1. One Hundred Mags (Rule). Check out the sneak peek of BeerAdvocate magazine #100, plus some of the changes coming your way.

Raspberry Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Not Rated.
Raspberry BrownRaspberry Brown

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

232 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 232
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oberon on 02-21-2003

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 139
Photo of SteveMcQueen36
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It doesn't taste like beer. It tastes like beer flavored raspberry water. It's cloudy and doesn't even really have a smell. It's a cool concept but doesn't really pan out.

Photo of Giesch
1.54/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

okay okay okay okay okay

Photo of MonkeyDunk
3/5  rDev -13%

A: Poured from bottle. Very nice, transparent light brown color. Nice foamy head, a bit of lacing leftover.

S: Raspberry astringency, no notable hop aroma.

T: Meh. Good light roasty notes, with a clean finish, and then a raspberry flavor that lingers on the midpalate. Not very bitter. Decent, but not great.

M: Light bodied, bubbles up in the mouth.

Overall, I'm not too impressed with this. It tastes like it was made with economy in mind, and lacks complexity and... flavor, really. Drinkable, but wouldn't recommend.

Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Eureka. Sampled immediately after the regular Downtown Brown.

Pour is dark amber-brown. Excellent head and sticky lacing. Clear. Better, creamier head somehow.

Aroma: medium malts with a good hint of chocolate and a strong dose of natural raspberry.

Flavor: Raspberry is a bit overdone, and lingers on even in the aftertaste where it seems less natural.

Feel: medium bodied with soft, medium carbonation level. Smooth.

O: good chocolate raspberry beer, but there;s nothing subtle about the raspberry.

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.25

A: raspberry, brown.. makes sense. modest oak tinted lace stays afloat

S: cherry coke

T: cherry coke

M: full, rich, carbonated, powerful mouthfeel best attribute

O: I will never buy this again.. I am not a fan of flavored beers and even if i were, this one is over the top. I would not recommend this to many but If I were, it would be to a woman.

Photo of GRPunk
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- Clean, dark brown body. 1-finger, tan head that drops to a thin film quit quickly. Not a ton of stick.

S- Tons of raspberry that seems natural and fresh, both tart and sweet. Dark bread comes through later.

T- Raspberry up front with a solid, bready malt through the middle. Something of a dark, whole wheat toast.

M- kind of thin, verging on watery. A little light on the carbonation.

O- It's definitely a raspberry ale. It reminds me of the beers I cut my teeth on in college (Olde Peninsula Raspberry Wheat). It does pull off the fruit flavor, staying very drinkable. I won't have a problem putting back the 22. Something I could share with my wife.

Photo of doktorhops
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Here's one of those brews that caught my eye due to the oddity of the combination; Raspberry!? Brown Ale!? What manner of chicanery is this!? Well it is Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe's Raspberry Brown, of course!

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Raspberry Brown presents well with a perfect clear mahogany body and a light dusting of an off-white head on top.

S: Fresh picked raspberries upfront with a hint of a nutty hop and toasted malt base. The raspberry smell is fantastic, like they were picked from a field yesterday.

T: The flavour is as fresh as the aroma, of course the raspberries dominate the taste, but there are noted characters of the aforementioned nutty hops and that toasted malt base adding a slight sweetness. It's a got a hit of cocoa as well. Then as you drink it the flavour starts to taste more and more like raspberry cordial, that first sip is deceptive, not good.

M: Mid to light bodied with some ever present wateriness and medium carbonation. It feels a bit unhinged here as well.

D: This brew begins like quite a pleasant chap, then somewhere halfway through the bottle it becomes a bit twisted and maleficent... some sort of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde kind of brew then. I actually had a bit of difficulty finishing the whole bottle and overall I was disappointed by what started out so promising and finished so *blerrrk*. Avoid this beer.

Food match: If you really have to drink this then I would recommend desserts such as; cakes, tarts, etc. The sweetness that morphs from natural fructose into cough drops becomes too distracting for a savoury dish.

Photo of Furlinator
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours reddish-brown with ½ inch of khaki head that settles into a light film atop the beer. Good lacing.

Smell is primarily raspberry with toasty caramel bringing up the rear.

Taste follows the smell: raspberry, caramel and malt.

Very smooth and drinkable. Medium carbonation.

This is a solid brown ale with raspberry flavor added. Simplicity at it's finest.

Photo of Spikester
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brown with one finger of light tan head. Head goes fairly soon and good amount of lacing.
Smell is big blast of raspberries. Later a bit of chocolate malt aroma.
Taste is raspberries immersed in a pretty decent Brown Ale. The raspberries dominate but the chocolate comes on after a few sips. There is some hop bitterness that helps beat down the fruity sweetness.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin like most beers of this style. Carbonation is low but fine for this beer. Easy drinking for sure. Bottle date was 6/13/13. Don't know if this is a best by date or brewed on date.
Overall a tasty fruit beer and fine for a warm summer evening which it is today.

