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Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale is has a rich and complex malt flavor balanced with a little bit of spicy noble hops and strong influences of fermentation esters from the Belgian yeast used. Various Belgian like Rock Candies, hops and grains are employed to express variations within the style. Deceivingly drinkable, some liken theses ales to Devil sneaking up on you, so consume responsibly.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 06-10-2010

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Avg:
3.71
pDev:
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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 204
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recent bottle from New Jersey. Pours a deep yellow with only a thin head. Gives off yeast and boozy scent. Above average mouthfeel that contains taste of light peach, pepper,and a tad of bubble gum, but also it is bathed in alcohol. Drinkable as a sipper with a meal, but its somewhat of a beer cocktail.

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Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Brainless? Why yes, I think I'd like to try that. It seems like a lovely beer. Even a lifestyle to some, perhaps."

Batch #16, 22 oz. bottle fills up a pair of silver-rimmed Tulips of Darkness. This seems like a fitting beer after a heavy dinner of mashed potatoes, steak, & mushrooms. The pour girds the name: golden, indeed, though the name doesn't mention particulate solids. Nose is nice, gently spicy Belgian yeasting, soft hops, lots of sweet candied sugar & shot of earthiness.

Brainless Golden Ale is a good solider to the style & doesn't quite live up to the nose. The sweetness floods out the delicate niceties apparent in the nose; too much malt. Spiciness does assert itself somewhat & saves the experience. Crackles with pepper, green apples, & vague spices. Earthiness & hops on the nose break up & go MIA. Nice & crisp, & the mouthful of cane sugar makes this a nice sipper for a sweet tooth.

Good brew, solid Belgian Pale. That's all.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz tulip glass at Beer Revolution, as part of their octet of Epic Brewing takeover taps for what 'appears' to be one day only! #wishfulthinking

This beer appears a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with a thin cap of wispy and frothy off-white head, which leaves some minor streaky lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of gritty pale and caramel malt, muddled pome and citrus fruit, spicy and testy yeast, and plain leafy and weedy hop bitters. The taste is more of the same - warm caramel, a touch of wheat, yer typical grocery produce aisle apple, orange and pear fruitiness, now sedate yeast, some mildly metallic and estery alcohol, and subtle weedy and floral noble hops.

The carbonation is quite moderate in its more or less genteel frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a bit of alcohol astringency mucking things up, as it were. It finishes trending dry, the fruity and boozy characters pretty much dominating.

Overall, much more akin to a Tripel, which I'm aware is sometimes just splitting hairs, though the fruitiness and booze-fueled warmth do seem capable of running the show. Not particularly difficult to drink, simple, and eventually (!) quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Etan
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, batch 19.

A: Pours an absolutely clear light gold with a decent white head and some lacing.

S: Strong yeast, lemon, pale malt and bright grain. Very sugary, slight funk.

T: Sugary, stone fruit, rice-like grain flavor, subtle solvent alcohol behind. Doughy and fruity, with a bit of a hoppy herbal note lingering on the end.

M: Light tingly carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Not bad, but the alcohol shows a bit too much and the grain profile isn't rich enough.

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Photo of OutFox
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, poured into a La trappe goblet.

A - Clear orange. Very orange in color. Pure white head, decent retention and good lacing.

S - Spicy, lots of spice. Corriander, orange peel. Yeasty as well which is good. Almost a slight sweetness from the Belgian yeast.

T - Almost the same as the nose, good spice really pleasant. The orange peel comes through well, but lots of spice to me. Yeasty and good. Not just orange though, good citrus to it.

M - Not as carbonated as I like my Belgian. Sorta missed the bubbles. Good otherwise.

O - First brew from Epic. Got off on the right foot for sure. Going to keep the brewery in mind for future reference.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle, Batch #17, 8.5% abv). Pours clear golden with white head. Active carbonation. Aroma of belgian yeast, green apple, spices, hard candy. Taste is sweet, with the rock candy and apple being prominent and a bit of hop bite that subsides as the sweet, yeasty malts resurface. Medium bodied with a slick, almost buttery, texture. Smooth finish that is almost cider-like. Solid offering from Epic!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #19.

A: A pale tangerine orange with a good clarity shows a misty rise of effervesce snaking its way upward in a methodical fashion. The head is slight, oatmeal in color with a short life span quickly becoming a patchy covering that offered little lace.

