Brainless Passion
Epic Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #311
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
84
Ranked #33,982
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 8.56%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
14
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Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
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84
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 14
Photo of Beginner2
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

This is not your father's BSPA.... but it is interesting, well made and, let's say, a bridge.
In reviewing the reviews, Brainless Passion seems caught in the debate between the Belgian traditionalists (my camp) and the innovators who want to push the boundaries using more Brett and other tarting agents and more hops (the camp of most micros inhabit who are trying to work the American palate with innovation.)

I think Brainless Passion is a good compromise and we will benefit from paying attention to what Epic is doing.

As for Looks, Brainless Passion is entirely average (maybe a decent color, but really average foam and not much protein swirling.) This probably is because of all the fruit loaded into the recipe; but that starts to pay off in the Smells; very fruity, tropical. Tastes introduces tart. While it now dominates the ale, it really is modestly tart and this is the ales strength (aside from the alcohol.) Mouthfeel is more "meh", particularly if you are a traditionalist like me.

I had this bomber as refreshment from a hot day and as accompaniment with a pesto and pasta. Brainless Passion did its job in both situations.

While this is my second from Epic, I give them a quick brewer review now. I like Epic. Two cool guys from California set up shop in Utah and it soon changes its laws allowing strong ales and the two cool guys are Utah's pioneers in this Century. I will be in Salt Lake in a month and I will try to find their shop, but if I don't... well, I'm gratified that they also are pioneers in finding the compromise to the BSDA's adjustment to The World According To Brett.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a 10 oz (296 ml) snifter at Rappourt in The Traver Village shopping center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
A: Pours a crystal clear, pink gold color with a one finger, white head, at least rim retention and a little lacing.
S: Tangy/tart. Aromas of passion fruit, apple juice, lactate, and very slight organic funk.
T: Sweet to semisweet and slightly tart. The palate basically follows the nose with a subtle caramel noted. Very little bitterness, but not absent as in many sours: more a pepperiness.
M: Light bodied with light to moderate carbonation. A touch watery.
O: This was billed as a sour where I purchased it, not as a Belgian Pale Ale, and does seem more consistent with the former. As such, it was not an overpowering, hazy sour, much more subtle. It certainly seemed way off from a Belgian Pale Ale. Overall subtly sour with a lot of passionfruit. Think of it as a gateway beer.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Brilliant golden color. A bit hazy - nice head. Dissipates quicker than expected. Foam ring and lacing remain.
Smell: Not that much in the aroma category. Some fruit, some funk, and some Belgian yeast.
Taste: Confusing at first. Tastes a bit odd/off, but gets fruity, tart, sweet, then dry. Not as Belgian-y as I had hoped for but this is a very interesting beer. It reminds me of some Meads I have had (and have made) before. There is a bit of a metallic zing and finishes a bit malty and dry. Passion fruit doesn't always work in a beer, but it is pretty good in this one.
Feel: Decent medium feel. Stays fairly carbonated throughout. Some interest on the tongue.
Overall: This was quite a bit different that I expected. I expected more of a Belgian Blonde or Golden Strong. More fruit forward but maybe could have even used a bit more. Ok Belgian yeast flavor. Not ecstatic about this one but it is pretty good and I would definitely buy again. Give it a try!!!

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Photo of Sabtos
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Slightly foggy burnt gold with a soft creamy blanket and a thick milky collar that leaves some droopy lace.

Smell is very forward of spicy Belgian yeast, bringing notes of clove, and even allspice and cinnamon. There's also a bit of wheat and a hint of pear, but that's it. It's kind of distractingly overpowering and unexpected.

Taste improves, but it's still introduced by strong Belgian phenolic spice that again brings me as far as cinnamon. Wheat then takes hold, as slightly spicy passion fruit and red apple accents comes out in the swallow.

The body is medium but the carbonation is soft and filling, while the finish is stingingly semi-dry.

This is more like an overwrought, basic Belgian Tripel than the slightly tart sour I thought it'd be, especially with the passion fruit, which I was really looking forward to. Big let down.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No head. Golden color. Clear.

Starts out with passionfruit and then it goes Belgian. Kind of triple like with a bit of spice and Belgian yeast. Cloves. Ends a little dry. Solid.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; batch #2, no bottle dating, 2018 vintage. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy passion fruit, papaya, fruit skin, mango, melon, berry, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, peppercorn, light banana/clove, candi sugar, cracker, white bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of passion fruit, fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy passion fruit, papaya, fruit skin, mango, melon, berry, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, peppercorn, light banana/clove, candi sugar, cracker, white bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness, herbal/grassy bitterness, and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy passion fruit, papaya, fruit skin, mango, melon, berry, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, peppercorn, light banana/clove, candi sugar, cracker, white bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of passion fruit, fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spicy and tart/tangy fruit balance; with no cloying, puckering, astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, tart/tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready, grainy, acidic, tangy, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.6%. Overall this is an awesome fruit Belgian strong pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of passion fruit, fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV, with the modesty tart/spicy/drying finish. Extremely juicy authentic Passion fruit flavors; with awesome balance of fruity/spicy yeast complexity, and pale malts/sugars. Not overly sweet/heavy, well attenuated and drying. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Best of the non-soured series I've had yet.

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Brainless Passion from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 14 ratings