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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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687 Ratings

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%

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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Photo of mithrascruor


1.93/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a creamy and thick tan head. Eventually becomes a heavy film that laces the glass a bit.

Smell: Roasted and lightly sweet malts. Could be a lot stronger and more interesting.

Taste: I'm not even sure what this tastes like. There's the presence of malts here, but there's a grimy flavor going on too, which becomes more pervasive over time..

Mouthfeel: Water. Water with a thin tingly aftertaste. Is this a beer?

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and taste make it hard to drink much of this.

Basically, avoid at all costs. While it looks nice, it tastes and feels horrible. Extremely watery, with some major taste issues. Fermented dirt. I don't think that I can finish this, which means there must be something really wrong...

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 20:29:42 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of scooter231

New York

2.33/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks like a brown ale, nothing too unique or exciting here. Smells roasty and lightly sweet, but juuuust barely. Tastes... odd. Off. Sort of dirty. I can't quite pinpoint it... maybe like an unappealing scottish brew in the past? Just unpleasant. Mouthfeel is flat and boring. Ick, I'm not a fan of this. Pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 08:02:36 | More by scooter231
Photo of Rezzin


2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Date on bottle is Nov 05. 22oz.

A - Dark brown, slightly hazy. Creamy beige head - not much lacing.

S - Roasted nuts and sweet malt. Some fruitiness peeking through. Not much of a nose overall

T - Bland. The sweet malt and chocolate flavors are watered down. There is a little hop bitterness on the back but barely so. Almost medicinal in flavor. I wonder if I have a bad bottle. The 'bad' flavors aren't very pronounced but they are there.

M - Moderatly carbonated with a thin mouthfeel.

D - I didn't care for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 02:05:30 | More by Rezzin
Photo of chrisms86


2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 19:48:57 | More by chrisms86
Photo of surfmeister


2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Good looking and smelling...
Beautiful brown color, hefty, frothy head which stayed. Smell was roasty, coffee-like, hops are in the background. The taste was of roasted coffee with one too many scoops of sugar in it. Sticky, gooey taste got caught in the back of the throat, and above it all was a surprisingly thin mouthfeel. I just don't think I care for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 16:24:37 | More by surfmeister
Photo of troutmask96


2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not the best brown ale in the universe. Pours a very dark brown with zero head. Smell is of alcohol and fruit. Taste is strong, lingering alcohol with suprising bitterness. Drinkability is decent, but why bother? I'll take a pass on this one - there are better brown ales out there...

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 14:41:20 | More by troutmask96
Photo of Talisker


2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first encounter with a classic of American craft beers, and not a particularly positive one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Not sure of the age. Typical dark brown, one finger dark tan head. Aroma is pure licorice and alcohol, nothing else. No sweet malt, no hops. Perhaps would be appealing to someone who likes licorice (I don't), but it's unbalanced regardless.

Taste is still licorice-dominated, but some dry English-style malt creeps in. Bitter in an acidic way. Finishes clean - crisp texture - but it's hard to eliminate that lingering licorice.

I quite enjoy the sweet American-style browns, and occasionally even the dryer English standbys. But this sample of Downtown Brown doesn't measure up to the best of either.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 03:45:24 | More by Talisker
Photo of rohrbachsfan

New York

2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep brown in color.

Smell: Sweet malt.

Taste: Sweet malt, some nuttiness but not much, mild hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with some crispness.

Drinkability: Not too thrilled with this beer. A little too sweet; bitterness not well balanced. Not a great example of an English Brown Ale. This is no Hobgoblin.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 01:15:06 | More by rohrbachsfan
Photo of theopholis


2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a dark brown/burgandy color with a small tan head. Head rapidly falls and leaves no lacing.

Aroma- Pleanty of malt sweetness with a hint of caremel. No hop aroma at all. The carmel aroma becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Taste- Some malt sweetness, and just a touch of hop bitterness. But it's missing a lot of flavor in the middle. Kind of wish I hadn't bought a whole sixer.

Mouthfeel- Body is a tad thin for the style. Carbonation is okay.

Drinkability- It's not a great brown. If you can find a pounder, try it, but don't invest in a whole sixer if you can avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 00:23:04 | More by theopholis
Photo of ibbjamin


2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a six pack from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Forget exactly what I paid for it, but it was reasonable; somewhere in the $7-9 ballpark I believe. Poured into a pint glass.

One inch light tan head that dissipates quickly to about a quarter inch retention. Some carbonation, but not too heavy. Dark burnt reddish brown color. I can just barely see through the glass to the other side. Some trails of lacing present.

Smells of caramel and sweeter malts. The hops are present, but very faint.

Tastes of caramel and sweeter malts. Hops and alcohol are completely masked in the taste. Not very well balanced, but the style is partially to blame for this.

Medium body, lightly carbonated. A little more creamy than others I've had of this style.

