Brainless IPA Belgian-Style India Pale Ale | Epic Brewing Company

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Brainless IPA Belgian-Style India Pale AleBrainless IPA Belgian-Style India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
223
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
55
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 223 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Story Tavern in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop 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 drinkable but I don't think that a cask presentation is optimal for this beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

like all epic beers from this series and beyond, the use of hops in this beer is expert. it pours a fantastic bright golden color with some darker orange hues and a massive fluff white head. the nose on it is distinctly Belgian yeast, floral and supercharged, complimenting the ripe citrus hop profile of this beer. the flavor is much like the nose, with the hop presence carrying throughout the whole beer, moving from lemony to bitter very quickly, and the summer yeast keeping everything dancing. the grain bill is light, but has a graham crackery honey sweetness to it that works well with the other players. the feel is outstanding too, with electric carbonation prickling the palate, and a drinkably medium body working. the finish is bitter and yeasty, as it should be in a Belgian ipa. this to me is another genre definer from epic, everything you want in the style and nothing you don't. it should be in a museum somewhere for that reason. too many lousy versions out there, this one struck a chord with me.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz glass at Beer Revolution's Epic (that's a proper noun, with a capital 'e') tap incursion.

This beer appears a cloudy, dark apricot amber colour, with one fat-ass finger of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a thin wall of fog bank lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of testy Belgian yeast, peppy orange and red grapefruit flesh, grainy caramel malt, a bit of white pepper spice, and further leafy, herbal, and grassy hops. The taste is muddled generic domestic citrus, a more laid-back earthy yeastiness, semi-sweet grainy caramel malt, black pepper dust, and more leafy, weedy, and lightly perfumed floral hops.

The carbonation is rather mild in its plain and hard to detail frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, that yeasty character taking a minor tithe. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel, mixed fruit, and yeast all arranging thusly.

Overall, a fairly well-made version of this hybrid style, the hoppy bitterness and yeasty astringency butting heads, yeah, but more or less gently. Not my favorite thing, but I can admit when something will play well to the aficionados kicking about, and this one surely must.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; release #3, bottled on 2/2/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, pear, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and yeast notes. Taste of lemon zest, grapefruit, orange zest, pear, floral, grass, pepper, pine, and earthy yeast spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pear, floral, pepper, pine, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with spicy esters; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly sticky and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian IPA. Good balance of hop and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for the most part i think i have liked Epic's beers more than most.Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazed burnt orange with a large fluffy white crown that left two broken rings of lace behind as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.Aromas of overripe tropical fruits and light phenols,there is a little herbal and resinous note that get bigger as I drink more as well.Flavors of the before mentioned tropical fruits with some toasted grain and some mildly spicy phenols.Not an overly complex beer but the flavors are not bad.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The hoppy IPA quality is quite nice. Mixed with the Belgian yeasty flavors it's really quite interesting. Amber brew in the glass with a nice foamy appearance and mouthfeel. Flowers and resins in the aroma.

Warm and spicy with roast malt and a tangy sensation. Thoroughly pleasant burr of bitterness with some pine and plenty of fruit. A lighter body with rich flavors. Moderately bitter aftertaste with more spice in the nose. Slight drying out at the end, but just sweet enough to go with the yeastiness. Very drinkable and to my palate, much better than the simple hop bomb IPAs.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in San Diego, where they have a nice selection of Epic beers.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tdm168
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark, murky orange with a big, soft, white head that has decent retention

S - big citrus, oranges, bread, faint belgian yeast

T - very citrusy, oranges, peaches, apricot, mildly bitter finish, some faint belgian yeast

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied, some warming alcohol

This is a really nice, fruity, citrusy, Belgian IPA. I was very impressed. It's got a great hop character and overall flavor as well as great drinkability. This is definitely a beer worth trying.

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of dwagner003
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch #2

Picked this up tonight at the COOP for $6ish... Poured into my HotD tulip.. 2 finger off white head has great retention and produces sheets of lacing atop a slightly hazy light orange brew.

Nose shows nice citrus hoppiness... some tropical fruits.. yeasty notes show as some pink bubblegum and some light clovey notes... pale malts are there, but only to magnify the other aromas.

Flavor begins with a moderate bitter bite up front and then dies off and doesn't show again until the finish.. in the middle, the palate is much more dominated by the yeasty elements... again, bubblegum and lesser clove.. hoppiness is citrus zest and something that I could be misidentifying as pineapple..

Body/carbonation are typical IPA.. but the astounding head lends a sorta creamy mouthfeel as the sip goes down.

Pretty good.... Not the best Belgian IPA I have had, but well made nonetheless.

4.25/3.75/3.5/3.75/3.75

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Photo of Zorro
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed deeply amber colored ale. Going to call this one Orange in color and it fits with with my idea of the color IPA Orange. Small white colored head.

Smells strongly hopped with Northwestern US hops. Scents of grapefruit and onion. Strong coriander scent. Judging just by scent they went balls to the wall with the hops here. Strong tea and citrus aromas.

Starts out very woody and dry. Strong coriander and tea flavors. Very woody and faintly soapy. Spicy with the flavor of cedar wood.

Mouthfeel is woody.

Overall this is OK. Needs more depth.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours medium amber orange color with a very thick, frothy white head and moderate carbonation.

S - Yeasty and citrus zing on the nose. Orange and zingy grapefruit.

T - Zesty orange, grapefruit peel, peppery notes, some yeast, some herbalness, biscuity malt.

M - Thick medium with a nice smooth texture on the tongue with mild carbonation on the back of the tongue.

O - This is a very nice Belgian IPA that has just enough bitterness on the backside to balance things out.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Brainless IPA Belgian-Style India Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 223 ratings.
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