Raspberry Brown | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 144 | Ratings: 267
Photo of matcris
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

LOOKS: A slightly hazy reddish brown with a finger+ of khaki head that lasts, and leaves some mild lacing.
AROMA: Malty and raspberry sorbet.
TASTE: I think this a bit past it's prime, 'cause the raspberry flavor is really weak, the malt is very mild, as well.
FEEL: A bit watery, just not a lot of body, here. Average carbonation, and pretty dry.
OVERALL: Weak, and totally forgettable.

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Photo of gandres
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Tap to glass @ Lost Coast tap [email protected] Eureka
Appearance: Brown clear medium tan head goes away fast, lacing
Aroma: strong raspberry aroma, fruity, sweet
Taste: medium bitterness
Palate: sour aftertaste
Overall: fair, not to repeat
Drank: April 11, 2016

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Photo of JeffBlue
2/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(22oz, San Mateo CA) taste like a weak stout with berry flavor, easy to drink at first but becomes painfully boring after a couple sips, hardly seems like a beer. The only good thing about this one was the price.

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Photo of Radome
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a goblet.

L - Medium o dark brown color but clear. Holding it up to the light shows just a hint of pink highlights. Head is light tan, fairly thick and active.

S - Strong brown ale malty aromas: graham crackers, low chocolate, brown sugar, prunes. Mixed in is a light but distinct whiff of raspberry.

T - Unlike the delicate fruit aromas, the flavors have a much more assertive raspberry character. The balance seems swapped, with raspberry up front and dominant, and then chocolate and other malt notes at a lower level.

F - Medium body. Carbonation is low but still smooth and creamy. Bitterness is enough to keep the sweetness down, but is otherwise not perceptible. No alcohol presence.

O - A well-made beer with clean character. Not a lot of depth or complexity to the flavors, but no flaws either.

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Photo of b_rock
1.22/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

i just bought this literally 20 minutes ago, as it was on sale so i thought i'd give it a try. raspberry and other fruit beers can be a real gamble, but i've had some that worked, so i thought i'd give it a shot. man, what a mistake.

even upon simply opening the bottle, i was invaded with a sickly sweet, syrupy raspberry smell, and i knew i was in for a bad ride. poured fine, looked ok (looks like a brown), but that raspberry smell was everywhere. first sip was nothing but a raspberry syrup taste, and it never subsided.

honestly, if i wasn't looking at it and you didn't tell me it was a beer, i would probably think it was a raspberry Fanta. well ok i'm not that ignorant, i would be able to tell there was beer in there, but this is 5% beer, 95% raspberry soda, basically. i don't mind fruit in beers if it's done right, but this latest trend of people obsessively trying to force fruit in beers it doesn't need to be in is getting old. i actually signed up for this account just to warn others not to waste a dime on this beer. if you can call it that. dang, and for the price they had it on sale for, i could have gotten 10 other different beers. sigh.

not trying to bash unnecessarily on the beer, brewery, or those who like it. to each his own. but for me, this was absolutely horrible. basically a raspberry soda. it was 2 for $7 and i think i would rather throw the other one away than subject myself to that again. and as everyone knows, it is not easy to throw away a beer.

coulda had 2 Racers for the same price. oh the humanity.

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Photo of iCica
2.26/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer itself appears deep red and pellucid, the color of black cherry. Smells strongly of raspberries, overpowering all else. The beer tastes like raspberries, as advertised, though you get a strong taste of the raspberry seeds, acidic with an astringent finish. You get a hint of coffee, so it tastes like a watered down raspberry latte with too much raspberry syrup. It comes off as one-note, with very little complexity. Overall, I wasn't thrilled. I definitely won't be trying it again, nor will I recommend it to anyone I know.

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Photo of SteveMcQueen36
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of MonkeyDunk
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.68/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Stoutish
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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

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Photo of grittybrews
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of pants678
2.41/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.06/5  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.


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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of rowmine
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.2/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of czfreeman
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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

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