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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 18
Gots: 61 | 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 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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad for a brown, but a little on the sugary side. Nice dark brown body with a thin head that settles quickly.

Smell is predominantly malt and sweet molasses and brown sugar. Hints of dark Kraft toffee.

Taste is sweet-sour malts and hops, brown sugar and caramel. Nothing spectacular, and a little on the sour side.

Decent carbonation, goes down nicely. Sessionable but a bit on the savory side.

Photo of changeup45
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good Brown Ale. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head that diminished quickly so there wasn't much lacing. Sweet, sugary notes with a bit of malts, caramel and maybe even some honey. Slightly sour aftertaste. Solid but not great.

Photo of Hoopster4hire
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful dark brown, but light is still able to penetrate through. Poured a delightfully thick and foamy head.

Smell: Faint notes of caramel and other roasted sweets.

Taste: Very balanced. Underscores of caramel, chocolate along with a bit of hops to give it a little character. Malt taste is definitely the star of the show though, although it isn't overwhelming in the least. Overall, a little thin on flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy to begin with, got a little more harsh at the end with no more head and just carbonation left.

Drinkability: Moderate. Wouldn't mind having one or two of these on occasion, but that would be it

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

Oh man, at first this smells like Newcastle on steroids for the big, rich brown chocolate malt aroma. The body is light enough to make this a definite session beer and the carbonation is properly balanced to keep the beer somewhat smooth without feeling heavy. The flavor itself seems a bit plain, just a big maple brown sugar malt with a touch of cocoa powder mixed in. All in all, a tasty beer and crowd pleaser for the simplicity.

Photo of malcontent
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tea-colored body with only minimal lacing. Pretty average looking.

Soft nuttiness and toffee combine nicely with a touch of roasted malt. Simple and close to perfect for the style. I just wish the aforementioned characteristics were more pronounced.

Strong toffee sweetness and a ghost-like peach quality lead into a roasted peanut aftertaste. Really a solid flavor profile.

Somewhat listless and a touch thin although I would imagine that it could translate better on cask. Still, it's very easy to drink and makes for an easy session brew.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one on tap at The Original Spike's in San Luis Obispo

Appearance: A dark, hazy brown with medium tan head.

Smell: Loads of milk chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.

Taste: Very chocolatey and very thick for a brown ale. I thought I had been given a porter by mistake. Roasted malts make a much stronger appearance in the taste than the smell.

Mouthfeel: Thick and cool. Not a whole lot of bitterness. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: This is more of a porter (even a chocolate stout) than a brown ale. Still, it's tasty and smooth. Probably won't get it again.

Photo of ibbjamin
2.72/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a six pack from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Forget exactly what I paid for it, but it was reasonable; somewhere in the $7-9 ballpark I believe. Poured into a pint glass.

One inch light tan head that dissipates quickly to about a quarter inch retention. Some carbonation, but not too heavy. Dark burnt reddish brown color. I can just barely see through the glass to the other side. Some trails of lacing present.

Smells of caramel and sweeter malts. The hops are present, but very faint.

Tastes of caramel and sweeter malts. Hops and alcohol are completely masked in the taste. Not very well balanced, but the style is partially to blame for this.

Medium body, lightly carbonated. A little more creamy than others I've had of this style.

There are others I recommend before this one for an English Brown Ale.

Photo of sfsean
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brown ale in the town it was made in. Good brown color that tells the drinker that what you are about to have is deep in taste.
Plenty of carbonation that help the taste go along ways along with the sweet malt taste. Good fresh grain taste left on your palate. Went great with the fresh seafood I had in Eureka. One of my favorite brown's up there with the Sierra Nevada Brown ale.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from paulthebeerguru, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, maple, nuts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of maple, caramel and nuts. The sweetness is a bit subdued, which is a good thing as some browns can overdue it. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is cleaner than most in the style.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it might not be the first brown ale that I'd pick but it's certainly worth drinking for a while.

Photo of sherpa
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite browns besides smuttynose old brown dog...solid taste, goes down smooth, I could drink a whole 6 -pack of this which is rare for me. Best brown I could find while living in California for the past few months. I can't think of anything that stands out when you drink it, you just have to say "damn, this is good" after every few sips.

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Deep brown with ruby red highlights and a thick off white head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind solid lacing.

The grains are smooth and slight burnt, lending some caramel and brown sugar aromas.

Light grains with a little bit of a syrupy sugar flavor. There isn't much hop flavor, but I wouldn't expect that from an English Brown Ale. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is lingering sweet grain.

I found this one rather enjoyable. It's nothing extreme of course, but not every beer has to be (contrary to popular belief). Recommended.

Photo of brdc
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Dark brown, with an average off-white head.
This is a medium-light bodied brew that smells and tastes of nuts and caramel, although both are relatively understated, with little depth.
Nice, easy to go down, an overall decent rendition of a brown ale.

Photo of JordanC
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is a darkish brown with small head that usually dissipates and leaves a thin film.

Smells nutty and malty, a light aroma with not much to it.

Tastes very nutty and goes down nicely. Like the malty flavors that blend with nut taste.

A medium body beer that you can actually feel, not bad. Nice thickness and smoothness.

I like it as a good with-dinner beer. For those who like New Castle and similar browns. Overall good and something I would buy again

Photo of animal69
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a clear deep "iced tea" brown w/ a thin off white head which dissipates immediately leaving a moderate lacing in my nonic ; not a strong smell, sweet dates/licorice and nuts all blend w/ a steely grain nose up front ; a thin flavor, decent hop bite for the style, more of a roasted nut/coffee flavored type bitterness mixed with dark fruits and a def. licorice/anise(?)-type undertone, watery mineralish finish ; a surprisingly dry, light bodied beer, perhaps a bit too light even w/ the fair amount of co2 ; a quaffable beer tho, before you know it your pint's empty & you want another...

Photo of jackorain
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Color is slightly darker than coke. Clarity is up there. Thick tan head stay around quite a while and leaves a nice lace once it does dissapate.

S-Caramel malt, coffee, aocoa powder, yeast and no hops

T-Really malty up front. Brown sugar notes dominate at 1st with molases coming in too. Middle brings a slight coffee and cocoa aspect. Not bad, but the hops just aren't here and a little balance would be welcome,

M-medium body, creamy with mild carbonation.

D-not bad, but I needs me some hops

Photo of baos
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into glass

A: Nice to look at with a two finger head going on there.

S&T: Reminds me a bit of a mild Stone Brewery beer. i think it must be the hops I get that beeswax flavor and aroma that I get from stone beers, but this is much milder and a bit more refreshing. This beer is almost bright tasting without being bitter or overpowering.

M: Let it sit a bit and it gets rather watery.

D: Very refreshing!

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear dark brown an average head for a brown. Nose was roasty a little bit, good malts anh hops. Taste was some coffee and chocolate but very subtle and had a slight roastiness to it. It was a very subtle rown that waa easy to drink. I enjoyed it and I dont like browns.

Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.