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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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 ToasterChef
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chilled bottle is poured into a pint glass.

This beer appears to be heavily carbonated. I couldn't pour all 12 ounces into the glass, as the tan foamy head filled up the upper third of the glass. If I poured in any more, the beer would overflow. The amount of rising carbonation does not seem to be any greater than normal. The liquid is nearly clear and has a brownish copper color.

The beer has a strong aroma of toffee and caramel malts. There is also a mild bitterness.

This is a fairly malty beer. There is a good amount of caramel malt and maybe some crystal as well. The hops are not oily, and add a small level of bitter and pepper flavors. The amount of hops works well for this beer.

A noticeable coat is left behind that has some caramel sweetness and pepper spiciness. The pepper and carbonation offer a mild tingling sensation on my tongue. There isn't any stickiness on my lips.

This is a good amber ale. Personally, I like more bitterness and less spiciness, but I think this one is closer to style than my preferred amber.

ToasterChef, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of KristaHall
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

KristaHall, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of rah1734bones
5/5  rDev +38.9%

rah1734bones, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of jisak74
3/5  rDev -16.7%

jisak74, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of twowheelssoar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

twowheelssoar, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of whatsajessica
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

whatsajessica, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of creez
4.5/5  rDev +25%

creez, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of buffalobeerfan
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

buffalobeerfan, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of EddieJoe
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

EddieJoe, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

shelby415, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Nage37, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky copper orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty with some caramel and toffee aromas. Taste is of caramel malt and some slight nutty flavors. There is a slight herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good amber ale especially for the price.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of deebo
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a fingers worth of foamy beige head that continues to lace the pint glass. Completely clear and light amber color.
S-Nice caramel malt aroma, toasted nuttiness in here too.
T-Dominant toasty nuttiness. Reminds me of a nut brown ale. Slight spicy hop finish.
M-Medium bodied, high carbonation, finish is a bit long thanks to the spicy hops and finishes dry.
D-An easy one to drink.
O-This is a solid beer. Easy to drink and tasty. Well done, I like this one a lot more than their wheat beer.

deebo, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Hoolihan
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Hoolihan, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of ManuelHerrera
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light brown/tangerine with a light head and thin lacing from a bottle that's reminiscent of the Harlem jazz scene.

S - Heavy citrus and yeast aromas permeate making this beer seem more and more like a honey-wheat style. Unassuming and inoffensive, nothing distinct.

T/M - Heavy tangerine with hints of honey, lemon, mild pine, but overall there isn't much going on here. Thin and lacking a variety on the palate. Easy drinking but flavors only come in on the back end for the casual drinker.

O - Very much a mediocre brew that's unlikely to win over the beer fans or people curious to try new things. A great brewery's less-than-shining entry.

ManuelHerrera, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of williamjbauer
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear amber with 2 finger off white head and moderate head retention and moderate lacing.

S - Caramel, malt, grapefruit hot notes.

T - Follows the smell, decent balance but won't blow your mind.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation

O - Slightly above average Amber, not my favorite, probably won't get it again, but try it!

williamjbauer, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of atone315
3/5  rDev -16.7%

atone315, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

jumbopanda, Jan 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Molson2000, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

TrojanWheels, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of GAlcaraz1
3/5  rDev -16.7%

GAlcaraz1, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of avckc
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

avckc, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of MelissaJ
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Looks like an amber ale. Nothing too special about it.

S: Smells like watery bread with very slight caramel

T: Tastes like watery bread. Disappointing. Very slight hints of spice and caramel but not at all complimenting the different notes.

M: Body? What body?

O: Average, but not a recommended "drinkability" average. Just a bad average.

MelissaJ, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of TerrenceOBrien
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a rich amber color that's just the slightest bit cloudy sports a lightly-colored half-inch head. The nose is sweet, with hints of malt and bread, and the flavor doesn't deviate much from that. Taste is more of cereal than bread, with an almost molasses like sweetness upfront, followed by a small amount of hoppy bitterness and spice. It goes down crisp and dry, with a heavy dose of carbonation that may turn off some. Overall doesn't offer anything particularly unique, but definitely a solid offering in the style.

TerrenceOBrien, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
2.15/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I hate reviewing beers that I did not like, because I do not like to insult or bash on stuff, but this was a very bad beer. I actually like this brewery, and have enjoyed other stuff, but this is just a weak offering.

A- Looks like an amber ale

S- Non-descript. Bready, grainy. Nothing to get excited about. You kind of know what you are getting into when you smell it.

T- Exactly what you would expect based on the smell. There is nothing the least bit quality that hits you. It just tastes like grainy, watery, bready bad beer

M- Carbonated but no real body

O- just a poor beer. It tasted like a worse version of Killians. I poured out half. I have 2 more and will not drink them

StoryOfTheGhost, Dec 29, 2011
Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.