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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2002)
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

Blunted420, Jun 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

rah1734bones, Mar 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

Drod32, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of tonistruth
4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
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.

tonistruth, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of Offa
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Offa, Oct 16, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Jovo, Aug 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Nage37, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

amberBob, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

ncstephen, Aug 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

creez, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Surefire
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Surefire, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of WoodBrew
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

WoodBrew, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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.)

RBorsato, Sep 19, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

HumuloneRed, Dec 30, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

MobBarley, Apr 17, 2004
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4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

potownbill, Jun 22, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Packman4IL, Nov 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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kushlash23, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Murph
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Murph, Jul 16, 2002
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Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.