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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
83
good

721 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 29 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-01-2001)
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Jeysun23

California

4.5/5  rDev +23%

07-18-2013 00:19:40 | More by Jeysun23
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Yummmmiller

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +23%

04-19-2012 00:08:51 | More by Yummmmiller
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +23%

11-09-2012 23:40:04 | More by HamGlade10
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TomAtoMusic

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +23%

12-08-2011 19:37:42 | More by TomAtoMusic
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brown ale poured a nice "brown" colour with a small, neatly shaped, off-white head. The aromas are of nuts, alcohol, candy, patent malts, hops, and more. The taste is a nice mix of nutty flavor, alcohol, hops, and heavy malts. This stuff reminds me of Rogues brown ale, or Sam Smiths brown ale! The mouthfeel is thick, but not cloying and the drinkability is great too.

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Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 22:05:06 | More by francisweizen
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HKUSPC40

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +23%

11-11-2012 08:54:08 | More by HKUSPC40
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pkalix

California

4.5/5  rDev +23%

04-08-2013 00:34:17 | More by pkalix
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ineva

California

4.5/5  rDev +23%

11-18-2011 21:12:34 | More by ineva
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swungomonkey


4.5/5  rDev +23%

10-28-2012 21:26:25 | More by swungomonkey
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown color with some nice ruby hues. Two fingers of head fall to a finger. The nose is nice mocha, little bit of chocolate, little bit of coffee, maybe a hint of caramel sweetness. The flavor is very nice. Intense mocha with just a slightly bitter coffee finish. Nice. The feel is a light moderate, a touch thin for my liking, but still not bad at all. Drinkability is very good here. As far as a brown ale goes, this is what I want to taste and smell. Good good beer. Thanks to clvand0 for sharing his spoils with me.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 01:53:51 | More by kmpitz2
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vegantreats

Hawaii

4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with minimal foam with a brown color (the name doesn't lie). I immediately noticed notes of nuttiness and later a mild cinnamon scent. The initial flavor is of walnuts and, despite the beer not being thick, I was surprised by the flavor which had a bold almost porter like finish. I will admit I didn't expect much from the beer, I don't remember being wowed by brown ale, yet, this beer was a nice surprise, great notes and flavor!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 03:44:31 | More by vegantreats
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C3likesbeer

California

4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice slightly hazy amber red pour. Nice tan creamy head left a half inch of foam that dissipates relatively slowly. Minimal but decent lace.

S - Smoooth and sweet roasted nutty malt smell with some slight spice and hops. Maltiness prevails.

T - Sweet and creamy malty taste. Very thick and almost syrupy (not in a bad way) mouthfeel. Sweetness and malts prevail. Very smooth going down with a nice warmth afterward. Great beer to drink in the fall or winter. Some say it's chocolatey but I didn't really taste it.

O - Very good brown ale. Almost as good as Avery's Ellie's brown ale. Good stuff and a great beer when you consider the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 01:01:37 | More by C3likesbeer
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours coppery brown with a off-white head.
Malty aroma with nutty and bready notes. Quite sweet-smelling. Moreish!
Lovely malty flavours; bready, nutty melanoidin notes, somewhat sweet. Lovely nutty characters.
Good moderately high carbonation. Could be a little higher.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 04:40:33 | More by CrazyDavros
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yesyouam

New York

4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lost Coast Downtown Brown is a dark brown ale that has a shade of dim garnet. It's crystal clear with a dense, creamy, light coffee colored head. It has excellent retention and leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a toasty, nutty aroma with notes of roasted dark chocolate, walnut bread and a fruity grassiness. It's medium bodied, soft and smooth with a slightly gritty finish. It's fruity and roasty tasting. It's chocolaty but only a hint sweet. It has nice balance and it's a bit warming. It's a well executed brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 15:57:02 | More by yesyouam
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came in a bomber. Cool label and cap. Pours a dark brown color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some good lacing on the glass. The aroma is very much mocha, as was stated previously. Nice chocolate, small bit of coffee. The flavor is much the same as a mocha shake. Nice chocolate flavors with just a hint of coffee and nut. Perhaps could use a bit more body, but I like it very well. Great brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 16:11:53 | More by clvand0
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lechroy

