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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
82
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358 Ratings
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2002

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Ratings: 358 | Reviews: 169
Reviews by aquaderek:
Photo of aquaderek
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass. The appearance is nice, amber, but more on the reddish side with a tanish head which last for a while and on dissipate quickly reappears if the beer is agitated. The nose is initially diacetyl and butterscotch, then come the roasted malty notes. I cannot really find too much hop presence, but that is consistent with the style. The taste is good and well balanced; nothing really jumps out and grabs you, nice unobtrusive well balanced beer. I would definitely drink a few in a sitting.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Liked the packaging on this one,can find alot of Lost Coast beers here in Greensboro.Pretty basic amber looking ale with little head.Liked the malty sweet almost burnt smell,really liked the caramel taste nice and malty.A little thi I thought towards the bottem of the bottle though.Pretty drinkable nice amber.

Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, dark cloudy orange with a head that showed good retention and lacing.

Smell – Deep citrus hop and caramel malt aroma. I can also pick up apple cider.

Taste – Yes, this is an evenly hopped ale with a nice slightly-sweet malt backbone with a hint of raw apple cider (not the sugary kind).

Mouthfeel – Fairly big for a pale ale, this one is chewy and somewhat dry.

Drinkability – This was the first beer of the night and I was parched, so it went down quite well. The excellent balance and dry finished made this one a “buy again.”

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased as a single from the Leaf and Ale, in Knoxville, Tn. This pours a clear amber body with a one finger, orange tinted beige head that retains well and leaves lots of patchy lace.
The aroma is citrusy hops of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Pale malt sweetness takes the edge off the hop aromas to produce a slightly restrained bouquet.
Mouthfeel has a nice medium full body for style and has above average carbonation to hold it together.
Taste is very nice, with fruity orange and pink grapefruit hop flavors which gently fold into a caramel flavored malt backbone. The hops have a fresh taste which highlights a bittersweet finish.
This one is like a good American ESB on steroids. Tasty citrusy hops give this amber a very pleasant drinkability.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of 8 Ball Stout while on Long Island...Shoreline Beverage to be exact.
Was surprised to find this bottle mixed in (not thrilled) and figured I was cheated. After trying this beer, I feel it was a blessing in disguise.
Pours a very inviting bright copper...almost what I'd expect from a pumpkin spiced brew. A decent amount of beige head sits on top w/ very minimal lacing that has practically no cling. Still, a very attractive offering.
The aroma is a bit mild...a floral hop character w/ some caramel mixed in.
Taste is one very tasty sip after another...very well balanced w/ a huge hop presence (for its style). Carmelized malt keeps this beer balanced...I do not detect anything that would classify this as a Red.
Mouthfeel is decent...not thin at all and has no lingering bitterness.
This could be one of the easiest brews to consume if given the opportunity.
Another solid beer from Lost Coast.

Photo of deebo
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a fingers worth of foamy beige head that continues to lace the pint glass. Completely clear and light amber color.
S-Nice caramel malt aroma, toasted nuttiness in here too.
T-Dominant toasty nuttiness. Reminds me of a nut brown ale. Slight spicy hop finish.
M-Medium bodied, high carbonation, finish is a bit long thanks to the spicy hops and finishes dry.
D-An easy one to drink.
O-This is a solid beer. Easy to drink and tasty. Well done, I like this one a lot more than their wheat beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard amber and red colored beer, good carbonation to it, smell was of irish moss.

Tastes straight up, good enough toast feel to the malt, hop presence, but nothing that is going to blow you away or be confused for nugget nectar, bitterness kept in check. Slightly bready. Tiny bit of citrus orange like flavor on the backend.

A decent beer to have around, nothing too adventurous, but it has its time and place.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear amber with 2 finger off white head and moderate head retention and moderate lacing.

S - Caramel, malt, grapefruit hot notes.

T - Follows the smell, decent balance but won't blow your mind.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation

O - Slightly above average Amber, not my favorite, probably won't get it again, but try it!

Photo of Surefire
4.41/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice amber to copper color, no faults in appearance
S: Malts and hops pronounced
T: Sweet and bitter tastes have a nice balance. Caremel malts very noticable. Lots of flavors.
M: Medium body
D: Very drinkable, has the right amount of contrasts for the style.

