Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I've had this beer before, but I can never remember the flavor. I am not usually a fan of this style, but it's been a while since I have had an English brown ale. Having been to England recently, maybe that will help me enjoy this beer more. Plus, it's a cool story. Two women founded this brewery, and one of them is the brewmaster. That, and this is one of the first beers she came up with. Oh, and I love the label. It's fun! A lot of breweries are trying to use crazy names and create interesting packaging for their beer. This one is simple, but a bright and fun label that was designed by a local artist. Local to Eureka, California, anyway.
In the Glass: It is darker than I expected. Not black, but a nice thick rich brown color. The lace is weak, but the beer is appetizing. Maybe because I am thirsty, but it still looks delicious.
Nose: I could smell this as I was pouring it. The nose, without even sticking my nose in the glass, is powerful. When I do stick my nose in the glass, I am getting lots of chocolate and some nuttiness that the tasting notes mentioned. But I do get more chocolate than I expected. I just had a can of Sex Panther (LOVE the name) that is a double chocolate porter. I am getting more chocolate here than there.
Flavor: The flavor is really nice. I haven't had a brown ale in a while, but this one is solid. The flavor starts out somewhat sweet, nearing bittersweet. See… I am thinking chocolate again. Then the flavor profile changes completely as you swallow opening up all sorts of flavors. It is a little dry, that I didn't expect. I guess most English beers are dry… so I am not surprised. The aftertaste is really nice, too. But we will get to that.
Mouthfeel: At first, the mouthfeel is thin and boring. But as the beer slides across the tongue, bubbles start to dance and you are hit with a dry finish that lingers. The bubbles are nice, too. I don't normally like carbonation in my beer. But here, it works. It makes me think of a flavorful domestic at first, but then settles on the tongue and leaves you with a really nice nutty finish.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is great. It lingers on for a good three minutes. It's dry, and has a burnt chocolate flavor to it. For as cheap as this beer is, I would totally buy this again just to experience that aftertaste. The brewmaster made this beer to pair well with food. I can totally see where this would pair well with pork or beef. Well done, ladies!
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2013 18:49:10 | More by rickyleepotts
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3.69/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pint glass on tap at the Lobster Trap
Look is a dark cola color, clear, with a small cap of mocha head. Smell is light: grain, malt, cocoa. Taste is light roast, chocolate, nutty, and faint earthy hop.
Slightly above-average, enjoyable, been-there-done-that.
Serving type: on-tap
03-31-2014 15:35:48 | More by jimmah120
3.75/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a somewhat smallish pint glass.
Dark red brown body under a 2-finger head.
Nice fruity scent on the head.
Taste: Good bitterness over the gentler flavours. Dark fruit, some breadiness.
Overall, pretty good, though I'm not sure I'd order it again if there were other more preferable beers on the menu.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 04:59:02 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.59/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
One of my go to brown ales. 7$ for a sixer at Sprouts in Poway, Ca. Cant beat that price and this is a decent brew. MUCH better then the Newcastle that is being sold over here in the states these days, and cheaper too. A medium bodied mouthfeel with biscuty undertones balanced by malts and nutty accents. Basic, but really good and you cant beat the price.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2014 05:11:35 | More by theteleman
Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.