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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Alleycat AmberAlleycat Amber

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2002)
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Photo of scottoale


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

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!

10-10-2006 08:53:42 | More by scottoale
Photo of Ozone34


4.2/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

09-24-2006 02:06:50 | More by Ozone34
Photo of RBorsato


4.38/5  rDev +21.7%

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.)

09-19-2006 19:13:30 | More by RBorsato
Photo of mynie


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

08-21-2006 03:13:37 | More by mynie
Photo of neonbrown82


3.78/5  rDev +5%

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.

08-07-2006 06:45:13 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of MiScusi


3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

08-03-2006 21:25:50 | More by MiScusi
Photo of brewQ


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

07-26-2006 04:07:34 | More by brewQ
Photo of BradBLR


3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

07-07-2006 03:09:19 | More by BradBLR
Photo of JayTheFinn


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a dark amber, almost brown with an off-white head with lasting power and nice lacing. Nice caramel malt scent with slight fruitiness. Solid malty flavor of caramel, a bit smokey, and fruitiness akin to mild raisins. The blend could be smoother, as the flavors tend to butt up against one another. Overall it's decent and easily drinkable.

06-26-2006 03:56:11 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium dark amber with a decent 2 finger head, OK longevity and good lace. Aromas of good caramel malt. Slight citrus hop aromas. Perhaps a bit smokey. Again good caramel malt flavors followed by a fair hop flavor and bitterness, but not strong or lingering. Decently balanced. Perhaps a bit too flavorful to make it really easy drinking, but a good solid amber.

06-07-2006 00:35:28 | More by sabrills70
Photo of tonistruth


4.72/5  rDev +31.1%

A- pours an orangish red copper color with a 1/2" beige head. Leaves lace on the glass, retention is not bad at all.

S- strong grainy hop smell but has a kind of sweetness to it, Caramel scent comes out as beer warms. Refreshing scent.

T- sweetness from the malts that blends perfectly with the bite of the hops. sweet yet grainy. Toasted malts as well. Faint sweet grain aftertaste. Very yummy. Then, just when you think it can't get any better. this awesome spice comes out as the beer warms.

M- a joy to have on the palate, nice body, nice carbonation, just coarse enough to be fun.

D- i would drink this all day if i could. absolutely blew my mind. Must try, must keep on hand if u like ambers that are hoppy.

amazing, dont know what to say, i just kept getting increasingly sadder as the glass emptied.

03-31-2006 18:20:18 | More by tonistruth
Photo of Naes

New York

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

This ale is 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.
This beer just seems a bit over sweetened for an amber ale.

03-31-2006 01:01:48 | More by Naes
Photo of grindcore666


4.2/5  rDev +16.7%

I got a thin head out of this one which pours a reddish brown. Lacing was very good, overall looks hazy and smooth. Aroma is pretty airy (almost sniffed some beer into my nose), but there's a soft hop presence which suggests a clean and gentle beer.

This one tastes crisp in it's glorious carbonation, medium hop levels, and nice very slightly malted, but still hoppy, aftertaste. This one definitely has the trademark Lost Coast sugars that I've found in their other brews including Great White.

This one tastes super clean - made with Evian water?

Not an aggressive amber, and still fully enjoyable; so it's without a doubt a session favorite of mine.

11-05-2005 04:28:09 | More by grindcore666
Photo of GClarkage


3.23/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

07-17-2005 23:07:48 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Suds


3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours an almost copper color, with reddish-orange highlights and a generous, very pretty lace. The aroma is very satisfying: it’s full of malt, with toasted and caramel flavors, and a muted citric, grassy hop smell. The taste is a slightly sweet, with a peppery flavor mixed with a little yeast. It has a fairly light body, and an almost watery finish. Although I really liked the smell of this brew, it sort of let me down in the taste and finish. A more full-flavored, gripping brew would have been more suited to the very nice aroma.

07-17-2005 16:31:01 | More by Suds
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours an amber hue of brown with a nice white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Smell is citric hops with caramel malt background, exactly what you expect from an american amber. Taste is pretty malty for an american amber, really was expecting more of a hops profile than i got because of the very nice indica IPA but it just wasnt there. Begins with a very light citrus hops flavor thats barely noticeable and a caramel malt flavor with hints of molasses. Really an exceedingly average beer, i really wanted to like it but it just wasnt anything out of the ordinary. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with low carbonation which isnt exactly appropriate for an American Amber. The drinkability is pretty good, but overally this beer is nothing to get excited about and i probably wont buy it again, even a single.

