Raspberry Brown Ale | Harbor City Brewing Company

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Raspberry Brown AleRaspberry Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Harbor City Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 12-17-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Skidz:
Photo of Skidz
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out deep amber brown and sits a dark mahogony in the glass with a good sized tan head leaving a good skim.

Smells of nice and malty, with a zing of raspberries, reminisent of cough syrup. Caramel and chocolate lie beneath.

Tastes sweet and tangy up front with a nice roasty malt build. Raspberry flavor comes in and is quite true to the flavor. Dustings of cocoa lie underneath. Finishes bitter with lingering raspberry tartness.

Creamy with tact carbonation in a medium body. Glides well around the mouth..

A damn tasty beer by all accounts. Fruit flavor is very realistic and stays well within the style. I'm game for more anytime.

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Photo of cokes
2.44/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a deep brown with hints of ruby. Beige head does what it supposed to.
Served cold, it emitted a rather off puting aroma and cardboard and rotten fruit. More berries appear is it warms, but never becomes very pleasant smelling.
Taste is battle between raspberries and plummy dark fruits. No real brown-ale traits to speak of. A subtler approach may have yielded better results.
Filmy and sticky in the mouth. Sickly sweet at times, and generally cloying. Lingering sweet-sour residue.
No thanks.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

PIcked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a pretty fiery garnet hue a few fingers of khaki cream that fades with lacing to a lasting skim. Nose is pungent tart raspberry lambic over subtle cocoa powder and caramel notes. Taste starts off with a split-second sour note and then transitions beautifully into smooth milk chocolate with nut, which is soon rejoined by the tart raspberry puree. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and perfectly carbonated. I must say I really enjoy this beer. A solid chocolatey brown ale base kicked up a notch by elegant raspberry tart.

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Photo of battlekow
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting little beer here from Harbor City, if only for the fact that it's the only one I've had from them not swimming in diacetyl. Strong raspberry tartness and a gorgeous raspberry-like purple/red color are the calling cards of this beer, but it's got a relatively solid brown ale underpinning that provides some cocoa notes to contrast the berry. It's a really dry beer, seems to evaporate right in the middle of the sip, almost leaving your palate feeling numb. Comparable to O'Fallon's Cherry Chocolate Ale in that it is exactly what it says it is; you'll probably only want one, but great for what it is. Beats the living hell out of Sprecher's Generation Porter in the highly contested Milwaukee-area Chocolate/Raspberry Ale category.

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Photo of keoki182
1.78/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Well, it looks like a good brown ale and smells like a good raspberry brown ale. Stop reading right there if you don't care about taste. The taste of this nice looking raspberry brown was that of nutty, roasted malts (good) and burnt raspberries (bad). The charred flavor that came through in this sampling was overwhelmingly horrible. I like the other Harbor City brews, so I'm willing to try this again in case I had a very bad batch.

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Photo of lampkins
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jim @ Harbor City indicated that he had changed the 2003 Brown Raspberry and compared to previous years, this years batch is a 180 degree turn from prior patches. This is the brewery's seasonal offering and this years batch is limited to one production one. Get it while you can.

The beer poured a small creamy head. What was most profound about this beer was the raspberries, which were quite often subdued in previous attempts.

Taste is also profoundly different as well. Rather than the maltiness of the nut brown ale, the focus is now on the raspberries, they are the predominant taste in the brew.

This beer is very drinkable, but due to the high alcohol level it can catch up on you. A decent holiday offering that I look forward to every year.

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Photo of bnuttz
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red tinged brown color, with a fizzy tan head. Smell is predominantly artificially tart raspberries. Taste is nutty and chocolatey up front then rounded out by tangy raspberries. Smooth going down, not a shabby beer by any means. A great desert drink, and one I will definitely come back to. It is definitely on sweeter side, which somewhat limits the drinkability, but I will come back these for desert anytime they are available.

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Raspberry Brown Ale from Harbor City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 7 ratings