Lil' Brainless Raspberries
Epic Brewing Company

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #478
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
81
Ranked #41,986
Avg:
3.57 | pDev: 11.48%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
161
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Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
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Lil' Brainless RaspberriesLil' Brainless Raspberries
Notes: This is an easy drinking version of our big, bold Brainless Raspberries. Brewed exclusively with natural raspberry puree, which gives this beer it's unique pink color, as well as hints of raspberry bubblegum, sweet fruit jam, and a pleasant dryness that makes this beer perfect for easy going affairs.
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Photo of EMV
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy raspberry colored pour (I know, best I could do) with massive pink-tinged white head. Great lacing.

S: Raspberry juice... tart and fruity.

T/F: Mild sweet/tart fruit flavors... strong raspberry flavor, juicy/fruity. Not too sweet... not too tart... but an ooch too mild/thin. Very light bodied. Fizzy carbonation.

O: Simple... but tasty. An easy drinker that will be perfect for the better weather whenever it actually chooses to arrive. A little thin but enjoyable.

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Photo of huthuty
4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful dark red and translucent, small head
Smell is bready malt with raspberry, almost like jam and toast
Taste is very sweet of raspberries and the mouth feel is a bit flat
Overall this is a great beer to perhaps bring a chick, although I wouldn't drink them all day

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Photo of Parmesan
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L: Slightly murky strawberry jam color, with a creamy white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves very little lacing on the glass.

S: Raspberry fruit and jam and tartness.

T: Tart raspberry, that finishes with a bit of sweet raspberry. Very one note, it all seems to be raspberry.

F: Light body with a prickly carbonation

O: This isn't a bad beer, but it is very one note and there is not a lot of complexity.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful strawberry-red punch color, with a beautiful 2 finger bubble gum pink head. Very appealing.

Lots of fantastic raspberry aromas - mainly fresh raspberries, raspberry pop, and fruit wine. Slight seltzer/salt aroma.

The flavor starts out a little watery, but actually comes full force bringing all the elements of the nose into the mix. Raspberry soda, sangria, raspberry ice, and a faint malty, seltzer finish.

Feel is creamy, which is surprising, with quite a lot of water underneath it, with a some buzzing carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall, a much nicer raspberry ale than other reviews would suggest. I like it a lot.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ruby-amber body with white head that recedes to a nice film, little or no lacing. The beer smells rich with fruit jams, marmalades, and jellies, raspberrries the main ingredient. Tastes exceptionally sweet with raspberry as the main ingredient and a dry tart finish to make this very easily consumed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Scored this in a can, poured it out, looked like a fruited wheat ale. Color looks like it about pinky amber, prolly was yellow then went into that color territory with the addition of raspberries. 1/4" off white head. Aroma, there are raspberries here for sure. They smell like raspberries. Not much else.

Taste is also raspberry. Might be a belgian yeast underneath this, its mostly just sweet raspberry you taste, the adjunct dominates every aspect of the beer, leaves you guessing in terms of the hop, malt and yeast characteristics of the beer. Do you like raspberry? Then you might be into this because it is what it is. So early AM disc golf in summer, sure. For me, after about 6 oz of the beer, it becomes kinda mundane. They tout dryness, but I dunno, more sweet than dry from my vantage point.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a pretty decent fruit beer, which is to say that it didn't overpower with sweetness or tartness. It's very light, though you wouldn't guess that from the dark red coloring. The brewery's description hints at a dry finish, which is necessary to avoid the sticky sweetness that some fruit beers have. Certainly the fuller, heavier version of this one will probably taste a lot different, but I liked this version more than I thought I would.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pinkish orange. Foamy, short, white head that fades fast.

Smells very light. Light raspberry, malt and a little yeast funk.

Tastes light. Light malt, light yeast and light raspberry. Lighter body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can in Yellowstone NP.

Lightly hazy orange copper body topped by a creamy bone colored head.
Raspberry jam, bread and earthy hops in the aroma.
Mildly tart and bitter with good raspberry flavor.
Medium body with medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Raspberries give the aroma an intense sweetness as expected. Of course, some of the natural tartness also comes through, but a lot of sugar is brought to the forefront. The Belgian aspect is also overshadowed by how dadgum sweet it seems. It's a nice raspberry aspect, at least. It doesn't taste as hilariously sweet as the aroma suggested, thankfully. The flavor starts off with loads of raspberry, but the middle and finish shows some welcome restraint to the sugary sweetness. Some tartness lurks around the middle, and it finishes with an indistinct, rudimentary Belgian note. Whereas the aroma seemed intense but imbalanced, the flavor profile is balanced but dull in comparison. The feel is sweet and rounded, perhaps even a bit too sweet (again, not as disastrous as expected). Still, it traverses the tongue with little trouble, and has good carbonation to help will it down. I won't buy it again, but at least it's bland instead of bad...

