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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Downtown BrownDowntown Brown

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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 687 | Reviews: 382 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Minkybut


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this nice brew into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a magnificent head that was very tan looking almost brown itself. The beer was a nice mahogany color. The beer also produced heavy lacing. beer smelled slightly nutty but was not really all that fragrant. Taste was warm and inviting with just a slight sweet finish. I liked it and would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 15:29:41 | More by Minkybut
Photo of Drinkerofales


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper brown, hints of gold and garnet in the light. A huge, silky, light mocha head doesn't leave much lacing, but the head sticks around for some time.

Smells of toasted malts, and lightly of chocolate and coffee. Surprisingly nice.

Taste is similar to smell, but a bit lighter, chocolate, a touch of smoke, and mild hops on the finish.

Feel is light bodied and smooth. While a bit thin, it drinks rather well, and has a long wet finish.

While I liked the beer, I am not sure how well it stayed to the Brown Ale category.


Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 18:24:02 | More by Drinkerofales
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
Photo of tone77


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is nutty, some malts and caramel. Taste is also full of nuts, some malts, different but tasty and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 21:53:19 | More by tone77
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours dark ruby brown with a tan, 2 finger head. Decent retention. Leaves behind an average, sticky lacing.

Smell - Delicate notes of nut, chocolate and sweet malt. Faint brown sugar.

Taste - Subtle notes of chocolate and a nut... maybe pecan? No, more hazelnut. Sugary sweet. A delicious flavor profile, but feels a bit muted.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, but a fairly thin, and a tad undercarbonated. Very disappointing body.

Overall - A decent to good brown. Sessionable, at the very least. It's a shame because it has a great flavor profile, but it's watered down character detracts from what could be a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 03:23:34 | More by TheSixthRing
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 C20Percent


3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Review taken from notes*

A: Dark coca-cola brown with a steady pale tan head.

S: Nutty chocolate aroma. Some caramel notes.

T: Smooth nutty taste with a refreshing wash. Very subtle flavors make this a good beginners beer. The finish taste like tea -- throwing me off a bit.

M: Medium to heavy body.

O: Kind of malty. No flavors that stand out really -- which I think would be good for a newbie. I'd probably drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 20:46:49 | More by C20Percent
Photo of flagmantho


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy tan foam which, sadly, does not exhibit much head retention.

Smell: mild, slightly caramelly and slightly nutty aroma. A decent brown ale aroma, if a bit on the mild side.

Taste: nice nutty, caramelly flavor with a moderate (and appropriate) level of earthy, noble hops. Quite nice and stylistically accurate.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. Not creamy, precisely, but interesting.

Overall: a tasty brown ale that I would gladly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 20:03:35 | More by flagmantho
Photo of thain709


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some slight chocolate aromas. Taste is of toasted malt and some nice nutty and chocolate flavor. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale with some nice toasty and nutty flavors going on.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 06:49:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of McStagger


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a semi transparent garnet/copper color. Finger and a half of slightly brownish head. Dissipation is moderate.

S: Sweet caramel notes, toffee, milk chocolate, hazelnut liquer, toasty, woody notes.

T: Nice sweet...almost nondescript malt sweetness envelops the palate. This is overtaken by subtle woody undertones and roasty walnut flavors come to play. A little under defined, flavor wise.

M: Carbonated a bit on the high scale, the added seltzer like feel undermines the full body one comes to expect from good brown ales.

O: Decent brown. This one lacks the depth of flavor or the fullness of body of some of the better brown ales on the market.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 09:21:19 | More by McStagger
Photo of yonnie


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into mug. Deep dark brown with two fingers of head and minimal lacing.

S - Nutty and chocolatey.

T - Chocolate and nutty flavors up front. Slight caramel. Finishes sweet and malty.

M - Smooth, slightly crisp and bubbly on the palate. Easy to drink.

Probably my favorite Brown Ale right now.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 18:15:00 | More by yonnie
Photo of WYVYRN527


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: mahogany in color with a slight chill haze. Eggshell-hued head settles quickly to a thin film on the surface. Not much lacing going on with this beer.

S: some caramel and chocolate up front, with a slight nutty character. Some floral hop aroma lingers in the background.

T: much like the smell, but hops are more pronounced up front. Caramel, toast, and bitter chocolate flavors, along with just a hint of fruitiness. Finish is a bit grassy and dry.

Notes: medium in body, and has a soft mouthfeel. Flavors are well-balanced and the finish is clean. Nothing real exciting about this beer, but nonetheless pretty good. Easy to drink in numbers, it's definitely a session brown.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:03:49 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of vicsju1991


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A - pours a light, hazy brown with two finger tannish head, stays fro a awhile, good lacing
S - sweet and bready malts,
T - malty/bready, very sweet and delicious
M - a bit thin, but very refreshing and drinkable
O - a very refreshing beer, probably more enjoyable in the summer

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 17:44:36 | More by vicsju1991
Photo of WoodBrew


4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying the Down Town Brown from the Lost Coast. The beer has a good appearance...poured deep clear brownish amber with creamy thin white head that is not really lacing. The smeel includes deep sweet malts. The taste flowws the scent....sweet malty goodness with good hop balance. The mouthfeel is light medium body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a good Brown Ale and certainly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:13:47 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep brown amber color with a one finger head that settles to nothingness. Carbonation appears to be light and fine. Lacing is pretty good.

S: The nose on this one is rather abbreviated. Coffee sweetness with some bittersweet chocolate.

