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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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 BeerManDan
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

BeerManDan, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of benclimbs
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%

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

benclimbs, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of williamjbauer
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

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!

williamjbauer, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of BeerSox
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

BeerSox, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of BradBLR
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

BradBLR, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber, with a decent head that dissipates to a collar and some islands; a bit of lacing

Smell: A bit of roasted malt, some caramel and a touch of hops

Taste: Moderate caramel flavors predominate; the taste dries out quickly and is ever so slightly phenolic on the finish; a dash of hops and some residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue seal the deal

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied/slightly syrupy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pleasant enough amber; just a tad too sweet to score higher

brentk56, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%

07/16/05- Purchased at Berkeley Bowl Market in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle. Poured into my Shipyard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber pour with a firm 3/4 inch head and above average lacing.

Smell- Sweet malt with a backing of bitter hops.

Taste- One of the more sweeter ambers I have had. Almost too sweet. Was hoping for the opposite at the time, but I won't take too much off for that. Light bitter hops and heavy on the caramel. Very sweet once again.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated and a bit sticky.

Drinkability- This one just struck a wrong cord with me. The sweetness was too much for this type of brew. Tone it down a bit and it would be pretty drinkable I'm sure.

GClarkage, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of rowew
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Label is typical Lost Coast with an abstract cat with an eyepatch. No freshness info.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber color with a fairly thin tan colored head that has good retention.

Smell: Aroma is slightly sweet and caramel - just a hint of fruity hops. Seems to be a bit of brown sugar aroma.

Taste: Medium bodied with a bit more carbonation than I would have expected. Taste starts out pretty sweet. Dries out near the end with a slightly bitter finish.

Overall impression: Not a bad amber - a bit sweet for my tastes though. Seems to be a well crafted beer otherwise.

rowew, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

acurtis, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Noelito76, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of xhcadamx
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

A - Definition of what an Amber should look like to me. Nice and Amber (duh) with a creamy white head and some sticky lacing

S - Hoppy with some sweet carmel and toasted malt

T - Exactly the same as the smell. My only complaint is that it is more sweet than bitter.

M - Creamy yet thin. Goes down easy

D - The sweetness of this beer is what takes away from the drinkability. I enjoy a bitter Amber.

xhcadamx, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

JohnK17, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Flathead_Monster
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Flathead_Monster, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of mixed_master7
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

mixed_master7, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Suds
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours an almost copper color, with reddish-orange highlights and a generous, very pretty lace. The aroma is very satisfying: it’s full of malt, with toasted and caramel flavors, and a muted citric, grassy hop smell. The taste is a slightly sweet, with a peppery flavor mixed with a little yeast. It has a fairly light body, and an almost watery finish. Although I really liked the smell of this brew, it sort of let me down in the taste and finish. A more full-flavored, gripping brew would have been more suited to the very nice aroma.

Suds, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of dalepryor
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

bvermilion, Feb 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

TheMarkE, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Lare453, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of kmanjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

kmanjohnson, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of buffalobeerfan
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

buffalobeerfan, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of dwtyler
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

dwtyler, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Keepnitrl
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Keepnitrl, Jul 24, 2014
Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.