2.99/5: A fruit beer that's hard to hate...and hard to love

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Photo of superspak
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/copper color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky light pink head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass; with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lightly tart raspberry, strawberry, melon, pear, apple, pepper, light honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart raspberry, strawberry, melon, pear, apple, pepper, light honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light fruit tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, strawberry, melon, pear, apple, pepper, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from carbonation and tart/spiciness as well. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and lightly acidic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a nice fruited Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Prager62
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A twelve ounce can with a cryptic date code that reads Pack ID DEN 3219 12385. Date codes should be straightforward and not require research! I'll pour this mystery in a fancy thistle glass for the review.

Look- Pours a reddish orange leaving a small finger of off white foam. It settles a little but stays fizzy and strong like champagne.

Smell- Slightly tart candy-like raspberry and a little bread.

Taste- Mildly tart raspberry and a hint of perfume.

Feel- Light, wet and fizzy with a mild tartness. It reminds me of flavored seltzer water.

Overall- Nothing game changing here, just a very drinkable mildly tart fruit flavored beer that is satisfying enough on a hot day. I like that it's not sweet or too artificially fruit flavored like so many of these. A nice addition to your summer selection.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purple reddish color so you know its made from real fruit! Head is minimal a 1/4 inch of foam that settles to nothing. Smell is good a nice blend of sweet to tart raspberries and a nice sweet malt profile. Flavor is nice sweet berries with a mild tart edge but agree with others the base (which I assume is a Belgium pale ale) is kind of dull. Body is good light to medium and easy to drink.

Overall this is pretty much what I expected it to be since the regular Brainless Raspberry is kind of lackluster as well at least I only paid a couple bucks for a single.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a hazed copper color with a fizzy head that fades pretty quick. Not much for lace.

Nose is raspberries galore with a little bit of caramel malt in the background. Smells bright and fresh...very good.

Taste has a fair amount of malt to back up the raspberry. The raspberry flavors are clean and fulfilling, but the mouthfeel is a little dull...wish there were more bubbles. It reminds me alot of Great Divide's raspberry ale. I like the fact it is not a wheat beer base, I think the bolder malt flavors go really well with raspberries.

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Photo of kitch
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 fl. oz. can with no canned on or best by date. Poured into a Mikkeller pint glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear pinkish-red copper colour with a one finger slightly off white head that dissipated quickly but left some light lacing.

Aroma: Sweet raspberry juice with some strawberry jam and a hint of grape juice.

Taste: Similar to the aroma with raspberry juice and strawberry jam front and center. Lightly sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed this. It was light, refreshing, juicy and easily drinkable as I finished it pretty quickly. A nice fruit beer. I would have this in my fridge during the summer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours orange with a pinkish hue, with a half finger head that fizzes away quickly to reveal a mostly barren surface.

Smell - Raspberries, a bit of belgian funk, and some wheat.

Taste - Moderate flavor; a wheaty malt profile that's accented by the raspberry fruitiness. Light Belgian spice and a trace of bubblegum. Finishes with fading wheat and a lingering raspberry tartness.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with a fair amount of spritzy carbonation, lending itself to a crisp, dry finish.

Overall - A bit more belgian character would've been nice, but this beer is pretty good as is. Easy drinking and just enough flavor to keep it interesting. If you like raspberries, give it a try.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a can of Epic's Lil' Brainless Raspberries for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I thought Brainless on Raspberries was nice and I'm interested to see how this more sessionable version turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice darker red color that took on more of a brighter ruby color when held to the light with a half a fingers worth of slightly off white bubbly head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish it had better head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of sweetness with a doughy aroma being the first to show up and it leads into a slight bready malt aroma that goes right into a fizzy wine cooler like aroma with some noticeable raspberry aromas that are on the lighter side. Towards the end there's a little more sweetness. This beer has a nice aroma but I wish it wasn't so wine cooler like.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with that same bready and doughy aspects being the first to show up then it goes into that same wine cooler like aspect, but it's a little lighter than it was in the aroma. Up next comes the raspberries which are still noticeable, but they are a little lighter than they were in the aroma. Towards the end it gets a little watery tasting with a slight bit of tartness at the end with some doughy, bready and slight raspberry like aftertaste. This is an ok tasting beer, but the taste was a little too light for me and the wine cooler like flavors held it back.