Overall, a very good amber to copper ale that offers full flavors and excellent drinkability.

Photo of rastaman
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap@Lost Coast. Nutty, orangey, hopsy finish, not over the top, nice session beer, innofensive, fairly tasty. I'm guiessing this is one of there best selling beers, but even so, its not bland or anything, its really pleasant, nothing wrong, just not overly complex or anything, Tasty beer.

Photo of brewQ
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful brown to orange "amber" ale.
The tan head is a mix of fine and large bubbles.
Head dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma is not huge but slightly malty and seemingly in style.

Taste is a good balance of hop tang and malt. It seemed to attract the flying insects on my patio!

This is a "drink steadily all night" kind of beer.

I need to sample the rest of Lost Coast's line up.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Yankee pint at the Yard House in Waikiki.

This beer pours a clear, dark golden amber hue, with one solid finger of foamy, wispy pale beige head, which leaves a nice fuzzy hedgerow of lace around the glass as everything settles in.

It smells of faint grainy malt, some mild citrus coughdrops, and a bit of leafy, earthy hop dryness. The taste is sour, doughy malt, mild leafy, weedy hops, and a soft needling citrus alcohol edge.

The bubbles are quite restrained, the body an unremarkable medium weight, and smooth, but with that weird ascerbic red ale metallic stripe. It finishes fairly off-dry, the stale pastry malt facing little challenge from any latent hop attitude.

A so-so amber ale, one which you could put back in substantial amounts if so need be. I picked this from among many, because, even though Lost Coast is represented at home, this particular offering isn't - maybe the fact that our biggest local micro is called Alley Kat has something to do with that?

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber orange with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. The resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - Caramel dominates the aroma. Some lightly toasted breadiness. Not much outside that.

Taste - Follows the nose. Malt forward. Rich caramel malts with notes of toffee. Hops are concealed, but do well to add a touch of citrus bitterness and to keep this from being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel - Light body. A touch creamy. Carbonation lends to a decent bite.

Overall - One of the better offerings from Lost Coast. Full flavored and easy to drink. Though slightly tilted in favor of malts, has good balance. There's nothing complex about this beer, but it's pretty tasty.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barleywinefiend for this extra.

Pours a deep ruby amber color with a good white head that retains fairly well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is of some sharp rock candy like malt profile with a touch of hops, but this one defenitely smells like it will be balanced, and defenitely more traditional american style, not one of the hoppier ambers that are popular of late.

Taste is quite nice. A very good balance between some crisp malt sweetness and a mild west coast hop profile. The beginning is driven my rock candy like sharp sweetness with a slight touch of citrus. Hops make their presence known most through the middle and on the finish, but are still evenly contested by the malts, and certainly not an intensely hoppy beer by any means. There is a slight hop bitterness on the finish, and in the aftertaste, and the malt profile turns a tad more creamy on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is ok for the most part. Slight overcarbonation, but viscosity is right on, and it has a nice crisp feel without being too dry.

Drinkability is typical for a good amber, a bit better maybe. Could defenitely put away a few of these, and the abv is right about where I would expect it to be.

Overall a nice amber that represents the more traditional american ambers quite well. There is a decent hop presence here though, not devoid of such. This is a good session amber. This one is slightly underrated IMO, really not a bad beer at all. Nothing amazing or fancy, but a good everyday amber.

Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Yard House, Scottsdale. An average amber, an average beer. Amber highlights with white lace. Very drinkable from malting, though a tad of sourness in there. Malty aroma, some hops within.Average mouthfeel.Leaves sweetish aftertaste.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying the Alley Cat Amber from Lost Coast this week. It was part of a make your own six-pck at the local Binny's. The beer poured a very nice clear amber with slightly off-white head that is lacing nicely. The smell is a sweet malt with a tinge of fruit character. The taste is a very smooth male base with some hop balance....not sure of the hop used but it really helps this beer. Themouthfeel is a nice medium body beer with good carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good amber...I would rank it with Boont Amber from Anderson Valley.

Photo of nickd717
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Pi Bar in San Francisco. I expected a good amber ale and got one slightly on the crappier side of average.

Pours amber (what a surprise!) with a one-finger white head. Standard appearance for the style.

Aroma is fairly faint and citrusy - blood orange to be exact - with a little caramel malt.

