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Raspberry Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
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 kflorence
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
2.69/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of SirChugsAlot
2.17/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

Photo of samie85
2.22/5  rDev -35.7%
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...

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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 KickInTheChalice
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Vancer
4.21/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now, this raspberry brown pours, well, a clear mahogany brown with a frothy topping of tan head.

Aroma? Well, raspberry of course, but the real difference is in the quaff. The raspberries mingle with nice mixture of malt, caramel and chocolate. Usually the fruit may dominate like you're drinkin' a soda, but not here. This was one of the best balanced fruit beers I've ever had.

Solid - pick up one and try 'er yourself. This is a very good cross-over brew.

Photo of Voonder
4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown colour with lots of bubbles and small white-ish head. Smell - berries and mats. Smells like raspberry jam actually. Taste - berries and toffee, some caramel perhaps. Lots of carbonation, crisp and very light. This stuff is very drinkable. Really nice brown ale and berries make it different. Good stuff.

Photo of Bigfatbino
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very acceptable brew here! Poured at 38 degrees into a slightly chilled 22 oz mug, reserving the sediment:

A- Dark brown in the glass, nice lacing and tight bubble structure, head thinned a bit but did not disappear.

S - Very strong smell of natural berry, nothing artificially "high fructose" in the bouquet

T -Delightfully bitter, yet not overpowering. The berry does come through yet is balanced nicely with mild chocolate undertones.

M - definately a full bodied brew, but not super-thick. A nice tingle on the palate from the level of carbonation. Very nice "hoppy" finish.

D - A very drinkable beer. Best suited for beer tastings or dinner parties. This beer would be a delightful combination if served alongside a grilled lamb dish.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mmmmBEEEER for sharing a bottle. This beer pours a clear brown color with hints of red around the edges. Medium thin off-white head with decent retention, and stringy lacing. Mild raspberry and chocolate in the nose. Medium-bodied with sweet malt and raspberry flavors along with a touch of caramel in the background. The finish is short with tart raspberry flavor. Overall this beer is pretty one-dimensional and uninteresting.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Pours out a transluscent mahogany brown with slight garnet highlights, foamy cinnamon coloured head that settles slowly. Sticky rings of lacing.

Big kick of raspberries up front in the aroma, toasted malt deep in the background, a hint of detergent.

Oh yeah, tastes as good as it smells. Rich toasted toffee malt wrestles with ripe tart juicy raspberries right off the hop, some coffee notes in the middle, mild floral hops in the finish. Raspberries pop up again well into the aftertaste, along with a lingering smoked woody character.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel, a smoother character would have benefited it a bit more.

A nice tasty twist on the brown style, the raspberries compliment it well and add an extra kick to the flavour profile, decent balance.

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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 cswhitehorse
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Raspberry brown poured a dark brown with a nice 2 finger foam head that left some pollack style lacing.

The aroma is lightly roasted malts with some berry smell in the background. The taste is similar in that you are first hit with the chocolately backbone malt then it is finished with the raspberry flavor and slight hop bitterness on the finish. It is lively carbonated and leave a jumpy feeling at the top of the mouth. Overall a pretty darn good brown ale.

Photo of MisterClean
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At homebrew club's hybrid and blonde style meeting.

A - Brown with mocha head, dissipates slow, with nice legs.

S - Raspberries and slight bittering hops.

T - Raspberries, slight bittering hops and malts.

M - Well balanced, pretty good.

D - Nice for a fruit beer.

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

22oz bomber into a standard Pint glass, pours a crisp ruby brown with a decent head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is raspberries, subdued chocolate and brown malts. The beer is a little heavier on the raspberries than I would prefer, but not as bad as other beers such as Great Divide Wild Raspberry, chocolate malts and subtle Earthy hops are present as well. The beer is fairly light bodied with low carbonation. This is a decent take on a brown ale, also would make for a good intro beer for a craft beer newbie.

Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby brown color with an average khaki colored head. The aroma is of big raspberries, like a raspberry sauce put onto a dessert. Perhaps a chocolate cake because that is the other aroma that I am picking up. Very nice aroma, lets see how it translates into taste. Not quite. The taste is more of a light roasted malt with hints of chocolate and a nice tart raspberry hint. I got a little nervous that the raspberry would be cloying after the smell but it is nice and subtle and works well. On the other hand the malt is a bit weak and the brew has a watery feel. There is some soft carbonation and dispite the malt presence there is a fairly nice balance of flavors. The brew drinks like a black lager with raspberry flavor, it is quite light for a brown ale.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear brown, minimal white head and good lacing.