M- Smooth, slightly refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was just an Ok beer and I thought it was a very average example of the style, nothing stuck out about it and the flavors were too light for me with too much wine cooler like flavors. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is more than enough enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance aroma and mouthfeel, they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it was too light and too wine cooler like. I don't think i would buy this beer again and I might turn one down. I can't say I recommend it, but if you want some wine cooler like flavors in your beer it might be worth a try. All in all I wasn't impressed with this one, the regular version was good and not wine cooler like, but this one ended up going in the wrong the direction and it didn't turn out as good as it could have. It's one of my least favorite beers from Epic and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a.murky brownish red with low head. Smells of creamy wheat and red raspberry. Raspberry fruitiness starts off strong and builds with a strawberry and tartness at the end. Again cream is persistent through the beginning until the tartness finishes slightly sweet and sour with a touch of saltyness. Beer was tasty. This really screams a hot patio to me though the sweetness was a little too in your face for me.

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Photo of cbutova
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- 12oz can pours into a tulip with a clear, pink-red body and a thick and tall foamy head. Despite its texture the cap drops fast to small belt around the edges. Plenty of legs but only a few small rings of lacing.

S- As one might expect the nose is packed full of raspberry aroma with an authentic feel at this juncture. Reminds me of a jam as the earthy seeds and everything can be sensed. Straightforward but well done.

T- I must mention the body here because this brew really drops off from a fresh, bright aroma. The raspberry starts the flavor off but quickly drops out to general sugary sweetness and it ends up feeling like half fruit juice half seltzer water. The body is extremely light and watery and does nothing to back up the flavors. Sweet rather than tart.

MF- Follows suit with the taste and really lets the brew down. Watery and thin bodied with a fizzy feel that can hardly be referred to as a texture. Very high carbonation gives it a fruit soda feel.

I was hoping for more after the raspberry jam of an aroma. The seedy aspect of it really made the brew feel authentic but unfortunately this one is doomed by a lack of texture, tartness and overall taste. Smell to taste change here is massive.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber ale with a rich red hue and good clarity. It has a ton of fresh raspberry aroma with a light malt sweetness and a bit of bubblegum, Belgian yeast notes.

The flavor is dominated by fresh raspberries with lighter Belgian ale type base flavors for the malt and yeast. The lower alcohol and light style make this a refreshing beer that would be a great accomniment to a fish dish or grilled chicken.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can from Craft Beer Cellar Westford
Pink tinted cloudy golden color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Buttery raspberry on the nose. Tart sweet raspberry with toffee and butter on the flavor. Yeah this is more like a wine cooler than beer honestly.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Reddish brown in color. Fairly clear in appearance. This is pretty disgusting. some overripe raspberries and earthy malt. Thanks for nothing. Borderline drain pour.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium red with a very small white filmy head.

Smells like raspberries alright. Huge aroma of raspberries, not much else. Very simple.

Taste is very similar, but fairly tart.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can. Pours like cranberry juice. Not much head. I smell a very sweet raspberry presence and wheat and saw dust. Almost as if I penetrated a jar of raspberry jam with my nose and starting snorting. Pretty sweet and sharp. Has hints of metal. Finish falls off a cliff. Just turns watery with the ghost of artificial raspberry lingering. Light bodied. Not very impressed unfortunately.

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Photo of mactrail
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ruby-tinged amber beer with a modest mustache of foam in the Morte Subite globe. This could be more sudsy for my palate, but there's enough of a tingle to go with the fruit. There's a pleasant sharp edge, but quite mellow overall. Just a hint of yeast along with the slight woody bitterness of raspberry seeds. The raspberry flavor is distinct. Malty but not sweet. A fine and frolicsome brew for 5.3% ABV.

I think this is a real service to beer freaks as well as the public. Why not have affordable and drinkable fruit beers with Belgian inspiration? This provides a lot of the interest, and more fruit flavor, than a whole lot of certified sours and lacto-bleached ghosts. From the 12 oz can purchased in San Diego for under two bucks and I'm buying more next time I see it.

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