Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Reviews: 399
Hads: 850
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 21
Gots: 84 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-01-2001

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Photo of Brew_42
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-not the prettiest beer. Dark brown without much of a head
S-toasted malts and a little bit of chocolate
T-Slight malty sweetness and a little chocolate
Mf- thinner than I would have expected
Overall- a little light on flavor but decent brown ale (249 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Aroma gives no clue as to the taste that follows. Starts out with a luscious clear brown pour and thick, silky head. Soft toasted malt aroma leads into big full on brown ale taste. Rich and robust, slick and sublime, lots of dark malts with hints of molasses sweetness round out to a nice nutty taste. One of the better brown ales out there. (368 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a really deep and dark brown, almost black, but not quite, still, pours very dark for the style. There is a puffy tan colored head that forms, but dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty sticky lacing about.

S — Smells of sweet medium roasted malts, lots of caramel and, not much else.

T — Pretty muted, though there are notes of rich and sweet malts, on par for the style, if not a bit dark.

M — Nice enough, a bit heavy overall, but it's easy drinking.

O — OK overall, pretty monotone and a bit heavy. (544 characters)

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. (434 characters)

Photo of TBCE
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Moderately dark brown ale. Pours very little to no head. Smell is of smoke and malt. Taste is sweet and malty up front, a little smokiness, maybe a little fruit. Mouth feel is thin and moderate carbonation. Overall an above average brown ale. Enjoyable. (253 characters)

Photo of Decko
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't experienced many brown ales other than Newcastle Brown Ale. I found this one to be very different. Deep brown in the glass with sweet nutty and malty aromas. Taste was mostly dominated by sweetness with malt flavours but otherwise a little bit thin. Mouthfeel fine with good carbonation. Overall a good beer but I don't have many reference brown ales to compare it to. I'd drink it again but probably won't remember it in a month. I think that sums it up for me. (472 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep brown with a slight ruby hue, with a creamy tan heaed that settles and laces fairly well.

S: Bready roasted malt, a bit earthy, maybe a touch of smoke.

T: Roasted malt, very light chocolate, toffee, a little smoke, earthiness, and a hint of dark fruit on the finish.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Can't say I was expecting much from this one, but it actually turned out to be a pretty drinkable brown. (496 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a generous beige head and patchy lacing. Deep ruby brown color. Aroma is English toffee, nuts and a touch of chocolate and caramel. Flavor is more of the same with a nice balancing subtle hop note. Mouthfeel is light-medium and quaffable. A very good choice for Brown ales. (282 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.75 overall rating is correct.

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Jan. 2, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 9, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark brown, mahogany, semi-clear color with two fingers of rocky, khaki tan head. Minimal-to-no wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, hazelnut, light chocolate, espresso, vanilla, faint coffee, cocoa and chocolate milk. (Smell - 4.38)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but still pretty good. Got roasted nuts, espresso, toffee, caramel, hazelnut, cocoa and chocolate milk. (Taste - 3.63)

Medium body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

A decent beer, especially the smell. Pretty average the rest of the way. (Overall - 3.63)

3.75 | 85 | B+ (1,055 characters)

Photo of 94Sip
4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Arnold Palmer's restaurant in Indian Wells, CA.

Overall: This was probably the best brown ale I have had. It got better as it warmed up. Pronounced aroma and tastes of a malt-forward ale.

Look: Nice, deep brown. Had a nice tan head that didn't last long but left a good lace down the glass as I drank it.

Smell: very much like a brown ale should be- good roasty aroma, with pronounced malt and minimal if any hop aromas.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, some dark maple syrup after it warmed up. Did not have the dark, roasted tastes of a stout or a porter, which is what I like from a brown ale.

Feel: This is where I differentiate a brown ale from a porter/stout. This does not come across as heavy or thick like a porter. It was very drinkable as a brown ale. (792 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown with a thin off-white head with short retention.
Nice aroma with lots of chocolate and nuts.
Flavor with predominant notes of spices, cocoa, caramels, American yeast, hazelnut, earthy hops and cola.
Dry aftertaste with a mild residual roasted note.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Easy to drink Brown Ale, actually rather American but not too hoppy. Well rounded, not over sweet, mild and still with nice spices and a nutty profile. Body could be bolder, though.
Ap.3,25 Ar.3,75 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5 (523 characters)

Photo of SummerRoseAnn
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of the downtown brown, sadly, it's only available from one beer and wine shop in town, so it's a rare treat.

