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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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748 Ratings

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 37 | 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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1/5  rDev -72.7%

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11-03-2012 03:50:13 | More by
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1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

09-07-2012 20:47:54 | More by Joefisherman
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1.93/5  rDev -47.3%

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...

02-11-2007 20:29:42 | More by mithrascruor
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New York

2/5  rDev -45.4%

05-08-2014 01:13:53 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

07-17-2012 01:30:28 | More by jmathis
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

05-01-2012 23:59:13 | More by rah1734bones
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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

11-18-2012 23:07:11 | More by bigjohnn
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New York

2.33/5  rDev -36.3%

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.

01-13-2007 08:02:36 | More by scooter231
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2.45/5  rDev -33.1%

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.

03-14-2006 02:05:30 | More by Rezzin
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2.48/5  rDev -32.2%

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.

02-08-2006 19:48:57 | More by chrisms86
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

03-20-2013 23:23:08 | More by BGsWo22
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

04-25-2013 03:23:25 | More by freditoj
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

03-17-2012 23:53:13 | More by justinbrown
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

12-23-2011 18:22:37 | More by JCFinn
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

03-10-2012 01:09:02 | More by halo913
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

08-28-2012 23:45:03 | More by Trevormcraig
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2.58/5  rDev -29.5%

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.

02-06-2005 16:24:37 | More by surfmeister
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2.58/5  rDev -29.5%

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.

04-11-2007 03:45:24 | More by Talisker
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2.58/5  rDev -29.5%

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...

08-20-2005 14:41:20 | More by troutmask96
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New York

2.6/5  rDev -29%

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.

07-30-2007 01:15:06 | More by rohrbachsfan
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2.68/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

03-04-2007 00:23:04 | More by theopholis
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2.7/5  rDev -26.2%

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.

06-27-2008 04:12:29 | More by ibbjamin
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

08-18-2012 03:24:01 | More by Shakerman
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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.

04-09-2007 20:36:02 | More by kdoc8
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

08-25-2013 00:02:36 | More by sendbeer
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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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