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 Bluerabbitbell
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Dinglehacker
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pub glass. Nice little head fizz, settled to nothing. Deep brown, watery cola color.

Nutty nose with light roast

Taste: Nuts and hops interlaced. More chocolatey as it warms up, almost like a dunkel lager.

Mouth is smooth and drinkable.

A good, slightly above-average American brown. A modest but worthwhile venture.

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Photo of shiu-chan
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber brown on the pour with tall creamy head. Toasty malt and prune on nose. Light toasted nuts, caramel and sour cherries on the palate with hint of bitter chocolate. Easy going.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear, dark reddish brown with a big, creamy tan head. Satisifying lacing.

S: Not much going on here. There's some roast character. Light roast coffee. Burnt toast. Prunes. Earth.

T: This is an odd brown ale. Not unpleasant, just strange. There is a bit of caramel and toast, but it's mostly dark fruit flavors that are tangy, almost sour. Sour cherries. Figs. Prunes. Black tea. Very much like unsweetened black tea, in fact.

F: Medium-light body, smooth carbonation. Quite drinkable.

O: Decent for what it is. If it was really cold you could almost mistake it for iced tea.

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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 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 ordybill
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance was a very dark brown color with a medium sized white head. The aroma was malt, nut and smoke. The taste was nutty with some hops thrown in. A really good brown ale.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bottle into glass mug. Colour is very dark brown, almost black with a very thin beige head and no lacing. Smell is very malty. Taste is similar to the aroma but with a definite nut undercurrent, maybe a little toffee. Overall an above average brown ale.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
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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Photo of Brew_42
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-not the prettiest beer. Dark brown without much of a head
S-toasted malts and a little bit of chocolate
T-Slight malty sweetness and a little chocolate
Mf- thinner than I would have expected
Overall- a little light on flavor but decent brown ale

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Aroma gives no clue as to the taste that follows. Starts out with a luscious clear brown pour and thick, silky head. Soft toasted malt aroma leads into big full on brown ale taste. Rich and robust, slick and sublime, lots of dark malts with hints of molasses sweetness round out to a nice nutty taste. One of the better brown ales out there.

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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 OKbrew89
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with decent head that left a little lacing. Smells of malt with some nutty sweetness from what I'm assuming is toffee. Roasted malts come through right away with some sweetness on the back end of the tongue from toffee. Medium-light body with light carbonation. No alcohol taste or bitterness. It was a little light for an english brown ale.
Overall, a fine brown ale. It's easy to drink and hits the taste and look well.

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Photo of TBCE
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Moderately dark brown ale. Pours very little to no head. Smell is of smoke and malt. Taste is sweet and malty up front, a little smokiness, maybe a little fruit. Mouth feel is thin and moderate carbonation. Overall an above average brown ale. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Decko
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't experienced many brown ales other than Newcastle Brown Ale. I found this one to be very different. Deep brown in the glass with sweet nutty and malty aromas. Taste was mostly dominated by sweetness with malt flavours but otherwise a little bit thin. Mouthfeel fine with good carbonation. Overall a good beer but I don't have many reference brown ales to compare it to. I'd drink it again but probably won't remember it in a month. I think that sums it up for me.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep brown with a slight ruby hue, with a creamy tan heaed that settles and laces fairly well.

S: Bready roasted malt, a bit earthy, maybe a touch of smoke.

T: Roasted malt, very light chocolate, toffee, a little smoke, earthiness, and a hint of dark fruit on the finish.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Can't say I was expecting much from this one, but it actually turned out to be a pretty drinkable brown.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, deep, mahogany color with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of nice, roasted malt up front, like freshly baked dark bread, followed by some notes of molasses and raisins.

