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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 813
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 charlzm
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled, consumed on 12/02/07. Bottled on date: unknown, as label not marked in provided spaces.

Pours a clear cola brown and like cola, bubbles adhere to the sides of the glass. A large frothy tan head two fingers thick forms but subsides fairly quickly. Aroma has sweet caramel notes with a hint of spice. Smooth (but not creamy) as it enters the mouth with a sharp spike of flavor and fleeting astringency mid-mouth. Toasted bread with faint sweetness on the palate. Suggestion of roasted nuts. Brief light bitterness on finish.

Miles better than Newcastle.

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

Dark Brick brown color poured from a bomber into my pint glass. I've also had this at the brewery in Eureka. Though, this review is for the bottle.

Aroma is nutty with hints of malty chocolate. Earthy and balanced.

Taste is really good. Nutty again, with heavy malts and a rich full body. Not the slightest aquesus/watery, which some other browns i've had seem to possess.

Great drinkability. A perfect session beer.

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

On draft at Goat Hill Tavern, Costa Mesa, CA.

Couldn't detect any aroma. Appearance was good when first poured. Deep brown/black with a short, creamy nitro head. Head dissipated quickly but left traces of lace on the side of the glass.

A nicely balanced american brown. A bit light in flavor for my taste but pleasant. Palate was a bit fizzy and thin.

Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, with short lived, light tan bubbly head that doesn't last. Smell is basically just nutty, and reminds me of a nut brown ale. Taste is a light coffee flavor, and nutty malt taste. Smooth body, but overall I thought it was just a very average brown ale. Easy drinking, not bad in any way, but I wouldn't put this high on my list.

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

Nummy nummy nummy for my tummy tummy tummy. I grew up in Humboldt County and visit there once a year, each time visiting Lost Coast Brewery in Eureka. And each time I try their, tavern-only creations, as well as their standard bottled stuff, but I keep coming back to Downtown Brown as their best beer. Most of their beers are pretty good, but this one is exceptional. I don't know what they did differently, but they should keep doing it.

Photo of seaoflament
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Floydster for this extra.

Pours, well, a dark brown color with a nice inch and a half of foam.

Smells of toasted and nutty malts with a little bit of coffee and toffee. It also has a nice earthy aroma, maybe from the hops, in the background. I also detect some brown sugar and milk chocolate. As it warms up there is the classic buttery notes. I think that this one represents the style very well.

Tastes very similar to the aroma but with a little more chocolate upfront and a more pronounced nuttiness.

Very decent mouthfeel; the amount of carbonation makes this one lively and a bit creamy.

A tasty brown ale.

Photo of GoreStorm
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - poors really dark brown but with almost no head and what is there goes fast. nice color but loses points for lack of any head. cool art on the packaging just not my thing.

S - smells sweet and malty with something like a cookie smell going

T - Sweet and nutty with some coffee. a faint hop balance that i like. pretty decent.

M - a bit thin and bording on syrupy...this could hurt drinkability with multiple beers.

D - i like the taste, i'm not sure how the mouthfeel issues would pan out but i could see myself enjoying these in

Photo of bboven
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium-dark brown body, clear with a thin head and little lacing.

Huge biscuit aroma at first with some caramel sweetness after another sniff or two.

Great balance of chocolate, a tiny bit of roast, and caramel. Some Diacetyl, but it actually helps the smoothness.

Bubbly carbonation foams up in your mouth. Not the greatest feel, but there's a nice slightly sticky finish once the carbonation quits.

Very tasty and full of great aroma. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking, but all in all, definitely a brown I will seek out and recommend.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown color with a tan colored rocky head. The aroma is sweet malt with caramel and brown sugar notes. The taste is malty and smooth. The mouthfeel is full and is excellent for this brew. Overall, this is one of the easiest drinking beers out there – just a smooth example of a brown ale.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: nice deep brown hue to the body but the little white head there is at pour fades immediately

s: nutty with hints of chocolate

t: light coffee and nuts with chocolate overtones; a light alcohol flavor as well

m: actually pretty good; very smooth without being too thick and light carbonation

d: a little on the bland/flavorless side for my taste; i wouldn't go out of my way to drink this one again but it was worth a try

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date not notched on the label, how annoying is that?

