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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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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 255
Photo of HopHead84
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bomber into snifter.

A: Auburn body with some transparency. The head forms two fingers of frothy beige foam. Solid retention and a little lacing.

S: Caramel blends with a little chocolate. Biscuity malt meets ripe raspberry and a light nutty quality.

T: Raspberry jam with notes of biscuit and bread. Caramel accompanies a faint essence of milk chocolate and a dash of nuttiness. The raspberry is a nice touch and it avoids tasting artificial. The beer is a little sweeter than a traditional brown, but it's far from cloying.

M: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: I had low expectations going in but I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of MrKennedy
1.61/5  rDev -53.5%
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 BilbosNuts
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

A: Pours a dark brown sort of transparent color. It has a decent sized white head that leaves a thin film across the top. It looks rather dull and uninviting.

S: Lots of chocolate and a sweet raspberry fruitiness come through initially, creating a welcoming aroma. Some vanilla and nuttiness can also be found. Smells a lot like chocolate covered fruit.

T: Similar to the aroma but a bit toned down. There is still the chocolate and raspberry flavor but it is diminished a lot and overall, a very mild taste.

M: It is medium bodied and just an average mouthfeel. There is limited carbonation, and rather smooth.

O: I like lost coast, and this is a nice take on a brown ale. With the added raspberries, it creates a sweetness that isn't found in other browns. I will revisit this one if I'm looking for something on the sweeter side

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Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love raspberries and brown ales so lets see and it pours a ruby hue which leaves a fast vanishing one finger head and sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is basically raspberries like raspberry cordial and some sweet malts but thats it,the mouthfeel is light bodied and too light for my liking but easy enough to knock back with simple tastes of predominantly raspberries,some sweet malts and just a feint tinge of hoppy bitterness to remind you that your still drinking a beer and overall its one of those drops that i couldnt drink all the time but i love raspberries and browns so wouldnt knock it back if offered cheers.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice fruity odor that sort of reminded me of those raspberry gummie candies.

The taste lives up to it's name, nice and caramelized raspberry flavor, smooth, and not overpowering. Goes down easy.

There was surprisingly no bitterness at all, and the sour aftertaste was pleasant, just like raspberries.

Not a bad brew at all.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle from Fred Meyer Hawthorne PDX poured into tumblers 8.19.11

Clear reddish brown body multiple streams of rising carbonation, 1/2 finger very light tan body, pretty quick dissipation with nary lacing. Nose features a pronounced raspberry aroma, more tart than sweet, overpowered nuances of all other aromas. Taste mirrors nose, fairly sweet, detect a faint bit of milk chocolate, some floral hops. Mouthfeel medium light, a wee bit of effervescence. A bit too fruity, though admittedly it was mildly refreshing, a decent summer beer, perhaps a good food pairing was accentuate the raspberry-forward taste profile.

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Photo of dgilks
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear brown colour with garnet highlights. Nice creamy light tan head. Some mild lacing but nothing over the top.

Rounded nutty malt aroma with a hit of sweet raspberry. A little artificial but it could be natural.

Big, artificeial raspberry flavour with a touch of nuttiness. Really over the top.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

This is better than the Strawberry Wheat. The syrupiness of the raspberry is countered by s touch of darker malt but the result is still a bit artificial.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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 UDbeernut
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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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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Raspberry Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.46 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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