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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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Photo of ppoitras


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

12ozer bottle bought as a single from somewhere, probably Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY, but not positive.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head above the slightly reddish brown brew. Head holds on well, with good lacing. Aroma is deeply malty, with some dark fruit/alcohol notes. Taste isn't quite as grainy as I would have hoped, and the dark fruit notes still pop up, which I don't think have much place in a brown. Mouthfeel and drinkability reasonably good, and this would be worth checking out if you find it available.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 18:59:31 | More by ppoitras
Photo of DoubleJ


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lost Coast's most common beer I see at store is this, and now I'm going to try it out:

Dark brown appearance with a nice little head, this is a simple brown ale. Your toffee and sweet flavors exist here along with hop leaf and brown sugar, but nothing to get really excited about. I really don't have a whole lot to say about this one except I expected a little better.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 17:42:07 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 00:01:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Bighuge


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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
Photo of Gusler


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

The beer after its excavation from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a hazy brown with a modest semi-creamy light tan head and as it erodes the resultant lace a thin covering upon the glass. Nose is caramel and sweet malt, fresh and pleasing to the senses, start sweet with a decent malt presence, the top light to moderate in its feel. Finish is nicely hopped and the acidity acceptable, dry long lasting aftertaste, a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 22:00:41 | More by Gusler
Photo of JohnGalt1


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

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... shared with a coworker.. my half from a smaller weizen glass.

Nice looking very lite tan head and good lacing... color is clear brown.

nutty toasted malts dominate the nose.. really pretty clean smell without alot of fruity esters.. not getting much by the way of hops... but it smells good.

Flavor is brown malts and a mild nuttiness that is sorta pushed out of the way by a caramel sweetness... flavor is like a seriously amped up Newcastle. A little thicker body for the style and lower carbonation.

Not great.. not bad... but definately above average across the board.. a good brew that I should pick up more often instead of picking over it.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 07:22:42 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

355ml bottle poured into pint glass may27 2010

A brown with some amber at the edges with a sturdy thumbs width of off white head that has decent retention and leaves a few speckles of lace

S some malty milk chocolate and mild coffee

T mimics the smell but just a little less flavor then what I could smell

M not overly thick but enough carbonation to give it a slightly feel

D an alright beer not lacking in any area and I could drink this again

decent beer but not cheap in this part of the world

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 03:41:36 | More by wordemupg
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
Photo of Dogbrick


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. Pours a dark brown color with a medium thick and foamy light brown head. Minimal head retention and lacing. Aroma is alternatingly malty and nutty. Sweet roasted malt and caramel flavors. Finish is pretty weak and was not sustained throughout the glass. I found myself uninterested by the end. Still it starts out pretty well so that is worth something.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2003 21:15:55 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Gobzilla for sharing this the night of my arrival to Cali. Served from bottle into a Firestone Walker sampler shaker. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and nutmeg. The flavor was of sweet malt, nutmeg, and slight roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall the nutmeg turned me off from this brew. It might be a personal thing, but nutmeg and my palate do not get along very much. Other than the fact that it had a flavor I didn't like in it, it wasn't that bad. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 18:16:22 | More by thagr81us
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
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a nutty brown coloring that is semi-translucent when held up to the light. Moderate amount of bubble action in the glass, so the carbonation appears to be up. The beer started with a short-stack head, but that beat feet before I could even sit down with the beer. The nose is caramel and nut sweetness, but not overpowering. Some earthy sweet as it sits for a bit, too. In mouth, the beer is a nice, light balance for the flavors the brew showcases. The beer is toffee and nutty sweetness, almost like eating a Rolo. Very flavorful, and does a decent job of not being overpowering with all the sweet characteristics. The body takes on a creamy texture as it warms, while still remaining light in mouth. The aftertaste is all nut, almost like a little Nutella, only liquid form. The finish is fairly smooth, and leaves no overbearing trace of the flavors. Decent beer. I could see this pairing up with just about anything, but especially spicy foods where the sweetness can really take over and help sooth your tastebuds. Easy to down, too, if your in that kind of mood.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 03:05:56 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of bluejacket74


3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours brown with a small 1/2 inch off-white head that went away pretty quickly. Not much lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, nuts, and molasses, it's a sweet smelling brew. Taste is the same as the aroma, sweet and malty. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it seems thin and has light carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink. Overall it's decent enough, but it's nothing special. It's worth a try but I wouldn't pick this up too often.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 02:18:25 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of scruffwhor


