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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Photo of Mebuzzard
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this at 5th Street Bar/Grill in Pittsburg, KS.
Good dark amber body with highlights of red and brownish red. Small head that didn't build up well, which took points off of appearance.

Cashew and sweet malt spearhead the aroma. I was expecting more from the nose, but the beer just didn't open up. I thought perhaps it was too cold, but the cooler was at 42.

Caramel is noticeable along with the above cashew and malt. Maybe some slightly toasted bread or dough. Glazed doughnut feeling to it, but really not sweet.

Smooth drinking, but nothing to keep my attention. A bit of a boring experience, which isn't all bad.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A middle of the road beer. There really isn't much to say. Pours a brown colour with little head, not much of an aroma other than a slight malt sweetness. I would say that this is about as average as you can get with a brown ale. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with red highlights and an off white head that laces nicely.

Aroma is mostly roasted malt tones caramel, toffee, chocolate perhaps. This was a pretty mild aroma.

Taste was inoffensive but nothing exciting. I think I'm just not a big fan of Brown Ales.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability was fine.

I may come back to this style one day and love it but for now it's not my glass of beer.

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Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown with some particles floating around , small foamy tan head that leaves some lacing in my glass, roasty nutty-bready aromas. Nutty caramel flavors, finishes on the sweet side. Medium bodied with a kind of watery mouthfeel, a decent brown.

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Photo of AndoBrew
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*did not like would not buy*

Appearance: Always clouds in my beer, this is not chill haze, it was not ice cold. On a sidenote, why does appearance make up 20% of the score and drinkability make up 10%?? Don't we drink beer instead of stare at it?? I was not impressed with its color, it was a cloudy brown with a creamy head that would not go away until I started to drink it.

Smell: Had a sour smell with a hint of cocoa malt. Not impressed.

Taste: HEY! For a sour smelling brown ale, this is not bad! It almost has the same dry cocoa flavor of a Grant's Perfect Porter, or a Butte Creek Organic Porter... but, after a gulp or two, it has a small sour/sweet malty twinge up front, then the cocoa finish that comes up on your breath. It is a see-saw of small sour then dry cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Average; not water, not syrup. Kinda feels like I'm drinking beer. Sidenote: if you get a mouthful and shake your head back and forth violently it fluffs up nicely and feels really neat!!

Drinkability/Notes: I will not buy it, and may not take it if someone offers it. I have better beers to drink.

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Photo of gandres
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tap to glass @ Lost Coast tap room@ Eureka,CA
Look: Dark brown clear, medium offf white head, goes away slowly
Aroma: toasted grains
Taste: lightly bitter
Feel: medium body, oily feel, flat
Overall: fair beer, free ok, not to repeat, but not to look for
Drank: April 11, 2016

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Photo of Moose90
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a really deep and dark brown, almost black, but not quite, still, pours very dark for the style. There is a puffy tan colored head that forms, but dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty sticky lacing about.

S — Smells of sweet medium roasted malts, lots of caramel and, not much else.

T — Pretty muted, though there are notes of rich and sweet malts, on par for the style, if not a bit dark.

M — Nice enough, a bit heavy overall, but it's easy drinking.

O — OK overall, pretty monotone and a bit heavy.

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had some Lost Coast beers and they were pretty good, so figured I would most likely enjoy the Lost Coast Downtown Brown. That did not prove true with the Brown, which just not what I expected. The beer started off nice with a really oaty, malty aroma. It went downhill quickly though, as the head was pretty wimpy and the beer itself looked more like an amber or red, rather than a brown.

The flavor was malty at first, then ended sweet, which I didn't care for. I expect a more robust taste with a brown and this wasn't it. On a good note, this was a smooth beer, but unfortunately not one I would buy again.

Smell - 3.5/5.0 - nice oaty malt smell
Appearance - 2.5/5.0 - Wimpy head, more amber color than brown; head was gone quick
Flavor - 3.0/5.0 - there was some malt taste, with a sweeter finish - not what I would expect in a brown
Feel - 3.5/5.0 no aftertaste, pretty smooth
Drinkability - 2.5/5.0 - not my style of brown, so won't be picking this one up again

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Photo of Gehrig
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany body with lots of ruby run through, but despite an aggressive pour, a finger of slightly tan head produces little lacing after a cameo atop the Yankees pint glass. Is there a smell to this? After a few minutes of warming and pleading, some chocolate and toasted caramel peek out; that's it. Bad Brown Ale nose, period. The taste isn't much better. It's not offensive, it's just not...much. Biscuity malt, some caramel--OI just burped and didn't even get a residual flavor.

Downtown Brown doesn't impress me. It lacks compelling, distinctive character. I am compelled to add that I have discovered another Brown Ale that has disappointed me. Why I go back, I have no idea. Downtown Brown was such a downer that only a spare bottle of Great Divide's Hibernation Ale lurking in the fridge can salvage the evening.

I won't have this again, ever.

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Photo of MVassar
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a hint of ruby port. Nice off-white head that quickly leaves short-lived lacing.

Not as assertive as I would have hoped, but there are some lovely hints of sweet malt, dried fruit. Maybe a little dark chocolate.

Again, it seems shy. Some coffee and roasted malt are present, but there's not much depth. Short finish.

Nice level of carbonation, but the body feels a bit thin and watery.

