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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of lhaqq
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber body with a thin off-white head.
S: Sweet malts and caramel. Not terribly pronounced smell, kind of fades away though.
T: Malty, a bit too watery, but still has a fair amount of flavor. Sugary finish.
M: Light and refreshing.
D: Not hiding too much of an abv, and not terribly interesting. Not bad, though.

Photo of bataround
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber color, shiny and clear. Beige head, minimal lacing.
Some sweet caramel malt smells. Also notable metallic presence to start. Smell smoothed out.
Taste was sweet, caramel and crystal malts. Lots of sweet malty presence. Just a hint of cascade hops, maybe. Just slightly acidic citrus flavors at to finish. Was very tasty and good to pair with hearty meals. Medium bodied, tastes and feel thinned out toward the end, but thats ok.
Overall worth the purchase and worth a try.

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

Appearance: Pours copper/reddish with a whitish head that goes down fairly quickly. Leaves a layer of foam on top.

Aroma: Caramel, sweet, and malty. Very good.

Taste: Follows the aroma..sweet, with a caramel flavor as well as malty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied..also creamy. Finishes pretty well.

Drinkability: Not too heavy, ABV is fine, tastes fine...works for me. Not incredible, but its better than average.

Photo of atigerlife
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown witha small creamy slightly off-white head. OK lacing.

Aroma is sweet, malty and light hops.

Taste matches aroma: malty with light hops. Some apple and a wood-like flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly cleansing and somewhat lifeless.

Overall, very drinkable and sessionable. Definitely worth a taste.

Photo of xhcadamx
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Definition of what an Amber should look like to me. Nice and Amber (duh) with a creamy white head and some sticky lacing

S - Hoppy with some sweet carmel and toasted malt

T - Exactly the same as the smell. My only complaint is that it is more sweet than bitter.

M - Creamy yet thin. Goes down easy

D - The sweetness of this beer is what takes away from the drinkability. I enjoy a bitter Amber.

Photo of yesyouam
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid, crystal-clear amber ale with a lumpy off-white head. The aroma is of piny hops, malt, biscuits and hay. The flavor is of medicinal, complicated hops, sweet, smooth malt. It's dry, almost sour and well bittered. Nice West Coast Amber!
(rated May 2, 2007)

Photo of BeerSox
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

Deep amber with a slight red tint. A one finger light tan head slowly settles to a thin and even cap. Stringy lacing

Toasty malts give off a little bit of caramel. The hops are spicy with a little bit of citrus in there.

More caramel in the flavor. The malts seems slightly thin and watery, with the hops giving some grapefruit flavors, but only a little. Full bodied.

The beer overall seems a bit muted. Decent as something to go with a meal, but I'm not enjoying this one by itself.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/7/08. Bottle. Pours a light amber with a small white head. Aroma of mainly floral hops. Flavor of floral hops, wheat, sweet malt. A little hoppy for an amber ale (to me) and it is very similar to a pale ale. Nevertheless, it is very balanced and so smooth to drink, an excellent session beer. Very underrated- a very enjoyable beer. Would definitely pick up again.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

Photo of stawn
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a semi transparent golden brown with a finger of tanish cream colored head.

S - Smells sweet and mildly hoppy with some citrus notes.

T - The spice from the initial hops are followed up by the sweet malt of this amber. Its almost a hybrid amber with the amount of hops present. Bordering on a good IPA, with an amber body. Not as hoppy as an IPA, but one of the hoppiest ambers I have had. This is a wonderfully balanced beer. Lacing sticks around forever.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and has a great full body.

D - Absolutely great amber. They guys at Lost Coast hit a home run with this one. I could (and probably will) drink this on a regular basis!

Photo of aubuc1
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in an imperial pint tulip glass.

Pours a clear amber/brown with some golden highlights and a one finger light tan head.

Smell is malty, yet galanced hoppy as expected.

Taste is a very nice hoppy, malty beer. Balanced and easy to drink, this is a really good, simple amber ale. I am glad to have discovered this beer, as it is a little cheaper than a similar bells.

Photo of Offa
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is, to me, quite good as US "amber ales" go.

Somewhat deep copper amber and very bubbly, it has a medium light tan head that is bubbly and steadily dissipates to a thin, lasting top. It leaves a little lace.

The aroma is a little earthy, mostly caramelly malt with grain, bread, citrus (grapefruit plus others), and a hint of pine.

The taste is earthy, caramel, grain, pine, citrus that just leans to grapefruit, spices, and herbs. Alcohol is noticeable but generally in a positive way, warming, faintly spicey, and still smooth. The flavours are well-rounded flavours and it has some light complexity, with hints of herbal German pilsner and earthy-caramelly English pale ale.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- tarnished copper color with a sticky buff head that doesn't leave much lace behind.