There are others I recommend before this one for an English Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 04:12:29 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one surprised me a little. Both the color and taste seemed more like a porter to me than a brown ale. I have never had a brown ale taste like this or pour so dark. It was very nice tasting, but it was odd because of the style confussion in my head. This is a good beer, but maybe a little too much for a brown.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 02:04:44 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of kdoc8


2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served up with a creamy, foamy tan head. It was dark brown in color and didn't have much of a smell to it. What is it with some browns that they just don't smell at all?? The taste is quite bitter up front, and then a bit bland - not much to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2007 20:36:02 | More by kdoc8
Photo of shirfan

New York

2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the color and translucency of cola, with a 1-finger head that recedes to thin lacing.

Mild aroma of malt and leather.

Taste is mild. Brown malts, a little brown sugar, almost undetectable hops. Water predominates, with low carbonation.
Goes down like an adjunct-free light beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 01:57:42 | More by shirfan
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 22:27:19 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from a 22 ounce bottle a very dark brown. Light has difficulty poking its way through. Thick foamy head that quickly vanishes into a thin film. Nose is roasted barley.

Flavor is typial brown ale with a toasted biscuit twist but finishes with a cough medicine-like finish. Lots of toasted malts and biscuits going on. Can just sense some hops around the edges. But I cannot get overthat cold medicine. Medium body that is on its way towards watery.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 23:46:21 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of MiScusi


2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Yardhouse in Pasadena, CA.

The problem with this beer in my opinion was that it lacked the body I was expecting and felt a little watered down. The malt was there, but it just wasn't robust enough. An unexpected letdown, and I wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2006 02:27:06 | More by MiScusi
Photo of Jparker37


2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

A - Fairly dark English brown. Some ruby streaks to it. Medium sized off-white head quickly recedes to a small ring around the top. Zero lacing to be found.

S - Nice complex light chocolate notes. Has a touch a sweetness, especially after it warms up. No major array of malt which is typical of English browns. No hop presence, slightly fruity.

T - Light caramel malts highlight this beers flavor. Stays a bit one dimensional and follows the smell as it lacks malt depth. Finishes with a touch of roastiness.

M - Light body with moderate to high level of carbonation. Semi-sweet body is true to style.

O - Smell was right on target for the style. Loses points in flavor for lacking solid malt structure. Refreshing enough for a summer cookout.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 01:55:24 | More by Jparker37
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Creamy tan head, good retention, deep amber brown and pretty clear with a few floaties. Nutty nose, a little toast, and a grainy twang. Thin, slightly sweet caramel malt flavor with a hint of peanut. Slightly carbonic tasting. Finely hoppy and a clean dry finish. Prickly carbonation. A very average brown.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 17:13:33 | More by yen157
Photo of Naes

New York

2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This brew is brown in color with amber hues. The head is a tall light tan layer of froth that seems to fade fast, but does leave a small layer throughout the drink.
The aroma is malty sweet with a buttery and brown sugar presence.
The flavor is dominated with sweet malts. There are caramel and brown sugar tones with just the slightest bit of hops near the finish.
Mouth feel is a bit thick and syrupy for my likings and the carbonation level is low.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 02:13:49 | More by Naes
Photo of B967ierhunter177


2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear brown with a thin head and no lace. It's aroma is coffee and caramel. The flavor has notes of roasted malt & caramel with honey and a hint of pepper as it warms. The mouthfeel is light-medium and drinkable. Lost Coast Downtown Brown is a good beer, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 02:01:23 | More by B967ierhunter177


2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Downtown Brown. Another Lost Coast poster child. For a person who isnt particularly fond of brown ales, this one isnt all that bad. its appears alot darker than it tastes. it has a sharp aroma of hops with subtle hints of coffee and chocolate. its tangy on the tongue, more bitter than sweet, but keeps you coming back for more. Has a light feel, dark bite, and a descent finish. a beer that would a make a better dessert beer than anything else. the bitterness of it would pair nicely with sweets like chocolates or creams, although its not as heavy as a stout or porter, so you might catch yourself handling a few more than you anticipated before you realize it.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 23:26:10 | More by PABSTPUSHER
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dated: Can't read it.

A: Dark murky brown body with no head. Leaves no lacing.

S: Notes of sweet malts - caramel, maybe some coffee.

T: Roasted malts with a definite taste of coffee beans. Not to bad.

M: Light bodied with large amounts of carbonation. Texture is water like and no notes of alcohol.

D: I feel really let down with this brew, nothing else to note really. Decent at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 21:08:24 | More by Long813
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A middle of the road beer. There really isn't much to say. Pours a brown colour with little head, not much of an aroma other than a slight malt sweetness. I would say that this is about as average as you can get with a brown ale. Not bad, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 15:06:32 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of maxpower


3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown with some particles floating around , small foamy tan head that leaves some lacing in my glass, roasty nutty-bready aromas. Nutty caramel flavors, finishes on the sweet side. Medium bodied with a kind of watery mouthfeel, a decent brown.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 18:12:34 | More by maxpower
Photo of PhiloPsych


3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was a bit disappointed in this beer. It poured a nice but not really long-lasting dark tan head. The color was nice--somewhere between rust and chocolate, comparable to A&W Root Beer (which I like). The taste was fine up front, but finished badly. The aftertaste was a dirty, chemical taste that I really did not like. The smell was also chemical, though more sour than dirty or bitter. Only so-so for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 09:46:19 | More by PhiloPsych
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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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