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: 258 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of genesisgrunge
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-2 inch head diminished to a thin head. clear dark brown color.

s-raspberries and malt

t-initial fruity raspberry and malt flavor followed by a nutty coffee taste typical of brown beers

m-strong carbonation, medium bodied. creamy and rich but not overwhelming.

d-i'm glad i tried this, but i wouldn't buy it again. it's a little too sweet for my tastes (and i'm generally a dark beer drinker).

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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 Rutager
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Dark amber-brown with two fingers of light tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Rasberry jam, a little roasty malt. Hmmm.

Taaste. Rasberry juice, molasses, faint roasty malts that come out a little in the end. Flavour drops off pretty quickly.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied, pretty strong carbonation.

Overall. Not bad. Probably wouldn't buy again, but glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer sounded interesting to me so I picked up a bottle of it and tried it with a friend. I poured it out and it was a nice transparent brown color with a little head on it. The color was a little darker than a Newcastle Brown Ale. The smell reminded me of a natural raspberry tea. The taste was just about the same. It was like drinking an alcoholic raspberry tea, the carbonation wasn't really there. The aftertaste was dry with some semi sweet raspberries lingering on the tongue. It was good I just wouldn't have to have it again.

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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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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into mug
A - dark brown, 1 pinky tan head disappeared to a crown very very quickly 3
S - raspberry leads to slight brown malt tail 4
T - a nice natural, but mild, raspberry start fades to coffee and toasted malts 3.5
M - near zero carbonation, moderate mouthfeel 3
D - Could have another but don't really want another 2.5

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Photo of chumba526
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It appears dark brown in color with an inch high light brown head.

It smells of sweet slightly acidic raspberry and nutty malts. I also get hints of chocolate.

It tastes initially of mild sweet slightly acidic raspberry. This flavor is followed by a slightly bitter chocolate and coffee like flavor. I also get a bit of a nutty malty flavor. The beer finishes with a slight bitter aftertaste that is paired with a subtle sweetness.

The carbonation is moderate high with a somewhat smooth mouthfeel.

The drinkability is ok. Due to the nature of this beer I would only want a glass or two of this but it does go down quite easy.

Overall a pretty good beer. It seems like a dessert beer to me. It is better then I expected. It is not quite my cup of tea but it is a well made enjoyable beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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 jsdunlop
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured out a deep amber into my glass with minimal head and a slight bit o lacing. The smell of this brew was amazing upon first sniff, strong raspberry aroma, combined with freshly picked overripe pears and a slight scent of alcohol mixed in. Strangely, this one did not taste like the artificial raspberry flavoring that I was expecting...Raspberry flavor does dominate, but the flavor is fresh and tart. Large malt presence mingles nicely with a slight hint of sweetness and a twang of mild hoppiness balances this one out nicely. Nice mellow carbonation and a medium/heavy body make this one an easy drinking 6.5% brown that will definitely surprise you if you are into fresh, tart and sweet raspberries!

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Photo of andrenaline
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been sitting in my fridge for some time so I hope it isn't past its prime.

A - Pours a slightly hazy brown colour with an amber hue, thin film of head which dissipates very quickly and leaves no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by raspberries with a hint of caramel. Bready malts linger on the nose.

T - The raspberries are much stronger than I would've expected, but they don't have an artificial flavour which is nice. I also really liked how a dark espresso and chocolate malt emerged through the raspberries and lingered on the tongue. Very tasty.

M - After a slightly disappointing pour, I was thinking it might be watery, but this one came through with a nice medium body, fully carbonated and finished quite smooth.

D - This is one of the best raspberry beers I've had to date, and I really liked how the malt characteristics came through on the finish. The raspberries didn't have that artificial flavour either which was also nice. I would definitely recommend this one to any fan of raspberry ales, as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
2.28/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Dark reddish brown, a raspberry brown, lol. Tan colored head, one fingers worth. Head tends to linger

S- Raspberry is dominate, but not as strong as you would think. Some what of a roasted malty character is there.

T- Rich and creamy, Raspberry tart flavor. Sort of a malty character I feel is the main backbone of the flavor. Candyish after taste. Very odd. A nasty dr. pepper(ish) flavor lingers in the after taste for some time. Unpleasant.