06-13-2005 06:24:12 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of RootedFool


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured into one of my Lost Coast pint glasses. Not much of a head, barely half an inch, dirty dish water in appearence. The body is hazy garnet with orange highlights. Smell: Crisp sweetness upfront, like a freshly sliced honeydew melon, followed by a thin hop tickle. Taste: Opens with a soft undercut of both juicy sweet malts and a nice pinch of hop bitterness; the middle is slightly lemony with a caramel-like sweetness as the base. Aftertaste is a fading thread of hop bitterness, slight sweetness lingering. Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, a little watery. Not bad, really, and extremely drinkable considering I only paid 4.99 for a six pack. Lost Coast is one of my favorite breweries, but this is one of their more lackluster offerings.

05-19-2005 00:37:18 | More by RootedFool
Photo of rowew


3.23/5  rDev -10.3%

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Label is typical Lost Coast with an abstract cat with an eyepatch. No freshness info.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber color with a fairly thin tan colored head that has good retention.

Smell: Aroma is slightly sweet and caramel - just a hint of fruity hops. Seems to be a bit of brown sugar aroma.

Taste: Medium bodied with a bit more carbonation than I would have expected. Taste starts out pretty sweet. Dries out near the end with a slightly bitter finish.

Overall impression: Not a bad amber - a bit sweet for my tastes though. Seems to be a well crafted beer otherwise.

04-28-2005 23:55:00 | More by rowew
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

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

04-25-2005 23:03:08 | More by brentk56
Photo of warriorsoul


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%

Picked up a sixer of 8 Ball Stout while on Long Island...Shoreline Beverage to be exact.
Was surprised to find this bottle mixed in (not thrilled) and figured I was cheated. After trying this beer, I feel it was a blessing in disguise.
Pours a very inviting bright copper...almost what I'd expect from a pumpkin spiced brew. A decent amount of beige head sits on top w/ very minimal lacing that has practically no cling. Still, a very attractive offering.
The aroma is a bit mild...a floral hop character w/ some caramel mixed in.
Taste is one very tasty sip after another...very well balanced w/ a huge hop presence (for its style). Carmelized malt keeps this beer balanced...I do not detect anything that would classify this as a Red.
Mouthfeel is decent...not thin at all and has no lingering bitterness.
This could be one of the easiest brews to consume if given the opportunity.
Another solid beer from Lost Coast.

04-03-2005 01:18:55 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of maxpower


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours bright and clear amber-copper color with a nice foamy off white head that leaves some lace in the glass, malty caramel aroma, sweet malty nutty flavors, medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel. It does finish with a nice and clean dryness, a very tasty amber ale.

02-27-2005 18:30:30 | More by maxpower
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%

Tap@Lost Coast. Nutty, orangey, hopsy finish, not over the top, nice session beer, innofensive, fairly tasty. I'm guiessing this is one of there best selling beers, but even so, its not bland or anything, its really pleasant, nothing wrong, just not overly complex or anything, Tasty beer.

02-24-2005 13:52:00 | More by rastaman
Photo of crookedhalo


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a light bronze/amber color with a full off-white head. This amber ale has a healthy dosage of fruitiness in the nose as well as some caramelly crystal maltiness. Hops are there but the maltiness and fruity esters overpower the lightly flowery hops. Initially sweet and malty, a slight hop bite and some tannins in the finish works to keep this beer from being overwhelmingly sweet and unbalanced. Carbonation is rather low, I felt it could have had a touch more to cut the sweetness. Enjoyable, but nothing outstanding for the style.

01-08-2005 04:16:36 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of merlin48


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

12 oz bottle purchased as a single from the Leaf and Ale, in Knoxville, Tn. This pours a clear amber body with a one finger, orange tinted beige head that retains well and leaves lots of patchy lace.
The aroma is citrusy hops of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Pale malt sweetness takes the edge off the hop aromas to produce a slightly restrained bouquet.
Mouthfeel has a nice medium full body for style and has above average carbonation to hold it together.
Taste is very nice, with fruity orange and pink grapefruit hop flavors which gently fold into a caramel flavored malt backbone. The hops have a fresh taste which highlights a bittersweet finish.
This one is like a good American ESB on steroids. Tasty citrusy hops give this amber a very pleasant drinkability.

11-28-2004 13:16:12 | More by merlin48
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

Beautiful caramel color hue with a very imppressive head and lacing. Carbonation contiunues the entire time. Slightly cloudy. Carbonation sparkles in the mouth. Sweeter than the average amber but a nice aftertaste. A little too sweet to be considered "very dinkable." Label and name doe snot suggest anything impressive but it was to my liking.

10-27-2004 00:04:59 | More by Backer2004
Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.