Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Reviews: 399
Hads: 849
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 21
Gots: 84 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-01-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another lineup's brown. And just another beer. Nice head, deep brown body. Licorice and malt, including chocolate.Not overly sweet. Offset by some roastiness.Nicely hopped. Grainy. Light instant coffee. Medium mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable at Pizza Plant Transit. (261 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish brown color with a rocky tan head that leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Toffee dominates but there is an unusual fruity, berry like aspect; when combined with the nut elements, the beer smells a bit like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Taste: Toffee malt and rather nutty, up front, with a coffee and subtle cherry flavor arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, a dusting of chocolate powder is added to the mix

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A fine interpretation of an often boring style (565 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown with red-orange highlights when backlit. The head is white toast brown, tight-bubbled, impressively persistent... and then stumbles a bit by only leaving a short, thick collar of lace. The nose is of chocolate-covered nuts; no coffee. So far, so good.

Well-constructed flavor profile with bittersweet chocolate as the major player. There are also underlying elements of dark caramel/toffee, coffee and toasted nuts; perhaps a whisper of hops. Sweet dominates early, bitter eases ahead late. Medium brown ale body with a somewhat active mouthfeel.

Downtown Brown is a solid, well made, delicious brown ale. It doesn't step outside the bounds of the style, prefering instead to play it safe and win converts with simple quality. Mission accomplished. (773 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,234 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from a gift pack.

Sheets of lacing coat the glass in a concentric formation of rings. Ruby brown in the light. Not the best retention, but whatever.

Toasty, nutty aroma, mildly sweet. Brings to mind sweet dark pumpernickel bread. Flavor is similar, toasty cereal, nutty malts that are hard to define. Clean with no off flavors, fairly satisfying as it warms, like a cereal milkshake. Maybe not that satisfying after all... eh.

Medium bodied as the label says, easy to drink. Good transition beer, for the non-craft drinker. (540 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - It poured out a rather dark brown. It had a foamy, one-finger head that left some lacing.

S - Nutty aromas and it smelled pretty malty.

T - Very sweet malty taste. The nut flavor seemed like hazelnut...quite good.

M - It was soft and smooth on the tongue. It is light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good Brown ale. The combo of nut and malt flavors is very tasty. (387 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again another nice Lost Coast Label,beer also looked pretty good nice dark brown color with minimal head.Nice chocolaty smell with some earthiness to it.Taste was sweet but not overpoweringly chocolaty,nice soft malty brown ale.Was maybe a little thin in the mouthfeel dept at times though.All in all a good one. (312 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another pure tick courtesy of Gabriel. Thanks, mang.

A: The pour is a light brown color with a spotty off-white head.

S: There is an intense nuttiness to the aroma. Maybe a little bit of ash but pretty decent roasted malt notes. Quite a bit of toffee and maybe even some coffee.

T: Quite a bit of chocolate, toffee, and roasted malts. There might even be a hint of coffee flavor. Fairly sweet without nearly as much of the nuttiness that's on the nose.

M: Pretty light in terms of the body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Surprisingly good, especially after having the Tangerine Wheat. For a brown ale, this is pretty decent. (639 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,071 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Sweetness is helpin' me with yet another random TJ's single. It pours a clear sunset garnet topped by a finger of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises watered-down molasses, very light roasted malts, dusty biscuits, and cocoa powder. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light candi sugar and plenty of balsa. The added sweetness helps, but not too much. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a decent brown, nothing close to special, but also nothing entirely offensive, either. (609 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from paulthebeerguru, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, maple, nuts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of maple, caramel and nuts. The sweetness is a bit subdued, which is a good thing as some browns can overdue it. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is cleaner than most in the style.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it might not be the first brown ale that I'd pick but it's certainly worth drinking for a while. (874 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a thin yet sticky lace that leaves web like trails down the glass.

Smell: Lightly sweet with delicate hints of chocolate and malt sweetness.

Taste: Crisp and smooth carbonation with a moderate body that cradles the slightly Thinnish mouth feel. Hops are distant and only help to balance, they give off a light twang mild to end. Malt sweetness is mild and lets the toasted and roasted flavours rise above with out any harshness. Finish dries a little with hints of toasted husk and fresh milled grain.

Notes: One of the better browns I have had in a while, quite a drinkable little brewski. Up there with New Castle and similar. (738 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date not notched on the label, how annoying is that?

