Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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165 Reviews
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Reviews: 165
Hads: 365
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 7.4%
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: 365
Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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! (383 characters)

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

Pours a rich amber with a decent, creamy head that persists and splatters the glass with lace. Smell is floral up front with some caramel developing late. The taste is immediately sugary before an astringent hoppy bite roars to the fore. The finish is smooth, drying, creamy and a little bit toasty with a bitter-sweetness remaining to coat the tongue. Mouthfeel is luxurious....very creamy and chewy. Drinkability is tip-top. Unique and very strong all around. (461 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.” (567 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 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 beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color. Medium head. Aroma is malty with a touch of caramel sweetness. A medium bodied amber ale. The roasted malts are mild and slightly sweet. Hops are citrusy. Nice balance. Mild flavors, chocolate, caramel, apples and pineapple. Nice, but it finishes a little too sweet for an amber. Mouthfeel is full and round, Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (387 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When poured, this amber ale was a light amber color with little foam that dissapated with in a few seconds. The smell was of roasted malts with a caramel aroma and a hint of citrus. The taste was more of a citrus/hoppy flavor with very little on the roasted malts or caramel. The flavor was not what the aroma brought to my nose. (329 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not very exciting, kind of bland in my opinion. Clear amber with nice head but poor retention. Aroma is light, cascade and sweet malt but Mbodied with very slight if any bitterness. Flavor is pretty basic and similar to a Sam Adams Ale or a Petes Wicked Ale. I liked their Brown Ale much better and their Stout is also pretty decent. (333 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle. Label has a cartoonish alleycat on the front.
Medium amber color, shiny and clear. Beige head, minimal lacing.
Some sweet carmel malt smells. Also notable metallic presence to start. Smell smoothed out.
Taste was sweet, carmel 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. (551 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of Mark
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical amber ale, caramel maltiness and subtle hopping on the finish. Clear amber, thick white head, and solid lacing. nice refreshing drinkable ale from Lost Coast. Thin watery mouthfeel only drawback. (203 characters)

Photo of jreitman
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with a nice off white head. Pretty well carbonated. Very pleasing nose but I could not identify any specific aromas. Flavor profile is dominated by malts with sweet and nut flavors prominent. Hops shows themselves with a slightly bitter finish. Beer goes down very easy and is quite enjoyable. Could easily see this as a session beer. (353 characters)

Photo of Murph
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice darker amber with a decent creamy off white head that leaves a good lace all the way down the glass. Toasty malt and floral hops in the nose. Rather malty for an amber. Nice hop bite starts you off but the bite slowly fades into smooth, creamy, and toasty malt with a lingering hop bitterness on the tongue. Nice creamy mouthfeel and perfect amount of body but the brew loses a few points for getting a little sticky on the tongue the warmer it gets. The sticky, cloyingness takes a little bit away from the drinkablity. All in all this is a very nice amber ale. (581 characters)

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Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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