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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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165 Reviews
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Reviews: 165
Hads: 370
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 10
Gots: 42 | 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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Reviews: 165 | Hads: 370
Photo of kemoarps
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (1,640 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 (433 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of Homerbag
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of aquaderek
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of JDV
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of Surefire
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice amber to copper color, no faults in appearance
S: Malts and hops pronounced
T: Sweet and bitter tastes have a nice balance. Caremel malts very noticable. Lots of flavors.
M: Medium body
D: Very drinkable, has the right amount of contrasts for the style.

Overall, a very good amber to copper ale that offers full flavors and excellent drinkability. (361 characters)

Photo of Natural510
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm normally not a big fan of Lost Coast beers, but this one was quite tasty.
Poured on-tap into a 20oz glass, this was sweet with very notable malt & hop presence. Again, most West Coast ales overdo themselves with hoppiness...but Alleycat was not excessively bitter, as it was balanced by the malt.
Very drinkable amber, I'll likely order this again on-tap where available. (375 characters)

Photo of
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a 12oz. bottle

A - Light amber body with good clarity with 2 fingers of medium white head.

S - Malty aroma with citrus,light hops.

T - Smooth red/amber ale, light alcohol and medium hop quality.

M - light to medium with sweet citrus and crisp finish.

D - An easy drink with it's light to medium body and mild alcohol. It is one of the best Amber ales around. (388 characters)

Photo of HumuloneRed
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle. It pours a red/amber color with a lasting fluffy off white head with incredible soapy laving.

Very enjoyable malty sweat and bready nose with notes of citrus.

The flavor is pretty balanced with emphasis on the malt sweetness. A very tasty brew. (263 characters)

Photo of dnichols
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this brew at poker night with a table full of buddies. Unfortunately I drank from the bottle so much of the finer features were lost to the night.

A: It appeared to have an amber hue with a ting of orange.

S: It had a nice even malt aroma accented with citrusy hops and white fruit.

T: It was well balanced between the malty sweet hops, tangy apples and oranges.

M: Light body with a sweet front and citrusy back and a clean and refreshing finish.

D: Real nice session brew. Light body, moderate ABV, balanced flavors and clean finish. (552 characters)

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Jax Deli & Ale House in Lake Mary, Florida. A dark amber color brew with a thin off-white head and substantial lacing. It had a nice malty scent including some light piney hops. The first taste suggested banana and more hops with very decent carbonation to lively things up. It has some bready/biscuit qualities along with some brown sugar sweetness. It has a slightly dry finish that goes well with the sweet flavors for a very pleasing end. Very easy to drink especially with such good flavor. It's only knock for my tastes is that it was too thin in body which seemed a bit odd with so much good flavor going on. But I liked this and would suggest a try. (680 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - orange amber with high clarity. A small tan head barely holds a cover but manages some nice lace. The bottom pour adds 'quite' a bit of sediment.

Aroma - bready, crackery, with orangey citrus. Very bright and fresh smelling.

Taste - a biscuity grain, gets just a tad thin at the swallow, then bridges to some mild/moderate hopping. Unable to shake that dilutedness, no one hop flavor prevails. A little citrusy, not quite piny, not especially bitter just not hitting the registers in any area. With warming, some orangey florals do come out but not by much. The finish is clean but forgettable. A reasonably good taste overall just not very much of it.

Mouthfeel - thin to average body that is generally good, and a nice crispness.

Drinkability - average sessionability for any season, though I expect you'd buy this for lack of anything better. Not so much a knock as much as a comment to this beer's position above the macros but below better crafties. (971 characters)

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

Received with the August MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured an amber red color with a well sustained white head. Nose is of caramel malts and not much else. Taste is a bit more complex than the average amber, caramel malts predominate but there is a nice floral citrus hop dancing in the background that makes for a pleasurable finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly lively on the palate. Drinkability is good. This is an enjoyable beer that I would recommend to amber fans! (483 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from the bottle to a tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was gas colored with a tan head that was nice and foamy at first. Ended up having a fast decay. Beer had a hoppy smell but not overbearing. The taste was slightly sweet not dark tasting and was very good I thought even on a warm day. I will buy again. (321 characters)

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

Pours a bright amber color with a decent head.

Aromas are spicy, malty, and tea like.

Taste is tea like, a bit creamy from the malts, grainy, and with a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. There is also some baked fruit flavors in there as well.

Mouthfeel is nice. Well carbonated, thick and full.

Drinkability is good. This is a pretty nice amber ale. Sessionable and worth trying. (397 characters)

Photo of 1fastz28
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

has a very reddish brown color to it, with minimal head. doesn't have a very strong aroma to it, some hops to it but nothing truly distinguishable. my first sip i immediately sense wateryness to it, not alot of body to it. tastes somewhat malty, but nothing great, not alot of uniquess to it. relatively drinkable overall (321 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an amber/red color with a tan, foamy, two-finger head. Left many rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of malt and grasses.

T - It tasted very spicy. Nice hops. It had a toasted maltiness that was very smooth.

M - It was dry and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the better amber/red ales around. It surprised me because some Lost Coast beers have been a little disappointing. (431 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass

A - murky, deep amber color, not much of a white-ish head that thinned to ring, no lace.

S - initial aroma out of the bottle was hops, but after sitting in a glass for a while the sweet malts can be detected.

T - very good balanced taste with the malts winning the flavor battle.

M - very light mouthfeel, almost fizzy.

D - I enjoyed my one sample and I might pick this up again sometime. (440 characters)

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