Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 366
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 10
Gots: 36 | 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: 366
Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber, with a decent head that dissipates to a collar and some islands; a bit of lacing

Smell: A bit of roasted malt, some caramel and a touch of hops

Taste: Moderate caramel flavors predominate; the taste dries out quickly and is ever so slightly phenolic on the finish; a dash of hops and some residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue seal the deal

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied/slightly syrupy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pleasant enough amber; just a tad too sweet to score higher (525 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Label is typical Lost Coast with an abstract cat with an eyepatch. No freshness info.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber color with a fairly thin tan colored head that has good retention.

Smell: Aroma is slightly sweet and caramel - just a hint of fruity hops. Seems to be a bit of brown sugar aroma.

Taste: Medium bodied with a bit more carbonation than I would have expected. Taste starts out pretty sweet. Dries out near the end with a slightly bitter finish.

Overall impression: Not a bad amber - a bit sweet for my tastes though. Seems to be a well crafted beer otherwise. (627 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

07/16/05- Purchased at Berkeley Bowl Market in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle. Poured into my Shipyard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber pour with a firm 3/4 inch head and above average lacing.

Smell- Sweet malt with a backing of bitter hops.

Taste- One of the more sweeter ambers I have had. Almost too sweet. Was hoping for the opposite at the time, but I won't take too much off for that. Light bitter hops and heavy on the caramel. Very sweet once again.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated and a bit sticky.

Drinkability- This one just struck a wrong cord with me. The sweetness was too much for this type of brew. Tone it down a bit and it would be pretty drinkable I'm sure. (702 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I never go out of my way to review beers by Lost Coast, but this was handed to me as a gift and I have friends who are fans of this one. Poured into a nonic pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a reddish, amber color (which I would hope), complete with decent 2 fingers worth of a white head, as well as present but not dense carbonation. Lacing is surprisingly present in spades around the glass, and head retention lasts a long while, never fully giving up and turning into a ring. Definitely thickened, which is notable here as far as the standards of Lost Coast beers go. Not bad, but definitely only slightly above average for the amber ale style.

The aroma consists of a caramel forward smell, as well as a bit of toasted crispness, and subtle hoppiness. However, the flavor at hand remains very, very dull. The touch of sweetness definitely works in favor, and I do enjoy how there's a slight earthy hop profile in midst of the malts, but there's something really weird underneath it all, almost resembling cornbread or something. Smells slightly oxidized as a result - not offensive by any means, only mediocre.

The flavor is far better, and avoids crossing with any of the off flavors I was getting in the aroma. There's an immediate syrupy caramel, biscuit flavor that immediately coats the palate, as well as a bit of graininess, maybe some honey, cider, and cracked barley. The finish is filled with slight citrus-laden hops, as well as more astringency from the graininess, and while it's not balanced, it's refreshing and easy to drink. Slightly boozy at the back, which came as a surprise. Never goes flat too quickly, and never too sweet or syrupy - although it almost gets there. Recommended drinking this cold.

This is by far one of the few beers by these guys that I could have several in one session. Very drinkable and tasty, and fairly balanced, although lacks complexity and leans a bit too much on the malts, almost to the point of getting too syrupy. Not bad, definitely a straightforward if only slightly underwhelming amber. (2,055 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 Suds
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an almost copper color, with reddish-orange highlights and a generous, very pretty lace. The aroma is very satisfying: it’s full of malt, with toasted and caramel flavors, and a muted citric, grassy hop smell. The taste is a slightly sweet, with a peppery flavor mixed with a little yeast. It has a fairly light body, and an almost watery finish. Although I really liked the smell of this brew, it sort of let me down in the taste and finish. A more full-flavored, gripping brew would have been more suited to the very nice aroma. (537 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-nice cloudy amber color. Short lives head that leaves minimal lacing.
S- malty. Sweet. A little hops. Mostly sweet.
T- has a caramel sweetness with a slight bitterness on the finish.
M- thinner with no carbonation.
O- not bad. Needs a little more depth. (259 characters)

Photo of JosiahS
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: Pint

a: Dark orange or copper color, just slightly hazy, almost clear. Semi-creamy off-white head. Splashing lacing.

s: Nice mixture of citrus / floral hops and some nutty, caramel malts. Getting some mango, grapefruit, orange from the hops as well.

t: Hop forward amber.. Citrus hops up front, just the faintest bit of pine. Fruit comes afterward and it's about 50/50 from the malt and hops. I get orange, mango, grapefruit, grape and plumb. Finishes with caramel, a little floral hops and dough-like malt. Light lingering bitterness.

m: Medium, with moderate carbonation.

d: Too much hops for my liking, when i want an amber, i want a drinkable, moderately malted brew with a low amount of hops. (709 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty, dark honey color, off white head leaves to disk fast. Some cling lace.

S - Light malt and lots of metal. I smell metal.

T - Light malty beverage, some bitterness. Easy.

M - Don't like the metal smell and taste. Good carb, med to light body.

