Epic Brainless on Raspberries Belgian Style Ale

Ever have a brewery that you like that can basically do no wrong? Epic is pretty close to that for me. Almost every beer that I’ve tried has been insanely good and one that I would definitely revisit. One of the beers that I really enjoyed was their Brainless on Peaches. Despite being told that this wasn’t as good as their other offerings by my beer buddy iCarly, I went for it anyway with high hopes.

ABV: 9.7%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hints of raspberry bubble gum flavors from the Belgian yeast and fresh raspberries tease the pallet in this Brainless® offering.”

Random: I don’t understand how people think they will get an unbiased jury for the second sentencing for Jodi Arias. It’s been one of the most publicized cases that I’ve seen in recent memory.

This one poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy reddish-brown color with high carbonation visible throughout. The nose was straight out raspberry. I didn’t get anything else. It smelled almost like a lambic. The taste was tart raspberry up front. Some sweetness came out at the end of the sip. I expected a little more yeast to it as well. I didn’t get any bubble gum flavors either. All I got was total raspberry dominance. The body was thick with high carbonation. The finish was quick with raspberries. I guess iCarly was right. The was a one-trick pony. Definitely not as good as I thought it would be.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Epic Utah Sage Saison

After having some amazing selections from Epic, I saw this on the shelf and had to pick it up. I haven’t had a bad brew from these guys and they’re really doing some interesting stuff. So, a saison with sage? I’m definitely down. I have a history of liking saisons that use herbs as adjuncts (think a collaboration brew from Stone/Victory/DFH), so we’ll see if this one is up to snuff.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Three out of the four ingredients in Simon and Garfunkel’s third album make this Belgian-style farmhouse ale a perfect golden beverage with festive herbal notes.”

Random: I’m watching another cooking show and now I have a huge craving for dumplings.

This brew poured with a thick three finger egg white head. It was very fluffy and dissipated crazy slowly and left lots of lacing on my Allagash glass. The body was a slightly hazy light yellow color with lots of carbonation visible throughout. The nose was very herbal with sage, rosemary and mint. Much like my other favorite herb beer, it had a touch yeast too. The taste started with lemon and then went to all sage, all the time. I was really looking for the other herbs, but they weren’t present in the taste. It needed something else for balance. The yeast was at the end of the sip and coupled with a touch of coriander. The body was medium thickness with heavy carbonation. The finish was long and filled with sage. This was a very unique beer, but needed a few more elements of the taste to be a standout.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Epic Sour Apple Saison

Ever go to the beer store and you keep walking by a bottle that really intrigues you, but for some reason you take forever to buy it? That’s the case with this beer for me. I love green apples and I love saisons. I also love Epic beers. Why did it take so long for me to get this one? No idea. But, I was happy that I did.

ABV: 8.1%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Sweet, yet dry and tart, apples spiced with coriander, grains of paradise, anise, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger. There is no wrong way to enjoy this Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale!”

Random: This is part of Epic’s Exponential Series of beers.

This poured with a large, three finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, light yellow with crazy carbonation visible throughout the brew. The nose was fresh, green apples, lemon, yeast and a touch of sugar. One of the best noses on a beer that I’ve had in recent memory. The taste was green apple peel, sweet fresh apples and some yeast. Coriander and grains of paradise came through as well. I didn’t pick up on the other spices as much. The taste was slightly tart, but really well-balanced and all aspects were well-integrated. The brew was medium thickness with heavy carbonation. I couldn’t pick up on the alcohol either. If you asked me what it was, I would put it at 5-6%. The finish was medium length with green apples. One of the more unique saisons I’ve had and the flavors were out of this world. I would have this again, and again, and again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Epic Cross Fever

Since we didn’t have power for so long, I was pretty much limited on reviewing beers. We had a generator at night, so at least we had light and some refrigeration. But, the one thing that Kate missed the most was the heat. I like the cold, so it didn’t bother me as much. I think one of the biggest reasons that she was happy that I came was because I could keep her warm at night. She picked this one up for me before the hurricane.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our lightest in terms of alcohol comes in at 4.8% by volume so that malt can dominate the flavor profile. Caramel sweet malt all over the palate with a noticeable ‘jumping just over the barrier’ citrus hop aroma. Surprisingly refreshing for such a malt driven ale. Truly an all season American Amber.”

Random: I’ve determined that when I buy a house, it has to have a window in the bathroom and a natural fireplace. Let me tell you, it would have seriously helped in the hurricane.

