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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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 Stoneman78


3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark brown color with a tinge of red; creamy light brown foam that persists for a few minutes; intricate, soapy lacing; thin particles

Smell- Roasted malt, almost ash-like, nutty and carmel tones

Taste- Subtle roasted maltiness; very lightly hopped; short finish with a light bitterness

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly light body for a brown ale; watery texture; lively carbonation

Drinkability- With its watery texture and underwhelming taste, this is no more than a middle-of-the-road brown ale. Easy to drink, but not very rewarding.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 07:36:25 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of ski271


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark brown with a small, light tan, creamy, slowly diminishing head. Thick lacing. Smells is malt dominant, with roasty aromas of nuts, cookie, toffee, wood and a little molasses being supported by some light spicy hops and some very light earthy yeast. The taste follows suit but with the hops even more subdued at first. Dark bread crust, nuts and some chocolate. The hops show up on the finish a little more, adding a light citrus bitterness to go along with the thick malt flavors. An easy drinking, inviting beer with enough character, body and balance to keep my happy without being very cloying at all. A bit too filling to be a session beer, but a good brown nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2007 21:58:34 | More by ski271
Photo of mithrascruor


1.93/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a creamy and thick tan head. Eventually becomes a heavy film that laces the glass a bit.

Smell: Roasted and lightly sweet malts. Could be a lot stronger and more interesting.

Taste: I'm not even sure what this tastes like. There's the presence of malts here, but there's a grimy flavor going on too, which becomes more pervasive over time..

Mouthfeel: Water. Water with a thin tingly aftertaste. Is this a beer?

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and taste make it hard to drink much of this.

Basically, avoid at all costs. While it looks nice, it tastes and feels horrible. Extremely watery, with some major taste issues. Fermented dirt. I don't think that I can finish this, which means there must be something really wrong...

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 20:29:42 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of henrysunset


4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

third beer while brewing an all-grain brown of my own on an unseasonably warm january day.

very dark, nice foamy head of tan. scent is just a little sweet, citrusy, floral and a little bitterness.

nice dark taste, a little roasty and toasty. it's mild and slightly sweet. great balance and impressively drinkable. smooth and ever so slightly thick.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 00:31:23 | More by henrysunset
Photo of scooter231

New York

2.33/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks like a brown ale, nothing too unique or exciting here. Smells roasty and lightly sweet, but juuuust barely. Tastes... odd. Off. Sort of dirty. I can't quite pinpoint it... maybe like an unappealing scottish brew in the past? Just unpleasant. Mouthfeel is flat and boring. Ick, I'm not a fan of this. Pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 08:02:36 | More by scooter231
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It loooks... like a brown ale. Very dark with a tan head, nearly opaque but shows some reddish tints when held to a strong light.
Smells pleasant though not striking. Some sweet, roasted scents come through.
Flavor is very nearly bland as is the mouthfeel. Not much excitement going on in either department. Caramel semi-flat selzter water, maybe.
The mild character makes it easy enough to drink but doesn't necessarily woo one into having more or seeking it out again.
Very middle of the road type stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 07:30:06 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of maundythirsty


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An attractive red-tinged brown beer. Clear, but there are some tiny drifting specks in there. Topped by a thin tan head that receeds quicky and laces just a bit. Smell reaches out to you with toasty caramel and spices.

Tastes of sweet, mild, roasted malt. Evened out by light earthy hops. Dry finish and pleasantly long-lived Honey Nut Cheerios aftertaste. Lighter mouthfeel than I anticipated, and fairly sturdy carbonation.

That's a tasty brown ale. A style that doesn't make many hearts flutter, but this is clearly a well-constructed bottle of beer. Good looking label, too.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 01:26:59 | More by maundythirsty
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle received from b0ldfacelies as part of my BA Secret Santa 2006 package -- many thanks, Jason! Polished russet with a decently adequate tan head. Soft and fruity melon aromas at first, with a fainter spicy nuttiness creeping in around the back. Whiffs of kiwi, too, I think. Could use a little more oomph in the nose. Definitely in the English tradition of brown ales, Lost Coast Downtown Brown features mildly spicy and earthy hop flavors supported by a variety of fresh fruit notes (tart apple, melon, green plum) and a soft, biscuit-like malt structure. If it were darker in color, I'd think this would easily ride the line between brown and mild ale -- two styles with many family resemblances to begin with, I know. Demure zestiness in the mouthfeel, light-bodied but peppery enough to provide a substantive quaff. Accordingly drinkable. Am I crazy, or is this one of the only brown ales available in 22-ounce bottles? There should be more, since it's such a sessionable style. Anyway, solid offering, no-brainer as a choice to take to a laid-back Friday night party.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 04:00:40 | More by orfeu
Photo of builder53