Photo of Stoutish
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Aesthetically pleasing design on the front of the bottle. Poured thin with slightly beige head. Lots of Lacing. Poured into a pub style glass.

S- Raspberries! Very prevalent,.

T-Raspberries! Yep its artificial, but it still warrants a good flavor, a sweeter brown with a slight malty character. Raspberries def came to the party.

M-Not quite as bubbly as usual browns. Appetizing. More and more each sip.

O-Great, unique twist on a brown

Photo of grittybrews
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear brown with a ruby tinge and two fingers of quick-fading off-white head. Aroma of raspberry and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Light caramel and dry toast up front with a hint of raspberry and some cocoa bitterness on the finish.

Quite dry without much malty sweetness, to the point of coming across a little thin overall. Still, nice balance of fruit and dry, slightly chocolatey malt.

Photo of pants678
2.41/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Body is a dark brown, the head is thin but it does lace the glass.

Raspberry on the nose. Something off about that through.

The raspberry seems "candied" and fake somehow. The darker malts are there, brown malts. The raspberry is consistent throughout just not winning me over. I brewed with real raspberries recently and this is not at all how it turned out.

Really thin brew, comes off like a soda in this regard.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, toasted nuts, and some fake raspberry aromas. Taste is of toasted malt and toasted nuts up front with an artificial and perfume-like raspberry flavor that dominates the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a somewhat poor beer with a fake raspberry flavor that is pretty unenjoyable in my opinion.

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bomber into standard pint served fridge temp (~45F)

A: Reddish brown, a deep copper color with decent visibility. Two fingers of frothy thick almond colored head that falls into a thick cap of bubbly goodness that is leaving a thick sheet of lacing. This beer looks really tasty.

S: Raspberries lots of raspberries. Bit of caramel and roasted malt. Smells really sweet, no hops on the nose at all. Smells like the kind of beer I would want after a meal.

T: Roasty brown malts up front then a hint of raspberry followed by bitter-sweet chocolate. Tastes like a dessert beer, way too sweet to be anything else. A tiny hint of hops at the finish.

M: A solid medium mouthfeel not much else to say about it.

O: This is a good beer I would buy it as a dessert again without question. At $3 for a 22oz it is a good deal also.

Photo of kojevergas
2.06/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations couldn't be lower; of all the styles to add fruit to brown ale seems like the worst. I'm anticipating a syrupy artifical mess. I hope my expectations aren't accurate. Every beer gets a chance. Acquired at a local Ralph's market.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two and a half finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent amber. Not at all typical of a brown ale, but not so red it's suspicious. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Artificial syrupy raspberry - just as I suspected. Sugary. Clean malts are eclipsed by the scent of the damned raspberry. A pretty strong aroma. Please don't taste like you smell!

T: ...Fuck. Artificial raspberry syrup adjunct eclipses everything, even the clean malts (some of which are caramelized). Strange for a brown ale - where are the nuts? Horridly imbalanced. Poorly built. Hardly any cream comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some fizzly tingling sensation from the fruit syrup. Thin. Syrupy. Garbage.

Dr: Hardly drinkable on account of the low quality. I wouldn't have this again, even on draught. Won't satisfy fans of Brown Ales. Won't satisfy hardly anyone. No wonder it's brewed by the type of people who set up a brewery called "Lost Coast" in a town called "Eureka". Lo, how clever!

A fly flew into my beer while I was reviewing it. Seems he's the only one that wants it. I was happy to relinquish the remainder of me glass to the lil bugger.

Please don't buy this. Vote with your dollar.

D

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with just a slight tinge of ruby. The head is light tan and pours 2-fingers thick before giving way to a decent lace.

Smell - Wonderfully sweet raspberry and chocolate aromas seduce the olfactory senses. Outstanding.

Taste - Deeply rich in chocolate and raspberry flavor, and quite the treat for a sip or three. After that it becomes too rich, as the sweetness builds up in a snowball effect until the beer becomes nearly undrinkable. I'd love to give it a 4.5 or 5, but the richness is a detriment.

Mouthfeel - Body feels a bit thin for a brown, but the carbonation feels right.

Overall - Great idea, average execution. Greatly unbalanced. A bit of citrus hop bitterness just might be what this beer needs to balance out the sweetness and to take it to the next level. Think of this as a dessert beer, served no more than 8 ounces at a time.

Photo of rowmine
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich brown color with a slight pink hue. Very appealing and the head

S - Although I can smell the rasberry it isn't strong. Malt strength powers through. Deffinite chocolate nub flavor.

T - The rasberry jumps up at first but isn't terribly overpowering, the malt and chocolate flavors soon subdue the initial sweetness.

M - Medium Body, could be thicker in my opinion.

O - I realy enjoyed this, altnough the rasberry does have a essence flavor to it and not fresh raspberry flavor it is still a very satisfying beer.

Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. There are letters on the label in a calendar scheme but no notches.

A- Pours a solid brown color with a ½ inch head that doesn’t retain much before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Decent sheet of surface foam and zigzags of lacing.

