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Downtown Brown - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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687 Ratings

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%

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 hickmancase


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

On tap at Tequila Hoppers in Upland.

A: Translucent brown ale with a two finger head.

S: Milk chocolate beer.

T: Brown ale with a nice coffee aftertaste. Delicious

M: Thinlike.

D: Great. So much flavor, but it wouldn't be too overpowering to kick back a few of these.

Like a coffee Newcastle.


Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2011 05:11:21 | More by hickmancase
Photo of kbrady9


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Very dark amber, almost a plain brown. Very small head after it is first poured and it dissipates almost immediately. No lacing to speak of.

S- Sweet, malty, a little mocha comes through. Masks the alcohol content very well, a nice hoppy smell at the end.

T-Nice malt character, although a bit too carbonated. Not as smooth or creamy as I would like to get from a Brown Ale.

M- Overly carbonated, not as smooth as I would have liked.

D-Thought I would enjoy the beer much more than I actually did after I cracked it open. Not something I would order on tap anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 02:31:40 | More by kbrady9
Photo of birddogg66


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Lighter brown color, more of a reddish when held up to the low light of the Hawaiian sunset. The off white head stayed around throughout the beer, but no real lacing to speak of.

S- Hints of smoke, toasted malt, and a bit of burnt sugar emerge at first, then perhaps a bit of vanilla starts to present itself toward the second half of the ale.

T- Very smooth first sip, as most brown ales are, with some more of the toasted malt, and some smokiness that was present in the nose. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M- I found the mouthfeel to be somewhat dry. Where the bitterness is about the only flavor to truly linger on.

D- As with most brown ales, this beer has a good drinkability. At 5% it is a bit of a session brown. This would be a great tailgating beer in the fall during college football season. A bit of toasted malt with the crisp air of fall, and some bar-b-que chicken would be fabulous. A beer that you could enjoy in a parking lot time after time.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 04:13:35 | More by birddogg66
Photo of dbmernin83


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burnt amber, nice frothy head, spotty lacing
Light caramel malt on the nose, a hint of hazelnut.
Big malt sweetness, very light hop flavor and a hazelnut finish that lasts. The sweetness definitely sticks with you after a drink, mostly in the form a hazelnut.
Very thin in body. Being an English brown though, they usually are.
A drinkable brown. Not blown away, but I'd have another.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 20:12:15 | More by dbmernin83
Photo of afksports

New York

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have sessioned the bejeezus out of Downtown Brown, and I have been very pleased. Interestingly, I was dancing to music by a white rapper at the time. Feels excellent.

Downtown Brown is not like Action Jackson. Not flashy, not exceptionally brutal or exceptionally bold. Just ... brown. And not in the dirty downtown way. More like the downtown that gets you ready to party. It looks like a brown, filtered, amber to chestnut, and it's nutty in the smell. Sweet malts and a bit of nut. A tinge of spice comes through, along with a wee bit of hops. Nothing exceptional, nothing brutal.

Same with the taste, which is smooth and sweet at the start, tiny bitter at the finish, and feels watery and clean as it goes down, despite the solid feeling it has in the mouth as you swallow.

Easy to drink and solid without being heavy, my boy Downtown Brown is better than his "B" rating on BeerAdvocate. Even if only for the simple observation that I danced to a white rapper while drinking it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2011 03:12:43 | More by afksports
Photo of nrbw23


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a nice creamy head. Head has ok retention and leaves a bit of spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Smell is a bit nutty, caramel malts a bit of coffee and pretty much no hops that I can pick up.

T- Taste is nutty sweetness with roasted malts and a grains flavor.

M- Lighter side of medium and carbonation seems to be right on.

D- Not bad to drink and worth a try for sure. Not my favorite by any means or style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 09:19:11 | More by nrbw23
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - deep mahogany clear with a tan head, retained decently
S - nuts and molasses with light cherry and woodiness
T - strong nutty malt with woody smokiness and light syrupy fruitiness
M - very little carbonation, rich up front, finishing slightly thin
D - a nutty malt bomb, strong flavour and still pleasing all around

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:50:21 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice mix of gold and brown chestnut. Good enough head retention. No lacing.

Smell: good roasted malts with some solid hop backing. A little bit of a rank alcohol smell that I don't like.

Taste: Nutty roasted hints of chocolate. Good hops a slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice heavy feel. Good finish. Spicey notes on finish.

