Downtown Brown | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Downtown BrownDowntown Brown

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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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Photo of Why-P-A
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown in color, not overly black with thick creamy head.

S: Roasted and toasted malts with a hint of chocolate malt but minimal burnt coffee aroma.

T: Very smooth, heavy malt body that matches aroma with a nice bitter finish developed from hops and darker, more burnt and bitter grains.

M: Velvety, possible addition of oats to prove a creamy character.

O: Excellent overall aroma and flavor, one of my go to brown ales. Easy to find at a good beer store and very consistent quality.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

why have i been avoiding this? recently being converted into a brown beer lover, i decided what the heck. pours out a deep drown with not much of a head, but all together it is a nice looking beer. the aroma is highly fruity, very nutty, pretty toasty and down right lovely. (zing!) flavor wise this is good stuff. strong nutty character with a light caramel sweetness that is tamed by a sharp but controlled hop bite. finishes a bit dry and overall is very balanced. the only down fall of this beer, even though its no is a touch thin in the mouth. not bad, but could use a little more body. now that we got that out of the way, this shwaithe is drinkable as all hell and much tastier than expected. loved it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a conical pint glass.

The beer is a nice dark ruby mahogany with a frothy cream colored head that takes some time to recede. Really foamy lacing clings to the glass initially.

The aroma is rich in barley and malts, glazed over with a bit of caramel sweetness.

This is one of the sweetest, most delicious brown ales I've tasted in a while. Very malt-forward with a sweetened honey-like glaze in the beginning. A nice brown sugar body, and a toffee finish.

The mouthfeel is clean and medium to light.

Overall, I'm really impressed with this brown, certainly as a session beer. In fact, it may be too sweet with not enough hops to balance it out, but that's alright.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Medium brown color with some red when viewed in a fairly lit room. Medium head which hung out for the start of the drink, and then laced on the edges.

Smell - Sweet maltiness , some chocolate hints, hops in the back

Taste - Very sweet malt with toasted and roasty flavors. Just enough hops to make it a light american brown ale. Very tasty IMO and how I like a brown ale

Mouthfeel- good carbonation, slightly watery composure

Drinkability - I had a bomber of this and was easily able to finish it off - had I another, it probably would have been the same story

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Photo of micahgoldfus
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a red-brown with a dark 1-finger head. The smell was malty and of roasted chocolate and roasted nuts. It had a more robust smell than most English Brown Ales. The taste was also a bit more full and well-rounded than the other EBAs I've had. It was almost like the taste of a stout without the heavy mouthfeel and with a bit more subtleness to it. There was the taste of nuts (maybe even hazelnut), a malty body made of burnt coffee and chocolate malts, a oak-like aged flavor, yet a light, bitter bite at the end of each sip that played with with the well carbonated body. In terms of EBAs, this one is the best tasting and most drinkable that I've had in quite a while.

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Photo of sherpa
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite browns besides smuttynose old brown dog...solid taste, goes down smooth, I could drink a whole 6 -pack of this which is rare for me. Best brown I could find while living in California for the past few months. I can't think of anything that stands out when you drink it, you just have to say "damn, this is good" after every few sips.

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Photo of WestCoastLibations
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For some reason, Lost Coast Brewery, and in particular Downtown Brown, are readily available in 12-ounce bottles here, far across the Pacific, in South Korea! I don't know if there is some stipulation in the recently ratified FTA which aims to promote good beer, or if there is in fact a beer aficionado on some trade committee, but either way, those of us who are familiar with this blessing straight from Humboldt County, are grateful! I for one, have visited the brewery itself while riding my bicycle down the coast of California, so when I stumbled upon it in a corner mart in Seoul...well...I was beside myself!

Poured from its unforgettable bottle into an accompanying Lost Coast pint glass, the namesake color was obvious, with plenty of bubbles present as well, lining the glass with a almost cola-like appearance. Fear not though, this was no cola, but rather a breathable beer, which even after traveling across the globe, had seemingly not lost any of its freshness. Likewise, the smell had also not lost anything in translation, as the scent reminded me of the bays of Eureka, rather than the mountains of Korea.

Following then, the taste also drew me into much warmer climates, with regards to both body and S(e)oul, with hints of Hops which are unfortunately lacking in many of the Korean Lagers so prevalent in these parts. Dark but not heavy, Downtown Brown, as with all good beers, was able to transport me to a time and place far removed from my current set of local circumstances. A reliable go-to back home in Killa Cali., and now, for some blessed trade clause, here in South Korea too!

