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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 18
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-01-2001

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Photo of Anthony88
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- nice lighter brown ale in color with a caramel head that disappears pretty quickly with little lacing

S- nice smell of roasted malts and chocolate

T- a much lighter brown ale with a nice blend of hops and malt. Has a chocolaty taste as well

M- a bit watery but does sit in the mouth well

D- nice beer to drink. If you were to sit down with a group you could put down a number of these without feeling too full. Definitely one of the lightest brown ales i've had. Would drink again.

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

Picked this up at a gas station somewhere in northern California. Pours a dark brown colour with small off-white head. Not too much lacing on the glass. Smells of very mild milk chocolate. Fairly sweet flavour. This is a lot more mild in flavour than many brown ales, but it is still nice. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of Retsinis
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass.

Picaso style type label design? Not sure, not that up on recongnizing art. The beer pours a reddish brown with a small head that fades quickly to just lacing.

Aromoa wise, there is not much going on, just a bit of sweet malt with a hint of roasted malt.

The Flavors mirror the nose, some lightly roasted sweet malt, light brown sugar, with some crisp bitterness on the finish from the hops. Some caramel and toffee flavors hints in there as well.

Medium bodied, a bit on the sweet side.

While this is not a british mild, the low abv of this brown ale makes it easy to drink, and repeat.

My overall impression is a good Malt to Hops Balance, leading to making it drinkable. While it is not best of the style that I have had, but it beats say newcastle by a wide margin for the style.

Photo of BDJake
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear dark mahogany with some decent off-white head that retained well. Smelled of dark, bready malts and a slight hoppiness. Nutty as an English brown should be, but with a decent amount of toasted malts and some earthy hoppiness. Light body and moderate carbonation with little aftertaste that finishes somewhat dry, but it is one I could drink all night. Very solid brew from a part of the country more known for it's weed than it's beer, but well worthy of seeking out.

Photo of gpogo
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark mahogony brown, if it was lighter you would be able to better see the clarity. Small tan head that dissipates rather quick to a tiny foam cap. No lacing.

A- Dark malt, bready. Light floral hops.

T- Bready malt flavor up front finishes quite dry and clean. Bit more hop bitterness than the aroma had.

M- Body is a bit light for me. Carbonation moderate to light side.

D- It's an enjoyable brown, one that I pickup quite often. There are things I wish were different with it, but I enjoy it.

Photo of Naugros
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown as brown can be with a light tan head that becomes 1/4" thick with good lacing all the way down. The smell is malty sweet with floral hops and dark fruits. It smells like brown bread with raisins. But the hops become more aggressive in the taste and the floral becomes more spicy a la allspice or clove, but remain in balance with the hops. Despite all the hops they don't dominate the aftertaste and the beer finishes dry and clean. The body is a little on the light side for a brown but that equates to an easy drinking beer that I wish I could get back home.

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

Seems to have more of a sturdy, thicker brown appearance than a lot of brown ales do. Head, retention? Nah. Same with aroma, nah, or meh.

Taste, looks as it tastes, sturdier on average.
The usual stuff, heavily roasted malt, nuttiness, the slightest feel of either chocolate malt, chocolate or coffee. Slight.

Stays true to its Northern California roots, hoppiness is more here than other versions of the style. Solid.

Photo of cleolicious
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head. Aroma of sweet malts and light chocolate. Tastes smooth yet crisp, malts and toasted. Balanced with good flavor. Smooth on the palate. Enjoyable to drink. I'm biased to this style as Nut Brown Ale is my favorite above all. This isn't Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale but it's a rather good substitute is you can find Sammy. It's also cheaper and comes ins a 6 pack. This is the kind of beer you can keep in the fridge, have on hand and drink regularly. This is a darn good California version of a great English Beer style.

Photo of beersensei305
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Lost Coast glass, it is a deep dark brown with a sticky lacing around the glass as I drink the beer. The smell is sweet in rich with hints of chocolate and dark malts. The taste is a bit sweeter than I expcted but it is packed with roasted malts with a caramel toffee flavor that lingers. Over all a darn good brown ale.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Miami Dolphins pint glass...

A - Poures brown with a one finger tan head. Not much head retention or lacing with this one...

