Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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 Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Yard House, Scottsdale. An average amber, an average beer. Amber highlights with white lace. Very drinkable from malting, though a tad of sourness in there. Malty aroma, some hops within.Average mouthfeel.Leaves sweetish aftertaste.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Knapp85
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Burnished dark orange-bronze with plenty of suspended particles. The beer is capped by a creamydense head of orange-tinted beige foam that is substantial enough to last a while and tacky enough to leave a fair-to-middlin' amount of lace. The nose is sufficiently aromatic and favors hops over malt. Could be Columbus, but it's a tougher call in an amber than an APA or an IPA.

Moderately toasted caramel malt has the upper hand in the flavor profile, more so the more I drink. A citric and apple fruit hoppiness provides a modicum of flavor and an ever so slight bitterness. Most people would call this beer balanced. The body is light-medium, veering sharply toward watery on the finish, and the zippy mouthfeel is a tad too carbonated for me.

Alleycat Amber isn't the cat's meow (or the cat's pajamas), but it is a better than average version. Although it doesn't do much to stand out from the pack of craft beer amber ales, it's innocuous and is drinkable if nothing really good is available.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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?

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Liked the packaging on this one,can find alot of Lost Coast beers here in Greensboro.Pretty basic amber looking ale with little head.Liked the malty sweet almost burnt smell,really liked the caramel taste nice and malty.A little thi I thought towards the bottem of the bottle though.Pretty drinkable nice amber.

Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an amber/red color with a tan, foamy, two-finger head. Left many rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of malt and grasses.

T - It tasted very spicy. Nice hops. It had a toasted maltiness that was very smooth.

M - It was dry and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the better amber/red ales around. It surprised me because some Lost Coast beers have been a little disappointing.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted caramel malts, a touch of roast, and pine-scented hops.

Taste: Biscuity, caramel maltiness with a restrained sweetness. Faint hint of roast. Piney, zesty hop flavor with a medium bitterness. Lingering zest and spice on the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid, West Coast-style amber.

Photo of nickfl
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Half a finger of light brown head on a hazy amber- brown body with some chunks floating in it. No lace. Not promising...

S - Malty with some toasted notes and caramel. Minor citrus/ spicy hop presence in the background.

T - Malty and sweet with lots of caramel flavor. Clean yeast profile in the middle and the malt fades as some moderate spicy, nobel hop flavors appear towards the finish. Just enough bitterness to balance.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A nice, drinkable amber ale that tastes much better than it looks. There seems to have been an attempt to make this a more hop oriented beer than it turned out to be, but the use of German hops just doesn't work for me. Worth trying, but I probably won't ever feel the need to buy this again.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from paulthebeerguru, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good blend of caramelized malts, fruity citrus and pale hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of citrus and caramel sweetness up front. Then a good amount of hops bitterness comes in. There's a hearty malt character that carries a touch of smokiness with it. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, to me this is an ordinary beer overall, but it's still worth drinking several of.

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours, well, amber with 2 fingers of rocky white head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Biscuitty malt in abundance & citric hops once warm.

T: Lemony hops & biscuitty malt & dryness up front. More of the same as this warms. Finishes with nice hop snap. Almost pulled a 4.0, more malt depth please

MF: Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation & great balance

Drinks pretty damn easy, a pretty nice old-school American amber

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muddy amber color, thin, brief beige head.
Aroma: an all-malty affair, minor floral hops, mostly caramel and a touch of toffee, with a glimmer of fruit. sweet and appealing.
Taste: more of the same from the aroma, save for a hoppier bite appearing on the palate that fades back until next we sip. A bit of roastiness, too, but, again, it's all caramel and some fruit, a bit of apple and apricot, masked in sweet candy goo and sprinkled with hops.
A nice, juicy, tasty quaffer. Easy drinker, 'nuff said..except that I like the cartoon cat on the label, he looks like a tough little kitty...probably needs a stronger beer in that mug...or maybe he's just getting started...something bugs me, though...I can dig the hat, eyepatch, ring in the ear, but why's a cat gotta wear a shirt? That's just silly!

Cheers to JohnnyDuvel for hookin' me up!

Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish gold/ amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, bitter, malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a slightly sweet yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice breadlike maltiness to it with a dry bitter hop flavor that rounds out the palate. It goes down smooth and finishes with a grainy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine amber ale. It has good malt complexity and hop qualities; a fine sessions ale.

Photo of GClarkage
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from a Lee's Discount Warehouse in Las Vegas and driven across the border into Utah for tasting.

Walking all day in Bryce Canyon, I knew I'd want something proper to drink during the evenings and Utah's 4%ABV laws didn't seem to cry out to me very much, so that is why I took some decent beers into the state with me, this one included.

Poured a few times into my motel plastic toothbrush tumbler the beer appeared an amber colour (but not catty), on top of each pour sat a tan coloured head.

The smells given off were of sweet molasses reminding me of toffee and malted bicuits.

Strangely the first taste was a hop bitterness, a tangy unexpected hit considering the aroma. Slowly the sweetness from the smell took over and balanced out the original hop hit.

Pleasant without setting the world alight and at 5.5%ABV no problem driving in the morning.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Town and Country, on to the beer:

As you might expect, it's amber in color. The smell very citrusy, but not to be overpowering enough to keep the dough and caramel flavors disguised. Taste is more of the same, with a touch of pine riding along. It's a pretty standard amber ale that's worth a try or two.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours 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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, slight hoppy note, with caramel. The taste is sweet, hoppy, bitter, nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice Amber ale.

Photo of liamt07
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear honey-amber color, perhaps a touch lighter than most of the style, with just under an inch of off-white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was the expected malt, slightly sweet, with a nice citrusy hop scent at the back. The flavors were also a nice blend of malt and hops, with perhaps a slight pine flavor to go with the citrus.

The body was good, not as full as most the style but a little crisper instead. Drinkability was very good. This is an excellent compromise beer, non-craft drinkers and us beer geeks will both be OK with it.

Overall, a solid beer from a solid, quiet brewery. Grab a pint or a sixer.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber brown with yellow highlights with a half finger of head and left a little lacing on the glass.

S: the nuttiness and caramel really come though on the nose with a decent malt presence and slight booze notes.

T: the nuttiness is much more potent on the taste with a big caramel malt character which also had a faint hop bite at the end.

M: the brew was light to medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but nutty and slight hop bitter finish.

D: it drank good and was not as hoopy as I thought it would be but went really good paired with nachos fron the yard house.

Photo of Bighuge
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, glowing scarlet red appearance. Thin beige head recedes to a slight rimming rather quickly. Lace is sparse. Nice caramel malt sweetness on the nose. But also a munich malt like breadiness. Sweet nose. Good. Toasted malt and caramel malt are at the forefront of the flavor. Some slight fruity, estery qualities. Quite minimal though. Hops provide a dry, snappy finish. Quenching to an extent. Nice little beer here.

Thanks Bum from Long Beach.

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Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.