Raspberry Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: oberon on 02-21-2003)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a beige head that persists reasonably well and manages to liberally coat the pint glass with lace

Smell: Milk chocolate with raspberry; on some sniffs one or the other dominates

Taste: The opening presents a lot of raspberry flavor and that is quickly joined by the milk chocolate element from the brown ale; the tartness is moderate by mid-palate; more mocha than raspberry after the swallow and the finish is a bit wishy-washy but not unsatisfactory

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I actually like this beer quite a bit but I am a sucker for a fruit beer that has some complexity

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Raspberry-tinted weathered bronze with bright orange trim, topped by a marvelous crown of lightest golden caramel. The cap is a looker with its rumpled surface, variously sized pits and remarkable persistence. A thick, short collar looks like it will evolve into a more extensive lace display as the beer drops with drinking (note: it doesn't).

I had my doubts, but one whiff of the nose has dispelled them. By using the words 'essence of ripe red raspberries' Lost Coast seems to be implying that the fruit itself wasn't used in the brewing process. I can't tell the difference. As far as my nose knows, nothing but fresh berries were utilized. There's an excellent balance between brown ale and fruit. Neither overwhelms the other and the combination is just what I'd hoped it would be.

Raspberry Brown is simply Downtown Brown with raspberry added. Since I like the latter beer, I expect to like this one equally well, if not better. As it happens (reviewer drinks a third mouthful), I don't like it as well. The raspberry flavor tastes somewhat artificial to me and the base beer is too bitter. I like my raspberry brown ales to lean toward sweet.

Like the nose, the brown ale maintains an acceptable balance with the fruit. However, those principal flavors seem estranged on the palate rather than best of friends. Since very little hop flavor sneaks through, the bitterness is even more offputting than it would otherwise be. I feel better about the raspberry flavor as I get deeper into the bomber, but it still doesn't taste as natural as I'd like.

The mouthfeel is closer to medium than to light. Bigger would be unquestionably better. My fix would include more malt and a few bushels of fresh raspberries. The natural sugars from the toasted barley and the fruit would solve the biggest problem and would provide a more full, more welcoming mouthfeel as well. Although the carbonation is on the generous side, it's so fine-gauged that it's easily tolerated.

Lost Coast Raspberry Brown has unfulfilled potential. It shouldn't be that difficult to make a tasty raspberry brown ale as long as the brown ale is solid, which Downtown Brown most certainly is. Even though the execution leaves a little something to be desired, this is still pretty good beer. With a tweak or two, it could be very good.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a rather interesting choice for me as I reached for it by accident at the store and had honestly never heard of it, but rather then put it back figured it would be an interesting try. Poured a nice reddish cherry wood brown, somewhat clear as you could definitely make out some light through it as well as some of the carbonation. Small tan head lasted a few moments before being replaced by a thin film across the top. The aroma was full of raspberries, but was light with a touch of malt coming through in the front of it. The taste was a little light for me, but probably because I for some reason was expecting it to be fuller. The raspberry was not so pronounced in the flavor, more so on the finish and it was a light raspberry flavor, but pungent with the tartness. The brown ale itself was a touch sweet and thin at the same time, elements of roasted malt and caramel were both present. Thin light body with a decent carbonation made it somewhat drinkable, but the fruit taste could wear on you after a while. Overall this was interesting, but average I am afraid. It just did not have enough of everything to put together are real quality showing. Not to say it was really bad in anyway, just not a knock out punch. Still worth a shot as you could do much worse if you were looking for something to grab.

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.

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have never saw this beer local beer guy said to try it out,poured a reddish/brown color with larger than expected red.Smelled very sweet with light rasberry tinge.Tasted nice and malty sweet,rasberyy is prevelant in the aftertaste more than the actual taste itself.Thin i body for such a rich tasting sweet beer.Seems to go down pretty easy,all in all a pretty good brew.

Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, with a plain-ass, raspberry icon-dominated label.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark bronzed amber hue, with two chubby fingers of billowy, foamy, and sudsy beige head, which leaves some decent spectral webbed lace around the glass as it slowly wisps away.

It smells of slightly roasted caramel malt, buttered toast, cocoa-tinted raspberry puree, and earthy, musty hops. The taste is fairly consistent with the aroma - toasty caramel malt, a bit of chocolate nougat, a game raspberry fruitiness, and earthy, weedy hops, all fairly deep and rich at this point.

The carbonation is a bit above average, manifesting in a swirling, somewhat edgy frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of prickly in its smoothness, perhaps in the manner of an ill-appraised raspberry bush. It finishes off-dry, the thin caramel malt and weak "framboise pas si veritable" playing well enough together.

