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 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 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 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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Photo of aldizy
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a light brown and smells like hazel nut with other sweet aromas and taste great goes down smooth with not too much bitterness i would try this one again and i would alsi like to try there other brews but the taste does not last to long in your mouth.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated bottle poured into pint glass. Bought at Premier W&S.

Clear brown body topped with a quickly fading tan head. Haze remains with no lacing.

Nutty aroma with a touch of chocolate and minor hop bitterness.

Mild blend of chocolate, nuts, coffee and caramel. Hops are basic bittering, and somewhat overcome by the roasted notes.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit thinner than I'd like with slightly biting carbonation.

This is one of those middle-of-the road browns; hits most of the points but doesn't really wow me. Probably will pick up a bottle now and again but won't make a fuss if it becomes unavailable.

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

Lumpy off-white head that leaves a blanket of lace. The color of the brew is ruby brown and appears to be completely clear.

Strong, deep sweet caramel aroma. Oddly, there's also a raw grain barley smell. Strangely interesting and appealing. Light milk chocolate.

Initially, I catch a touch of smokiness. The flavor becomes a mild dark crystal malt with a lightly sweet touch. Low hop that comes forward during the swallow--appropriate for the style. Thinnish body but with a lower carbonation level.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at McShea's in Narberth, PA.

A: Clear dark brown with two-finger, off-white head that lasted. Pretty good lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate. Not very detectable.

T: Light sweetness and bitterness. A bit bland, but very good. Coffee and chocolate to match the nose. Nutty finish makes me want more.

M: Smooth and refreshing. Just a bit watery though. Very soft carbonation.

O: This was a very drinkable brown that quenched my thirst nicely. Would drink again.

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Photo of cocogan
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, poured into pint glass.

Visual: deep btrown in color with ruby red hues. No head, little lacing.

Nose: Chocolate, caramel.

Taste: Follows the nose with a roasty character to it. Nuts and sweet barley flavor.

Mouth: Subtle carbonation, soft foam texture middway through drink. Medium-light body.

Overall: Not the best, but respectable. Would like more balance to the beer; it's very malt forward.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color when poured into a pint glass was a clear medium dark brown with a nominal amount of tan foam. The smell of roasted malts and caramel was evident in the aroma. The taste was of roasted malts, caramel with a touch of coffee. A nicely balance ale that did not have a bitter finish. Pleasant tasting!

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

12oz bottle poured into a Blue Betty Brewery tulip style imperial pint glass. Obtained via a Beermasons subscription.

Pours a dark brown colour with a hint of copper to it. See-through appearance with a beige, verging on tan, head of foam that measured over 3 fingers in height before settling down at a finger. Some lacing, compact, defined bubbles.

Smells of nut, roasted sweet malt and molasses is a big factor, while some toffee and caramel is there as well. Not sure i want the molasses aroma though.

Taste is nutty and malty with some molasses coming through. It is far less prominent upon tasting then it is upon smelling, but adds another dimension.

Mouthfeel is creamy at times, thin at others. Some late sweetness to finish it off. Not a lot of detectable bitterness, making it more English Brown than American Brown.

Overall, a bit odd, don't afree with the molasses in the smell, plenty of other stuff there to enjoy. The mouthfeel is a bit inconsistent. Average beer that could be better.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A) Deep brown with a solid inch of off white head. Good retention on the head and decent lacing as well.

S) Roasted malt, a bit nutty, with some sweetness, kind of like a pecan pie. There is also a little coffee on the nose.

T) Roasted malt, toffee and slight coffee. There is some earthy quality here, with light floral hops.

M) A medium body, moderately carbonated. It's pretty creamy and pretty smooth.

O) If you're looking for a pretty good brown to enjoy while watching the game or sitting around the fire pit, this is a solid option.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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 TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Sweetness is helpin' me with yet another random TJ's single. It pours a clear sunset garnet topped by a finger of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises watered-down molasses, very light roasted malts, dusty biscuits, and cocoa powder. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light candi sugar and plenty of balsa. The added sweetness helps, but not too much. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a decent brown, nothing close to special, but also nothing entirely offensive, either.

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

Clear moderate brown colour with a small creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing.

Nutty and bready malt with a touch of earthy hop. Good.

Big, nutty brown malt flavour. Slight chocolate character. Nice touch of earthiness. Earhty hops.

