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 DaveHS
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep cherrywood color with a small, tan head. Minimal lacing.

S-Nutty, sweet malts.

T-A little sweeter than the average English brown ale, with light roasty flavors mid-palate. The finish is marked by delicate, grassy hops.

M-Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-Unremarkable, but a good version of the style.

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a two finger head of off-white foam, resting on top of clear, amber-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - A light, malty aroma with notes of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Some lightly roasted notes in the background with just a hint of grassy hops.

T - Sweet and malty up front with toasted notes and some caramel richness. Darker flavors come out in the middle, molasses, toffee, and dark caramel. Finishes with more brown caramel notes and dark sugar as well as light, herbal hops and mild, balancing bitterness. Lingering caramel with some grainy notes that darken to give off a hint of coffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, this beer has a fairly rich malt profile for the style and its sweetness is well balanced by a surprise dose of herbal hops in the finish. It isn't anything extraordinary, but it is a well made example of the style (though the hops may push it more towards an American brown than and English one) and it is really quite drinkable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz short, almost stubbie-esque bottle.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark russet hue, with two fingers of perfect packed foamy pale beige head, which leaves some layered paint strip lace around the glass as it smugly drops away.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, toasted brown bread, muddled oily nuts, a soft orchard fruitiness, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is pretty much well in line: sweet, rather mildly toasted caramel malt, hazelnut and other stale nut esters, fading apple and generic grape fruit esters, and quite tame earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a pleasantly lulling frothiness, the body a decent medium-heavy weight for the style, smooth, and with a burgeoning creaminess that gets smacked down by a latent nutty (where be the hops?) astringency. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt starting to cede the stage to a still meek grassy, earthy hoppiness, that nuttiness somehow carrying on in a sort of state of diplomatic immunity.

A pretty bang-on Yankee version of this venerable English style - take the base brown ale, and ramp it up, right? Not too hoppy (duh!) and generally flavourful all around is what we get, the nutty and malt characters really the story here.

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Photo of Llewellyn9
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz into pint glass

a- a crystal clear brown with hints of amber/honey. Tan head settled quickly, slight lacing.

s- smell is not all too impressive, slight roasted malt. nothing in the wrong place though.

t&m- quite pleasant, pleasurable hints of toffee and roasted malt, subtle hops, clean/sweet malty finish. crisp, refreshing, but with enough body to make this a good choice for a foggy day in the redwood forest!

d- decent standby brown. no qualms with Lost Coast from this humboldt resident...

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pors a medium-dark brown with a large off-white head. Scent is not too appealing to be honest. Kinda has a skunky scent (stinky) with some malt. Let's hope the taste is better. Thank God! The taste is SO MUCH better! This is a great-tasting brown ale. I just wish I could mix the scent of Sierra Nevada Tumbler with the taste of this beer. I get some great nutty flavor with light hints of chocolate and delicious malts. There are very little hops present, but the brown sugar makes up for it. Great tasting session brown ale. Mouthfeel is very nice. A little creamy, but not too thick. Drinkability is high, and I'm really hoping there's something wrong with my nose tonight, because this beer smelt awful. Maybe an off bottle or my glass is tainted.

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Photo of SteelKettle
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown with a nice thick tan head with good retention
Smell: Malty kind of biscuit bread with coffee tones
Taste: very creamy malty and brown sugar
Mouthfeel: very smooth with slight carbonation and full bodied
Drinkability: very very drinkable enjoyed a lot

One of my favorite!!!

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Photo of moester13
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown color, almost black. Little less than finger head, but retains well.

S: Deep, full chocolate aroma, pick up hints of hoppy bitter.

T: Strong chocolate malt upfront with a dark, subtle lingering bitterness.

M: Creamy and smooth with a nice finish

D: Good beer for someone who likes porters, one of the better browns I've had.

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Photo of Elimination
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've tried a few of the lost coast offerings but this is a first of downtown brown

Look is true to style a deep but still see through brown

Smell is sweet barley, carmel malt, slight nuttiness, it really reminds me of homebrewing in that it's almost not a finished brew but still very enjoyable

Drink is strong dark Carmel, very sweet yet robust burst of peanuts, barley and slight roastiness.

