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Brainless Raspberries - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

180 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-11-2013)
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3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

djrn2, Apr 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

nmann08, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Texasfan549, Tuesday at 02:05 AM
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -2%

kjkinsey, Tuesday at 02:06 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

ygtbsm94, Jun 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Jason, Apr 10, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

StonedTrippin, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

mactrail, May 29, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

Halcyondays, Mar 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

imperialking, May 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

InspectorBob, May 14, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%

Release #1

Pours a dark ruby red/golden copper color with bright cherry edges and a one finger, pinkish head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, syrupy aroma with a really strong jammy raspberry presence. Slightly medicinal and artifical smelling but there is a ton of raspberry and sweet malt. Not much else to say about the nose, just puréed raspberry syrup.

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a sweet, tart raspberry presence dominating the flavor. Kind of reminds me of a lesser version of a New Glarus fruit beer. Not as sweet, syrupy or medicinal as he nose suggests with a nice puckering raspberry jam character countering the artifical/syrupy flavor. I was expecting it to be much more cloyingly sweet but it's decently balanced with tartness and subtle malt undertones. The high ABV is excellently masked without a trace of heat. Still, it's a novelty dessert beer that's tough to drink in quantity.

corby112, Apr 23, 2013
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3.24/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

Zorro, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

afsdan, Jul 22, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

superspak, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%

Pours a cloudy pink and copper. Light soapy head

Nice aroma of raspberries and malt. Not heavy on either which is a mistake a lot of breweries make with fruit beers---over compensate with fruit

This one falls a bit short, though. The raspberries taste fake and hollow. Not that they used syrup instead (I don't know), because it's not all that sweet. It's just that the fruit seems to be more of an essence or afterthought. No backbone to it.
And that affects the feel and enjoyment. Not a bad beer technically.

Mebuzzard, Sep 27, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

tdm168, May 18, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

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%...

3.5/3.25/3.5/3.5/3.25

JohnGalt1, Apr 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

drummermattie02, Jan 20, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev +26.3%

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!

BeerFMAndy, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +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.

DrDemento456, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Haybeerman, Nov 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

rfgetz, Aug 31, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

DavoleBomb, May 31, 2013
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Brainless Raspberries from Epic Brewing Company
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