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 Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear brown in color with a two finger head that disappears quickly.

Smell: caramel is the lone tone and it is rather light on the nose.

Taste: caramel, pinch of brown sugar, red apples, and a hint of nuttiness lingers in the background. Bitterness is light.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Very short-lived aftertaste which focuses on the caramel tones.

Drinkability: easy to drink this one, but the flavors are a bit muted for the style.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh man, at first this smells like Newcastle on steroids for the big, rich brown chocolate malt aroma. The body is light enough to make this a definite session beer and the carbonation is properly balanced to keep the beer somewhat smooth without feeling heavy. The flavor itself seems a bit plain, just a big maple brown sugar malt with a touch of cocoa powder mixed in. All in all, a tasty beer and crowd pleaser for the simplicity.

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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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark bown color with a thick offwhite head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It a has a dry, yet sweet aroma of crystal and pale malts. The taste is good. It has a smooth and slightly dry sweet crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes creamy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking brown ale. It has good aroma and taste.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lost Coast's most common beer I see at store is this, and now I'm going to try it out:

Dark brown appearance with a nice little head, this is a simple brown ale. Your toffee and sweet flavors exist here along with hop leaf and brown sugar, but nothing to get really excited about. I really don't have a whole lot to say about this one except I expected a little better.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is nutty, some malts and caramel. Taste is also full of nuts, some malts, different but tasty and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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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 flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy tan foam which, sadly, does not exhibit much head retention.

Smell: mild, slightly caramelly and slightly nutty aroma. A decent brown ale aroma, if a bit on the mild side.

Taste: nice nutty, caramelly flavor with a moderate (and appropriate) level of earthy, noble hops. Quite nice and stylistically accurate.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. Not creamy, precisely, but interesting.

Overall: a tasty brown ale that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... shared with a coworker.. my half from a smaller weizen glass.

Nice looking very lite tan head and good lacing... color is clear brown.

nutty toasted malts dominate the nose.. really pretty clean smell without alot of fruity esters.. not getting much by the way of hops... but it smells good.

Flavor is brown malts and a mild nuttiness that is sorta pushed out of the way by a caramel sweetness... flavor is like a seriously amped up Newcastle. A little thicker body for the style and lower carbonation.

Not great.. not bad... but definately above average across the board.. a good brew that I should pick up more often instead of picking over it.

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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 Halcyondays
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, given to me from my dad to try,

A: Brown, with a small, white head, pretty average looking.

S: Some nutty malts, very sweet, a hint of spices as well.

T: Nutty, very almondy, sweet malts dominate, a hint of hops and hazelnuts as well.

M: Kind of thin and weak, quite smooth, though, however, not as robust and powerful as I would have liked, even in a session beer.

D: An OK beer, easily sessionable, just nothing special about it that reaches out and grabs you.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tawny brown with a quick dying head. Nutty with a slight chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Lighter bodied with mild sweet chocolate and maybe some caramel or toffee and a good dose of roasted malt snesation. Very little hops for balance and slight crisp backbite to finish off a slightly chewey light-to-medium body. A simple but enjoyable brown.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thin light tan colored ring of lace around the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet toasted malt with a bit of nuttiness as well. The taste starts our nutty with some toasted maltiness with a dry finish with only a faint hop presence to help balance it out. Overall, I find this to be a slightly better than average brown that is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I love Lost Coast's labels - it's like Reg Mombassa meets Pablo Picasso. Not only don't we get the craft range of the States in Australia, we don't get the coolest labels either.

This one pours a deep mahogany brown with a vague haze. Head is a thin film of yellowy-beige bubbles. Carbonation is minimal. Looks nice though - I like the colour.

Not a lot on the nose. Hint of roasted malts and a touch of smokiness. Other than that, it's pretty plain. Not a bad nose, but not a lot to it.

Taste is also quite subdued. It's a pleasant, nutty dryness, with a hint of roasty goodness on the back palate. Quite thin, a little sweetness, but very dry at the end. There's not a huge amount there, but it's quite tasty. Feel is moderate with a slight uplift of effervescence.

