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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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748 Ratings

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 37 | 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 Ozone34


4.53/5  rDev +23.8%

This, after all the beers I've drank this past year(starting into the 100's), this is still my Top 3. This was also the first beer that I drank legally. It was on tap at the Cock and Bull and I have been continuing to drink it ever since. The brewers, Lost Coast, continue to put out consistent beers and I've never received a bad beer from them.

Appearance: typical brown ale, slight red/amber haze.

Smell:sweet with slight hints of chocolate and citrus.

Taste: nice mild carbonation, nutty and with a citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: rather light for a nut brown; not a heavy aftertaste

Very good brew, all around good brown.

06-22-2006 20:05:55 | More by Ozone34
Photo of Phatz


4.15/5  rDev +13.4%

Thanks to YBSober for this beer.
I was told this beer resemble an ice-cream sundae. That is the truth the smell and taste of caramel chocolate fudge and nuts, well... nuf said :)

Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a frothy head and heavy sheets of lacing. As it sits in the glass I can't help but to think this is a true beauty of a beer with that thick frothy cap lasting the duration of the beer.

Smell: Very Caramel with hints of fudge as well. Creamy and syrupy, the toasted malt aroma is thick and sweet suggesting my favorite sundae toppings. mmm

Taste: Sweet, and oh so smooth. nice think toasted malt with a dominate caramel and chocolate taste and strong suggestions of nuts, the finish then balances the onslaught of sweet, with a nice gentle but very notable hop presence. MMM! So tasty. It is like drinking a beer Sunday.

Mouthfeel: Nice and chewy thick in the mouth like all my favorite toping put in a blender and so creamy smooth WOW! Overall probably a medium body beer despite the thick feel, and it has a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: It you like sweet Brown Ales like I do; then you definitely need to try this one. It was something else. It is a bit sweet to consider sessionable, but it is so easy to drink that I couldn't finish writing these words before the beer was gone already. =)

Hope this is helpful.

06-22-2006 06:36:14 | More by Phatz
Photo of bgraney


3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured a deep brown with a full impressive cocoa crown. Very nice to look at.
Caramel/malty aroma with a hint of alcohol. Would like to know the abv is as I was surprised by the alcohol presence.
Excellent malty/nutty flavor.
Smooth, relaxed feel, lingered nicely.
While drinking I was contemplating future food pairings rather than having another.
One was very good, but enough.

06-15-2006 14:42:20 | More by bgraney
Photo of MiScusi


2.8/5  rDev -23.5%

On tap at the Yardhouse in Pasadena, CA.

The problem with this beer in my opinion was that it lacked the body I was expecting and felt a little watered down. The malt was there, but it just wasn't robust enough. An unexpected letdown, and I wouldn't get it again.

06-13-2006 02:27:06 | More by MiScusi
Photo of HochFliegen


3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Had this on tap at my favorite seafood place in Florence, OR.
Anyway the pour was well brown with some red hues and a thick tanish head.
The smell seemed subdued to me. It was mainly of malt and some carmel with a nutty scent in there as well.
The taste had a biscuit like sweet carmel flavor. Very smooth and light bodied. Would have prefered a little more body to it but it was quite good.

06-12-2006 04:31:50 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of IntriqKen


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours an amber brown with a half finger head that melts to thin sticky lacing.
Aroma is very faintly sweet toasted malt.
Taste is tingly with faint hops and then heavily sweet toasted, roasted malt to balance. Faint coffee drying and bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is full with tiny carbonation.
Nice, sweet (but not cloying) brown.

05-29-2006 01:22:17 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of pjwilson


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

appearance: pretty nice looking brown color with small head.

smell: nice mix of sweet malt and chocolate and a hint of black patent. no hops.

taste: very nice sweet classic brown flavor. has just enough flavor without getting too roasty and can thus appeal to the masses.(as it does out here) i happen to like it alot too. such a good beer.

drinkablilty: i've had this beer one hundred times over the years. Around here it is very, very common and i've never seen anyone turn one down. A very good anytime, anywhere beer.

