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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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735 Ratings

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 32 | 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 MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from a 22 ounce bottle a very dark brown. Light has difficulty poking its way through. Thick foamy head that quickly vanishes into a thin film. Nose is roasted barley.

Flavor is typial brown ale with a toasted biscuit twist but finishes with a cough medicine-like finish. Lots of toasted malts and biscuits going on. Can just sense some hops around the edges. But I cannot get overthat cold medicine. Medium body that is on its way towards watery.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 23:46:21 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of chrisms86


2.48/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lost Coast really messed up with this one. A bland taste and a smell to match began my disappointment with this brew, which had an appearance which fooled my tastebuds with its attractiveness. Mouthfeel is nothing special. To be fair I haven't had a brown ale I've liked but I have had better ones than this. Pick up some Old Rasputin instead.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 19:48:57 | More by chrisms86
Photo of RenoZymurgist


3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Downtown Brown poured a dark red with a light tan head that left some nice lacing. The aroma is very nutty and toasty with lots of rich malt character. The flavor is good and it begins with a soft, dark carmal malt and toasted malt flavor. There is a touch of hops in the beginning of the flavor but it is very quickly overcome by the malt. The mouthfeel is very smooth and there is a low carbonation level which accents the malt wonderfully. This is a great session beer which has a lot of flavors that go with grilled meats I also think that this is a great beer to cook with.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 20:36:27 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of deuschbag


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

pored a nice clear dark dark red almost brown color with good head retention threw out the time. the first time i smelt it, it smelt like a mellow form of coffee. once i went on my second bottle, i smelt more chocolate. i'm more a chocolate person then coffee, so this time it smelt a lot better. the taste is of roasted malts. a little bit of chocolate as well to make a relatively fine aftertaste. not bad. not too filling either. this is only my second lost coast brew, but so far they haven't been dissapointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 10:59:31 | More by deuschbag
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another lineup's brown. And just another beer. Nice head, deep brown body. Licorice and malt, including chocolate.Not overly sweet. Offset by some roastiness.Nicely hopped. Grainy. Light instant coffee. Medium mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable at Pizza Plant Transit.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2006 05:18:17 | More by Sammy
Photo of DogFood11


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

English browns are an amazingly complex style that is subtle yet profound. I've been passing up this brew on the shelves based on the quirky bottle art alone just because there are tons and tons of beers to choose from but today was the day I'd sample this pup.

Lost coast has for the most part been a solid brewery and this seemed like no exception on the pour. Nice frothy off white head with moderate carbonation. deep brown color as the namesake suggests.

caramel, suggestion of chocolate and a general malt sweetness.

Hey this thing cleans up rather nicely. I was thinking this may be a malted sweet bomb but there is a touch of bitterness towards the end that sweeps this bitch up nicely.

Expect a nice brown thats well worth the money and this will come through.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 05:52:03 | More by DogFood11
Photo of aquatonex

New York

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

Beer of the month...

Pours dark brown with slight tinge of red, light brownish short head. Not much lacing, it's a little thin. Nose is good, not very hefty with sweet caramels, slight nuts, toastiness. Taste is nice, again not very heavy, medium bodied with nuttiness, sweet caramel malts, and slight toasts. Was expecting a little more bitterness for the style, but you know I liked this one's balance a lot.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 01:21:43 | More by aquatonex
Photo of arizcards


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

Another gift from Mr. Doyle's beer of the month sampler.

This beer poured a clear dark amber, with a tan head dissapated quickly. Nose has a hint of a nutty aroma. Taste
has a slightly nutty sweetness and caramel with a smooth finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall drinkability is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 00:31:19 | More by arizcards
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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

Tap@Lost Coast. Not a style i usually like, but this works well. Drier than most browns, like roasted chocolate, with some tangy hops, pretty easy to get into. Also more of an American style, with more hop tang, not quite as sweet as some of the English versions that i have had in the past, i prefer this style myself.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2005 13:25:19 | More by rastaman
Photo of AndoBrew


3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*did not like would not buy*

Appearance: Always clouds in my beer, this is not chill haze, it was not ice cold. On a sidenote, why does appearance make up 20% of the score and drinkability make up 10%?? Don't we drink beer instead of stare at it?? I was not impressed with its color, it was a cloudy brown with a creamy head that would not go away until I started to drink it.

Smell: Had a sour smell with a hint of cocoa malt. Not impressed.

