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Raspberry Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.34%

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:
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(Beer added by: oberon on 02-21-2003)
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Photo of MrKennedy


1.6/5  rDev -53.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 05:10:42 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of ryane


1.7/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Picked up a 22oz for my Gf, thought she'd like it, but i ended up drinking it, or rather pouring it out

beer was horrible, lots or raspberry aroma, and articial raspberry taste, no malt taste, no hops and was very thin, almost watered down

Gf tried the last bit in my glass and hated it as well, I ended up pouring out the rest of the bottle

quite a disappointment as I really like some other brews from Lost Coast

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 19:04:39 | More by ryane
Photo of Surefire


1.75/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

First, let me say that I LOVE almost every Lost Coast Brewery product.

However, this is the exception.

1. The "raspberry flavors" taste 100% artificial.

2. Raspberry and chocolate/mocha/coffee flavors do NOT mix well, to my tastes.

A: No faults.
S: Typical Downtown Brown smells, but with artificial fruits also apparent
T: Absolutely TERRIBLE artificial raspberry flavors, completely incompatible with the rest of the beer flavors (mocha, chocolate, coffee)
M: Decent, medium bodied
D: Sweet/bitter/tart/etc balance is WAY off in this one.

Overall, this is the only Lost Coast Brewery product that I cannot stand. Flavors are way off (especially the raspberry), and there is IMO NO balance of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 02:50:22 | More by Surefire
Photo of kojevergas


2.05/5  rDev -40.8%
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.


Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 07:10:56 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Jredner


2.08/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Strong aroma of artifical sweetner and raspberries. Nice brown color with a good, but fast fading head. Seems very watery to like whatever they added to raspberry it up watered down the brown ale. It is there but diluted. Some roastiness, but mostly I get a kind of mild malty water with raspberry int he finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 20:27:04 | More by Jredner
Photo of samie85


2.13/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber poured into a pub glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice amber/brown color with a red tint. There was no lacing to speak of and very little head retention.

Smell - It smells exactly like a raspberry flavored candy that I'm fond of, so I was expecting it to be pretty sweet tasting...

Taste - I got a slight raspberry taste with a mostly malty bland taste.

Mouthfeel - It was pretty well carbonated and felt like a watered down brown ale.

Drinkability - I didn't really get the sweetness as much as some of the other reviewers, but there was really nothing about this beer that made me want to have another.

I'm hoping this was an old bottle because it was really lacking in taste. The brewed on date would be helpful here if a month had been notched. I really wanted to like this beer...

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 04:47:11 | More by samie85
Photo of SirChugsAlot


2.2/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle

Pours a dark amber color with a finger of head and slight lacing.

Smells like raspberry extract to me... that's about it.. Not very impressive

There's a hit of raspberry that falls off to a bland... well a bland nothing really Was thinking it would be sweet & malty with a raspberry finish but that didn't happen

Mouth is medium with low carbonation

Drink? ummm i might not even finish this one & i'm not one to drain pour

Edit: Down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 01:58:26 | More by SirChugsAlot
Photo of CaptainTripps


2.25/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Dark reddish brown, a raspberry brown, lol. Tan colored head, one fingers worth. Head tends to linger

S- Raspberry is dominate, but not as strong as you would think. Some what of a roasted malty character is there.

T- Rich and creamy, Raspberry tart flavor. Sort of a malty character I feel is the main backbone of the flavor. Candyish after taste. Very odd. A nasty dr. pepper(ish) flavor lingers in the after taste for some time. Unpleasant.

M- Medium bodied. Good amount of carb.

D- Its ok tasting, and I feel after a pint I would be changing beers to something much better.

Doesn't come near my favorite of the "fruit beers."

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 16:26:44 | More by CaptainTripps
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.35/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tap@Lost Coast, May 2004. Glace cheery sweetness, with a decent brown ale to back it up, don’t like the rasberry sweetness, mixed with the sweetness of the Brown Ale, it just becomes a bit one dimensionally sweet. Some aromatic hops in the finish, but this is mostly about the glace cherry flavours. A bit odd.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2006 17:18:14 | More by rastaman
Photo of pants678


2.35/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 15:33:02 | More by pants678
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber pours an amber brown with 1 finger of light head, some retention and light lacing down the glass.

