Downtown Brown | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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83
good
904 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
Ratings:
904
Reviews:
409
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
135
For Trade:
0
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Photo of cooler4life
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep brown amber color with a one finger head that settles to nothingness. Carbonation appears to be light and fine. Lacing is pretty good.

S: The nose on this one is rather abbreviated. Coffee sweetness with some bittersweet chocolate.

T: Downtown Brown puts it all out there. Roasted malt, chocolate, walnut bread, caramel.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. Finishes smooth with some coffee at the end. This beer dominates in "drinkability" category.

O: The beer that started it all for me. Like your favorite recliner, Downtown Brown can show you a good time regardless of the situation. I will be always ready to head Downtown!

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Photo of Skunkdrool
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Anew
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of TomAtoMusic
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of asparkoflife
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brown was poured into a glass stein.

Appearance- A deep, brown shades the glass nicely with some lighter tinged walnut highlights. No carbonation working away in this one at all. The soapy head built to about a finger and has retained almost all of it after a couple of minutes. The beige cap went from bubble riddled to smooth and dense in appearance.

Smell- A sort of roasty malt, not quite as bready as some browns are wont to be. There is a slight nutty quality creeping out of the glass. Not much else after that though. Underwhelming.

Taste- Syrupy sweet with a lot more toasted malt on the palate, not near as roasted as the nose made it out to be. Also a nice bit of grassy hop in the finish.

The nutty quality mixes in about mid-drink and fades faster than the toasted-sweet quality. Actually really good and easy to drink.

Mouth feel- A great aspect of this beer. The carbonation really floats in the mouth. The medium body is a little sudsy, but it is appropriate and makes the beer feel bigger than it is.

Definitely creamy and smooth to drink. Quaffing this one quickly is easy.

Overall- The palate does a much better job than the nose of transferring the toasted malt and hop back up. It would be nice if even more breadiness came through and the syrupy sweetness was not so prevalent.

I again have to fault the nose for making this beer seem less than it is, because it really does taste great and drink very easy. Enjoy!

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Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of UpstateNYhophead
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of sneads
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Parke
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of dcbike
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of johnhenryconway
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ineva
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of BeerArchivist
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of nsmartell
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of KidRagnarok
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of garuda
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of shuajw
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a deep brown. Held up to the light, it almost looks like a dark red hue. Not much of a head or visible carbonation. Head was gone quickly. OK lacing.

S- Sweet. Really sweet. Chocolate is there big time. Then some subtle malts. But mostly chocolate.

T- Very similar to the scent. Chocolate tones are prominent, maybe a hint of coffee in there. The malts kick in after the sweet chocolate.

M- There was quite a bit of carbonation. This wasn't bad, but detracted from a pretty good flavor. Also, surprised me based on the lack of head on the pour.

Overall, I'm probably going to keep this in the fridge all winter long. It's sweet, probably the sweetest brew I've had, but I like that.

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Photo of rstone57
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 5 oz. tasting glass.

Pours dark brown with minimal head and very little lacing.

Smell is hazelnut.

Taste is malt, sweet, hazelnut, with a dry finish, medium body and moderate carbonation.

Solid brown ale from Lost Coast up in Eureka.

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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.66 out of 5 based on 904 ratings.
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