I say it constantly, but having someone else pick out beer for you is a lot of fun. I always end up getting something that I would have never picked for myself, whether it’s a style I tend to pass by or a brewery. This is the second Epic brew that Kate has picked up for me and I’ve really been pleased with their stuff. Hopefully this one is no exception. This one poured with a finger of thick, tan head that dissipated very slowly. The body was a cloudy, chestnut color with lots of carbonation visible throughout. The nose was very different for an amber. It was more hoppy than I expected with some grassy notes that led into big nutty maltiness. The taste was more of what I expected. It was more malt forward with hazelnut and caramel malt. I really didn’t get any hoppiness to it at all. The body was on the thicker side with lots of carbonation and finished with hazelnut and warm malt. This wasn’t what I was expecting for an amber, but it was bursting with flavor and a lot body to it. I would definitely have this one again…another home run for Epic.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Epic Hopulent IPA

I love my fiancee. I mean, I know that I should love her, saying that I’m marrying her and all. But, she’s incredibly thoughtful. Like when she tells me that she picked me up a bottle of Epic Hopulent IPA for me to try and apologized for not getting me others because her hands were full. How cute is that? I’ve only had a few beers from Epic, but I’ve enjoyed all of the ones that I’ve tried and have a bunch of others on my list to sample. This is their double IPA and it’s no secret what a hop head I am, so I’m hoping for the best on this one.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hopulent IPA is a big beer with lots of complex malt flavor and excessive hops. This beer will have changes to the grain bill and seasonal hop changes. The character of Hopulent IPA is over the top, too much of everything—a real HOP HEADS DELIGHT! Release one weighed in well over 9% ABV with almost 10 pounds of dry hops in the 10-barrel tank.”

Random: I really like the label art on this one. I’m not even sure why.

Yes, I know I’m using the wrong style of glass. This would be the lack of appropriate glassware that I referred to in my other post. Anyways, it poured with a seriously thick two finger, white head. It dissipated really slowly, leaving a huge amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange color with lots of active carbonation. I have to admit, this beer was sexy. The nose was incredibly fragrant. I actually got a whiff as soon as I cracked open the bomber. It had pine, grapefruit and tropical fruits…really yummy. The taste was just as good with lots of citrus, but pronounced pineapple and tropical fruits. I really didn’t get a lot of malt to balance it, but no complaints it. It was unapologetically hop forward, just how I like it. The body was medium thickness with lots of prickly carbonation. It ended long and sticky…god that sounds wrong. The booze was well hidden. I loved this brew. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Epic Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale

Since I didn’t have any house projects this weekend due to my sister being on vacation, I decided to head out to one of my favorite beer bars to grab some lunch and sample some beers. Every time I end up at Twin Light, I try some great beers and the food there is just amazing. I had a different take on eggs benedict…made with spinach, chorizo and a cheddar cheese sauce. It was so yummy. This was the first brew that I had.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Smoked cherry wood malt brings a smoky sweetness to the caramel malts and a bit of peat flavor with a Belgian-style yeast. The entire batch aging in the whiskey barrels nicely dries out the perceived sweetness of the caramel malt leaving an almost scotch like taste.”

Random: I really need to start trying more Epic beers. The ones that I’ve had have been really nice.

This poured with half a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, chestnut color with limited visible carbonation. The nose had some Belgian yeast and definite oak with a bit of smoke. The nose was more muted than I expected. The taste was very flavorful. I got sweetness with some nuttiness, Belgian yeast and a pronounced oak characteristic to it as well. It was very oakey actually, but it worked well with the Belgian flavors. The finish was long with oak. The booze was only apparent on the finish. It was really nice. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Epic Brainless On Peaches Belgian Style Ale

It’s (unfortunately) the end of the weekend. I was pretty busy, but at least I got a lot accomplished. I watched most of the Eagles game, which was absolutely pathetic. Now, I’m just waiting for the Phils game to start. I’m hoping they win this game too, which would totally make up for the Eagles loss. So, this beer was one that I picked up awhile back when Epic first came into New Jersey. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one, so I’m pretty excited.

ABV: 10.5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Smells like peach orchard irrigated in Chardonnay in the french country side with morning dew dripping off the peaches. We took our double gold medal winning Brainless Belgian, added organic peach puree and aged it in French Chardonnay casks form Sawtooth Winery.”

Random: I can’t believe the Giants brought it down to the wire…at least they won. It will make my girlfriend and my sister happy.

This brew poured with a two finger, fluffy, egg-white head that lingered for awhile and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear light yellow color with lots of visible active carbonation. The nose was filled with tart peaches, Belgian yeast and a hint of spice. On the first sip, the Belgian yeast was very apparent. I also got a lot of fruit and definitely some peach, although it was more apparent on the nose. The body was light and filled with carbonation. After a few sips, I got some oak and maybe a hint of vanilla, but the Belgian yeast was the major player in this. The alcohol had a bite at the finish, which hung around for awhile (it also kept my throat warm for awhile). Although I definitely enjoyed this, the booze could have been more hidden than it was. But, I loved how the fruit and the Belgian yeast really worked well together. Definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0