T: Downtown Brown puts it all out there. Roasted malt, chocolate, walnut bread, caramel.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. Finishes smooth with some coffee at the end. This beer dominates in "drinkability" category.

O: The beer that started it all for me. Like your favorite recliner, Downtown Brown can show you a good time regardless of the situation. I will be always ready to head Downtown!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 20:13:25 | More by cooler4life
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brown was poured into a glass stein.

Appearance- A deep, brown shades the glass nicely with some lighter tinged walnut highlights. No carbonation working away in this one at all. The soapy head built to about a finger and has retained almost all of it after a couple of minutes. The beige cap went from bubble riddled to smooth and dense in appearance.

Smell- A sort of roasty malt, not quite as bready as some browns are wont to be. There is a slight nutty quality creeping out of the glass. Not much else after that though. Underwhelming.

Taste- Syrupy sweet with a lot more toasted malt on the palate, not near as roasted as the nose made it out to be. Also a nice bit of grassy hop in the finish.

The nutty quality mixes in about mid-drink and fades faster than the toasted-sweet quality. Actually really good and easy to drink.

Mouth feel- A great aspect of this beer. The carbonation really floats in the mouth. The medium body is a little sudsy, but it is appropriate and makes the beer feel bigger than it is.

Definitely creamy and smooth to drink. Quaffing this one quickly is easy.

Overall- The palate does a much better job than the nose of transferring the toasted malt and hop back up. It would be nice if even more breadiness came through and the syrupy sweetness was not so prevalent.

I again have to fault the nose for making this beer seem less than it is, because it really does taste great and drink very easy. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 06:25:01 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of boilermakerbrew


4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a deep brown. Held up to the light, it almost looks like a dark red hue. Not much of a head or visible carbonation. Head was gone quickly. OK lacing.

S- Sweet. Really sweet. Chocolate is there big time. Then some subtle malts. But mostly chocolate.

T- Very similar to the scent. Chocolate tones are prominent, maybe a hint of coffee in there. The malts kick in after the sweet chocolate.

M- There was quite a bit of carbonation. This wasn't bad, but detracted from a pretty good flavor. Also, surprised me based on the lack of head on the pour.

Overall, I'm probably going to keep this in the fridge all winter long. It's sweet, probably the sweetest brew I've had, but I like that.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 02:20:24 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of rstone57


4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 5 oz. tasting glass.

Pours dark brown with minimal head and very little lacing.

Smell is hazelnut.

Taste is malt, sweet, hazelnut, with a dry finish, medium body and moderate carbonation.

Solid brown ale from Lost Coast up in Eureka.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 05:23:28 | More by rstone57
Photo of aldizy


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a light brown and smells like hazel nut with other sweet aromas and taste great goes down smooth with not too much bitterness i would try this one again and i would alsi like to try there other brews but the taste does not last to long in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 23:24:53 | More by aldizy
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated bottle poured into pint glass. Bought at Premier W&S.

Clear brown body topped with a quickly fading tan head. Haze remains with no lacing.

Nutty aroma with a touch of chocolate and minor hop bitterness.

Mild blend of chocolate, nuts, coffee and caramel. Hops are basic bittering, and somewhat overcome by the roasted notes.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit thinner than I'd like with slightly biting carbonation.

This is one of those middle-of-the road browns; hits most of the points but doesn't really wow me. Probably will pick up a bottle now and again but won't make a fuss if it becomes unavailable.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 20:41:27 | More by nighthawk
Photo of smcolw


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lumpy off-white head that leaves a blanket of lace. The color of the brew is ruby brown and appears to be completely clear.

Strong, deep sweet caramel aroma. Oddly, there's also a raw grain barley smell. Strangely interesting and appealing. Light milk chocolate.

Initially, I catch a touch of smokiness. The flavor becomes a mild dark crystal malt with a lightly sweet touch. Low hop that comes forward during the swallow--appropriate for the style. Thinnish body but with a lower carbonation level.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 01:03:50 | More by smcolw
Photo of cocogan


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, poured into pint glass.

Visual: deep btrown in color with ruby red hues. No head, little lacing.

Nose: Chocolate, caramel.

Taste: Follows the nose with a roasty character to it. Nuts and sweet barley flavor.

Mouth: Subtle carbonation, soft foam texture middway through drink. Medium-light body.

Overall: Not the best, but respectable. Would like more balance to the beer; it's very malt forward.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:58:42 | More by cocogan
Photo of BeerManDan


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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
Photo of MrKennedy


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Blue Betty Brewery tulip style imperial pint glass. Obtained via a Beermasons subscription.

Pours a dark brown colour with a hint of copper to it. See-through appearance with a beige, verging on tan, head of foam that measured over 3 fingers in height before settling down at a finger. Some lacing, compact, defined bubbles.

Smells of nut, roasted sweet malt and molasses is a big factor, while some toffee and caramel is there as well. Not sure i want the molasses aroma though.

Taste is nutty and malty with some molasses coming through. It is far less prominent upon tasting then it is upon smelling, but adds another dimension.

Mouthfeel is creamy at times, thin at others. Some late sweetness to finish it off. Not a lot of detectable bitterness, making it more English Brown than American Brown.

Overall, a bit odd, don't afree with the molasses in the smell, plenty of other stuff there to enjoy. The mouthfeel is a bit inconsistent. Average beer that could be better.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 07:21:39 | More by MrKennedy
Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.