Downtown Brown | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Downtown BrownDowntown Brown

Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 01-01-2001

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Photo of basscram
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours into pint glass from bottle, dark brown, literally no head except what is at the end of the pour. Not fizzy. No lacing as it is taken in.

Smells like sweet like brown sugar. Not a strong smell but a soothing smell.

Tastes a little nutty, taste hits tip of my tongue and quickly goes down the gullet. I can take big swallows of this. Taste does linger on the tongue but not annoyingly.

I'm usually not into browns and turn my nose up at them BUT, I must say, this has me wondering what else do I taste in it and if so its good! I like this one. Maybe I've not tried and English brown like this one.

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Photo of Surefire
4.97/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite brown beer. Lots of flavor: coffee, chocolate, malts... but without the harsh bitterness of similar ales.

A: Brown, no flaws. Minimal fizz.

S: Coffee, mocha, chocolate

T: Smooth, hints of coffee, mocha, chocolate, with a nice tangy aftertaste. Very smooth and well proportioned.

M: Excellent... medium to full body, with moderate creaminess feel.

D: Great drinkability for a full flavored brown beer.

Overall: Outstanding effort in the brown beer niche. A great brown to give to a novice... full of flavor without being harsh.

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Photo of SteelKettle
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown with a nice thick tan head with good retention
Smell: Malty kind of biscuit bread with coffee tones
Taste: very creamy malty and brown sugar
Mouthfeel: very smooth with slight carbonation and full bodied
Drinkability: very very drinkable enjoyed a lot

One of my favorite!!!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2004 Tasting:
Diff from below: Full light brown head. Light coffee character all around. Still an excellent Brown !

Label States: "Smooth, medium bodied nut brown ale"

Per Lost Coast website: 1993 GABF - Bronze

'2613' lasered on bottle ('03' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 08/09/04

($1.61 / 12 oz bottle)

2002 Tasting:
Dark brown, almost black color with a light brown head. Nutty and light roasty malt aroma and taste. Tastes exactly like I thought it would from the aroma. Light bodied (close to medium).

Overall this beer has a very nice soft malt character and is extremely easy to drink. A great session beer!!

4.8% ABV (per a book that I have on Best American Beers).

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Photo of Lou101
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What more can I say. This is a tasty brew!
Bottom-line, Downtown Brown is an overall great beer.
You can never go wrong in ordering this tasty ale.
I have enjoyed this brew in both bottles and on tap and never had a bad pour.
Very smooth and even with caramel undertones.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brown ale poured a nice "brown" colour with a small, neatly shaped, off-white head. The aromas are of nuts, alcohol, candy, patent malts, hops, and more. The taste is a nice mix of nutty flavor, alcohol, hops, and heavy malts. This stuff reminds me of Rogues brown ale, or Sam Smiths brown ale! The mouthfeel is thick, but not cloying and the drinkability is great too.


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Photo of Ozone34
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of 94Sip
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Arnold Palmer's restaurant in Indian Wells, CA.

Overall: This was probably the best brown ale I have had. It got better as it warmed up. Pronounced aroma and tastes of a malt-forward ale.

Look: Nice, deep brown. Had a nice tan head that didn't last long but left a good lace down the glass as I drank it.

Smell: very much like a brown ale should be- good roasty aroma, with pronounced malt and minimal if any hop aromas.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, some dark maple syrup after it warmed up. Did not have the dark, roasted tastes of a stout or a porter, which is what I like from a brown ale.

Feel: This is where I differentiate a brown ale from a porter/stout. This does not come across as heavy or thick like a porter. It was very drinkable as a brown ale.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown color with some nice ruby hues. Two fingers of head fall to a finger. The nose is nice mocha, little bit of chocolate, little bit of coffee, maybe a hint of caramel sweetness. The flavor is very nice. Intense mocha with just a slightly bitter coffee finish. Nice. The feel is a light moderate, a touch thin for my liking, but still not bad at all. Drinkability is very good here. As far as a brown ale goes, this is what I want to taste and smell. Good good beer. Thanks to clvand0 for sharing his spoils with me.

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Photo of vegantreats
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with minimal foam with a brown color (the name doesn't lie). I immediately noticed notes of nuttiness and later a mild cinnamon scent. The initial flavor is of walnuts and, despite the beer not being thick, I was surprised by the flavor which had a bold almost porter like finish. I will admit I didn't expect much from the beer, I don't remember being wowed by brown ale, yet, this beer was a nice surprise, great notes and flavor!

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Photo of C3likesbeer
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice slightly hazy amber red pour. Nice tan creamy head left a half inch of foam that dissipates relatively slowly. Minimal but decent lace.

S - Smoooth and sweet roasted nutty malt smell with some slight spice and hops. Maltiness prevails.

T - Sweet and creamy malty taste. Very thick and almost syrupy (not in a bad way) mouthfeel. Sweetness and malts prevail. Very smooth going down with a nice warmth afterward. Great beer to drink in the fall or winter. Some say it's chocolatey but I didn't really taste it.

O - Very good brown ale. Almost as good as Avery's Ellie's brown ale. Good stuff and a great beer when you consider the price.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lost Coast Downtown Brown is a dark brown ale that has a shade of dim garnet. It's crystal clear with a dense, creamy, light coffee colored head. It has excellent retention and leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a toasty, nutty aroma with notes of roasted dark chocolate, walnut bread and a fruity grassiness. It's medium bodied, soft and smooth with a slightly gritty finish. It's fruity and roasty tasting. It's chocolaty but only a hint sweet. It has nice balance and it's a bit warming. It's a well executed brown ale.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours coppery brown with a off-white head.
Malty aroma with nutty and bready notes. Quite sweet-smelling. Moreish!
Lovely malty flavours; bready, nutty melanoidin notes, somewhat sweet. Lovely nutty characters.
Good moderately high carbonation. Could be a little higher.

