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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Reviews: 166
Hads: 373
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 18.46%
Wants: 11
Gots: 44 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2002

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Reviews: 166 | Hads: 373
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass

A - murky, deep amber color, not much of a white-ish head that thinned to ring, no lace.

S - initial aroma out of the bottle was hops, but after sitting in a glass for a while the sweet malts can be detected.

T - very good balanced taste with the malts winning the flavor battle.

M - very light mouthfeel, almost fizzy.

D - I enjoyed my one sample and I might pick this up again sometime.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of potownbill
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, compliments of Mr. Matts.

A: Nice dark amber. Orange when held up to the light.
S: Nice malt, with sweet caramel, and some hops come through as it warms.
T: When cold, good smooth malt flavor, some sweetness, nice aftertaste. As it warmed, hops came through, and my last sip was dominated by hops with alcohol finish.
M: Smooth, nice carbonation
D: Really enjoyed this beer. I will certainly come back to this one.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a hazy amber/brown with a light cream colored head, which quickly dissipated. The aroma is heavy of malt with some degree of caramel noted. The taste is mostly malt with a slight touch of bitterness. It has somewhat of a bitter, dry finish. The mouthfeel is full and suits the beer nicely. This is a smooth beer which I’d consider a strong choice for sessions.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy and amber in color. Very thin white head disappears immediately, however it did leave a bit of lace around the glass.

Caramel notes, and floral hop aroma in the nose, not much else. It was tough to even pull these notes out.

A bit of toasty malt, combined with some earthy, slightly floral hops. Finishes dry.

Medium body, and easy to drink. Ok, but not that impressive.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a ruby-amber color. Nice creamy/foamy off-white head. that lasts a while and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Light hoppy bitterness; a bit of bready malts seem present in the background.

Taste: A solid taste of somewhat bitter hops, with a more bready, semi-sweet malty base.

Mouthfeel: Mostly smooth, though a noticable grainy/hoppy feel. Medium- to light-bodied, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Generally easy, though it could be a bit smoother.

A bit more bitter than I'd anticipated, but it's a solid and enjoyable beer. There's better ones out there, but I certainly have no complains and would try again in the future. Recommended if you're curious.

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Photo of guitarmage
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bold amber, fairly cloudy, orange tint. Head did not hang around for too long, lacing is thin, off white.

Smell: Faint roasty malt and grassy hops, lightly citrus.

Taste: Light and fruity up front, a faint toffee sweetness, hops have a little spice, they make a quick appearance before a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A lighter bodied amber, medium carbonation, very dry in the finish.

Drinkability: An easy drinking beer, less hoppy than most ambers and pale ales actually as well, but nice light and fruity maltiness and refreshing mouthfeel.

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Photo of gunnerman
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, has that nice amber tannish brown look to it with a very small head that doesn't hang aroung that long. Smell is a very sweet tangy tart smell, you can pick up on the citrus smelling hops, this is a good smelling brew. Taste is bitter but mild, it is very nicly balanced has a bitter bite to it, I can taste like sour tarts at first with a nice coffee after taste. This is overall a very good drink and I can recommend it to others, 2 thumbs up.

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Photo of atsprings
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a full crisp amber with a quickly diminishing head that left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was of rich caramel malt with understated earthy hops. The taste was of burnt caramel with pine hops lingering in the aftertaste. There was a decent balance between the two. The mouthfeel was slightly bitter, weighing a little heavy for a beer of 5.5%, not too strongly, though. This is certainly an enjoyable amber beer, just not too high on my overall list.

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Photo of theopholis
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of hopbar
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer on the Wall - Beers of the Month Club
12 oz. bottle
Pint Glass

A: Nice reddish-orange tones with fluffy, cloud-like head.

S: Good mixture of fruits and pine; aromas were nicely balanced.

T: Medium to low hop taste; Citrus, almost orange flavored, with a slight hop bitterness at the end.

M: Average body.

D: I was very satisfied with this one. Definitely my favorite out of the three received by mail.

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Photo of stephendr
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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

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Photo of DogFood11
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip it forms a loose tan head that falls to nothing after a couple pulls. String lace. Amber body with moderate carbonation.

Slightly toasted malts make up the bulk of this brew. It rounds out quite nicely with light fruity undertones and a crisp finish. There is really not alot going on here and to me is a straight forward beer that is neither exciting or offensive. Run of the mill? not exactly as this is such a wide open style I've yet to find a run of the mill amber/red. This is tasty, rounded and easy to take down.

Notes: To hit my palate just right this needs more of hop side to it. Although the hops are evident most of the balancing comes from the fruits and crisp carbonation. Decent.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear reddish amber color with moderate off-white creamy head. Great retention and bountious lacing.
Smell is notable for piney hops with a mild background scent of caramel hops.
Taste also brings the hops to the forefront with only a modest amount of malt detected.
The malt begins to show through at the finish balancing the hops in an exquisite fashion.
Very drinkable. Very refreshing.

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Photo of AL3C
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a several month old 12oz bottle.

