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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
82
good

328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

drbenderdo, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Yankee pint at the Yard House in Waikiki.

This beer pours a clear, dark golden amber hue, with one solid finger of foamy, wispy pale beige head, which leaves a nice fuzzy hedgerow of lace around the glass as everything settles in.

It smells of faint grainy malt, some mild citrus coughdrops, and a bit of leafy, earthy hop dryness. The taste is sour, doughy malt, mild leafy, weedy hops, and a soft needling citrus alcohol edge.

The bubbles are quite restrained, the body an unremarkable medium weight, and smooth, but with that weird ascerbic red ale metallic stripe. It finishes fairly off-dry, the stale pastry malt facing little challenge from any latent hop attitude.

A so-so amber ale, one which you could put back in substantial amounts if so need be. I picked this from among many, because, even though Lost Coast is represented at home, this particular offering isn't - maybe the fact that our biggest local micro is called Alley Kat has something to do with that?

biboergosum, May 09, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Yard House, Scottsdale. An average amber, an average beer. Amber highlights with white lace. Very drinkable from malting, though a tad of sourness in there. Malty aroma, some hops within.Average mouthfeel.Leaves sweetish aftertaste.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of crookedhalo
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.

crookedhalo, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Town and Country, on to the beer:

As you might expect, it's amber in color. The smell very citrusy, but not to be overpowering enough to keep the dough and caramel flavors disguised. Taste is more of the same, with a touch of pine riding along. It's a pretty standard amber ale that's worth a try or two.

DoubleJ, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

BeerBelcher, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Dark caramel and heavy-looking. Good foam and carbonation levels.

Smell - Typical ale smell, mostly malty-smelling and very little hop smell. I couldn't make out any fruity smells.

Mouthfeel - Light medium. Very subtle creaminess.

Taste - The hops that I missed in the smell I got from the taste, but still very subtle. Nice, strong feel at the back of the palate with a noticeable tingling up near the sinus/soft palate, perhaps from the "spicy German and American hops" advertised on the bottle. Other than that nice little tingle at the back, the taste seems a little bland and ordinary to me.

Drinkability - I would give this one a high drinkablilty. Even though it is sort of lacking in taste, it makes up for it in that light mouthfeel. I think I could easily throw a few of these back before I even realized it.

Nerudamann, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of DESTRO
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.

DESTRO, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of nerow
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.

nerow, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
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.

PintOHops, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of lhaqq
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.

lhaqq, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 28, 2004
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 farrago
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.

farrago, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
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.

scruffwhor, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of RootedFool
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.

RootedFool, May 19, 2005
Photo of AgingWarrior
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.

AgingWarrior, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Gusler
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.

Gusler, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
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.

Bighuge, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
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!

feloniousmonk, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of brewQ
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.

brewQ, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of Boilermaker88
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.

Boilermaker88, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of Drinkerofales
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

Drinkerofales, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
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.

barleywinefiend, Feb 05, 2008
Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.