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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 smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber colour with a creamy light tan head. Fair head retention and nice lacing.

Very light fruitiness with a mild malty aroma. Nothing special.

Silky, nutty caramelised malts. Not too sweet. No real hop presence other than a slight bitterness. Fine.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonaton. Nice.

A fair attempt at an amber but there isn’t enough flavour or aroma here to bring it all together.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.6/5  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.

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Photo of confer
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold but almost amber. No head. Very cloudy appears unfiltered.
When the beer was real cold not much aroma, I never got around to letting the beer warm to much. Faint maltiness if you smell real hard.
Taste is enjoyable. Not a real whole lot going on.It has a malty orange taste. Feels fairly thick and creamy.
Overall not a bad beer and also reasonably priced.

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Photo of bierguru
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A -
head laces out quick but pours white body is a copper with red hues

S -
kind of nutty a bit sweet but mostly malty and toasted notes

T -
huge malty taste with some toasted undertones very mild hop character

M -
mild body slight drying in the mouth and puckering in the checks

D -
its decent probably wouldnt try again wasnt to impressive and felt like it was missing something

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Photo of gpogo
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazed burnt orange amber color with noticeable carbonation. Light tan head about a centimeter of foam.

A- Light caramel aroma, and a hint of chocolate. I feel my fridge made this beer a bit colder than it should be.

T- Wow, this is more full flavored than most amber ales I've had. Lot's of toasty caramel malt flavors, with a bit of chocolate. It finishes with a spicy hop bite, but not overdone.

M- Medium body, not as light as other ambers feel. Slightly creamy even. Moderate carbonation.

D- I think I found my new favorite amber. I could drink a few of these without feeling too ick.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed this brew while overlooking the Pacific at a friend's place in Santa Barbara.

A-Semi-clear bright-amber beer with some moderate, though not unattractive, floaties. 2-finger, beautiful frothy head rose off the pour, light tan in color.

S-Toffee with a slight dry chocoloate hit.

T-Slight hoppy spiciness melds nicely with a somewhat rich choco-biscuity malt foundation. Flavor is lighter in weight, while still being full. Finish is clean, relatively dry, with a hint of chocolate.

M-Moderate to moderate-light body. Carbonation is easy, pleasant.

D-Very drinkable, nearly to a sessionable status. Plus, the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Ocean view may have skewed my opinion of this brew's drinkability :D

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Pint

A - Orange/copper color with a 2-finger head, it dissipated to a thin soapy layer in just a few seconds. It's got allot of Co2, very high, the soapy layer held atop my beer for most of consumption but no real lacing left.

S - Very soft aroma here. I get mildly floral hop notes, a bit of pine & pineapple. Underneath is mild malts consisting of caramel & a bit of brown sugar, soft toasty notes.

T - Wow, I get allot of unexpected hop flavors here, like mango & grapefruit, soft pear, very much like Pale Ale hopping. After the hops upfront is soft grainy notes, toast, caramel. It finishes with mild bitterness, a hop citrus flavor that almost cuts through the mild malts, and a bit of lingering grainy notes.

M - Very smooth with a medium body. Soft crispness.

D - Drinkability is around average, as I would like to sit drink 2-3 of these but not much more. I liked the unexpected hop profile that this one has, I would have liked a richer malt profile though. All in all a good Red Ale, I'd have it again but I wouldn't consistently buy it.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: Pint

a: Dark orange or copper color, just slightly hazy, almost clear. Semi-creamy off-white head. Splashing lacing.

s: Nice mixture of citrus / floral hops and some nutty, caramel malts. Getting some mango, grapefruit, orange from the hops as well.

t: Hop forward amber.. Citrus hops up front, just the faintest bit of pine. Fruit comes afterward and it's about 50/50 from the malt and hops. I get orange, mango, grapefruit, grape and plumb. Finishes with caramel, a little floral hops and dough-like malt. Light lingering bitterness.

m: Medium, with moderate carbonation.

d: Too much hops for my liking, when i want an amber, i want a drinkable, moderately malted brew with a low amount of hops.

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Photo of boss302
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A This is a red beer with a nice head. The head lasts most of the glass.

S Fresh flowery hop aroma with a malty note also.

T Very rich malty flavor, but hops are definitely a big part of the provile. There is a little bready/biscuity flavor also. Some bite at the back of the tongue in the finish, but otherwise clean with no off-flavors.

M Medium body, good carbonation.

D Quite good, flavorful, boldly hopped amber ale. Less hopped than pale ales, and a good balance between hops and malt.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark amber in color with an alright amount of off white head.

Smell: Slightly sweet with a little bit of a nutty flavor.

Taste: Has a taste fairly similar to the smell but there is also a nice bitterness that compliments the sweetness.

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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an amber color with a thin off white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is mostly of sweet caramel malt with a slight amount of hops coming out

T - Like the smell sweet caramel malt upfront with a decent hop finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a pretty good beer sure its not mind blowing but it has a good taste making it easy to drink a few of these in a night

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Dark caramel and heavy-looking. Good foam and carbonation levels.

Smell - Typical ale smell, mostly malty-smelling and very little hop smell. I couldn't make out any fruity smells.

Mouthfeel - Light medium. Very subtle creaminess.

Taste - The hops that I missed in the smell I got from the taste, but still very subtle. Nice, strong feel at the back of the palate with a noticeable tingling up near the sinus/soft palate, perhaps from the "spicy German and American hops" advertised on the bottle. Other than that nice little tingle at the back, the taste seems a little bland and ordinary to me.

Drinkability - I would give this one a high drinkablilty. Even though it is sort of lacking in taste, it makes up for it in that light mouthfeel. I think I could easily throw a few of these back before I even realized it.

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Photo of nickd717
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Pi Bar in San Francisco. I expected a good amber ale and got one slightly on the crappier side of average.

Pours amber (what a surprise!) with a one-finger white head. Standard appearance for the style.

Aroma is fairly faint and citrusy - blood orange to be exact - with a little caramel malt.

Flavor is not too assertive caramel malt with a large citrus presence. Blood orange and a little grapefruit. Some black tea comes out as the beer warms a bit.

Palate is fairly bland and somewhat astringent. Medium-light body.

Overall, I did not like this beer much, and not only because it wasn't over 10% ABV or -bal aged. It just wasn't a very good amber ale. I didn't finish the glass because I had to drive and didn't want to waste my sobriety on this when Supplication, Death & Taxes, and Blind Pig were on tap.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored body with a bit of yeast remnant. The head at three quarters of an inch is a light tan.

S - Slightly fruity aroma consisting mainly of malt.

T - Malty to start having a sweet flavor. There's a nice transition into a hoppy middle and then back to a mice fruity ending. The finish is that again of mild fruit and a hint of hops.

M - It has a nice medium thickness to it that really makes the beer. This is it's finest quality.

~ This is a flavorful brew and one that I bet would be a real treat when sampled straight from the tap. Next time I'm out west I'll have to see if I can find it someplace.

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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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