Smell is fresh raspberry, oh so sweet!

Taste is .... blech. Raspberry cola flavor. Sickly sweet, thin, thin body, too much carbonation. Slight alcohol in the back, slightly medicinal. Small caramel malts.

I honestly couldn't have more than a glass but my sister who doesn't really like beer, with who I shared the bomber with, likes it. Just really not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 04:31:21 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of originalsin


2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Date on the side, with nothing notched off.

A: The pour was an almost artificial looking reddish-amber. Like a cherry or raspberry syrup, almost. Head retention is poor, as is lacing.

S: The smell doesn't really do it for me either. A raspberry cola-ish scent. To be fair, it's not really that bad just, again, somewhat artificial feeling.

T: Raspberry, of course. Lots of raspberry extract. Some malty flavors as well, but they take a serious back seat.

M: Pretty well carbonated, a very light mouthfeel all in all. Somewhat watery.

D: Eh. I mean, from an average perspective, it's a pretty drinkable and light beer. Not so much for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 01:38:22 | More by originalsin
Photo of stephendr


2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle- color of reddish brown , and a off white head - nose of hazelnuts , burnt , mocha , and hopps – taste of sour , malts , slight raspberries, burnt nuts , coco and mild hopps - body light , and mildly carbonated – aftertaste of chocolate , malts, and burnt oak

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 07:02:45 | More by stephendr
Photo of pgroove

New York

2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I need to preface this by saying that I am not a fan of most fruit-beers, and this was no exception.

The color was beautiful--bold and deeply rusty with a hue towards maroon.

The taste was too much for me. The raspberry was so overwhelming that I forgot I was drinking beer. It almost had that chemical-like flavor you get with sugary-flavored drinks. Two sips was more than enough for me--I could feel the hangover starting already.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2005 02:11:05 | More by pgroove
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 04:47:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown ruby beer with a huge head. The head laced the glass to the bottom. The aroma is raspberry. The flavor is chocolate malt and raspberry, but the body is watery thin and the balance is not well done. The bittering is a little overdone due to the thin body. The finish is slightly dry and bitter.

I was excited by the appearance and aroma, but it was downhill from there.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 23:32:31 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of KickInTheChalice


2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly transparent, dark cherry color. Small head that fades quickly but leaves a collar.

Smell: Raspberries and more raspberries. There is some malt in the background, but there is no doubt as to the focus of this beer.

Taste: The raspberries almost completely overwhelm any other flavors, particularly those that would tell you this is a brown ale. There is a subtle toasted malt flavor and some citrusy hops at the end. Again, this beer is all about the raspberries.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated and a darker beer, this still has a light feel to it.

Drinkability: I thought there would be more balance between the brown ale and the raspberry flavor, but it is tough to really enjoy this. The raspberries are so dominant, and, at times, too sweet.

Maybe the raspberry ales just are not for me, as I have not found one I have really liked quite yet.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 08:46:59 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of Haybeerman


2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Brown color with amber highlights. Poured a 1 finger tan head with fair retention; eventually to an even skim. Sheets of lace washed down the sides of the glass.

S: Pretty much, rasberry. Faint crystal malt in the background. Very rasberry.

T: Just about rasberry. Some carmel and nut notes. The nuts linger in the finish with the rasberry. More like soda than beer.

M: Medium body. Surprisingly balanced carbonation. Sweet and foamy, but light on the tongue.

D: The beer (using this term loosely) is drinkable, but it's a bit on the sweet side and so too filling. If you're looking for rasberries, this is dead ringer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 17:38:15 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of xoqx


3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is a cloudy brown, typical of an amber ale, with a lot of red highlights. It has a small off-white head with little retention. Its scent is overly raspberry with unmistakable chocolate undertones. The beer definitely tastes like it’s a union of a fruit and an amber style beer. It has the good malt body of an amber style beer, and has a present, but not dominating raspberry taste. The mouthfeel is medium, smooth. Some crispness seems to be taken away by the fruit addition. I don’t find this beer very drinkable overall, but it seems to be so in consideration of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2006 20:39:10 | More by xoqx
Photo of kflorence


3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a lovely deep amber brown color with surprisingly good head with nice retention and some lacing.

