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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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165 Reviews
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Reviews: 165
Hads: 369
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 10
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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: 165 | Hads: 369
Photo of nerow
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, slightly hazy amber into a standard pint glass. One finger head, great retention. Sweet smelling, some mild maltiness. Honeyed flavors predominate with a bit of citrus in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is merely average, nothing special here. Easy drinking, it's a good sessioner. (289 characters)

Photo of DrScotch
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer, mostly because it is a comfortable, well-made amber - sometimes, I don't want anything too extreme in flavour, and this really fits the bill!

Amber in colour, caramel and toffee nose with the slightest hop hint. Nice deep flavour, malty with no bitterness, possibly slightly cloying but not enough to stop me drinking.

I like this beer as it is, but if they could drop the ABV to about 3.5%, this would be a great everyday session beer, kinda like a mild-amber hybrid.

That said, I can feel a bit of a cold coming on, it's dark outside and I am really enjoying this beer sitting on the couch watching the ballgame. (635 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour. Hazy amber/light brown color with a good amount of foam that quickly dissolves.

Sweet candy aroma with some nice roasted malts are easily identifiable.

An initial spicy flavor with a mellowing malty backbone. There is some nice hoppiness which is present on the swallow. A small aftertaste on the buds is also noticable.

I was hoping for a smoother mouthfeel by the looks but it is somewhat harsh.

The drinkability is good with multiples easily consumed.

Definitely a nice Amber Ale from the folks at Lost Coast. I recall drinking this years ago and not liking it though they may have changed their recipe somewhat as the blend is much nicer. (664 characters)

Photo of fatalbert23
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good quality beer which I purchased for 2.99 in a 22oz bomber. There is nothing extra-ordinary about this beer I think and to me reminds me a lil bit of my homebrew. Got some malty smell and taste which is pleasant.

A- Amber with a shade of red to it obviously and I found there was a creamy thick head that formed with good lacing.

S- malty

T-again slightly malty and a toasted flavor that took a few sips to lock on to

M-good smooth

D-would probly limit myself to 1 bomber of this bc of the heavy flavor and the fact that it tastes like something I brew so why pay 2.99... (590 characters)

Photo of tyanow
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A somewhat clear strawberry amber color, is a foamy tan head that dissipates quickly and leave surprisingly little lacing.

The aroma is not much to speak of. It's kind of a bland biscuit.

The taste is also nothing to get excited about. Not offensive but disappointing. Oddly there is almost no complexity to the flavor but also there are no stand out tones worth mentioning.

I keep reading that this is a medium body beer. I disagree. I get a watery, lighter body highly effervescent mouthfeel.

Some of the ambers from California are quite remarkable and delicious i.e. Boont Amber and Hop Head Red (although this is a bit of an amber IPA to me).

Some of Lost Coast's Beers are memorable and exciting i.e. 8 Ball Stout and Winterbraun.

Alleycat is none of these things. If I was served it at a party I wouldn't complain but I wouldn't reach for one of these again. (870 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really good beer.

Appearance- reddish brown, transparent

Smell- malty, very nice

Taste- malty, sweet

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- really good, will drink it again, got six more anyway lol, another great beer from Lost Coast Brewery (258 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy light amber color with an off-white head that hangs in there and then leaves a thin lace for the remainder of the pint. Nose is light hops with a more dominant caramel toasty/biscuity sweetness. Palate is on the malty side as well, again with caramel and toasty flavors, maybe some black tea also, and modest hop bitterness to round it out. Easy drinking. (375 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, slight hoppy note, with caramel. The taste is sweet, hoppy, bitter, nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice Amber ale. (283 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a rather quirky looking "alley cat" on the label. There is something stamped on the bottle 09/j/08, but I am not sure this is a freshness code.
Poured a slightly hazy, reddish amber with little head retention or lacing.

The aroma was of inviting sweet malts and some spiciness.

As an amber, it was spot on - initial sweet maltiness that lingers on the tongue without being cloying. This one has a refreshing flavor with subtle hop bitterness.

This is a good medium bodied ale that is not overly carbonated and leaves a sweet refreshing taste in the mouth long after the sip.

I have to rank this amber ale right up there with my favorite - Bell's Amber. It has a great deal of complexity for just an "amber" style. You could easily enjoy this one in the warm or cold weather. There are a few lost coast ales in my area, but sadly this is not one of them. (876 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light brown color with a thick, fluffy off-white head. Settles into a topographous layer that sticks around for some time.

Smell is pretty spot on for an amber, dry toasty biscuit aroma with a few hints of strawberries and clover. Has a very nice floral and mildly citrus hop bouquet.

Mmm, this is a pretty good amber. Very biscuity and sweetly malted. A bit of toasty malt and west coast hoppiness balance things out for a nice clean finish with a touch of lingering bitterness. This is my first Lost Coast beer and I must say, I'm impressed. Very tasty, not boring at all for the humble amber style. (622 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Half a finger of light brown head on a hazy amber- brown body with some chunks floating in it. No lace. Not promising...

S - Malty with some toasted notes and caramel. Minor citrus/ spicy hop presence in the background.

T - Malty and sweet with lots of caramel flavor. Clean yeast profile in the middle and the malt fades as some moderate spicy, nobel hop flavors appear towards the finish. Just enough bitterness to balance.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A nice, drinkable amber ale that tastes much better than it looks. There seems to have been an attempt to make this a more hop oriented beer than it turned out to be, but the use of German hops just doesn't work for me. Worth trying, but I probably won't ever feel the need to buy this again. (795 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barleywinefiend for this extra.

Pours a deep ruby amber color with a good white head that retains fairly well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is of some sharp rock candy like malt profile with a touch of hops, but this one defenitely smells like it will be balanced, and defenitely more traditional american style, not one of the hoppier ambers that are popular of late.

Taste is quite nice. A very good balance between some crisp malt sweetness and a mild west coast hop profile. The beginning is driven my rock candy like sharp sweetness with a slight touch of citrus. Hops make their presence known most through the middle and on the finish, but are still evenly contested by the malts, and certainly not an intensely hoppy beer by any means. There is a slight hop bitterness on the finish, and in the aftertaste, and the malt profile turns a tad more creamy on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is ok for the most part. Slight overcarbonation, but viscosity is right on, and it has a nice crisp feel without being too dry.

Drinkability is typical for a good amber, a bit better maybe. Could defenitely put away a few of these, and the abv is right about where I would expect it to be.

Overall a nice amber that represents the more traditional american ambers quite well. There is a decent hop presence here though, not devoid of such. This is a good session amber. This one is slightly underrated IMO, really not a bad beer at all. Nothing amazing or fancy, but a good everyday amber. (1,498 characters)

Photo of lhaqq
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of bataround
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of kshankar
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of xhcadamx
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.16/5  rDev +14%
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) (270 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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) (398 characters)

Photo of stawn
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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! (704 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of JBogan
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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. (424 characters)

Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.