Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 18
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-01-2001)
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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +35.8%
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
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -4.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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 +8.7%
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
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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 +9.3%
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
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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...

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

Medium brown color with a small tan head. Not as watery as I usually see with browns.
The nose was caramel malt and nut, maybe some coffee?
The taste was very well-balanced (something else I rarely see in a brown). It had sweet caramel and roasted malts, mild sweet fruits, and maybe some very mild hopiness.
It was rather sweet, but not overpowering. It was semisweet to start and finished very reasonably with a nice long aftertaste which wasn't saccharine or syrupy.
I was impressed; this is a rare find for me. I'm always on the lookout for a good representation of the harder styles to brew very well, like a brown or a pilsner. Hats off to Lost Coast.

Photo of GreenCard
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: mahogany brown, good clarity, thinnish layer of tan fine-beaded foam that collapses to a thin cap

Aroma: nutty maltiness with hints of caramel, chalk, black tea, and cola

Flavor: smooth sweetness with a thin edge of roast; strangely, an overlying essence of watermelon jolly rancher detected in that sense between taste and smell; finishes semisweet with a lightly roasted malt aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, crisp carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: I'm so glad this American rendition of an English Brown Ale is balanced and actually fitting the style, as opposed to the usual American way of bastardizing a style and adding more hops than called for. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just nice to see that there are breweries doing it this way, too.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, given to me from my dad to try,

A: Brown, with a small, white head, pretty average looking.

S: Some nutty malts, very sweet, a hint of spices as well.

T: Nutty, very almondy, sweet malts dominate, a hint of hops and hazelnuts as well.

M: Kind of thin and weak, quite smooth, though, however, not as robust and powerful as I would have liked, even in a session beer.

D: An OK beer, easily sessionable, just nothing special about it that reaches out and grabs you.

Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.6/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep brown in color.

Smell: Sweet malt.

Taste: Sweet malt, some nuttiness but not much, mild hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with some crispness.

Drinkability: Not too thrilled with this beer. A little too sweet; bitterness not well balanced. Not a great example of an English Brown Ale. This is no Hobgoblin.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lost Coast's most common beer I see at store is this, and now I'm going to try it out:

Dark brown appearance with a nice little head, this is a simple brown ale. Your toffee and sweet flavors exist here along with hop leaf and brown sugar, but nothing to get really excited about. I really don't have a whole lot to say about this one except I expected a little better.

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

Very fizzy sounding-rather loud.
Nice deep chocolate aroma that softens to a dark malt while taking on a bit of sweetness not initially found. Very light grassy, earth hop note. This is alright.
Besides being loud the head leaves rapidly, showing only a ring and a smear of tan/brown bubbles. Clear. Nice brown color that turns garnet in the light.
Dark malt flavors pushing roast. Chocolate appears again. A slight sweetness appears periodically. Leaves a very long malt dryness that doesn't forget the mild hop bitterness, but the dryness seems to decrease with time. Hops add flavor in manner similar to aroma, just bolder.
Carbonation seems excessive for style (or at least how I like my brown ales). This also takes away from what would probably be a pretty smooth beer. Moderate feel overall. Some drinks it takes on a tad of wateriness.
There are some really strong characteristics to this beer, unfortunately there are some weaknesses too. The drink kept me guessing throughout the glass. Overall I like it, just not as much as I would have liked too.
Thanks John

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

not much head, but i did pour it kinda slow. dissipates fairly lacing. smells first of faint alcohol then more malty, even a little bit of chocolate. smells nice..the alcohol isn't too strong in the smell at all, not even noticeable until you stick your nose into the glass. color is dark brown/amber..not black like the picture. taste is good, medium to light body, similar taste as smell...hint of alcohol, feels kinda carbonated in my mouth, lightly roasted malts dominate the flavor..not really tasting the chocolate i smelled..just a tiny bit in the aftertaste. good stuff.

Photo of Lothore
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, fairly thick creamy head which takes a while to dissapate but leaves almost no lacing. Darker in color than I expected, very dark brown. The smell was good, sweet fruits, coffee, very slight burnt smell. Starts off thin and a bit wattery tasting, and ends decent strong leaving a lingering taste in my mouth. Taste is of coffee, burnt hops, slight sweetness however it didnt seem particularly well balanced. Mouthfeel was a little wattery, creamy, went down smooth. A fairly drinkable beer. Definitely not my favorite brown, but it would be easy to knock a few back.

Photo of Maerzen
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with Downtown Brown and it was a good one. Stopped in at Lost Coast Brewery in Eureka, CA so it really can't get any fresher. Note: I have also had this beer out of the bottle and on draft at the brewery is superior (no surprise there.) Goldilocks would like this beer, not too dark, not too light but just right. It does have a hint of sweetness to it; almost a root beer quality.

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

This was a different beer, and not particularly a favorite of mine. Appearance was flat with a dark, nutty brown color and no visible head or lacing. Smell offers a bit more promise with a roasted nut malt smell and no recognizable hops. Taste was not that great but not bad either with the same nutty flavor as smell, but honestly tastes a bit stale.

Photo of Talisker
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first encounter with a classic of American craft beers, and not a particularly positive one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Not sure of the age. Typical dark brown, one finger dark tan head. Aroma is pure licorice and alcohol, nothing else. No sweet malt, no hops. Perhaps would be appealing to someone who likes licorice (I don't), but it's unbalanced regardless.

Taste is still licorice-dominated, but some dry English-style malt creeps in. Bitter in an acidic way. Finishes clean - crisp texture - but it's hard to eliminate that lingering licorice.

I quite enjoy the sweet American-style browns, and occasionally even the dryer English standbys. But this sample of Downtown Brown doesn't measure up to the best of either.

Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.