Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 365
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2002

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Photo of gulfscuba
5/5  rDev +37%

I had 2 of these beers at Dogtober Fest in Dunedin, FL last weekend. It was a very good amber and I really enjoyed them. I am going to buy more in the future! (158 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours an orangish red copper color with a 1/2" beige head. Leaves lace on the glass, retention is not bad at all.

S- strong grainy hop smell but has a kind of sweetness to it, Caramel scent comes out as beer warms. Refreshing scent.

T- sweetness from the malts that blends perfectly with the bite of the hops. sweet yet grainy. Toasted malts as well. Faint sweet grain aftertaste. Very yummy. Then, just when you think it can't get any better. this awesome spice comes out as the beer warms.

M- a joy to have on the palate, nice body, nice carbonation, just coarse enough to be fun.

D- i would drink this all day if i could. absolutely blew my mind. Must try, must keep on hand if u like ambers that are hoppy.

amazing, dont know what to say, i just kept getting increasingly sadder as the glass emptied. (822 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is, to me, quite good as US "amber ales" go.

Somewhat deep copper amber and very bubbly, it has a medium light tan head that is bubbly and steadily dissipates to a thin, lasting top. It leaves a little lace.

The aroma is a little earthy, mostly caramelly malt with grain, bread, citrus (grapefruit plus others), and a hint of pine.

The taste is earthy, caramel, grain, pine, citrus that just leans to grapefruit, spices, and herbs. Alcohol is noticeable but generally in a positive way, warming, faintly spicey, and still smooth. The flavours are well-rounded flavours and it has some light complexity, with hints of herbal German pilsner and earthy-caramelly English pale ale. (688 characters)

Photo of Surefire
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.38/5  rDev +20%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden with a light amber hue, low beige film+ringed head, and decent lace. Nice light spicy hop aroma and flavor. Very nicely balanced with hops on the forefront and some light roasted malts underneath. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice light hop finish.

I remember this one being pretty darn hoppy when I had it many years ago ... seek out a fresher one.

Per Label: "Roasted Caramel Malt and spicy German and American hops"

Bottled: Sep '05 (notched)
Tasted: 08/31/06

($3.49 / 22 oz.) (507 characters)

Photo of HumuloneRed
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle. It pours a red/amber color with a lasting fluffy off white head with incredible soapy laving.

Very enjoyable malty sweat and bready nose with notes of citrus.

The flavor is pretty balanced with emphasis on the malt sweetness. A very tasty brew. (263 characters)

Photo of MobBarley
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber with a decent, creamy head that persists and splatters the glass with lace. Smell is floral up front with some caramel developing late. The taste is immediately sugary before an astringent hoppy bite roars to the fore. The finish is smooth, drying, creamy and a little bit toasty with a bitter-sweetness remaining to coat the tongue. Mouthfeel is luxurious....very creamy and chewy. Drinkability is tip-top. Unique and very strong all around. (461 characters)

Photo of potownbill
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, compliments of Mr. Matts.

A: Nice dark amber. Orange when held up to the light.
S: Nice malt, with sweet caramel, and some hops come through as it warms.
T: When cold, good smooth malt flavor, some sweetness, nice aftertaste. As it warmed, hops came through, and my last sip was dominated by hops with alcohol finish.
M: Smooth, nice carbonation
D: Really enjoyed this beer. I will certainly come back to this one. (449 characters)

Photo of Murph
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of stawn
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a semi transparent golden brown with a finger of tanish cream colored head.

S - Smells sweet and mildly hoppy with some citrus notes.

T - The spice from the initial hops are followed up by the sweet malt of this amber. Its almost a hybrid amber with the amount of hops present. Bordering on a good IPA, with an amber body. Not as hoppy as an IPA, but one of the hoppiest ambers I have had. This is a wonderfully balanced beer. Lacing sticks around forever.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and has a great full body.

D - Absolutely great amber. They guys at Lost Coast hit a home run with this one. I could (and probably will) drink this on a regular basis! (704 characters)

Photo of grindcore666
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a thin head out of this one which pours a reddish brown. Lacing was very good, overall looks hazy and smooth. Aroma is pretty airy (almost sniffed some beer into my nose), but there's a soft hop presence which suggests a clean and gentle beer.

This one tastes crisp in it's glorious carbonation, medium hop levels, and nice very slightly malted, but still hoppy, aftertaste. This one definitely has the trademark Lost Coast sugars that I've found in their other brews including Great White.

This one tastes super clean - made with Evian water?

Not an aggressive amber, and still fully enjoyable; so it's without a doubt a session favorite of mine. (664 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- tarnished copper color with a sticky buff head that doesn't leave much lace behind.

S- very fruity, caramel, diacetyl, buttery and tropical hops and some tobacco

T- guava, passion fruit, pineapple, tart berries, kiwi, mostly hops with a toasty caramel background. very fruity and english tasting.

MF- medium body with prickly medium carbonation. spicy. resinous.

