Raspberry Brown
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #691
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
80
Ranked #46,903
Avg:
3.48 | pDev: 16.95%
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
268
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
80
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tbone1384 from Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 14, 2018
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SetarconeX from Florida

3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

May 05, 2005
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warmstorage from California

3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle, approx. $3.69 from Pine Cove Bottle Shop (28th and E) in Sacramento. As a note, pretty damn good selection there for a small local shop, though I'd just been to BevMo, and didn't need much.

Pours a light to medium brown, with an initially big, open creamy brown head that go away fairly quickly. Slightly hazy, or just not entirely clear: a nice appearance.

Aroma is slightly sweet and tangy, but not terribly strong in any particular way.

Taste is of sweet fruit extract flavors, tastes slightly artificial and strange. Finishes with caramel sweetness. The body is disappointingly light but not, unfortunately, uncharacteristicly so for many of the browns out there today.

There is little malt presence, and while the brown is a more interesting vehicle for a fruit beer than many basic blondes or wheats, it could provide a lot more of value and body to the beer.

Not a bad beer in any particular charateristic, but pretty underwhelming, almost lackluster, and not something I'd bother with again. (I should note that I often like fruit beers quite a bit.)

Unfortunately, this has generally been my impression with Lost Coast beers: undistinguished, almost halfhearted efforts. The Raspberry Brown is no different. This is sad, since Lost Coast seems to have the potential to do better, and has a reasonably adventuruous streak in their styles.

Jul 06, 2006
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rkhaze from California

3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a medium size, creamy beige head.
Decent retention and good lace.
Sweet raspberry smell. Sorta like those hard X-mas candies. Light roasted malt and a bit of chocolate.
Excellent balance between the fruit and malt. Toasty malt, creamy raspberry and hints of caramel and chocolate. Finishes mellow, tangy and slightly bitter with some nuts in the aftertaste. This was not as sweet as the smell led me to believe. The raspberry taste was fresh as opposed to artificial/medicinal.
Light to medium bodied with a thinnish, yet slightly creamy mouthfeel.
Not a huge fan of fruit beers but this one was well done. Good drinkability.

Nov 07, 2004
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown ruby beer with a huge head. The head laced the glass to the bottom. The aroma is raspberry. The flavor is chocolate malt and raspberry, but the body is watery thin and the balance is not well done. The bittering is a little overdone due to the thin body. The finish is slightly dry and bitter.

I was excited by the appearance and aroma, but it was downhill from there.

Nov 21, 2003
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merlin48 from Kentucky

3.62/5  rDev +4%
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.

Oct 26, 2004
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Skidz from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out orange brown and sits a hazy reddish chocolate brown in the glass with a good sized tan head that fades fast to a light sides.

Smells of candied raspberry extract, baker’s chocolate with bits of roasted grains floating around. Tangy sweetness makes up the most of the aroma, light spicy hoppiness in the background.

Tastes of sugary raspberries up front with a bit of chocolate mixed in. Malty sweetness is well controlled and balanced with a very subtle hopping. Finish is lightly bitter with lingering raspberry flavor and bits of green flavors. Impressive raspberry flavor that doesn’t taste too extracty.

Mouthfeel is clean and seamless. Nothing too heavy or light, right in the middle. Carbonation is controlled and moves everything along nicely.

It’s a good change of pace from the usual brews and is a good choice for a fruity alternative. Easy to drink and enjoy, nothing to complain about.

Oct 29, 2004
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NJpadreFan from New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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!

Oct 25, 2006
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pgroove from New York

2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I need to preface this by saying that I am not a fan of most fruit-beers, and this was no exception.

The color was beautiful--bold and deeply rusty with a hue towards maroon.

The taste was too much for me. The raspberry was so overwhelming that I forgot I was drinking beer. It almost had that chemical-like flavor you get with sugary-flavored drinks. Two sips was more than enough for me--I could feel the hangover starting already.

Jul 14, 2005
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.65/5  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.

