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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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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of kdoc8
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served up with a creamy, foamy tan head. It was dark brown in color and didn't have much of a smell to it. What is it with some browns that they just don't smell at all?? The taste is quite bitter up front, and then a bit bland - not much to this one.

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Photo of DeanAmbrose
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bartlett Hall in San Francisco. Light brown in color with a nice head of foam. Faint aroma. Tastes like caramel and coffee notes. Slight toffee flavor as well. Mouth feel was creamy. Over all a good beer. I would drink this again given the chance.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one surprised me a little. Both the color and taste seemed more like a porter to me than a brown ale. I have never had a brown ale taste like this or pour so dark. It was very nice tasting, but it was odd because of the style confussion in my head. This is a good beer, but maybe a little too much for a brown.

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2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Downtown Brown by Lost Coast brewery

purchased from Isaac Newton's (Newtown, PA)

Appearance- a hazelnut brown with a thin fizzy head.
Smell- sweet nuttiness. A hint of alcohol.
Taste- Just too sweet. A decent roasted nutty flavor but man o man it was soooo sugery sweet.

Overall- I like a Brown Ale to have a little backbone to it. This is much like candy. I'll pass.

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2.81/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
While the appearance was a light hazy brown color with barely a head that even when it was there, just fizzled no matter how many times I poured the beer. Any lacing, yeah right, none noticeable in any of the five pours. Hmmm..."ruh roh, Reorge!" Alright, well, here's the rest.
The smell centers around some burnt to a crisp nuts, glad those aren't my nuts, woo-ee, I'd never have kids, damn louisa, damn. Okay, well, then there's some cake, yeah, I get cake, weird, okay, well, everyone likes cake, right? Just seems weird to me, I find a "cake" aroma in an English Brown ale. Where's the toffee, caramel or even any coffee notes? Yeah, not getting it. Still proceeding on this one.
The taste is mainly sweet moderating between the cake and the burnt to a crisp nuts, damn those nuts again, oh sigh. Those poor nuts.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied, so with nothing really off in this one, one could really slam the crap out of this. Carbonation runs really light too.
Overall, I've had a couple homebrews from some of my friends over the years. I've only ever had one brown ale as a homebrew and somehow, I think this seems reminiscent of a homebrew gone bad. Cue "Girls Gone Wild," I'd probably have this again watching that, maybe????????

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2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the color and translucency of cola, with a 1-finger head that recedes to thin lacing.

Mild aroma of malt and leather.

Taste is mild. Brown malts, a little brown sugar, almost undetectable hops. Water predominates, with low carbonation.
Goes down like an adjunct-free light beer.

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2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from a 22 ounce bottle a very dark brown. Light has difficulty poking its way through. Thick foamy head that quickly vanishes into a thin film. Nose is roasted barley.

Flavor is typial brown ale with a toasted biscuit twist but finishes with a cough medicine-like finish. Lots of toasted malts and biscuits going on. Can just sense some hops around the edges. But I cannot get overthat cold medicine. Medium body that is on its way towards watery.

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2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Yardhouse in Pasadena, CA.

The problem with this beer in my opinion was that it lacked the body I was expecting and felt a little watered down. The malt was there, but it just wasn't robust enough. An unexpected letdown, and I wouldn't get it again.

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2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear brown with a thin head and no lace. It's aroma is coffee and caramel. The flavor has notes of roasted malt & caramel with honey and a hint of pepper as it warms. The mouthfeel is light-medium and drinkable. Lost Coast Downtown Brown is a good beer, recommended.

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Photo of andrewh995
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent brown with minimal head. Smells of slightly roasted malts, coffee, and caramel. Tastes of slightly roasted malts and caramel. Medium in body and medium-light in carbonation. Overall it's a below average brown ale.

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Photo of Jparker37
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

A - Fairly dark English brown. Some ruby streaks to it. Medium sized off-white head quickly recedes to a small ring around the top. Zero lacing to be found.

S - Nice complex light chocolate notes. Has a touch a sweetness, especially after it warms up. No major array of malt which is typical of English browns. No hop presence, slightly fruity.

T - Light caramel malts highlight this beers flavor. Stays a bit one dimensional and follows the smell as it lacks malt depth. Finishes with a touch of roastiness.

M - Light body with moderate to high level of carbonation. Semi-sweet body is true to style.

O - Smell was right on target for the style. Loses points in flavor for lacking solid malt structure. Refreshing enough for a summer cookout.

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2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This brew is brown in color with amber hues. The head is a tall light tan layer of froth that seems to fade fast, but does leave a small layer throughout the drink.
The aroma is malty sweet with a buttery and brown sugar presence.
The flavor is dominated with sweet malts. There are caramel and brown sugar tones with just the slightest bit of hops near the finish.
Mouth feel is a bit thick and syrupy for my likings and the carbonation level is low.

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Photo of yen157
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Creamy tan head, good retention, deep amber brown and pretty clear with a few floaties. Nutty nose, a little toast, and a grainy twang. Thin, slightly sweet caramel malt flavor with a hint of peanut. Slightly carbonic tasting. Finely hoppy and a clean dry finish. Prickly carbonation. A very average brown.

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Photo of Long813
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dated: Can't read it.

A: Dark murky brown body with no head. Leaves no lacing.

S: Notes of sweet malts - caramel, maybe some coffee.

T: Roasted malts with a definite taste of coffee beans. Not to bad.

M: Light bodied with large amounts of carbonation. Texture is water like and no notes of alcohol.

D: I feel really let down with this brew, nothing else to note really. Decent at best.

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2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Downtown Brown. Another Lost Coast poster child. For a person who isnt particularly fond of brown ales, this one isnt all that bad. its appears alot darker than it tastes. it has a sharp aroma of hops with subtle hints of coffee and chocolate. its tangy on the tongue, more bitter than sweet, but keeps you coming back for more. Has a light feel, dark bite, and a descent finish. a beer that would a make a better dessert beer than anything else. the bitterness of it would pair nicely with sweets like chocolates or creams, although its not as heavy as a stout or porter, so you might catch yourself handling a few more than you anticipated before you realize it.

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2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date. Served in a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark caramel color. Develops a thick, two finger, tan colored head that fizzles out into a thin ring. Leaves some nice, patchy lacing.

Smell: Very faint, so it's hard to notice. Smells mainly of caramel and a little bit of malt.

Taste: Roasted chocolate and caramel notes are evident. The malt sweetness rounds things out and a hint of hop bitterness provides balance. There's a slight alcohol feel at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, and easy to drink, feels a little thin, even. This might be surprising to a lot of people who expect a darker beer like this one to be stronger and fuller. It has some nice and crisp carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good brown ale, easy to drink and pleasant. It's simple in taste and smell, so it won't win any awards for being bold, dramatic and different. But sometimes you just want to drink something nice and easy. This is what this beer provides, and it does a really good job at it.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was a bit disappointed in this beer. It poured a nice but not really long-lasting dark tan head. The color was nice--somewhere between rust and chocolate, comparable to A&W Root Beer (which I like). The taste was fine up front, but finished badly. The aftertaste was a dirty, chemical taste that I really did not like. The smell was also chemical, though more sour than dirty or bitter. Only so-so for me.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 912 ratings
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