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a reddish brown with very little head, but does have pretty decent lacing.Essences are of roasted malt with some nuttiness. ( Good but a little lacking in magnitude). Taste is aiso pretty much alligned with the essences on this one, nutty/ roasted malt flavor with very light hops, and just a hint of caramel as the brew comes up in temperature. Mouth feel is surprisingly full and creamy, with a cling to the tongue feel and light carbonation. Finish is very smooth with no negatives in the aftertaste.This is a nut brown ale that I wouldn't hesitate to order on an evening out.(I would have graded the appearance one notch higher if it hadn't almost completely failed to produce a head even with an aggressive pour!)

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 03:33:52 | More by builder53
Photo of wcdoyle


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish-brown and cloudy. The head starts out thick and then settles, as does the cloudiness, out to about 1/2-1/4 inch (still with thick, dense bubbles).

The initial taste is rich and full with good, but not too much, carbonation, which is mostly on the tip of the tongue. As you might expect from a true brown, the maltiness is forward w/o a lot of hops present. The rest of the bottle confirms what I'd describe as a malt-richness of a brown w/o the heavy mouth feel of a stout or porter.

While this clocks in at 5% ABV, I'd still consider it a session beer--at least for me. This is a drinkable beer, smooth easy, enjoyable, and interesting enough to talk about. . .and still not forget. Well worth a try. And Eureka, CA just--barely--qualifies this as a Pacific Northwest brew. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 21:44:36 | More by wcdoyle
Photo of rowew


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Impressionistic label design, no date info.

Appearance: Pours reddish brown with a small head, fades quickly to just lacing. A bit of bubbling continues.

Smell: Muted aroma - a bit of malt sweetness and just a hint of roasted smells.

Taste: Highly drinkable. Medium bodied, a bit on the sweet side. Some caramel and toffee flavors, with a hint of roasted.

Overall impression: Nicely balanced and drinkable - not the most exciting I have had, but it makes a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 07:37:17 | More by rowew
Photo of drseamus

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours reddish brown with a light brown head and has a great look for for a brown ale. It has a very sweet malty aroma that makes me want to drink it immediately. The beer has very light hops and a sweet taste with and is surprisingly full bodied. I think I subconsciously expected this beer to be a bit thinner for some reason was I was very pleased. There is a slight fruity aftertaste. I like this beer and I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 06:42:17 | More by drseamus
Photo of zeff80


3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - It poured out a rather dark brown. It had a foamy, one-finger head that left some lacing.

S - Nutty aromas and it smelled pretty malty.

T - Very sweet malty taste. The nut flavor seemed like hazelnut...quite good.

M - It was soft and smooth on the tongue. It is light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good Brown ale. The combo of nut and malt flavors is very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 00:35:44 | More by zeff80
Photo of cjgator3


3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thin light tan colored ring of lace around the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet toasted malt with a bit of nuttiness as well. The taste starts our nutty with some toasted maltiness with a dry finish with only a faint hop presence to help balance it out. Overall, I find this to be a slightly better than average brown that is pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 04:23:52 | More by cjgator3
Photo of MVassar


3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a hint of ruby port. Nice off-white head that quickly leaves short-lived lacing.

Not as assertive as I would have hoped, but there are some lovely hints of sweet malt, dried fruit. Maybe a little dark chocolate.

Again, it seems shy. Some coffee and roasted malt are present, but there's not much depth. Short finish.

Nice level of carbonation, but the body feels a bit thin and watery.

By no means unpleasant to drink, it nevertheless doesn't excite much.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 22:18:24 | More by MVassar
Photo of rkuhnel


4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again on tap from the Lost Coast Brewery and cafe, but I drink this a lot from the bottle as well. Tastes the same either way. If label art got points this would get a 5.0.

It pours a dark brown with a medium tan head that left little lacing, but as usual it a difficult to get the bartender to leave much head. I poured a bottle and got more head, and still not much lacing.

The appearance of this would get a higher rating if it had a better head. What can you say about dark brown? Not much.

Nose is coffee and carmel, with some nice hops showing through. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, and a joy going down. Excellent in this regard.

Flavor is as the nose, with the carmel and hops both apparent and in good balance.