D - Low ABV and not over the top. Pretty easy to drink. (312 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a decent looking amber color. The head was pretty big and white. Settled with a pretty nice lacing on it. The smell of the see had some sweet malts and hops in the mix. The taste was pleasing with the sweetness and the bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was creamy and had a good carbonation to it. Overall its a pretty good amber ale, not sure if I'd need it again though. (390 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber colour with a creamy light tan head. Fair head retention and nice lacing.

Very light fruitiness with a mild malty aroma. Nothing special.

Silky, nutty caramelised malts. Not too sweet. No real hop presence other than a slight bitterness. Fine.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonaton. Nice.

A fair attempt at an amber but there isn’t enough flavour or aroma here to bring it all together. (414 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 matjack85
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL for just $1.00. No freshness date.

The beer poured a slightly hazed copper color with a nice 2½-finger fluffy egg shell colored head that lasted awhile. Not a lot of lacing, but there was some.

The smell had a nice malt and caramel aroma to it with some subtle hop presence underneath.

Mostly malt and caramel flavor, but the hops don't stay hidden in the taste. They provide a mild bitterness and some citrus flavor to the beer. Well balanced.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium body. My only com[plaint is that I found the beer to be severely undercarbonated.

Easy to drink. A cut above your average red. I just wish it had more spritz. (714 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice domed head. Leaves spotty lace. Cloudy, darker amber color.

Mild, lighter malt. Light hop aroma. Typical for the style.

This is a nicely balanced beer. Starts with some nutty malt flavors and there is a light bittering hop. The body is typical for the style.

In baseball parlance, there are no errors. But, there are no hits either. (340 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber hue of brown with a nice white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Smell is citric hops with caramel malt background, exactly what you expect from an american amber. Taste is pretty malty for an american amber, really was expecting more of a hops profile than i got because of the very nice indica IPA but it just wasnt there. Begins with a very light citrus hops flavor thats barely noticeable and a caramel malt flavor with hints of molasses. Really an exceedingly average beer, i really wanted to like it but it just wasnt anything out of the ordinary. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with low carbonation which isnt exactly appropriate for an American Amber. The drinkability is pretty good, but overally this beer is nothing to get excited about and i probably wont buy it again, even a single. (826 characters)

Photo of AL3C
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation
Poured into a Chimay chalice from a several month old 12oz bottle.

Appearance
Mostly Cloudy. Very amber. Quite nice overall, looks delicious. Doesn’t look too thin either.
Also appears to have a very small amount of sediment as well and since I’ve seen no one else mention it, that may be due to the age. Hmm…

Smell
Lighter… Smells sweet though, caramel and malt. Also very notable bread smell, but paired with the sweetness. Sweet bread.

Taste
Similar to the aroma but with a slight bitterness, especially in the finish. Pleasing though, a little different than most ambers to me.

Mouthfeel
Very nice. A great balance and makes it more appealing overall.

Drinkability
A little sweet to drink a lot of. A pint would probably satisfy me for flavor before I moved on.

Overall though, from my experience Lost Coast never lets you down. (876 characters)

Photo of putnam
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bronze...aromas of boiled sugar overlaid with mild caramel and vanilla. Not intense.
On the palate it offers simple gumdrop sweetness and very mild bitterness. It adds up to a fairly dry experience overall. Pleasant woodiness cuts into the pooled, confectionary qualities abruptly leaving a hollowish impression on the finish. Good flavors, just not particularly well-timed. Adolescent yeast. (393 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 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 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 beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear honey-amber color, perhaps a touch lighter than most of the style, with just under an inch of off-white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was the expected malt, slightly sweet, with a nice citrusy hop scent at the back. The flavors were also a nice blend of malt and hops, with perhaps a slight pine flavor to go with the citrus.

The body was good, not as full as most the style but a little crisper instead. Drinkability was very good. This is an excellent compromise beer, non-craft drinkers and us beer geeks will both be OK with it.

Overall, a solid beer from a solid, quiet brewery. Grab a pint or a sixer. (680 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, deep amber color with a finger-width head. Nothing too big on the nose, but a hint of bread and caramel. Taste was more on the malty side - almost no hop presence. It was a very smooth drink, but one that I don't think I would care for in a session or if there were alternate choices. Something about it gets, I don't know, old quickly. It's a good beer, but not a great one. This is a recurring theme for Lost Coast. (431 characters)

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

A pretty standard and average amber ale (not a bad thing). Poured a reddish-bronze. Aroma was caramel malt. A little more hopped than average, but well within bounds for the style. The malt was a bit sweet, yet still had a bit of an edge with some acidity at the finish. Not outstanding, but worthwhile. (303 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 HochFliegen
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright amber with a nice developed head that lasts long and laces all the way. Smell is very floral with a hint of carmel. The taste is sweet maltiness. A hoppy bite. A smooth finish that is somewhat dry and creamy. A good beer overall. I enjoyed it in a yard glass. Hmmm very good. (290 characters)

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