Mouthfeel is a medium thickness yet provides a lot for the palate to examine

Drink is very high with fall and winter coming on this is a perfect beer.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just picked up a 6-pack of this stuff at my favorite deli Civera's. The named and label drew my attention so lets see what this stuff is capable of.

Appearance: Pours a dark maple syrup type of copper brown that does look appetizing and the hint of foam head just kind of adds to my continuing fascination.

Smell: Not too much that I haven't seen brought to the plate before. Hints of fruitiness and toasted malts that bring a overpowering presence.

Taste: Nice combination of strong malt and a chocolate mixture of fruitiness that does linger for a moment before descending into a more bitter undertone that doesn't offend. The sort of coffee flavor isn't my favorite point, but doesn't seem to bother me much.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, with a slight atmosphere of carbonation.

Drinkability: Flavors are present in this ale, but seem that your waiting for more when really your not. I would drink this again, but most likely not. Did go down easy on a hot night, but hey most beers do. Not to knock this, but something that isn't for me at the moment. Cheers!

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Photo of bierguru
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - pours with a thick head which keeps through the beer deep brown in color

S - Caramel and biscuity malt you also get hint of brown sugar

T - caramel with hints of nuts like hazelnut and some oats

M - very smooth little carbonation

D - very drinkable

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Photo of emmasdad
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On our recent drive from Denver to San Diego, we spent a night in Mesquite, Nevada, so we could get out of the car, the kids could swim and we could drink. Browsing the selection at Lee's Liqours, I came across Lost Coast bombers for $3.49 a piece. Years back, when I first got into craft beer, I was always enticed by these beers due mainly to the labels, but was generally not willing to lay out that kind of money (I think they were around 4 bucks a pop back then). Anyways, my memories were fond, so I gave it a shot. Long story short, it was pretty good--nutty, chocolatey and refreshing after a cholorine filled afternoon.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a nonic pint. Bottled on 05/25/2010

A : Very translucent medium brown with a solid 2 finger tan head.

S : Caramel and biscuity malt, a hint of brown sugar.

T : Caramel up front, with the sweet brown sugar following strong. Ends with a very tiny tinge of bitter dryness

M : Light bodied, slightly fizzy from carbonation, smooth.

D : Highly drinkable, even says "light brown ale" on the bottle. Sessionable at 5%. Doesn't stand out as a fantastic brown ale, but so light it would be a great party beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tawny brown with a quick dying head. Nutty with a slight chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Lighter bodied with mild sweet chocolate and maybe some caramel or toffee and a good dose of roasted malt snesation. Very little hops for balance and slight crisp backbite to finish off a slightly chewey light-to-medium body. A simple but enjoyable brown.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Dark brown with very little foam. Carbonation seems pretty healthy.

Smell - Smells heavy and malty. I can't discern much outside of the "ale smell", but every now and again I get a whiff of something fruity, but it's so faint I can't tell what it is.

Mouthfeel - light, with just a little bit of creaminess to it.

Taste - Not terribly malty, definitely not as malty as I would have expected from the smell, but that in turn makes it almost a little bland for my taste. The bottle claims that it is "hand brewed in small batches", and I would expect a little more character.

Drinkability - the flavor isn't overwhelming enough to make me hold off on one or two more at a pub, but I probably wouldn't go out and grab a six-pack of it. Not a bad ale by any means though.

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Photo of SAtaMi
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - 1/2" of head which was gone very quick. A nice brownish red color.

Smell - Nutty with a touch of mocha coffee or just like it should smell.

Taste - Malty with a nice baked bread and a hint of coffee to it.

Mouthfeel - A light to medium grainy tooth to it.

Drinkability - It is not something i will hunt down but is a good beer none the less.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass may27 2010

A brown with some amber at the edges with a sturdy thumbs width of off white head that has decent retention and leaves a few speckles of lace

S some malty milk chocolate and mild coffee

T mimics the smell but just a little less flavor then what I could smell

M not overly thick but enough carbonation to give it a slightly feel

D an alright beer not lacking in any area and I could drink this again

decent beer but not cheap in this part of the world

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Photo of jwinship83
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle drank from a standard pint glass. no freshness information anywhere on the bottle.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with a quarter finger of beige head. the head vanishes rather quickly, and leaves behind random small spots of lacing.

