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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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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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3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint glass on tap at the Lobster Trap

Look is a dark cola color, clear, with a small cap of mocha head. Smell is light: grain, malt, cocoa. Taste is light roast, chocolate, nutty, and faint earthy hop.

Slightly above-average, enjoyable, been-there-done-that.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2014 15:35:48 | More by jimmah120
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good clarity. A very dark brown, but ruby highlights are highly visible when held to the light. A contrasting white head vanishes almost instantly.

Smell: Burnt mocha and overripe banana bread. Not terrible, but not very promising.

Taste: A remarkably clean aftertaste doesn't do this beer any flavors, as the roasted dark chocolate flavor seems to simply fall off a cliff with every sip. The overripe banana is also found in the taste, and somehow workks well with unexpected alcohol flavors, making something of a rum cake mixture.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, but with a bit of fizz.

Overall: Some interesting elements, but walks a strange, thin line between flavorful and flavorless that ultimately makes it forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 19:53:29 | More by BethanyB
Photo of Furlinator


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola brown with a thin white head that quickly disappears to nothing and leaves faint lace.

Smell is of hazelnut up front with faint chocolate, caramel and molasses on the finish. Very pleasant.

Taste is of big hazelnut sweetness, molasses, roasted malt and brown sugar up front with faint chocolate on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, a decent effort. The hazelnut flavor is pleasant but, when combined with the brown sugar and molasses aspects becomes cloyingly sweet and somewhat overwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2013 22:15:51 | More by Furlinator
Photo of Cyrano41


3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the local Yardhouse in Virginia Beach.
Deep brown with a good inch on head in a standard pint glass.
Picked up some earthy, nutty tones on the smell, not alot.
The flavors were malty with strong undertone of nuts. More nutty than I expected but not harsh or overpowering. This was the best beer of the day and I immediately sought it out at the local total wine for home consupmtion.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2013 16:26:55 | More by Cyrano41
Photo of darkstar12


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

Had in a pint glass off tap at Virtue, Old Town Alexandria

A: moderate copper color, 2-finger foamy head that dissipated slowly, moderate lacing

S: strong burnt malt, some coffee tones

T: again roasted malt and coffee flavors

M: syrupy feel, very light carbonation, got a thciker feel to it as the beer warmed up

O: certainly a decent beer, but given a choice of English brown ales I would opt for DuClaw's Euphoria instead.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 13:42:06 | More by darkstar12
Photo of Con-a-sewer

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a bottle I got at world market and did not enjoy at all I think it even hit the sink before I finished it way too sweet and flat well it possibly may have been a very old bottle. I stopped in to watch a game at a pub in KingsBurg CA I had never been there the place is called "Scores" and surprisingly had some damn good tap so I gave DTB one more shot

Look: very dark cola with a finger of head that dissipated to that lovely ring that continued to the last drink, some real decent lacing

Smell: chocolate, brown sugar, oak, near coffee

Taste: chocolate coffee, malty biscuit

Mouthfeel: smooth and drinkable but in my opinion a fare amount more carbonation would catapult the flavors into a stellar brew it almost felt soup like

Over all: I liked it way more then the first time I would get it again no doubt. I think it could be a little more crisp but what the hey

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2012 19:04:52 | More by Con-a-sewer
Photo of kylehay2004


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

Single finger head on a clear brown body with lots of lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet caramel malt with a subtle but and bread note. Flavor is more sweet caramel malt with a stronger nut and smokey presence. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall drinkable and unique for the genre.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 00:40:09 | More by kylehay2004
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%
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
Photo of Lou101


4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What more can I say. This is a tasty brew!
Bottom-line, Downtown Brown is an overall great beer.
You can never go wrong in ordering this tasty ale.
I have enjoyed this brew in both bottles and on tap and never had a bad pour.
Very smooth and even with caramel undertones.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 00:28:20 | More by Lou101
Photo of SolipsismalCat


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

On-tap at McShea's in Narberth, PA.

A: Clear dark brown with two-finger, off-white head that lasted. Pretty good lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate. Not very detectable.

T: Light sweetness and bitterness. A bit bland, but very good. Coffee and chocolate to match the nose. Nutty finish makes me want more.