Pours brown/ chestnut with 1 pinkie of tan head. Average lacing & above average head retnetion

S: Big time roasty malt & a bit of hazelnut

T: Roasty malt & dryness up front. Slight coffee tinge, a little chocolate along with some nuttyness as this warms. Finishes pretty sweet with caramel, pecan & dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation, skews a bit sweet to me

Drinks easy, but a tad too sweet at the end, plus some more body would be desirable. A solid brown, that really turned my head the first time I had it. Had a few browns since 95 or was it 97?? though. Still dig the label art

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Pours deep mahogany brown with rugy highlights. Small head with minimal retention and lacing. Smell is somewhat bland I thought and was really only able to detect subtle chocolate and a slight bread and nut smell. Taste is much better. Some tastes of malt, roasted grain, and nice chocolate and coffee flavor as it hits the back of your mouth. Moderate carbonation and a light mouthfeel, almost watery at times. Overall not a great beer but easily drinkable. I had a 6 pack over several weeks but could see having a few or more in one session.

Photo of Surefire
4.97/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite brown beer. Lots of flavor: coffee, chocolate, malts... but without the harsh bitterness of similar ales.

A: Brown, no flaws. Minimal fizz.

S: Coffee, mocha, chocolate

T: Smooth, hints of coffee, mocha, chocolate, with a nice tangy aftertaste. Very smooth and well proportioned.

M: Excellent... medium to full body, with moderate creaminess feel.

D: Great drinkability for a full flavored brown beer.

Overall: Outstanding effort in the brown beer niche. A great brown to give to a novice... full of flavor without being harsh.

Photo of sjohansen
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Downtown Brown pours a dark chocolate color. Although it is dark, it is clear enough that you can still see light through it. There is a coating of head that quickly dissipates, with minimal to no lacing.

The nose is mostly nuts and chocolate. As it warms, I can distinguish a sweet smoke in the nose as well.

Sweet on the front seemingly from the malts, slightly bitter from the hops on the back. There is coffee in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is good. The combo of the carbonation and the bitterness from the hops creates an interesting explosion from the smooth front to the rocky back.

I’m not a huge fan of the style. I think most would consider Newcastle as kind of the classic style, and this one certainly would hold its own against that.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... shared with a coworker.. my half from a smaller weizen glass.

Nice looking very lite tan head and good lacing... color is clear brown.

nutty toasted malts dominate the nose.. really pretty clean smell without alot of fruity esters.. not getting much by the way of hops... but it smells good.

Flavor is brown malts and a mild nuttiness that is sorta pushed out of the way by a caramel sweetness... flavor is like a seriously amped up Newcastle. A little thicker body for the style and lower carbonation.

Not great.. not bad... but definately above average across the board.. a good brew that I should pick up more often instead of picking over it.

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

Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe, CA

12oz bottle, from random 6pack

Pours nice in pint glass. Dark brown coffee color. Small, off colored head quickly fades. Tastes are deep and full. Immediate taste of coffee, roasted nuts. Excellent body. Tastes do not linger long. A good English Brown Ale. Great drinkability. Only got one in a sample pack and is the best of the case and a better brown ale. Worth a try!


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

Fairly dark brown, not quite opaque, and chestnut around the edges of the glass. A finger of tan head to start, receding to a thin cap.

Nutty smell, with a thin coffee and some chocolate aroma. Smells inviting enough.

Nutty flavour as well, though the chocolate becomes much more pronounced than it was in the smell. The middle of the tongue especially has a creamy chocolate taste. Slight roasted finish rounds it out. Pretty pleasant.

Not thin in body, and a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is better than average for the style.