By no means unpleasant to drink, it nevertheless doesn't excite much.

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Photo of hobbitking54
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

a. a brown mahogany color to it, with plenty of action going on with the bubbles. the head was gone ten seconds after the pour and left almost no lacing.

s. didn't have a very strong smell and it was almost an almondy aroma.

t. first and foremost, i liked the taste. it wasn't too sweet, it was just right. a for lack of a better term, "brown" taste to it. nutty and awesome.

m. there were lots of bubbles going on in the mouth, very active.

d. i will drink this beer again, it went down smooth, tasted good and was an overall awesome experience.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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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Photo of cleverbeername
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

55* bottle, snifter

A dark dark brown. off white head, avg, but better than some

S hint of brown sugar, but almost not present

T wheat toast, nuts, hint of light brown coffee and maltiness

M mid mody, dry finish

D i would drink over new castle. worth the price

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Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, with short lived, light tan bubbly head that doesn't last. Smell is basically just nutty, and reminds me of a nut brown ale. Taste is a light coffee flavor, and nutty malt taste. Smooth body, but overall I thought it was just a very average brown ale. Easy drinking, not bad in any way, but I wouldn't put this high on my list.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Sweetness is helpin' me with yet another random TJ's single. It pours a clear sunset garnet topped by a finger of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises watered-down molasses, very light roasted malts, dusty biscuits, and cocoa powder. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light candi sugar and plenty of balsa. The added sweetness helps, but not too much. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a decent brown, nothing close to special, but also nothing entirely offensive, either.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. There was was a little beige head atop and a decent amount of lacing along the side of the glass as I drank.

There lacked a adequate smell here. There was a malty smell, but very slight. I would have liked to see more.

I detected, in the flavor, all those common to the brown except there was an uncommon roasted taste here that was interesting.

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Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown ale.

Smell is sweet with a whiff of chocolate malt and molasses. Mild fruity smell to this too.

Taste is sweetish with a smooth flavor of mostly roasted malt and very little hop.

Mouthfeel is less than average.

Drinkable, but not that great.

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Photo of battlekow
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was aided in this review by my faithful girlfriend and mother.

Appearance: Dull, lusterless brown. Big, creamy, attractive head.

Smell: Mild, slightly sweet smell. Not overpowering or exceptionally interesting, but attractive.

Taste: Standard brown taste, maybe a little sweeter initially, less nutty. Flavor is reticent, though. Not outstanding in any way, but not offensive.

Mouthfeel: Thin. Not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: Besides its attractive head and vaguely appealing scent, this beer is pretty boring. It's not hard to drink--very easy to, actually--but completely lacks character. Reliably average.

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Photo of changeup45
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good Brown Ale. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head that diminished quickly so there wasn't much lacing. Sweet, sugary notes with a bit of malts, caramel and maybe even some honey. Slightly sour aftertaste. Solid but not great.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark Brown color, small tannish foamy head. Aroma is malty, nutty and slightly sweet. Lightly hopped. Roasted malts. Smooth and mild. Full flavor, somewhat malty, slightly nutty. Light taste. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is mild and nutty, slight bitterness.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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 Nerudamann
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Dark brown with very little foam. Carbonation seems pretty healthy.

Smell - Smells heavy and malty. I can't discern much outside of the "ale smell", but every now and again I get a whiff of something fruity, but it's so faint I can't tell what it is.

Mouthfeel - light, with just a little bit of creaminess to it.

Taste - Not terribly malty, definitely not as malty as I would have expected from the smell, but that in turn makes it almost a little bland for my taste. The bottle claims that it is "hand brewed in small batches", and I would expect a little more character.

Drinkability - the flavor isn't overwhelming enough to make me hold off on one or two more at a pub, but I probably wouldn't go out and grab a six-pack of it. Not a bad ale by any means though.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown into my Green Flash pint glass. A reasonable attempt at lacing, but nothing awesome.

Super sweet malts on the nose. Almost reminds me of what my kitchen smelled like when we brewed up a brown ale.

Damn. Roasted malt bomb on the palate, with a kick of molasses. This has to be one of the sweetest non-fruit beers I've had. I can't decide whether to drink this, or pour it over some pancakes.

Medium thick residue that lingers.

It's drinkable, I suppose.. I'm halfway through my pint glass and not really looking foward to the rest of this. But I'm one mean MOFO, so down the hatch it goes.

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Photo of ism
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1-finger ochre head on a slightly hazy brown body with amber highlights. Good retention and attractive lacing. Roasted malts, caramel-butter sweetness, a bit of citrus in the nose. Gentle carbonation, slight astringentness, medium body feel. The roasted caramel malt is nicely balanced with a refreshing hop citrus bitterness, orange citrus emerging on the way down, with a bit of pineyness and chocolate lingering, leaving an odd thin sensation. Not all that nutty, though rich, but the hopping seems to balance in a negative way. Fairly sessionable but not all that memorable.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmm. Decent looking enough, but has a bit of a lackluster nose. A little bit of fruit and some toast but not much else. Flavour is better - some nuttiness, dark fruit and coffee toastiness. Hops are mild, leaning towards a bit of lemon/citrus, and a quickly disappearing bitternesss. Just an easy drinking, mildly flavoured brown ale.

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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.66 out of 5 based on 902 ratings.
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