D- great red ale, really nice flavor and easy to drink. (427 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass

A - murky, deep amber color, not much of a white-ish head that thinned to ring, no lace.

S - initial aroma out of the bottle was hops, but after sitting in a glass for a while the sweet malts can be detected.

T - very good balanced taste with the malts winning the flavor battle.

M - very light mouthfeel, almost fizzy.

D - I enjoyed my one sample and I might pick this up again sometime. (440 characters)

Photo of brewbattles
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other amber ales to objectively determine which one was best. The beers were Full Sail Amber, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire, Lost Coast Alleycat, and Alaskan Amber. You can watch the video here to see who won:

http://youtu.be/RaXcBiJExus (314 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid, crystal-clear amber ale with a lumpy off-white head. The aroma is of piny hops, malt, biscuits and hay. The flavor is of medicinal, complicated hops, sweet, smooth malt. It's dry, almost sour and well bittered. Nice West Coast Amber!
(rated May 2, 2007) (270 characters)

Photo of Ozone34
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight amber/red haze. Nice lace around the edges, lasts throughout the drinking.

Smell of hops and malts.

Slightly hoppy, hoppy is the style I presume, but not overwhelming, very balanced with the caramel backing.

Carbonation hits just right and finishes nice. (270 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear reddish amber color with moderate off-white creamy head. Great retention and bountious lacing.
Smell is notable for piney hops with a mild background scent of caramel hops.
Taste also brings the hops to the forefront with only a modest amount of malt detected.
The malt begins to show through at the finish balancing the hops in an exquisite fashion.
Very drinkable. Very refreshing. (410 characters)

Photo of boss302
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A This is a red beer with a nice head. The head lasts most of the glass.

S Fresh flowery hop aroma with a malty note also.

T Very rich malty flavor, but hops are definitely a big part of the provile. There is a little bready/biscuity flavor also. Some bite at the back of the tongue in the finish, but otherwise clean with no off-flavors.

M Medium body, good carbonation.

D Quite good, flavorful, boldly hopped amber ale. Less hopped than pale ales, and a good balance between hops and malt. (495 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from a Lee's Discount Warehouse in Las Vegas and driven across the border into Utah for tasting.

Walking all day in Bryce Canyon, I knew I'd want something proper to drink during the evenings and Utah's 4%ABV laws didn't seem to cry out to me very much, so that is why I took some decent beers into the state with me, this one included.

Poured a few times into my motel plastic toothbrush tumbler the beer appeared an amber colour (but not catty), on top of each pour sat a tan coloured head.

The smells given off were of sweet molasses reminding me of toffee and malted bicuits.

Strangely the first taste was a hop bitterness, a tangy unexpected hit considering the aroma. Slowly the sweetness from the smell took over and balanced out the original hop hit.

Pleasant without setting the world alight and at 5.5%ABV no problem driving in the morning. (871 characters)

Photo of jreitman
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with a nice off white head. Pretty well carbonated. Very pleasing nose but I could not identify any specific aromas. Flavor profile is dominated by malts with sweet and nut flavors prominent. Hops shows themselves with a slightly bitter finish. Beer goes down very easy and is quite enjoyable. Could easily see this as a session beer. (353 characters)

Photo of JDV
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rich amber color with a medium sized offwhite head. Smell is of light sweet malt, and some hops slowly show as it warms up. Taste is nice and sweet and malty, with creamy flavors of caramel with a faint hop bitterness that grows a bit. I really like this amber and wish I could get it here. Just what I want an amber to be. (323 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a full crisp amber with a quickly diminishing head that left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was of rich caramel malt with understated earthy hops. The taste was of burnt caramel with pine hops lingering in the aftertaste. There was a decent balance between the two. The mouthfeel was slightly bitter, weighing a little heavy for a beer of 5.5%, not too strongly, though. This is certainly an enjoyable amber beer, just not too high on my overall list. (461 characters)

Photo of TerrenceOBrien
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a rich amber color that's just the slightest bit cloudy sports a lightly-colored half-inch head. The nose is sweet, with hints of malt and bread, and the flavor doesn't deviate much from that. Taste is more of cereal than bread, with an almost molasses like sweetness upfront, followed by a small amount of hoppy bitterness and spice. It goes down crisp and dry, with a heavy dose of carbonation that may turn off some. Overall doesn't offer anything particularly unique, but definitely a solid offering in the style. (528 characters)

Photo of gpogo
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazed burnt orange amber color with noticeable carbonation. Light tan head about a centimeter of foam.

A- Light caramel aroma, and a hint of chocolate. I feel my fridge made this beer a bit colder than it should be.

T- Wow, this is more full flavored than most amber ales I've had. Lot's of toasty caramel malt flavors, with a bit of chocolate. It finishes with a spicy hop bite, but not overdone.

M- Medium body, not as light as other ambers feel. Slightly creamy even. Moderate carbonation.

D- I think I found my new favorite amber. I could drink a few of these without feeling too ick. (604 characters)

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