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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
82
good

317 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | 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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BradBLR

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Nevada

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

United Kingdom (England)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 00:04:59 | More by Backer2004
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a clear deep gold that was almost red but was too light. The head began an inch thick but soon faded away to a ring of film on my glass. There was little aroma but a bit of fruity esters did hint at the ale yeast heritage. The taste was all about the caramel malt sweetness with only an initial spicy hop bitterness. The density of this brew was good allowing the ale to have a richness in the flavor that allowed the malt flavors to linger a bit longer. Average drinkability due to the one-sided caramel sweetness this ale might get a little old after a pint or two.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 09:06:59 | More by RenoZymurgist
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Burnished dark orange-bronze with plenty of suspended particles. The beer is capped by a creamydense head of orange-tinted beige foam that is substantial enough to last a while and tacky enough to leave a fair-to-middlin' amount of lace. The nose is sufficiently aromatic and favors hops over malt. Could be Columbus, but it's a tougher call in an amber than an APA or an IPA.

Moderately toasted caramel malt has the upper hand in the flavor profile, more so the more I drink. A citric and apple fruit hoppiness provides a modicum of flavor and an ever so slight bitterness. Most people would call this beer balanced. The body is light-medium, veering sharply toward watery on the finish, and the zippy mouthfeel is a tad too carbonated for me.

Alleycat Amber isn't the cat's meow (or the cat's pajamas), but it is a better than average version. Although it doesn't do much to stand out from the pack of craft beer amber ales, it's innocuous and is drinkable if nothing really good is available.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 23:41:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, glowing scarlet red appearance. Thin beige head recedes to a slight rimming rather quickly. Lace is sparse. Nice caramel malt sweetness on the nose. But also a munich malt like breadiness. Sweet nose. Good. Toasted malt and caramel malt are at the forefront of the flavor. Some slight fruity, estery qualities. Quite minimal though. Hops provide a dry, snappy finish. Quenching to an extent. Nice little beer here.

Thanks Bum from Long Beach.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 03:34:48 | More by Bighuge
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oatmeal colored head fades quickly to a thing ring. Fairly sweet malt and caramel aroma. Transparent dark amber colored beer. Mildy sweet cereal malt and hoppy tea flavor. Body is fairly light and the carbonation is lacking resulting in a beer who's sweetness becomes overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 03:03:23 | More by HappyHourHero
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a reddish gold/ amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, bitter, malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a slightly sweet yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice breadlike maltiness to it with a dry bitter hop flavor that rounds out the palate. It goes down smooth and finishes with a grainy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine amber ale. It has good malt complexity and hop qualities; a fine sessions ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 01:48:27 | More by WesWes
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

my roomates stupid friend jocks this beer and so does his lame wife, so i tried it. it pours out like an amber, nice amber color (what?!) with a nice sized head. the aroma is malty with lots of caramel and floral hops. same goes for the taste, somewhat sweet and moderatly hopped. an amber that leans more towards the malt side of things with hints of caramel and fruits. medium bodied in the mouth with a moderate pleasant carbonation. it was decent. well, more that decent but not awesome. its like new iron maiden, its fair/good, but its no aces high.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2004 06:24:49 | More by DESTRO
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TheLongBeachBum

California

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

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber. Classic Lost Coast labeling which I am used to seeing on their other beers, well except for the 8-Ball Stout maybe. A colorful label with a cartoon like frontage. Has a picture of an AlleyCat stood in a Trash Can. My last Lost Coast beer was plagued with a multitude of nicks on the date section, I’m glad to report that this label seems to be correctly nicked. Bottle Date is September 2003. No listed strength but registers the ingredients as “Roasted Caramel Malt and Spicy German & American Hops”.

Appearance: Nice orange amber body with a large off-white head when it is first poured, rather shabbily by me I have to admit. The head soon settles to a thin ¼” covering which remains uniformly smooth but it never disappears.

Nose: Caramel malts and toffee in the nose, sweet but pleasantly so, fresh & fruity aspects mingle freely.

Taste: A little sticky at the start and sickly in the middle but the cloying feel soon disappears in the latter third. Starts with an ‘over-chewed’ caramel toffee start, which has some milk chocolate in it. The middle is fruity, with some apples, mushy pears and a light grapefruit feel. Sharp bitterness starts to balance the earlier cloying feel. More fruits in the back end, squashed apricots and peaches as well as a hoppier feel. It all seems to balance itself out somehow. Rather a tasty Amber overall, just a little too cloying to begin with and a tad too sugary.

Mouthfeel: Decent body, with a good feel and an above average density. Solid mouthfeel with a smooth toffee feel at times that becomes a little chewy in the early stages. Residual cloying feel at the start detracts from the much cleaner fruity and hoppy finish at the end.

Drinkability: A decent enough Amber but the cloying sweetness in the front third does become a distraction at times, so much so that it looses a lot of Drinkability in the longer term. The cleaner finish is much more appreciated but forgotten with the start of the next mouthfeel.

Overall: A tasty Amber Ale, but nothing outstanding, yet far from disappointing - just a smidgeon too much cloying sweetness to make it a good Amber.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 07:25:52 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.