S: Smells very raspberry. Very faint caramelized malts and nuts in the background.

T: Also very raspberry. Almost tastes like raspberry cola up front, with very minor notes of nuts and malts. Long-lasting flavor is a mixture of raspberry and nuts. This is a pretty sweet beer, which I guess isn't a bad thing, but it definitely makes it unbalanced. The raspberries overpower the nutty, caramelized malt flavor I'm used to in a brown ale, making it seem more like a soda than a beer.

M: This is a medium bodied beer with nice carbonation. It's smooth on the tongue and has great head. Very light on the tongue but slightly heavy in the stomach.

D: While this beer is drinkable, it's so sweet I could only drink one or two before getting tired of it. Not a session beer or something I would drink often, but it is by no means a bad beer. If the raspberries were toned down a bit this beer would be much more balanced and drinkable than it is currently.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 03:36:15 | More by kflorence
Photo of czfreeman


3/5  rDev -13.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 20:11:16 | More by czfreeman
Photo of Knapp85


3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer sounded interesting to me so I picked up a bottle of it and tried it with a friend. I poured it out and it was a nice transparent brown color with a little head on it. The color was a little darker than a Newcastle Brown Ale. The smell reminded me of a natural raspberry tea. The taste was just about the same. It was like drinking an alcoholic raspberry tea, the carbonation wasn't really there. The aftertaste was dry with some semi sweet raspberries lingering on the tongue. It was good I just wouldn't have to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:55:26 | More by Knapp85
Photo of warmstorage


3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle, approx. $3.69 from Pine Cove Bottle Shop (28th and E) in Sacramento. As a note, pretty damn good selection there for a small local shop, though I'd just been to BevMo, and didn't need much.

Pours a light to medium brown, with an initially big, open creamy brown head that go away fairly quickly. Slightly hazy, or just not entirely clear: a nice appearance.

Aroma is slightly sweet and tangy, but not terribly strong in any particular way.

Taste is of sweet fruit extract flavors, tastes slightly artificial and strange. Finishes with caramel sweetness. The body is disappointingly light but not, unfortunately, uncharacteristicly so for many of the browns out there today.

There is little malt presence, and while the brown is a more interesting vehicle for a fruit beer than many basic blondes or wheats, it could provide a lot more of value and body to the beer.

Not a bad beer in any particular charateristic, but pretty underwhelming, almost lackluster, and not something I'd bother with again. (I should note that I often like fruit beers quite a bit.)

Unfortunately, this has generally been my impression with Lost Coast beers: undistinguished, almost halfhearted efforts. The Raspberry Brown is no different. This is sad, since Lost Coast seems to have the potential to do better, and has a reasonably adventuruous streak in their styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 20:27:20 | More by warmstorage
Photo of GClarkage


3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

06/02/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Colma, CA

Presentation- 22oz bottle brewed in Jan 2005. Poured into my 24oz glass mug.

Appearance- Brown-garnet colored pour with a very thick large bubbled head. Leaves light lacing.

Smell- Mainly some chocolate malt scents. Not real heavy malt and not much raspberry scent.

Taste- Heavy on the malt with some bitter hops in the background. A decent amount of caramel as well as chocolate. A good portion of a sweet raspberry as well.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated.

Drinkability- Considering it's 80 degrees outside, I thought this one would hit the spot. Well, it's not bad, but just a so-so fruit beer. Doesn't have that clean raspberry taste I was looking for. Average at best.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 21:30:46 | More by GClarkage
Photo of atigerlife


3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Chimay chalice. No freshness date noted.

Poured a very deep, dark red. A small light brown head that had a moderate lasting power.

Aroma was of sweet raspberries and slightly dusty.

Taste was of sickly, sweet raspberry syrup. A slightly tart raspberry backbone. Also some sweet chocolate in the background. Reminded me of watery raspberry stout. Malts are present throughout.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and moderately cleansing.

Overall, definitely can not drink too many of these. Took some effort to finish the bomber. Too syrupy sweet and lacking character.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 00:14:27 | More by atigerlife
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Raspberry Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
79 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.