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Photo of sfsean
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brown ale in the town it was made in. Good brown color that tells the drinker that what you are about to have is deep in taste.
Plenty of carbonation that help the taste go along ways along with the sweet malt taste. Good fresh grain taste left on your palate. Went great with the fresh seafood I had in Eureka. One of my favorite brown's up there with the Sierra Nevada Brown ale.

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Photo of rstone57
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 5 oz. tasting glass.

Pours dark brown with minimal head and very little lacing.

Smell is hazelnut.

Taste is malt, sweet, hazelnut, with a dry finish, medium body and moderate carbonation.

Solid brown ale from Lost Coast up in Eureka.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ pizza port carlsbad

A- off white head that stood about an 1" tall, dark brown in color but has hints of ruby where the light can actually get through.

S- roasted malts and grain

T- intense roasted malt flavors that start faint, build up, and hit you hard. Love it. Faint hints of chocolate in there as well. Kind of a rich flavor.

M- on the border line of creamy. so smooth for such a body.

D- hard to say no to this one. awesome desert beer, went very well with lunch also. one of the most memorable brown ales i've come in contact with

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Photo of cooler4life
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep brown amber color with a one finger head that settles to nothingness. Carbonation appears to be light and fine. Lacing is pretty good.

S: The nose on this one is rather abbreviated. Coffee sweetness with some bittersweet chocolate.

T: Downtown Brown puts it all out there. Roasted malt, chocolate, walnut bread, caramel.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. Finishes smooth with some coffee at the end. This beer dominates in "drinkability" category.

O: The beer that started it all for me. Like your favorite recliner, Downtown Brown can show you a good time regardless of the situation. I will be always ready to head Downtown!

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Photo of freed
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Henry's last night. I thought that when they set it down that had mistakenly brought a coke. It had a dark brown with a slight ruddy caramel color to it. There was a meager head which suggested that it actually was a beer.

The aroma has a wonderfully pleasant toasty nuttiness.

The taste is more of the same dry malt nut with just a slight sweetness to round out the brown. The dryness from the malt almost gives it an astringent sensation, but its actually complimentary in this ale.

As far as mouthfeel, this is one smooth beer. Simple and easy to drink. Maybe too easy.

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Photo of pandashaver
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cola-colored with 1.5 finger off-white head, dissipated to a smaller but lasting head.

Aroma: Roast and nut dominates, with some woody notes that a friend stated "like bark".

Flavor: Nuttiness really shows through with some sweet malts to balance as well as some hop bitterness. Cereal and biscuit notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that sticks a fair amount but is smooth and not syrupy. Would be a great complement with a hearty meal.

Drinkability: High. Very sessionable, as it does not dominate the palate but is drinkable on its own. Will likely pick up a six pack of this in the future.

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Photo of ordybill
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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 skomahon
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer at Rosie's Cowboy Cookhouse in Point Reyes Station, CA, while in the Bay Area on a business/vacation trip. I'd never heard of this brewery (and never been to Eureka), and being a fan of Brown ale was excited about this one.

This brown ale did not disappoint! Definitely up there with the best brown ales I've had (brooklyn and others) in terms of drinkability combined with a smooth, interesting taste. Good, balanced amount of strong, rich flavor with smooth aftertaste, and nice use of hops to spice up things without detracting from drinkability. Highly recommended for a relaxing meal or evening with friends--and definitely something I would love to keep on hand if I could find it back east.

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Photo of afksports
4.17/5  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.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle drank from a standard pint glass. no freshness information anywhere on the bottle.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with a quarter finger of beige head. the head vanishes rather quickly, and leaves behind random small spots of lacing.

S- toasted bready malts are the first thing that i can smell. after that i get some caramel and a little bit of nuttiness. maybe a hint of chocolate also. slight earthy hops at the end. theres alot more going on in here than i would have thought.

T- the taste starts out with toasted bread and caramel. theres also a slight nuttiness and chocolate taste. a light earthy/spicy hop finish rounds this one out.

M- medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- i usually passed this one up on the shelf for some reason. i wish i had tried it sooner. a nice sessionable brown ale with alot going on in it. check it out if you like the style.

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Photo of bboven
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium-dark brown body, clear with a thin head and little lacing.

Huge biscuit aroma at first with some caramel sweetness after another sniff or two.

