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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 18
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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 emmasdad
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On our recent drive from Denver to San Diego, we spent a night in Mesquite, Nevada, so we could get out of the car, the kids could swim and we could drink. Browsing the selection at Lee's Liqours, I came across Lost Coast bombers for $3.49 a piece. Years back, when I first got into craft beer, I was always enticed by these beers due mainly to the labels, but was generally not willing to lay out that kind of money (I think they were around 4 bucks a pop back then). Anyways, my memories were fond, so I gave it a shot. Long story short, it was pretty good--nutty, chocolatey and refreshing after a cholorine filled afternoon.

emmasdad, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of ncfranklin
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a nonic pint. Bottled on 05/25/2010

A : Very translucent medium brown with a solid 2 finger tan head.

S : Caramel and biscuity malt, a hint of brown sugar.

T : Caramel up front, with the sweet brown sugar following strong. Ends with a very tiny tinge of bitter dryness

M : Light bodied, slightly fizzy from carbonation, smooth.

D : Highly drinkable, even says "light brown ale" on the bottle. Sessionable at 5%. Doesn't stand out as a fantastic brown ale, but so light it would be a great party beer.

ncfranklin, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

clayrock81, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Dark brown with very little foam. Carbonation seems pretty healthy.

Smell - Smells heavy and malty. I can't discern much outside of the "ale smell", but every now and again I get a whiff of something fruity, but it's so faint I can't tell what it is.

Mouthfeel - light, with just a little bit of creaminess to it.

Taste - Not terribly malty, definitely not as malty as I would have expected from the smell, but that in turn makes it almost a little bland for my taste. The bottle claims that it is "hand brewed in small batches", and I would expect a little more character.

Drinkability - the flavor isn't overwhelming enough to make me hold off on one or two more at a pub, but I probably wouldn't go out and grab a six-pack of it. Not a bad ale by any means though.

Nerudamann, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of SAtaMi
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - 1/2" of head which was gone very quick. A nice brownish red color.

Smell - Nutty with a touch of mocha coffee or just like it should smell.

Taste - Malty with a nice baked bread and a hint of coffee to it.

Mouthfeel - A light to medium grainy tooth to it.

Drinkability - It is not something i will hunt down but is a good beer none the less.

SAtaMi, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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

wordemupg, May 28, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle drank from a standard pint glass. no freshness information anywhere on the bottle.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with a quarter finger of beige head. the head vanishes rather quickly, and leaves behind random small spots of lacing.

S- toasted bready malts are the first thing that i can smell. after that i get some caramel and a little bit of nuttiness. maybe a hint of chocolate also. slight earthy hops at the end. theres alot more going on in here than i would have thought.

T- the taste starts out with toasted bread and caramel. theres also a slight nuttiness and chocolate taste. a light earthy/spicy hop finish rounds this one out.

M- medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- i usually passed this one up on the shelf for some reason. i wish i had tried it sooner. a nice sessionable brown ale with alot going on in it. check it out if you like the style.

jwinship83, May 27, 2010
Photo of tronester
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin tan head. Smells of ripened fruit and toasted bread. Taste is brown sugar up front, with a bready slightly tart middle and a lightly earthy finish. Mouthfeel is light, low carbonation. Drinkability is great, light and refreshing, if alcohol levels were a bit lower this would be a great session ale.

tronester, May 13, 2010
Photo of fbinla
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

fbinla, May 10, 2010
Photo of AJacob81
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 5-2.

A - Cloudy brown, the color of a chocolate cola from and old-fashioned soda fountain. A nice beige head of 1.5 fingers forms and sticks around throughout, leaving a decent amount of lacing behind as the beer is drunk.

S - Toasted dark bread, with milk chocolate and brown sugar notes. Pleasant, but not outstanding.

T - Somewhat nondescript malt, with a hint of caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar, but not enough of anything to be particularly sweet or very memorable. No hops whatsoever.

M - Smooth-drinking, medium body that feels nice on the palate. The finish is yeasty and a little too dry for what this is.

D - Easy enough to drink, with a relatively low ABV and no bitterness at all. Passes without any effort and no thought.

This is okay for what it is, but I'd rather have a Newcastle.

AJacob81, May 02, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with little head. Not as dark as I would have expected.
Smells of malts and not much else. A basic brown with nothing too experimental going on.
Tastes like roasted malts with a little sweetness and beer, but I guess I should not be looking for much more than that. :P

A good average beer but nothing I would search out.

Spineypanda, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of organicbrewer
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Brown. Brilliantly clear. Big Tan head.

S-Coffee with cream. Light caramel. No hop aroma.

T-Caramel and toast. Very low hop bitterness. No hop flavor. Coffee with a ton of cream and sugar.

M-fairly dry. No alcohol. Low carbonation.

D-Very drinkable. No strong or offensive flavors getting in the way. Technically too high an abv for a session beer but this is close.

organicbrewer, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of climax
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Downtown was a brown/ruby red with an even tan head that faded without much fuss.

