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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Long813
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dated: Can't read it.

A: Dark murky brown body with no head. Leaves no lacing.

S: Notes of sweet malts - caramel, maybe some coffee.

T: Roasted malts with a definite taste of coffee beans. Not to bad.

M: Light bodied with large amounts of carbonation. Texture is water like and no notes of alcohol.

D: I feel really let down with this brew, nothing else to note really. Decent at best.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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 hickmancase
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

On tap at Tequila Hoppers in Upland.

A: Translucent brown ale with a two finger head.

S: Milk chocolate beer.

T: Brown ale with a nice coffee aftertaste. Delicious

M: Thinlike.

D: Great. So much flavor, but it wouldn't be too overpowering to kick back a few of these.

Like a coffee Newcastle.


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Photo of kbrady9
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Very dark amber, almost a plain brown. Very small head after it is first poured and it dissipates almost immediately. No lacing to speak of.

S- Sweet, malty, a little mocha comes through. Masks the alcohol content very well, a nice hoppy smell at the end.

T-Nice malt character, although a bit too carbonated. Not as smooth or creamy as I would like to get from a Brown Ale.

M- Overly carbonated, not as smooth as I would have liked.

D-Thought I would enjoy the beer much more than I actually did after I cracked it open. Not something I would order on tap anywhere.

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Photo of birddogg66
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Lighter brown color, more of a reddish when held up to the low light of the Hawaiian sunset. The off white head stayed around throughout the beer, but no real lacing to speak of.

S- Hints of smoke, toasted malt, and a bit of burnt sugar emerge at first, then perhaps a bit of vanilla starts to present itself toward the second half of the ale.

T- Very smooth first sip, as most brown ales are, with some more of the toasted malt, and some smokiness that was present in the nose. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M- I found the mouthfeel to be somewhat dry. Where the bitterness is about the only flavor to truly linger on.

D- As with most brown ales, this beer has a good drinkability. At 5% it is a bit of a session brown. This would be a great tailgating beer in the fall during college football season. A bit of toasted malt with the crisp air of fall, and some bar-b-que chicken would be fabulous. A beer that you could enjoy in a parking lot time after time.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burnt amber, nice frothy head, spotty lacing
Light caramel malt on the nose, a hint of hazelnut.
Big malt sweetness, very light hop flavor and a hazelnut finish that lasts. The sweetness definitely sticks with you after a drink, mostly in the form a hazelnut.
Very thin in body. Being an English brown though, they usually are.
A drinkable brown. Not blown away, but I'd have another.

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Photo of afksports
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have sessioned the bejeezus out of Downtown Brown, and I have been very pleased. Interestingly, I was dancing to music by a white rapper at the time. Feels excellent.

Downtown Brown is not like Action Jackson. Not flashy, not exceptionally brutal or exceptionally bold. Just ... brown. And not in the dirty downtown way. More like the downtown that gets you ready to party. It looks like a brown, filtered, amber to chestnut, and it's nutty in the smell. Sweet malts and a bit of nut. A tinge of spice comes through, along with a wee bit of hops. Nothing exceptional, nothing brutal.

Same with the taste, which is smooth and sweet at the start, tiny bitter at the finish, and feels watery and clean as it goes down, despite the solid feeling it has in the mouth as you swallow.

Easy to drink and solid without being heavy, my boy Downtown Brown is better than his "B" rating on BeerAdvocate. Even if only for the simple observation that I danced to a white rapper while drinking it.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a nice creamy head. Head has ok retention and leaves a bit of spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Smell is a bit nutty, caramel malts a bit of coffee and pretty much no hops that I can pick up.

T- Taste is nutty sweetness with roasted malts and a grains flavor.

M- Lighter side of medium and carbonation seems to be right on.

D- Not bad to drink and worth a try for sure. Not my favorite by any means or style.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - deep mahogany clear with a tan head, retained decently
S - nuts and molasses with light cherry and woodiness
T - strong nutty malt with woody smokiness and light syrupy fruitiness
M - very little carbonation, rich up front, finishing slightly thin
D - a nutty malt bomb, strong flavour and still pleasing all around

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice mix of gold and brown chestnut. Good enough head retention. No lacing.

Smell: good roasted malts with some solid hop backing. A little bit of a rank alcohol smell that I don't like.

Taste: Nutty roasted hints of chocolate. Good hops a slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice heavy feel. Good finish. Spicey notes on finish.

Drinkability: Yes. I could finish a six pack and fall asleep. A good winter beer with a bite. A fine alternative to a stout.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Gobzilla for sharing this the night of my arrival to Cali. Served from bottle into a Firestone Walker sampler shaker. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and nutmeg. The flavor was of sweet malt, nutmeg, and slight roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall the nutmeg turned me off from this brew. It might be a personal thing, but nutmeg and my palate do not get along very much. Other than the fact that it had a flavor I didn't like in it, it wasn't that bad. Worth trying.

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

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, bottled 11/11/10.