California

4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into glass. Exceptional brown that is well balanced with warm toasted tones and mild hopiness.
A - loved the rich amber color and a nice 2 finger light head.
S - toasted warmth with sweet hops
T - Yum, the best part of the beer for sure. Really nice malt bill with chocolate overtones. A taste of hops. Dry for a brown, thats points in my book.
M - solid friendly feel. Smooth.
O - highly recommended brew for beer drinkers of all tastes.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 05:22:57 | More by lechroy
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Dmann

California

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

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 06:48:22 | More by Dmann
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electricfields

Idaho

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, nutty brown. I gave it about a finger thick head. It dissipated quickly and left only a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malts, spices, with a slight nuttiness. Most of what I notice about this is the surprising sweetness and how the nuttiness is unusually subdued for this style (although, admittedly, I am not super familiar with it).

T: Bittersweet with a strong nuttiness. Chocolate malts with citric hops. Sort of unusual, but delicious. Tastes sort of like grapefruit, but sweeter.

M/D: Medium-thick body with quite a bit of carbonation. Still I've had a really hard time slowing down on this stuff. It's really tasty, really easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 08:03:15 | More by electricfields
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bierguru

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - pours with a thick head which keeps through the beer deep brown in color

S - Caramel and biscuity malt you also get hint of brown sugar

T - caramel with hints of nuts like hazelnut and some oats

M - very smooth little carbonation

D - very drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 19:40:36 | More by bierguru
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beertaster13

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If this is what browns taste like then boy have I been missing out. Pours a deep dark brown with an off white head that is nice to the eye. The smell is of roasted chocolate and butter, a nice floral hop refreshes. The taste is a nice caramel rich chocolate with a nice floral hop in the end that balances out the sweetness, the hops taste so good with this, great combo, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 22:11:22 | More by beertaster13
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drew37

California

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went straight through a six pack with these and was impressed. A great brown ale with apparent tones of coffee and caramel. A highly recommended brew and will buy more of these in the future. Does much better than most other brews in its category. Will look to experiment with more Lost Coast Brewery beers in the future. Definitley worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 05:31:15 | More by drew37
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KoG

Nevada

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown liquid with a tan head that leaves a small ring of sticky lacing.

Smell is slightly fruity with some chocolate malt and light hops.

Taste is very rich. Roasted malt with chocolate and an earthy nuttyness that is reminiscient of hazelnut. A very nice finish and very tasty indeed.

Another good brew from Lost Coast, rich and packed with flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2005 02:10:45 | More by KoG
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown color with a small tan head. Not as watery as I usually see with browns.
The nose was caramel malt and nut, maybe some coffee?
The taste was very well-balanced (something else I rarely see in a brown). It had sweet caramel and roasted malts, mild sweet fruits, and maybe some very mild hopiness.
It was rather sweet, but not overpowering. It was semisweet to start and finished very reasonably with a nice long aftertaste which wasn't saccharine or syrupy.
I was impressed; this is a rare find for me. I'm always on the lookout for a good representation of the harder styles to brew very well, like a brown or a pilsner. Hats off to Lost Coast.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2007 18:41:48 | More by sinistrsam
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ryanonline

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

from bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance is dark brown with traces of ruby. tan dissapating head. moderate lacing.

Aroma is sweet and roasty, fairly malty and nutty. not too complex.

Taste, sweat and clean, very clean, with a nice nutty malty finish.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation and, again very clean.

Drinkability is smooth and tasty.

All in all not the most complex beer in the world but nice and well rounded. good for a relaxing drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 01:45:46 | More by ryanonline
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Why-P-A

Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown in color, not overly black with thick creamy head.

S: Roasted and toasted malts with a hint of chocolate malt but minimal burnt coffee aroma.

T: Very smooth, heavy malt body that matches aroma with a nice bitter finish developed from hops and darker, more burnt and bitter grains.

M: Velvety, possible addition of oats to prove a creamy character.

O: Excellent overall aroma and flavor, one of my go to brown ales. Easy to find at a good beer store and very consistent quality.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 18:51:48 | More by Why-P-A
Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.