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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
83
good

735 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 32 | 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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ski271

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark brown with a small, light tan, creamy, slowly diminishing head. Thick lacing. Smells is malt dominant, with roasty aromas of nuts, cookie, toffee, wood and a little molasses being supported by some light spicy hops and some very light earthy yeast. The taste follows suit but with the hops even more subdued at first. Dark bread crust, nuts and some chocolate. The hops show up on the finish a little more, adding a light citrus bitterness to go along with the thick malt flavors. An easy drinking, inviting beer with enough character, body and balance to keep my happy without being very cloying at all. A bit too filling to be a session beer, but a good brown nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2007 21:58:34 | More by ski271
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matjack85

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz squatty brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.59. No freshness date or any other information about the beer on the label.

The beer poured a reddish brown mahogany wood color that turned even redder when held to the light. Crystal clear see thru clarity with a 1½-finger tan head that lasted awhile and produced some nice lacing.

The beer has the aroma of toasted malts, chocolate, and caramel.

Big toasted malt flavor but with some mild bitter coffee taste that I didn't pick up in the smell. There is also some caramel sweetness and a touch of chocolate, but just a dash of each. Even less noticeable are the Saaz hops and the alcohol. Nutty finish and aftertaste. Not a bad little brown ale.

The mouthfeel is not as creamy and smooth as most brown ales despite the moderate carbonation level, and I found the body to be only slightly heavier than light.

Overall a good quality beer.

l.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 11:04:01 | More by matjack85
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scottyshades

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up at ABC in a mix n' match for $1.69
A: Pours a rich brown color with hues of deep red, 2 finger off-white head that leaves a spotty lace

S: Chocolate is definitely what sticks out in here, but followed by toffee, malts, hops, and a subtle roasted nuts nose

T: Very bittersweet chocolate, roasted nuts...the sweetness is very well balanced with the bitterness

MF: Bitter feel in the mouth, very smooth and creamy, medium body with decent carbonation

D: Very drinkable beer, goes down super easy

Overall this is a nice EBA, making it a worthy beer...Definitely not the best, but it is a very good beer

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 02:23:38 | More by scottyshades
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dbtoe

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good brown, not my first or second choice but a good one to try. A little more Smokey than I like in a brown. It tastes more like a porter to me.
Look is a nice darker brown with a very small head that reduces to a small ring quickly.
Smell is pretty mild a little roasted malt and some sweetness.
Taste was stronger than I thought it would be from the smell. Nutty and sweet with a Smokey bitterness.
Feel is fairly smooth and finishes clean. Good carbonation.
Drink I had a few of these, 4, and could have easily finished the sixer in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 00:06:40 | More by dbtoe
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velosuds

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $2.89 on sale at local health foods store. Normally sells for $3.55.

A-Pours a medium chestnut brown with almost two finger light tan head that recedes quickly leaving only scant lacing.

S-Somewhat subdued but chocolate malt, a slight nuttiness, and a hint of grapefruit hops. Not robust enough.

T-Chocolate dominates the taste with a nutty essence. Malty sweetness followed by the balancing bitterness of the hops finished with a nutty-chocolate flavor reminiscent of chocolate cover nuts without all the work of chewing. A nice flavor profile.

M-Very smooth with a balanced complexion, but it is a tad thin.

D-A good English style brown ale and very drinkable.

If the brewer improved the aroma and mouthfeel characteristics, this would be a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 23:14:27 | More by velosuds
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BronYrAur

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack of Lost Coast's Downtown Brown on a whim based mostly on the interesting packaging. Disclaimer: I'm not an expert by any means and am pretty inexperienced when it comes to beer.

Appearance. Like I said, the bottle and package drew me to the beer. The beer when poured is a pretty standard nut brown color. The head is about 1.5-2 fingers when poured and disappears immediately. No lace to speak of.

Smell. A very nice smell upon pouring. A nice nose that drew me to the beer and made me want to take a drink.

Taste. Nice malt sweetness up front in the mouth, not much hops to my taste, with a bready finish. Reminds me of Sam Adams version a bit. Not as sweet or as flavorful as Sam Smith's, however, you can't taste the alcohol at all, unlike that version. Upon drinking my first bottle, I didn't think there was much flavor. However, it definitely developed as it warmed, and this time around I tasted quite a bit straight out of the fridge. I would like a bit more flavor at the back end, but this is still a solid, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel. Well carbonated and quite refreshing. Good consistency for the style, I think. It's definitely not too light or insubstantial by any means, but it's not too full either.

Drinkability. Very. I could easily have a few of these and not think twice. Lost Coast's nut brown is a pretty tasty beer, and one that goes down quite smooth. However, it's not going to be winning any prizes for notable flavor, and if I had my choice I'd reach for Samuel Smith's version.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 02:44:54 | More by BronYrAur
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DogFood11

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

English browns are an amazingly complex style that is subtle yet profound. I've been passing up this brew on the shelves based on the quirky bottle art alone just because there are tons and tons of beers to choose from but today was the day I'd sample this pup.

Lost coast has for the most part been a solid brewery and this seemed like no exception on the pour. Nice frothy off white head with moderate carbonation. deep brown color as the namesake suggests.

caramel, suggestion of chocolate and a general malt sweetness.