Drinkability: Yes. I could finish a six pack and fall asleep. A good winter beer with a bite. A fine alternative to a stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 03:26:57 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Gobzilla for sharing this the night of my arrival to Cali. Served from bottle into a Firestone Walker sampler shaker. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and nutmeg. The flavor was of sweet malt, nutmeg, and slight roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall the nutmeg turned me off from this brew. It might be a personal thing, but nutmeg and my palate do not get along very much. Other than the fact that it had a flavor I didn't like in it, it wasn't that bad. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 18:16:22 | More by thagr81us
Photo of brewerburgundy


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, bottled 11/11/10.

Pecan red-brown beer, with a three finger head on the pour in a middling tan. The retention is a good, as is the lacing.

Dry mineral characterizes all of the aromas of diner coffee, nuts, and carob. Things are on the earthy side.

Distinct flavors are really discernible in the flavor, it's a conglomeration of exceedingly dry mineral laden earth with some carob and date.

While alcohol isn't apparent, this is a hugely dry experience that leaves the tongue literally dry. The carbonation is on the high side.

My dad really seems to like this beer and now I can specifically ask him why. It doesn't have the coffee or chocolate flavors I expected. It is a unique Brown Ale in my experience largely due to the dryness which might be repulsive to some.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 01:40:26 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of Gobzilla


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a chocolate brown in color with a half finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was huge on the nuttiness but I also was able to detect some roasty character but hints of coffee and toffee. The flavor was a bit more chocolatey but had coffee roasty accents and a touch of nuttiness. The brew was medium in body with a nice amount of carbonation which had a chocolatey, sweet, roasty, and nutty finish. Downtown brown is better than I remember. I just wanted to revisit the lost coast line up. It drank good and was a soild brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 20:33:01 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of womencantsail


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another pure tick courtesy of Gabriel. Thanks, mang.

A: The pour is a light brown color with a spotty off-white head.

S: There is an intense nuttiness to the aroma. Maybe a little bit of ash but pretty decent roasted malt notes. Quite a bit of toffee and maybe even some coffee.

T: Quite a bit of chocolate, toffee, and roasted malts. There might even be a hint of coffee flavor. Fairly sweet without nearly as much of the nuttiness that's on the nose.

M: Pretty light in terms of the body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Surprisingly good, especially after having the Tangerine Wheat. For a brown ale, this is pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 09:45:48 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Anthony88


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- nice lighter brown ale in color with a caramel head that disappears pretty quickly with little lacing

S- nice smell of roasted malts and chocolate

T- a much lighter brown ale with a nice blend of hops and malt. Has a chocolaty taste as well

M- a bit watery but does sit in the mouth well

D- nice beer to drink. If you were to sit down with a group you could put down a number of these without feeling too full. Definitely one of the lightest brown ales i've had. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 01:43:26 | More by Anthony88
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a gas station somewhere in northern California. Pours a dark brown colour with small off-white head. Not too much lacing on the glass. Smells of very mild milk chocolate. Fairly sweet flavour. This is a lot more mild in flavour than many brown ales, but it is still nice. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 15:56:00 | More by kwjd
Photo of Retsinis


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass.

Picaso style type label design? Not sure, not that up on recongnizing art. The beer pours a reddish brown with a small head that fades quickly to just lacing.

Aromoa wise, there is not much going on, just a bit of sweet malt with a hint of roasted malt.

The Flavors mirror the nose, some lightly roasted sweet malt, light brown sugar, with some crisp bitterness on the finish from the hops. Some caramel and toffee flavors hints in there as well.

Medium bodied, a bit on the sweet side.

While this is not a british mild, the low abv of this brown ale makes it easy to drink, and repeat.

My overall impression is a good Malt to Hops Balance, leading to making it drinkable. While it is not best of the style that I have had, but it beats say newcastle by a wide margin for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 22:19:11 | More by Retsinis
Photo of BDJake


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

Poured a clear dark mahogany with some decent off-white head that retained well. Smelled of dark, bready malts and a slight hoppiness. Nutty as an English brown should be, but with a decent amount of toasted malts and some earthy hoppiness. Light body and moderate carbonation with little aftertaste that finishes somewhat dry, but it is one I could drink all night. Very solid brew from a part of the country more known for it's weed than it's beer, but well worthy of seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 00:25:52 | More by BDJake
Photo of gpogo


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark mahogony brown, if it was lighter you would be able to better see the clarity. Small tan head that dissipates rather quick to a tiny foam cap. No lacing.