Scent is raspberry with hints of chocolate.

Taste is raspberry with some chocolate finishes with an earthy hop flavor. Sweet and a little tart, but light on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, goes down very easy with pretty decent drinkability.

I think I will return to this beer as it was quite enjoyable and it has a very attractive price. This beer is pretty light, and doesn't have a ton of flavor, but it isn't watery or uneven, which is what I like the most about it.

Photo of mynie
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brown ale pour. Deep, surprisingly dark brown--barely translucent--with a head that simply will not bend to the weight of time.

Smells of dense, zippy brown ale malts with just a hint of actual, framboiseish raspberry. Nice mix, actually.

The mix isn't as nice once it gets into your mouth. The brown ale malts are off, too sweet, and the raspberry doesn't have anything to balance out. Still, it's a pretty good taste. Just not as good as I was hoping.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice large head about 2 fingers thick. Nice ruby brown color with excellent retention.

Nice raspberry on the nose that is dominant over the toasty malts underneath.

The beer has a nice tartness on the tongue and a toasty malt characteristic with a balancing citrusy hop bitterness. Not enough sweetness upfront almost makes me feel like my tongue is numb.

Crisp mouthfeel, but it almost makes my tongue feel slightly numb.

A decent beer with just a few flaws. I could have a few of these. Nothing overly great, but a nice beer.

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty dark brown with some reddish tints and just a bit of translucence. About a finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly.

Smells like sweet raspberry and chocolate.

Taste is like the smell. A decent taste not as sweet as a lot of other fruit flavored brews, but it's a bit lacking. It just tastes a little thinner than I had expected.

Mouth feel is pretty good, medium body with mild carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, no overpowering tastes.

I love brown ales and I love raspberry, so I had high hopes for this brew, but was a little disappointed. Not a brew that I 'd go looking for in the future.

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

Dark brown colored pour with ruby around the adges and a quickly diminishing beige head. Smell is strongly of raspberries and a lot like raspberry jam. Taste is somewhat rich and malty with mild sweetness and a big raspberry flavor. Very tasty and drinkable. Slightly rich for the style and toasty. Pretty good, I thought.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it sounds delicious, so on a recent jaunt to Earthfare I picked one up. Pours a ruddy dark caramel color, with a somewhat creamy head of very tight, tiny bubbles.

Aroma is big on raspberry (natural, earthy), with mild vanilla ice cream in the mix. That alone conjures some great potential flavors. There's a Mr. Pibb soda smell that emerges after a few sniffs, and that's kinda...weird. Or unexpected.

No surprises in the flavor, as the aroma pretty much forecasts what you're going to get on the tongue. There's more chocolate than what the aroma hints at, another point in its favor. It's dessert-y without being overly sweet...I think of eating raspberry/chocolate-swirl ice cream while drinking Dr. Pepper/Mr. Pibb. That might turn some people off, but it's definitely a unique and well-brewed beer.

Carbonation could be a little lower. There's a creaminess dying to come through stronger but it's interrupted somewhat by the tingle. Bigger creaminess would do quite a lot for the flavors, but this is a trivial complaint.

This could act as a gateway for people that say "I don't like dark beer"...usually people who don't know much about beer in general. It's not overly sweet yet a great choice for pairing with a variety of desserts, or to have as dessert by itself. And because it feels like the alcohol level is on the low-ish side, all that adds up to pretty high drinkability.

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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 BretSikkink
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very stable offering from Lost Coast.

Attractive, dark brown appearance with a tan, full head. Poured a good inch and a half, good lacing. Retention was fairly mellow, though it did hang on to it's thick cap for a minute or so.

Pleasant aroma of toasted malt and more prominent fruit flavors. Sweet.

The flavor is actually more mild than the nose would suggest. Definitely a brown ale rather than a fruit beer. Solidly done brown, none too flashy but serviceable. The raspberry adds uniqueness without compromising the overall ease of drinkability. A bit thin.

It's a good fruit-flavored beer. If you're not into them, don't drink it. The fruit is not the star of the taste, so if you're only moderately into them, it's not a bad selection. Either way, I enjoyed it. And so did the girlfriend..

Photo of Surefire
1.86/5  rDev -46.1%
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.

Raspberry Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
79 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.