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Photo of clvand0
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came in a bomber. Cool label and cap. Pours a dark brown color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some good lacing on the glass. The aroma is very much mocha, as was stated previously. Nice chocolate, small bit of coffee. The flavor is much the same as a mocha shake. Nice chocolate flavors with just a hint of coffee and nut. Perhaps could use a bit more body, but I like it very well. Great brown ale.

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Photo of lechroy
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into glass. Exceptional brown that is well balanced with warm toasted tones and mild hopiness.
A - loved the rich amber color and a nice 2 finger light head.
S - toasted warmth with sweet hops
T - Yum, the best part of the beer for sure. Really nice malt bill with chocolate overtones. A taste of hops. Dry for a brown, thats points in my book.
M - solid friendly feel. Smooth.
O - highly recommended brew for beer drinkers of all tastes.

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Photo of Dmann
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a supprising Brown ale. I am usually not a big fan of them, but this one tasted very good. It poured a very dark brown color and had a pretty good head but did not last long. The smell caught me kind of off guard with its smokey scent, but it intrigued me and I could not wait to drink. The flavor was great. It had a little bit of a nutty flavor which I expected, but it had a good hop bite and just a hint of smoke in there too which made this a wonderful drink. If I ever go for a Brown ale again, this will be my first choice

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Photo of electricfields
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, nutty brown. I gave it about a finger thick head. It dissipated quickly and left only a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malts, spices, with a slight nuttiness. Most of what I notice about this is the surprising sweetness and how the nuttiness is unusually subdued for this style (although, admittedly, I am not super familiar with it).

T: Bittersweet with a strong nuttiness. Chocolate malts with citric hops. Sort of unusual, but delicious. Tastes sort of like grapefruit, but sweeter.

M/D: Medium-thick body with quite a bit of carbonation. Still I've had a really hard time slowing down on this stuff. It's really tasty, really easy to drink.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If this is what browns taste like then boy have I been missing out. Pours a deep dark brown with an off white head that is nice to the eye. The smell is of roasted chocolate and butter, a nice floral hop refreshes. The taste is a nice caramel rich chocolate with a nice floral hop in the end that balances out the sweetness, the hops taste so good with this, great combo, great beer.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

from bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance is dark brown with traces of ruby. tan dissapating head. moderate lacing.

Aroma is sweet and roasty, fairly malty and nutty. not too complex.

Taste, sweat and clean, very clean, with a nice nutty malty finish.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation and, again very clean.

Drinkability is smooth and tasty.

All in all not the most complex beer in the world but nice and well rounded. good for a relaxing drink.

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Photo of drew37
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went straight through a six pack with these and was impressed. A great brown ale with apparent tones of coffee and caramel. A highly recommended brew and will buy more of these in the future. Does much better than most other brews in its category. Will look to experiment with more Lost Coast Brewery beers in the future. Definitley worth a shot.

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Photo of bierguru
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - pours with a thick head which keeps through the beer deep brown in color

S - Caramel and biscuity malt you also get hint of brown sugar

T - caramel with hints of nuts like hazelnut and some oats

M - very smooth little carbonation

D - very drinkable

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Photo of jminsc76
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is a dark brown (duh!) with a slight tinge of red around the edges. Didn't notice too much head on this one, but the color of what is there is light brown with a slightly grayish tinge.

Initial aromas of coffee and bananas, with more almonds as it warms. An excellent bouquet.

Very roasty and nutty flavors on the front, with more espresso flavors on the finish. Even a little chocolate somewhere in the middle. The flavors are fairly rich but also well balanced; almost drinks like an English Porter but with more of the nuttiness of a brown and less of the chocolate/cocoa of a porter.

A medium-body mouthfeel, with a bit of a kick on the palate from the malts. Highly drinkable.

I cannot figure out why this one gets an overall B rating from other beer reviewers. I think this has been a very successful beer for a reason, and would chalk it up to both a nice intensity and a refreshing balance, with plenty of complexity in the nose and palate. Is it my favorite English brown? No. That would go to Rogue's Hazelnut. But I would come back to this one repeatedly.

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Photo of KoG
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown liquid with a tan head that leaves a small ring of sticky lacing.

Smell is slightly fruity with some chocolate malt and light hops.

Taste is very rich. Roasted malt with chocolate and an earthy nuttyness that is reminiscient of hazelnut. A very nice finish and very tasty indeed.

Another good brew from Lost Coast, rich and packed with flavor.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown color with a small tan head. Not as watery as I usually see with browns.
The nose was caramel malt and nut, maybe some coffee?
The taste was very well-balanced (something else I rarely see in a brown). It had sweet caramel and roasted malts, mild sweet fruits, and maybe some very mild hopiness.
It was rather sweet, but not overpowering. It was semisweet to start and finished very reasonably with a nice long aftertaste which wasn't saccharine or syrupy.
I was impressed; this is a rare find for me. I'm always on the lookout for a good representation of the harder styles to brew very well, like a brown or a pilsner. Hats off to Lost Coast.

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Photo of MLegendre
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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