Medium ody with moderate carbonation.

Nicely balanced brown ale. A touch more bitterness would be nice here but it certainly ain’t bad.

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Photo of Brunite
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - It poured out a dark brown with a foamy, one-finger head that left some lacing.

S - Nutty aromas...mild maltiness.

T - Somewhat sweet malty taste. The nut flavor seemed like hazelnut.

M - Medium-bodied.

O - This is a decent Brown ale. Nice...not fantastic. Solid.

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Photo of kflorence
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my profile - MAR 3, 2008

Pours dark amber brown with minimal, lacy head. Smells of roasted coffee, malts, cocoa, brown sugar and nuts... very earthy. Tastes are heavily dominated by the roasted coffee flavor, but there are ample notes of cocoa, malts and some hop presence. It’s a medium-bodied beer, a good mixture of heavy and light. It finishes quick with a sweet aftertaste. A very nice brown ale.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at The Library in Manhattan, KS. Enjoyed at home in Oklahoma City.

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a medium brown color, clear with a large head. Leaves lots of Belgian lace on the side of the glass. Nice chocolate malt aroma.

Fairly sweet for the style with a slight toastyness. Very few hops. Lingering sweetness. A little bit of nutty notes. Thin mouthfeel.

Not bad but a bit too sweet for my taste. I tend to prefer by brown ales more on the dry side, leaning in the Porterish direction.

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Photo of ADZA
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light mahogany hue with average carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is toffee,maple syrup,brown sugar and nutcake,it has a light body with average carbonation and has tastes of berries,toffee,roasted nuts,maple syrup and finshed with a touch of sweet nutcake and overall this brew is no standout but very quaffable.

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Photo of spicelab
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a De Dolle stemmed tulip with thanks to Beermasons.

Mostly clear burgundy. Meek cream head dies down quickly and is resistant to agitation efforts.

Maple syrup, prunes, dates, raisins, brandy snap and hints of wood. It's all malt but it's not stupidly sweet.

Taste is a bit one-dimensional. Caramel, stewed plums, touch of biscuity malts and mild fortified-wine undertones. Still, it's nice and not boring.

Pretty light with a dusting of fizz, mostly noticeable on the mid-palate.

Easy drinking and tasty enough. More body would showcase the malts better, but that's probably a difficult task without increasing the ABV.

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Photo of matjack85
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz squatty brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.59. No freshness date or any other information about the beer on the label.

The beer poured a reddish brown mahogany wood color that turned even redder when held to the light. Crystal clear see thru clarity with a 1½-finger tan head that lasted awhile and produced some nice lacing.

The beer has the aroma of toasted malts, chocolate, and caramel.

Big toasted malt flavor but with some mild bitter coffee taste that I didn't pick up in the smell. There is also some caramel sweetness and a touch of chocolate, but just a dash of each. Even less noticeable are the Saaz hops and the alcohol. Nutty finish and aftertaste. Not a bad little brown ale.

The mouthfeel is not as creamy and smooth as most brown ales despite the moderate carbonation level, and I found the body to be only slightly heavier than light.

Overall a good quality beer.


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

A slightly better then average brown ale pours a clear distinct brown with an almost non- existent head and zero lacing. The nose is of your basic brown ale variety but with a bit more coffee and nutmeg showing up. The taste is a little muddled and specific flavors are hard to distinguish. However it is very easy and pleasant to drink as there are no bad/harsh "off" flavors and the smoothness(read "light carbonation") of the brew is excellent.

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Photo of 2cansam
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - amber brown, carbonated head dissipated quickly leaving a bit of lacing

S- toasted nuts and caramel malt

T- sweet and malty, picked up a bit of a coffee taste but not the nutty taste I got from the aroma

M - a bit too carbonated for my tastes

O- if it was a little more on the creamy vs carbonated side I would really love this beer, but its still a great beer

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Photo of lechroy
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into glass. Exceptional brown that is well balanced with warm toasted tones and mild hopiness.
A - loved the rich amber color and a nice 2 finger light head.
S - toasted warmth with sweet hops
T - Yum, the best part of the beer for sure. Really nice malt bill with chocolate overtones. A taste of hops. Dry for a brown, thats points in my book.
M - solid friendly feel. Smooth.
O - highly recommended brew for beer drinkers of all tastes.

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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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Downtown Brown from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.66 out of 5 based on 902 ratings.
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