Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 18
Gots: 51 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-01-2001)
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Photo of basscram
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours into pint glass from bottle, dark brown, literally no head except what is at the end of the pour. Not fizzy. No lacing as it is taken in.

Smells like sweet like brown sugar. Not a strong smell but a soothing smell.

Tastes a little nutty, taste hits tip of my tongue and quickly goes down the gullet. I can take big swallows of this. Taste does linger on the tongue but not annoyingly.

I'm usually not into browns and turn my nose up at them BUT, I must say, this has me wondering what else do I taste in it and if so its good! I like this one. Maybe I've not tried and English brown like this one.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I would say this is a pretty good beer.

Appearance- dark brown, good head

Smell- sweet malt

Taste- caramel, a bit nutty

Mouthfeel- smooth, medium bodied

Drinkability- It was really easy to drink. I could definitely have more. I enjoy it pretty well. ( and it's named after me lol)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Medium brown color with some red when viewed in a fairly lit room. Medium head which hung out for the start of the drink, and then laced on the edges.

Smell - Sweet maltiness , some chocolate hints, hops in the back

Taste - Very sweet malt with toasted and roasty flavors. Just enough hops to make it a light american brown ale. Very tasty IMO and how I like a brown ale

Mouthfeel- good carbonation, slightly watery composure

Drinkability - I had a bomber of this and was easily able to finish it off - had I another, it probably would have been the same story

Photo of yemenmocha
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours translucent brown with thin white head. Nose is tepid but has some sweet roasty malt, and a slight smoked aroma. Palate has that smoke aroma/flavor I mentioned, across a rather thin body, and a slight hopy character that comes up near the end. Finish is short and sweet.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears a clear chestnut brown color with a finger of fizzy light ecru foam. The head fades to a thin layer within a few minutes. Smells and tastes of medium roasted grains, mild nuttiness, caramel, sweet malts, and a touch of brown sugar. This ale was medium bodied with ample carbonation for the style. Check it out.

Photo of mikereaser
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear mahogany brown with ruby highlights

S - not a whole lot going on, just some caramel malt aroma

T - caramel and brown sugar, a bit of nutty flavor, again, not too much flavor

M/D - very smooth and drinkable, nicely carbonated and easy to drink. Overall the flavors just aren't prominent with this beer.

Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

P: The body of this beer is a copper-tinged brown with an off-white head that is soapy with rather unimpressive retention. Sunk to a halo with a little lace.

A: Mixed variety of tree nuts, earthy hops, and slightly roasted malts. Overall, it has kind of a musky tone to it.

T: Hmm...very subdued, and dare I say, weak. Bittersweet chocolate, toasted nuts, light toffee, and some roasty/toasty malts. Maybe some coffee underneath and earthy hops that give a bitter stab late. Very average-tasting brown ale that's forgettable.

M: Downtown Brown is a medium-bodied brew with a gentle amount of carbonation for an easy-going feel to it.

Notes: This is a very average brew. Nothing horrible but nothing memorable, either. Leaves no calling card to remember it by.

Photo of thryn
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent golden brown. Off-white head drops to a couple millimeters, but sticks around.

(Note to self: Be careful when typing. The head is not "off-shite.")

Smells a bit grassy, a bit biscuity.

Mouth is biscuity malt, mostly. A little bit of a grassy hop backbone gives it balance, but not quite enough. It's a bit sweet and I'm picking up just the slightest bit of diacetyl, I think.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. A bit creamy, but not heavy. Still, there's enough body to match the sweet ale flavors. Carbonation is minimal.

This is a decent brown ale, but not great. Still, it's totally sessionable and does not offend.

Photo of mjl21
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass. No bottling info or abv is given.

A-Pours a dark brown with a nice red hue. Has a one finger off white head that dissolves into a nice ring. Pretty good lacing left.

S-Not a ton going here. Get sweet malt on the nose.

T-Tastes of sweet malt and not much else. A little one dimensional for me.

M-Nice carbonation. Has a lighter body.

D-Goes down very easily. Not heavy at all.

Not good, not bad is the best way to sum up this beer. I am not a fan of Newcastle, or any nut brown ales for that matter, so this is not one of my favorite styles. It is very light and I can see it being very accessible to a lot of people.

Photo of mcraw88
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep brown with some obvious red when held up to a light. Tan colored 1/2 inch head which subsided fairly quickly.

Smell - Sweet maltiness and some chocolate hints

Taste - Very sweet malt with obvious toasted and roasted flavors. Hops hit you at the very end to balance the sweetness

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated with a thin texture

Drinkability - Not a bad brew. Almost a little too sweet to have too many in a night but very nice beer.

Photo of kaseydad
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some burgandy highlights. A small layer of foam is present but dissolves and clings to the sides of the glass.

Smells nutty with hints of toffee, roasted malts and a little tobacco.

A nice smooth taste with notes of maltiness and a nutty flavor. Not much aftertaste which is nice.

Lower alcohol makes for a higher drinkability. While not a thirst-quencher, having a few of these in a night would not be out of the question.

I'm not a huge fan of the English style beers, but this was nice.

Photo of dEM1972
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nutty brown colour; honey, nutty aroma with traces of maltiness wafting through; a complex taste that is somewhat bitter, honey and malty tones that seem to hit the middle of the tongue more than anywhere else in the mouth, does have a slightly water taste; bitter-nut after taste.

Photo of abecall98
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Deschuttes Pint glass.

