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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
82
good

334 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 334
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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Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
2.15/5  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

StoryOfTheGhost, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Maltyduo
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Maltyduo, May 03, 2014
Photo of beerbtl
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

beerbtl, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of whatsajessica
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

whatsajessica, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Thedrizzle
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Thedrizzle, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of KristaHall
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

KristaHall, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of JHendu
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

JHendu, May 10, 2013
Photo of emakings
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

emakings, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Naes
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Naes, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of paulinabarquero
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

paulinabarquero, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Mpreed23
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Mpreed23, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of GarthT
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

GarthT, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of lmundane
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

lmundane, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of tyanow
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

tyanow, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of nickd717
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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.

nickd717, May 10, 2010
Photo of liamt07
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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.

liamt07, May 13, 2011
Photo of MelissaJ
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

MelissaJ, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of stephendr
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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

stephendr, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of bierguru
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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

bierguru, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of theopholis
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

theopholis, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of jisak74
3/5  rDev -16.7%

jisak74, Mar 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

jtyson, Feb 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

DrunkenMonk, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -16.7%

pin, Jun 08, 2013
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Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.