Pours brown/ chestnut with 1 pinkie of tan head. Average lacing & above average head retnetion

S: Big time roasty malt & a bit of hazelnut

T: Roasty malt & dryness up front. Slight coffee tinge, a little chocolate along with some nuttyness as this warms. Finishes pretty sweet with caramel, pecan & dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation, skews a bit sweet to me

Drinks easy, but a tad too sweet at the end, plus some more body would be desirable. A solid brown, that really turned my head the first time I had it. Had a few browns since 95 or was it 97?? though. Still dig the label art (667 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber brown hue with a full thicket of tan lacing just beautiful appearance, lacing is speckled and spread out with no pattern to it. Aromatics is key in this beer, undertone of floral hop presence and mild chocolate tones from the dark roasts used here and a very mild coffee tone to it. Tastes vary between milky chocolate notes and finishing hops adding a balancing bitterness the dark roasted malts add a great tone of bitternesss to the overall flavor pretty damn good brown. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied brown with a smooth fluffy texture, can't beat it. Drinkability: Really nice to sip on if your into brown's the only other one I've tasted that compares to this is Avery's Ellie Brown Dog Ale very tasty. (722 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown in color,transparent in spots, with a full, fizzy, creamy, dun-colored head.
Aroma: nuts and drizzles of spice, earthy, bits of coffee.
Taste: smooth, non-troubling, goes down easy with not much to get in it's way.
Rich, earthy, coffee-ish, but not too full or forward, either.
A terribly average-tasting brown ale, but, once in a while, that's okay, right?
Eh....sorry, i can't do better, but this is pretty run o' the mill.

Cheers to JohnnyDuvel for sending it out! (483 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a ruby hue. A thin tan head tops it off. The head eventually wears down to a wide patch. A little trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of toast, caramelish graininess and slight powdery cocoa. There is an underlying vague fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet cocoa and caramelish graininess. A touch of roast and a vague fruitiness come through in the semi-sweet finish.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation, some sweetness lingers though finish is relatively abrupt.

A decent, somewhat thinnish, brown ale that is easy enough to drink. (553 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Eureka.

Pour is dark amber-brown. Excellent head and sticky lacing. Clear.

Aroma: medim malts with milk chocolate and hints of hops and coffee

Flavor: A load of milk chocolate in the malty flavor.

Feel: medium bodied with medium carbonation level.

O: good (286 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark bown color with a thick offwhite head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It a has a dry, yet sweet aroma of crystal and pale malts. The taste is good. It has a smooth and slightly dry sweet crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes creamy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking brown ale. It has good aroma and taste. (412 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/30/04- Purchased at the local Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Pours a moderate brown color. About a 1/2 inch fluffy white head and light lacing around the sides.

Smell- Heavy on the chocolate and moderate malt scents.

Taste- My girlfriend swears by this beer as there is always a six pack on hand at our house. Nice mix of malt and chocolate flavors. Can't really determine any hop tastes though.

Mouthfeel- Easy drinking and very smooth. Nice carbonation going on here.

Drinkability- One of the better brown ales I have had. Better than Newcastle. There are better ones out there though. Still worth buying a sixer and sharing with friends. (664 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with an initially three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, dark brown colored brew that shows deep red highlights when held up to the lamp. A bright mix of berry fruit notes and roasted malt greets my nose. This is really intensely fruity, at least compared to my expectations; sweet notes of blueberries and cherries are most notable. An appropriate, lightly nutty, roasted grain character is also here in the aroma. It is joined by some toasted grain notes and toasted biscuit notes. I can't get over how sweet and fruity this beer smells though, it almost seems artificial, though at this point is more intriguing than distracting.

Up front this beer tastes like a normal brown ale; dry, lightly roasted grain, mixes with some nutty toasted malt notes, and a bit of caramelized malt. After that though that almost fake berry fruit note starts to grip the flavor profile. Really quite interesting, if I had this beer blind I would swear to you that they added fruit extracts to this beer. The fruitiness has that same one dimensional, too intense fruit character to it that fruit extracts generally have. This is quite light on the palate, and if not for the uncharacteristic fruitiness would be quite quaffable. As it is though, it is a little too much, the fake berry fruit notes just is too much to make this really enjoyable. It is not bad, just unexpected. (1,421 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear brown in color with a two finger head that disappears quickly.

Smell: caramel is the lone tone and it is rather light on the nose.

Taste: caramel, pinch of brown sugar, red apples, and a hint of nuttiness lingers in the background. Bitterness is light.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Very short-lived aftertaste which focuses on the caramel tones.

Drinkability: easy to drink this one, but the flavors are a bit muted for the style. (473 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, given to me from my dad to try,

A: Brown, with a small, white head, pretty average looking.

S: Some nutty malts, very sweet, a hint of spices as well.

T: Nutty, very almondy, sweet malts dominate, a hint of hops and hazelnuts as well.

M: Kind of thin and weak, quite smooth, though, however, not as robust and powerful as I would have liked, even in a session beer.

D: An OK beer, easily sessionable, just nothing special about it that reaches out and grabs you. (498 characters)

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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.