05-12-2006 03:56:45 | More by pjwilson
Photo of tonistruth


4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

on tap @ pizza port carlsbad

A- off white head that stood about an 1" tall, dark brown in color but has hints of ruby where the light can actually get through.

S- roasted malts and grain

T- intense roasted malt flavors that start faint, build up, and hit you hard. Love it. Faint hints of chocolate in there as well. Kind of a rich flavor.

M- on the border line of creamy. so smooth for such a body.

D- hard to say no to this one. awesome desert beer, went very well with lunch also. one of the most memorable brown ales i've come in contact with

05-06-2006 17:48:38 | More by tonistruth
Photo of lackenhauser


3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

Average brown ale appearance. Somewhat murky brown/orange color. Low aroma-some sweet malt and slightly nutty notes. Decent malty flavor. Nice, toasted, nutty taste. Theres a somewhat anti-septic, or "off" flavor in the finish. Good body-holds up better then many other browns out there. An enjoyable beer. I have to knock it down a bit for the off flavor. While not entirely unpleasant, it detracts a bit. I wish I could nail down what it is. Will try this one again-might be an off bottle.

04-14-2006 01:16:34 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of BeerRun13


3.88/5  rDev +6%

Second beer I've tried from Lost Coast.
This brew pours a dark brownish amber with a nice creamy tan head, and left a little lacing.
Nutty and toffee like aromas waft up. There are some chocolate and caramel notes and some piney hop aromas too.
Tasty for sure. Toffee and nutty flavors. A little bit of citrussy hops and bitterness shows through as the beer warms. Chocolate and caramel shows at the end.
This one is medium bodied and full flavored. Very smooth and well carbonated.
Very drinkable... in fact when I get home tonight I've got a bomber to crack open.
Faintly reminded me of an American Brown I recently tried called Bootlegger. Darker in body than other browns I've had, and with more of a chocolatey flavor to it. Try one of these for sure.

03-31-2006 00:52:46 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of Rezzin


2.45/5  rDev -33.1%

Date on bottle is Nov 05. 22oz.

A - Dark brown, slightly hazy. Creamy beige head - not much lacing.

S - Roasted nuts and sweet malt. Some fruitiness peeking through. Not much of a nose overall

T - Bland. The sweet malt and chocolate flavors are watered down. There is a little hop bitterness on the back but barely so. Almost medicinal in flavor. I wonder if I have a bad bottle. The 'bad' flavors aren't very pronounced but they are there.

M - Moderatly carbonated with a thin mouthfeel.

D - I didn't care for this one.

03-14-2006 02:05:30 | More by Rezzin
Photo of Naes

New York

2.9/5  rDev -20.8%

This brew is brown in color with amber hues. The head is a tall light tan layer of froth that seems to fade fast, but does leave a small layer throughout the drink.
The aroma is malty sweet with a buttery and brown sugar presence.
The flavor is dominated with sweet malts. There are caramel and brown sugar tones with just the slightest bit of hops near the finish.
Mouth feel is a bit thick and syrupy for my likings and the carbonation level is low.

03-11-2006 02:13:49 | More by Naes
Photo of beersabound


3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

I made a mistake and bought a bottle that was packaged in 10/05. D'oh! However, even though it was bottled at least five months ago, it is enjoyable. It is slightly oxidzed. But the aroma sitll has some sweetness and chocolate. The appearance is slightly hazy, brown/amber, with a tight tan head. It was overcarbonated which gave a bite in the finish that was not necessary. The flavor has a good balance of hop flavor, slight chocolate tied together with a caramelly sweetness. The finish is bittersweet and has too much CO2 bite. The aftertaste, though, is like a slightly sweetened chocolate; dry, sweet, bitter & delicious. I'd like to get a fresh bottle next time!

03-09-2006 06:15:09 | More by beersabound
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -23.5%

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.

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


2.48/5  rDev -32.2%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

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

United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

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


3.1/5  rDev -15.3%

*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.

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

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

10-20-2005 18:46:46 | More by crawfow
Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 748 ratings.