Brainless Raspberries
Epic Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #366
ABV:
9.7%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,066
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 11.72%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
383
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Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 383
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a hazy rose tinted amber with a modest, though long-lasting head. Some raspberry scent in the nose,,,and the mouth. The alcohol is muted, but obviously dangerous! Whew!

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Photo of Bstoeckel
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this as a nitro pour. For a nearly 10% fruit beer I thought this was great. A nice fix of fruitiness and smoothness from the pour. Not much head for a nitro, but really hard to tell it had this level of alcohol for how creamy and refreshing it was.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely palenread in color with minimal head. No lacing is visible. The smell is raspberry and perhaps a touch of wild mint. The flavor sees that wild mint play a little more along with the raspberry. This is a sweet beer, and I drank it, the sweetness increased making the raspberry and mint a little sickly. Feel was medium with light carbonation, sticky finish.

A disappointment. I had hoped for more. As for that mint taste, I can't say it made the beer poorer, but it didn't help.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 02/23/17:

Semi-opaque reddish orange with orange-pink creamy-white fluffy head of good retention. Smells of raspberries and harsh, almost vegetal grains. Luckily the latter aroma falls away quickly. Raspberry tartness on palate, but not overly sweet. A backdrop of graininess and grassiness. Medium body approaching light with medium fizzy but almost effervescent carbonation.

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Photo of alladventures_endinbeer
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

look: very nice copper color with a hint of red. thin white head. not heavily carbonated. nice lacing on the side of the glass.
smell: fruit notes are first to hit the nose, with a slight hint of ester. a slightly spicy note as well, most likely from the yeast.
taste: raspberries. a little more malty than i initially expected, which tones down the iconic fruitiness of common raspberry beers. slightly tart, but not sour.
feel: light to medium bodied. subtle carbonation.
overall: this beer is unique, and i commend the different qualities that it possesses compared to other raspberry beers; however, it is not among my favorite raspberry or belgian beers. this isn't entirely negative though, seeing that i place both raspberry and belgian beers high on my favorites list.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazed pinkish color with a pink tinged head. Aroma had raspberries, Belgian yeast, some bubblegum and alcohol. Taste has berries upfront, big sweet malt and alcohol burn. It's more sweet than tart, nearly completely cloying. Overall, disappointing, it's a bit too sweet and the fruit note is one dimensional here.

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Photo of jooler
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look is red with no head.
smell is just like raspberry sour from avery.
taste isn't really sour. it is just really tart with lots of funk
feel is not as crisp as you would expect from a belgium ale
overall, its meh.

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Photo of Koral
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: bright red, lets you know the raspberries are here to party
Smell: raspberry, nitro tap smoothes out most of the belgian yeast aromas
Taste: smooth raspberries, estery finish from the belgian yeast
Feel: nitro tap creamed out the beer and gave it a full, thick mouthfeel

Excellent beer!

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pink/light violet color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sour raspberries. Smell is tart, but also sweet, raspberry, a touch of alcohol, but not much. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but not really my thing.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nitro tap

Pours a mostly clear deep pinkish red. Creamy head is pinkish white and firm, retaining indefinitely.

Aroma is of fresh raspberries, citrus, and buttered biscuit malts.

Flavor is sweet raspberry and blueberry with some citrus and bretty tartness. Buttered biscuit malt undertone.

Medium creamy body with tingly carbonation that hits the roof of the mouth.

Very tasty Belgian-inspired fruit beer with some great fresh fruit flavor. More sweet and malty than tart. Great fruit beer and worth trying. Works well as a nitro pour.

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Photo of kitch
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 fl. oz. bottle, Release #33, brewed on 3rd November 2014 and packaged on 19th November 2014. Poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy pinkish red orange colour (like pink guava juice) with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Fruity raspberry juice and strawberry jam.

