Downtown Brown
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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From:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
 
California, United States
Style:
English Brown Ale
Ranked #86
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,779
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 12.57%
Reviews:
423
Ratings:
520
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 10, 2022
Added:
Jan 01, 2001
Wants:
  28
Gots:
  155
SCORE
83
Good
Downtown BrownDowntown Brown
Notes: A smooth, full-bodied nut brown ale, lightly hopped with a hint of roasted chocolate and crystal malts. This ale is dark in color without the heavy taste of porter or stout.
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Rated: 3.07 by alexvhrk from Wisconsin

May 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.92 by Beecham from California

Apr 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by irishevans from California

Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
this is a brown ale like newcastle is a brown ale, meaning its amber at best, more caramel than chocolate malts by a landslide, not a bad thing, and this is way better than what newcastle has become, make no mistake, the comparison stops with the color. nice lively head from the bottle, almost looks bottle conditioned to me, amazing how light this is and they call it brown, cut from the old school cloth here to be sure. a nose of sweet and nutty toasted malt, toffee without being too sugary, and a little bit of earthy roast way in the back, simple and even kind of minimal for the style, drinkable as they come even off dry. i swear i get like peanut in the early flavor journey, roasted like a nut not like darker grain, real interesting, and maybe something bready from the yeast, but this is all quite restrained, in many ways not much more depth than a modern amber, very little from the hops here too. to me this is just sort of an ale, a fermented barley beverage, not without character, but like, this is craft beer as opposed to yellow macro beer, without really having much more identity than that, despite the awesome graphics on the label, its good, but its also just a beer. five years ago i may have found this boring, now i find it refreshing against the backdrop of everything seemingly needing adjuncts and huge alcohol contents and weird processes to stand out. i miss beer like this, comfortable in its own skin. insanely light as brown ale goes, effervescent and mild in body, but the other five in the six pack with get consumed for christmas tomorrow and it will be delightful. perhaps just a little festive...
Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.74 by MattSn from Oregon

Feb 20, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
It's not nutty but the taste is like warm brown buttery bread. It's a little sweet and extremely malty. It feels smooth and barely fizzy on the palet. It finishes with just a hint of burnt bitterness that is overwhelmed by subtle yeasty sweetness. I give this one a 5.5 out of 6 but remember I'm partial to brown ales.
Dec 29, 2020
 
Rated: 3.25 by eldoctorador from Chile

Nov 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by JAWS from New York

Aug 26, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by Marvicsin from California

Jun 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.47 by etfromsd from California

Mar 27, 2020
 
Rated: 3.71 by Azpittil57 from Arizona

Jan 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.73 by craigbelly from Iowa

Dec 12, 2019
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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
Nov 11, 2019
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Reviewed by philbundy

5/5  rDev +36.6%
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.
Oct 18, 2019
 
Rated: 3.84 by heymikew from California

Aug 21, 2019
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Reviewed by ZipDipper from California

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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.
Jul 17, 2019
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
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.
Jul 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.82 by Mustela_Man from California

Mar 18, 2019
 
Rated: 3.56 by garthbrennan from Tennessee

Feb 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.87 by TheBrewsky from California

Feb 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.47 by beerbart from California

Oct 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3 by wtpbod from New York

Oct 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.71 by Rockhead from Virginia

Sep 15, 2018
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Reviewed by RonHK from California

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.
Sep 12, 2018
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Rated by ryell0913 from Canada (ON)

4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Great dark beer. Very deep flavours of coffee and dark chocolate. Great for a evening.
Jun 28, 2018
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Reviewed by the_awesometeer from California

4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
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.
Jun 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.55 by Brewsmcnasty from Montana

Apr 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.49 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Apr 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Hopsohard from California

Mar 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Gdobber from Washington

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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.
Feb 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.3 by JzBeerlover913 from Nevada

Aug 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Beejay from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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.
Aug 03, 2017
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Reviewed by andrewh995 from Arizona

2.89/5  rDev -21%
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.
Aug 01, 2017
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Reviewed by DeanAmbrose from Ohio

2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
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.
Jul 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by Boone757 from Virginia

Jul 07, 2017
 
Rated: 2.73 by JarMills from Canada (BC)

Jul 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.
Jun 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.59 by Waynejagg from Missouri

Jun 28, 2017
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.
Jun 11, 2017
Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 943 ratings