Raspberry Brown | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Raspberry BrownRaspberry Brown

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by oberon on 02-21-2003

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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 144
Reviews by lpgarcia8:
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber with bottling date of June 2004. American brown ales are possibly my least favorite style, but I like raspberries so thought I would give this one a try.
Pours a dark brown, not quite opaque, body with a shortlived beige head that leaves a persistent collar of ring and patchy lace on the glass.
Aroma is mostly cocoa and toasted malts, with some almond nuttiness, a mild citrus note of hops, and a vague hint of raspberries.
Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with low carbonation.
The taste is not very complex, with chocolate malt, subdued raspberry essence, and some balancing hops bitterness.
Raspberry is subdued in aroma and taste, resulting in an American brown ale that is above average for a style that, in my opinion, is very difficult to earn raves.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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 chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
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 OStrungT
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark amber color with a light tan head. The head fades quickly leaving few laces. It smells strongly of raspberry's. There are underlying scents of roasted malts. There is also a very faint hop present. Despite the smell, the reapberry taste is more subtle. It is still there, but just not that aggressive. There is a faint taste of chocolate. This beer is medium bodied. It is carbonated just right. It leaves a fruity taste on the palate. This beer might not make the best session beer because the raspberry taste might get a little old. It is very good though, and drinking a tall boy ar two every now and then might be good. If you find this beer, you should definately try it.

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Photo of Surefire
1.86/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

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Photo of rastaman
2.4/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[email protected] 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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SetarconeX
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This isn't the first raspberry flavored beer I've ever had, and I must confess, I'm starting to think that overall, it might not be all that great an idea.

The smell and taste are both wonderfully malty, which is usually a very strong point, but it might be exactly the malt which doesn't seem to go well with the raspberry.

Behind the fruit, however, is what amounts to a quite serviceable brown ale. Heavy on the malts, and without much of the bitterness that usually comes with a brown ale.

In the end, it's really a fairly solid beer, and one that you might enjoy, if you're into fruity beers.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lost Coast- Raspberry Brown

Appearance- Dark chocolate brown with a thick head.
Smell- Bitter chocolate with dried raspberries.
Taste- Strong Hazelnut coffee/ cocoa / chocolate with huge amounts of raspberries blended in.
Mouthfeel- Smooth and full of flavor. Very sweet.

Overall- A nice chocolate/ raspberry candy bar taste at first but it quickly becomes cloying. Can't drink the whole bottle. Just to candy sweet!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev +7%
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 Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.69/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 22 oz bomber at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a pretty garnet red with a nice creamy off-white head with some lacing and good retention. Smell is simply delicious, reminds me of a milk chocolate raspberry truffle. Taste does the same, chocolate malts, a little hops to round it out with a nice raspberry finish. The best of a fruit beer and a nice nut brown ale all in one. Drinkable like none other. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. I was really surprised by this beer. At $3.99 for a bomber, it's an amazing deal too. Highly recommended if you like raspberries or a good chocolate brown.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a dark brown with a good amount of head and good retention. Raspberry comes through in the nose along with nutty malts. Taste is a solid brown ale, malty and smooth; the raspberries come in on the end offering a sweet finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated well. I have to thank my wife for talking me into these fruit offerings from LCB.

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Photo of dertyd
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of socon67
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrKennedy
1.61/5  rDev -53.1%
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.

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Photo of Jon
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lost Coast's Raspberry Brown pours a dark brown color that exhibits garnet edges when held to sunlight. A huge, pillowy head stands upon the dark liquid and sticks around throughout the duration of the brew, although sparse lacing is present. The nose is sweet, with a pronounced raspberry quality and a substantial amount of roasted malt in the background. The taste is a struggle between sweet and roasty, and falls a bit flat in between. Mild hops and dark chocolate also linger, but fall short overall. The mouthfeel is quite carbonated for the style, and drinkability suffers a bit due to the carbonation. This is a fairly solid ale overall, although I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MiScusi
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bottle, pours a dark but clear brown with a red tinge to it. A dirty white 2 finger thin head accompanies it. The aroma is raspberries, as advertised, a bit tart, and if you search a bit some caramel type malt. The taste starts with mild raspberries all wound up in a cloud of light malt. The raspberry hangs around for the first 2/3 of the sip. The malt part tastes a little toasty, and the finish is mostly a bitter, sort of metallic (the kind I get from all brown ales). It is spritzy enough in mouthfeel to liven up the raspberry, so no complaints there. As for the overall beer, it is interesting. A fairly easy drinker, but how much do I want to drink? I would actually like to see raspberries featured more in a raspberry beer, and the ending on this beer is a little too much of a weird bitterness.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Raspberry Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 264 ratings