It's not an overly impressive beer, but it's tasty enough, and it's extremely drinkable. This would make an excellent session as far as I'm concerned. A decent, mild, English style Brown Ale.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear dark brown an average head for a brown. Nose was roasty a little bit, good malts anh hops. Taste was some coffee and chocolate but very subtle and had a slight roastiness to it. It was a very subtle rown that waa easy to drink. I enjoyed it and I dont like browns.

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Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lovely ruby-brown color with less than an inch of medium tan head that dissipated quickly, leaving surprisingly thick lacing.

A solid malt aroma has just a hint of hop spice at the finish. The flavors are solidly malty, just a little sweet, not sticky-sweet like some brown ales can be, with that nice little spice on the end.

The body is typical for the style, full without being heavy. The drinkability is wonderful, a smooth long term sipper for a session at the tavern. Overall another very nice beer from a brewery that often gets overlooked amongst the hype of the trend of the week. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in brown and with heft, moreso than a lot of its usual English counterparts. Lighter off white head, 3/5". Aroma gave some brown malt, thats about it.

Taste, still hits those heavier than average malt and thickness notes, nutty, mild chocolate malt feels. A little bit of Cascade hopping is evident.

One of the better brown ale choices out there, convenient format, good distribution, usually reliable and doesn't need to be uber fresh.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass may27 2010

A brown with some amber at the edges with a sturdy thumbs width of off white head that has decent retention and leaves a few speckles of lace

S some malty milk chocolate and mild coffee

T mimics the smell but just a little less flavor then what I could smell

M not overly thick but enough carbonation to give it a slightly feel

D an alright beer not lacking in any area and I could drink this again

decent beer but not cheap in this part of the world

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours brown with a small 1/2 inch off-white head that went away pretty quickly. Not much lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, nuts, and molasses, it's a sweet smelling brew. Taste is the same as the aroma, sweet and malty. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it seems thin and has light carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink. Overall it's decent enough, but it's nothing special. It's worth a try but I wouldn't pick this up too often.

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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 ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle bought as a single from somewhere, probably Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY, but not positive.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head above the slightly reddish brown brew. Head holds on well, with good lacing. Aroma is deeply malty, with some dark fruit/alcohol notes. Taste isn't quite as grainy as I would have hoped, and the dark fruit notes still pop up, which I don't think have much place in a brown. Mouthfeel and drinkability reasonably good, and this would be worth checking out if you find it available.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a tawny dark ruby with very little head after the pour and barely there bubbling. The Aroma has toasted almonds and walnuts dancingly faint in the nostrils. The nutty aromas add to the overall light roasted malt character of this aroma. The tase starts with soft and sweet roasted malts that evolve into some watered down coffe, a touch of hazelnut coffee in a very smooth finish. This beer feels and tastes great. Theres a lot going on in this small, session ale.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This clear auburn beer is topped with some airy light brown froth. Retention is excellent. And lacing is better than average. Nuts, toffee, coffee and butter on the nose. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and the body is about medium. Not quite as creamy as it could be, but still decent. Lightly roasted malts hit the palate first with some light bitterness accompanying it. A little dry cocoa powder. Very slight diactyl. And some sweetly caramel based malts underly as well. Solid product.

Shooting out some props to the Grandest Bum of them all once again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems to have more of a sturdy, thicker brown appearance than a lot of brown ales do. Head, retention? Nah. Same with aroma, nah, or meh.

Taste, looks as it tastes, sturdier on average.
The usual stuff, heavily roasted malt, nuttiness, the slightest feel of either chocolate malt, chocolate or coffee. Slight.

Stays true to its Northern California roots, hoppiness is more here than other versions of the style. Solid.

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Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear moderate brown colour with a small creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing.

Nutty and bready malt with a touch of earthy hop. Good.

Big, nutty brown malt flavour. Slight chocolate character. Nice touch of earthiness. Earhty hops.

Medium ody with moderate carbonation.

Nicely balanced brown ale. A touch more bitterness would be nice here but it certainly ain’t bad.

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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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