Taste: HEY! For a sour smelling brown ale, this is not bad! It almost has the same dry cocoa flavor of a Grant's Perfect Porter, or a Butte Creek Organic Porter... but, after a gulp or two, it has a small sour/sweet malty twinge up front, then the cocoa finish that comes up on your breath. It is a see-saw of small sour then dry cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Average; not water, not syrup. Kinda feels like I'm drinking beer. Sidenote: if you get a mouthful and shake your head back and forth violently it fluffs up nicely and feels really neat!!

Drinkability/Notes: I will not buy it, and may not take it if someone offers it. I have better beers to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 01:51:40 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of ism

New Jersey

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

1-finger ochre head on a slightly hazy brown body with amber highlights. Good retention and attractive lacing. Roasted malts, caramel-butter sweetness, a bit of citrus in the nose. Gentle carbonation, slight astringentness, medium body feel. The roasted caramel malt is nicely balanced with a refreshing hop citrus bitterness, orange citrus emerging on the way down, with a bit of pineyness and chocolate lingering, leaving an odd thin sensation. Not all that nutty, though rich, but the hopping seems to balance in a negative way. Fairly sessionable but not all that memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 02:40:04 | More by ism
Photo of crawfow


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

a: Clear, deep, dark amber. Tan head with large bubbles that disapated quickly.
s: Wonderful nutty aroma with a slight citrus background from American hops. Caramel and chocolate dominate with a touch of breadiness and/or biscuit apparent.
t: A little disappointing. Overwhelming nutty sweetness and caramel, don't get me wrong. However, there is a graininess (dare I say huskiness) that I pick up. Either the malt bill contained a high percentage of dark grains or this batch was slightly oversparged.
m: Watery and creamy at the same time. this beer can't make up it's mind if it want's to be a mild or a brown porter.
d: Quite drinkable and a should be a definate addition to one's session if you find this beer available.
Overall: The wonderful aroma is not complimented by the flavor. The beer seems a touch watery and there is a unique flavor derived from the grains that really sticks out and lingers in the finish. The American hops also add a slight citrus character in aroma and flavor as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 18:46:46 | More by crawfow
Photo of karengarys


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very dark brown leaving a carmel colord head. Mine was a bit overcarbonated, took a while to settle.

Smells good - chocolatey and malty with a bit of hop balance.

Tastes rich and malty and chocolatey, a touch of spice. There is a little bit of wateriness.

Mouthfeel is creamy rich - very good.

Finish is a little pepperey, but a bit clean. Slight aftertaste (I know, clean+aftertaste doesn't add up, I should make up my mind - but that is what I noticed)

It has a nice body.

This is a really good rich beer, but it somehow has an odd slight watered down thing going on. It is nice and clean, but it does leave a bit of an aftertaste. Overall, I like the beer and would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 01:34:17 | More by karengarys
Photo of Troyone


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

Pours a darkish root beer color with a copper hue, minimal off white head, and some carb action.

Has a roasted caramel malt smell with some pine and citrus hops aroma.

Lightly sweet, moderately acidic/bitter, and roasted almost burnt caramel malt taste with a pine/resin and grapefruit/orange hops flavor.

Medium to full bodied, syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a metallic/astringent finish.

When I visited the Brewpub this was a local favorite (I prefered the 8 Ball Stout), the balance taste seems off to me and the metallic/astringent finish lingers the grapefruit/orange. The twist off top probably affects the taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 03:00:53 | More by Troyone
Photo of troutmask96


2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not the best brown ale in the universe. Pours a very dark brown with zero head. Smell is of alcohol and fruit. Taste is strong, lingering alcohol with suprising bitterness. Drinkability is decent, but why bother? I'll take a pass on this one - there are better brown ales out there...

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 14:41:20 | More by troutmask96
Photo of buckiflyer

North Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle a dark brown clear color. Highly carbonated , thick decent head, some lacing of head as I consumed. Malty smell with a hint of nut. Decent nut brown taste with a smooth finish. Not one of my favorite browns, doesn't leave much of an impression, but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 01:30:49 | More by buckiflyer
Photo of jakester


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

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny.

Pours a hazy deep mahogany with a one finger head of tan foam. Head drops to islands and a ring pretty quickly. Just a drib and drab of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet chocolate, with hints of toffee. Maybe a faint smell of spicy/herbal hops as well. Not much aroma, but what is there is pleasant. As it warms, the smell gets fruitier and better.

