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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
82
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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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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mwayne


4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-24-2012 23:53:15 | More by mwayne
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish gold/ amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, bitter, malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a slightly sweet yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice breadlike maltiness to it with a dry bitter hop flavor that rounds out the palate. It goes down smooth and finishes with a grainy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine amber ale. It has good malt complexity and hop qualities; a fine sessions ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 01:48:27 | More by WesWes
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Durge

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Jax Deli & Ale House in Lake Mary, Florida. A dark amber color brew with a thin off-white head and substantial lacing. It had a nice malty scent including some light piney hops. The first taste suggested banana and more hops with very decent carbonation to lively things up. It has some bready/biscuit qualities along with some brown sugar sweetness. It has a slightly dry finish that goes well with the sweet flavors for a very pleasing end. Very easy to drink especially with such good flavor. It's only knock for my tastes is that it was too thin in body which seemed a bit odd with so much good flavor going on. But I liked this and would suggest a try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2007 14:30:26 | More by Durge
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TrojanWheels

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-22-2012 22:07:06 | More by TrojanWheels
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jkrich

Indiana

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a rather quirky looking "alley cat" on the label. There is something stamped on the bottle 09/j/08, but I am not sure this is a freshness code.
Poured a slightly hazy, reddish amber with little head retention or lacing.

The aroma was of inviting sweet malts and some spiciness.

As an amber, it was spot on - initial sweet maltiness that lingers on the tongue without being cloying. This one has a refreshing flavor with subtle hop bitterness.

This is a good medium bodied ale that is not overly carbonated and leaves a sweet refreshing taste in the mouth long after the sip.

I have to rank this amber ale right up there with my favorite - Bell's Amber. It has a great deal of complexity for just an "amber" style. You could easily enjoy this one in the warm or cold weather. There are a few lost coast ales in my area, but sadly this is not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 22:43:12 | More by jkrich
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aquaderek

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 23:49:11 | More by aquaderek
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Finatic

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-19-2011 16:40:04 | More by Finatic
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Freakin Frog in Las Vegas.

This amber ale poured a cloudy, amber/red color with dark, crumbly tan foam that settled and clung to the glass. The smell was nicely malty. The taste was quite hoppy with citrusy hops (northwest hops) and a good malty flavor to balance. The mouthfeel was dry and hoppy with medium-full body and good carbonation. The malty flavor lingered in the finish. This was a good amber ale, though this sample showed a touch of oxidation.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2006 17:18:46 | More by UncleJimbo
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regulatrss

Nevada

4/5  rDev +11.1%

10-10-2012 03:50:16 | More by regulatrss
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davidwantsataco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-16-2013 21:20:29 | More by davidwantsataco
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Hoolihan

Oregon

4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-10-2012 06:14:08 | More by Hoolihan
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Conceptuallogic

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

05-08-2013 17:51:23 | More by Conceptuallogic
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TFMyriad

Arizona

4/5  rDev +11.1%

06-23-2014 03:41:30 | More by TFMyriad
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jcanddr

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-02-2011 22:24:48 | More by jcanddr
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KidRagnarok

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-15-2011 04:08:15 | More by KidRagnarok
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Bsod27

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-15-2013 03:30:58 | More by Bsod27
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pheelingIt

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-05-2012 03:03:40 | More by pheelingIt
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59rockabilly

Kansas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

06-07-2012 00:19:16 | More by 59rockabilly
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jeffjeff1

California

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really good beer.

Appearance- reddish brown, transparent

Smell- malty, very nice

Taste- malty, sweet

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- really good, will drink it again, got six more anyway lol, another great beer from Lost Coast Brewery

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 04:30:58 | More by jeffjeff1
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from paulthebeerguru, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good blend of caramelized malts, fruity citrus and pale hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of citrus and caramel sweetness up front. Then a good amount of hops bitterness comes in. There's a hearty malt character that carries a touch of smokiness with it. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, to me this is an ordinary beer overall, but it's still worth drinking several of.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 23:23:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Mark

California

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical amber ale, caramel maltiness and subtle hopping on the finish. Clear amber, thick white head, and solid lacing. nice refreshing drinkable ale from Lost Coast. Thin watery mouthfeel only drawback.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2002 20:57:13 | More by Mark
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guitarmage

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bold amber, fairly cloudy, orange tint. Head did not hang around for too long, lacing is thin, off white.

Smell: Faint roasty malt and grassy hops, lightly citrus.

Taste: Light and fruity up front, a faint toffee sweetness, hops have a little spice, they make a quick appearance before a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A lighter bodied amber, medium carbonation, very dry in the finish.

Drinkability: An easy drinking beer, less hoppy than most ambers and pale ales actually as well, but nice light and fruity maltiness and refreshing mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 06:08:28 | More by guitarmage
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chilled bottle is poured into a pint glass.

This beer appears to be heavily carbonated. I couldn't pour all 12 ounces into the glass, as the tan foamy head filled up the upper third of the glass. If I poured in any more, the beer would overflow. The amount of rising carbonation does not seem to be any greater than normal. The liquid is nearly clear and has a brownish copper color.

The beer has a strong aroma of toffee and caramel malts. There is also a mild bitterness.

This is a fairly malty beer. There is a good amount of caramel malt and maybe some crystal as well. The hops are not oily, and add a small level of bitter and pepper flavors. The amount of hops works well for this beer.

A noticeable coat is left behind that has some caramel sweetness and pepper spiciness. The pepper and carbonation offer a mild tingling sensation on my tongue. There isn't any stickiness on my lips.

This is a good amber ale. Personally, I like more bitterness and less spiciness, but I think this one is closer to style than my preferred amber.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 23:56:48 | More by ToasterChef
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deebo

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:20:30 | More by deebo
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scottoale

California

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

Another beer from a 10-pack of summer brews from Cost Plus. This one came in a standard 12oz. brown bottle with the unusual Lost Coast artwork on the label and no freshness date.

A light amber-red with a short lived 1/2" beige foam head with good clarity and carbonation. Very little lace was left behind.

Somewhat sweet and very roasty caramel malt with a bit of grassy hops...this is the aroma, as well as the taste. This is one very tasty ale and very balanced at that.

Smooth and rich malt flavor with a medium body and a nominal ABV make this an easy sessionable beer. A real nice amber ale that is a credit to Lost Coast, give it a try!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 08:53:42 | More by scottoale
Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.