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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
83
good

835 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 20
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-01-2001

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Ratings: 835 | Reviews: 397
Reviews by Hex92:
Photo of Hex92
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is my second lost coast beer, I thought it was a bit better than the other. I think its a good session beer. I could drink a few of these. Its not good enough to be satisfying if you are only going to have one. Its just doesn't have enough in any category.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Dmann
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of jakester
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of 2cansam
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.44/5  rDev -6%
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.

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.

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.

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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.

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Eureka.

Pour is dark amber-brown. Excellent head and sticky lacing. Clear.

Aroma: medim malts with milk chocolate and hints of hops and coffee

Flavor: A load of milk chocolate in the malty flavor.

Feel: medium bodied with medium carbonation level.

O: good

Photo of chrisms86
2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lost Coast really messed up with this one. A bland taste and a smell to match began my disappointment with this brew, which had an appearance which fooled my tastebuds with its attractiveness. Mouthfeel is nothing special. To be fair I haven't had a brown ale I've liked but I have had better ones than this. Pick up some Old Rasputin instead.

Photo of Surefire
4.97/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite brown beer. Lots of flavor: coffee, chocolate, malts... but without the harsh bitterness of similar ales.

A: Brown, no flaws. Minimal fizz.

S: Coffee, mocha, chocolate

T: Smooth, hints of coffee, mocha, chocolate, with a nice tangy aftertaste. Very smooth and well proportioned.

M: Excellent... medium to full body, with moderate creaminess feel.

D: Great drinkability for a full flavored brown beer.

Overall: Outstanding effort in the brown beer niche. A great brown to give to a novice... full of flavor without being harsh.

Photo of rastaman
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap@Lost Coast. Not a style i usually like, but this works well. Drier than most browns, like roasted chocolate, with some tangy hops, pretty easy to get into. Also more of an American style, with more hop tang, not quite as sweet as some of the English versions that i have had in the past, i prefer this style myself.

Photo of OKbrew89
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with decent head that left a little lacing. Smells of malt with some nutty sweetness from what I'm assuming is toffee. Roasted malts come through right away with some sweetness on the back end of the tongue from toffee. Medium-light body with light carbonation. No alcohol taste or bitterness. It was a little light for an english brown ale.
Overall, a fine brown ale. It's easy to drink and hits the taste and look well.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, deep, mahogany color with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of nice, roasted malt up front, like freshly baked dark bread, followed by some notes of molasses and raisins.

Taste: Very roasty up front, with lots of roasted malt, and some subtle coffee and smoke, which reminds me more of a porter as opposed to a brown ale. There’s some good caramel-like sweetness, and some fruity notes, specifically, raisins.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good brown ale. It’s surprising in how much roasted flavors of coffee and subtle smoke there is. Like I said, this reminds me more of a porter than a brown ale. Tasty.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber brown with a half finger head that melts to thin sticky lacing.
Aroma is very faintly sweet toasted malt.
Taste is tingly with faint hops and then heavily sweet toasted, roasted malt to balance. Faint coffee drying and bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is full with tiny carbonation.
Nice, sweet (but not cloying) brown.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz short, almost stubbie-esque bottle.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark russet hue, with two fingers of perfect packed foamy pale beige head, which leaves some layered paint strip lace around the glass as it smugly drops away.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, toasted brown bread, muddled oily nuts, a soft orchard fruitiness, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is pretty much well in line: sweet, rather mildly toasted caramel malt, hazelnut and other stale nut esters, fading apple and generic grape fruit esters, and quite tame earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a pleasantly lulling frothiness, the body a decent medium-heavy weight for the style, smooth, and with a burgeoning creaminess that gets smacked down by a latent nutty (where be the hops?) astringency. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt starting to cede the stage to a still meek grassy, earthy hoppiness, that nuttiness somehow carrying on in a sort of state of diplomatic immunity.

A pretty bang-on Yankee version of this venerable English style - take the base brown ale, and ramp it up, right? Not too hoppy (duh!) and generally flavourful all around is what we get, the nutty and malt characters really the story here.

Photo of crawfow
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Clear, deep, dark amber. Tan head with large bubbles that disapated quickly.
s: Wonderful nutty aroma with a slight citrus background from American hops. Caramel and chocolate dominate with a touch of breadiness and/or biscuit apparent.
t: A little disappointing. Overwhelming nutty sweetness and caramel, don't get me wrong. However, there is a graininess (dare I say huskiness) that I pick up. Either the malt bill contained a high percentage of dark grains or this batch was slightly oversparged.
m: Watery and creamy at the same time. this beer can't make up it's mind if it want's to be a mild or a brown porter.
d: Quite drinkable and a should be a definate addition to one's session if you find this beer available.
Overall: The wonderful aroma is not complimented by the flavor. The beer seems a touch watery and there is a unique flavor derived from the grains that really sticks out and lingers in the finish. The American hops also add a slight citrus character in aroma and flavor as the beer warms up.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Downtown Brown by Lost Coast brewery

purchased from Isaac Newton's (Newtown, PA)

Appearance- a hazelnut brown with a thin fizzy head.
Smell- sweet nuttiness. A hint of alcohol.
Taste- Just too sweet. A decent roasted nutty flavor but man o man it was soooo sugery sweet.

Overall- I like a Brown Ale to have a little backbone to it. This is much like candy. I'll pass.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours dark ruby brown with a tan, 2 finger head. Decent retention. Leaves behind an average, sticky lacing.

Smell - Delicate notes of nut, chocolate and sweet malt. Faint brown sugar.

Taste - Subtle notes of chocolate and a nut... maybe pecan? No, more hazelnut. Sugary sweet. A delicious flavor profile, but feels a bit muted.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, but a fairly thin, and a tad undercarbonated. Very disappointing body.

Overall - A decent to good brown. Sessionable, at the very least. It's a shame because it has a great flavor profile, but it's watered down character detracts from what could be a great beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another lineup's brown. And just another beer. Nice head, deep brown body. Licorice and malt, including chocolate.Not overly sweet. Offset by some roastiness.Nicely hopped. Grainy. Light instant coffee. Medium mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable at Pizza Plant Transit.

Photo of ojclark
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Goat Hill Tavern, Costa Mesa, CA.

Couldn't detect any aroma. Appearance was good when first poured. Deep brown/black with a short, creamy nitro head. Head dissipated quickly but left traces of lace on the side of the glass.

A nicely balanced american brown. A bit light in flavor for my taste but pleasant. Palate was a bit fizzy and thin.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, bottled 11/11/10.

Pecan red-brown beer, with a three finger head on the pour in a middling tan. The retention is a good, as is the lacing.

Dry mineral characterizes all of the aromas of diner coffee, nuts, and carob. Things are on the earthy side.

Distinct flavors are really discernible in the flavor, it's a conglomeration of exceedingly dry mineral laden earth with some carob and date.

While alcohol isn't apparent, this is a hugely dry experience that leaves the tongue literally dry. The carbonation is on the high side.

My dad really seems to like this beer and now I can specifically ask him why. It doesn't have the coffee or chocolate flavors I expected. It is a unique Brown Ale in my experience largely due to the dryness which might be repulsive to some.

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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.