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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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165 Reviews
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Reviews: 165
Hads: 369
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 10
Gots: 39 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2002

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Reviews: 165 | Hads: 369
Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
2.18/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I hate reviewing beers that I did not like, because I do not like to insult or bash on stuff, but this was a very bad beer. I actually like this brewery, and have enjoyed other stuff, but this is just a weak offering.

A- Looks like an amber ale

S- Non-descript. Bready, grainy. Nothing to get excited about. You kind of know what you are getting into when you smell it.

T- Exactly what you would expect based on the smell. There is nothing the least bit quality that hits you. It just tastes like grainy, watery, bready bad beer

M- Carbonated but no real body

O- just a poor beer. It tasted like a worse version of Killians. I poured out half. I have 2 more and will not drink them (691 characters)

Photo of Naes
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale is a hazy dark amber color with a one inch off-white head.
The aroma is not much to speak of, other than trace amounts of malts.
The flavor is toasty and sweet with brown sugar tones and caramel malt. There is just the faintest amount of hops near the finish along with a minor nuttiness.
The mouth feel is medium bodied and actively carbonated.
This beer just seems a bit over sweetened for an amber ale. (419 characters)

Photo of tyanow
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A somewhat clear strawberry amber color, is a foamy tan head that dissipates quickly and leave surprisingly little lacing.

The aroma is not much to speak of. It's kind of a bland biscuit.

The taste is also nothing to get excited about. Not offensive but disappointing. Oddly there is almost no complexity to the flavor but also there are no stand out tones worth mentioning.

I keep reading that this is a medium body beer. I disagree. I get a watery, lighter body highly effervescent mouthfeel.

Some of the ambers from California are quite remarkable and delicious i.e. Boont Amber and Hop Head Red (although this is a bit of an amber IPA to me).

Some of Lost Coast's Beers are memorable and exciting i.e. 8 Ball Stout and Winterbraun.

Alleycat is none of these things. If I was served it at a party I wouldn't complain but I wouldn't reach for one of these again. (870 characters)

Photo of nickd717
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of liamt07
2.87/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle brought back from Florida thanks to my girlfriend, 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Poured a translucent reddish brown, with two fingers of offwhite head. Sticky head that leaves sheets of lace. Nose is interesting, but leaves me concerned of a bottle that's past its prime. Some interesting caramel, with odd chocolate notes. I can't seem to get a notion of mint chocolate caramel wafers out of my mind at this point. Horrendous for the style, but intriguing nonetheless. No hop character to speak of. Taste starts off with a boatload of caramel which dominates throughout, but suspicions of a dated bottle are confirmed I'd say (no bottling date to ensure this however). This chocolate flavour appears again, a very mild bitterness and a slight hint of citrus. Minimal hop character otherwise. Has some moderate weight in the mouth, but doesn't do much for me as an amber. Interesting on its own, but far from the style at this point. Curious nonetheless. (970 characters)

Photo of MelissaJ
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Looks like an amber ale. Nothing too special about it.

S: Smells like watery bread with very slight caramel

T: Tastes like watery bread. Disappointing. Very slight hints of spice and caramel but not at all complimenting the different notes.

M: Body? What body?

O: Average, but not a recommended "drinkability" average. Just a bad average. (346 characters)

Photo of bierguru
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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 (390 characters)

Photo of stephendr
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz.glass bottle- color of mahogany , with a off white head - nose of resiny hopps , roasted malts, and melons – taste of sweet barley , roasted malts, and slight hops – body lightly carbonated , and watery – aftertaste of malty , and slightly acidic (255 characters)

Photo of theopholis
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Clear, deep, rich amber. The color is gorgeous. Small off-white head with no staying power or lace.

Aroma- Malt sweetness mixed in with just a faint smell of hops. Maybe a hint of caramel. As it warms, it starts smelling a tad sour.

Taste- Very little malt sweetness. Some bittering hops, and a bit of graininess. Kind of metallic in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Kind of thin. A bit over-carbonated to.

Drinkability- Not wretched, but not great. (464 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a slighty murky brownish red color with a small off white head. Head has very little retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- A bit of yeast spice, a touch of citrus and bready malts.

T- Quite a bit of orange, lemon, bit of pine and spice. Everything was pretty tame.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation seemed about middle of the road.

O- Nothing special here. Pretty boring. (411 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a clear deep gold that was almost red but was too light. The head began an inch thick but soon faded away to a ring of film on my glass. There was little aroma but a bit of fruity esters did hint at the ale yeast heritage. The taste was all about the caramel malt sweetness with only an initial spicy hop bitterness. The density of this brew was good allowing the ale to have a richness in the flavor that allowed the malt flavors to linger a bit longer. Average drinkability due to the one-sided caramel sweetness this ale might get a little old after a pint or two. (574 characters)

Photo of ManuelHerrera
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light brown/tangerine with a light head and thin lacing from a bottle that's reminiscent of the Harlem jazz scene.

S - Heavy citrus and yeast aromas permeate making this beer seem more and more like a honey-wheat style. Unassuming and inoffensive, nothing distinct.

