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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Not Rated.
Alleycat AmberAlleycat Amber

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168 Reviews
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 378
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 18.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 47 | 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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Reviews: 168 | Hads: 378
Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of StevieW
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Label has a cartoonish alleycat on the front.
Medium amber color, shiny and clear. Beige head, minimal lacing.
Some sweet carmel malt smells. Also notable metallic presence to start. Smell smoothed out.
Taste was sweet, carmel and crystal malts. Lots of sweet malty presence. Just a hint of cascade hops, maybe. Just slightly acidic citrus flavors at to finish. Was very tasty and good to pair with hearty meals. Medium bodied, tastes and feel thinned out toward the end, but thats ok.
Overall worth the purchase and worth a try.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received with the August MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured an amber red color with a well sustained white head. Nose is of caramel malts and not much else. Taste is a bit more complex than the average amber, caramel malts predominate but there is a nice floral citrus hop dancing in the background that makes for a pleasurable finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly lively on the palate. Drinkability is good. This is an enjoyable beer that I would recommend to amber fans!

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Photo of Natural510
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm normally not a big fan of Lost Coast beers, but this one was quite tasty.
Poured on-tap into a 20oz glass, this was sweet with very notable malt & hop presence. Again, most West Coast ales overdo themselves with hoppiness...but Alleycat was not excessively bitter, as it was balanced by the malt.
Very drinkable amber, I'll likely order this again on-tap where available.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/7/08. Bottle. Pours a light amber with a small white head. Aroma of mainly floral hops. Flavor of floral hops, wheat, sweet malt. A little hoppy for an amber ale (to me) and it is very similar to a pale ale. Nevertheless, it is very balanced and so smooth to drink, an excellent session beer. Very underrated- a very enjoyable beer. Would definitely pick up again.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed this brew while overlooking the Pacific at a friend's place in Santa Barbara.

A-Semi-clear bright-amber beer with some moderate, though not unattractive, floaties. 2-finger, beautiful frothy head rose off the pour, light tan in color.

S-Toffee with a slight dry chocoloate hit.

T-Slight hoppy spiciness melds nicely with a somewhat rich choco-biscuity malt foundation. Flavor is lighter in weight, while still being full. Finish is clean, relatively dry, with a hint of chocolate.

M-Moderate to moderate-light body. Carbonation is easy, pleasant.

D-Very drinkable, nearly to a sessionable status. Plus, the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Ocean view may have skewed my opinion of this brew's drinkability :D

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Photo of atigerlife
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown witha small creamy slightly off-white head. OK lacing.

Aroma is sweet, malty and light hops.

Taste matches aroma: malty with light hops. Some apple and a wood-like flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly cleansing and somewhat lifeless.

Overall, very drinkable and sessionable. Definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a hazy amber brown color. An off-white head dissiaptes to a thin layer of bubbles. Rings of light foamy lacing stick to the glass. The beer smells malty and caramel-sweet. The taste profile is what a good solid amber should be like: sweet malt up front, with faint bready character in the middle. A hint of hops in the finish. The beer is medium to light bodied.

Overall, just a good solid amber ale. Just what I expect, and good enough to session.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in an imperial pint tulip glass.

Pours a clear amber/brown with some golden highlights and a one finger light tan head.

Smell is malty, yet galanced hoppy as expected.

Taste is a very nice hoppy, malty beer. Balanced and easy to drink, this is a really good, simple amber ale. I am glad to have discovered this beer, as it is a little cheaper than a similar bells.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium dark amber with a decent 2 finger head, OK longevity and good lace. Aromas of good caramel malt. Slight citrus hop aromas. Perhaps a bit smokey. Again good caramel malt flavors followed by a fair hop flavor and bitterness, but not strong or lingering. Decently balanced. Perhaps a bit too flavorful to make it really easy drinking, but a good solid amber.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a hazy amber/brown with a light cream colored head, which quickly dissipated. The aroma is heavy of malt with some degree of caramel noted. The taste is mostly malt with a slight touch of bitterness. It has somewhat of a bitter, dry finish. The mouthfeel is full and suits the beer nicely. This is a smooth beer which I’d consider a strong choice for sessions.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, almost brown with an off-white head with lasting power and nice lacing. Nice caramel malt scent with slight fruitiness. Solid malty flavor of caramel, a bit smokey, and fruitiness akin to mild raisins. The blend could be smoother, as the flavors tend to butt up against one another. Overall it's decent and easily drinkable.

