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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
83
good

774 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 18
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-01-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by GoreStorm:
Photo of GoreStorm
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - poors really dark brown but with almost no head and what is there goes fast. nice color but loses points for lack of any head. cool art on the packaging just not my thing.

S - smells sweet and malty with something like a cookie smell going

T - Sweet and nutty with some coffee. a faint hop balance that i like. pretty decent.

M - a bit thin and bording on syrupy...this could hurt drinkability with multiple beers.

D - i like the taste, i'm not sure how the mouthfeel issues would pan out but i could see myself enjoying these in

GoreStorm, Jan 23, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again another nice Lost Coast Label,beer also looked pretty good nice dark brown color with minimal head.Nice chocolaty smell with some earthiness to it.Taste was sweet but not overpoweringly chocolaty,nice soft malty brown ale.Was maybe a little thin in the mouthfeel dept at times though.All in all a good one.

oberon, Feb 28, 2003
Photo of Shakerman
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Shakerman, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Parke
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Parke, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Dmann
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a supprising Brown ale. I am usually not a big fan of them, but this one tasted very good. It poured a very dark brown color and had a pretty good head but did not last long. The smell caught me kind of off guard with its smokey scent, but it intrigued me and I could not wait to drink. The flavor was great. It had a little bit of a nutty flavor which I expected, but it had a good hop bite and just a hint of smoke in there too which made this a wonderful drink. If I ever go for a Brown ale again, this will be my first choice

Dmann, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev +9.3%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

generallee, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of catNoises
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

catNoises, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Nitranim
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

Nitranim, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -18%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Beerswag, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a thin yet sticky lace that leaves web like trails down the glass.

Smell: Lightly sweet with delicate hints of chocolate and malt sweetness.

Taste: Crisp and smooth carbonation with a moderate body that cradles the slightly Thinnish mouth feel. Hops are distant and only help to balance, they give off a light twang mild to end. Malt sweetness is mild and lets the toasted and roasted flavours rise above with out any harshness. Finish dries a little with hints of toasted husk and fresh milled grain.

Notes: One of the better browns I have had in a while, quite a drinkable little brewski. Up there with New Castle and similar.

Jason, Jan 01, 2001
Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, chestnut brown color with a small, ivory head that quickly fades into attractive sheet and patch lace.
Caramel malt dominates the nose, with a nuttiness in the background. Some English style hops are faintly picked up.
Mouthfeel reveals an active carbonation, and there is a peppery, hop bite on the tongue.
Taste features complex malt flavors of molasses and caramel. Some dark fruits(raisins and plums) emerge midway, and there is a definite, hazelnut presence that seems to emerge with the funky, hops bitterness in the background. This one has some malt character similar to a doppelbock.
An enjoyable, American brown ale that is more complex than expected.

merlin48, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of Jovo
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Jovo, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of jakester
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny.

Pours a hazy deep mahogany with a one finger head of tan foam. Head drops to islands and a ring pretty quickly. Just a drib and drab of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet chocolate, with hints of toffee. Maybe a faint smell of spicy/herbal hops as well. Not much aroma, but what is there is pleasant. As it warms, the smell gets fruitier and better.

Tastes like it smells. Slightly sweet chocolate with a touch of toffee apples for good measure. Flavor is delicate. As it warms, it gets better. A little nuttiness comes out also. Aftertaste is long sweet chocolate, slowly fading.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a soft carbonation across the tongue. Finish is pleasant, with a very slight graininess coming at the end.

This beer should be drunk at 55-60 degrees. Cold there isn't much there, but as it warms, it gets better and better. Recommended.

jakester, Jul 31, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

chossboss, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

standardcherry, May 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

MajorDizaster, Feb 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

big_kevin, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of 2cansam
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - amber brown, carbonated head dissipated quickly leaving a bit of lacing

S- toasted nuts and caramel malt

T- sweet and malty, picked up a bit of a coffee taste but not the nutty taste I got from the aroma

M - a bit too carbonated for my tastes

O- if it was a little more on the creamy vs carbonated side I would really love this beer, but its still a great beer

2cansam, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of JMSiefer
3/5  rDev -18%

JMSiefer, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems to have more of a sturdy, thicker brown appearance than a lot of brown ales do. Head, retention? Nah. Same with aroma, nah, or meh.

Taste, looks as it tastes, sturdier on average.
The usual stuff, heavily roasted malt, nuttiness, the slightest feel of either chocolate malt, chocolate or coffee. Slight.

Stays true to its Northern California roots, hoppiness is more here than other versions of the style. Solid.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Slighty hazy, nut brown in color, two finger head with great head retention and good lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, roasted barley, chocolate.

T - Not very bitter, follows the smell, pretty sweet, hops are a little weak but standard for this style.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty good Brown ale, I'd get this again. My favorite at Lost Coast.

williamjbauer, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown appearance, 1/4 inch soft tannish head. Simple but good lacing. Pleasant aroma, some chocolate tones and a bit of walnut. Mouthfeel is good to start, shy of medium but with nice restrained carbonation. A slight but distinct roastiness adds some character to the malt profile. Neutral overall sweetness. Finishes with slight hops but a bit more watery than the beer starts out with. Not a bad Brown at all, pretty easy quaffing beer here.

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber brown hue with a full thicket of tan lacing just beautiful appearance, lacing is speckled and spread out with no pattern to it. Aromatics is key in this beer, undertone of floral hop presence and mild chocolate tones from the dark roasts used here and a very mild coffee tone to it. Tastes vary between milky chocolate notes and finishing hops adding a balancing bitterness the dark roasted malts add a great tone of bitternesss to the overall flavor pretty damn good brown. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied brown with a smooth fluffy texture, can't beat it. Drinkability: Really nice to sip on if your into brown's the only other one I've tasted that compares to this is Avery's Ellie Brown Dog Ale very tasty.

WVbeergeek, Nov 05, 2003
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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.