S: Spicy oranges, fresh wheat stalks with a fade of light field flowers. Dry orange peels come on the trail.

T: Yeasty, very spicy, again oranges, with a feisty bite along with a faint peppery nature. In the middle lies earthy green shrubbery, lemon straw and grapefruit. The finish finds dry wheat and oranges with perfumy wildflowers and a spicy bite of citrus. Very bready palate, assertive upfront and smoothes out in the finish. Upon warming the alcohol becomes much more evident as well a caramel orange candy sweetness with some toasted grains.

M: tingly at first, with a syrupy feel. Warming alcohol with a spicy bite of oranges and pepper being left behind on the tongue.

O: Overall nice flavor, spicy and bright with a soothering finish. Definitely worth a pick up. Very good.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: there is chill haze on the glass, but it is a pretty clear golden amber/straw color with a hint of orange. poured a 1 finger white head, but that quickly fades as i type, and settles around a thin film on top

s: massive ripe pears, green apple skin, and a small banana note in there. behind the fruit is a nice lemongrass aroma followed by sweet grass, nice malts, and a little bit of citrus zest. there is some Belgian-spiced yeast in the aroma as well; not too strong, but there enough to cut some of the sweetness and fruit

t: taste follows the nose pretty well here. there is a big blast of ripe fruit upfront - pear, green apple, and some banana. there is some clove mixed in there as well which is nice. behind that is nice sweet malt presence, as well as a big bready/cracker malt presence that dries out the flavor in a good way. there is a very subtle hint of funk in here as well, though I don't believe it has any brett. finish is fruity and has a little bit of peppery-spice in here. no real alcohol presence at all, making this very dangerous

m: medium mouthfeel, with carbonation level that seems just a tad low

o: a nice representation of the style, but has a few flaws that prevent it from hitting that next level. i'd like to see a little more spice from the yeast in here, as well as just a bit more carbonation. that said, its not a bad beer, and i would drink again for sure

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty decent take on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Pours a nice orange color with a small bubbly, delicate white head. Head retention is poor. leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell is fairly moderate but contains a yeasty aroma and some spices.

Tastes pretty good..captures the essence of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale...yeast spices, candi sugar etc. without being that strong or pronounced.

Mouthfeel appears a bit thin up front but continuous sipping takes care of that.

Overall this is a pretty good Belgian and I would enjoy trying it again.

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Photo of bogus564
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

I have a day off from work, so why not enjoy a cold beverage? Here goes...

Spot-on with the color; it certainly is a golden ale. A bit cloudy, with a 2 cm wheat-colored head that dissolves quickly into clouds. Could be somebody.

It smells very grassy, and I don't get much else from it. I'm going full nose, and that's it. Maybe the taste will be a pleasant surprise.

Okay, it certainly tastes like a Belgian ale. The usual suspects (banana, grass, yeast, orange, florals) are in the lineup, and banana is the prime suspect. A bit of malty sweetness is in the mix as well, and the balance is pretty good. I'm impressed.

Mouthfeel is jolly good, almost great. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, washes over the palate nicely, dry finish. Jolly good indeed.

Overall, a good drinking beer. Good with hot dogs. Enjoy.

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Photo of Douglas88
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a initially large foamy white head. The aroma is spicy malts, banana, sweet citrus. The flavor is rich and spicy; huge almost bitter spices, banana and cloves, sweet fruity malts. Clean and fluffy. Nice!

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Release 27, bottled 1/1/2012. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, banana, grape, bread, clove, pepper, floral, candi sugar, grass, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity and spicy yeast esters. Taste of pear, apple, banana, grape, bread, clove, floral, pepper, grass, candi sugar, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, bread, floral, clove, candi sugar, grass, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters with malt sweetness; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian golden ale. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Utah State Liquor Store in St. George, Utah, based on the surprisingly low price (about 5 bucks for the bomber). I have been wanting to try the fruit versions of this one, but figured Id buy this one while I had the chance.

Poured a nice hazy dark golden color with a quickly disappearing white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, spices and a hint of citrus zest. Medium to full bodied, sweet and a little cloying near the end.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into: River Horse snifter with enough force to produce a good head.

S: Bright shiny gold, crystal clear. One might use the word “dandelion” or “school bus” to describe the yellow hue to this blond beauty. And you know what they say- “blondes” have more fun. A stark, creamy white cap forms, then recedes quickly to a ring around the outside and a small island in the middle. Tiny bubbles zip their way to the top to join their foamy brethren.