Tastes like it smells. Slightly sweet chocolate with a touch of toffee apples for good measure. Flavor is delicate. As it warms, it gets better. A little nuttiness comes out also. Aftertaste is long sweet chocolate, slowly fading.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a soft carbonation across the tongue. Finish is pleasant, with a very slight graininess coming at the end.

This beer should be drunk at 55-60 degrees. Cold there isn't much there, but as it warms, it gets better and better. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 16:11:03 | More by jakester
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

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

Clear chestnut brown with a creamy head of light beige foam. Head retains well with some patchy lace.

Aromas are dark roasted malts with a nutty sweetness, light cocoa, molasses, and spicey and floral hops.

Flavor is chewy dark malts, caramel, chocolate, light coffee, brown sugar, with fruity floral hops in the finish. Very clean aftertaste. Highly sessionable.

Body is on the light side of medium, appropriate for the style, with tiny soft bubbles and a creamy mouthfeel. Pairs very well with the medium rare blue cheese burgers I grilled for dinner.

Props to GClarkage for the trades!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 01:40:07 | More by AlexJ
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Creamy tan head, good retention, deep amber brown and pretty clear with a few floaties. Nutty nose, a little toast, and a grainy twang. Thin, slightly sweet caramel malt flavor with a hint of peanut. Slightly carbonic tasting. Finely hoppy and a clean dry finish. Prickly carbonation. A very average brown.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 17:13:33 | More by yen157
Photo of pgroove

New York

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer in a bottle and was not very impressed, however I dismissed this to aging, perhaps. Then, I went to the brewery and got the sampler, which included the Downtown Brown, and this only confirmed my initial opinion. There was a "watered-down" sense to it that does not usually accompany browns. The hops were faint and the taste was decidedly unexciting.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 02:07:38 | More by pgroove
Photo of IceAce


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

Pours reddish-brown with amazing clarity. Tight, light tan collar of foam.

Nose is earthy...like freshly turned dirt with an English style yeast background.

Entry is smooth with tiny CO² bubbles tickling the sides of the tongue. Midtadte is the nose multiplied by two...with the malt getting center stage. The finish begins with a quick glance at the hops before the long, slow, dry malt fade commences...

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2005 06:35:56 | More by IceAce
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

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

A terrific sample of a Brown ale. Perhaps a little sweeter than most (especially the english ones) but it makes the style more accessible to more people. Pours an opaque brown color that is only light around the edges. The smell is like a nut brown with a hint of sweetness to it. There is a tremendous full-mouth flavor that takes over and is pretty well rounded. There is also a long aftertaste like a double brown. Great for people who are curious about Browns.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 19:56:11 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of battlekow


3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was aided in this review by my faithful girlfriend and mother.

Appearance: Dull, lusterless brown. Big, creamy, attractive head.

Smell: Mild, slightly sweet smell. Not overpowering or exceptionally interesting, but attractive.

Taste: Standard brown taste, maybe a little sweeter initially, less nutty. Flavor is reticent, though. Not outstanding in any way, but not offensive.

Mouthfeel: Thin. Not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: Besides its attractive head and vaguely appealing scent, this beer is pretty boring. It's not hard to drink--very easy to, actually--but completely lacks character. Reliably average.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2005 01:17:41 | More by battlekow
Photo of KoG


4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown liquid with a tan head that leaves a small ring of sticky lacing.

Smell is slightly fruity with some chocolate malt and light hops.

Taste is very rich. Roasted malt with chocolate and an earthy nuttyness that is reminiscient of hazelnut. A very nice finish and very tasty indeed.

Another good brew from Lost Coast, rich and packed with flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2005 02:10:45 | More by KoG
Photo of misterscooter


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much head on the pour but the foam that was there looked good, thick and creamy. This is a dark brown beer and not a lot of light got through but what did came through clear. Every time I took a whiff of this guy I got a different smell. First it was very caramel in odor. After a few tastes, I smelled it again and got grape. Sweet, artificial flavor grape, like a Jolly Rancher or Kool-Aid. The last smell gave me slightly burnt marshmallow. All of them were mellow and sweet.

This beer coats your mouth with a smooth, malty taste. Definitely caramel in the flavor and, thankfully, not overly sweet. It sits well in your mouth if you aren't looking for something hoppy. As I worked it around, I only picked up a trace of the hops along with a bit of carbonation.

I took my time enjoying this beer and it was a good stand alone brew. I'm not sure what I would eat this with but it wasn't bad with the garlic fries. It balanced the garlic well. I could have easily lounged with another one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2005 03:31:57 | More by misterscooter
Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.