposium of a lightly tart ale with a dash of clove on the background. Alcohol warmth comes through on the back with gusto, while the smooth highly carbonated mouth feel makes this a lively and easy sipper. Very interesting., not sure it would be a go to brew, but it is still decent for what it is.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the release 3 of this for 8.99 at Vintage Estate. 9.6% ABV

A - Pours a rather hazy purple red color with a surprising amount of head (1/2 inch) It also sports great lacing and doesn't fizz out like a soda. Good so far.
S - Another great quality it smells like actual raspberries not as tart smelling as I expected but not medicinal either.
T - Slightly medicinal raspberry puree taste, nowhere near as tart as I expected. Slight woody flavor and the base of the Belgium pale also shines with some spicy yeasts and a touch of herbal hops.
M - Well for a fruit beer it's expected to be light and it is. It does however hide the massive ABV pretty well and doesn't burn like a wine cooler.

Overall this has kind of impeded my want of getting the other "Brainless" offerings. Very lackluster fruit flavors layered over a very basic representation of the style. Nowhere worth 9 dollars a bomber and I could even imagine paying 12+ dollars for cherry or peaches...

Pass if you can unless on clearance for 5 bucks.

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Photo of KajII
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy pinkish ruby red with a slight orange hue and a small (less that 1 finger) white sudsy head that diminished very quickly, down to a thin puddled film with a medium collar and possessed fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a mild biscuit malt and a strong funky Belgian yeast with hints of overripe raspberries, bubblegum, candi sugar and a mild sourness.

The taste was a tad sweet and decently malty with a note of raspberries from the get go, although it was far from being overpowering. As it progressed it became lightly tart and somewhat yeasty and had a mild alcohol tinge towards the finish. The flavor stuck around for an average time following the swallow, with a lightly tart fruity taste and a mild alcohol warming sensation that lingered for a short while.

Mouthfeel was just barely past light in body with a mildly dry texture and a ticklish carbonation.

Overall this was a lightly malty sweet and refreshing fruity Belgian Ale that was balanced very well by the moderate presence of the Belgian yeast, which helped immensely in hiding the high ABV and creating a smooth and easy drinking experience...


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Photo of HattedClassic
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice creamy white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a very cloudy and hazy medium orange with light ruby notes. The overall look isn't very pretty and kind of unappealing to a certain extent but it still looks nicer than one would expect for a fruit beer.

The smell is pretty simple. The beer has a nice tarty raspberry smell to complement the sweeter and slightly sugary Belgian style yeast. The smells a re pretty balanced and doesn't come out the artificial mess or a watered down smell that plague some fruit beers. Rather, the beer smell has character that show up pretty well.

The beer taste is pretty good all things considering. The stronger notes are the belgian yeast notes who are a bit earthy and also give off a slightly sweet bubblegum flavor. The raspberry is surprisingly strong and not artificial tasting. The fruit's tartness works well to contain the bubblegum flavor of the yeast. Overall, the beer taste is one of the best ones I've had from a fruit a beer, and that is saying something.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and heavy for a fruit beer. The beer has very little carbonation. The beer feels thick and slightly syrupy as it goes down, and not very refreshing. In fact, the beer leaves my mouth a little sticky.

Overall, a pretty decent/good fruit beer. I was very surprised at the flavor and enjoyed it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, raspberries, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a raspberry flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice 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 tasty and the best of the fruited Brainless beers in my opinion.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Release #11. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, opaque, peach-orange coloring with a filmy, sparse surface coating of head. That, of course, is after the absolute gush from the bottle upon opening. Aromas of subtle tart raspberry, a bready backbone, subtle spice blends, bubble gum, and hints of vanilla. Flavors are very tart raspberry forward, real fruit flavors, with a sugary sweet core. Wow, this is like chewing on the actual fruit. Booze kick underneath, with some tangy and funky yeast notes, subtle clove and all spice blend, and a bready backbone. The increased carbonation gives the body a sharpness, almost astringent character, but that does well to keep the sweetness in check. The aftertaste is a blend of tart raspberry and sugary notes, with creamy highlights ducking in and out, too. Sharp, dry, crisp finish. This is a sipper, and it's interesting.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A ; pours a soft peach pink color witha cm of soft pink hued head, weak retention, little lacing.

S - raspberries, bubble gum, clovey yeast.

T - not sour or tart at all. Too bad. Basically tastes like a light Belgian golden ale (clove, spice, bubblegum yeasty) with hints of raspberry sweetness. More raspberry and sour qualities would do wonders.

M - light bodied but somewhat thick on the tongue, plentiful carbonation. Pretty ideal here imo

O - raspberry flavored Belgian with raspberry sweetness. I guess it is what it says it is but wish it was so much more

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours an amber red with a soft lightly pink head. Fizzy at times, frothy look overall.

S: All about raspberries, very fruity with a hint of Belgian character.

T: Some solid malt flavour, but the berries dominate giving a solid but somewhat medicinal/cough syrup flavour. In the end it's not so bad, just a bit off-putting.

M: Medium-bodied, a tad cloying. Frothy soft carbonation character.

O: An OK effort, BoPeaches is still the gold standard of this series for me.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

A decent sour from Epic. Prominent raspberry aroma with a hint of grain. Big fruit middle and finish with low hopping. Medium carbonation and body. Decent look and feel, OK head and lace. Worth a try.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Batch #2... Paid about $8 at the COOP... Poured into my slim tulip. Pours a clear orangy/pink... the head has a pink tinge... the bubbles die back very very quickly.

Nose smells like raspberry candy with some background Belgian phenols.

Flavor is thankfully more dry and shows more clovey phenols... sorta a light peppery element... plenty of berry flavor.

Body is medium with decent carbonation... certainly does not feel or taste like nearly 10%...


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Photo of Jree261
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Almost purple out of the bottle with a vivid white foam.

Smell-Like raspberries in candy form. Almost medicinal.

Taste-First time I tasted it I thought it tasted like a raspberry Tootsie Pop. Something that would work for dessert. Second time I tasted it all I got was the medicine flavor and tongue coating.

Mouthfeel-Light with a finish that somewhat drops off and coats the mouth. Yikes.

Overall-Way too much medicine. The other fruit beers really benefit from the oaking to tone down the overwhelming flavors of the fruit. Hopefully next year they will do that for the Brainless Raspberries and help it out a lot.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.25/5  rDev -11%

A: Creamy red and brown. Not a big head.

S: Raspberries are there. Some esters and yeast as well.

T: Very unique. It's like a farmhouse or some other kind of wheat beer with tart raspberry notes in the background. Subtle fruit tartness (expected a lot more of this up front), wheat, some funk, and cream. Weird, but not bad.

M: Fairly full. Wheaty and creamy at the same time. I like the touch of crisp carbonation that balances it out a bit.

O: Not a bad beer, but wouldn't have it again. The flavors are a little unbalanced and the heaviness is kinda weird for the style. This is a good one time only beer though.

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Photo of Zorro
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear reddish brown colored ale with a small pinkish white colored head.

Smells sweet like syrup with a medium level of raspberry in it. Little bit of vanilla and caramel to the scent. Not super complex.

Starts out mildly sweet with a slight tart edge and a lite level of bitterness. Tastes mildly spicy and a little woody. Very lightly flavored.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall an OK beer, but seriously light in every way.

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Brainless Raspberries from Epic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.