Brainless Raspberries | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 03-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
356
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
55
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, raspberries, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a raspberry flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice 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 tasty and the best of the fruited Brainless beers in my opinion.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

save maybe the kuhnhenn raspberry eisbock, this is one of the most raspberry beers around. very fresh and fruity. it pours a brown tinted red raspberry color with an inch or so of Belgian lacey white head. it smells like fresh berries too, combined with a touch of cocoa powder, Belgian yeast, and a kiss of summer spirit. I pick up some real hops in the flavor, especially on the back end, they are lemon heavy, and cut some of the sweetness of the berries. lighter pils malt bill, although there is some toast to it, and the alcohol, which only really comes out when the beer gets warm. impressively well hidden. I really like the feel too, which I think works well with both the sweetness and tartness of the berries. its very lively on the carbonation, tickling the tongue, and the body is just full enough. like all epic beers, this is a special treat, they just exude quality in all of their beers, and I will continue to try to get as many of them as I can. looking forward to their expansion into Denver.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Batch 2 bottled 3/20/2013. Pours fairly hazy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of tart raspberry, raspberry skin, pear, apple, clove, pepper, floral, candi sugar, bread, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with prominent raspberry presence and good balance of yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of raspberry, pear, apple, clove, pepper, candi sugar, light bubblegum, bread, floral, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, pear, apple, light bubblegum, clove, pepper, candi sugar, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of raspberry and yeast notes; with a nice yeast/malt flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp, smooth, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited Belgian golden ale. All around nice balance of fruit with fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mactrail
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Public House in La Jolla. Beautiful red amber color in the tulip. Not a lot of foam; in fact, it's less carbonated than most beers. This has a tingly mouthfeel, however, as well as a fruity sharpness and heat from the alcohol.

Lovely, lingering scent of berries. A touch of butter. Sweet, but fruity and not sugary. The malt is warm and rich with a little toasted bread. The berries are the main flavor, and this is probably the most raspberry taste I've encountered in a beer. A great take on the Belgian golden fruit-flavored style.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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