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Raspberry Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Raspberry BrownRaspberry Brown

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140 Reviews
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Reviews: 140
Hads: 245
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | 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

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Reviews: 140 | Hads: 245
Photo of biggred1
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby tinted dark brown with a finger of tan foam. The nose is much like downtown brown with the addition of chocolate and raspberries. Chocolate malt and an artificial tasting raspberry flavor that dries out the flavor a little too much for my liking. The flavor reminds me of a raspberry flavored soda. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Not bad but not my cup of tea either.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep reddish-brown... rusty, really. Head is a little stubborn in forming, but when it comes, it's fine - and retention is good.

S: Fresh raspberry patch... there isn't a scent of concentrate, puree, or so forth... it's more the scent that comes from a fresh plant, leaves and all. Aromas are subtle and pleasant, including the mellow malt scent that backs up the fruit.

T: Flavour is mellow, as well. Malts come across as a little more chocolaty, with the raspberry flavours following behind. They drift back out to make way for a malt finish again... there seems to be something slightly missing, though, and I suspect that it's a tartness from the raspberry that I'm really not getting. There's perhaps a little something, but it is quite subdued, and could have made a nice addition to the flavour.

M + D: Medium bodied, though the carbonation seemed a little muted, which ended up giving it a bit of a watery cola feeling. I will need to revisit it in the event that it was merely the bottle. Not too bad, though, and certainly a decent brew in terms of the raspberry elements.

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Photo of Shadman
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lost coast sure makes some nice looking beers. This one pours a nice dark cola brown with a rich tan head, good retention and lots of thick lace.

Nice roasted malts with sweet raspberries.

Same nice roasted malt with a bit of graininess. Raspberries add a sweet, yet slightly tart backing role. Hop is barely discernable.

Smooth and easy to drink.

Not the biggest fruit beer guy, but this one was very nice.

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Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown with a light tan head, thin ring of retention, hint of lace.

S: Plenty of raspberry, bready malt, brown sugar, hints of chocolate.

T: Raspberry, brown sugar, roasted nut, chocolate, balanced bitterness (not too sweet).

M: Smooth moderate body.

D: Very approachable and a good drinker.

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Photo of therealmcclurg
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer...maybe a bit heavy on the Raspberry flavoring. I wouldn't have this one again, but I didn't spit it out. I generally like Lost Coast, this just may not be one of their best beers. In fact...I had never seen it before the day I bought it...that should tell you something right there.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a dark caramel color with a thin head of light mocha. Some decent resilience and a few ropes of lace as the beer level falls.

Aroma - light raspberry smell, a bit faint. No malt or hop presence here.

Taste - light malt presence, a touch of roastiness there. Good raspberry presence in terms of balance. The swallow features a mild but pleasant blend of roast malt and fruit. I'm pleasantly surprised how well the raspberry worked within a brown ale. Hats off to Lost Coast.

Mouthfeel - fairly crisp beer, average body and feel besides.

Drinkability - I liked this beer and would certainly have it again. And at 3.99 a bomber, it's also easy on the budget.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a leather couch brown with a one-finger tan head and some lacing, combined with a light malt smell of sweet malts and some raspberry. Thin-bodied with a small amount of sweet malts balanced with raspberries for a somewhat sharp flavor but mostly easy-going and sweet. Minor hop bitterness on end gives it slightly dry backbite. Nothing too fancy but I found this one enjoyable.

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

This is beer that gets the not too sweet part down but the taste is gone too quickly for my liking. Ok brown ale base with a raspberry taste that works well and never gets too much. The beer is quite drinkable but nothing too special and the finish is short. Worth trying but not worth a repeat buy

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Photo of originalsin
2.69/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of kflorence
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
2.69/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
2.17/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

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Photo of samie85
2.22/5  rDev -35.8%
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...

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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

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of Voonder
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of Bigfatbino
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Raspberry Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
79 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.