Downtown Brown | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Downtown BrownDowntown Brown
BA SCORE
46.6%
Liked This Beer
3.65 w/ 912 ratings
Downtown BrownDowntown Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States
lostcoast.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-01-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,303
Reviews:
413
Ratings:
912
Liked:
425
Avg:
3.65/5
pDev:
12.6%
Alströms:
3.63
 
 
Wants:
25
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139
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Ratings: 912 |  Reviews: 413
Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lumpy off-white head that leaves a blanket of lace. The color of the brew is ruby brown and appears to be completely clear.

Strong, deep sweet caramel aroma. Oddly, there's also a raw grain barley smell. Strangely interesting and appealing. Light milk chocolate.

Initially, I catch a touch of smokiness. The flavor becomes a mild dark crystal malt with a lightly sweet touch. Low hop that comes forward during the swallow--appropriate for the style. Thinnish body but with a lower carbonation level.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown with red-orange highlights when backlit. The head is white toast brown, tight-bubbled, impressively persistent... and then stumbles a bit by only leaving a short, thick collar of lace. The nose is of chocolate-covered nuts; no coffee. So far, so good.

Well-constructed flavor profile with bittersweet chocolate as the major player. There are also underlying elements of dark caramel/toffee, coffee and toasted nuts; perhaps a whisper of hops. Sweet dominates early, bitter eases ahead late. Medium brown ale body with a somewhat active mouthfeel.

Downtown Brown is a solid, well made, delicious brown ale. It doesn't step outside the bounds of the style, prefering instead to play it safe and win converts with simple quality. Mission accomplished.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a thin yet sticky lace that leaves web like trails down the glass.

Smell: Lightly sweet with delicate hints of chocolate and malt sweetness.

Taste: Crisp and smooth carbonation with a moderate body that cradles the slightly Thinnish mouth feel. Hops are distant and only help to balance, they give off a light twang mild to end. Malt sweetness is mild and lets the toasted and roasted flavours rise above with out any harshness. Finish dries a little with hints of toasted husk and fresh milled grain.

Notes: One of the better browns I have had in a while, quite a drinkable little brewski. Up there with New Castle and similar.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another pure tick courtesy of Gabriel. Thanks, mang.

A: The pour is a light brown color with a spotty off-white head.

S: There is an intense nuttiness to the aroma. Maybe a little bit of ash but pretty decent roasted malt notes. Quite a bit of toffee and maybe even some coffee.

T: Quite a bit of chocolate, toffee, and roasted malts. There might even be a hint of coffee flavor. Fairly sweet without nearly as much of the nuttiness that's on the nose.

M: Pretty light in terms of the body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Surprisingly good, especially after having the Tangerine Wheat. For a brown ale, this is pretty decent.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
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 WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying the Down Town Brown from the Lost Coast. The beer has a good appearance...poured deep clear brownish amber with creamy thin white head that is not really lacing. The smeel includes deep sweet malts. The taste flowws the scent....sweet malty goodness with good hop balance. The mouthfeel is light medium body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a good Brown Ale and certainly recommend it.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BMart
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber brown hue with a full thicket of tan lacing just beautiful appearance, lacing is speckled and spread out with no pattern to it. Aromatics is key in this beer, undertone of floral hop presence and mild chocolate tones from the dark roasts used here and a very mild coffee tone to it. Tastes vary between milky chocolate notes and finishing hops adding a balancing bitterness the dark roasted malts add a great tone of bitternesss to the overall flavor pretty damn good brown. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied brown with a smooth fluffy texture, can't beat it. Drinkability: Really nice to sip on if your into brown's the only other one I've tasted that compares to this is Avery's Ellie Brown Dog Ale very tasty.

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Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BEER88
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a nutty brown coloring that is semi-translucent when held up to the light. Moderate amount of bubble action in the glass, so the carbonation appears to be up. The beer started with a short-stack head, but that beat feet before I could even sit down with the beer. The nose is caramel and nut sweetness, but not overpowering. Some earthy sweet as it sits for a bit, too. In mouth, the beer is a nice, light balance for the flavors the brew showcases. The beer is toffee and nutty sweetness, almost like eating a Rolo. Very flavorful, and does a decent job of not being overpowering with all the sweet characteristics. The body takes on a creamy texture as it warms, while still remaining light in mouth. The aftertaste is all nut, almost like a little Nutella, only liquid form. The finish is fairly smooth, and leaves no overbearing trace of the flavors. Decent beer. I could see this pairing up with just about anything, but especially spicy foods where the sweetness can really take over and help sooth your tastebuds. Easy to down, too, if your in that kind of mood.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a ruby hue. A thin tan head tops it off. The head eventually wears down to a wide patch. A little trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of toast, caramelish graininess and slight powdery cocoa. There is an underlying vague fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet cocoa and caramelish graininess. A touch of roast and a vague fruitiness come through in the semi-sweet finish.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation, some sweetness lingers though finish is relatively abrupt.

A decent, somewhat thinnish, brown ale that is easy enough to drink.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to becher pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-dark brown color with a finger's worth of white foamy to fizzy head that dissipated fairly quick. Mild lace, but sliding.
The aroma had some sweet nuts, caramel/toffee malt base, and a decent earthiness in the background.
The flavor was mainly sweet through the prior blend and carried into the aftertaste just as I expected - fairly smooth.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine.
Overall, I'm a brown ale fan, just in case anyone noticed and this one, well, it's decent, probably won't seek out again, but if offered, I won't turn one down.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown in color,transparent in spots, with a full, fizzy, creamy, dun-colored head.
Aroma: nuts and drizzles of spice, earthy, bits of coffee.
Taste: smooth, non-troubling, goes down easy with not much to get in it's way.
Rich, earthy, coffee-ish, but not too full or forward, either.
A terribly average-tasting brown ale, but, once in a while, that's okay, right?
Eh....sorry, i can't do better, but this is pretty run o' the mill.

Cheers to JohnnyDuvel for sending it out!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/30/04- Purchased at the local Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Pours a moderate brown color. About a 1/2 inch fluffy white head and light lacing around the sides.

Smell- Heavy on the chocolate and moderate malt scents.

Taste- My girlfriend swears by this beer as there is always a six pack on hand at our house. Nice mix of malt and chocolate flavors. Can't really determine any hop tastes though.

Mouthfeel- Easy drinking and very smooth. Nice carbonation going on here.

Drinkability- One of the better brown ales I have had. Better than Newcastle. There are better ones out there though. Still worth buying a sixer and sharing with friends.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 46.6% out of 100 with 912 ratings
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