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Raspberry Brown | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Raspberry BrownRaspberry Brown

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

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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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 250
Photo of morayeel
4.85/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This ale has a very nice brownish red color with a nice 1 inch head that lets just a tad bit of lacing. This ale almost looks like a Dr. Pepper

Smell- A very nice light hint aroma of raspberry. Not over powering.

Taste- I loved the taste of this brown ale. The taste was just a bit dry but I think that was due to the raspberry. A very nice balance between the brown ale and the raspberry flavoring and was not to sweat.

Mouth feel- The mouth feel was great but like I said its just a bit dry at the end.

Drink ability- I loved this ale and I’m a fan of very nice fruit ale. Its not a ale I would sit a drink all night or all day.

Over all this is one of my favorite brown ales. This is a nice start to the summer that is perfect to grab a 1 liter mug and sit by the fire and have a nice piece of chocolate cake with.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.69/5  rDev +35.5%
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 mzwolinski
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, color me happy. I am *not* a fan of fruity beer, and this bottle hung around in my cellar for a good long while before I opened it. The only reason I bought it in the first place was that I was quite impressed with Lost Coast's 8 Ball Stout.

But here's a message to all you skeptical BA's out there -- don't be put off by the raspberry!

You can tell right from the first sniff that the fruit isn't going to be too obnoxious. The raspberries in the aroma smell almost chocolate-dipped, and the malt balances out the tartness of the fruit quite nicely. The rich, opaque color of the brew and its thin light tan head also bode well for a beer with some real *substance* to it.

The flavor starts of with a gently sweet malt. Raspberry flavors peak right in the middle, but are quickly superceded by a slight nutty, roasty malt flavor. There's a nice bitterness to the finish also, which leads off into a mellow hint of chocolate and only a faint remembrance of raspberry on the tongue.

I've gotta say, this is a terrifically well-crafted beer. The sweet, slightly tart raspberry flavors are there, but they play only a supporting role in a beer with a really solid brown-ale foundation. Damn good stuff.

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Photo of Smithson49er
4.47/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really dark brown, small amount of creamy head

S: Rich sweet malt and hints of yeast esters and raspberry

T: Balanced rich creamy brown ale the raspberry is present but not overwhelming. I really enjoyed this beer.

M: Great mouth feel thick creamy and still drinkable enough to chug if needed

O: I had this with Hawaiian pizza and it was one of the best pizza and beer combo's ever, I think Lost Coast makes a great brown ale and this is another level to what they do.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
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 GnomeKing
4.37/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey!! Finally a raspberry beer that comes through!! I've always thought that this could be a good combination and Lost coast sees it the same way.

The heavy malt charactersistics fits perfectly with the light raspeberry middle and finish. Touch of chocolate in there mixes things up nicely. Like a nicely topped sunday but lighter.

Pick one up today.

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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 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 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 scruffwhor
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a a slightly muddy, medium tanned hue capped with a decent egg shell head. The aroma is mostly raspberry, with a little incorporation of the deeper malts used. The taste is a much betetr balance of the fresh raspberries and chocolate. The chocolate malts sort of hang in the back waiting to make an appearance. Usually at the middle of the tongue. The chocolate lurkes away to let some of the caramel melt with the raspberries as well. The palate is light, yet filling thanks to the malt. Great fruity palate and smooth body. I could drink a ton of these.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know why, but I was very surprised how good this brew was. Poured a lovely hazy brown color with a 2" head. Nice lacing developed. The aroma was awesome, as raspberry and caramel were easily detectable and extremely pleasant on the nose. The flavor was not dominated by the raspberries, it just complimented the caramel, bread, and slight nutty flavor.

The mouthfeel was smooth at the start. The finish was dry and smooth as the raspberry flavor softly lingered. Nicely drinkable for a fruit beer, and the aroma was the best part of this brew.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV

A- brown w/ red hues, 1/2" thin white head, decent retent, nice color

S- raspberries, brown sugar, molasses

T- mellow blend of raspberry and brown ale, raspberry, brown sugar at finish, molasses, toasted malts, awesome finish when warmer

M- medium body, smooth

D- great drinkability, better when warm, maybe even amazing, surprisingly great combo of fruit & brew, recommended

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.14/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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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 rowmine
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
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 Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Radome
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
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 AlexJ
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of Skidz
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 fl.oz. Bomber, with a colorful label, which depicts a group of 5 rather large fruity looking Raspberries below the words, ‘Raspberry Brown’. Bottle Date: March 2003.

Appearance: Naturally lit, it appears a deep, dark chestnut brown. Held to the sunlight it exhibits a deep auburn red – a gorgeous color. The head forms when poured and settles to a thin collar head, brown in color.

Nose: Thankfully, the Raspberries are not overpowering, which bodes well for the beer. Sharp nose, that is of chocolate malts and raspberries. Continually topping-up the beer seems to aid the dissolution of the aromas from the beer.

Tastes: Smooth, nice chocolate malt mixed with Raspberries. I like the balance between the Brown and the Raspberry; I think they have it just right. The Raspberry flavors mix well and there is a synergy between the rich roast chocolate malts and the fruit aspects of the raspberries. Good inherent carbonation when swirled, also repairs the collar head after it breaks. The finish is all Raspberry, sharp and slightly astringent.

Mouthfeel: Good body aided by the solid Brown Ale characteristics.

Drinkability: Hard to rate beers like this. This is easily imbibed, the fruit is not dominant throughout and intermingles with the Brown Ale well – this makes it a very satisfying drink. Yet, I would not want to drink more than a Bomber of this in one sitting. Sort of a 3.75 - but I give it a 4.0 because it is far from sickly.

Overall: Very nice, and I would definitely drink this again if I had the opportunity. An excellent well-balanced mix between a Brown Ale and Raspberries.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like Sprecher root beer, deep brown with a creamy tan head. When held up to the light, it glows like cranberry juice. Head reduces to a smooth, cyclone-like swirl that floats atop the brew.

Smell: Mmmmm! Tangy raspberry sauce, Chambord, some cherry cola, and a hint of lime. Some roasted/chocolate malts and a touch alcohol also come through. Kind of reminds me of a raspberry truffle.

Taste: Dark, roasted malts and tart raspberries are the dominant flavors. There's also a cherry soda character, but this is not overwhelmingly sweet or syrupy in the least. The finish is clean and hoppy. A well-balanced ale. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and a tad tingly. Matches the flavor well.

Drinkability: Would go great with a chocolate dessert!

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +15%
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

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. I can't tell you much about the bottling date because the numbers and letters on the side of the label are untouched, so who knows? The beer pours a clear, deep brown with reddish highlights, and a thick, foamy tan colored head. The scent is heavy on raspberry essence, but not overpowering. Flavors are initially a tart forward raspberry flavor, quickly followed by the nutty and coffee like flavors typical of a brown. Interesting blend of differing tastes. The nutty backbone does a good job balancing all the flavors, despite all the main players being sweet characteristics. The beer remains creamy and smooth, doing a good job to carry the round and sweet flavors. The aftertaste is slightly tart from the raspberry, but the finish is quick, making this an easy drinking beer despite strong aromas and tastes. This is an entertaining and pleasant brew.

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