A: Spicy, peppery, clove-y phenols. Bright orangey citrus and spicy, noble hops. The grain yields a delicate cracker-like pale malt aroma. A bit of fruity (banana and bubblegum) esters from the Belgian yeast- not strong like a hefeweizen, mind you- just a touch. There seems to be a whiff of grain husk, or hay.

T: An initial Belgian spice base of coriander, citrus rind, cloves, grains of paradise, maybe even anise greets the senses. Sweetness from candy sugar shows up in the middle. There’s a warming (but smooth), boozy finish, plus a dry, bitterness and spiciness that keeps you coming back for more. But be warned, this golden goddess garnishes your sobriety if consumed too quickly. It touts an 8.9% abv, concealed well by the light, effervescent body.

F: Prickly, light, but not watery. Long dry, bitter finish.

O: Dry, bright, multi-faceted. It’s not Duvel, but hey, there’s only one of those. This is an enjoyable, solid offering from a non-Belgian brewery taking on this devilishly drinkable style. In a pinch, this is a no-brainer.

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Photo of andrewm190
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Epic delivered one of the first notable beers I think I've had in a while. I'm still relatively new to Belgians in general, but I think this beer stood out. It poured a nice light golden color with a thick head. The aroma wasn't particularly intense to me, but the taste stood out. To my pallet, the golden ale brought a well-balanced flavor rich with citrus and spice. Mouthfeel was clean and crisp, despite being served relatively warm, and finished relatively clean. True, I took a nap about half way though due to the elevated ABV, but this was the first beer that separated itself for me in the last couple of weeks.

Also went great with a little jalepeno sausage.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a 1pt. 6 oz. brown bottle - release #32 - 8.5 abv

Brainless Golden Ale body is a lightly foggy orange/gold color that produced a 1-finger white head. The head reduced rather quickly to a ring of foam in my tulip glass. The smell is of light fruit, pear and green apple followed by a light spice. The taste like the nose is dominated by fruit with a slightly stronger pepper/spice. The yeast and a light sugar sweet flavor also make their appearance. The mouth feel is medium with a nice carbonation. Some alcohol is also present.

Overall, a solid offering from Epic Brewing that is a good example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at george st alehouse in new brunswick. They had an epic beer night so it came with a pint glass... nice!

Arrives in a pint glass with a thin ring of foam. Brilliant yellow color and lightly carbonated. Aroma is pretty mild, some phenolic esters and slight spicy hoppiness.

This beer drinks very smooth- estery flavor is dominant but not overwhelming like other beers that I've had in this style. Pretty refreshing, but there is a bit of an alcohol bite that is not unexpected given the ABV.

Overall this is a pretty good belgian style golden ale. I would order this again.

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Photo of speter
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale golden color with a one-finger fluffy white head that fades to a thin layer, leaving some lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, toasted biscuity malt, honey, light citrus, reminiscent of noble hops.

T: Honey dominates. There is the typical Belgian profile of pepper and coriander, but it's muted in favor of the honey. Clover honey and wildflower honey come to mind. Hops aren't really present, but the taste isn't cloying, so there are clearly some (aged?) hops present.

M: Smooth and creamy. The alcohol is quite well integrated. I'm getting no burn to speak of.

O: At $6, this isn't bad. I may have to pick up another and see how it ages.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Inflatablechair... Sam works for a beer distributor ... His boss is considering getting Epic's line in and wanted feedback... so.... here we go.

22 oz bottle says "Elevated Series Release #1"

Foamy eggshell white head... rocky and persistent .. descent lacing.. the brew is a hazy pale golden.

Nose is pretty impressive.... fruity esters and nice background phenols... pear... some bubblegum... a bit perfumy... some floral notes that I would guess are hops.

Esters and phenols reveal themselves more as clove and hints of banana ... still a fruity pear essence is there... maybe some honeydew... body seems a tad thick for the style.. but the carbonation is about perfect.

I love a good BSPA.. but the phenolic nature would get too me after a whole bomber.

4.5/4/4/3.5/4

Very well made... surprisingly so.. I'm happy with it for sure... Thanks Sammy!!

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Photo of zeledonia
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #16, brewed 26 February 2011. Picked up after Epic just recently started distributing to Minnesota.