Browns don't tend to be too exciting, but this is a stand up beer, and certainy would be good for sessioning. Also works well in cooking, as my wife and I tried it both in a beer bread and a chicken marinade with great results.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark but transparent brown. No real head to speak of (maybe too cold) but a bit of film. Looks smooth.

S: Strong coffee and chocolate scent with a bit of roast malt as well. The tiniest hint of hops rounds out the smell.

T: Very strong roasted flavor, with some of the coffee and chocolate. A bit of bitterness at the finish.

MF: This beer had a hard metallic feel to it that I didn't really like. A bit to harsh for a Brown Ale. Not as smooth or drinkable as it looks.

D: Maybe I had a bad batch, but I just didn't like this much at all. Much too fizzy and not enough going on with the flavor. I'd just as soon have a Newcastle.

Photo of micahgoldfus
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a red-brown with a dark 1-finger head. The smell was malty and of roasted chocolate and roasted nuts. It had a more robust smell than most English Brown Ales. The taste was also a bit more full and well-rounded than the other EBAs I've had. It was almost like the taste of a stout without the heavy mouthfeel and with a bit more subtleness to it. There was the taste of nuts (maybe even hazelnut), a malty body made of burnt coffee and chocolate malts, a oak-like aged flavor, yet a light, bitter bite at the end of each sip that played with with the well carbonated body. In terms of EBAs, this one is the best tasting and most drinkable that I've had in quite a while.

Photo of scottyshades
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up at ABC in a mix n' match for $1.69
A: Pours a rich brown color with hues of deep red, 2 finger off-white head that leaves a spotty lace

S: Chocolate is definitely what sticks out in here, but followed by toffee, malts, hops, and a subtle roasted nuts nose

T: Very bittersweet chocolate, roasted nuts...the sweetness is very well balanced with the bitterness

MF: Bitter feel in the mouth, very smooth and creamy, medium body with decent carbonation

D: Very drinkable beer, goes down super easy

Overall this is a nice EBA, making it a worthy beer...Definitely not the best, but it is a very good beer

Photo of matty
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown colored ale with aroma of sweet caramel.Taste is mostly caramel and nuts.Pleasant aftertaste is of buttery toffee.I would purchase this beer again and recommend it to anyone who would listen to me.Overall a good job which I think could be even better if it was a little less watery!!

Photo of drew37
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went straight through a six pack with these and was impressed. A great brown ale with apparent tones of coffee and caramel. A highly recommended brew and will buy more of these in the future. Does much better than most other brews in its category. Will look to experiment with more Lost Coast Brewery beers in the future. Definitley worth a shot.

Photo of edskirk3
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby 12oz brown bottle. No freshness information. A mug is my vessel of choice.

Pours brown with a thin sticky head. Looks like cola in the glass. But it smells lightly sweet, like maple syrup or brown sugar.

Nice nutty taste, with a hint of sweetness. Negligible hop presence. Rather dry finish. Feels medium on the tongue, and sticky sweet.

This is a nice little brown ale. Simple and unassuming like it's supposed to be.

Photo of peck95
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a) brown with no head
s) faint roasted malts
t) faint caramel and nut
m) very smooth but a little thin
d) very drinkable its light smooth has a decent amount of taste and a low adv making drinking a six pack or more quite possible. this would also be a good beer for people who are not used to some of the taste of high quality beer. i.e. my wife loves the stuff

Photo of rmfyeah
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great brown ale. I've always hesitated buying it because of the bottle (don't know why, I just didn't dig it.), and the few micro brews available at the local grocery are usually not good forcing me to go for reliable staple beers like stout or porter.

That was a mistake as this is a very quaffable beer. The appearance is dark caramel brown that lightens at the edges, no head retention, which I don't mind considering the style.

Sweet toffee and brown sugar flavors followed by a nice bit of hops that you don't get from something like a Newcastle, making the the flavor more interesting than other browns. I like the slightly sticky mouthfeel and good put down a few of these due to it's high drinkability.

I was expecting the worst from this beer so a pleasant surprise might get me a bit too excited...

Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 813 ratings.