S - Toffee, with a sweet caramel or brown sugar scent...

T - Taste pretty much follows the nose. A little sweeter than I remember, but still tasty...

M - Light end of medium bodied. A little watered down for my tastes wtih a mild amount of carbonation...

D - A decent English Brown that I can see my self drinking in the future. Definitely not something that I would consider a must try, or something that is going to be in my constant rotation...


Photo of lstokes
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent brown beer, neither stand-out nor disappointing in any respect. It's very dark brown with a lasting two-finger head and smells like roast malt and chocolate/licorice. Taste is sweet roasted malt, dark coffee, a bit of bitterness at the end but mostly sweet. Not particularly complex, but smooth enough and tasty.

Photo of DaveHS
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep cherrywood color with a small, tan head. Minimal lacing.

S-Nutty, sweet malts.

T-A little sweeter than the average English brown ale, with light roasty flavors mid-palate. The finish is marked by delicate, grassy hops.

M-Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-Unremarkable, but a good version of the style.

Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a two finger head of off-white foam, resting on top of clear, amber-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - A light, malty aroma with notes of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Some lightly roasted notes in the background with just a hint of grassy hops.

T - Sweet and malty up front with toasted notes and some caramel richness. Darker flavors come out in the middle, molasses, toffee, and dark caramel. Finishes with more brown caramel notes and dark sugar as well as light, herbal hops and mild, balancing bitterness. Lingering caramel with some grainy notes that darken to give off a hint of coffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, this beer has a fairly rich malt profile for the style and its sweetness is well balanced by a surprise dose of herbal hops in the finish. It isn't anything extraordinary, but it is a well made example of the style (though the hops may push it more towards an American brown than and English one) and it is really quite drinkable.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz short, almost stubbie-esque bottle.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark russet hue, with two fingers of perfect packed foamy pale beige head, which leaves some layered paint strip lace around the glass as it smugly drops away.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, toasted brown bread, muddled oily nuts, a soft orchard fruitiness, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is pretty much well in line: sweet, rather mildly toasted caramel malt, hazelnut and other stale nut esters, fading apple and generic grape fruit esters, and quite tame earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a pleasantly lulling frothiness, the body a decent medium-heavy weight for the style, smooth, and with a burgeoning creaminess that gets smacked down by a latent nutty (where be the hops?) astringency. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt starting to cede the stage to a still meek grassy, earthy hoppiness, that nuttiness somehow carrying on in a sort of state of diplomatic immunity.

A pretty bang-on Yankee version of this venerable English style - take the base brown ale, and ramp it up, right? Not too hoppy (duh!) and generally flavourful all around is what we get, the nutty and malt characters really the story here.

Photo of Llewellyn9
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz into pint glass

a- a crystal clear brown with hints of amber/honey. Tan head settled quickly, slight lacing.

s- smell is not all too impressive, slight roasted malt. nothing in the wrong place though.

t&m- quite pleasant, pleasurable hints of toffee and roasted malt, subtle hops, clean/sweet malty finish. crisp, refreshing, but with enough body to make this a good choice for a foggy day in the redwood forest!

d- decent standby brown. no qualms with Lost Coast from this humboldt resident...

Photo of DovaliHops
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pors a medium-dark brown with a large off-white head. Scent is not too appealing to be honest. Kinda has a skunky scent (stinky) with some malt. Let's hope the taste is better. Thank God! The taste is SO MUCH better! This is a great-tasting brown ale. I just wish I could mix the scent of Sierra Nevada Tumbler with the taste of this beer. I get some great nutty flavor with light hints of chocolate and delicious malts. There are very little hops present, but the brown sugar makes up for it. Great tasting session brown ale. Mouthfeel is very nice. A little creamy, but not too thick. Drinkability is high, and I'm really hoping there's something wrong with my nose tonight, because this beer smelt awful. Maybe an off bottle or my glass is tainted.

Photo of SteelKettle
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown with a nice thick tan head with good retention
Smell: Malty kind of biscuit bread with coffee tones
Taste: very creamy malty and brown sugar
Mouthfeel: very smooth with slight carbonation and full bodied
Drinkability: very very drinkable enjoyed a lot

One of my favorite!!!