Pecan red-brown beer, with a three finger head on the pour in a middling tan. The retention is a good, as is the lacing.

Dry mineral characterizes all of the aromas of diner coffee, nuts, and carob. Things are on the earthy side.

Distinct flavors are really discernible in the flavor, it's a conglomeration of exceedingly dry mineral laden earth with some carob and date.

While alcohol isn't apparent, this is a hugely dry experience that leaves the tongue literally dry. The carbonation is on the high side.

My dad really seems to like this beer and now I can specifically ask him why. It doesn't have the coffee or chocolate flavors I expected. It is a unique Brown Ale in my experience largely due to the dryness which might be repulsive to some.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a chocolate brown in color with a half finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was huge on the nuttiness but I also was able to detect some roasty character but hints of coffee and toffee. The flavor was a bit more chocolatey but had coffee roasty accents and a touch of nuttiness. The brew was medium in body with a nice amount of carbonation which had a chocolatey, sweet, roasty, and nutty finish. Downtown brown is better than I remember. I just wanted to revisit the lost coast line up. It drank good and was a soild brown ale.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Anthony88
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- nice lighter brown ale in color with a caramel head that disappears pretty quickly with little lacing

S- nice smell of roasted malts and chocolate

T- a much lighter brown ale with a nice blend of hops and malt. Has a chocolaty taste as well

M- a bit watery but does sit in the mouth well

D- nice beer to drink. If you were to sit down with a group you could put down a number of these without feeling too full. Definitely one of the lightest brown ales i've had. Would drink again.

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

Picked this up at a gas station somewhere in northern California. Pours a dark brown colour with small off-white head. Not too much lacing on the glass. Smells of very mild milk chocolate. Fairly sweet flavour. This is a lot more mild in flavour than many brown ales, but it is still nice. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass.

Picaso style type label design? Not sure, not that up on recongnizing art. The beer pours a reddish brown with a small head that fades quickly to just lacing.

Aromoa wise, there is not much going on, just a bit of sweet malt with a hint of roasted malt.

The Flavors mirror the nose, some lightly roasted sweet malt, light brown sugar, with some crisp bitterness on the finish from the hops. Some caramel and toffee flavors hints in there as well.

Medium bodied, a bit on the sweet side.

While this is not a british mild, the low abv of this brown ale makes it easy to drink, and repeat.

My overall impression is a good Malt to Hops Balance, leading to making it drinkable. While it is not best of the style that I have had, but it beats say newcastle by a wide margin for the style.

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

Poured a clear dark mahogany with some decent off-white head that retained well. Smelled of dark, bready malts and a slight hoppiness. Nutty as an English brown should be, but with a decent amount of toasted malts and some earthy hoppiness. Light body and moderate carbonation with little aftertaste that finishes somewhat dry, but it is one I could drink all night. Very solid brew from a part of the country more known for it's weed than it's beer, but well worthy of seeking out.

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Photo of gpogo
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark mahogony brown, if it was lighter you would be able to better see the clarity. Small tan head that dissipates rather quick to a tiny foam cap. No lacing.

A- Dark malt, bready. Light floral hops.

T- Bready malt flavor up front finishes quite dry and clean. Bit more hop bitterness than the aroma had.

M- Body is a bit light for me. Carbonation moderate to light side.

D- It's an enjoyable brown, one that I pickup quite often. There are things I wish were different with it, but I enjoy it.

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Photo of Naugros
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown as brown can be with a light tan head that becomes 1/4" thick with good lacing all the way down. The smell is malty sweet with floral hops and dark fruits. It smells like brown bread with raisins. But the hops become more aggressive in the taste and the floral becomes more spicy a la allspice or clove, but remain in balance with the hops. Despite all the hops they don't dominate the aftertaste and the beer finishes dry and clean. The body is a little on the light side for a brown but that equates to an easy drinking beer that I wish I could get back home.

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

Tan head. Aroma of sweet malts and light chocolate. Tastes smooth yet crisp, malts and toasted. Balanced with good flavor. Smooth on the palate. Enjoyable to drink. I'm biased to this style as Nut Brown Ale is my favorite above all. This isn't Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale but it's a rather good substitute is you can find Sammy. It's also cheaper and comes ins a 6 pack. This is the kind of beer you can keep in the fridge, have on hand and drink regularly. This is a darn good California version of a great English Beer style.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Lost Coast glass, it is a deep dark brown with a sticky lacing around the glass as I drink the beer. The smell is sweet in rich with hints of chocolate and dark malts. The taste is a bit sweeter than I expcted but it is packed with roasted malts with a caramel toffee flavor that lingers. Over all a darn good brown ale.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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 lstokes
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent brown beer, neither stand-out nor disappointing in any respect. It's very dark brown with a lasting two-finger head and smells like roast malt and chocolate/licorice. Taste is sweet roasted malt, dark coffee, a bit of bitterness at the end but mostly sweet. Not particularly complex, but smooth enough and tasty.

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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.66 out of 5 based on 909 ratings.
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