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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-01-2001

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Photo of fosterific
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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 -0.5%
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
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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 +9.6%
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
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
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 -17.8%
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
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -17.8%
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 -1.4%
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

Photo of choyhosoi
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A-Pours a nice dark brown with a thick head that fizzles into a thin lace.Looks like an inviting brew.

S-Nice scent of caramel along with sugary plum and raisin-like aromas.

T-As you sip away at this ale you start smelling the scents in the glass and then the taste hits you. Very smooth just a well put together beer. There is no bitterness or lingerging tastes.

M/D-I only have 1 of these. I will be seeking out a 6 or 12 because this is truly a good beer.

Photo of washburnkid
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

originally tasted on 1/10

A: Nearly a finger of off-white head dissipates quickly, leaving behind only a bit of lace in the glass. Beer has dark brown color with some ruby hues.

S: Nutty, sweet malts; hints of sweet coffee

T: Nutty sweetness with roasted oats and grains flavor; hops try to present themselves at back of palate but are dominated by malts

M: Carbonation seems right, but the beer was light-bodied and even a little thin.

D and notes: Neutral taste and light body makes this very drinkable. I'd have more than one but would only recommend on pizza night.

Photo of biggmike
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pretty standard nut-brown color with decent head that dissipated pretty quickly. The aroma of the beer is roasted malts, chocolate, and maybe some caramel. The flavor is hazelnut and chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and nice. The relatively low alcohol and nice flavor make the drinkability pretty high.

Photo of Gehrig
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany body with lots of ruby run through, but despite an aggressive pour, a finger of slightly tan head produces little lacing after a cameo atop the Yankees pint glass. Is there a smell to this? After a few minutes of warming and pleading, some chocolate and toasted caramel peek out; that's it. Bad Brown Ale nose, period. The taste isn't much better. It's not offensive, it's just not...much. Biscuity malt, some caramel--OI just burped and didn't even get a residual flavor.

Downtown Brown doesn't impress me. It lacks compelling, distinctive character. I am compelled to add that I have discovered another Brown Ale that has disappointed me. Why I go back, I have no idea. Downtown Brown was such a downer that only a spare bottle of Great Divide's Hibernation Ale lurking in the fridge can salvage the evening.

I won't have this again, ever.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours brown with a small 1/2 inch off-white head that went away pretty quickly. Not much lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, nuts, and molasses, it's a sweet smelling brew. Taste is the same as the aroma, sweet and malty. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it seems thin and has light carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink. Overall it's decent enough, but it's nothing special. It's worth a try but I wouldn't pick this up too often.

Photo of Irie
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Zeitgeist, SF.

Clear ruby color with a light tan head and slight lacing. Light hop aroma over a strong grainy back.
Very malty and grainy taste with excellent hop balance. Taste leans towards the hoppy side with the malt and grain flavor as a finish. Slightly thin feel with strong carbonation. Good finish with a good aftertaste.

Photo of pandashaver
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cola-colored with 1.5 finger off-white head, dissipated to a smaller but lasting head.

Aroma: Roast and nut dominates, with some woody notes that a friend stated "like bark".

Flavor: Nuttiness really shows through with some sweet malts to balance as well as some hop bitterness. Cereal and biscuit notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that sticks a fair amount but is smooth and not syrupy. Would be a great complement with a hearty meal.

Drinkability: High. Very sessionable, as it does not dominate the palate but is drinkable on its own. Will likely pick up a six pack of this in the future.

Photo of BronYrAur
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack of Lost Coast's Downtown Brown on a whim based mostly on the interesting packaging. Disclaimer: I'm not an expert by any means and am pretty inexperienced when it comes to beer.

Appearance. Like I said, the bottle and package drew me to the beer. The beer when poured is a pretty standard nut brown color. The head is about 1.5-2 fingers when poured and disappears immediately. No lace to speak of.

Smell. A very nice smell upon pouring. A nice nose that drew me to the beer and made me want to take a drink.

Taste. Nice malt sweetness up front in the mouth, not much hops to my taste, with a bready finish. Reminds me of Sam Adams version a bit. Not as sweet or as flavorful as Sam Smith's, however, you can't taste the alcohol at all, unlike that version. Upon drinking my first bottle, I didn't think there was much flavor. However, it definitely developed as it warmed, and this time around I tasted quite a bit straight out of the fridge. I would like a bit more flavor at the back end, but this is still a solid, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel. Well carbonated and quite refreshing. Good consistency for the style, I think. It's definitely not too light or insubstantial by any means, but it's not too full either.