Overall a very nice brown. One of my favorites at Lost Coast.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2006 04:44:12 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with an initially three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, dark brown colored brew that shows deep red highlights when held up to the lamp. A bright mix of berry fruit notes and roasted malt greets my nose. This is really intensely fruity, at least compared to my expectations; sweet notes of blueberries and cherries are most notable. An appropriate, lightly nutty, roasted grain character is also here in the aroma. It is joined by some toasted grain notes and toasted biscuit notes. I can't get over how sweet and fruity this beer smells though, it almost seems artificial, though at this point is more intriguing than distracting.

Up front this beer tastes like a normal brown ale; dry, lightly roasted grain, mixes with some nutty toasted malt notes, and a bit of caramelized malt. After that though that almost fake berry fruit note starts to grip the flavor profile. Really quite interesting, if I had this beer blind I would swear to you that they added fruit extracts to this beer. The fruitiness has that same one dimensional, too intense fruit character to it that fruit extracts generally have. This is quite light on the palate, and if not for the uncharacteristic fruitiness would be quite quaffable. As it is though, it is a little too much, the fake berry fruit notes just is too much to make this really enjoyable. It is not bad, just unexpected.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 02:04:49 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of terrabyte


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

Pours a medium-dark brown beer with a large head.

Its smell is quite chocolately. Nothing else comes through.

This is a tasty beer with chocolate overtones from beginning to aftertaste end.

It's a bit foamy, but goes down smooth. Chocolate and creamy is a nice combo. The only problem is that it might be too rich or sweet to drink too many.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 13:20:28 | More by terrabyte
Photo of tattooedtolley


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown head. Little lacing.

Smell: Sweet malty smell, hints of caramel and chocolate.

Taste: Sweet roasted malts, a touch of chocolate too. Hops just seem to help balance and make no real appearance to the taste. Its a good brown ale taste, nothing off and nothing over done.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp taste, Medium body.

Drinkability: Not a sessionable beer for me, its a bit more rich in mind for that but for those who really enjoy the style could make a night out of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 15:40:32 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of PhiloPsych


3/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was a bit disappointed in this beer. It poured a nice but not really long-lasting dark tan head. The color was nice--somewhere between rust and chocolate, comparable to A&W Root Beer (which I like). The taste was fine up front, but finished badly. The aftertaste was a dirty, chemical taste that I really did not like. The smell was also chemical, though more sour than dirty or bitter. Only so-so for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 09:46:19 | More by PhiloPsych
Photo of mynie


3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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 MLegendre


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

A: Dark dark brown with a nice fluffy tan head which disapates very slowly, a little bit of lacing.

S: Very strong small of roasted malt... almost smells like a stout.

T: Roasted malt is upfront just like in the smell. It is very stout like and even has some hints of coffee in the finish. It's definatly a brown, but it is quite a bit stronger than others I have had. Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied, and very smooth.

D: Lost Coast never disappoints. All of there beers are very flavorful and original. This is an amazing brown, though people looking for something milder than a Porter or Stout may not find what they are looking for.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 05:21:24 | More by MLegendre
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the more memorable labels.

A: Pours a hazelnut brown with a reddish tint. Head is small mass of tight light beige bubbles slowly dissapating.

S: Fruity, plums, light caramel and sort of a sedimentary dryness.

T: Begins with some subtle milk caramel notes then mores towards sweeter dark fruits. Towards the finish a fairly bitter (for a brown) mark is left and continues with a more dirty edge. Aftertaste is some mellow roasted grains and a bit of brown sugar.

M: With thin and watery for me. Could use some more body.

D: Not as bold as I would like for a brown. Chalk this one up as "ok"

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 03:14:35 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of babydoc


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imagine finding a Lost Coast Brew right here in southwest Kansas. Not a bad brew, either!! Poured from its 12oz stubby into a pint glass, mahogany brown, clear, with a 1 finger head. Nose is sweet, malty, and fruity, with a touch of nut.

Tastes malty, just a smigeon of haps to offset the sweetness that includes some caramel tones. Moderate mouth, lightly carbonated.

Very drinkable. Surprised I found it here!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 02:50:04 | More by babydoc
Photo of Ozone34


4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This, after all the beers I've drank this past year(starting into the 100's), this is still my Top 3. This was also the first beer that I drank legally. It was on tap at the Cock and Bull and I have been continuing to drink it ever since. The brewers, Lost Coast, continue to put out consistent beers and I've never received a bad beer from them.

Appearance: typical brown ale, slight red/amber haze.

Smell:sweet with slight hints of chocolate and citrus.

Taste: nice mild carbonation, nutty and with a citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: rather light for a nut brown; not a heavy aftertaste

Very good brew, all around good brown.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2006 20:05:55 | More by Ozone34
Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.