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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 761
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 18
Gots: 40 | 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 drseamus
4.1/5  rDev +12%

This beer pours reddish brown with a light brown head and has a great look for for a brown ale. It has a very sweet malty aroma that makes me want to drink it immediately. The beer has very light hops and a sweet taste with and is surprisingly full bodied. I think I subconsciously expected this beer to be a bit thinner for some reason was I was very pleased. There is a slight fruity aftertaste. I like this beer and I would definitely drink it again.

drseamus, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

A - It poured out a rather dark brown. It had a foamy, one-finger head that left some lacing.

S - Nutty aromas and it smelled pretty malty.

T - Very sweet malty taste. The nut flavor seemed like hazelnut...quite good.

M - It was soft and smooth on the tongue. It is light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good Brown ale. The combo of nut and malt flavors is very tasty.

zeff80, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a dark brown color with a thin light tan colored ring of lace around the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet toasted malt with a bit of nuttiness as well. The taste starts our nutty with some toasted maltiness with a dry finish with only a faint hop presence to help balance it out. Overall, I find this to be a slightly better than average brown that is pretty drinkable.

cjgator3, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of MVassar
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

Dark brown with a hint of ruby port. Nice off-white head that quickly leaves short-lived lacing.

Not as assertive as I would have hoped, but there are some lovely hints of sweet malt, dried fruit. Maybe a little dark chocolate.

Again, it seems shy. Some coffee and roasted malt are present, but there's not much depth. Short finish.

Nice level of carbonation, but the body feels a bit thin and watery.

By no means unpleasant to drink, it nevertheless doesn't excite much.

MVassar, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of rkuhnel
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

Again on tap from the Lost Coast Brewery and cafe, but I drink this a lot from the bottle as well. Tastes the same either way. If label art got points this would get a 5.0.

It pours a dark brown with a medium tan head that left little lacing, but as usual it a difficult to get the bartender to leave much head. I poured a bottle and got more head, and still not much lacing.

The appearance of this would get a higher rating if it had a better head. What can you say about dark brown? Not much.

Nose is coffee and carmel, with some nice hops showing through. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, and a joy going down. Excellent in this regard.

Flavor is as the nose, with the carmel and hops both apparent and in good balance.

Overall a very nice brown. One of my favorites at Lost Coast.

rkuhnel, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%

Pours with an initially three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, dark brown colored brew that shows deep red highlights when held up to the lamp. A bright mix of berry fruit notes and roasted malt greets my nose. This is really intensely fruity, at least compared to my expectations; sweet notes of blueberries and cherries are most notable. An appropriate, lightly nutty, roasted grain character is also here in the aroma. It is joined by some toasted grain notes and toasted biscuit notes. I can't get over how sweet and fruity this beer smells though, it almost seems artificial, though at this point is more intriguing than distracting.

Up front this beer tastes like a normal brown ale; dry, lightly roasted grain, mixes with some nutty toasted malt notes, and a bit of caramelized malt. After that though that almost fake berry fruit note starts to grip the flavor profile. Really quite interesting, if I had this beer blind I would swear to you that they added fruit extracts to this beer. The fruitiness has that same one dimensional, too intense fruit character to it that fruit extracts generally have. This is quite light on the palate, and if not for the uncharacteristic fruitiness would be quite quaffable. As it is though, it is a little too much, the fake berry fruit notes just is too much to make this really enjoyable. It is not bad, just unexpected.

Gueuzedude, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a medium-dark brown beer with a large head.

Its smell is quite chocolately. Nothing else comes through.

This is a tasty beer with chocolate overtones from beginning to aftertaste end.

It's a bit foamy, but goes down smooth. Chocolate and creamy is a nice combo. The only problem is that it might be too rich or sweet to drink too many.

terrabyte, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

Appearance: Dark brown head. Little lacing.

Smell: Sweet malty smell, hints of caramel and chocolate.

Taste: Sweet roasted malts, a touch of chocolate too. Hops just seem to help balance and make no real appearance to the taste. Its a good brown ale taste, nothing off and nothing over done.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp taste, Medium body.

Drinkability: Not a sessionable beer for me, its a bit more rich in mind for that but for those who really enjoy the style could make a night out of these.

tattooedtolley, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of PhiloPsych
3/5  rDev -18%

I was a bit disappointed in this beer. It poured a nice but not really long-lasting dark tan head. The color was nice--somewhere between rust and chocolate, comparable to A&W Root Beer (which I like). The taste was fine up front, but finished badly. The aftertaste was a dirty, chemical taste that I really did not like. The smell was also chemical, though more sour than dirty or bitter. Only so-so for me.

PhiloPsych, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of mynie
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a cherrywood brown with a small head.

Smells of very simplistic chocolate malt with a surprising hop presence, for the style. Still, not very complex.

Tastes of sweet malt to start, ending on a light bitterness with a lingering creamy aftertaste. No complexity, no intensity.

A decent example of a below-average style. Pardon the shortness of this review: there's just nothing much to say about this beer.

mynie, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of MLegendre
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%

A: Dark dark brown with a nice fluffy tan head which disapates very slowly, a little bit of lacing.

S: Very strong small of roasted malt... almost smells like a stout.

T: Roasted malt is upfront just like in the smell. It is very stout like and even has some hints of coffee in the finish. It's definatly a brown, but it is quite a bit stronger than others I have had. Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied, and very smooth.

D: Lost Coast never disappoints. All of there beers are very flavorful and original. This is an amazing brown, though people looking for something milder than a Porter or Stout may not find what they are looking for.

MLegendre, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

One of the more memorable labels.

A: Pours a hazelnut brown with a reddish tint. Head is small mass of tight light beige bubbles slowly dissapating.

S: Fruity, plums, light caramel and sort of a sedimentary dryness.

T: Begins with some subtle milk caramel notes then mores towards sweeter dark fruits. Towards the finish a fairly bitter (for a brown) mark is left and continues with a more dirty edge. Aftertaste is some mellow roasted grains and a bit of brown sugar.

M: With thin and watery for me. Could use some more body.

D: Not as bold as I would like for a brown. Chalk this one up as "ok"

Westsidethreat, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of babydoc
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

Imagine finding a Lost Coast Brew right here in southwest Kansas. Not a bad brew, either!! Poured from its 12oz stubby into a pint glass, mahogany brown, clear, with a 1 finger head. Nose is sweet, malty, and fruity, with a touch of nut.

Tastes malty, just a smigeon of haps to offset the sweetness that includes some caramel tones. Moderate mouth, lightly carbonated.

Very drinkable. Surprised I found it here!

babydoc, Jun 27, 2006
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.

Ozone34, Jun 22, 2006
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.

Phatz, Jun 22, 2006
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.

bgraney, Jun 15, 2006
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.

MiScusi, Jun 13, 2006
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.

HochFliegen, Jun 12, 2006
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.

IntriqKen, May 29, 2006
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.

pjwilson, May 12, 2006
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

tonistruth, May 06, 2006
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.

lackenhauser, Apr 14, 2006
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.

BeerRun13, Mar 31, 2006
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.

Rezzin, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of Naes
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.

Naes, Mar 11, 2006
Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.