Drinkability. Very. I could easily have a few of these and not think twice. Lost Coast's nut brown is a pretty tasty beer, and one that goes down quite smooth. However, it's not going to be winning any prizes for notable flavor, and if I had my choice I'd reach for Samuel Smith's version.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is poured and its a dark brown with a good off white head of about a centimeter. Its retention is okay. The beer almost looks like a stout. The nose on the beer is roasted malts, chocolate and a slight hoppiness. Most of the flavours are chocolate though. The beer has a slight nutty flavour with a lot of chocolate flavours. It's sweet, but in a good way. There is a slight hazelnut flavour in the beer, which is good. The mouthfeel is about right for a brown ale. Not thick nor watery. It's pretty drinkable as well. The flavours aren't too strong nor are they too light.

Photo of Offa
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is quite a good, rather English-style brown ale.

It's a full bodied, richly falvoured brown ale, kind of between something like Newcastle and an English strong or old ale.

Very dark red brown, it has a medium-big tan head that dissipates slowly but a little faster than Moose Drool, which I find to be a rather similar beer. It leaves only a hint of weak lace.

The aroma is rich with caramel and yeasty bread, some toasted whole wheat.

The taste is similarly rich, and interesting yet very pleasant. It has full-bodied toasty malt, toasted whole wheat, hints of caramel and yeast. It's sweetish and a bit toasty, very smooth and very full-bodied, with lasting flavour. However, it is not very complex and lacks almost any semblance of bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I love Lost Coast's labels - it's like Reg Mombassa meets Pablo Picasso. Not only don't we get the craft range of the States in Australia, we don't get the coolest labels either.

This one pours a deep mahogany brown with a vague haze. Head is a thin film of yellowy-beige bubbles. Carbonation is minimal. Looks nice though - I like the colour.

Not a lot on the nose. Hint of roasted malts and a touch of smokiness. Other than that, it's pretty plain. Not a bad nose, but not a lot to it.

Taste is also quite subdued. It's a pleasant, nutty dryness, with a hint of roasty goodness on the back palate. Quite thin, a little sweetness, but very dry at the end. There's not a huge amount there, but it's quite tasty. Feel is moderate with a slight uplift of effervescence.

It's not an overly impressive beer, but it's tasty enough, and it's extremely drinkable. This would make an excellent session as far as I'm concerned. A decent, mild, English style Brown Ale.

Photo of kemoarps
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a rich mahogany, which I find appealing. The head starts at about a half an inch, but disappears almost instantly. The carbonation is virtually invisible. The colour is nice, though.

The first aromas that hit you are the chocolatey malts with slight nutty tinge. enjoyable.

the taste follows the smell fairly accurately, the malt profile definitely drives this beer. I like that, personally. The hops reveal themselves later, as more of an followthrough.

The mouthfeel is nothing special, the very light carbonation makes itself known here, as it is smoother and dances a little less. Doesn't really coat the mouth, but definitely leaves its mark, and you realize that you've been drinking it.

overall, i was actually a littl ebit pleasantly surprised but this beer. I had had a couple of other brews from this brewery, and had been underwhelmed, but this is actually a pretty tasty one. Would consider getting it again, but will not go out of my way to do so.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a dark brown with a bit of head but not that much. Smells of malt and caramel, almost like a scotch ale. Tastes of roasted malt, nuts, and caramel, with a medium amount of bitterness. A very middle-of-the-road flavor, a little bit of hops, but not much. Carbonation is about right. This one is a drinkable beer though it doesn't knock my socks off.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a tawny dark ruby with very little head after the pour and barely there bubbling. The Aroma has toasted almonds and walnuts dancingly faint in the nostrils. The nutty aromas add to the overall light roasted malt character of this aroma. The tase starts with soft and sweet roasted malts that evolve into some watered down coffe, a touch of hazelnut coffee in a very smooth finish. This beer feels and tastes great. Theres a lot going on in this small, session ale.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown into my Green Flash pint glass. A reasonable attempt at lacing, but nothing awesome.

Super sweet malts on the nose. Almost reminds me of what my kitchen smelled like when we brewed up a brown ale.

Damn. Roasted malt bomb on the palate, with a kick of molasses. This has to be one of the sweetest non-fruit beers I've had. I can't decide whether to drink this, or pour it over some pancakes.

Medium thick residue that lingers.

It's drinkable, I suppose.. I'm halfway through my pint glass and not really looking foward to the rest of this. But I'm one mean MOFO, so down the hatch it goes.

Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.