Taste: Sweet and lightly tart raspberry and strawberry jam flavours with a good amount of alcohol bite that’s not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: It’s a good beer that has a nice alcohol bite and while its not overpowering, I do prefer fruit beers to be a bit lighter though and hence Epic Lil’ Brainless Raspberries was slightly better in my opinion.

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Photo of thebeers
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and pale gray-hued raspberry color with a thin, half finger of blueberry-tinted white head that's quick to dissipate. Tart, fresh raspberries dominate the aroma. They're slightly lighter and sweeter in the taste, which has some Belgian yeast characteristics mid palate and then more raspberry juice in the aftertaste. A little alcohol in the aftertaste. Light to medium bodied and light on the carbonation. I guess I got what was advertised on this one. It tastes like a lightly carbonated raspberry soda or wine cooler. It's not bad, just boring.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a bright copper color with a thin white head that began to disappear quickly. Not much in the way of carbonation. This is a fruit beer where I was not overwhelmed by fruit flavor. I actually get a nice fruity tartness smell mixed with a sweet bread aroma and a little alcohol. A very nice mild taste. A sweetness up front with a mix of fruit and malts and it ends with a tartness. Very easy to drink

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Photo of jp32
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Transparent copper in color. No head retention.

Smell: The smell is strong of raspberries. Tart raspberries. I'm unable to detect if this is a real raspberry aroma or if it's made with an artificial raspberry substance, but it sure is strong in the nose.

Taste: Lighter raspberry profile than it's aroma, and this time I'm leaning much more towards real raspberries. Some faint blueberry or mulberry flavors as well. Taste finishes with a crisp sparkling water note and ritz cracker aftertaste.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap 3/6/2016 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a large dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains raspberries, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of raspberries, caramel and spices come in. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect and there is not much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are better options available within the style.

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Photo of Dopen993
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can into tulip, no date.

L. Very much cranberry in color. Crystal clear with light head and moderate lacing.
S. Cranberries, lots and lots. A lot of sweet and tart if that makes sense. Some nice wheat notes thrown in.
T. Sweet berry notes up from, tartness on the finish that lingers.
F. Light body with nice carbonation.
O. A very easy drinking lighter beer. perfect for summer. Which has my wondering why I am drinking it on a 20 degree day in February.

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Photo of CraigTravor
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

good flavour. Strong fruit presence. I have been impressed with the Epic Brainless series with fruits. This one doesn't disappoint. The color is great. The finish seems a little less than ideal. But I like it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - let's see if a headier fruit can redeem this 'brainless' series from Epic.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium salmon colour, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly pink-tinged head, which leaves some skewed sheet lightning lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of tart and sweet raspberry puree, bready, grainy pale and caramel malt, a bit of graham cracker (though that could just be the pie associations immediate in my mind), some earthy yeast, and a touch of cold, steely alcohol. The taste is bready, lightly doughy caramel malt, a still up for it real and ripe raspberry fruitiness, a twinge of grainy wheat edginess, some ethereal funky dairy thing, a suggestion of spicy citrus, and well-behaved estery booze notes.

The carbonation is fairly light and tickling in its lilting frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, buoyed as it is by the guest fruitiness, and generally smooth, nothing else really willing to crash the party right now. It finishes well off-dry, the mixed-seeming malt joining the lingering raspberry jam sassiness in perpetuating that eponymous pie sense of days gone by for me.

Well, hitting 1 for 3 might get you a fat-ass Major League contract, but it doesn't fly when the beer side of the metaphor comes in ~20 dollar installments. So, Brainless Raspberries works, perhaps due to the strength of the titular fruit, but you won't find me signing any sort of long-term contract with this roster.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. draft
Glass: Snifter
From: Tap n Handle in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: $5.00
Purchased: April 18, 2015
Consumed: April 18, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a reddish, auburn, semi-clear color with two fingers of off-white head when I got it. Sporadic, foamy lacing on the sides. Above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled raspberry, caramel, buttery malts, light blueberry and light grape. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted raspberry ice cream, raspberry jam, other berries and light grape. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, fruity finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Just a very nice fruity beer, although I’m a sucker for raspberry beers. I’d have this again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