T/M - Heavy tangerine with hints of honey, lemon, mild pine, but overall there isn't much going on here. Thin and lacking a variety on the palate. Easy drinking but flavors only come in on the back end for the casual drinker.

O - Very much a mediocre brew that's unlikely to win over the beer fans or people curious to try new things. A great brewery's less-than-shining entry. (659 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

enh. It was ok, not bad, just wasn't really my cup of tea.

it poured a decent light rusty colour, with a decent head that eventually dissipated, but stuck around for a reasonable amount of time.

The smell was underwhelming, not leaving much of an impression on me, certainly nothing lasting. In fact, I find myself retesting again and again moreso than usual just to try and write this short paragraph. Smells citrusy and hoppier than I had anticiapted (not to say that it is an overhopped beer necessarily, just that based on other reviews and just kind of general understanding, I expected more of a malt profile than I noticed.)

The taste is again ok. Not spectacular, but not bad. It follows in the footsteps of the smell, with a citrusy aspect with a little bit more emphasis on hops and a little less on malts than I expected, though the malts are more readily available to the tongue than they are the nose.

It hits the tongue like a fairly standard microbrew, which I realize sounds like a copout answer, but it's really the best way I can think of to describe it. it's got decent carbonation as it plays across the tongue, and is not leave to much of a residue in the mouth.

It's a reasonably drinkable beer, again, nothing that makes it standout in my opinion, but is not overwhelming and restrictive in ways that other beers can be. sessionable, though my personal taste would prefer some diversity.

overall, an ok beer. nothing exceptional, but no glaring weaknesses. If you find yourself with the opportunity and it's reasonably priced, it can be tasty enough, but I would definitely not go out of my way to find it. (1,640 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of JBogan
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A somewhat cloudy brown beer with a small slightly off white head which left almost no lacing.

Smelled and tasted buttery, bot not too much so, along with a bisquit bite. Not really complex.

Mouthfeel was thick and just a little too flat for my taste.

Not a very memorable beer. It's about average for it's style, but really nothing going on here that beckons me back for more. As my scores suggest, just an average brew. (424 characters)

Photo of 1fastz28
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

has a very reddish brown color to it, with minimal head. doesn't have a very strong aroma to it, some hops to it but nothing truly distinguishable. my first sip i immediately sense wateryness to it, not alot of body to it. tastes somewhat malty, but nothing great, not alot of uniquess to it. relatively drinkable overall (321 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not very exciting, kind of bland in my opinion. Clear amber with nice head but poor retention. Aroma is light, cascade and sweet malt but Mbodied with very slight if any bitterness. Flavor is pretty basic and similar to a Sam Adams Ale or a Petes Wicked Ale. I liked their Brown Ale much better and their Stout is also pretty decent. (333 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oatmeal colored head fades quickly to a thing ring. Fairly sweet malt and caramel aroma. Transparent dark amber colored beer. Mildy sweet cereal malt and hoppy tea flavor. Body is fairly light and the carbonation is lacking resulting in a beer who's sweetness becomes overpowering. (281 characters)

Photo of BradBLR
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first lost coast I have reviewed and it was ok. The appearance was a medium amber color with a yellowish head that did not last long and had very little lacing. Also this beer is unfiltered because it had a case of the floaties. Smell was a lightly sweet malty aroma.

Taste was crisp, with a slight sweetness and it was balanced with a little lower than average amount of hops The mouthfeel was light with out a lot of carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but not one of my favorites. If your a fan of lost coast, give it a try. (538 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When poured, this amber ale was a light amber color with little foam that dissapated with in a few seconds. The smell was of roasted malts with a caramel aroma and a hint of citrus. The taste was more of a citrus/hoppy flavor with very little on the roasted malts or caramel. The flavor was not what the aroma brought to my nose. (329 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of benclimbs
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown with a slight head and good color

Smell is nice - a little dried fruit mixes with typical malt notes

Taste is what i would expect from an amber - it's a drinkable brew but really lacks any complexity - a little spice at the finish perhaps but that's about it a solid 3

overall this is a average example of a style i'm not crazy about to begin with, not a beer i would order but drinkable nonetheless (415 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
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! (361 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - orange amber with high clarity. A small tan head barely holds a cover but manages some nice lace. The bottom pour adds 'quite' a bit of sediment.

Aroma - bready, crackery, with orangey citrus. Very bright and fresh smelling.

Taste - a biscuity grain, gets just a tad thin at the swallow, then bridges to some mild/moderate hopping. Unable to shake that dilutedness, no one hop flavor prevails. A little citrusy, not quite piny, not especially bitter just not hitting the registers in any area. With warming, some orangey florals do come out but not by much. The finish is clean but forgettable. A reasonably good taste overall just not very much of it.

Mouthfeel - thin to average body that is generally good, and a nice crispness.

Drinkability - average sessionability for any season, though I expect you'd buy this for lack of anything better. Not so much a knock as much as a comment to this beer's position above the macros but below better crafties. (971 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (512 characters)

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Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.