Downtown Brown
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Style:
English Brown Ale
Ranked #138
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,720
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 12.53%
Reviews:
420
Ratings:
931
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
83
Good
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Reviews by tgoldian:
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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Photo of TBCE
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Moderately dark brown ale. Pours very little to no head. Smell is of smoke and malt. Taste is sweet and malty up front, a little smokiness, maybe a little fruit. Mouth feel is thin and moderate carbonation. Overall an above average brown ale. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at T. Phillips Alehouse (formerly Heroe’s Bar & Grill) in La Verne, CA. Had a dark brown color with ruby-tinged highlights. A modest, creamy tan head perched atop the brew and left nice sheet lacing all the way to the bottom.
Smell was an intriguing blend of caramel, roasted malt, and nuts with a hint of alcohol and a surprising smokey aroma. The taste was solidly based on roasted malt and had a mild nuttiness intermingled with that smokey flavor. The malt backbone was well supported by a decent bittering of hops in the finish. The feel was full and smooth.
Overall, this was a pleasing brew. I liked the unexpected addition of smokiness to the flavors of malts and nuts manning the ramparts. The hops bite made this a well balanced beer that made me think I was given the wrong beer at first. Worth trying if you see it. Downtown Brown has sparked my interest in the rest of Lost Coast Brewery’s line-up.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Guinness branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark, rich brown color with a bit of an amber hue. Large off-white head dissipates quickly and leaves some small spots of lace.

Smell: Caramel and molasses with honey and apple. Slight floral hint, a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Begins with caramel and fuity sweetness that turns into a touch of chocolate. Finish is largely sweet molasses with a hint of bitterness in the back of the throat to round everything out. Random notes of grain throughout as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a sticky finish.

Overall: A nicely done, sweet and enjoyable brown ale. I'd have this again and may seek it out if I'm in the mood for something sweeter.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Dwkasper
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" date; no ABV %; purchased for $6.99/6 from the Beverage Warehouse down off Culver.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown with ruby highlights; smallish to midsized head; c-cup's worth of lace; head sticks around for about a minute.

Aroma: Benignly of toffee, malt and floral, woody hops; hints of chocolate.

Taste: Mild, toasty malt profile upfront and throughout; moderate bitterness in the finish; somewhat sweet; notes of roast and nuts; woody, soapy hop flavors; light to medium bodied with a crisp, prickly mouthfeel.

Notes: Have had this beer about ten times; have really enjoyed it fives of those times; have been turned off or indifferent to it the other five.

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Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Rwalford74
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich chocolate aroma, maybe a little coffee in there as well. Oatmeal cream colored head that didn't last long. Dark cola brown colored beer that lets just a little light through. The flavor is a nice balance between smooth maltiness and chocolate, with a little hop bite to balance the sweetness. The body is middle of the road and the mouthfeel is clean and smooth. A nice beer, easy drinking.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Impenetrable dark, dark brown. Light beige head which dissipates quickly.

S: Very sickly caramel. Very similar to the Rogue ales I've had. Yuck.

T: Hmm, roasty smokey malt. Bitter. The swallow is a bit tasteless but there's a nice aftertaste which isn't as sickly as the caramel bouquet. It's pretty dry but there are hints of sickly caramel in there. As it warms up I'm getting some earthy English ale tea leaves and hops spice. Quite fizzy – nice frothy mouthfeel.

O: Not bad but a bit unremarkable. I'd still have this over Newkie Brown any day.

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Photo of Beernoobie
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crawfow
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Clear, deep, dark amber. Tan head with large bubbles that disapated quickly.
s: Wonderful nutty aroma with a slight citrus background from American hops. Caramel and chocolate dominate with a touch of breadiness and/or biscuit apparent.
t: A little disappointing. Overwhelming nutty sweetness and caramel, don't get me wrong. However, there is a graininess (dare I say huskiness) that I pick up. Either the malt bill contained a high percentage of dark grains or this batch was slightly oversparged.
m: Watery and creamy at the same time. this beer can't make up it's mind if it want's to be a mild or a brown porter.
d: Quite drinkable and a should be a definate addition to one's session if you find this beer available.
Overall: The wonderful aroma is not complimented by the flavor. The beer seems a touch watery and there is a unique flavor derived from the grains that really sticks out and lingers in the finish. The American hops also add a slight citrus character in aroma and flavor as the beer warms up.

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Photo of dbtoe
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good brown, not my first or second choice but a good one to try. A little more Smokey than I like in a brown. It tastes more like a porter to me.
Look is a nice darker brown with a very small head that reduces to a small ring quickly.
Smell is pretty mild a little roasted malt and some sweetness.
Taste was stronger than I thought it would be from the smell. Nutty and sweet with a Smokey bitterness.
Feel is fairly smooth and finishes clean. Good carbonation.
Drink I had a few of these, 4, and could have easily finished the sixer in one sitting.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Gueuzedude
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of thain709
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a lighter brown body that had some ruby highlights...the head was small and white in color...a bubbly ring stuck around and didn't leave much lacing

S - The chocolate stands out nicely in the nose...a nutty aroma is lingering...the two create a chocolate covered nut presence

T - Chocolate is again a big flavor on the palate...it combines with the subtle nuttiness and creates that chocolate covered nut flavor...the roasted malt adds body to the beer and the roast flavor never becomes too big...an earthy hop presence helps to finish the beer

M - Medium bodied...nicely carbonated, nutty, chocolate, earthy hop finish

O - Not a bad brown ale at all...this one stands just above average for me...nice chocolate and nutty flavors

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of GreenWBush
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've gotten the taste for Lost Coast's offering lately. Indica Pale Ale is one of the better IPA hybrids i've the opportunity to try. This brown ale keeps proving that they are a very capable brewery.

The coloring on this is much more like a porter or stout than a brown ale. Almost no translucence. Beautiful lacing, a common trait in Lost Coast brews. Nose and taste is full of hints of caramel, toffee, toasty caramel malts, raisins, a few hints of leather, oats and horseblanket.

The mouthfeel is much thinner than I expected or hoped for. I would've really like this to approach the mouthfeel of beers such as Shakespeare Stout or FFF's X-Mas. Instead here's something more akin to the creek-like Newcastle Brown.

It seems like there is no alcohol in here anywhere ... but the heaviness of ingredients seem to indicate a decent ABV. Up the mouthfeel and this could be one of the better brown ales around.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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