Hey this thing cleans up rather nicely. I was thinking this may be a malted sweet bomb but there is a touch of bitterness towards the end that sweeps this bitch up nicely.

Expect a nice brown thats well worth the money and this will come through.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 05:52:03 | More by DogFood11
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a lighter brown body that had some ruby highlights...the head was small and white in color...a bubbly ring stuck around and didn't leave much lacing

S - The chocolate stands out nicely in the nose...a nutty aroma is lingering...the two create a chocolate covered nut presence

T - Chocolate is again a big flavor on the palate...it combines with the subtle nuttiness and creates that chocolate covered nut flavor...the roasted malt adds body to the beer and the roast flavor never becomes too big...an earthy hop presence helps to finish the beer

M - Medium bodied...nicely carbonated, nutty, chocolate, earthy hop finish

O - Not a bad brown ale at all...this one stands just above average for me...nice chocolate and nutty flavors

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 14:21:15 | More by thain709
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BeerManDan

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color when poured into a pint glass was a clear medium dark brown with a nominal amount of tan foam. The smell of roasted malts and caramel was evident in the aroma. The taste was of roasted malts, caramel with a touch of coffee. A nicely balance ale that did not have a bitter finish. Pleasant tasting!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 04:46:25 | More by BeerManDan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This clear auburn beer is topped with some airy light brown froth. Retention is excellent. And lacing is better than average. Nuts, toffee, coffee and butter on the nose. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and the body is about medium. Not quite as creamy as it could be, but still decent. Lightly roasted malts hit the palate first with some light bitterness accompanying it. A little dry cocoa powder. Very slight diactyl. And some sweetly caramel based malts underly as well. Solid product.

Shooting out some props to the Grandest Bum of them all once again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 03:02:04 | More by Bighuge
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seand

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium dark translucent reddish brown, with a small amount of light tan head. The head that does show up mostly dissipates, leaving a ring around the edge of the glass which provides so-so lacing.

S: Sweet, brown sugar and maybe caramel. Smells nice, if fairly one dimensional.

T: Somewhat sweet, with some nutty and earthy tones. Little to no hop presence.

M: Fairly highly carbonated, with a light to medium body. Slightly sticky aftertaste.

D: It's not too heavy, reasonable ABV, no big flavors, but still tastes pretty good, so it's a winner here.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 05:39:09 | More by seand
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rmfyeah

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great brown ale. I've always hesitated buying it because of the bottle (don't know why, I just didn't dig it.), and the few micro brews available at the local grocery are usually not good forcing me to go for reliable staple beers like stout or porter.

That was a mistake as this is a very quaffable beer. The appearance is dark caramel brown that lightens at the edges, no head retention, which I don't mind considering the style.

Sweet toffee and brown sugar flavors followed by a nice bit of hops that you don't get from something like a Newcastle, making the the flavor more interesting than other browns. I like the slightly sticky mouthfeel and good put down a few of these due to it's high drinkability.

I was expecting the worst from this beer so a pleasant surprise might get me a bit too excited...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 00:22:50 | More by rmfyeah
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Parke

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-26-2011 05:40:04 | More by Parke
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freshflesh

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-27-2013 08:56:37 | More by freshflesh
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Slighty hazy, nut brown in color, two finger head with great head retention and good lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, roasted barley, chocolate.

T - Not very bitter, follows the smell, pretty sweet, hops are a little weak but standard for this style.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty good Brown ale, I'd get this again. My favorite at Lost Coast.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 20:56:52 | More by williamjbauer
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psykad

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-03-2013 22:07:19 | More by psykad
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ABokononist

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-16-2012 19:39:58 | More by ABokononist
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.3%

03-19-2012 21:35:44 | More by twowheelssoar
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trocketsauced

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-09-2013 02:33:54 | More by trocketsauced
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t-rav


4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-16-2012 02:22:02 | More by t-rav
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Backlash209

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

09-09-2012 21:16:05 | More by Backlash209
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dexterk1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-14-2012 15:34:07 | More by dexterk1
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Quinnspub1

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-13-2014 03:58:27 | More by Quinnspub1
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Gstarkey


4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very delicious brown ale. Pours a dark coppery brown with a slight one finger creamy looking head. Smells of medium roasted malt with slight toffee and nutty notes. The first thing you get right off the bat is the nutty toffee flavor . Then you get the sweet malt and chocolate notes. Finishes with a very subtle pleasant bitterness

Overall a very good, above average brown ale. I would actually prefer this beer over newcastle. Definitely worth picking up and trying. One of my favorites. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 06:40:42 | More by Gstarkey
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby 12oz brown bottle. No freshness information. A mug is my vessel of choice.

Pours brown with a thin sticky head. Looks like cola in the glass. But it smells lightly sweet, like maple syrup or brown sugar.

Nice nutty taste, with a hint of sweetness. Negligible hop presence. Rather dry finish. Feels medium on the tongue, and sticky sweet.

This is a nice little brown ale. Simple and unassuming like it's supposed to be.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 03:43:16 | More by edskirk3
Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.