Downtown Brown
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Style:
English Brown Ale
Ranked #139
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,523
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 12.53%
Reviews:
420
Ratings:
931
From:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
83
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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't have a lot experience of English Brown Ales so I can't make a good comparison with other Brown Ales, but I enjoyed this beer.

Look: dark brown with a two inch thick off-white head

Aroma: Toasted bread, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit

Taste: Toasted bread, caramel, chocolate maybe some dark fruit.

Body/Overall: medium body

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Photo of philbundy
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I know nothing about all this nutty floral chocolaty stuff you all be talking about I just buy a lot of beer and almost every time I do I try a beer I have never drunk before and this Downtown Brown is the best damn beer I have tasted in years maybe ever. And it will be the only beer I buy besides Babst Blue Ribbon until (if) I get tired of it, at that point, I will continue as before.

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Photo of ZipDipper
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The color is reminiscent of soda pop with a reddish hue. The smell has a sweetness which is also present in the flavor, but the finish is a bit bitter.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is nice and cola brown with an ok fizzy head. The beer has a great toasted and chocolate character to it. Just sweet enough but not overpowering. Very drinkable/sessionable.

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Photo of RonHK
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Available at local Trader Joe's at great price. Easy drinking, smooth, nice but not great brown ale. Nice brown color, foamy head, slightly sweet smell and sweet mouth feel. For the price a good summer time brown ale.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear brown color with a white foamy head. Smells of chocolate and caramel the beer smells very sweet. The taste is similar to the aroma but with a more nuts. It starts of sweet but it fades as it finishes. The beer is very smooth.

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Photo of Gdobber
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into an Iron Goat goblet.
Look: a nice rich dark brown with ruby edges. Thin half a finger light tan head. didn't last long.
Smell: a bit metallic. hint of blueberry? not much more
Taste: some dark fruits. hint of that metallic, caramel? some toffee.
Feel: average, medium carbonation.
Overall: okay brown. I'll stick with Newcastle when I want a brown.

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Photo of Beejay
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A fairly dark brown color with a light tan head.

S: Malt forward with bread and toffee notes, as well as a slight roasted character.

T: Toffee, raisin, and and cream come out right away, the finish is caramel, toffee, and bread.

M: Medium in feel with fairly active carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty tasty beer. fairly accurate to style, but perhaps a touch sweeter than I would like.

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Photo of andrewh995
2.89/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent brown with minimal head. Smells of slightly roasted malts, coffee, and caramel. Tastes of slightly roasted malts and caramel. Medium in body and medium-light in carbonation. Overall it's a below average brown ale.

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Photo of DeanAmbrose
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bartlett Hall in San Francisco. Light brown in color with a nice head of foam. Faint aroma. Tastes like caramel and coffee notes. Slight toffee flavor as well. Mouth feel was creamy. Over all a good beer. I would drink this again given the chance.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to becher pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-dark brown color with a finger's worth of white foamy to fizzy head that dissipated fairly quick. Mild lace, but sliding.
The aroma had some sweet nuts, caramel/toffee malt base, and a decent earthiness in the background.
The flavor was mainly sweet through the prior blend and carried into the aftertaste just as I expected - fairly smooth.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine.
Overall, I'm a brown ale fan, just in case anyone noticed and this one, well, it's decent, probably won't seek out again, but if offered, I won't turn one down.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack $8.29 Tamuras
Dark brown color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Thin tasting, some caramel malts, none of the chocolate that the label says is there
Overall the description on the bottle doesn't match the taste. Its ok, but wouldn't buy again.

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

From tap at the cafe. Nice color and presentation. Taste was adequate and very drinkable. I enjoyed this one,but i wouldn't say it's memorable. Finishes with a stoney finish.

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

Poured into pub glass. Nice little head fizz, settled to nothing. Deep brown, watery cola color.

Nutty nose with light roast

Taste: Nuts and hops interlaced. More chocolatey as it warms up, almost like a dunkel lager.

Mouth is smooth and drinkable.

A good, slightly above-average American brown. A modest but worthwhile venture.

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Photo of shiu-chan
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber brown on the pour with tall creamy head. Toasty malt and prune on nose. Light toasted nuts, caramel and sour cherries on the palate with hint of bitter chocolate. Easy going.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear, dark reddish brown with a big, creamy tan head. Satisifying lacing.