S- very fruity, caramel, diacetyl, buttery and tropical hops and some tobacco

T- guava, passion fruit, pineapple, tart berries, kiwi, mostly hops with a toasty caramel background. very fruity and english tasting.

MF- medium body with prickly medium carbonation. spicy. resinous.

D- great red ale, really nice flavor and easy to drink.

Photo of JBogan
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A somewhat cloudy brown beer with a small slightly off white head which left almost no lacing.

Smelled and tasted buttery, bot not too much so, along with a bisquit bite. Not really complex.

Mouthfeel was thick and just a little too flat for my taste.

Not a very memorable beer. It's about average for it's style, but really nothing going on here that beckons me back for more. As my scores suggest, just an average brew.

Photo of kemoarps
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

enh. It was ok, not bad, just wasn't really my cup of tea.

it poured a decent light rusty colour, with a decent head that eventually dissipated, but stuck around for a reasonable amount of time.

The smell was underwhelming, not leaving much of an impression on me, certainly nothing lasting. In fact, I find myself retesting again and again moreso than usual just to try and write this short paragraph. Smells citrusy and hoppier than I had anticiapted (not to say that it is an overhopped beer necessarily, just that based on other reviews and just kind of general understanding, I expected more of a malt profile than I noticed.)

The taste is again ok. Not spectacular, but not bad. It follows in the footsteps of the smell, with a citrusy aspect with a little bit more emphasis on hops and a little less on malts than I expected, though the malts are more readily available to the tongue than they are the nose.

It hits the tongue like a fairly standard microbrew, which I realize sounds like a copout answer, but it's really the best way I can think of to describe it. it's got decent carbonation as it plays across the tongue, and is not leave to much of a residue in the mouth.

It's a reasonably drinkable beer, again, nothing that makes it standout in my opinion, but is not overwhelming and restrictive in ways that other beers can be. sessionable, though my personal taste would prefer some diversity.

overall, an ok beer. nothing exceptional, but no glaring weaknesses. If you find yourself with the opportunity and it's reasonably priced, it can be tasty enough, but I would definitely not go out of my way to find it.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty auburn with no head. The bubbling is very hard to see i this slightly opaque beer. But you can see the bubbling. The aroma has some very dark breads and a light plum note. The taste has an overall bready English pale ale taste. The hops jump in somewhere in the middle of the palate, giving a light hint of orange peel. The palate is a bit thick and grainy, but still sessionable.

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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 BeerBelcher
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The "amber ale" style is usually a pretty boring one, if the beer was more exciting it'd be a pale ale or some other style. However, this beer did not disappoint; I found it to be pretty interesting.

It had a gold-amber color which was clear but not brilliant. Head was plentiful and laced. Aroma was hoppy with a bit of DMS (canned corn) aroma. Flavor was also hoppy with some maltiness anda noticeable amount of butteriness (diacetyl?). Mouthfeel was appropriate. All-in-all, pretty good.

I would recommend this beer. I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear rich amber color with a foamy off white head that provides some lacing.

Smells like caramel malts with a hint of hops.

Nicely balanced with sweet malty taste in the front with a bit of hop finish.

Medium body and carbonation, smooth and crisp.

Good drink for the style, very drinkable.

Photo of Homerbag
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber body, thick foamy head that retains well down the pint.

Smell is malty, with a hop pinch. Like a bowl of grapenuts with a hop cone on the side. Pleasant, but not impressive. Easy drinker for a spring night. The malts the are there in the aroma are there in the taste, hops play more of a role than they lead on, but in a supporting role to the malt. Not bad all in all.

Easy and enjoyable to drink, just not memorable. Worth a shot.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass. The appearance is nice, amber, but more on the reddish side with a tanish head which last for a while and on dissipate quickly reappears if the beer is agitated. The nose is initially diacetyl and butterscotch, then come the roasted malty notes. I cannot really find too much hop presence, but that is consistent with the style. The taste is good and well balanced; nothing really jumps out and grabs you, nice unobtrusive well balanced beer. I would definitely drink a few in a sitting.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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 charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled, consumed on 11/29/07.

Bottle vintage not present on label in provided place. Pours a deep amber with large, energetic bubbles forming a tan head that quickly becomes a thin skin. Unexpected aroma of sweet oranges and normal malty notes. More bitter than I expected, but still far short of being hop juice. Not terribly sweet maltiness, a touch of caramel and the slightest hint of those oranges again make up the balance of the flavor. A mild bitterness remains on the midtongue after each quaff.

Not bad at all.

Photo of JDV
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rich amber color with a medium sized offwhite head. Smell is of light sweet malt, and some hops slowly show as it warms up. Taste is nice and sweet and malty, with creamy flavors of caramel with a faint hop bitterness that grows a bit. I really like this amber and wish I could get it here. Just what I want an amber to be.

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 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.

Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.