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Photo of dnichols
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this brew at poker night with a table full of buddies. Unfortunately I drank from the bottle so much of the finer features were lost to the night.

A: It appeared to have an amber hue with a ting of orange.

S: It had a nice even malt aroma accented with citrusy hops and white fruit.

T: It was well balanced between the malty sweet hops, tangy apples and oranges.

M: Light body with a sweet front and citrusy back and a clean and refreshing finish.

D: Real nice session brew. Light body, moderate ABV, balanced flavors and clean finish.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the four new Lost Coast beers available at John's Grocery in Iowa City. A decent amber ale. Pours to a clear amber color with a nice thick white head. Lacing is decent.

The smell is just a little bit hoppy and metallic while the malt provides a good caramel backing. Just slightly biscuity.

The taste is decent. At first it seems like licking a wet dog, but it gets better as it warms. A little more hoppy and biscuity, a little less metallic.

The body is medium. Could be more drinkable without the metallic and wet dog flavors.

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Photo of confer
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold but almost amber. No head. Very cloudy appears unfiltered.
When the beer was real cold not much aroma, I never got around to letting the beer warm to much. Faint maltiness if you smell real hard.
Taste is enjoyable. Not a real whole lot going on.It has a malty orange taste. Feels fairly thick and creamy.
Overall not a bad beer and also reasonably priced.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Jan. 2, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 3, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, orange, hazy color with two fingers of khaki-tan, frothy head. Pretty serene, albeit hazy underneath the head. Minimal wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of caramel, toffee, floral hops, unknown spicy notes, faint chocolate, sweetened iced team, lemon zest, herbal hops, plum juice and some overall roastiness. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted not quite as good as the nose, but good for an amber. Earthy rye hops, sweetened iced tea, roasty caramel, toffee, herbal hops, sugary floral notes, honey, light menthol and faint spicy Mexican chocolate. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This is a very good representative of an American Amber. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.75)

3.77 | 85 | B+

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a ruby-amber color. Nice creamy/foamy off-white head. that lasts a while and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Light hoppy bitterness; a bit of bready malts seem present in the background.

Taste: A solid taste of somewhat bitter hops, with a more bready, semi-sweet malty base.

Mouthfeel: Mostly smooth, though a noticable grainy/hoppy feel. Medium- to light-bodied, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Generally easy, though it could be a bit smoother.

A bit more bitter than I'd anticipated, but it's a solid and enjoyable beer. There's better ones out there, but I certainly have no complains and would try again in the future. Recommended if you're curious.

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Photo of chodinheaven
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good clarity in this amber colored beer with a foamy off-white head on top that sticks around for a good long while. Lots of visible carbonation. Good bit of caramel on the nose with a light balance of floral hops. Kolsh-like actually, very light in the aromatics but clean. Lemon solvent-like smells as well.

Malt is the name of the game here, but not sweet necessarily. Definitely a good amount of caramel malt and bread-like characteristics. There is a small hint of spicy hops that dance around the edges briefly, but get swallowed up by the caramel. A very slight prickle is caught from the hops and carbonation in the middle but it is short lived, letting the caramel and bread do the work. Medium body with an appropriately medium to high level of carbonation. Still reminds me a bit of a kolsh with a light amount of lemony funk and easy drinkability.

Definitely not bad, as the balance is good for the style. Easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottled 2/1/14, so 3 months and change.

Pint looks slightly hazy amber color with a small creamy off white head. good carbonation and lacing.

Aroma is faintly of cut grass malt with an even fainter suggestion of hops

Taste shows a pretty decent balance, though leaning more toward the malt side. A pleasant biting bitterness around the tongue

Mouth is medium and a bit foamy.

Overall a decent enough beer, actually got more enjoyable toward the end. Nothing to really brag about, label's prettty cool though.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from the bottle to a tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was gas colored with a tan head that was nice and foamy at first. Ended up having a fast decay. Beer had a hoppy smell but not overbearing. The taste was slightly sweet not dark tasting and was very good I thought even on a warm day. I will buy again.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.”

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Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.