Great balance of chocolate, a tiny bit of roast, and caramel. Some Diacetyl, but it actually helps the smoothness.

Bubbly carbonation foams up in your mouth. Not the greatest feel, but there's a nice slightly sticky finish once the carbonation quits.

Very tasty and full of great aroma. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking, but all in all, definitely a brown I will seek out and recommend.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown color with a tan colored rocky head. The aroma is sweet malt with caramel and brown sugar notes. The taste is malty and smooth. The mouthfeel is full and is excellent for this brew. Overall, this is one of the easiest drinking beers out there – just a smooth example of a brown ale.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A terrific sample of a Brown ale. Perhaps a little sweeter than most (especially the english ones) but it makes the style more accessible to more people. Pours an opaque brown color that is only light around the edges. The smell is like a nut brown with a hint of sweetness to it. There is a tremendous full-mouth flavor that takes over and is pretty well rounded. There is also a long aftertaste like a double brown. Great for people who are curious about Browns.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again on tap from the Lost Coast Brewery and cafe, but I drink this a lot from the bottle as well. Tastes the same either way. If label art got points this would get a 5.0.

It pours a dark brown with a medium tan head that left little lacing, but as usual it a difficult to get the bartender to leave much head. I poured a bottle and got more head, and still not much lacing.

The appearance of this would get a higher rating if it had a better head. What can you say about dark brown? Not much.

Nose is coffee and carmel, with some nice hops showing through. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, and a joy going down. Excellent in this regard.

Flavor is as the nose, with the carmel and hops both apparent and in good balance.

Overall a very nice brown. One of my favorites at Lost Coast.

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Photo of drseamus
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours reddish brown with a light brown head and has a great look for for a brown ale. It has a very sweet malty aroma that makes me want to drink it immediately. The beer has very light hops and a sweet taste with and is surprisingly full bodied. I think I subconsciously expected this beer to be a bit thinner for some reason was I was very pleased. There is a slight fruity aftertaste. I like this beer and I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Floydster for this extra.

Pours, well, a dark brown color with a nice inch and a half of foam.

Smells of toasted and nutty malts with a little bit of coffee and toffee. It also has a nice earthy aroma, maybe from the hops, in the background. I also detect some brown sugar and milk chocolate. As it warms up there is the classic buttery notes. I think that this one represents the style very well.

Tastes very similar to the aroma but with a little more chocolate upfront and a more pronounced nuttiness.

Very decent mouthfeel; the amount of carbonation makes this one lively and a bit creamy.

A tasty brown ale.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a deep brown. Held up to the light, it almost looks like a dark red hue. Not much of a head or visible carbonation. Head was gone quickly. OK lacing.

S- Sweet. Really sweet. Chocolate is there big time. Then some subtle malts. But mostly chocolate.

T- Very similar to the scent. Chocolate tones are prominent, maybe a hint of coffee in there. The malts kick in after the sweet chocolate.

M- There was quite a bit of carbonation. This wasn't bad, but detracted from a pretty good flavor. Also, surprised me based on the lack of head on the pour.

Overall, I'm probably going to keep this in the fridge all winter long. It's sweet, probably the sweetest brew I've had, but I like that.

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Photo of Phatz
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to YBSober for this beer.
I was told this beer resemble an ice-cream sundae. That is the truth the smell and taste of caramel chocolate fudge and nuts, well... nuf said :)

Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a frothy head and heavy sheets of lacing. As it sits in the glass I can't help but to think this is a true beauty of a beer with that thick frothy cap lasting the duration of the beer.

Smell: Very Caramel with hints of fudge as well. Creamy and syrupy, the toasted malt aroma is thick and sweet suggesting my favorite sundae toppings. mmm

Taste: Sweet, and oh so smooth. nice think toasted malt with a dominate caramel and chocolate taste and strong suggestions of nuts, the finish then balances the onslaught of sweet, with a nice gentle but very notable hop presence. MMM! So tasty. It is like drinking a beer Sunday.

Mouthfeel: Nice and chewy thick in the mouth like all my favorite toping put in a blender and so creamy smooth WOW! Overall probably a medium body beer despite the thick feel, and it has a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: It you like sweet Brown Ales like I do; then you definitely need to try this one. It was something else. It is a bit sweet to consider sessionable, but it is so easy to drink that I couldn't finish writing these words before the beer was gone already. =)

Hope this is helpful.

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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.66 out of 5 based on 898 ratings.
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