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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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82
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332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | 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 theopholis
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

theopholis, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of hopbar
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

hopbar, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of stephendr
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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

stephendr, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

DogFood11, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

tgbljb, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of AL3C
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Appearance
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…

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

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

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

Drinkability
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.

AL3C, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

rkuhnel, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

UncleJimbo, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

scottoale, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Ozone34
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Ozone34, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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.)

RBorsato, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

mynie, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

neonbrown82, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

MiScusi, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of brewQ
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

brewQ, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of BradBLR
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

BradBLR, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

JayTheFinn, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

sabrills70, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tonistruth, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of Naes
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Naes, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of grindcore666
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

grindcore666, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

GClarkage, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Suds, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

silver0rlead, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of RootedFool
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

RootedFool, May 19, 2005
Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.