Lost Coast Downtown Brown
By: Yelena Keselman
Often associated with another popular recreational remedy, Humboldt County is a beautiful area in Northern California enclosed by Redwood trees neighboring the shores of the Pacific, about 2 hours south of the Oregon border. Lost Coast Brewery, situated in the city of Eureka has steadily made this area a bit less elusive with its continuously growing craft beer. A long time advocate of their Great White I decided to try something new this time.
First Impression: The Downtown Brown, an English style Light Brown Ale, struck me with its Picasso inspired logo and vibrant color scheme. As the saying goes “you can’t judge a book by its cover” the same applies for beer but fortunately for Lost Coast a great label is often the deciding factor when wandering through unknown beer territory. The bottle also proudly points out that Lost Coast brews all beer naturally with “Two Row Barley” which is indigenous to the North American and differs from flavors found in Europe.
Pour: The beer poured beautifully with a rich reddish brown tint. It has a thin head that never fully dissolves, radiating a crystal like luster on the crown.
Taste: The initial flavor is strong and carbonated yet it leaves a pleasant taste of roasted nut and delicate chocolate on the palate. Despite the dark appearance it’s a light bodied beer and goes down with ease. It has a slight malty texture that is far from overbearing. This is a great beer to relax to and is definitely not one that will leave you utterly comatose when paired with food. I recommend it to anyone who has not acquired an appreciation for heavy stouts and wants to experiment with a lighter “dark” ale.