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Downtown Brown | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 01-01-2001

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Photo of thecheapies
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of darkstar12
3.47/5  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.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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.


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Photo of Con-a-sewer
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Jparker37
2.89/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of thain709
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of McStagger
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of yonnie
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of vicsju1991
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of Lou101
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brown was poured into a glass stein.

Appearance- A deep, brown shades the glass nicely with some lighter tinged walnut highlights. No carbonation working away in this one at all. The soapy head built to about a finger and has retained almost all of it after a couple of minutes. The beige cap went from bubble riddled to smooth and dense in appearance.

Smell- A sort of roasty malt, not quite as bready as some browns are wont to be. There is a slight nutty quality creeping out of the glass. Not much else after that though. Underwhelming.

Taste- Syrupy sweet with a lot more toasted malt on the palate, not near as roasted as the nose made it out to be. Also a nice bit of grassy hop in the finish.

The nutty quality mixes in about mid-drink and fades faster than the toasted-sweet quality. Actually really good and easy to drink.

Mouth feel- A great aspect of this beer. The carbonation really floats in the mouth. The medium body is a little sudsy, but it is appropriate and makes the beer feel bigger than it is.

Definitely creamy and smooth to drink. Quaffing this one quickly is easy.

Overall- The palate does a much better job than the nose of transferring the toasted malt and hop back up. It would be nice if even more breadiness came through and the syrupy sweetness was not so prevalent.

I again have to fault the nose for making this beer seem less than it is, because it really does taste great and drink very easy. Enjoy!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a deep brown. Held up to the light, it almost looks like a dark red hue. Not much of a head or visible carbonation. Head was gone quickly. OK lacing.

S- Sweet. Really sweet. Chocolate is there big time. Then some subtle malts. But mostly chocolate.

T- Very similar to the scent. Chocolate tones are prominent, maybe a hint of coffee in there. The malts kick in after the sweet chocolate.

M- There was quite a bit of carbonation. This wasn't bad, but detracted from a pretty good flavor. Also, surprised me based on the lack of head on the pour.

Overall, I'm probably going to keep this in the fridge all winter long. It's sweet, probably the sweetest brew I've had, but I like that.

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Photo of rstone57
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 5 oz. tasting glass.

Pours dark brown with minimal head and very little lacing.

Smell is hazelnut.

Taste is malt, sweet, hazelnut, with a dry finish, medium body and moderate carbonation.

Solid brown ale from Lost Coast up in Eureka.

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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.