S- Smells exactly like a framboise but obviously has some malt behind it. I just hope this isn’t a fruit-flavor bomb like the Tangerine Wheat.

T- And it’s not! Sure, the raspberry pops right up at first but is tastefully followed by a toasty, biscuity malty base. Then, upon further inspection, the flavors wrap together creating a nice symmetry of sweetness and roast.

M- Not very bulky for a brown ale. Medium carbonation.

O- A much better fruity beer than the cloying Tangerine Wheat.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear and rust red-brown with khaki one finger head moderate lacing and moderate head retention

S - Raspberry, caramel, malt.

T - Sweet, not too bitter, follows the scent, smooth.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body

O - Pretty good, I'd get it again if I was really in the mood for fruit.

Photo of czfreeman
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.
Deep brown light pinkish raspberry tone, head is a slightly brown tone, medium density, leaves a decent amount of lacing.Carbonation looks a bit low.
Smell is surprisingly more raspberry forward than expected. Raspberry, brown malt, hint of chocolate. The raspberry aroma is not really "authentic" to me like a lambic in that sense. But the intermingling of fruit and brown malt create a decent smelling brew.
Flavor however, does not pack the fruit punch the aromatics have. The flavor is more brown ale focused-namely chocolate, grain, bit of brown sugar, hint of cherry/raspberry comes in on the finish.Slight bit of pepper spice things up a little.
Finish is light, restrained.
Overall lighter side of medium on the palate, good beer, nothing outstanding. OK if your curious, but I don't think I will buy another

Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a week or so ago at Giant in Alexandria, VA. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two fingers of off white head and mdoerate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two to three minutes and leaves an inch throughout drinking it. Very light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of sweet raspberries, dark fruits, artificial raspberry juice, roasted malts, and toasted malts. Raspberry is there but not overpowering. Not getting any chocolate or caramel like the label says.

t - Tastes of raspberries, sweet dark fruits, juice, roasted malts, light chocolate, and toasted malts. Less raspberry than the nose, and a very tiny bit of chocolate. A little bland, and a slight step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average brown ale. Nose has some sweet raspberry to it, and the taste has less. Could see this being a good beer for people just getting into craft beer, but not something I'd pick up again. I'd say pass on this one.

Photo of HopHead84
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/7/2012

Bomber into snifter.

A: Auburn body with some transparency. The head forms two fingers of frothy beige foam. Solid retention and a little lacing.

S: Caramel blends with a little chocolate. Biscuity malt meets ripe raspberry and a light nutty quality.

T: Raspberry jam with notes of biscuit and bread. Caramel accompanies a faint essence of milk chocolate and a dash of nuttiness. The raspberry is a nice touch and it avoids tasting artificial. The beer is a little sweeter than a traditional brown, but it's far from cloying.

M: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: I had low expectations going in but I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's pretty enjoyable.

Photo of MrKennedy
1.61/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bomber via Beermasons, poured into a 7oz glass.

Pours a light brown and amber colour, see-through and has an off-white head of foam that sat almost at an ideal height before it visibly receded like a wave at the beach.

Smell is over the top with raspberry sweetness. Imagine if Belle-Vue made children's lollies and this is what you get. Tiny bit of malt coming through but otherwise this is as sweet as it gets.

Taste is right with the smell, again way over the top with raspberry sweetness to the point where this raspberry sweet flavour totally overwhelms any underlying brown ale that ought to be there.

Mouthfeel is full, some chewiness on the mid-palate and then the sweetness sort of attacks your mouth in the same way as you are imagining the sugar in this affecting your teeth.

Overall this is a poor beer. The two flavours probably have some potential to work together, but in this case they don't get along. The sweetness is far too much and destroys this beer with its dominance.

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

A: Pours a dark brown sort of transparent color. It has a decent sized white head that leaves a thin film across the top. It looks rather dull and uninviting.

S: Lots of chocolate and a sweet raspberry fruitiness come through initially, creating a welcoming aroma. Some vanilla and nuttiness can also be found. Smells a lot like chocolate covered fruit.

T: Similar to the aroma but a bit toned down. There is still the chocolate and raspberry flavor but it is diminished a lot and overall, a very mild taste.

M: It is medium bodied and just an average mouthfeel. There is limited carbonation, and rather smooth.

O: I like lost coast, and this is a nice take on a brown ale. With the added raspberries, it creates a sweetness that isn't found in other browns. I will revisit this one if I'm looking for something on the sweeter side

Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love raspberries and brown ales so lets see and it pours a ruby hue which leaves a fast vanishing one finger head and sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is basically raspberries like raspberry cordial and some sweet malts but thats it,the mouthfeel is light bodied and too light for my liking but easy enough to knock back with simple tastes of predominantly raspberries,some sweet malts and just a feint tinge of hoppy bitterness to remind you that your still drinking a beer and overall its one of those drops that i couldnt drink all the time but i love raspberries and browns so wouldnt knock it back if offered cheers.

to view more.
Raspberry Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
79 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.