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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
83
good

687 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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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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magine

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a Samuel Smith nonic.

Pours a root beer color with a light tan thick bubbly head; tons of bubble action. Some patchy lace remains along with a lace layer that makes up the remaining head. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of toffee, nuttiness and some lingering hops. Pretty good nose.

Brew tastes of cocoa, nutty, toffee, caramel and thinned out by some lively hops. Very good balance to session, thin enough to drink plenty of and has a abv where you could have several without knowing. Crisp initially and then smokey, mellow middle to a drying end. Good cocoa and nutty flavors stand out as you drink. Good stuff here. Good sessionable brown - solid.

Brew is a good sessionable brown that I am enjoying very much. Has nice flavor and is a good brew. Case worthy.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:21:42 | More by magine
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Impenetrable dark, dark brown. Light beige head which dissipates quickly.

S: Very sickly caramel. Very similar to the Rogue ales I've had. Yuck.

T: Hmm, roasty smokey malt. Bitter. The swallow is a bit tasteless but there's a nice aftertaste which isn't as sickly as the caramel bouquet. It's pretty dry but there are hints of sickly caramel in there. As it warms up I'm getting some earthy English ale tea leaves and hops spice. Quite fizzy – nice frothy mouthfeel.

O: Not bad but a bit unremarkable. I'd still have this over Newkie Brown any day.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 10:32:15 | More by Hoppsbabo
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

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

Had this on 2012-08-05 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear brown with a 1-finger tan head that fades quickly and leaves mild lace.

S - Roasted grain, touch of caramel and chocolate. Very mild aroma.

T - There's an initial vegetal taste right before the caramel and chocolate flavors appear; then some roasted grain. There's some balancing bitterness in the finish with flavors of dark chocolate and dark roasted (but not charred) grain. After the first two sips, I no longer noticed any vegatal taste. No alcohol taste

M - Full body and light-medium carbonation gives a creamy feel. I dig how thick it feels for a sessionable brown.

O - A decent brew. It didn't knock my socks but it certainly didn't offend. I'd be happy if I were served this again although it's not one I'll be seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 16:55:58 | More by Tucquan
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lost Coast Downtown Brown from a 12oz stubby into a pint glass.

Looks copper brown with reddish hues in the light. Thin half-inch tan head turns to lingering surface scum after awhile.

Great big toffee malt sweetness with some mild nuttiness in the nose. Aromas of musty grain, dates, and faint light-roast coffee bean.

More roasty than nutty, but still plenty nutty with flavors of pecan and hazelnut. Toffee flavors are pretty ooey-gooey with burnt sugar residuals on the frontline. Middle pulls out some IBUs in the mouth, but the sweetness finishes things out with nuances of dark fruits.

Super smooth medium body with an spiky medium-high carbonation. No ABV listed on the bottle, but it feels very sessionable.

Tasty and great-feeling nut brown ale, and my first from Lost Coast. Thanks to Brian for letting me have one from his stash as this is one of his favorite session ales. Heard a lot of great things, happy to have finally tried it.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 02:00:32 | More by thecheapies
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Minkybut

Virginia

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
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darkstar12

Maryland

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
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Drinkerofales

California

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.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 18:24:02 | More by Drinkerofales
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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
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

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
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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
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TheSixthRing

California

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
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

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
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kylehay2004

Florida

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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C20Percent

Virginia

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
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flagmantho

Washington

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
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thain709

Pennsylvania

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
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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McStagger

California

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
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yonnie

California

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
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

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
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williamjbauer

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
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

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
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Lou101

California

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
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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
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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
Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.