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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Alleycat AmberAlleycat Amber

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BA SCORE
82
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294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%


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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brewbattles

California

4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:41:06 | More by brewbattles
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magictacosinus

California

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 05:04:37 | More by magictacosinus
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Drinkerofales

California

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 21:17:29 | More by Drinkerofales
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nrbw23

Ohio

3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 20:47:26 | More by nrbw23
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benclimbs

California

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 20:48:31 | More by benclimbs
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 23:44:25 | More by JuicesFlowing
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TheSixthRing

California

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 00:47:48 | More by TheSixthRing
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 06:27:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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deebo

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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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ManuelHerrera

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:52:15 | More by ManuelHerrera
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MelissaJ

Indiana

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 01:09:37 | More by MelissaJ
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TerrenceOBrien

New York

4.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 18:16:44 | More by TerrenceOBrien
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StoryOfTheGhost

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -40.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 14:38:13 | More by StoryOfTheGhost
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:35:52 | More by WoodBrew
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 03:47:15 | More by chodinheaven
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Murrhey

Montana

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:06:48 | More by Murrhey
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 00:52:25 | More by smcolw
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Jemonster

California

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Im having this beer in the bottle, so unfortunately I can't see it.

S: I get warm honey and french bread. Some molasses and spices...orange peel.

T: Again with the molasses up front. There is sort of a liquorice bitterness at the end. In the middle, there is a pretty average beer taste. Standard but nice amber ale taste.

M: Dry but refreshing. High carbonation and medium body.

O: Pretty decent beer by Lost Coast.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 02:03:58 | More by Jemonster
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a decent looking amber color. The head was pretty big and white. Settled with a pretty nice lacing on it. The smell of the see had some sweet malts and hops in the mix. The taste was pleasing with the sweetness and the bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was creamy and had a good carbonation to it. Overall its a pretty good amber ale, not sure if I'd need it again though.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 19:35:13 | More by Knapp85
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matjack85

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL for just $1.00. No freshness date.

The beer poured a slightly hazed copper color with a nice 2½-finger fluffy egg shell colored head that lasted awhile. Not a lot of lacing, but there was some.

The smell had a nice malt and caramel aroma to it with some subtle hop presence underneath.

Mostly malt and caramel flavor, but the hops don't stay hidden in the taste. They provide a mild bitterness and some citrus flavor to the beer. Well balanced.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium body. My only com[plaint is that I found the beer to be severely undercarbonated.

Easy to drink. A cut above your average red. I just wish it had more spritz.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 06:34:12 | More by matjack85
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 19:49:27 | More by liamt07
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 23:41:13 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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srandycarter

California

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty, dark honey color, off white head leaves to disk fast. Some cling lace.

S - Light malt and lots of metal. I smell metal.

T - Light malty beverage, some bitterness. Easy.

M - Don't like the metal smell and taste. Good carb, med to light body.

D - Low ABV and not over the top. Pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 22:54:50 | More by srandycarter
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farrago

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gives you a half finger of off-white foam, mix of multiple bubble sizes creates a dimpling effect right from the start, not much retention so enjoy this while you can, thin surface coating fares better, the lacing too delicate to stick much. Faintest gauzy quality in the reddish amber liquid, true to the category, remains mostly transparent, yellows out at the glass bottom. Malty nose of cocoa, chocolate powder, brown sugar and hard toffee candy, the orange to tangerine citrus more sweet than sour, very lightly roasted nuts, has spine without the hops getting all herbaceous on you, curious lack of distinct fruit scents. Medium-bodied, the carbonation puts a big charge into it, close to a whirlpool effect, definitely keeps it scrubbing along the mouth walls and tongue. Here too favors the malts, if by a closer margin, the cocoa and brown sugar not that sugary and knit into the green grass to straw and orange, lemon led citrus. Hard to say the florality ever gets it in gear. More nutty with an echo of tarry earth through the end. Makes an earnest attempt at fashioning a distinct personality but two or more missteps scotch the deal. In the end, you search unsuccessfully for an underlying guiding principle.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:07:35 | More by farrago
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Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.