3.88 | 87 | B+

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This unique Belgian style ale pours a cloudy brownish red with a fizzy quickly dissipating pink head of foam that leaves a thin pool and decent lacing. Nose of light raspberries, light caramel malts, strong booze, and a hint of clove and perhaps mace. Flavors are tart sweet raspberries and sweet malts colliding in a symposium of a lightly tart ale with a dash of clove on the background. Alcohol warmth comes through on the back with gusto, while the smooth highly carbonated mouth feel makes this a lively and easy sipper. Very interesting., not sure it would be a go to brew, but it is still decent for what it is.

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Photo of humuloner22
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was intrigued by this beer since it was something i would imagine is similar to the New Glarus "fruit" beers. If they are like this beer I don't think I am ready for that style.

Appearance: Fairly ruby red with some brownish notes, virtually no head.

Aroma: First thing I noticed was an overly boozy nose and not much in the fruit category. I felt like this beer was too estery, and more like a generic Belgian ale with fruit juice added to it.

Taste: Like mixing a little bit of the cran-raspberry juice from the supermarket juice aisle with a mediocre Belgian style ale.

Overall: Very much let down with this beer considering the price. It was too boozy and not very complex. I shared it with a friend and they pretty much agreed with this assumption.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice creamy white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a very cloudy and hazy medium orange with light ruby notes. The overall look isn't very pretty and kind of unappealing to a certain extent but it still looks nicer than one would expect for a fruit beer.

The smell is pretty simple. The beer has a nice tarty raspberry smell to complement the sweeter and slightly sugary Belgian style yeast. The smells a re pretty balanced and doesn't come out the artificial mess or a watered down smell that plague some fruit beers. Rather, the beer smell has character that show up pretty well.

The beer taste is pretty good all things considering. The stronger notes are the belgian yeast notes who are a bit earthy and also give off a slightly sweet bubblegum flavor. The raspberry is surprisingly strong and not artificial tasting. The fruit's tartness works well to contain the bubblegum flavor of the yeast. Overall, the beer taste is one of the best ones I've had from a fruit a beer, and that is saying something.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and heavy for a fruit beer. The beer has very little carbonation. The beer feels thick and slightly syrupy as it goes down, and not very refreshing. In fact, the beer leaves my mouth a little sticky.

Overall, a pretty decent/good fruit beer. I was very surprised at the flavor and enjoyed it.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber in color with tinges of pink, the body is moderately hazy, the head is small, off-white, and fairly dense, with good retention. Thin, fine lacing in a Belgian pattern adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising.

Aroma: Fermented raspberries are very prominent in the aroma, nothing at all like the artificial raspberry flavoring often found in "raspberry-flavored" beers. Dark malt and alcohol offer quite substantial contributions to the aroma, but the raspberries utterly dominate.

Taste: Opens with a strong burst of raspberries, like unsweetened jam. Soon after sweet, spicy alcohol and dark malt surge into the taste. The 9.9% ABV presents very gracefully without being hot or solvent-like . A fairly substantial, earthy yeast presence is also notable, as well as a moderate herbal hop presence. All of these other flavors serve as accompaniments to the raspberries, ever complimenting but never dominating. As the taste progresses, there are brief flourishes of other flavors: pepper, vanilla, and caramel. The taste ends as it began, with raspberries, counterbalanced with a pronounced but graceful woodiness.

.Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-made example of the style, which bespeakes the skill of the brewer. Brainless Raspberries would serve as an elegant alternative to champagne, or as a compliment to dessert.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

A decent sour from Epic. Prominent raspberry aroma with a hint of grain. Big fruit middle and finish with low hopping. Medium carbonation and body. Decent look and feel, OK head and lace. Worth a try.

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Brainless Raspberries from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 383 ratings