4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a tawny dark ruby with very little head after the pour and barely there bubbling. The Aroma has toasted almonds and walnuts dancingly faint in the nostrils. The nutty aromas add to the overall light roasted malt character of this aroma. The tase starts with soft and sweet roasted malts that evolve into some watered down coffe, a touch of hazelnut coffee in a very smooth finish. This beer feels and tastes great. Theres a lot going on in this small, session ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 06:11:52 | More by scruffwhor
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 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 TheLongBeachBum


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber. Another classic Lost Coast label which has the same generic cartoon style ala Great White, AlleyCat Amber, etc. Some Lost Coast beers that I have had were plagued with a multitude of nicks on the date section, I’m glad to report that this label seems to be correctly nicked. Bottle Date is May 2004, so a fresh sample. No listed strength but registers the ingredients as “American Two-Row Barley, Pacific Northwest Hops, Crystal Clear Mountain Water and Ale Yeast”.

Appearance: Dark brown body with deep chestnut and mahogany body. Thick light brown creamy head forms a luscious creamy blanket head that is at least 2-3” deep at first. Slowly creeps down the Glass to recover a ¾” thick cap that looks fantastic, especially against the light lacing that it leaves. Nice conditioning, average carbonation that is not overpowering but enough to help retain a decent head and vitality in this Brown. Looks good in a large handled Pint Mug.

Nose: Lots of fresh nuts with a wooden character. Malts are toasted and wholesome as well as also being nutty. Has a smell of freshly dug soil and a light coffee in the back of the nose, some toffee too.

Taste: Nutty beginnings with a wrap of toasted malts mixed with some textured earth feel in the mouth. The middle races past and immediately you are into the dark chocolate the start the latter third, bitter but nutty with a nice malty ending. The finish can be a little sticky after the beer is swallowed whilst dark chocolate remains on the cheeks; this in a way invites the next mouth full of beer. A tasty Brown.

Mouthfeel: Average body but a thick chewy feel, yet a little light at times, which helps the fact that this can a little cloying after the swallow, the light body in the ending helps to wash away this unfavorable aspect of the Brown Ale.

Drinkability: The whole Bomber accompanied me whilst I answered a few e-mails tonight; sadly I finished the Brown Ale before the e-mails! Tasty enough to be interesting and light enough to quaff. A decent Brown Ale that I would have problem drinking for the rest of the night.

Overall: Another tasty brew from Lost Coast (at least when its fresh) that is a solid beer, nothing earth shattering but a damn fine Brown Ale that drinks extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 04:32:54 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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 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 francisweizen


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

This brown ale poured a nice "brown" colour with a small, neatly shaped, off-white head. The aromas are of nuts, alcohol, candy, patent malts, hops, and more. The taste is a nice mix of nutty flavor, alcohol, hops, and heavy malts. This stuff reminds me of Rogues brown ale, or Sam Smiths brown ale! The mouthfeel is thick, but not cloying and the drinkability is great too.


Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 22:05:06 | More by francisweizen
Photo of GClarkage


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 23:06:54 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Mebuzzard


3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this at 5th Street Bar/Grill in Pittsburg, KS.
Good dark amber body with highlights of red and brownish red. Small head that didn't build up well, which took points off of appearance.

Cashew and sweet malt spearhead the aroma. I was expecting more from the nose, but the beer just didn't open up. I thought perhaps it was too cold, but the cooler was at 42.

Caramel is noticeable along with the above cashew and malt. Maybe some slightly toasted bread or dough. Glazed doughnut feeling to it, but really not sweet.

Smooth drinking, but nothing to keep my attention. A bit of a boring experience, which isn't all bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 04:30:01 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of mynie


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cherrywood brown with a small head.

Smells of very simplistic chocolate malt with a surprising hop presence, for the style. Still, not very complex.

Tastes of sweet malt to start, ending on a light bitterness with a lingering creamy aftertaste. No complexity, no intensity.

A decent example of a below-average style. Pardon the shortness of this review: there's just nothing much to say about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 02:52:26 | More by mynie
Photo of clayrock81


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 10:24:02 | More by clayrock81
Photo of CrazyDavros


4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours coppery brown with a off-white head.
Malty aroma with nutty and bready notes. Quite sweet-smelling. Moreish!
Lovely malty flavours; bready, nutty melanoidin notes, somewhat sweet. Lovely nutty characters.
Good moderately high carbonation. Could be a little higher.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 04:40:33 | More by CrazyDavros
Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.