Downtown Brown | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Downtown BrownDowntown Brown
912 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 01-01-2001

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Ratings: 912 |  Reviews: 413
Photo of BethanyB
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good clarity. A very dark brown, but ruby highlights are highly visible when held to the light. A contrasting white head vanishes almost instantly.

Smell: Burnt mocha and overripe banana bread. Not terrible, but not very promising.

Taste: A remarkably clean aftertaste doesn't do this beer any flavors, as the roasted dark chocolate flavor seems to simply fall off a cliff with every sip. The overripe banana is also found in the taste, and somehow workks well with unexpected alcohol flavors, making something of a rum cake mixture.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, but with a bit of fizz.

Overall: Some interesting elements, but walks a strange, thin line between flavorful and flavorless that ultimately makes it forgettable.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coconut taste predominant, surprising but tasty.

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

Downtown Brown poured a dark red with a light tan head that left some nice lacing. The aroma is very nutty and toasty with lots of rich malt character. The flavor is good and it begins with a soft, dark carmal malt and toasted malt flavor. There is a touch of hops in the beginning of the flavor but it is very quickly overcome by the malt. The mouthfeel is very smooth and there is a low carbonation level which accents the malt wonderfully. This is a great session beer which has a lot of flavors that go with grilled meats I also think that this is a great beer to cook with.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap at the cafe. Nice color and presentation. Taste was adequate and very drinkable. I enjoyed this one,but i wouldn't say it's memorable. Finishes with a stoney finish.

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Photo of creez
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of nsmartell
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of asparkoflife
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Miami Dolphins pint glass...

A - Poures brown with a one finger tan head. Not much head retention or lacing with this one...

S - Toffee, with a sweet caramel or brown sugar scent...

T - Taste pretty much follows the nose. A little sweeter than I remember, but still tasty...

M - Light end of medium bodied. A little watered down for my tastes wtih a mild amount of carbonation...

D - A decent English Brown that I can see my self drinking in the future. Definitely not something that I would consider a must try, or something that is going to be in my constant rotation...


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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Dark clear brown/red with a filmy head with no carbonation. That's pretty much it.

Smell - Chocolate, Cocoa, Coffee, Roasted Barley and Malts. Fairly sweet smelling and quite nice.

Taste - Chocolate, Cocoa, and Roasted Barley. Simple flavor but good.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Carbonation is light so it's easy to drink.

Overall - Simple tasting brown ale but it's still good.

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Photo of winomark
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-dark brown with a thick, light tan head that hangs around for a while. Lots of roasted and chocolate malts control the nose. Some caramel notes also present. Very nice palate of roasted malt, caramel and slight smoke in the finish. Light and flavorful mouthfeel. A very pleasant beer. Quite easy to drink. A nice offering for a brown ale. Worth a try if you find it.

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Photo of oggg
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours ruby brown. Small head but leaves good lace. Pretty strong hop aroma, mostly floral. I want to say Northdown. On the tongue there is a very strong hop bitterness, somewhat harsh. Quite a bit of hop flavor through the middle. There is a modicum of chocolate and a hint of grape. Not clean and round. An ale with lots of character. I can see why I didn't like it when I first tried it a few years ago in the infancy of my beer enlightenment.

Overall: Can't really explain why I got so much hop presence out of this beer, other reviews haven't pointed it out. Certainly it wasn't just roasty bitterness for me. Not sure if I would call this English style in that respect.

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Photo of shuajw
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ABokononist
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Photo of KevdoggNasty
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ryanonline
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

from bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance is dark brown with traces of ruby. tan dissapating head. moderate lacing.

Aroma is sweet and roasty, fairly malty and nutty. not too complex.

Taste, sweat and clean, very clean, with a nice nutty malty finish.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation and, again very clean.

Drinkability is smooth and tasty.

All in all not the most complex beer in the world but nice and well rounded. good for a relaxing drink.

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Photo of Sarmento
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of BMan33
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Troyone
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish root beer color with a copper hue, minimal off white head, and some carb action.

Has a roasted caramel malt smell with some pine and citrus hops aroma.

Lightly sweet, moderately acidic/bitter, and roasted almost burnt caramel malt taste with a pine/resin and grapefruit/orange hops flavor.

Medium to full bodied, syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a metallic/astringent finish.

When I visited the Brewpub this was a local favorite (I prefered the 8 Ball Stout), the balance taste seems off to me and the metallic/astringent finish lingers the grapefruit/orange. The twist off top probably affects the taste.

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Photo of IPAbastard760
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of PhxHorn
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a dark brown with a bit of head but not that much. Smells of malt and caramel, almost like a scotch ale. Tastes of roasted malt, nuts, and caramel, with a medium amount of bitterness. A very middle-of-the-road flavor, a little bit of hops, but not much. Carbonation is about right. This one is a drinkable beer though it doesn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of jeiiVP
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Bockrules
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a chocolaty brown with very little carbonation. One finger, tanish head that is gone about 15 seconds after the pour.Leaves behind no lacing.

S - Plenty of sweet caramel malty notes with some brown sugar and some earthy hops.

T - Sweet caramel and bit of brown sugar up front. The body is quite complex with caramel, chocolate and brown sugar notes being sufficiently supported by earthy hops. Flash of earthy hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a caramel finish.

M - Light bodied with little carbonation. Could stand to be much thicker and maybe a tad more lively.

Picked this up a few years back on a road trip with my dad at a gas station in the middle of nowhere in northern California. Packs more flavors and complexity than many brown ales i've had, but the limp mouthfeel and lackluster appearance leave something to be desired. However, I could see this making for an excellent session beer due to the low carbonation and great taste.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of gonzo46and2
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 912 ratings
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