Pours a medium golden color, rather enchanting IMO, clear, with streams of bubbles rising up through the glass. Two-finger whitish head fades fairly quickly, but leaves loads of sticky lacing.

Smell is half soft vegetable hops, rather earthy, and half mildly spiced Belgian yeast. It's a good combo, but it needs something more. More oomph, more complexity.

Taste is maltier and more straightforward than the smell. Quite sweet, with the same spice, but not as potent here as it was in the smell. Though tingly peppercorn spice comes on strong as the rest of the flavors fade, bringing some more exciting dimensions to the beer. In fact, this is the highlight for me - that spice kick that comes through late. It powers through the finish, lingering delightfully on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is quite sticky, medium-heavy body. It's a little like drinking honey - it feels that viscous and sugary. Carbonation is definitely on the low side, and I think more would improve the beer. Finish is lasting.

Not the most complex Belgian-style ale, but pretty darn good. The spice character brought out by the yeast is solid and adds a lot to the flavor. Without that, it would be a rather dull slug of sweet pale malts.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Release #17, 8.5% ABV.

4.0 A: Opaque bright yellow orange color. Just under two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Bright peach and apple fruitiness with perhaps a touch of banana esters thrown in. Hay, wet grass, and apple orchard funkiness. Earthy and mildly spicy hops. Yeast gives a mild breadiness as well as notes of pepper and clove.

4.0 T: Really tasty. The peach, apple, banana meshes well with the earthy undertones - hay and apple orchard. Pleasantly spicy with pepper and clove featured. Earthy and spicy hops. Pretty much the same as the nose.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Spritzy and lightly creamy. Good here.

4.0 D: Epic impresses again. I had the Brainless and Cherries and thought it sucked, but it seems like every new batch, they get their act together a little more.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never really would have bought this since it's just the base of their other fruit beers which were pretty lackluster. I found it for only 5 bucks discounted for an old bomber (batch 35) 8.4% ABV.

A - Well the first pour is always the best in this situation. No sediment and with a light pour I even got a 1/4 inch of head that fades to a light lace ring. Still flaky sediment floaties in my bright yellow orange beer.
S - Very fruity with mild hops. Apricot comes to mind. No ethanol or spice so it's indeed a Belgium golden ale.
T - It's quite good. Mildly hoppy very fruity with just a hint of dryness. Just a very sugary sweet Belgium golden ale.
M - ABV is well masked I really can't tell its over 8%. Drinks medium bodied but its over a sipper.

Overall very impressed with this beer I could see why it was aged on fruit but really to make their fruit beers more epic (get the name?) they really should have used more fruit to amp it up. I found the raspberry one was like a sugary punch rather than a beer.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, ABV on label states 8.8%

A: nice golden-yellow color, clear, with good frothy head
S: reminiscent of a Belgian golden ale or tripel with yeastiness and malt, medium nose, alcohol noticeable, fruity
T: didn't know what to expect but surprisingly true-to-type, reminded me a bit more of a tripel due to alcohol which was definitely in the taste, heat from EtOH is there, somewhat cloying too
M: creamy probably from body and cloying
O: a good beer

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color with a moderate sized white creamy head that dies down to a thin lacing ring. Carbonation is light.

S - Yeasty, lemons, bready, cloves, herbs, a little grassy, and slightly earthy.

T - No one flavor dominates and blends nicely on the palette. The tongue is met with a slight lemon herbal kiss followed with and even lacing of herbs, bread dough. Pears and green apples add a fruity nuance.

M - Medium body, slightly thick in thr middle and thins out towards the end (just a little bit).

O - I think this beer is better than the overall rating it's earned so far. I just discovered Epic's beers about a month ago and have been trying as many as I can and continually go back for a few of my favorites. I have been quite impressed with many of Epics beers so far, namely the "Elevated Series".

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Release #17, 8.5% ABV (Epic's website says it was brewed on June 8, 2011). Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with an inch and a half frothy white head. The head retention is excellent, and there's also a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is sweet and spicy, the brew smells like candy sugar, cloves, pears, lemon peel and some green apples. It tastes like pears, peppery spice, candy sugar, cloves, and a bit of grassy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium with decent carbonation. It's slick, smooth and goes down easy. Overall I think this is a good brew, not bad at all for $6.99 a bottle. I'm looking forward to trying the other Epic Brewing beers now!

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Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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