Not the most fruit-forward raspberry beer that I've ever had, but still one of the more well integrated, neither cloying nor a victim of raspberry in absentia. Easy enough to drink, and while the underlying nut brown ale doesn't do itself any favours, it's all serviceable in its dessert-friendly renderings.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise! Although the raspberry flavoring in Lost Coast's Raspberry Brown is clearly from extract (don't be fooled by the label's wording... "with natural raspberry flavor"), it's just enough to be borderline-bold without going over. It lends a nice frill to their brown and makes for a great summer or holiday beer. Worth trying if you like fruit beers!

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one my wife didn't feel like drinking after my buddy Eric hauled this from Cali, the gratitude...

Pours caramel/chestnut with a finger of tan head. A bit of lacing & zero head retention

S: Much raspberry, nothing else

T: Raspeberries, tartness & a touch of leafy hops up front. A bit of sour cherry & some more tartness as this warms. Finishes tart & dry with more raspberry

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation

Drinks alright, didn't get much brown ale profile here, Not a bad fruit beer though, could do a few in warm weather, alas the snow is falling. The 2 montha this sat in the fridge ignored didn't help the cause I'm sure

Photo of beernads
1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.15/5  rDev -9%
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 WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice brown color with a towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a tart raspberry scent that overpowers the malt aroma. It has a crystal and roasted malt scent that lays a solid base. The taste is decent as well. It has a mildly malty flavor that boasts of pale, crystal, and toasted malts. It also has tart raspberry taste that finishes a bit sour. This style of beer never works well with anything less than a porter. The raspberry taste dominates and if it's not really fresh it ruins the taste. Chocolate malts hide the raspberry flavor and add better balance. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a nice concept, but the result is flawed. It's one and done for me.

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

There's a bottling date on the label, but nothing notched.

The smell is of fresh raspberries, brown sugar, some roasted nuts... A solid brown ale with raspberries.

The taste is of raspberries with nuts, brown sugar, and cocoa. There is a solid brown ale with a raspberry character mixed in - just as promised. Much better than the typical fruit beer, with a solid, balanced, brown ale base.

It is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. Slightly slick.

A dessert brown ale - nice brown ale foundation with a nice raspberry touch.

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large, tightly bubbled head. Leaves decent ring lace after each sip. Light brown color and seemingly crystal clear.

Strong, fairly sweet raspberry presence to the smell. Close to soda aroma.

This is sweet beer and far more fruity than any brown ale I've ever had. Interestingly, I cannot taste any bitterness, but long after the swallow, there is a lingering hop bite. I think this is because of the sweetness being so strong in the swallow. The body is rich for the style, but then again the flavor isn't matching the style very much.

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.

D

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.

Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know why, but I was very surprised how good this brew was. Poured a lovely hazy brown color with a 2" head. Nice lacing developed. The aroma was awesome, as raspberry and caramel were easily detectable and extremely pleasant on the nose. The flavor was not dominated by the raspberries, it just complimented the caramel, bread, and slight nutty flavor.

The mouthfeel was smooth at the start. The finish was dry and smooth as the raspberry flavor softly lingered. Nicely drinkable for a fruit beer, and the aroma was the best part of this brew.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, Bottled on dating of April '05. Pours a rich mahogony dark amber, minor white head and leaves widely scattered lacing. Nose is mostly malt and raspberry in the background. This is a well crafted brown ale with a healthy, but not overpowering layer of fruity/raspberries towards the finish and lingering on the tongue. The end result is great, tasty, fruity, differant and somehow still in balance. Nice job of brewing this pleasant and tasty brown.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark garnet brown, with a decent thin head of beige foam. Some lacing. Looks rather thin in the body, but otherwise pretty decent.

Nice dark raspberries on the nose, with a very pleasant dark aromatic character, a little tannic. Raspberries are really the main event here though, and they smell pleasantly genuine. Not hugely sweet, either, which is refreshingly pleasant.

Palate is unfortunately a little thin, and the Raspberry and Brown of the name don't mesh together so well here. Some initial notes of berry quickly dissipate in the thin, nondescript midpalate, before the darker grain notes bring up the rear and add a dash of roasted astringency. The mouthfeel is possibly the real culprit, there's very little body to the beer, and the flavours are struggling in a liquid textured like seltzer water.

Still, it's drinkable enough, and although the characters don't quite mingle as well as they might have, it's not unpleasant.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep brown with good carbonation and dirty white head. Nose is light raspberry, toffee, caramel. Taste is more brown, little raspberry. Off balance, not very complex. Mouthfeel is sordove thin on body and taste. Drinkability...ahh..pass on this.

Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown brew.

Smell is sweet raspberries with a bit of malt and an Iced Tea scent.

Taste is sweet with a fair bit of raspberry in it. The dark malts give this a Chocolate and berries flavor that is quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is good.

A drinkable brew that was better than expected. If you like raspberry chocolates this brew is for you.

Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with two-finger cream head that leaves a little lace. Nice amber/mahogany color. Slight raspberry nose. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Starts mellow, hints of raspberry, smooth finish. Nice brown. $2.99 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, Ca.

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Raspberry Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
79 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.