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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
83
good

820 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 18
Gots: 62 | 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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3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanK252
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 12packpoet
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DOCRW
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Harvest06
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaxPowers
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 B-Land
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Johnmanciniband
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EagleTalon
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of BlueMoon10
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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+

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3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 65Coronet
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 94Sip
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of gush
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of velezgerena
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of bzzpop
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Gr8ful4Beer
3.76/5  rDev +3%

Photo of johnwetterstrand
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.