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Brainless Raspberries - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

223 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mactrail
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
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%...

3.5/3.25/3.5/3.5/3.25

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Brainless Raspberries from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.