Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 365
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.83 overall rating is correct.

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 - 3.88)

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.63)

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

3.83 | 86 | B+ (1,181 characters)

Photo of gulfscuba
5/5  rDev +37%

I had 2 of these beers at Dogtober Fest in Dunedin, FL last weekend. It was a very good amber and I really enjoyed them. I am going to buy more in the future! (158 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of brewbattles
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other amber ales to objectively determine which one was best. The beers were Full Sail Amber, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire, Lost Coast Alleycat, and Alaskan Amber. You can watch the video here to see who won:

http://youtu.be/RaXcBiJExus (314 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-nice cloudy amber color. Short lives head that leaves minimal lacing.
S- malty. Sweet. A little hops. Mostly sweet.
T- has a caramel sweetness with a slight bitterness on the finish.
M- thinner with no carbonation.
O- not bad. Needs a little more depth. (259 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I never go out of my way to review beers by Lost Coast, but this was handed to me as a gift and I have friends who are fans of this one. Poured into a nonic pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a reddish, amber color (which I would hope), complete with decent 2 fingers worth of a white head, as well as present but not dense carbonation. Lacing is surprisingly present in spades around the glass, and head retention lasts a long while, never fully giving up and turning into a ring. Definitely thickened, which is notable here as far as the standards of Lost Coast beers go. Not bad, but definitely only slightly above average for the amber ale style.

The aroma consists of a caramel forward smell, as well as a bit of toasted crispness, and subtle hoppiness. However, the flavor at hand remains very, very dull. The touch of sweetness definitely works in favor, and I do enjoy how there's a slight earthy hop profile in midst of the malts, but there's something really weird underneath it all, almost resembling cornbread or something. Smells slightly oxidized as a result - not offensive by any means, only mediocre.

The flavor is far better, and avoids crossing with any of the off flavors I was getting in the aroma. There's an immediate syrupy caramel, biscuit flavor that immediately coats the palate, as well as a bit of graininess, maybe some honey, cider, and cracked barley. The finish is filled with slight citrus-laden hops, as well as more astringency from the graininess, and while it's not balanced, it's refreshing and easy to drink. Slightly boozy at the back, which came as a surprise. Never goes flat too quickly, and never too sweet or syrupy - although it almost gets there. Recommended drinking this cold.

This is by far one of the few beers by these guys that I could have several in one session. Very drinkable and tasty, and fairly balanced, although lacks complexity and leans a bit too much on the malts, almost to the point of getting too syrupy. Not bad, definitely a straightforward if only slightly underwhelming amber. (2,055 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, deep amber color with a finger-width head. Nothing too big on the nose, but a hint of bread and caramel. Taste was more on the malty side - almost no hop presence. It was a very smooth drink, but one that I don't think I would care for in a session or if there were alternate choices. Something about it gets, I don't know, old quickly. It's a good beer, but not a great one. This is a recurring theme for Lost Coast. (431 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy light brown liquid is capped by a huge tan head which leaves minimal lacing.

Smells of roasted caramel malts, and a faint pine hop.

Taste follows closely to aroma, with the toasted malts and a hint of the hop.

Texture is very smooth, if a bit thin, but very drinkable.

A very mellow brew, flavor is not special, but at least it's solid.

DOA (361 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 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 JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Yankee pint at the Yard House in Waikiki.

This beer pours a clear, dark golden amber hue, with one solid finger of foamy, wispy pale beige head, which leaves a nice fuzzy hedgerow of lace around the glass as everything settles in.

It smells of faint grainy malt, some mild citrus coughdrops, and a bit of leafy, earthy hop dryness. The taste is sour, doughy malt, mild leafy, weedy hops, and a soft needling citrus alcohol edge.

The bubbles are quite restrained, the body an unremarkable medium weight, and smooth, but with that weird ascerbic red ale metallic stripe. It finishes fairly off-dry, the stale pastry malt facing little challenge from any latent hop attitude.

A so-so amber ale, one which you could put back in substantial amounts if so need be. I picked this from among many, because, even though Lost Coast is represented at home, this particular offering isn't - maybe the fact that our biggest local micro is called Alley Kat has something to do with that? (979 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky copper orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty with some caramel and toffee aromas. Taste is of caramel malt and some slight nutty flavors. There is a slight herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good amber ale especially for the price. (468 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (499 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 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 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 TerrenceOBrien
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a rich amber color that's just the slightest bit cloudy sports a lightly-colored half-inch head. The nose is sweet, with hints of malt and bread, and the flavor doesn't deviate much from that. Taste is more of cereal than bread, with an almost molasses like sweetness upfront, followed by a small amount of hoppy bitterness and spice. It goes down crisp and dry, with a heavy dose of carbonation that may turn off some. Overall doesn't offer anything particularly unique, but definitely a solid offering in the style. (528 characters)

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 WoodBrew
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying the Alley Cat Amber from Lost Coast this week. It was part of a make your own six-pck at the local Binny's. The beer poured a very nice clear amber with slightly off-white head that is lacing nicely. The smell is a sweet malt with a tinge of fruit character. The taste is a very smooth male base with some hop balance....not sure of the hop used but it really helps this beer. Themouthfeel is a nice medium body beer with good carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good amber...I would rank it with Boont Amber from Anderson Valley. (539 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured 1 pt 6 oz bottle into Pilsner glass on 10-16-11

A: Poured a thick domed head, about three fingers width. Some lacing. No cloudiness, but a light nutty color.

S: Spiciness with caramel undertones. Really nice aroma.

T: Enjoyed the taste a lot. Very smooth caramel sort of flavor, which offset the spicier hops.

M: Bit thin, but not bad.

O: I've been waiting to try Lost Coast for a while now, was not disappointed. Would buy again. Also really cool labels. (467 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice domed head. Leaves spotty lace. Cloudy, darker amber color.

Mild, lighter malt. Light hop aroma. Typical for the style.

This is a nicely balanced beer. Starts with some nutty malt flavors and there is a light bittering hop. The body is typical for the style.

In baseball parlance, there are no errors. But, there are no hits either. (340 characters)

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