Flavor is not too assertive caramel malt with a large citrus presence. Blood orange and a little grapefruit. Some black tea comes out as the beer warms a bit.

Palate is fairly bland and somewhat astringent. Medium-light body.

Overall, I did not like this beer much, and not only because it wasn't over 10% ABV or -bal aged. It just wasn't a very good amber ale. I didn't finish the glass because I had to drive and didn't want to waste my sobriety on this when Supplication, Death & Taxes, and Blind Pig were on tap.

Photo of DESTRO
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

my roomates stupid friend jocks this beer and so does his lame wife, so i tried it. it pours out like an amber, nice amber color (what?!) with a nice sized head. the aroma is malty with lots of caramel and floral hops. same goes for the taste, somewhat sweet and moderatly hopped. an amber that leans more towards the malt side of things with hints of caramel and fruits. medium bodied in the mouth with a moderate pleasant carbonation. it was decent. well, more that decent but not awesome. its like new iron maiden, its fair/good, but its no aces high.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber hue of brown with a nice white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Smell is citric hops with caramel malt background, exactly what you expect from an american amber. Taste is pretty malty for an american amber, really was expecting more of a hops profile than i got because of the very nice indica IPA but it just wasnt there. Begins with a very light citrus hops flavor thats barely noticeable and a caramel malt flavor with hints of molasses. Really an exceedingly average beer, i really wanted to like it but it just wasnt anything out of the ordinary. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with low carbonation which isnt exactly appropriate for an American Amber. The drinkability is pretty good, but overally this beer is nothing to get excited about and i probably wont buy it again, even a single.

Photo of MiScusi
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice, almost brownish-orange from the bottle. The nose contains slight piney, floral aroma. Its pretty subdued.

The taste is of light malt and the hops assert themselves enough throught the gulp. Definitely a very nice malt, not so much sweet caramel, but grainy malt.

Moutfeel is, as I noticed in the Lost Coast Downtown Brown, to be a tad on the watery side. In this Amber ale, its not so bad, just ever so slightly.

The drinkability is good, as this beer is pleasant, doesn't kick you in the butt on either side of the malt or hops bill, and is a refreshing, crisp brew, especially here in the summertime.

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours, well, amber with 2 fingers of rocky white head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Biscuitty malt in abundance & citric hops once warm.

T: Lemony hops & biscuitty malt & dryness up front. More of the same as this warms. Finishes with nice hop snap. Almost pulled a 4.0, more malt depth please

MF: Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation & great balance

Drinks pretty damn easy, a pretty nice old-school American amber

Photo of Backer2004
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful caramel color hue with a very imppressive head and lacing. Carbonation contiunues the entire time. Slightly cloudy. Carbonation sparkles in the mouth. Sweeter than the average amber but a nice aftertaste. A little too sweet to be considered "very dinkable." Label and name doe snot suggest anything impressive but it was to my liking.

Photo of bierguru
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A -
head laces out quick but pours white body is a copper with red hues

S -
kind of nutty a bit sweet but mostly malty and toasted notes

T -
huge malty taste with some toasted undertones very mild hop character

M -
mild body slight drying in the mouth and puckering in the checks

D -
its decent probably wouldnt try again wasnt to impressive and felt like it was missing something

Photo of BeerSox
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

Deep amber with a slight red tint. A one finger light tan head slowly settles to a thin and even cap. Stringy lacing

Toasty malts give off a little bit of caramel. The hops are spicy with a little bit of citrus in there.

More caramel in the flavor. The malts seems slightly thin and watery, with the hops giving some grapefruit flavors, but only a little. Full bodied.

The beer overall seems a bit muted. Decent as something to go with a meal, but I'm not enjoying this one by itself.

Photo of Murph
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice darker amber with a decent creamy off white head that leaves a good lace all the way down the glass. Toasty malt and floral hops in the nose. Rather malty for an amber. Nice hop bite starts you off but the bite slowly fades into smooth, creamy, and toasty malt with a lingering hop bitterness on the tongue. Nice creamy mouthfeel and perfect amount of body but the brew loses a few points for getting a little sticky on the tongue the warmer it gets. The sticky, cloyingness takes a little bit away from the drinkablity. All in all this is a very nice amber ale.

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Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.