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Downtown Brown | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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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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Ratings: 912 |  Reviews: 413
Photo of Lou101
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Ozone34
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
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 +22.2%
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 +21.1%
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 +21.1%
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 +19.5%
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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4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
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 +19.2%
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 Volsdawg10
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clvand0
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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 Geoffq
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lechroy
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 912 ratings
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