Malty and sweet, clear deep brown color. Modest foam, that dissipates rather quickly. Nice refreshing brown, very clean taste, none of the mustiness that occasionally accompanies malty beers. (310 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Appears a medium to dark brown in the glass, deep copper/orange when held up to the light. Perfectly clear. Beige head is thick, creamy and long-lasting. Huge curtains of lace. Very attractive beer.

S - Nutty malt aromas, with some crystal malt and even a bit of chocolate and roasted grain. It all smells clean and subtle. No hops or yeast evident in nose.

T - Flavors of grassy hops mix with the malts from the nose. Not as much malt as expected from the aromas. Light chocolate and roast. No yeast character.

M - Thin body. Smooth carbonation. A smooth and oily mouthfeel makes me wonder if there are oats in the grain bill. Significant hops bitterness, but no alcohol burn.

O - This is a clean, well-made, enjoyable brown ale with an American rather than English tilt. Not exceptional, but good. (836 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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 (286 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours cola brown with a 1 inch white head that settles to a thick cap and ring on top that leaves thick strands of lace.

Smell is of hazelnut up front with faint chocolate, caramel and molasses on the finish. Very pleasant.

Taste is of big hazelnut sweetness, molasses, roasted malt and brown sugar up front with faint chocolate on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A solid malty brown ale with pleasant coffee, hazelnut, chocolate and brown sugar accents. (494 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges and a finger of beige head. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing behind. The nose is slightly bready. The body is relatively hearty. The flavor is bready with a faint touch of maple. The finish is semi-dry. (273 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Very low head, but otherwise a nice deep copper. Slightly murky, and nice sediment.

S: Brown sugar, butter, chocolate, smokiness.

M: Thin, grainy, and rough. Low carbonation, and a chocolate soda like fizz. Unfortunately not as smooth as the guy's plum colored suit, and the beer's major fault.

T: Chocolate, caramel, burnt toffee, tobacco, roasted malts, roasted hazelnut. NO bitterness. Residual sweetness. Or are these big flavor at fault?

O: Confusing beer. Great flavor profile with potential to carry complimentary bittering herbals with its thinner texture, but is wasted by being too dry, making the chocolate seem powdery. Granted this beer was stamped 12/13, and if I see a fresher bottle I would like to re-evaluate for hop character, and hope for:
1) A nice hoppiness; or,
2) A smoother mouthfeel. (818 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Moderate carbonation.

Overall, pretty good, though I'm not sure I'd order it again if there were other more preferable beers on the menu. (358 characters)

Photo of theteleman
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of brewbattles
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

We conducted a blind taste test with this beer and 5 other brown ales to objectively determine which one was best. The 5 beers were: Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, Lost Coast Downtown Brown, Big Sky Moose Drool, Newcastle Brown, and Wychwood Hobgoblin. You can view the video here:

http://youtu.be/oz0hSSylY70 (309 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good clarity. A very dark brown, but ruby highlights are highly visible when held to the light. A contrasting white head vanishes almost instantly.

Smell: Burnt mocha and overripe banana bread. Not terrible, but not very promising.

Taste: A remarkably clean aftertaste doesn't do this beer any flavors, as the roasted dark chocolate flavor seems to simply fall off a cliff with every sip. The overripe banana is also found in the taste, and somehow workks well with unexpected alcohol flavors, making something of a rum cake mixture.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, but with a bit of fizz.

Overall: Some interesting elements, but walks a strange, thin line between flavorful and flavorless that ultimately makes it forgettable. (742 characters)

Photo of usechopstix4soup
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice caramel into glass, head wasn't too thick and didn't last very long. The color reminded me of something lighter than pepsi but around that hue. Light is able to penetrate through, which gives it a nice tint and isn't too dark.

I've got to admit, the smell is probably my favorite part of this beer. Awesome nutty, chocolatey, caramel sensation that makes my mouth water. Roasted brown malts give the drink a nice smokey, heavy smell.

Taste is interesting, it is not very bitter but it leaves your mouth wanting more. Mouthfeel is very nice, well medium bodied beer that goes down like water. I notice the taste isn't too prevalent, which is strange for a beer of its class. It is sweet, tons of caramel and finishes with a dry, hoppier finish.

The secret in this beer is the wonderful smell and I can't get enough of it. (837 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (270 characters)

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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.