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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 20
Gots: 64 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-01-2001

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Ratings: 825 | Reviews: 394
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.

Photo of Portertime
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was not a bad brown ale by Lost Coast. Poured a tannish color with an OK head. Smelled a malt sweetness with a hint of hazelnut. Tastes of breadiness and almonds but not much hopiness. The mouthfeel is kind on the tongue with low carbonation. Good to sip as an after dinner quaff.

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

I've had this one on tap and in bottle; this review from a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles in February 2008.

Pours a clean, reatively clear brown, with a small head. Tap versions usually have a better head, but there's still not much.

Aroma is slightly sweet malts, no real hop presence.

Flavor is a toasted almond nuttiness with a solid brown bread malt base. Hops must be there to keep the sweetness down, but they aren't really noticeable.

One of my favorite brown ales; better on tap, but good either way.

Photo of gmfessen
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep mahogany with thin, creamy looking, tan head. The smell is of chocolate, crystal and toasted malts; present but not overwhelming. The taste has an initial bitterness that isn't too much but it caught me off guard, the flavor then transitions to a mild maltiness of previous said malts and a touch of black patent. A decently balanced beer but I was expecting something slightly less balanced, towards the maltier side from an English brown. The mouthfeel is light in body with a slightly viscous carbonation and a dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good, not a bad beer - just not a very convincing English brown.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pilsner glass

A - Clean dark brown color. Almost no head and very limited lacing on the glass.

S - Light sweet aroma and a little earthy.

T - Toasted flavor and a little bit of a roasted nutty flavor as well. Not as sweet as I expected from the aroma. Hops do not have a strong presence at all but do provide a little balance.

M/D - Somewhat thin but well carbonated beer. Very easy drinking brown ale.

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

Pours a nice dark brown but not much of a head. Nothing outstanding in the aroma department. Nutty and very roasted malt taste. Light mouthfeel, good session beer. A little tart. Ok, nothing to write home about -- good traditional American Brown, recommended.

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

Poured into a snifter. Rich mahogany color with a slightly tan head that retains rather well, which leads to decent lacing. Very nutty aroma, with some sweet complex malts, but nothing over the top. Very nice hazelnut flavor, sweet malts on top with a nicely nutty balance. No hop characteristics. Very smooth and creamy, not heavy at all for a brown ale. Very nice brown ale, very drinkable.

Photo of skomahon
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer at Rosie's Cowboy Cookhouse in Point Reyes Station, CA, while in the Bay Area on a business/vacation trip. I'd never heard of this brewery (and never been to Eureka), and being a fan of Brown ale was excited about this one.

This brown ale did not disappoint! Definitely up there with the best brown ales I've had (brooklyn and others) in terms of drinkability combined with a smooth, interesting taste. Good, balanced amount of strong, rich flavor with smooth aftertaste, and nice use of hops to spice up things without detracting from drinkability. Highly recommended for a relaxing meal or evening with friends--and definitely something I would love to keep on hand if I could find it back east.

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.

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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.