A- Dark malt, bready. Light floral hops.

T- Bready malt flavor up front finishes quite dry and clean. Bit more hop bitterness than the aroma had.

M- Body is a bit light for me. Carbonation moderate to light side.

D- It's an enjoyable brown, one that I pickup quite often. There are things I wish were different with it, but I enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 04:53:36 | More by gpogo
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown as brown can be with a light tan head that becomes 1/4" thick with good lacing all the way down. The smell is malty sweet with floral hops and dark fruits. It smells like brown bread with raisins. But the hops become more aggressive in the taste and the floral becomes more spicy a la allspice or clove, but remain in balance with the hops. Despite all the hops they don't dominate the aftertaste and the beer finishes dry and clean. The body is a little on the light side for a brown but that equates to an easy drinking beer that I wish I could get back home.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 16:15:38 | More by Naugros
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems to have more of a sturdy, thicker brown appearance than a lot of brown ales do. Head, retention? Nah. Same with aroma, nah, or meh.

Taste, looks as it tastes, sturdier on average.
The usual stuff, heavily roasted malt, nuttiness, the slightest feel of either chocolate malt, chocolate or coffee. Slight.

Stays true to its Northern California roots, hoppiness is more here than other versions of the style. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 00:01:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of cleolicious


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head. Aroma of sweet malts and light chocolate. Tastes smooth yet crisp, malts and toasted. Balanced with good flavor. Smooth on the palate. Enjoyable to drink. I'm biased to this style as Nut Brown Ale is my favorite above all. This isn't Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale but it's a rather good substitute is you can find Sammy. It's also cheaper and comes ins a 6 pack. This is the kind of beer you can keep in the fridge, have on hand and drink regularly. This is a darn good California version of a great English Beer style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 23:43:05 | More by cleolicious
Photo of beersensei305


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Lost Coast glass, it is a deep dark brown with a sticky lacing around the glass as I drink the beer. The smell is sweet in rich with hints of chocolate and dark malts. The taste is a bit sweeter than I expcted but it is packed with roasted malts with a caramel toffee flavor that lingers. Over all a darn good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 21:26:07 | More by beersensei305
Photo of comfortablynumb1


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Miami Dolphins pint glass...

A - Poures brown with a one finger tan head. Not much head retention or lacing with this one...

S - Toffee, with a sweet caramel or brown sugar scent...

T - Taste pretty much follows the nose. A little sweeter than I remember, but still tasty...

M - Light end of medium bodied. A little watered down for my tastes wtih a mild amount of carbonation...

D - A decent English Brown that I can see my self drinking in the future. Definitely not something that I would consider a must try, or something that is going to be in my constant rotation...


Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 21:47:22 | More by comfortablynumb1
Photo of lstokes


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent brown beer, neither stand-out nor disappointing in any respect. It's very dark brown with a lasting two-finger head and smells like roast malt and chocolate/licorice. Taste is sweet roasted malt, dark coffee, a bit of bitterness at the end but mostly sweet. Not particularly complex, but smooth enough and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 03:53:51 | More by lstokes
Photo of DaveHS


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep cherrywood color with a small, tan head. Minimal lacing.

S-Nutty, sweet malts.

T-A little sweeter than the average English brown ale, with light roasty flavors mid-palate. The finish is marked by delicate, grassy hops.

M-Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-Unremarkable, but a good version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 23:23:12 | More by DaveHS
Photo of nickfl


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a two finger head of off-white foam, resting on top of clear, amber-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - A light, malty aroma with notes of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Some lightly roasted notes in the background with just a hint of grassy hops.

T - Sweet and malty up front with toasted notes and some caramel richness. Darker flavors come out in the middle, molasses, toffee, and dark caramel. Finishes with more brown caramel notes and dark sugar as well as light, herbal hops and mild, balancing bitterness. Lingering caramel with some grainy notes that darken to give off a hint of coffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, this beer has a fairly rich malt profile for the style and its sweetness is well balanced by a surprise dose of herbal hops in the finish. It isn't anything extraordinary, but it is a well made example of the style (though the hops may push it more towards an American brown than and English one) and it is really quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 01:34:00 | More by nickfl
Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.