S: Not much going on here. There's some roast character. Light roast coffee. Burnt toast. Prunes. Earth.

T: This is an odd brown ale. Not unpleasant, just strange. There is a bit of caramel and toast, but it's mostly dark fruit flavors that are tangy, almost sour. Sour cherries. Figs. Prunes. Black tea. Very much like unsweetened black tea, in fact.

F: Medium-light body, smooth carbonation. Quite drinkable.

O: Decent for what it is. If it was really cold you could almost mistake it for iced tea.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in brown and with heft, moreso than a lot of its usual English counterparts. Lighter off white head, 3/5". Aroma gave some brown malt, thats about it.

Taste, still hits those heavier than average malt and thickness notes, nutty, mild chocolate malt feels. A little bit of Cascade hopping is evident.

One of the better brown ale choices out there, convenient format, good distribution, usually reliable and doesn't need to be uber fresh.

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Photo of gandres
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tap to glass @ Lost Coast tap [email protected] Eureka,CA
Look: Dark brown clear, medium offf white head, goes away slowly
Aroma: toasted grains
Taste: lightly bitter
Feel: medium body, oily feel, flat
Overall: fair beer, free ok, not to repeat, but not to look for
Drank: April 11, 2016

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Photo of ordybill
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance was a very dark brown color with a medium sized white head. The aroma was malt, nut and smoke. The taste was nutty with some hops thrown in. A really good brown ale.
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Photo of vikinggary28
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bottle into glass mug. Colour is very dark brown, almost black with a very thin beige head and no lacing. Smell is very malty. Taste is similar to the aroma but with a definite nut undercurrent, maybe a little toffee. Overall an above average brown ale.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
While the appearance was a light hazy brown color with barely a head that even when it was there, just fizzled no matter how many times I poured the beer. Any lacing, yeah right, none noticeable in any of the five pours. Hmmm..."ruh roh, Reorge!" Alright, well, here's the rest.
The smell centers around some burnt to a crisp nuts, glad those aren't my nuts, woo-ee, I'd never have kids, damn louisa, damn. Okay, well, then there's some cake, yeah, I get cake, weird, okay, well, everyone likes cake, right? Just seems weird to me, I find a "cake" aroma in an English Brown ale. Where's the toffee, caramel or even any coffee notes? Yeah, not getting it. Still proceeding on this one.
The taste is mainly sweet moderating between the cake and the burnt to a crisp nuts, damn those nuts again, oh sigh. Those poor nuts.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied, so with nothing really off in this one, one could really slam the crap out of this. Carbonation runs really light too.
Overall, I've had a couple homebrews from some of my friends over the years. I've only ever had one brown ale as a homebrew and somehow, I think this seems reminiscent of a homebrew gone bad. Cue "Girls Gone Wild," I'd probably have this again watching that, maybe????????

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Photo of Brew_42
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-not the prettiest beer. Dark brown without much of a head
S-toasted malts and a little bit of chocolate
T-Slight malty sweetness and a little chocolate
Mf- thinner than I would have expected
Overall- a little light on flavor but decent brown ale

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Aroma gives no clue as to the taste that follows. Starts out with a luscious clear brown pour and thick, silky head. Soft toasted malt aroma leads into big full on brown ale taste. Rich and robust, slick and sublime, lots of dark malts with hints of molasses sweetness round out to a nice nutty taste. One of the better brown ales out there.

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Photo of Moose90
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a really deep and dark brown, almost black, but not quite, still, pours very dark for the style. There is a puffy tan colored head that forms, but dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty sticky lacing about.

S — Smells of sweet medium roasted malts, lots of caramel and, not much else.

T — Pretty muted, though there are notes of rich and sweet malts, on par for the style, if not a bit dark.

M — Nice enough, a bit heavy overall, but it's easy drinking.

O — OK overall, pretty monotone and a bit heavy.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with decent head that left a little lacing. Smells of malt with some nutty sweetness from what I'm assuming is toffee. Roasted malts come through right away with some sweetness on the back end of the tongue from toffee. Medium-light body with light carbonation. No alcohol taste or bitterness. It was a little light for an english brown ale.
Overall, a fine brown ale. It's easy to drink and hits the taste and look well.

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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 931 ratings