M- Medium bodied. Good amount of carb.

D- Its ok tasting, and I feel after a pint I would be changing beers to something much better.

Doesn't come near my favorite of the "fruit beers."

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Photo of Jemonster
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A cola brown with soda sized bubbles and thin tan head.

S: Smells like raspberries, clean and tart.

T: Not as much raspberry taste as I would have thought judging by the smell. Mostly a malty standard brown ale flavor. Not quite sweet enough for the style/my expectations. When a beer is marketed as fruity, it is probably difficult because a lot of brown ale drinkers don't want something like it, and a lot of cider/fruity drink drinkers don't like brown ale.

M: Nice, clean and carbonated but nothing special.

D: Average because the flavor is kind of blah. Don't have much desire to drink more.

(This review was typed in a slight hurry, but I did not "judge" this beer in a hurry.)

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Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one in a hotel in Mesquite, Nevada, watching bad television and eating salami and provalone. Pouring this one into a glass, I am immediately reminded of Dr. Pepper, both visually and on the tastebuds. Also got a little raspberry and some earthy hops. Pretty enjoyable (as are most of the Lost Coast beers I've had), especially at $3.49 a bomber.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass - Pint

A - Dark brown with a bit of orange or copper when held to light. It produced a 1-finger head that dissipated quickly, it left splotches here & there but no solid rings of lace.

S - Right upfront I get a strong presence of raspberry that reminds me of Sam Adams blackberry Witbier. Hm, underneath I actually get some soft toasty notes, toast, slight grain and subtle toffee, very soft though.

T - I get raspberry upfront but nothing bright or overpowering, wow. A bit of an herbal hop quality comes through in the middle followed by a bit more raspberry. It finishes with soft but noticeable toasted notes, toffee & a bit of almond, toasted bread like qualities.

M - Soft to moderate crispness, very smooth with a body a notch below medium.

D - I'd enjoy a couple on a warm day but nothing I'd seek out time & time again, it's moderately drinkable & more so because of the raspberry twist. Very enjoyable, and I really liked the fact that the raspberry flavor wasn't overpowering & sickening, it's definitely worth a try. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Guinness pint glass

The color of this beer is dark brown with a copper color showing on the sides and bottom when held to light. Upon pouring, it produced less than 1-finger of white colored head. Light lacing is left, nothing amazing.

Aroma is dominated by raspberries and blueberries. After getting past the fruit a lot of caramel malt is present along with a faint bit of chocolate. There is also an herbal hop note present when swirled. Excellent aroma.

Taste is comprised of raspberry and herbal hop flavors up-front, not overdone though, which is nice. Following through to the end, the flavors seem to morph into a classic brown ale taste, caramel, candy, nuts, and just a slight bit of chocolate. All very light on the pallate though.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Light to medium CO2.

This seems to be a lighter brown ale to me, maybe it's the raspberries that make it feel that way. It's highly drinkable for maybe the first 2 pints but would probably get sickening to drink any more than that. It's refreshingly different from a typical brown or amber ale. I'd recommend giving this a try.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark amber with reddish brown hues and was topped with a lightn tan head that dissipated quickly. Its has a slight hoppy aroma mixed in with some citrus fruits. It had minimal lacing around the glass, but this was a smooth ale, a bit dull in th eflacors but it was sweet overall. Theres a mild alchol twang in its aftertaste.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown (nearly black) color with red tint. Dense creamy tan head.

Smell: Strong raspberry aroma initially slowly giving way to roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor, with milk chocolate and raspberries. The raspberry flavor comes into its own a bit more towards the finish. Both raspberry and a bit of odd bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. Light, nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Generally tasty and good ABV, but I'm not a big fan of the flavor.

Not a big fan of the fruit in a beer like this (some I like, some I don't), but it is quite a bit better than I imagined and generally well-balanced.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep brown with good carbonation and dirty white head. Nose is light raspberry, toffee, caramel. Taste is more brown, little raspberry. Off balance, not very complex. Mouthfeel is sordove thin on body and taste. Drinkability...ahh..pass on this.

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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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Raspberry Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.46 out of 5 based on 258 ratings.
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