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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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82
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316 Ratings
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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | 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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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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nerow

California

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 20:26:28 | More by nerow
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PintOHops

California

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

Glass - Pint

A - Orange/copper color with a 2-finger head, it dissipated to a thin soapy layer in just a few seconds. It's got allot of Co2, very high, the soapy layer held atop my beer for most of consumption but no real lacing left.

S - Very soft aroma here. I get mildly floral hop notes, a bit of pine & pineapple. Underneath is mild malts consisting of caramel & a bit of brown sugar, soft toasty notes.

T - Wow, I get allot of unexpected hop flavors here, like mango & grapefruit, soft pear, very much like Pale Ale hopping. After the hops upfront is soft grainy notes, toast, caramel. It finishes with mild bitterness, a hop citrus flavor that almost cuts through the mild malts, and a bit of lingering grainy notes.

M - Very smooth with a medium body. Soft crispness.

D - Drinkability is around average, as I would like to sit drink 2-3 of these but not much more. I liked the unexpected hop profile that this one has, I would have liked a richer malt profile though. All in all a good Red Ale, I'd have it again but I wouldn't consistently buy it.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 22:37:40 | More by PintOHops
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lhaqq

California

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2009 08:35:11 | More by lhaqq
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 06:27:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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farrago

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gives you a half finger of off-white foam, mix of multiple bubble sizes creates a dimpling effect right from the start, not much retention so enjoy this while you can, thin surface coating fares better, the lacing too delicate to stick much. Faintest gauzy quality in the reddish amber liquid, true to the category, remains mostly transparent, yellows out at the glass bottom. Malty nose of cocoa, chocolate powder, brown sugar and hard toffee candy, the orange to tangerine citrus more sweet than sour, very lightly roasted nuts, has spine without the hops getting all herbaceous on you, curious lack of distinct fruit scents. Medium-bodied, the carbonation puts a big charge into it, close to a whirlpool effect, definitely keeps it scrubbing along the mouth walls and tongue. Here too favors the malts, if by a closer margin, the cocoa and brown sugar not that sugary and knit into the green grass to straw and orange, lemon led citrus. Hard to say the florality ever gets it in gear. More nutty with an echo of tarry earth through the end. Makes an earnest attempt at fashioning a distinct personality but two or more missteps scotch the deal. In the end, you search unsuccessfully for an underlying guiding principle.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:07:35 | More by farrago
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 17:14:29 | More by scruffwhor
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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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AgingWarrior

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 13:20:23 | More by AgingWarrior
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Gusler

Arizona

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

The beer after it abandons the 22 ounce brown bottle for my mug a slightly beclouded orange-amber color, the head is smallish, frothy and a very light tan in color, the lace forms a fairly tight skirt upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and pleasant, the start is damn close to being cloying, nice malt presence and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is dispassionately acidic, the hops garden-variety, the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a drinkable beer, but almost too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 00:50:57 | More by Gusler
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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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Muddy amber color, thin, brief beige head.
Aroma: an all-malty affair, minor floral hops, mostly caramel and a touch of toffee, with a glimmer of fruit. sweet and appealing.
Taste: more of the same from the aroma, save for a hoppier bite appearing on the palate that fades back until next we sip. A bit of roastiness, too, but, again, it's all caramel and some fruit, a bit of apple and apricot, masked in sweet candy goo and sprinkled with hops.
A nice, juicy, tasty quaffer. Easy drinker, 'nuff said..except that I like the cartoon cat on the label, he looks like a tough little kitty...probably needs a stronger beer in that mug...or maybe he's just getting started...something bugs me, though...I can dig the hat, eyepatch, ring in the ear, but why's a cat gotta wear a shirt? That's just silly!

Cheers to JohnnyDuvel for hookin' me up!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 22:21:38 | More by feloniousmonk
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brewQ

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 04:07:34 | More by brewQ
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Boilermaker88

California

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 22oz. bomber with a bottled on date of Sept. 03. This amber ale had a clear copper color with a quick-diminishing whitish head. Gobs of splotchy lace was deposited on the glass walls.
The nose had a pleasant caramel malt aroma and a prominant floral hops note. The taste was a bit uneven. At times it seemed a bit watery, other times full and satisfying. I can't explain it. Anyway, the malts and hops blended well together for an overall enjoyable amber ale. The sweetness of the malts permeated the front, tasting a little wooden at times. There was a good herbal hops bitterness inthe finish. Strangely, at times a light sea salt flavor hit the back of my tongue. This added to that unevenness I referred to.
Lost Coast has produced some likeable brews (their 8-ball Stout) and some not-so-likeable ones (Great White wit). Alleycat Amber falls somewhere in the middle. Not a bad brew but there are better ambers out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 02:35:11 | More by Boilermaker88
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Drinkerofales

California

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy light brown liquid is capped by a huge tan head which leaves minimal lacing.

Smells of roasted caramel malts, and a faint pine hop.

Taste follows closely to aroma, with the toasted malts and a hint of the hop.

Texture is very smooth, if a bit thin, but very drinkable.

A very mellow brew, flavor is not special, but at least it's solid.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 21:17:29 | More by Drinkerofales
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 20:18:29 | More by barleywinefiend
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Jemonster

California

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Im having this beer in the bottle, so unfortunately I can't see it.

S: I get warm honey and french bread. Some molasses and spices...orange peel.

T: Again with the molasses up front. There is sort of a liquorice bitterness at the end. In the middle, there is a pretty average beer taste. Standard but nice amber ale taste.

M: Dry but refreshing. High carbonation and medium body.

O: Pretty decent beer by Lost Coast.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 02:03:58 | More by Jemonster
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DrScotch

California

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 02:12:20 | More by DrScotch
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Liked the packaging on this one,can find alot of Lost Coast beers here in Greensboro.Pretty basic amber looking ale with little head.Liked the malty sweet almost burnt smell,really liked the caramel taste nice and malty.A little thi I thought towards the bottem of the bottle though.Pretty drinkable nice amber.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2003 15:29:25 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, dark cloudy orange with a head that showed good retention and lacing.

Smell – Deep citrus hop and caramel malt aroma. I can also pick up apple cider.

Taste – Yes, this is an evenly hopped ale with a nice slightly-sweet malt backbone with a hint of raw apple cider (not the sugary kind).

Mouthfeel – Fairly big for a pale ale, this one is chewy and somewhat dry.

Drinkability – This was the first beer of the night and I was parched, so it went down quite well. The excellent balance and dry finished made this one a “buy again.”

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 01:52:04 | More by RoyalT
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy and amber in color. Very thin white head disappears immediately, however it did leave a bit of lace around the glass.

Caramel notes, and floral hop aroma in the nose, not much else. It was tough to even pull these notes out.

A bit of toasty malt, combined with some earthy, slightly floral hops. Finishes dry.

Medium body, and easy to drink. Ok, but not that impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2007 11:26:04 | More by Bierguy5
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with big frothy head, leaves nice lacing on my glass. Smells of carmel hinted malt not much hop aroma. Tastes sweet and malty, sligth hint of hops. Leaves dry slightly astringent tastein your mouth. Overall an average amber ale not a great one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied for amber ale. Drinkable brew but will not replace my favorite amber, the search must go on!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 02:34:44 | More by mntlover
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hopbar

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 03:50:55 | More by hopbar
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flexabull

California

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 04:26:07 | More by flexabull
Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.