M: Smooth and refreshing. Just a bit watery though. Very soft carbonation.

O: This was a very drinkable brown that quenched my thirst nicely. Would drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 23:05:51 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of dgilks


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

Clear moderate brown colour with a small creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing.

Nutty and bready malt with a touch of earthy hop. Good.

Big, nutty brown malt flavour. Slight chocolate character. Nice touch of earthiness. Earhty hops.

Medium ody with moderate carbonation.

Nicely balanced brown ale. A touch more bitterness would be nice here but it certainly ain’t bad.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 03:39:57 | More by dgilks
Photo of hickmancase


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

On tap at Tequila Hoppers in Upland.

A: Translucent brown ale with a two finger head.

S: Milk chocolate beer.

T: Brown ale with a nice coffee aftertaste. Delicious

M: Thinlike.

D: Great. So much flavor, but it wouldn't be too overpowering to kick back a few of these.

Like a coffee Newcastle.


Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2011 05:11:21 | More by hickmancase
Photo of dbmernin83


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burnt amber, nice frothy head, spotty lacing
Light caramel malt on the nose, a hint of hazelnut.
Big malt sweetness, very light hop flavor and a hazelnut finish that lasts. The sweetness definitely sticks with you after a drink, mostly in the form a hazelnut.
Very thin in body. Being an English brown though, they usually are.
A drinkable brown. Not blown away, but I'd have another.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 20:12:15 | More by dbmernin83
Photo of afksports

New York

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have sessioned the bejeezus out of Downtown Brown, and I have been very pleased. Interestingly, I was dancing to music by a white rapper at the time. Feels excellent.

Downtown Brown is not like Action Jackson. Not flashy, not exceptionally brutal or exceptionally bold. Just ... brown. And not in the dirty downtown way. More like the downtown that gets you ready to party. It looks like a brown, filtered, amber to chestnut, and it's nutty in the smell. Sweet malts and a bit of nut. A tinge of spice comes through, along with a wee bit of hops. Nothing exceptional, nothing brutal.

Same with the taste, which is smooth and sweet at the start, tiny bitter at the finish, and feels watery and clean as it goes down, despite the solid feeling it has in the mouth as you swallow.

Easy to drink and solid without being heavy, my boy Downtown Brown is better than his "B" rating on BeerAdvocate. Even if only for the simple observation that I danced to a white rapper while drinking it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2011 03:12:43 | More by afksports
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a nice creamy head. Head has ok retention and leaves a bit of spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Smell is a bit nutty, caramel malts a bit of coffee and pretty much no hops that I can pick up.

T- Taste is nutty sweetness with roasted malts and a grains flavor.

M- Lighter side of medium and carbonation seems to be right on.

D- Not bad to drink and worth a try for sure. Not my favorite by any means or style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 09:19:11 | More by nrbw23
Photo of lstokes


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 03:53:51 | More by lstokes
Photo of nickfl


3.93/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 01:34:00 | More by nickfl
Photo of bierguru


4.33/5  rDev +18%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 19:40:36 | More by bierguru
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3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours hazy dark brown, with a small head that recedes to a ring around the glass, smells of biscuit, grain, dark bitter chocolate, cold coffee. Tastes clean at first then a slight burnt chocolate, nutty taste with a sweetness finishes dry then the aftertaste of the dark grains comes back and leaves a slightly sweet chocolate nut taste in my mouth. No hop taste of smell this is all grain. Good on a cold day with a meat pie.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 06:24:00 | More by fbinla
Photo of homebrew311


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a pint of this for $2 at Barley House. Gotta love specials on craft beer!