Dec 04, 2005
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Billolick from New York

3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Aug 07, 2005
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Dukeofearl from California

3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rich, dark brown that is translucent only when held up to the light. Unfortunately, my alergies are on me, and so my evaluation is a little off for aroma and flavor. But i'll do what I can with what I've got. And so, aroma- not much there. Smell some slightly sweet maltiness, and that's it.

Flavor- a decent brown ale, with real roasty chocolate flavor, and a subdued fruit (berry) flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little thin overall, but characteristic of the style. Drinkability is ok, but as another reviewer said, the fruitiness may get old after a awhile.

Apr 06, 2005
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Zorro from California

3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Apr 21, 2004
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Aug 27, 2011
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UDbeernut from Florida

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a cheater pint

a: dark tan, 1/2" off white head with good retention, reduces to a cap

s: sweet rasberry, not much else

t: blast of sweetness from rasberry and malt. Very faint roastiness.

m: medium bodied, slick and syrupy mouth

o: The fruit is a little potent to my liking, I prefer fruit beers to be more subtle. However, it is palatable and some may enjoy this.

Jun 10, 2011
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GnomeKing from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally, a raspberry beer I really like. I've always thought that a raspberry brew would be good, but the other ones I've tried have had too much raspberry, making them score low on drinkability and taking away from the traditional beer flavors. That's not true of this one. The raspberry added a little tartness and sweetnees, but malt and hops came through strongly. In other words, it tasted like beer, not a cocktail. This one is very well balanced with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. A winner. I hope to find this one again, but I got it on a trip, and don't know where it's served locally.

Aug 27, 2004
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.65/5  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.

Jun 10, 2009
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Hunter from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: Dark ruby-red. Two finger head, average longevity.

aroma: lovely, substantial fruit aroma without overpowering the malt of the beer.

taste: The raspberry is nonexistent on the tongue until the finish, and then only slightly. Otherwise a decent enough brown, malt with smokiness and some hops behind.

mouthfeel: Thin, watery, and with a bit of a sting.

drinkability: Certainly an enjoyable fruit beer, not as sickly sweet as some.

Jan 20, 2006
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wc94wc from California

3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 04, 2019
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chugamugofsud from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Feb 22, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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

Feb 08, 2008
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OStrungT from California

3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Apr 01, 2005
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RedwoodGeorge from California

4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a nice brew here and certainly a change of pace... The beer pours a medium brown color with plenty of tan head. The foam dies off in short order leaving only a small collar with very little lacing on the glass.

The smell isn't at all what you'd expect from an ale - it's nearly all raspberry. It's a very inviting nose, not at all cloying or suggestive of sweet. Once you get past the first (second and third) hit of berry there are some malt notes in the background that add a bit of fullness.

The taste, fortunately, is much lighter on the raspberry flavor than the smell. This is pretty much a straight up brown ale with a prominent malt body with plenty of notes of grain and caramel. The raspberry is subdued and more of an accent rather than an overpowering flavor. As expected there's little in the way of hop bitterness, just a wee bit for balance.

Mouthfeel is okay but not great. The brew is medium bodied with low carbonation which leaves a bit of an oily feel on the palate. Without the carbonation or a solid hop presence, there isn't much to clear the palate between sips.

Even with a few shortcomings (like the body) I'd say this was a surprisingly good beer. I've had a few other flavored beers and they're usually over the top sugary fruit pops. I think the choice of brown ale as the body was a wise one as it's already somewhat on the sweet and mellow side which allowed a small touch of raspberry to complete the equation in harmony. A good summer beer, a good beer for deserts and a good beer to offer to people who might not normally try a craft beer.

Jul 30, 2005
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mynie from Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Jun 11, 2008
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AlexJ from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle for 2.89$ at Home Economist

Pours darker than expected, deep chestnut brown with burgundy highlights and a medium sized light beige head that recedes quickly, leaving a trail of fine-etched lace.

The nose is rasberry sweetness, dark roasty malts, cocoa, and floral hops.

Subltle rasberry entry with chocolate and dark malts, molasses, semisweet chocolate, and a reasonable helping of lightly floral hops in the finish. Pretty well balanced and quite drinkable.

Medium bodied with light carbonation and a creamy and saturating mouthfeel.

Jul 04, 2005
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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 268 ratings