Photo of moester13
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown color, almost black. Little less than finger head, but retains well.

S: Deep, full chocolate aroma, pick up hints of hoppy bitter.

T: Strong chocolate malt upfront with a dark, subtle lingering bitterness.

M: Creamy and smooth with a nice finish

D: Good beer for someone who likes porters, one of the better browns I've had.

Photo of Elimination
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've tried a few of the lost coast offerings but this is a first of downtown brown

Look is true to style a deep but still see through brown

Smell is sweet barley, carmel malt, slight nuttiness, it really reminds me of homebrewing in that it's almost not a finished brew but still very enjoyable

Drink is strong dark Carmel, very sweet yet robust burst of peanuts, barley and slight roastiness.

Mouthfeel is a medium thickness yet provides a lot for the palate to examine

Drink is very high with fall and winter coming on this is a perfect beer.

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just picked up a 6-pack of this stuff at my favorite deli Civera's. The named and label drew my attention so lets see what this stuff is capable of.

Appearance: Pours a dark maple syrup type of copper brown that does look appetizing and the hint of foam head just kind of adds to my continuing fascination.

Smell: Not too much that I haven't seen brought to the plate before. Hints of fruitiness and toasted malts that bring a overpowering presence.

Taste: Nice combination of strong malt and a chocolate mixture of fruitiness that does linger for a moment before descending into a more bitter undertone that doesn't offend. The sort of coffee flavor isn't my favorite point, but doesn't seem to bother me much.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, with a slight atmosphere of carbonation.

Drinkability: Flavors are present in this ale, but seem that your waiting for more when really your not. I would drink this again, but most likely not. Did go down easy on a hot night, but hey most beers do. Not to knock this, but something that isn't for me at the moment. Cheers!

Photo of bierguru
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - pours with a thick head which keeps through the beer deep brown in color

S - Caramel and biscuity malt you also get hint of brown sugar

T - caramel with hints of nuts like hazelnut and some oats

M - very smooth little carbonation

D - very drinkable

Photo of emmasdad
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On our recent drive from Denver to San Diego, we spent a night in Mesquite, Nevada, so we could get out of the car, the kids could swim and we could drink. Browsing the selection at Lee's Liqours, I came across Lost Coast bombers for $3.49 a piece. Years back, when I first got into craft beer, I was always enticed by these beers due mainly to the labels, but was generally not willing to lay out that kind of money (I think they were around 4 bucks a pop back then). Anyways, my memories were fond, so I gave it a shot. Long story short, it was pretty good--nutty, chocolatey and refreshing after a cholorine filled afternoon.

Photo of ncfranklin
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a nonic pint. Bottled on 05/25/2010

A : Very translucent medium brown with a solid 2 finger tan head.

S : Caramel and biscuity malt, a hint of brown sugar.

T : Caramel up front, with the sweet brown sugar following strong. Ends with a very tiny tinge of bitter dryness

M : Light bodied, slightly fizzy from carbonation, smooth.

D : Highly drinkable, even says "light brown ale" on the bottle. Sessionable at 5%. Doesn't stand out as a fantastic brown ale, but so light it would be a great party beer.

Photo of clayrock81
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tawny brown with a quick dying head. Nutty with a slight chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Lighter bodied with mild sweet chocolate and maybe some caramel or toffee and a good dose of roasted malt snesation. Very little hops for balance and slight crisp backbite to finish off a slightly chewey light-to-medium body. A simple but enjoyable brown.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Dark brown with very little foam. Carbonation seems pretty healthy.

Smell - Smells heavy and malty. I can't discern much outside of the "ale smell", but every now and again I get a whiff of something fruity, but it's so faint I can't tell what it is.

Mouthfeel - light, with just a little bit of creaminess to it.

Taste - Not terribly malty, definitely not as malty as I would have expected from the smell, but that in turn makes it almost a little bland for my taste. The bottle claims that it is "hand brewed in small batches", and I would expect a little more character.

Drinkability - the flavor isn't overwhelming enough to make me hold off on one or two more at a pub, but I probably wouldn't go out and grab a six-pack of it. Not a bad ale by any means though.

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