Wow…..first beer review in a while….it’s good to be back in the saddle again. Today’s beer review is Lost Coast’s Downtown Brown. Although it’s still summer, and I am looking forward to enjoying some great citrusy IPAs at an upcoming river party, my thoughts recently turned towards brown ales. I hadn’t really tried any Lost Coast beers, so I chose their Downtown Brown to meet my need for a good brown ale, and I am so glad I did.
This beer pours the way a good brown ale should: a two-finger thick, dense creamy tan head floats atop this chocolate brown colored ale. I was somewhat surprised to see floating (yeast?) sediment in this beer, but you really don’t even notice it.
Ahhhh….this is what a great brown ale smells like. I pick up oak, chocolate and coffee notes with a nutty edge as well. This beer smells great!
A cigarette ad once proclaimed their product, “tastes good, like a cigarette should”, or something like that. Well this brown ale tastes great, like a nut brown ale should. It is very smooth and creamy, and nutty and oaky flavors dance on the tongue, partnering with hints of coffee and chocolate, all joining forces (Wonder Twin powers activate!) to form a great, flavorful experience.
Appearance: Good head, nice color, floating yeast was unexpected. 8 points out of 10
Nose: Very nice, this beer had a great aroma. 14 out of 15
Taste: Very smooth and creamy, yet dry at the same time. Very tasty. 46 out of 55
Style: Right in line with the style of an English style brown ale, 19 out of 20
Total rating: 87 points out of 100.
In a nutshell: This is a very tasty nut brown ale indeed. If you’re beginning to crave a darker beer, but it’s too hot for the stouts and porters of fall/winter, give this a shot! You will definitely not be disappointed.