Mostly Cloudy. Very amber. Quite nice overall, looks delicious. Doesn’t look too thin either.
Also appears to have a very small amount of sediment as well and since I’ve seen no one else mention it, that may be due to the age. Hmm…

Lighter… Smells sweet though, caramel and malt. Also very notable bread smell, but paired with the sweetness. Sweet bread.

Similar to the aroma but with a slight bitterness, especially in the finish. Pleasing though, a little different than most ambers to me.

Very nice. A great balance and makes it more appealing overall.

A little sweet to drink a lot of. A pint would probably satisfy me for flavor before I moved on.

Overall though, from my experience Lost Coast never lets you down.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Again from the Brewery and Cafe, although the brewery is actually located about eight blocks south in an industrial area. There are lots of amber ales out there and this ranks with the best of them. Pours more orange than amber, with with a somewhat orange head that lasts a while and leaves moderate lacing. Funny, but it is hard to get them to put on a head, as when served in pint glasses they always try to give you your money's worth and so decant it in carefully and eliminate the head.

The nose is carmel malts and hops, and not much else. Palate is clean and crisp with moderate carbonation. Flavor is the same malts and hops, and it has a nice crisp bitter finish. What sets this one off is balance. Nothing really outstanding, but nothing is off either. My amber loving friends adore this beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Freakin Frog in Las Vegas.

This amber ale poured a cloudy, amber/red color with dark, crumbly tan foam that settled and clung to the glass. The smell was nicely malty. The taste was quite hoppy with citrusy hops (northwest hops) and a good malty flavor to balance. The mouthfeel was dry and hoppy with medium-full body and good carbonation. The malty flavor lingered in the finish. This was a good amber ale, though this sample showed a touch of oxidation.

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Photo of scottoale
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer from a 10-pack of summer brews from Cost Plus. This one came in a standard 12oz. brown bottle with the unusual Lost Coast artwork on the label and no freshness date.

A light amber-red with a short lived 1/2" beige foam head with good clarity and carbonation. Very little lace was left behind.

Somewhat sweet and very roasty caramel malt with a bit of grassy hops...this is the aroma, as well as the taste. This is one very tasty ale and very balanced at that.

Smooth and rich malt flavor with a medium body and a nominal ABV make this an easy sessionable beer. A real nice amber ale that is a credit to Lost Coast, give it a try!

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Photo of Ozone34
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight amber/red haze. Nice lace around the edges, lasts throughout the drinking.

Smell of hops and malts.

Slightly hoppy, hoppy is the style I presume, but not overwhelming, very balanced with the caramel backing.

Carbonation hits just right and finishes nice.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden with a light amber hue, low beige film+ringed head, and decent lace. Nice light spicy hop aroma and flavor. Very nicely balanced with hops on the forefront and some light roasted malts underneath. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice light hop finish.

I remember this one being pretty darn hoppy when I had it many years ago ... seek out a fresher one.

Per Label: "Roasted Caramel Malt and spicy German and American hops"

Bottled: Sep '05 (notched)
Tasted: 08/31/06

($3.49 / 22 oz.)

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Photo of mynie
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new arrival in Iowa.

Regular pour for an amber. The color is more brown than amber, but with a little hint of reddish brown. There's a small head when you pour it but it goes away.

Smells pretty darn good, though. Solid malt, most caramel, backed up by a solid hop, mostly fruity.

Tastes surprisingly hoppy to start. A little citrusy and a little dry. Nice west coast hops, just complex enough, moving into a pronounced caramel and sugar malt ending.

Hoppier than your average amber but with enough balance to keep you drinking.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the four new Lost Coast beers available at John's Grocery in Iowa City. A decent amber ale. Pours to a clear amber color with a nice thick white head. Lacing is decent.

The smell is just a little bit hoppy and metallic while the malt provides a good caramel backing. Just slightly biscuity.

The taste is decent. At first it seems like licking a wet dog, but it gets better as it warms. A little more hoppy and biscuity, a little less metallic.

The body is medium. Could be more drinkable without the metallic and wet dog flavors.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice, almost brownish-orange from the bottle. The nose contains slight piney, floral aroma. Its pretty subdued.

The taste is of light malt and the hops assert themselves enough throught the gulp. Definitely a very nice malt, not so much sweet caramel, but grainy malt.

Moutfeel is, as I noticed in the Lost Coast Downtown Brown, to be a tad on the watery side. In this Amber ale, its not so bad, just ever so slightly.

The drinkability is good, as this beer is pleasant, doesn't kick you in the butt on either side of the malt or hops bill, and is a refreshing, crisp brew, especially here in the summertime.

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Photo of brewQ
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful brown to orange "amber" ale.
The tan head is a mix of fine and large bubbles.
Head dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma is not huge but slightly malty and seemingly in style.

Taste is a good balance of hop tang and malt. It seemed to attract the flying insects on my patio!

This is a "drink steadily all night" kind of beer.

I need to sample the rest of Lost Coast's line up.

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Photo of BradBLR
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.