S- toasted bready malts are the first thing that i can smell. after that i get some caramel and a little bit of nuttiness. maybe a hint of chocolate also. slight earthy hops at the end. theres alot more going on in here than i would have thought.

T- the taste starts out with toasted bread and caramel. theres also a slight nuttiness and chocolate taste. a light earthy/spicy hop finish rounds this one out.

M- medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- i usually passed this one up on the shelf for some reason. i wish i had tried it sooner. a nice sessionable brown ale with alot going on in it. check it out if you like the style.

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

Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin tan head. Smells of ripened fruit and toasted bread. Taste is brown sugar up front, with a bready slightly tart middle and a lightly earthy finish. Mouthfeel is light, low carbonation. Drinkability is great, light and refreshing, if alcohol levels were a bit lower this would be a great session ale.

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Photo of fbinla
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours hazy dark brown, with a small head that recedes to a ring around the glass, smells of biscuit, grain, dark bitter chocolate, cold coffee. Tastes clean at first then a slight burnt chocolate, nutty taste with a sweetness finishes dry then the aftertaste of the dark grains comes back and leaves a slightly sweet chocolate nut taste in my mouth. No hop taste of smell this is all grain. Good on a cold day with a meat pie.

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Photo of AJacob81
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 5-2.

A - Cloudy brown, the color of a chocolate cola from and old-fashioned soda fountain. A nice beige head of 1.5 fingers forms and sticks around throughout, leaving a decent amount of lacing behind as the beer is drunk.

S - Toasted dark bread, with milk chocolate and brown sugar notes. Pleasant, but not outstanding.

T - Somewhat nondescript malt, with a hint of caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar, but not enough of anything to be particularly sweet or very memorable. No hops whatsoever.

M - Smooth-drinking, medium body that feels nice on the palate. The finish is yeasty and a little too dry for what this is.

D - Easy enough to drink, with a relatively low ABV and no bitterness at all. Passes without any effort and no thought.

This is okay for what it is, but I'd rather have a Newcastle.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with little head. Not as dark as I would have expected.
Smells of malts and not much else. A basic brown with nothing too experimental going on.
Tastes like roasted malts with a little sweetness and beer, but I guess I should not be looking for much more than that. :P

A good average beer but nothing I would search out.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Brown. Brilliantly clear. Big Tan head.

S-Coffee with cream. Light caramel. No hop aroma.

T-Caramel and toast. Very low hop bitterness. No hop flavor. Coffee with a ton of cream and sugar.

M-fairly dry. No alcohol. Low carbonation.

D-Very drinkable. No strong or offensive flavors getting in the way. Technically too high an abv for a session beer but this is close.

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

Downtown was a brown/ruby red with an even tan head that faded without much fuss.

I didn't get too much out of the nose at first whiff. Underpowered, yet clean, it was mostly sweet caramel with maybe just a kiss of resiny hops.

The flavor had a little more going on, but I really had to search for the excitement. Toastiness and caramel were balanced by a modest citrus hop profile.

The body was on the lighter side of medium, without much feel to it other than stiff carbonation. This one isn't offensive and the flavors are just fine... there's just not enough of them, and what was there was pretty weak. Good for beer novices.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Heavy brown body that's barely transparent. The head is a light tan color standing about a half inch tall.

S - Smells just like a brown ale. No wierd or distinctive aromas to note.

T - The flavor of slightly roasted grain with a hint of malted cocoa (really, just a hint). This is a brown witha rather sweet flavor that's not bad. For me the sweet taste is unique but not really my cup of tea. I do give credit to the brewer here because I think this is the beer he was looking to brew.

M - Relaxed feel with a slight coarseness. The sweet flavor would be better served by a lighter feel.

~ This beer is decent. Probably not my first choise but a beer none the less.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a pint of this for $2 at Barley House. Gotta love specials on craft beer!

A: pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, not much head

S: there is some faint bitter chocolate on the front followed by a big earthy hop character, notes of chocolate, coffee, tea, pine, and toffee

T: tea like hops come through big on the palate with some chocolate and toffee that take a backseat

MF: thin to medium body with high carbonation

D: this is a nice refreshing brown ale with a very interesting hop profile. Lots of tea like flavors which is not my favorite

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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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