A - Dark Dark Amber. Not as dark as a stout, but in between an amber and a stout. No head, no lacing, depressing.

S - Smell is sweet, roasty, and oaky.

T - taste is actually different from the smell it delivers. The taste is roasty, with a bitter aftertaste.

M - Flat, lightly carbonated, but very smooth.

D - This beer starts off great, but loses something on the way. I cannot imagine myself wanting another brew after having this one.

Overall,this beer is my go-to brown ale when the mood strikes me. There are much better brown ales out there, but for the price, this does what I need it too. I only see myself purchasing this brew on a sale price.

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice chestnut brown with a creamy light one finger tan head to it - very nice head retention. Lacing is nic and sticky on the side of the glass the whole way down. Nose is of chocolate, some toffee, nuttiness and a bit buttery. Taste is very well blended - chocolate has the most predominant flavoring mixed well with roasted malts, nuttiness, and some sweet toffee flavoring. Mouthfeel is a medium bodied creamy beer - went down quite nicely. This is a highly enjoyable English Brown!

Photo of fosterific
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Why lost coast had a beer on tap in oshkosh wisconsin is a pretty good question. The waiter was even positive that it was lost city brewery not lost coast. So I figured I would try a new brewery...or not at least I would get to try another lost coast beer.
Poured chocolate brown with a single finger of head. Very good looking brown ale.
Smelled of nuts and roasted malts.
The flavor was light but well balanced, made for a good session beer for the night even though the ABV is at 5%.
It was a middle of the road brown for mouthfeel, perhaps even leaning toward the thicker end.
I could have a few of these in a sitting, but there are so many beers to enjoy.

Photo of mralphabet
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown color, about a finger and 1/2 of off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: I'm getting sweet malts and a touch of hops.

T: A sweet maltyness up front with a touch of caramel. The sweetness is very nice, there is a mild hops presence that provides some balance, but is laying very low in the mix. Slight bitterness at the end..

M: Medium to heavy in body... Very smooth and velvet like...The carbonation is mild, and the finish is cleaner than most in the style.

D: Yummy...One of the best Brown's I've had.... Very smooth and easy going down, pretty light on the ABV. This is a very good representation of style. This one is a keeper to me... I'll have to check out other Lost Coast brews.

Photo of ThirdLap
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle comes from a sixer I received as a gift from a friend. I've had Downtown Brown many times on tap at local restaurants, but until now never gave it too much consideration.

Downtown Brown ours a deep mahogany brown with a reddish tint. Head is off-white and relatively short lasting. Small amounts of lacing remain as head dissapates.

Aroma is malt and dark fruits, with a bit of brown sugar.

Taste is hints of chocolate with a big caramelly maltiness. Hop presence is minimal.

Mouthfeel seems relatively full-bodied for the style, however it seems to thin out with the finish. A good amount of carbonation is present.

Not my favorite style, but one of the better examples of the style I've sampled.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a crappy plastic hotel glass, for which I am sorry. Purchased, surprisingly at a gas station near my hotel in BFE Wisconsin which I was absolutely sure would have nothing but BMC.

Pours a medium amber with a nice fluffy head in the plastic. Laces even this glass.

Aroma is caramel roasted malts with a nice floral hop back. Hops are surprisingly fresh despite the fact that there is schmutz around the threads under the cap. This beer may be a few months old or more.

Flavor is nutty roasted malt with a nice tannic acid, iced tea flavor. Hops are surprisingly fresh despite what I may think of the age of the beer. Finishes sweet, but not cloying. Very refreshing brown.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp, carbonation is spot on.

Over all very tasty, I would buy it again, if I can find it in Wisco.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Photo of allergictomacros
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmm. Decent looking enough, but has a bit of a lackluster nose. A little bit of fruit and some toast but not much else. Flavour is better - some nuttiness, dark fruit and coffee toastiness. Hops are mild, leaning towards a bit of lemon/citrus, and a quickly disappearing bitternesss. Just an easy drinking, mildly flavoured brown ale.

Photo of gonzo46and2
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with red highlights and an off white head that laces nicely.

Aroma is mostly roasted malt tones caramel, toffee, chocolate perhaps. This was a pretty mild aroma.

Taste was inoffensive but nothing exciting. I think I'm just not a big fan of Brown Ales.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability was fine.

I may come back to this style one day and love it but for now it's not my glass of beer.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A shallow, creamy off-white head leaves a coating of lace on the pint glass. Meanwhile, a clear, dark walnut ale passes light through an auburn halo.

If you're looking for nuts, you'll find them here with a touch of toasted malt. This brown warms to reveal some caramel, orange and warm wheat bread.

The promised nuts are here, complimented with pronounced bitterness of hops and malt, balanced very well. As it warms, wood and some cherry become evident and there is barely any finish.

This is a very refreshing, well carbonated and medium bodied beer with only a trace of alcohol.

Downtown Brown is easy to send down and will suit any occasion where beer is your backdrop. As a plus, it pairs mighty well with my burger.

I had this on a bitterly cold day overlooking a small, ice-filled gorge while water tumbled under an ice and snow-covered horseshoe fall.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a large tan head that dissipates at an average rate. Moderate lacing.
Toasted malt. As it warms I get hint of roasted nuts (cashews).
Toasted malt and a little caramel sweetness. Finishes with a bit of chocolate flavor.
Medium body beer that finishes with a slightly syrupy texture. Soft carbonation.
A very easy drinking smooth beer. A bit one dimensional for me.
NOTES: BBCSD-0901-Steve

Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.