I didn't get too much out of the nose at first whiff. Underpowered, yet clean, it was mostly sweet caramel with maybe just a kiss of resiny hops.

The flavor had a little more going on, but I really had to search for the excitement. Toastiness and caramel were balanced by a modest citrus hop profile.

The body was on the lighter side of medium, without much feel to it other than stiff carbonation. This one isn't offensive and the flavors are just fine... there's just not enough of them, and what was there was pretty weak. Good for beer novices.

climax, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Heavy brown body that's barely transparent. The head is a light tan color standing about a half inch tall.

S - Smells just like a brown ale. No wierd or distinctive aromas to note.

T - The flavor of slightly roasted grain with a hint of malted cocoa (really, just a hint). This is a brown witha rather sweet flavor that's not bad. For me the sweet taste is unique but not really my cup of tea. I do give credit to the brewer here because I think this is the beer he was looking to brew.

M - Relaxed feel with a slight coarseness. The sweet flavor would be better served by a lighter feel.

~ This beer is decent. Probably not my first choise but a beer none the less.

cdkrenz, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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

homebrew311, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of cleverbeername
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

55* bottle, snifter

A dark dark brown. off white head, avg, but better than some

S hint of brown sugar, but almost not present

T wheat toast, nuts, hint of light brown coffee and maltiness

M mid mody, dry finish

D i would drink over new castle. worth the price

cleverbeername, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of Stimack
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After knowing that my local store has carried Lost Coast beers for a number of years and that the proprietor said that they sell a lot of this product I thought I would give it a try. The brown was my first offering from this brewery. Poured to a clear medium brown color, some reddish highlights. Had a somewhat small light tan head that had good retention though the lacing was minimal. The aroma was of roasted malts and a nice nutty scent also there seems to be a slight coffee and chocolate presence but they are in the background. Some hops seem to be there but for me they where not clearly definable. The flavor was similar to the nose; roast and crystal toffee/caramel flavors give it a nice drinkable flavor with a slight coffee roast that tries to peak through. The hops that are there give a nice finish at the end but I wish they where a little more pronounced. Now, I am not sure if it is the beer itself or possibly the age where the hops could have fallen out over time. Over all this was a pleasant brew but nothing there really grabbed my attention where I would look for this one again. To many other Brown Ales that hit my mark.

Stimack, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of slightly sweet caramel malt in the nose

T - Follows the nose with caramel malt flavor with a touch of chocolate

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a solid brown thats easy to drink with a good taste overall a well made beer thats worth trying sometime

armock, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

jwc215, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

emerge077, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of biggred1
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark russett brown with a fluffy tan head that leaves blobs of sliding lace behind on the glass. The smell is toasted grain, anise and a mineraly quality I can't put my finger on. I'm giving the taste a score of four because it says "light" brown ale right on the label, what else could you hope for but a flavorful and easy drinking 5% ABV brown, and it does deliver that. Mild coffee and dark chocolatey malt balance nicely with a minty hop quality. Medium light bodied and a bit more carbonated than I would like in this beer. Extreme? not even close. Drinkable? yeah, it is and it's a pretty good session beer option.

biggred1, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of luchris80
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a mug/stein.

Aroma: Very lightly roasted malt with low hop aroma in back. Slightly nutty, maybe maple nose.

Appearance: Medium to dark brown color. Slight, light tan head that slowly dissipates (at first). Clear with a few rising bubbles visible.

Flavor: Medium malty flavor. Moderate to light hops and slightly dry at the end. A little finish flavor that matches the nose (low aroma intensity/body).

Mouthfeel: Medium to low body with light carbonation. Some dryness on palate.

Overall Impressions: Easy drinking dark(er) beer. The appearance left me expecting more body and flavor.

luchris80, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

BevMoAndrew, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of pants678
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Downtown is a deep mahogany, a lot like Sam Smith's Nut Brown. The head is a light beige that sustains as just a lacing. It's bubbly, not dense or frothy.

A real thick aromatic of molasses and strong toasted malts. There's an apparent sticky, oaked caramel that's for sure enticing.

Taste is similar to an Oktoberfest, the malt character specifically but with compliments of brown sugar. There's a bit of cinnamon that hangs around the same woody caramel that's in the nose. The middle is not so robust, in fact it seems to thin out. The aftertaste is all but harsh but has a short hue of pine and coffee.

It's a pretty hefty carbonation that keeps pungent flavors from being piercing (see DFH's Palo Santo Maron). This brown has some weight to it, but that's the nature of the type.

pants678, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a beautiful off white head. Lots of frothy gootness.

Smells pretty good, though slightly weak. Sweet malts, nuts, and other goodies dominate.

The taste is a little thin. It tastes true to style, but slightly watery. It livens up as it warms, but not too much. Not a bad attempt, but I know they could do better.

Again, slightly thin. The carbonation level is nice, but the beer is a little watery.

Unfortunately the watery nature of this bottle takes away from drinkability. I would love to try it on tap or even a bottle closer to its source. This isn't the first beer I've had to not fare too well from its journey across the country.

RomaniIteDomum, Nov 11, 2009
Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.