Taste: Very roasty up front, with lots of roasted malt, and some subtle coffee and smoke, which reminds me more of a porter as opposed to a brown ale. There’s some good caramel-like sweetness, and some fruity notes, specifically, raisins.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good brown ale. It’s surprising in how much roasted flavors of coffee and subtle smoke there is. Like I said, this reminds me more of a porter than a brown ale. Tasty.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a generous beige head and patchy lacing. Deep ruby brown color. Aroma is English toffee, nuts and a touch of chocolate and caramel. Flavor is more of the same with a nice balancing subtle hop note. Mouthfeel is light-medium and quaffable. A very good choice for Brown ales.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Jan. 2, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 9, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark brown, mahogany, semi-clear color with two fingers of rocky, khaki tan head. Minimal-to-no wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, hazelnut, light chocolate, espresso, vanilla, faint coffee, cocoa and chocolate milk. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but still pretty good. Got roasted nuts, espresso, toffee, caramel, hazelnut, cocoa and chocolate milk. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

A decent beer, especially the smell. Pretty average the rest of the way. (Overall - 3.50)

3.67 | 83 | B

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Photo of 94Sip
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Arnold Palmer's restaurant in Indian Wells, CA.

Overall: This was probably the best brown ale I have had. It got better as it warmed up. Pronounced aroma and tastes of a malt-forward ale.

Look: Nice, deep brown. Had a nice tan head that didn't last long but left a good lace down the glass as I drank it.

Smell: very much like a brown ale should be- good roasty aroma, with pronounced malt and minimal if any hop aromas.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, some dark maple syrup after it warmed up. Did not have the dark, roasted tastes of a stout or a porter, which is what I like from a brown ale.

Feel: This is where I differentiate a brown ale from a porter/stout. This does not come across as heavy or thick like a porter. It was very drinkable as a brown ale.

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Photo of FLima
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown with a thin off-white head with short retention.
Nice aroma with lots of chocolate and nuts.
Flavor with predominant notes of spices, cocoa, caramels, American yeast, hazelnut, earthy hops and cola.
Dry aftertaste with a mild residual roasted note.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Easy to drink Brown Ale, actually rather American but not too hoppy. Well rounded, not over sweet, mild and still with nice spices and a nutty profile. Body could be bolder, though.
Ap.3,25 Ar.3,75 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

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Photo of SummerRoseAnn
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of the downtown brown, sadly, it's only available from one beer and wine shop in town, so it's a rare treat.

Malty and sweet, clear deep brown color. Modest foam, that dissipates rather quickly. Nice refreshing brown, very clean taste, none of the mustiness that occasionally accompanies malty beers.

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Photo of Radome
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Appears a medium to dark brown in the glass, deep copper/orange when held up to the light. Perfectly clear. Beige head is thick, creamy and long-lasting. Huge curtains of lace. Very attractive beer.

S - Nutty malt aromas, with some crystal malt and even a bit of chocolate and roasted grain. It all smells clean and subtle. No hops or yeast evident in nose.

T - Flavors of grassy hops mix with the malts from the nose. Not as much malt as expected from the aromas. Light chocolate and roast. No yeast character.

M - Thin body. Smooth carbonation. A smooth and oily mouthfeel makes me wonder if there are oats in the grain bill. Significant hops bitterness, but no alcohol burn.

O - This is a clean, well-made, enjoyable brown ale with an American rather than English tilt. Not exceptional, but good.

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Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Eureka.

Pour is dark amber-brown. Excellent head and sticky lacing. Clear.

Aroma: medim malts with milk chocolate and hints of hops and coffee

Flavor: A load of milk chocolate in the malty flavor.

Feel: medium bodied with medium carbonation level.

O: good

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Photo of Furlinator
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours cola brown with a 1 inch white head that settles to a thick cap and ring on top that leaves thick strands of lace.

Smell is of hazelnut up front with faint chocolate, caramel and molasses on the finish. Very pleasant.

Taste is of big hazelnut sweetness, molasses, roasted malt and brown sugar up front with faint chocolate on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A solid malty brown ale with pleasant coffee, hazelnut, chocolate and brown sugar accents.

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