A: pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, not much head

S: there is some faint bitter chocolate on the front followed by a big earthy hop character, notes of chocolate, coffee, tea, pine, and toffee

T: tea like hops come through big on the palate with some chocolate and toffee that take a backseat

MF: thin to medium body with high carbonation

D: this is a nice refreshing brown ale with a very interesting hop profile. Lots of tea like flavors which is not my favorite

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 23:14:42 | More by homebrew311
Photo of BevMoAndrew


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

Served into a standard pint glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours a dark brown with a light ruby tint & an off-white froth. Moderate lacing...nothing spectacular. The nose offers somewhat sweet aromas of roasted caramel malts, coffee, lightly roasted nuts, chocolate, &, strangely enough, a definite raspberry character (maybe they tapped the raspberry brown instead?) The beer shows some malty weight (however, very crisp and easy to drink) on the palate with very little hop presence and a medium finish. Overall, this is a great gateway brown for people that want to try something new. Very smooth & easy to drink, but nothing too complex. A solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2009 17:10:34 | More by BevMoAndrew
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is a dark brown (duh!) with a slight tinge of red around the edges. Didn't notice too much head on this one, but the color of what is there is light brown with a slightly grayish tinge.

Initial aromas of coffee and bananas, with more almonds as it warms. An excellent bouquet.

Very roasty and nutty flavors on the front, with more espresso flavors on the finish. Even a little chocolate somewhere in the middle. The flavors are fairly rich but also well balanced; almost drinks like an English Porter but with more of the nuttiness of a brown and less of the chocolate/cocoa of a porter.

A medium-body mouthfeel, with a bit of a kick on the palate from the malts. Highly drinkable.

I cannot figure out why this one gets an overall B rating from other beer reviewers. I think this has been a very successful beer for a reason, and would chalk it up to both a nice intensity and a refreshing balance, with plenty of complexity in the nose and palate. Is it my favorite English brown? No. That would go to Rogue's Hazelnut. But I would come back to this one repeatedly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2009 18:55:03 | More by jminsc76
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New Mexico

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had some Lost Coast beers and they were pretty good, so figured I would most likely enjoy the Lost Coast Downtown Brown. That did not prove true with the Brown, which just not what I expected. The beer started off nice with a really oaty, malty aroma. It went downhill quickly though, as the head was pretty wimpy and the beer itself looked more like an amber or red, rather than a brown.

The flavor was malty at first, then ended sweet, which I didn't care for. I expect a more robust taste with a brown and this wasn't it. On a good note, this was a smooth beer, but unfortunately not one I would buy again.

Smell - 3.5/5.0 - nice oaty malt smell
Appearance - 2.5/5.0 - Wimpy head, more amber color than brown; head was gone quick
Flavor - 3.0/5.0 - there was some malt taste, with a sweeter finish - not what I would expect in a brown
Feel - 3.5/5.0 no aftertaste, pretty smooth
Drinkability - 2.5/5.0 - not my style of brown, so won't be picking this one up again

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2009 18:32:35 | More by taxguyjase
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3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - Dark amber brown and cloudy (brown ales that I know and love do not have this cloudy aspect them) Thin evaporating head. Looks fine, just not what I was expecting.

s - Nutty and full of spicy chocolate caramel tones. Mouth watering aroma.

t - A bit of a let down. After that wonderful nose, the mouth is expecting a big bold rich flavor and this beer does not deliver that. It is a nice mild, sweet, nutty flavor.

m - Too watery to be medium body, too creamy to be light bodied. So, somewhere between those.

d - Once could drink a boat load of these but I doubt it would be anyone's first choice.

This is Lost Coast's milder and less exciting brown ale. I much prefer the richer bolder flavor of the Winterbraun but would not complain if this was served. With so many great brown ales available in the West, I have this as a big step down from Rogues Hazelnut and Bear Republic's Tribute. I put it a notch below Lost Coast's Winterbraun due to milder taste and a notch below Big Sky's Moose Drool for not being quite as balanced or sessionable. It does stay ahead of run of the mill micros like Alesmith's Nautical Brown and mass produced imports like Newcastle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2009 21:46:54 | More by tyanow
Photo of beertunes


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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lovely ruby-brown color with less than an inch of medium tan head that dissipated quickly, leaving surprisingly thick lacing.

A solid malt aroma has just a hint of hop spice at the finish. The flavors are solidly malty, just a little sweet, not sticky-sweet like some brown ales can be, with that nice little spice on the end.

The body is typical for the style, full without being heavy. The drinkability is wonderful, a smooth long term sipper for a session at the tavern. Overall another very nice beer from a brewery that often gets overlooked amongst the hype of the trend of the week. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2009 21:16:24 | More by beertunes
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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.